NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki had the past week to get acclimated to left field at Yankee Stadium by shagging balls during batting practice, and he got his first start Wednesday against the Orioles in his new position.
The 10-time Gold Glove Award winner spent nearly all of his time playing right field in Seattle, with his other starts coming in center field. The only time he played left field was Oct. 22, 2001, in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium -- his last postseason game.
Manager Joe Girardi said Ichiro would play left field for New York from the moment it acquired him, but the move was delayed with right fielder Nick Swisher often out of the lineup or serving as designated hitter with a strained left hip flexor. Swisher was again the designated hitter in the series finale against Baltimore, but with fly-ball pitcher Phil Hughes on the mound, Girardi started Ichiro in the more spacious left field, and moved Andruw Jones to right.
"There might be a little adjustment, but we're not really going to know until you get him out there in a game situation," Girardi said. "You can take all the balls off the bat in batting practice as you want, but it's going to be different in a game situation. With all his experience, we feel like he can do it and he'll do a good job.
"With our ballpark being a much bigger left field, it just made sense."
McGehee arrives in Bronx, starts at first vs. O's
New York -- Even though his arrival in the Yankees' clubhouse on Wednesday morning came just hours after a last-minute Deadline deal sent him from Pittsburgh to New York, Casey McGehee was following protocol.
The beard he'd worn for two-plus years had already been doused in shaving cream and shaved clean.
"It's just facial hair. It's not like I'm winning any beauty contests with or without it," McGehee said. "When I was leaving, I think [my Pirates teammates] started to chant. They all wanted to watch me shave it in the clubhouse, but I wasn't giving them that satisfaction."
McGehee, now joining his fourth team in his five-year career after he was swapped for Chad Qualls minutes before the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline on Tuesday, acknowledged that it is a fairly well-known fact that you don't show up expecting to play in pinstripes with facial hair. So in the commotion of the unexpected trade, fielding calls about the deal, booking flights to New York and moving his family from Pittsburgh, the clippers came out.
"All joking aside, I'm just excited to be here," McGehee said. "I'll do whatever it takes. Shaving my beard is the least of my concerns."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said McGehee will likely see time at third base, with Alex Rodriguez still nursing a fractured left hand, which suits the 29-year-old former Pirate fine, as that's the position he's played the majority of his professional career. But in Wednesday's starting lineup McGehee found his name penciled in the seven-hole and playing first base, a position he'd played little before this year but adjusted to over the first half of the season.
"If you had asked me in Spring Training, I would have told you that I didn't feel comfortable at first base," McGehee said. "I've done it enough now where I feel comfortable doing it, but third base is something I've played since I was in college. The few times I was over there this season, it was kind of nice to go back and feel 100 percent comfortable."
After the trade on Tuesday, McGehee left Wrigley Field -- also the site of his first career game -- and flew from Chicago to New York, arriving around 1 a.m. ET Wednesday. He had already gotten the chance to talk briefly with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman over the phone, but no details of his role were discussed in depth.
Despite the late night, McGehee was one of the first ones in the clubhouse on Wednesday. He arrived at the stadium bright and early, stopping in Girardi's office to introduce himself.
"It's kind of the first-day-of-school wake up," McGehee said. "I woke up. My wife didn't even have to call me and wake me up out of bed. I was actually up ready to go."
McGehee's wife and kids are driving from Pittsburgh to New York on Wednesday, where they'll meet the newly shaven Yankees infielder. In the whirlwind of the last 24 hours, McGehee wasn't even sure what his wife had done with the family's stuff.
"I don't know, hopefully she didn't burn it all," McGehee said. "She hasn't seen my face in like four years, when she sees it, she might burn it all."
Martin's hot bat moves up lineup
NEW YORK -- Russell Martin's batting average has climbed nearly 10 points since the All-Star break, and Wednesday he climbed up the lineup.
Manager Joe Girardi penciled his backstop into the sixth spot in the lineup for New York's series finale against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The highest Martin hit in the Yankees' lineup this season was seventh, but that was only eight times. Most of his starts came hitting eighth (37) or ninth (29).
"He's been swinging the bat well," Girardi said. "He's been swinging the bat very well against left-handers, as well, so I moved him up."
Martin is 10-for-43 with four homers and nine RBIs in 15 games since returning to his native Canada over the All-Star break. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI in his career against Zach Britton, Baltimore's Wednesday starter.
With their 11-5 loss on Tuesday, the Yankees tied a season high by losing their fourth straight game. The last time New York lost four straight was on its previous road trip, when the team was swept in Oakland. The Yankees' current rut is their longest home losing streak since May 11-20, 2011.
Manager Joe Girardi said Nick Swisher could be back in right field on Friday. Ichiro Suzuki started getting acquainted with his new spot in left field on Wednesday.
Girardi said he has no limitations for Joba Chamberlain, as the right-handed reliever returns to the club for the first time since June 5, 2011.
The Yankees have granted outfielder Dewayne Wise his outright release. Wise cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 26, but he refused the assignment. He batted .262 (16-for-61) with three homers and eight RBIs in 56 games for New York.
Steven Miller and Ethan Asofsky are an associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.