Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yankees' ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte Debuts

March 30, 2010
Yankees' ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte pulls switcheroo
Pat Venditte showed off his ambidextrous talents for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving up one run in 1-1/3 innings during a 9-6 split-squad loss to the Atlanta Braves.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Pat Venditte can see why he's such a curiosity. It's not every day that a pitcher throws with both arms.
Venditte showed off his ambidextrous talents for the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving up one run in 1-1/3 innings during a 9-6 split-squad loss to the Atlanta Braves. (source: The Seattle Times)
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Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte delivers thrill for New York Yankees
LAKE BUENA VISTAFla. - After CC Sabathia left Tuesday's game against the Braves, he sat on the bench to watch the young lefthander who had replaced him in the fifth inning. But when Pat Venditte threw his first pitch to Yunel Escobar, he did so with his right hand.
"It freaked me out a little bit," Sabathia said. "I didn't know what was going on. I saw they brought a lefty in, then the batter go up there and he was throwing righthanded. I thought maybe that guy got hurt and they brought another one out."
As Sabathia quickly found out, the pitcher who had relieved him, Venditte, is a 24-year old ambidextrous hurler who throws with both hands during games. (source: NY Daily News)
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