MINNEAPOLIS — Greg Bird resurfaced in the Yankees’ lineup Monday night against the Twins for two reasons.
“I wanted to get him in there at some point, obviously Luke [Voit] has been so good for us and has earned the everyday at-bats,’’ manager Aaron Boone said of Bird, who started for the first time since Aug. 29. “I felt like the travel [from Seattle] and a matchup that we kind of liked. Luke has been stiff the last couple of days, nothing that he didn’t want to try and play through. And again, wanting to keep Birdie relevant and get him at-bats where we can.’’
Boone said the right-handed hitting Voit has had back stiffness lately.