Jorge Posada starts at first base

5/20/2011 - MLB Jorge Posada New York Yankees + more

BALTIMORE -- Jorge Posada was back in the New York Yankees lineup on Thursday night, but not at DH.

Manager Joe Girardi had Posada in the field for the initial time this year -- at first base. Posada batted seventh and went 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Mark Teixeira was the designated hitter and hit his 10th homer of the season.

"I look at matchups and how he is swinging the bat," Girardi said. "And I just decided to hit him seventh. That's how I'm going to do it."

Posada entered Thursday 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk against Baltimore starter Brad Bergesen.

Girardi said the move to put Posada at first was mostly designed to give Teixeira a semi-day off. Since Eric Chavez went on the DL, Girardi said he has had Posada take more ground balls.

"Jorge's been doing it," Girardi said.

Posada, who played first base twice in spring training, fully expected the ball to find him Thursday.

"It will," Posada said before the game. "It always does. It happened in spring training."

Posada said the toughest aspect is knowing where to go on cutoffs.

"It's not easy," Posada said."You just have to think a little bit more."

It was Posada's first start at first since July 10, 2008, and his 16th overall.

The move by Girardi continues the trend of starting Posada exclusively against right-handed pitching.

With a lefty on the mound Wednesday, Posada sat.

Since Posada's sitdown strike on Saturday, he has started two of the Yankees' past four games. Both of his starts have been against right-handed pitching.

Posada entered Thursday's game at 0-for-24 against lefties on the season. Against righties, Posada was hitting .227 with six homers and 15 RBIs.

If he is to keep his spot on the roster as a part-time DH/backup first baseman, then those numbers need to improve. The Yankees are planning to give Posada to the All-Star Break before reconsidering whether they need to make a move, a source told ESPN New York on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a Yankees spokesman announced Chris Dickerson's CT scan came back negative. Dickerson was hit in the head Wednesday night by a pitch from Baltimore Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez and left the game. Dickerson was down on the ground for about a minute as Girardi and trainers looked him over after the 93 mph fastball cracked his helmet. He was sent to the hospital for the test.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPN Stats and Information's Katie Sharp was used in this report.