Lillibridge excited for opportunity with Yanks

Lillibridge excited for opportunity with Yanks

Lillibridge excited for opportunity with Yanks

BOSTON -- Brent Lillibridge keeps a couple of old New York tabloid covers on display in his home, reminders of the April 2011 game in which he made two terrific catches to thwart a Yankees rally and help the White Sox hang on for a victory.

Now Lillibridge is hoping that he can give the Yankees a hand. He was selected from the Yankees' Triple-A roster on Friday, slotting into the lineup batting seventh and playing third base at Fenway Park.

"I'm excited just to be up here," Lillibridge said. "It was a long time to be in the Minor Leagues this season, always questioning whether you're going to get the opportunity again. I'm getting the opportunity and hoping to take advantage of it."

Lillibridge, 29, was acquired from the Cubs on June 21 in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. In 23 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Lillibridge hit .341 (28-for-82) with 18 runs scored, seven doubles, seven homers and 15 RBIs.

"He's a guy who can play everywhere, been really swinging the bat in Triple-A," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll take a look at him and see how he does. I think he's played everywhere but catcher this year, and I won't put him there -- he won't have to worry about it."

Lillibridge remembered accurately that he robbed both Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano with his game-saving catches on April 26, 2011, in New York, playing right field after entering the game as an eighth-inning pinch-runner and preserving a 3-2 win for the White Sox.

"Hopefully it was early enough in the season that no one held too much of a grudge," Lillibridge said. "It was a fun time, really. I was pretty jacked up, and so was the team. It was a fun experience, I'll never forget it."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.