The perils of pinch-hitting

Before you rip the skipper, consider the problems of bringing stale bats off the bench

Originally Published: January 21, 2010
By Matthew Carruth |
Carlos GomezJohn Williamson/MLB Photos via Getty ImagesEven though Gomez struggled at the plate, Gardenhire made the correct call not to pinch-hit for him.

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The Setup

Game Two of the American League Division Series between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees is remembered most for Mark Teixeira's dramatic walk-off homer in the 11th inning. However, what happened in the top of that inning is more interesting.