|Yankees' lineup has pitcher batting eighth|
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|Wednesday, 08 May 2013 16:05|
Girardi took the unusual step to help protect his left-handed heavy lineup against a Rockies bullpen filled with left-handed relievers.
The Rockies are starting right-hander Juan Nicasio.
The Yankees lose the designated hitter for the matchup in a National League ballpark.
Girardi says he borrowed the idea of batting his right-hander eighth from Tony La Russa. He spoke to the former St. Louis Cardinals manager a couple of years ago asking him when he employed the tactic and what the benefits were.