Martin's hot bat moves up lineup

Martin's hot bat moves up lineup

Martin's hot bat moves up lineup
NEW YORK -- Russell Martin's batting average has climbed nearly 10 points since the All-Star break, and Wednesday he climbed up the lineup.

Manager Joe Girardi penciled his backstop into the sixth spot in the lineup for New York's series finale against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The highest Martin hit in the Yankees' lineup this season was seventh, but that was only eight times. Most of his starts came hitting eighth (37) or ninth (29).

"He's been swinging the bat well," Girardi said. "He's been swinging the bat very well against left-handers, as well, so I moved him up."

Martin is 10-for-43 with four homers and nine RBIs in 15 games since returning to his native Canada over the All-Star break. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI in his career against Zach Britton, Baltimore's Wednesday starter.