Chris Dickerson couldn’t have put the ball in a better spot if he dropped it in left field with his own hands.
To cap off the Yanks’ eight-run seventh, Dickerson hit a shallow fly ball to short left field that fell just outside the reach of Jose Reyes and in front of Jason Bay.
Bay was shaded toward center field for Dickerson, who was hitting left-handed.
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The seeing-eye flare scored Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner to give the Yanks a 9-3 lead.
“I don’t think I could have thrown it any better,” he said.
Dickerson finished the day 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. He also worked a walk and scored on Derek Jeter’s single in his first at-bat in the seventh.
Dickerson was playing in place of struggling right fielder Nick Swisher, who is hitting just .214.
It was his first start since being hit in the head by Orioles hurler Mike Gonzalez on Wednesday.
He was taken to the hospital and said a CT scan showed a concussion, but the test results were otherwise normal. Dickerson said he had headaches for a few days, but no longer has any lingering effects.
Dickerson says his impact test was reviewed Friday and he was examined by a neurologist, who cleared him to play. Then, the test results were sent to Major League Baseball, which also gave him an OK.
He said after Sunday’s game that he hasn’t felt any headaches since Friday. He wasn’t worried at all when he stepped in the box to face Mike Pelfrey in the second inning.
“Not at all. I know I was OK,” he said.
The 28-year-old Hollywood, CA, native has been valuable off of Joe Girardi’s bench.
He’s batting 4-for-8 as a Yankee, including 3-for-6 in his three starts.