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Stanton in similar position as Miggy in '06

JUPITER, Fla. -- The position Giancarlo Stanton is in now for the Marlins is similar to what Miguel Cabrera went through in 2006. Stanton, 23, is the focal point in a young, Miami lineup.

In '06, Cabrera -- now with the Tigers -- essentially took on the same role with the Marlins, when he was managed by Joe Girardi.

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Girardi, in Jupiter on Friday managing the Yankees, said the key for Stanton is to not try to do too much. Cabrera did it on a roster filled with rookies.

"The one thing I saw from Miggy was, he was very disciplined in his work and his approach," Girardi said. "He didn't try to do too much. If there was a runner on third, his approach was, 'I'm going to get him in.' Anything over that was gravy."

Girardi advises Stanton to do the same.

"I think when you're a focus of an offense, you have to do that," the Yankees skipper said. "You can't try to do too much. If they're not going to pitch to you, you've got to take your walks. Miggy was willing to do that."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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