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Jorge Posada Returns To Yankees Lineup, Batting Seventh

Jorge Posada is back in the New York Yankees lineup Tuesday night against Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields. And Posada is not batting ninth. He is seventh in Manager Joe Girardi's lineup tonight, with left fielder Brett Gardner eighth and newly-recalled right fielder Chris Dickerson ninth.

Posada has not been in the lineup since refusing to play Saturday against Boston when Girardi penciled him into the ninth spot in the batting order. Posada, the team's designated hitter, is hitting just .165.

Dickerson, an outfielder, was recalled when setup man Rafael Soriano was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Soriano has been dealing with inflammation in his pitching elbow, and the Yankees hope a couple of weeks of rest will cure it.

Also, the Yankees announced the signing of veteran left-handed reliever Randy Flores to a minor-league contract. The Yankees have left-handers Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano on the disabled list -- Marte out for the year and Feliciano indefinitely. Boone Logan, the only remaining lefty reliever, has been ineffective.