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Brennan Boesch

Yankees Unveil a New Outfielder By Peter Kerasotis

TAMPA, Fla. — Outfielder Brennan Boesch played his first game for the Yankees in Saturday afternoon’s 7-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field.

A .259 career hitter, Boesch has a .363 career average against the Yankees with a .907 on-base plus slugging percentage. A left-handed hitter, his average at Yankee Stadium, which he said is his favorite place to play, is .367 with a .908 O.P.S.

“It’s a young man who’s got a lot of opportunity, and we hope he’s going to be a good fit,” Manager Joe Girardi said.

In Saturday’s game, Boesch played right field while Ichiro Suzuki played in left.
“It’s all good,” he said. “It’s like the first day of school. Everything is new. But everything is also top-notch here. I couldn’t be in a better place.”

Boesch said that after his release, when his agent, Scott Boras, told him the Yankees were interested, his response was to “just get it done.”

“I don’t know what my numbers are in New York, but I’ve always loved playing against the Yankees and playing in New York,” he said. “It’s definitely my favorite place to play.”

When Boesch first visited Yankee Stadium in 2010, he dominated a four-game series — hitting a home run, a bases-emptying triple and a double. He finished with five R.B.I. in that series, propelling the Tigers to three victories in four games.

Girardi noted that Boesch is a rare left-handed hitter who has had better success against left-handed pitchers than righties. Boesch is a .250 career hitter against right-handers and .286 against left-handers.

Brennan Boesch

Brennan Boesch Thrilled to be in Yankees Uniform Says Tigers Did Him a Favor

By: Peter Botte

With minor-league options remaining, Brennan Boesch could have been sent to Triple-A instead of getting released last week.

But the lefty-swinging outfielder believes that decision by the Tigers worked out pretty well for him after the Yankees snapped up Boesch on Saturday as another possibility to help shore up their injury-riddled lineup.

“(The Tigers) did me a favor, and that goes without saying that I’m thankful for them to have done that,” Boesch said before starting in right field Saturday against the Phillies. “They could have done a lot of other different things probably, but here I am now in a Yankee uniform and it couldn’t have turned out better for me.”

Boesch, 27, finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010, and he followed that up by posting a strong .799 OPS the next season.

His one-year deal with the Yanks, who have been searching for outfield help since Curtis Granderson suffered a broken forearm Feb. 24, is for $1.5 million.

“I couldn’t be in a better place to land after Detroit. What a great organization to be in for your second go-around,” said Boesch, adding “everything” as his reasons for placing the Yankees atop his list. “The organization speaks for itself, that’s just the bottom line. I wasn’t looking at depth charts or opportunity. When my agent (Scott Boras) told me they were interested, I said just get it done. And I’m here.”

Boesch has fared well in eight career games facing the enticing right-field porch at Yankee Stadium, posting a .367/.375/.533 slash line in the Bronx.

“It’s pretty attractive,” Boesch said. “Comerica is a little different story. Obviously, you have to stay within yourself and can’t get too greedy, but I’ve always loved playing there, it’s just a fact. I don’t know what my numbers are in New York, but I’ve always loved playing against the Yankees and playing in New York. It’s definitely my favorite place to play.”