NEW YORK, NY - Mike Ford, who grew up in Belle Mead and honed his skills as a pitcher and infielder at the Hun School and Princeton University before signing a professional contract with the New York Yankees, has returned to the Major League club for the third time in as many years.

Manager Aaron Boone gave Ford the nod for Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves, playing first base and batting sixth.

Ford played freshman baseball at Montgomery High School.

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The 28-year-old, who played for the Yankees in 2019 and the COVID-shortened 2020 season, is expected to fill in at first base for at least a few weeks, following the retirement of Jay Bruce, who had been filling in for regular first baseman Luke Voit, who is healing from a knee injury and isn't expected back until next month.

In those two seasons, Ford went to bat 217 times, with 47 hits, 14 HRs, 36 RBIs and a .217 batting average.

He made his major league debut on April 18, 2019 and got his first hit in the Major Leagues, a double, on April 26. He hit his first Major League home run April 23.

Ford was a standout pitcher and infielder at Princeton University, earning All-Ivy League honors.

He was signed by the Yankees in 2012, and made his professional debut with the Staten Island Yankees in 2013, working his way through the Yankees minor league system over the next several years with stops in Charleston, Tampa, Trenton and Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Prior to his call-up, he was at the Yankees Alternate site in Scranton, home of the AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre Rail Riders.

In total, Ford has a .269 average with 71 home runs and 328 RBI's in 561 Minor League games.