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Laird still smiling with first start on tap

Brandon Laird is still smiling.

Less than 24 hours after his first major league hit and RBI, the Yankees rookie was as elated Saturday morning as he was following his hit Friday night. It helped that Laird also will be making his first start Saturday at third base against the Athletics.

"Everybody was excited. I got about 100 text messages (last night)," Laird said. "I couldn't be out too late, (manager) Joe (Girardi) told me to get my rest and I'm going to play today. It was exciting and I'm still living in the clouds right now."

Laird, who has eight people here watching him play, replaced Derek Jeter in the seventh inning and worked a walk, even with the first pitch he ever saw in his career tailing behind him. He later singled in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a 17-7 lead and played three innings at third base.

Following the game, Laird talked to his brother, St. Louis catcher Gerald Laird, and found out that Gerald made his teammates watch Laird's second at-bat. Gerald told Brandon that the Cardinals went crazy when Brandon got his hit and Brandon added that several Cardinals players texted and called to congratulate him.

At the end of the game, Laird said he got the game ball from Robinson Cano and he plans to get the lineup card from the game as well as the ball from his first hit framed. He'll then give the ball to his father to go alongside the memorabilia from Gerald's first hit.

"It's something (my dad) has been waiting for his whole life," Laird said. "He already has one in the big leagues, to have two is every parent's dream."

With his first career start in the field on tap for Saturday, Laird said he is yet to choose his at-bat music, although he plans to use a hip-hop song with a good beat that will get him pumped up and locked in at the plate.

It's a moment he's envisioned many times before.

"I remember being in my room, putting my favorite song on and being like, alright, I'm hitting in New York right now," Laird said. "Being a young kid, being funny and actually to have it come true is unbelievable."