Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira are not off to the starts that they would have hoped for this season.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has dropped Cano to the fifth spot in the lineup and moved Teixeira to the three-hole, the spots that were the most familiar to them in 2011.
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com tweeted the lineup on Thursday revealing the changes:
Yankees lineup at Royals: Jeter DH Granderson 8 Teixeira 3 Rodriguez 5 Cano 4 Jones 9 Nunez 6 Martin 2 Nix 7 Phelps RHP— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) May 3, 2012
Cano hit in the fifth spot in 107 games last year and this move is likely to put him where he has been comfortable in the past.
Girardi is going back to the batting order that worked last year with Teixeira batting third, Alex Rodriguez in the clean-up role and Cano in the fifth spot.
This season, Cano has been the No. 3 hitter in 11 games and the clean-up hitter in 13 games. He has switched spots with A-Rod in these contests.
This will be Cano's first start of the year hitting in the once familiar fifth spot and Teixeira's first start returning to the No. 3 spot.
Cano is hitting .255 with one home run and four RBI while Teixeira is hitting .226 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
They clearly have not done the job for the Yankees so far this season.