NEW YORK -- The one adjustment that manager John Farrell made to his lineup for the second game of the season was the insertion of Daniel Nava as the designated hitter. In fact, Nava batted second while Shane Victorino moved down to the seventh spot.
Jonny Gomes was the odd man out against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Though Gomes has historically been a far better hitter against left-handers, Farrell said he will try to give Gomes some reps against righties.
"Yes, we do," Farrell said. "Even the other day against [Joba] Chamberlain, I know it was a first pitch fastball, but I think the one thing Jonny was pretty clear about in Spring Training was maybe simplifying his approach against right-handers and being more clear with what he was looking for in certain counts. You don't want to over-examine one at-bat, but I thought he swung the bat well against righties in Spring Training."
At least at this point in the season, Gomes and Nava should see just about all of the at-bats at DH.
"Until we get initially into a stretch of everyday guys who might need a spot at the DH slot to get them off their feet for a day, [Gomes and Nava] would be the intent," Farrell said.