Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli makes first career start at first base

Yankees first baseman Francisco Cervelli reacts after he

Yankees first baseman Francisco Cervelli reacts after he can't make the play at first base against the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Overall, Joe Girardi said Francisco Cervelli "passed" his first career start at first base Tuesday.

But the backup catcher, who said he felt relatively comfortable there, need not worry about it becoming an everyday experience with Mark Teixeira on the DL.

"It's not something I'm going to do all the time," Girardi said. "We'll see what I do against the next lefty, but it does give me another option."

Cervelli didn't get too many tests Tuesday, his biggest one coming in the second when Steve Lombardozzi pushed a bunt into no-man's land between first and second. Cervelli correctly came off the bag to field the ball but neither pitcher Ivan Nova nor second baseman Brian Roberts covered the bag.

"That was my fault, my responsibility," Nova said.

Cervelli said his preference, of course, is catching but he's more than open to playing first again, or wherever Girardi deems necessary.

"It's a little different because I'm hyper, so I like to be behind the plate and moving all the time," Cervelli said. "But I can adapt to that position. I just do it because I want to help. If the manager asks me, I'll do it."

 

Scorching Solarte

Rookie third baseman Yangervis Solarte had two doubles -- giving him six -- and is now hitting .458 with a .519 OBP in seven games.

"I'm not going to try and figure it out, I'll just tell you I like what I see," Girardi said. "He's played extremely well, he's taken advantage of this opportunity, and we'll keep running him out there."

 

Unruly fans force delay

With Cervelli up in the bottom of the eighth, two fans delayed play by dropping out of the leftfield stands and running onto the field. They were swarmed -- and tackled hard -- by security, eventually led away in handcuffs. It was only the second such instance since new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and the first since that season.

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