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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Canon Extends Sponsorship with New York Yankees

Canon U.S.A., a provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions, has extended its sponsorship with the New York Yankees, one of the most storied franchises in professional sports, through 2011.

As part of the agreement, Canon will be the "Official Digital Camera, Copier, SLR Camera and Printer of the New York Yankees." The sponsorship will include signage on Yankee Stadium's left field wall as well as a home plate rotating advertisement. Additionally, as part of a special Canon promotional day, scheduled for May 20, 2009, the first 18,000 fans in attendance will receive a cap featuring both the Canon logo and Yankees logo.

Jack Suzuki, senior director and general manager of Corporate Communications Division at Canon U.S.A., said: "Canon and the New York Yankees are two iconic brands that have complemented each other well throughout our partnership over the last decade. Being partners with the Yankees as they usher in a new era with the opening of their new Stadium is going to be a gratifying and a proud moment for both brands. We hope to see many Yankees home runs hit over our sign throughout the season."

Michael Tusiani, Yankees Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales & Sponsorships, said: "We are excited to be continuing our long term alliance with Canon. It is a fully-integrated relationship from premium signage and a giveaway day, to the installation of Canon copiers in the Stadium's offices.”

Originally Published At: http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews/articleid/3064256

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez gets mixed reception

Alex Rodriguez was booed, then homered in his first game since admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Yankees slugger started the spring training season with a two-run homer and two walks Wednesday against Toronto. The third baseman left in the fifth inning.

There were a lot of cheers, a smattering of boos and occasional cat calls from hecklers. Rodriguez recently said he used banned substances from 2001-03 while with Texas. Many in the crowd at the Blue Jays' facility in Dunedin, Fla., cheered as he circled the bases after homering in the fourth inning. By the third time he went to the plate, hecklers who earlier shouted "Hey, A-Rod, where's your cousin?" and "Madonna" were drowned out by applause.

"When you're playing, it's hard to focus on standing ovations or boos,'' Rodriguez said. "I didn't see anything that was bad at all."

His day was not without controversy, though. He left the facility in a vehicle that, according to two media outlets, was driven by Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart — who allegedly bought steroids and injected Rodriguez.

DODGERS — The team made a fourth bid for Manny Ramirez, this time offering the outfielder a $25 million, one-year contract with a $20 million player option for 2010. That is similar in dollars to a previous $45 million, two-year offer with a buyout or a club option. The new offer gives him a chance stay with the Dodgers in 2010 or become a free agent again.

INDIANS — Closer Kerry Wood hasn't thrown off a mound since last weekend because of a sore back, and manager Eric Wedge says the team will give him a few more days of rest. Wood, who signed a two-year, $20.5 million contract in December, has a long history of injury problems.

TWINS — Pitcher Boof Bonser is expected to miss the season after arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder detected partial tears in his labrum and rotator cuff.

ROCKIES — Pitcher Jeff Francis has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder and is expected to miss the entire season.

BREWERS — Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said he could miss up to a month of spring training because of a right shoulder ailment.