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"I hated the decision to treat Deivi Garcia as an opener last night before J.A. Happ ever threw a pitch.
"It’s just dumb to waste Garcia this way. It may be that doing this with Michael King or Nick Nelson telegraphs the play, but that puts the onus on Kevin Cash to build a lineup based on what he expects the Yankees -- I’ll take this off Aaron Boone’s shoulders for the moment, as the consensus is it was an organizational choice -- to do. All the team did last night was take out the better pitcher for the worse one, and while you don’t judge any decision by its outcome, the outcome was terrible and may have cost them the game."