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Will visits to NL parks cool off Posada?

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees

Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees singles in the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium. (June 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

CHICAGO — Interleague play in National League ballparks could not have come at a worse time for Jorge Posada.

After experiencing a horrendous slump much of the season, the DH entered this round of interleague play hitting .333 with seven doubles and seven RBIs in his last 23 games. He brought a nine-game hitting streak in which he was batting .457 (16-for-35) into Friday’s game.

But in NL parks, of course, the DH is shelved. So there’s no spot for Posada. “You always worry about that,” Joe Girardi said of Posada getting cooled off.

Girardi invoked another DH who couldn’t play the field, at least at the end of his Yankees career. “What we did with Matsui is we tried to get him an at-bat every day,” Girardi said. “Or out of these next six days, make sure he gets five at-bats. It’s a nice person to have on the bench because a switch hitter and they have to pick their poison.”

Posada pinch hit with one on and one out in the ninth Friday and struck out.


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