Steinbrenner defends A-Rod, tells Guillen 'shut it up'

TAMPA, Fla. -- George Steinbrenner wants Ozzie Guillen to
zip his lips.

The New York Yankees owner didn't appreciate a shot the Chicago White Sox manager took at Alex Rodriguez, remarks Guillen later apologized for.

"Shut it up," Steinbrenner said Saturday, moving his hands
across his lips in a zipper move. "I like Ozzie Guillen as a
manager, but I don't like him when he pops off like that," the
Boss said, following with a profanity.

Guillen criticized Rodriguez for saying he would play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, then switching to
the United States. Rodriguez was born in the United States but his
parents are Dominican.

After making the critical remarks to Sports Illustrated, Guillen
apologized Friday.

Steinbrenner didn't think Rodriguez would be bothered by the remark.

"When he gets with the team here, it will be fine. Count on
A-Rod," Steinbrenner said.

Steinbrenner sat at the batting cage with manager Joe Torre
toward the end of Saturday's workout.