NEW YORK — Told he was going to hit in the 13th inning, Matt Albers scrambled.
The Chicago White Sox reliever had not batted since 2009, had not gotten a hit since he was a rookie in 2007.
Since he pitches righthanded but bats from the other side, Albers needed an elbow pad. Dioner Navarro found Brett Lawrie's on the bat rack and strapped it on the 33-year-old pitcher.
Fellow pitcher Mat Latos handed him a bat.
"It's too big," Albers said.
So Navarro gave him his own wood, a Rawlings custom DN4 made of ash, weighing 32 ounces and 33 1/2 inches long.
Albers stepped in against New York Mets reliever Logan Verrett, took a ball followed by two...