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Gold medal sprinter speaks to Yankees

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 06:58 PM

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Four-time Olympic gold medal sprinter Michael Johnson knows all about repeating a championship.

The World Series champion New York Yankees got to hear about the mental aspect of that process from the track great on Monday, when Johnson talked to the team at the request of mental conditioning director Chad Bohling and Manager Joe Girardi.

"It's easy to get complacent," Johnson said. "You've got to try and keep that hunger, and I think that's the most important challenge facing the entire team. How do you stay hungry? Go out there this year with the same type of drive and determination and motivation that they had last year that helped them to be successful."

BLUE JAYS: Toronto's Dana Eveland threw six scoreless inning and Detroit's Rick Porcello pitched 51/3 hitless before allowing two runs as the Blue Jays and Tigers played to a 2-2 tie in nine innings in Dunedin.

DODGERS: Owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife squared off in court for the first time Monday in a bitter divorce case that featured the couple's high-flying spending habits after the team was purchased in 2004. The court hearing centered on whether Jamie McCourt should be awarded nearly $1 million a month in temporary spousal support. Sorrell Trope, an attorney for Frank McCourt, offered her $150,000 in monthly assistance and argued his client can't tap credit lines to maintain Jamie McCourt's lavish lifestyle despite Frank McCourt's $5 million annual salary.

NATIONALS: President Barack Obama will throw the ceremonial first pitch when the Phillies open the season next Monday against Washington at Nationals Park.

RED SOX: Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, whose spring training has been delayed by back and neck problems, threw 62 pitches in a simulated game in Fort Myers.

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