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Tigers' Ordonez eager to test knee in field

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Magglio Ordonez flashed a boyish grin at
his reflection in a mirror.

Ordonez was all decked out in a full Detroit Tigers uniform,
batting helmet and all, before playing for the first time since
July.

In his debut with the Tigers, Ordonez hit a two-run homer off
New York Yankees starter Kevin Brown in a 10-7 victory Friday.

"Not bad for a first day, huh?" Ordonez asked, still smiling.
"I haven't felt like this since I got called up to the big leagues
when I was 23 and now I'm 31."

The four-time All-Star outfielder played just 52 games last
season with the Chicago White Sox because he needed two surgeries
on his left knee. He averaged 32 homers and 118 RBI while batting
better than .300 from 1999-2003 and played between 153 and 160
games for the White Sox.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he was happy for Ordonez.

"You certainly don't want to see someone's career come to an
end at a young age when he has so much to give," Torre said.
"He's still not pushing it, obviously, running. But he can swing
the bat."

Ordonez, who was 1-for-3, will be used as a designated hitter
Sunday before possibly playing in right field on Monday.

"I'm ready to play in the field now, but we want to take it
easy because what's most important is that I'm ready for Opening
Day on April 4," Ordonez said.

The Tigers signed Ordonez to a complicated contract last month
that could be worth $105 million over seven seasons, or as little
as $6 million for one season if his left knee lands him on the
disabled list for at least 25 days.

"That laser that he hit, I think that's kind of the reason for
the signing," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

In his second start of the spring, Brown pitched well during the
first three innings before Brandon Inge hit a leadoff homer in the
fourth followed by three hits, including Ordonez's no-doubt shot
against the wind over the left-field wall.

"The only thing I feel bad about, and the only mistake, was the
0-2 pitch," Brown said, referring to the home run.

Brown gave up three runs, five hits and a walk while striking
out four over four innings.

"He was really good," Torre said. "I think he may have got a
little tired in that last inning and was reaching back and all the
sudden the splitter stopped splitting."

Jason Giambi was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as a
designated hitter and is batting .235 (4-for-17).

"I feel great," Giambi said. "I'm hitting the ball hard.
That's the most important thing."

He played just 80 games last season because of various ailments.
Torre said Giambi will get some playing time at first base during
the final two weeks of spring training.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was in midseason form twice in the
field. He ranged deep into the hole, hopped and made a long throw
to beat speedy Nook Logan to first base and made a shorter throw to
second base for another out.

"That's kind of his trademark play," said Trammell, a former
star shortstop.

Game notes
The game drew 8,880 fans, a record at Joker Marchant
Stadium. ... A decision on whether Yankees RHP Carl Pavano will
pitch on short rest Monday will be made after his bullpen session
Saturday. Pavano had his start rained out Wednesday and pitched
three innings of relief Thursday. ... Tigers SS Carlos Guillen, who
hasn't played since having knee surgery last year, said he's on
pace to DH next week. ... Yankees LHP Danny Borrell, who allowed
four runs on five hits in the fifth inning, was assigned to minor
league camp after the game.