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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Chris Dickerson's day begins well, ends painfully

By Wallace Matthews

 Chris Dickerson, acquired on Friday from the Brewers in the Sergio Mitre trade, had an eventful Saturday. First, he flew from Arizona, where the Brewers train, to Tampa to meet his new teammates. He came in, saw he was in the starting lineup, and when he arrived at his locker was startled to learn his neighbor was none other than Derek Jeter.  "There's nothing but a garbage can separating us,'' he said, noting the trash bin that stands in the alcove between their lockers.

  Then, after being told he had an opportunity to be with the team on Opening Day due to Curtis Granderson's oblique strain, he went out andgot hits his first three times up as a Yankee, including a double his first time up. But after his third hit, a seventh-inning single, he had to leave the game clutching the back of his left leg. Joe Girardi said afterward it was "cramping and spasms'' in Dickerson's left hamstring. Dickerson, who grew up in SoCal but has family members in Brooklyn and Queens, was in the trainer's room recieving treatment and was not available for comment after the game. His status is unknown.