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Steinbrenner Field has 1st game since Boss' death

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Baseball was back at George M. Steinbrenner Field for the first time since the death of the New York Yankees owner.

A moment of silence was held before the Class-A Tampa Yankees played Bradenton Sunday in a Florida State League game. Tampa general manager Vance Smith said the team, which is owned by the Yankees, is planning to add a patch honoring Steinbrenner to its uniform.

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Steinbrenner died of a heart attack Tuesday at 80. He would watch the Tampa Yankees play from his fourth floor ballpark office.

Steinbrenner Field, which opened in 1996 as Legends Field, is also used as the Yankees spring training complex. The name change in 2008 came after the Tampa City Council and Hillsborough County Commission approved resolutions calling for the honor.

A private service was held for Steinbrenner Saturday. A public memorial is expected to be held at a later date, although plans have not been announced.

Associated Press

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