Winn in left field for first start of 2010

Winn in left field for first start of 2010

NEW YORK -- When the Bleacher Creatures' roll call swings around the outfield Thursday, they'll have a new face to acknowledge.

Randy Winn makes his first Yankees start as manager Joe Girardi shakes up his lineup against Angels lefty Scott Kazmir.

The 35-year-old switch-hitter gets a kick out of watching Nick Swisher salute the right-field bleachers on a regular basis, but he hasn't been cooking up oddball reactions during his time waiting to get a start.

"Probably with my personality, it's going to be nothing spectacular," Winn said. "I'll acknowledge it, but it won't be anything like Swish, I can assure you that."

Winn has found his way into seven of the Yankees' eight games so far, and is 0-for-2 at the plate.

"I would have loved to get him some more at-bats early on, but it is what it is," Girardi said. "With all the days off, you also wanted to keep our regular guys going. You worry about guys a little bit when they haven't had at-bats, but sometimes that's when guys get three hits, too."

Winn began his career as a part-time player with the Rays in 2000, so the role isn't completely foreign, but he said that timing is the biggest issue in keeping skills ready for action.

"The speed of the game, when you don't play, offensively and defensively," Winn said. "It's hard to simulate game speed, live pitching, playing balls off the bat. You can play in BP, but it's a step or two faster during the games."