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Robinson Cano moved to second spot in order on Thursday

Apr 4, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

After dropping the first two games of the season to the Red Sox, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has made some changes to his lineup for tonight’s series finale against right-hander Ryan Dempster.

The top three hitters in the Yankees’ lineup went just 2-for-23 over the first two games. Girardi told Brian Heyman of the Journal News that the changes were strategic, as he wants to break up the string of left-handers in the top of the lineup. Girardi used Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Robinson Cano out of the first three spots in last night’s 7-4 loss.

Cano batted second in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Tigers last October, but he hasn’t been there in a regular season game since September 10, 2010. Hey, desperate times.

  1. rvnc - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    ‘Nunez, Overbay, Cervelli’
    Like a 1000 miles of bad road. Eeesh…..

  2. royhobbs39 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    This has Jay-Z’s hands all over it.

  3. ctony1216 - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Girardi should break up the lefties by batting Youk 3rd and Cano 4th, and keep the two fast guys (Gardner and Ichiro) 1 and 2. Batting Ichiro behind slow Vernon Wells reduces Ichiro’s SB opportunities.

    The only possible positive of this lineup is that Cano might get one more at-bat over a 3-game series. But it’s better if Cano were hitting with men on base.

  4. oldpaddy - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Why isn’t Salty catching? His bat is HOT!

    • mlblogspauly - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      he is . watch the games

      • oldpaddy - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        You watching tonights game?
        Ross is catching.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Well Dumpster looks about as good early as should have been expected.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Yup, that’s cool….an 2 run single to Lyle Overbay and a homer to Gardner….could happen to anyone….

      Knew this was going to be a shit signing.

      • 18thstreet - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:28 AM

        Lighten up.

        Besides, Dempster did fine. Three runs in five innings isn’t going to win or lose many games by itself. The Sox lost because of Old Man Pettitte and his double plays, not their own pitching.

  6. vpisteve99 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    This is only going to have a big impact if Cano can bat 2nd every inning. Right now, there’s a whole lot of ugly in the bottom half of that line-up – not to mention Hafner/Wells hitting 4 and 5.

  7. 18thstreet - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Does anyone else find it odd that to split up the lefties against Dempster, who is a righty, but not Lester, who is a lefty?

    I’m beginning to think Joe Girardi isn’t a very good manager. If he believes Ichiro can’t get a hit against Dempster (he was 0-1 with a walk), then that’s not exactly showing a lot of faith in the rightfielder your team JUST signed to a 2-year contract.

    DOOOM.

  8. denny65 - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Remember the comment from last year’s Ichiro trade, that he would only be played sporadically, to give others a rest? The guy will probably end up the Yankee’s leading hitter.

    Irony abounds (or bats fifth).

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