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Yanks hit pitcher eighth, but Weiss doesn't blink

DENVER -- When the Yankees submitted a lineup with starting pitcher David Phelps batting eighth and catcher Austin Romine hitting ninth, it didn't exactly throw Rockies manager Walt Weiss for a loop.

Weiss played for the Rockies when Cardinals manager Tony La Russa would bat the pitcher eighth back in 1998, to move slugger Mark McGwire up a slot to third to enhance his chances for an extra at-bat later. La Russa would do the same later with Albert Pujols.

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La Russa was Weiss' first Major League manager, with the Athletics, and since taking the Rockies job Weiss has talked strategy with La Russa.

As for the decision of Girardi -- once a teammate of Weiss with the Rockies -- Weiss figured it was not his business to comment or analyze.

"I have enough trouble managing my own team," Weiss said. "I'll let Joe manage those guys. It's the first time I've seen it as far as a manager, but I've seen it plenty of times in the past. Tony La Russa did it a lot."

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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