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Sunday, March 6, 2005
Giambi among seven regulars chosen

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jason Giambi should get a feel Monday night for how opposing fans will treat him during the regular season.

 Jason Giambi

Giambi was among seven regulars chosen Sunday for the travel squad for the New York Yankees' split-squad game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. It will be the first meeting of the rivals since Boston beat the Yankees in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series last October, becoming the first major league team to overcome a 3-0 deficit in a postseason series.

"I want to go play. I'm not worried about it," Giambi said. "They're not going to say anything I haven't heard before or I haven't said myself."

After an offseason in which Giambi was in the spotlight because of steroids, he played his first road game of spring training Saturday against Detroit in Lakeland. He was warmly received, but the crowd was filled with many Yankees fans.

Others on the travel list for Monday night's game are outfielders Bernie Williams, Hideki Matsui, Ruben Sierra and Bubba Crosby, and infielders Tony Womack and Rey Sanchez.

None of the Yankees' regular pitchers is down for the trip. The scheduled starter is Chien-Ming Wang.

Giambi has been available for fans and given hundreds, if not thousands, of autographs this year at spring training. He anticipates he'll be signing in Fort Myers.

"I've gone there and signed autographs before," he said. "There's a lot of fans of baseball and everything down there."

Alex Rodriguez, who made last year's trip to Fort Myers in his first season with the Yankees, will be missing the trip. Several Boston players took verbal swipes at him at the start of spring training, revving up the already tense rivalry.

A-Rod wasn't intrigued about the reception he would have received.

"It's not like last year I got a standing ovation," he said.