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Saturday, July 23, 2011
Laird gets first start under his belt



There have been a lot of firsts in the life of Brandon Laird the last two days.

Friday night, he had his first at-bat, hit and RBI. Saturday, he made his first start in the Yankees lineup at third base. In the third inning, the rookie even had his first shot at batting with the bases loaded.

He'll have to wait a little bit longer for his first bases-loaded hit, though.

In his first start, Laird went 0-for-3, including a strikeout with the bases loaded before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of the Yankees 4-3 loss to Oakland. Laird recorded one assist in the field.

"It wasn’t frustrating at all. Got a couple of pitches to hit and put some good swings and fouled them back and then two strikes try to battle and he made a good pitch," Laird said of the bases-loaded at-bat. "That's my first time with bases loaded, I felt pretty good, I was excited, it just didn't go my way."

Before the game, Laird joked with shortstop Derek Jeter that he just needed to get the first play in the field out of the way and he'd be good to go. In the second, Conor Jackson grounded to third and Laird threw him out, which he said helped him settle in. Laird had played in the field Friday night for three innings.

At the plate, batting ninth, Laird grounded to short in the third, struck out with the bases loaded and the Yankees trailing 2-1 in the fourth and grounded to first in the sixth. He was pinch hit for by Jorge Posada with two men on and one out in the eighth.

He also chose to use rapper Fabolous' "You be Killin Em" as his at-bat music, which had been a major topic of discussion before the game.

"It would have been nice if we could have got a win but I got my first start under my belt and got that out of the way," Laird said. "Hopefully I'll have some more coming in the future."