NEW YORK -- No matter what came out of Saturday's Reds-Yankees game, it was going to be a special day for rookie Mike Costanzo. The 28-year-old, who spent eight years in the Minors before getting his first callup last weekend, made his first big league start as Cincinnati's designated hitter.
Costanzo notched his first Major League hit with a one-out single in the sixth inning off Ivan Nova. In the eighth, he drove in what turned out to be the deciding run with a sacrifice fly to center field.
"It's pretty exciting. I have a bunch of family members and my son is here," said Costanzo, a Philadelphia native. "Getting your first big league start in Yankee Stadium is pretty much everybody's dream."
Costanzo understood the preparation needed to handle the DH role.
"I used to DH for the Orioles in the Minor Leagues," Costanzo said. "It's easier here because there's a cage. You just have to stay loose all game and keep your mind right, and one [at-bat] at a time."