"Brian Roberts was great," the acting manager said. "Robby made a great play up the middle on a backhand play."
• Kelly Johnson made three strong plays at third base Saturday as he continues to adjust to playing the position full-time. Thomson observed that Johnson, who's spent most of his career at second base with some time in left field, looks more comfortable at third base than he did earlier this spring.
"He's done a lot of work with Mick [Kelleher, the Yankees' first-base/infield coach]," Thomson said. "Almost every day they've been on that back field one-on-one, doing stuff, reading ground balls, topspin ground balls and being able to move his feet and create the proper hop. He's coming along fine."
• Infielder Russ Canzler was scratched from the starting lineup Friday for precautionary reasons due to hip stiffness. Thomson said Canzler was "feeling better" on Saturday, but "we'll see when we'll get him out on the field." Canzler was scheduled to receive treatment on Saturday.
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