KANSAS CITY -- The Yankees are trying to shake some life into the heart of their lineup, sending Mark Teixeira out to bat third on Thursday while Robinson Cano will follow cleanup hitter Alex Rodriguez.
It has been a lackluster start to the season for all three big bats, but Teixeira isn't buying the idea that rewriting the lineup card is a quick fix. More likely, he suggests, the Yankees are due to break out.
"I think some home runs and some runs will give us a boost," Teixeira said. "I've never really bought into the lineup being that big of a deal. Sometimes it's fun to mix up the lineup, putting different guys in different order, putting someone else in the lineup to spark it -- we just haven't scored runs the last three games. Hopefully this will help."
Teixeira entered play on Thursday batting .226 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 23 games. He hit an RBI double in his second at-bat Thursday, his 500th hit as a Yankee, driving in Derek Jeter, who had hit his 500th career double.
"Up until last week, people were coming up to me saying, 'Hey, you're starting off so great,'" Teixeira said. "That's the funny thing about baseball -- this early, a bad week looks really bad. And I had a really bad week. Up until that point, I was ahead of where I usually am. I just need to get hot, and help my team win some games."
While it is true that Teixeira has been a notoriously slow starter, even he is surprised that Cano (.255, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Rodriguez (.267, 4 HR, 11 RBIs) are also scuffling.
"You've got to trust that the history is going to repeat itself," manager Joe Girardi said. "You could look at different options if other people were hot. That's not what we have right now. We have some guys that are really scuffling offensively, so you ride it out and hope that it starts to turn around on this road trip."