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. … Click here to read the rest