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David Phelps batting eighth for Yankees against Colorado Rockies

David Phelps pitches against the Red Sox. (Aug.

David Phelps pitches against the Red Sox. (Aug. 18, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

Desperate for an offensive spark, the Yankees are turning to...David Phelps?

Yes, you read that right: Phelps, Wednesday night's starter, will bat eighth on Wednesday night against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Phelps will bat ahead of catcher Austin Romine and behind third baseman Chris Nelson.

The last time a Yankees starting pitcher batted eighth in the lineup? Don Larsen, back on August 28, 1957. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the Yankees beat the White Sox, 5-4, at Comiskey Park. (For what it's worth, reliever Bob Turley replaced Larsen and went 0-for-1, making him the last Yankees pitcher to bat in the eight-hole.)

Zack Greinke was the last pitcher to bat eighth in a team's lineup, going 0-for-3 in the Royals' 2-1 win over the Houston Astros on June 23, 2009.

The Yankees' full starting lineup:

Brett Gardner CF

Robinson Cano 2B

Vernon Wells LF

Lyle Overbay 1B

Ichiro Suzuki RF

Jayson Nix SS

Chris Nelson 3B

David Phelps P

Austin Romine C
 

Tags: Yankees , David Phelps , Don Larsen

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