Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/26/12

Jayson Nix tries to manage games inside his head, doing his best to predict when New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi might call on him to hit or take the field. In the seventh inning Wednesday, Nix noted that three lefties were due up in an inning or two, so he went to the cage and started taking some swings to warm up.

"I knew there was a possibility I might hit," Nix said.

With left-hander Lucas Luetge set to face Raul Ibanez with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, Girardi called on Nix to hit for Ibanez, who has struggled against lefties all season.

The Mariners -- who led 2-1 at the time -- countered with right-hander Shawn Kelley, though with no lefties remaining in the Seattle bullpen, Girardi knew he would get a good matchup with Eric Chavez facing a right-hander.

By the time Chavez came to the plate, Nix had already given the Yankees the lead, belting a three-run double to left-center to give New York a 4-2 advantage. It was Nix's second hit in three pinch-hit at-bats this season, and it helped New York to a 5-2 win.

"This is a professional guy who really works hard at playing the four positions that we ask him to play," Girardi said. "He's always prepared. I looked at him and I said, 'Are you prepared to hit? And he said, 'Yes I am.' He'd already swung in the cage and stretched. I'm real happy with him."

Nix will have some more playing time coming his way after Alex Rodriguez suffered a fractured left hand in Tuesday night's game. Chavez and Nix will platoon at third base, giving Nix a chance to play against left-handers for the next 4-6 weeks.

"I just try to do anything I can that day to help the team," Nix said. "We're such a great team, we're so deep, nobody's got to try to do more."

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