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Surprise start

Vizcaino, not Knoblauch, to get start in Game 3

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Posted: Monday October 23, 2000 4:22 PM
Updated: Tuesday October 24, 2000 8:47 AM

  Jose Vizcaino Journeyman Jose Vizcaino has earned his keep in the postseason for the Yankees. AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Game 1 hero Jose Vizcaino will start at second base for the Yankees instead of Chuck Knoblauch when the World Series shifts to Shea Stadium for Game 3.

The move by Yankees manager Joe Torre was a surprise. He said last week that Knoblauch would return to second for games at the National League ballpark, when the designated hitter is not used.

Knoblauch, the DH for Games 1 and 2 at Yankee Stadium, has been bothered by throwing problems and arm pain throughout the season.

"I'm not surprised," Knoblauch said. "It's the right thing to do. This is not the right time to mess around when we're two wins away."

The Yankees take a 2-0 lead against the Mets into the game Tuesday night.

Vizcaino got the unexpected start at second base over Luis Sojo in Saturday's opener. Vizcaino became the Yankees' hero, going 4-for-6, including the game-winning single in the 12th inning.

Knoblauch plans to have his elbow examined after the Series.

"I'm disappointed I'm not playing the game, but it's all about winning, especially this time of year," Knoblauch said. "I'm not used to not playing. I support the decision 100 percent, and I can always pinch-hit or pinch-run."


 
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