The Yankees won for the first time in almost a week last night. And they did it with one of their most recently productive bats on the bench to start the game. With a left-handed starter on the mound, Joe elected to sit Ichiro Suzuki, probably for rest more than anything, and start Vernon Wells in right field. With Zoilo Almonte looking good in his Major League debut and solidifying his role as the starting left fielder, right field turned back into the L/R platoon the Yankees always envisioned it, for one night at least. With the way things worked out last night, Joe might want to consider going to that well more often.
Not even joking, I think last night might have been the first game all season in which both Wells and Ichiro had good games. Wells, still batting cleanup even though the stats and spray charts say no way, had 2 singles in 3 plate appearances against Scott Diamond before giving way to Ichiro in the 8th. The Twins went with right-handed Jared Burton that inning and Joe used the righty-righty matchup as the perfect reason to lift Wells and go with the lefty Ichiro, who set up the go-ahead rally in the inning with a bunt single. He came up again in the 9th and lined one off the pitcher that could have been another run-scoring hit. A 3-5 night from the right field position with a run scored, solid defense, and 2 hard-hit outs. I don’t know about you, but I can live with that.
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