Girardi downplays struggles at heart of lineup

Girardi downplays struggles at heart of lineup

Girardi downplays struggles at heart of lineup
NEW YORK -- As far as his struggling 3-4-5 hitters are concerned, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has found a way to look on the bright side.

"You see some good at-bats, you see some times where they're a little bit out front, sometimes they line out, sometimes they miss their pitch," Girardi said Wednesday. "They're not where they want to be, they're not where we want them to be. But that just means they're due. And the law of averages usually catches up."

Speaking of averages, all three hitters are well below their career mark after about a month of baseball. Alex Rodriguez (a career .301 hitter) was batting .256 heading into Wednesday's game, Robinson Cano (.307 in his career) was hitting .255 and Mark Teixeira (.281 in his career) was batting .233.

The trio combined to go 2-for-12 in Tuesday night's 7-1 loss to the visiting Orioles.

"There's no question we've each got to get better," Rodriguez said afterward. "There's no question in my mind that all three of us are going to get better."

Cano has been particularly quiet this season, tallying just one homer and four RBIs through 23 games. But Girardi said there's nothing about the second baseman's approach that concerns him.

"I just think he's missing his pitch," Girardi said. "He's just a tick off. It doesn't take much to be off. The timing has to be perfect, you have to swing at good pitches. I haven't seen him swing at bad pitches. I haven't seen him be over-aggressive, in a sense. He's a tick off. It'll change."