Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Giambi Will Get His Wish at First Base

New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi has the inside track for a coveted RBI producer's role as the No. 5 hitter in the Bombers potent lineup, and his long-time contention that he needs to play the field to be at his best will finally face the acid test. Although GM Brian Cashman has more moves up his sleeve, Giambi stands as the obvious choice to play first base as OF Bernie Williams has won the DH role by default. Giambi says he's stumped to explain it. but he bats 150 points higher when he's in the field. Giambi, 34, recovered his stroke last year, hitting 27 of his 32 homers after July 3, and says he's completely healthy this spring after two consecutive years of intermittent injuries, aches and pains, and the distraction of the steroids controversy.