NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki found his name back in the lineup on Thursday against a left-handed pitcher, and the Yankees outfielder could continue to see increased duty in that role down the stretch.
Manager Joe Girardi has seemed reluctant to use Ichiro against left-handed pitching, but Girardi said that he may consider using the 38-year-old in that role more coming off his terrific 7-for-8 doubleheader against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
"It's possible," Girardi said. "I could give him a day off against a lefty [the A's Travis Blackley] coming up here [on Saturday]. He played a doubleheader [Wednesday]. I checked to make sure he was OK; he said he feels good. We'll take it day by day."
Ichiro drove in the game-winning run in the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader with an RBI single off Toronto lefty Aaron Loup.
Girardi has tried to get Andruw Jones going against lefties, but Jones has had major problems in the second half, batting just .137 (14-for-102) with two homers and 10 RBIs, and owns one hit in his last 15 at-bats.
"He's just struggled," Girardi said. "He had that great [five-homer] month in July for us, and the second half has been a struggle for him for whatever reason. It hasn't been just one pitch that's gotten him out. He's scuffled, and you look at what Ich is doing, and we're going with the hot hand."