Notes: Why Joe picked Gonzalez to pitch

With two outs in the top of the ninth and the Yankees down by 10 runs, Joe Girardi turned to Wednesday's starting shortstop, Alberto Gonzalez, to get the final out.

"We need one out," Girardi said. "It is not something I want to do. For me, to bring in another pitcher, I don't think that makes a lot of sense there. We are down 10 runs with three outs to go. They have a full bullpen with their closer rested."

Prior to the ninth, Girardi told Gonzalez that he might ask him to pitch. Gonzalez used an 81-MPH change-up/fastball to force Robert Andino to fly out to right.

"A shortstop usually has pretty good command of where he is throwing the baseball all the time," Girardi said. "So I figured he is the guy."

In June of 2012, Girardi had outfielder Dewayne Wise pitch. He also once called on Nick Swisher to take the mound.

MUSICAL CHAIRS: When Gonzalez moved from short to the mound in the ninth, Jayson Nix shifted to short. Girardi had Vernon Wells play second. Wells has now played second and third on the season. Wells did not get a ball hit to him.

In the seventh, Girardi had put catcher Chris Stewart at first, a position he had played before in the bigs.

"I said, 'Stew, don't get hurt,'" Girardi said.

Girardi gave the same advice to Wells.

HEY ROOKS: Along with David Adams, reliever Brett Marshall made his debut. Marshall saved the bullpen, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits. He threw 108 pitches.

"I told him, 'Good job,'" Girardi said. "He saved the bullpen. That's what he did for us. That's not easy being a rookie and being asked to do that."

Marshall got the ball from his only strikeout and was given up a couple of lineup cards.

Meanwhile, Adams, who could be the new starting third baseman until Kevin Youkilis comes back, could have a chance to stick. He played a flawless third and picked up his first hit, a single, in the sixth. He also got the ball.

"My mom and wife are probably going to fight over it," said Adams, who turned 26 on Wednesday. "So I'll give them some boxing gloves and see who wins."