pinch hitter

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HOUSTON - There was all manner of late-night insanity, including benches being emptied, pitchers being called on to pinch hit and nerves being worn to a frazzle.
He was said to be available to pinch hit in the just-completed series against the Twins, but never was used.
Garciaparra continued to receive treatment during Monday's season- opening loss to Atlanta in hopes he could be available to pinch hit, but he was never given clearance to do so.