NEW YORK (AP) _ Jorge Posada has been dropped to ninth in the
New York Yankees’ lineup.

Slumping all season in his new role of designated hitter, Posada
was batting .165 with six homers and 15 RBIs going into Saturday
night’s game against the rival Boston Red Sox.

With the Yankees struggling to get big hits lately, manager Joe
Girardi said it was time to make a switch. He moved scuffling Nick
Swisher down to eighth in the order and put Posada in the No. 9

The Yankees say the last time Posada hit ninth was exactly 12
years ago, on May 14, 1999, against the White Sox.

The 39-year-old Posada says he feels better at the plate
recently, but says he put himself in this position and he
understands the move.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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