Reynolds: Key to hitting is no practice

August, 16, 2013
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Mark ReynoldsMichael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesMark Reynolds, who was acquired Thursday, homered in his first at-bat as a Yankee.
BOSTON -- Mark Reynolds began his Yankees career in style, hitting a home run in his first at-bat.

What was the key? He didn't pick up a bat after being released a little more than a week ago by the Indians.

"Not a one," Reynolds said after the Yankees' 10-3 win over the Red Sox on Friday night. "A lot of golf swings. I did lift weights. I threw to keep my arm loose. As far as hitting, I really just cleared my head. I hung out with the kids and the wife and kind of cleared my head."

Reynolds joked, "Maybe I need to sit on the couch and come out and play."

Reynolds finished the night 2-for-5 with the home run and three RBIs. It has been a decade since a Yankee has had a debut with two hits and three RBIs in a game. Todd Zeile, in 2003, was the last to do it.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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