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An unlikely curtain call for Curtis as Yanks top Angels - Metro US

An unlikely curtain call for Curtis as Yanks top Angels

Colin Curtis knew he’d have to share time in the lineup. The rookie just never figured he’d have to share time at an at-bat.

That’s exactly what happened yesterday when Brett Gardner was tossed in the seventh inning with an 0-2 count for arguing balls and strikes. The Yankees needed a pinch hitter and a little more insurance against the Angels.

Curtis provided both by smashing a three-run home run that put the finishing touches on a 10-6 win.

“I think it’s kind of tough to describe, you hit it, you see it go out and it’s the first one of your career in a big situation,” Curtis said. “I was really excited I was kind of running around trying to hold back a big smile.”

When he stepped into the box, the Yankees had nearly blown a six-run lead and were only up, 7-5. Curtis, a fourth-round pick in 2006 who was called up last month, took three straight pitches before belting his first career long ball.

“He’s had a ton of big hits for us without a lot of starts, and that’s not easy for a young man who is used to playing [regularly],” manager Joe Girardi said. “You come in that situation 0-2 and for him to be able to hit a home run — that’s some kind of at-bat.”

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