Andruw Jones has an idea of what Raul Ibanez is going through this spring training.

"Last year, I probably had about three or four hits all spring," Jones said of his first season with the Yankees. "I wasn't happy about it, because you want to feel good, but I worked on some things and finally got better to finish strong."

The Yankees will find out whether Ibanez is going to follow the same path, or whether he's going to make them regret not signing Johnny Damon or another lefty designated hitter.

When asked if he was concerned about Ibanez's slow start — he is 2-for-37 (.054) after going 0-for-3 in last night's 4-4 tie against the Red Sox — general manager Brian Cashman answered: "You mean that he's saving all his hits for the season? Not at all."