Is Yankees’ Aaron Hicks taking Jacoby Ellsbury’s job?

NEW YORK — The last time Aaron Hicks faced Edwin Jackson, Jackson stopped him with a changeup. So Hicks waited. Then, after watching one changeup sail well out of the strike zone, Hicks pounced on the next one.

The result: A two-run blast, his second home run of what would become the Yankees8-2 win over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

“I just made sure I didn’t miss it,” Hicks said.

Not only has he made sure the Yankees haven’t missed Jacoby Ellsbury, Hicks may be taking his job, too.

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Manager Joe Girardi was asked point-blank whether Hicks would continue as the Yankees’ starting center fielder whenever Ellsbury returns from concussion symptoms that have kept him on the disabled list since June 3.

Girardi wouldn’t go so far as to say Ellsbury would lose his spot to Hicks. But it seems like a possibility.

“He’s going to play a lot,” Girardi said of Hicks. “That’s the bottom line, when (Ellsbury) comes back. I know at some point I’m going to have to give (left fielder Brett Gardner) a day off, I’m going to have to give Hicks a day off. But he’s going to continue to get a bunch of at-bats.”

It might be hard for Girardi to sit Ellsbury, who was actually playing well in the

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