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Ailing Monahan positive about prognosis

Battling cancer, Yankees trainer gets long ovation on his 38th Opening Day

Updated: April 13, 2010, 8:42 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Gene Monahan started his Opening Day with a radiation treatment, and punctuated it with the thrill of his distinguished baseball life.

The longtime Yankees trainer, who told ESPNNewYork.com he is suffering from throat and neck cancer, received an extended standing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd immediately following Joe Girardi's introduction, when Monahan was called onto the field during the pregame ring ceremony.

With Monahan standing near first base, and with ...

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