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.