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Thursday, May 3, 2012
My take: Granderson should be in 3-4-5 spot

By Andrew Marchand

Here is part of my column.
The Yankees' 3-4-5 hitters are not feared right now. On the season, when there is not a runner in scoring position, they are hitting .271 (60-for-221). When there is a runner in scoring position, they are at .203 (14-for-69). These days, when men are on base, you want the heart of the Yankees' order coming up -- if you are an opponent.

That is why Girardi should seriously think about moving Curtis Granderson into the 3, 4 or 5 spot because he is their most legit power threat. He hit a team-best 41 bombs last year and his nine this year are more than A-Rod, Teixeira and Cano combined. The trio has eight.

Granderson may not look the part. He may claim not be a home run hitter. But the ball keeps traveling over the fence. Hurt feelings or not, it is already time to move Granderson into one of the traditional power spots, where he belongs.

Girardi was evasive when asked directly if he would consider moving Granderson from the 2-hole to a power spot.

"The one thing that you want is your hottest guys hitting the most," Girardi said. "So if you start dropping him down, he gets less at-bats. Right now, we are not swinging the bats great collectively."

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