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Girardi says Matsui will be activated on Tuesday

Updated: August 17, 2008, 11:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Injured slugger Hideki Matsui is back with the New York Yankees and is likely to be activated Tuesday, when the club begins a six-game trip at Toronto.

Matsui had 15 at-bats during a simulated game at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, facing left- and right-handed pitching. Manager Joe Girardi said the balky left knee that has derailed the rehab process several times seems to be holding up.

"Every time he would get to bat, it would just ...

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