Coming off a two-homer night in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Orioles, right-handed-hitting first baseman Luke Voit started against O’s righty Jimmy Yacabonis in the first game.
It was the second straight game Greg Bird — in a 0-for-13 slide — didn’t start against a right-hander.
“I feel his at-bats are starting to trend in a better way in the few chances he has got of late,’’ Aaron Boone said before Voit went 1-for-3 with an RBI in the .
“We saw that manifest itself [Friday] night. We feel that’s worthy of him getting back in [the lineup],” Boone said.
Bird was at first for the nightcap and it was likely his numbers (3-for-7 with a homer) against Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner played a part in it. Nevertheless, that didn’t translate into because Bird went 0-for-4, grounded into a double play and was booed by the substantial amount of Yankees fans on hand. Bird is 0-for-17 and the average is at .199.
As for Bird, Boone still believes he can help and didn’t think Voit’s two-homer game would affect Bird’s mental approach.
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“I am really confident he is working hard to find that,” Boone said. “When he gets going right, we got what we know is an impact player. He will have chances to prove himself.”
Justus Sheffield’s march to the majors via the bullpen continued Saturday when the lefty worked two innings for SWB against Lehigh Valley. He gave up a run in his second bullpen outing. Sheffield could make two more appearances out of the bullpen and be added to the Yankees’ pen when the rosters expand Sept. 1.
After playing two straight games in Miami, where the DH wasn’t in play, Giancarlo Stanton was the DH for each end of Saturday’s doubleheader as he was Friday night.
Stanton went 1-for-8 in the twinbill and was robbed of his 300th home run in the first game, when center fielder Cedric Mullins got his glove above the wall to bring Stanton’s towering drive back into play for the final out in the sixth inning.
Shane Robinson started in right in the first game and went 2-for-4 and scored twice. His leadoff single in the third stopped a 0-for-17 slide.
At 82-47 the Yankees are 35 games above .500 which is the most they have been this season.
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