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Joey Looseleafs plays it loose

Joe Girardi went with his gut -- instead of the binder -- and it was the right call

Updated: April 28, 2013, 8:52 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- For one of the rare times in his five-plus years as the Yankees manager, Joey Looseleafs played it loose.

For a manager as By-The-Binder as Joe Girardi, starting a left-handed hitting DH against a left-handed starter is a concept as radical as playing four outfielders.

But for day at least, Binder Boy became Blinder Boy. Girardi, who studies numbers as closely as any actuary, decided that today was the day to turn a blind eye to his numbers and split and spray ...

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