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Joe Girardi managing time for Matt Holliday, Todd Frazier, Chase Headley and Greg Bird

Greg Bird of the Yankees celebrates his home run against

Greg Bird of the Yankees celebrates his home run against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 31, 2017. Credit: Jim McIsaac

ARLINGTON, Texas — Each game, there’s an odd man out.

But Yankees manager Joe Girardi said getting adequate playing time for Matt Holliday, Chase Headley, Greg Bird and Todd Frazier, while a balancing act, hasn’t been a huge challenge.

“It’s not difficult,” Girardi said Sunday morning.

When Holliday and Bird returned from the disabled list around the same time, it created a logjam of sorts. With Headley — who had been the everyday first baseman until Bird returned — still swinging a hot bat, the switch hitter has gotten some games as a designated hitter or, as in Sunday’s 16-7 victory over the Rangers, at third base, with Frazier taking a seat. Because Girardi kept catcher Austin Romine with starter Jordan Montgomery, Gary Sanchez shifted to DH, meaning Holliday sat for a second straight game.

“Just kind of rotating [everyone],” Girardi said. “We kind of have four guys for three spots and I’m just keeping them all involved because I think it’s important.”

Holliday — who had a key pinch hit Saturday in a 3-1 comeback victory over the Rangers — gives Girardi fewer options because he doesn’t play the field, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play the least.

“I’m always going to start him against some righthanders,” Girardi said. “It’s a nice weapon to have, obviously, because you know he’s going to have a professional at-bat and not be overwhelmed by any situation.”


Aaron Judge walked for the 107th time in the second inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that’s a rookie record for a season. The previous record was held by Cleveland’s Les Fleming, who walked 106 times in 1942.

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Girardi said rookie Clint Frazier (left oblique strain), who has been rehabbing with Double-A Trenton since Wednesday, should return “sometime” this week.

Some streak

Girardi has taken note of the 17-game winning streak the Indians brought into Sunday night’s game against Baltimore, a stretch that includes a three-game sweep of the Yankees Aug. 28-30.

“They’re strong in all areas,” he said. “For any team to win that many games in a row is really amazing. They’re on a roll and we were part of that.”


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