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Steinbrenner fires in Jeter’s direction

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said he thinks the team’s celebration of its 2009 World Series title might have lasted too long.

‘‘I think maybe they cele-brated too much last year,’’ Steinbrenner said Monday from the Yankees’ spring-training facility in Tampa, Fla. ‘‘Some of the players, too busy building mansions and doing other things and not concentrating on winning. I have no problem saying that.’’

When it was pointed out that Yankees captain Derek Jeter was building a multimillion-dollar home last year in Tampa, Steinbrenner said he wasn’t singling out any individual.

‘‘I was just saying maybe they were riding the wave of ’09 a little too much, and it happens sometimes,’’ Steinbrenner said.

Jeter wasn’t available for comment.

The Yankees lost to the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series last season.

Injury report

Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said he is feeling better 71/2 months after a concussion ended his 2010 season, but he likely won’t play in the team’s first few exhibition games while he continues working his way back.

Morneau, who was hurt during a game July 7 against the Toronto Blue Jays, said he is still not 100 percent healthy. He said he probably will sit out ‘‘the first four or five games,’’ depending on how he feels, but he plans on being ready to go for Opening Day on April 1.

◆ Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee said a strained side muscle was the reason his first bullpen session lasted only eight pitches a week ago. Lee emphasized he is ‘‘perfectly fine’’ after not throwing for a few days and said the strain under his left armpit is ‘‘not really a major issue.’’

◆ Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who had surgery to repair the labrum in his right (non-throwing) shoulder Oct. 20, hit 20 balls off a tee a day after getting medical clearance to begin swinging. He said he plans to be ready for Opening Day on April 1.

Braves, GM strike deal

The Atlanta Braves agreed to terms with general manager Frank Wren on a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2013 season.

Sun-Times wires

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