OAKLAND - Don Mattingly, the New York Yankees' third-place hitter for most of the last decade, has been shifted to fifth and replaced in his customary position by Paul O'Neill. "Times have changed," said Mattingly before the new order went into effect Wednesday night against Oakland. "I'm not 23, 24, 25 anymore, and our club is not the same." Mattingly, 33, has been plagued by chronic back problems and tendinitis in his right wrist that landed him on the disabled list just before the All-Star break. Mattingly took a .301 average into Wednesday night, 82 points lower than O'Neill's league-leading mark. Mattingly has five home runs and 43 RBI, compared to the blazing O'Neill's 17 homers and 69 RBI. "If I was manager, I would have done it a long time ago," Mattingly said of Buck Showalter's difficult decision. "I would have done it a month ago. Paulie needs to be in position to get as many at-bats as possible."
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