Sexson in the City
Richie Sexson, all 6-foot-8 of him, is in the lineup tonight for the Yankees at first base, batting fifth. The original plan was to give Sexson tonight to get acclimated, but Joe Blanton jumped ship from the A’s for Philadelphia, bumping up lefty Greg Smith for Oakland and wiping out Sexson’s free day.
Sexson spoke for about 10 minutes in the clubhouse before the game and said he’s looking at the Yankees as a fresh start — the better he plays against lefties, the more likely he believes he is to grab some at-bats against righties. On first impression Sexson seems soft-spoken and ready to accept his role with the Yankees. He may fit in fine.
Here’s Joe Girardi: “He used to ruin a lot of my nights when I was with the Cubs and he was with the Brewers. That’s what I remember most about him. I actually said to him today that if he had been on my team then, maybe I would have slept a little bit better at night. He seemed to always come up with a big home run late in a game. He was a force.
“Sometimes you have down years but that doesn’t mean you’re not still a good player. I believe Richie Sexson is still a good player. … He’s 33 years old. It’s not like he’s an old man. I still think there’s a lot of good baseball left in Richie Sexson.”
Other notes and quotes: The Yankees had a 1 p.m. workout at the Stadium. Everyone except the All-Stars, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera had to attend. They worked on PFP, throwing and BP. … Johnny Damon will rejoin the team in New York. He’ll work out and try to get back to game form on this homestand. … Brian Bruney is still a few appearances away but could join the Yankees around the end of the month. He last pitched July 14 for Trenton vs. Binghamton. …