Girardi knows sluggers will produce, in time

Girardi knows sluggers will produce, in time

Girardi knows sluggers will produce, in time
NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi may have shuffled his lineup on Tuesday, keeping Mark Teixeira seventh in the order for the second time in as many games, but there isn't much else the Yankees' manager can envision himself doing to shake up his club's struggles.

The Yankees' roster construction is largely inflexible, with the organization having placed massive financial bets on stars like Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira to be productive forces in their order for years to come. As such, Girardi has few buttons to push.

"These are the guys that have to get it done for us," Girardi said. "These are our guys that we're committed to, that we see do it year after year after year."

Even Teixeira will eventually be promoted in the order if and when he returns to full health; the Yankees' game plan for the foreseeable future is to plug in the same names over and over again, believing that the results must change.

"We're committed to them, and they have to find a way to get it done," Girardi said. "It's no different than a year that they put up 35 [home runs] and 115 [RBIs]. They have to find a way to get it done. In saying this, I'm not putting pressure on them, but I've seen it over and over and over."

Both Teixeira and Rodriguez have said that they believe their offensive numbers can still reach the lofty levels of 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBIs, despite their respective starts. Rodriguez entered Tuesday batting .276 with five home runs, five doubles and 15 RBIs, while Teixeira -- weakened for much of the season by inflamed bronchial airways -- was hitting .227 with five homers, nine doubles and 20 RBIs.

"If you ask me before the game, I feel like I'm going to go out and hit three rockets," Rodriguez said. "One through nine, we're not swinging the bats well. You can shuffle [the lineup] any way you want. Every time I go up there, I feel like I'm going to crush, and I haven't been doing enough of that."