DENVER (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees manager Joe Girardi batted starting pitcher David Phelps eighth in their lineup Wednesday night instead of the more traditional ninth spot in an interleague game against Colorado.
Girardi took the unusual step to help protect his left-handed heavy lineup against a Rockies bullpen filled with left-handed relievers. Righty hitting catcher Austin Romine batted ninth.
“It’s not like I’m trying to reinvent the game, it’s not like I’m trying to make something up,” Girardi said prior to the 3-2 win. “I’m trying to maximize our pinch hitters and the people I have in our lineup. That’s the bottom line.”