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First at-bat unforgettable for Russo

First at-bat unforgettable for Russo

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BOSTON -- As the Yankees played out the final innings of their 14-3 blowout win over the Red Sox on Saturday, it dawned on Kevin Russo that not only was he going to get his first Major League at-bat, but it was going to come against a non-pitcher.

The Red Sox had summoned outfielder Jonathan Van Every to mop up the last three outs and save their bullpen, and Russo was due up fourth in the inning. Derek Jeter doubled to deep center and Brett Gardner struck out looking before Mark Teixeira homered, bringing up Russo.

"I didn't really know what to think," Russo said. "It was kind of a weird situation, but it was still my first Major League at-bat and I was trying to get a hit. I was just excited to be here."

Russo took a ball before swinging at the second pitch, a 78-mph fastball, and flying out to right fielder J.D. Drew. After landing at Logan Airport at 11 a.m. ET, Russo said the whole day had been one he wouldn't be able to forget.

"Guys were even saying, 'That was one of the weirdest games I ever played,'" Russo said. "It was definitely a crazy day with the rain delays and all the stuff, but it was pretty exciting. It's Fenway Park, playing the Boston Red Sox. Just a very cool experience."

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