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Torre includes Bernie; Shelley to DH?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 01, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Torre was at a school in New Jersey today opening a shelter for victims of domestic violence. In a classy move, he invited Bernie Williams to come along with him to speak to the kids.

Williams will be honored at the charity dinner Torre hosts in Manhattan next month to benefit his foundation.

Little by little, the Yankees are drawing Bernie back into the fold. Hopefully this leads to a “Bernie Williams Day” at the Stadium next season.

There was a little baseball talk at the event. Torre said he expected Hideki Matsui to be ready for Thursday. But he mentioned the idea of having Shelley Duncan be the DH against C.C. Sabathia.

It’s an intriguing idea. Matsui is 0 for 9 against Sabathia in his career, has been slumping lately and is gimpy. Duncan is 10 for 33 against lefties with three homers this season.

However, Matsui has a .895 OPS in 151 postseason ABs. It’s not an easy call. I’d give the kid a shot. Assuming he doesn’t spontaneously combust on his way to the plate, he could run into one.




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