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Rivera “absolutely” could play center field this weekend

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Sounds like Mariano Rivera is going to play center field this weekend.

Joe Girardi said he’s “absolutely” entertaining the idea, which Rivera has long said he’d like to try before retirement. Rivera won’t play center field tonight — “Because it is meaningful for Tampa,” Girardi said — but it will likely happen this weekend in Houston.

“I don’t know how I would do it,” Girardi said. “It’s something I would have to talk to him about. In my mind, thinking that he’s going to want to pitch, it’s a situation where I might bring him in in the eighth to play the outfield, and then have him close it out in the ninth, if we have that opportunity.”

The clubhouse opened later than usual today, so I’ll just add the lineup to his post when I get downstairs.

Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Brendan Ryan SS
J.R. Murphy C

RHP Ivan Nova

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