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Lyle Overbay makes third straight start in rightfield for Yankees

Yankees' Lyle Overbay runs down a foul ball

Yankees' Lyle Overbay runs down a foul ball in right field during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians. (June 3, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Lyle Overbay started his third consecutive game in rightfield Wednesday in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Indians at Yankee Stadium. For the third straight game, the Yankees won and Overbay survived without being heavily taxed. In each game, he caught one fly ball. That's all that was hit his way.

So much for the old baseball adage that the ball will always find a questionable fielder.

"Getting there, yeah," said Overbay, who hasn't played in the outfield since Double-A ball in 2001. "I think the biggest thing is just repetition and kind of knowing a little bit about how the pitchers are going to throw."

Overbay was moved to rightfield to take advantage of his bat. He went 1-for-3 with a run Wednesday before being replaced by Ichiro Suzuki in the seventh with the Yankees leading 6-0. "It's fun," said Overbay, 36. "This is the time of my life. I want to enjoy it."

"I think if I was younger I'd probably be a little more nervous, but this is icing on the cake."

It's unclear how much manager Joe Girardi will want to use Overbay in the outfield on the Yankees' next two stops. Seattle and Oakland have much bigger outfields than Yankee Stadium does in right.

Indians' Perez investigated

Injured Indians closer Chris Perez, who is on the DL and not with the team, is being investigated by suburban Cleveland police for a package that was delivered to the home he is renting. Police suspect the package may have contained an illegal recreational narcotic and are testing the contents, according to Rocky River police chief Kelly Stillman.

"I spoke to Chris this morning," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I called him just to make sure he was OK. Other than that we have to allow the process to unfold. Out of respect to everybody involved, that's all I can say."


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