The last at-bat of the game was proof enough. Robinson Cano is by far the Yankees' best hitter these days, and if he were hitting in the No. 3 spot, he would have come up against Jim Johnson when one swing still could have changed everything.

Instead he watched from the on-deck circle Monday night as Alex Rodriguez struck out swinging to end the game, his fifth strikeout in this series.

Enough, already. For a lot of reasons it's time Joe Girardi makes the obvious move and puts Cano into that third spot, while moving the seemingly diminished A-Rod down in the lineup.

Not that the batting order was necessarily to blame for the Yankees losing 3-2, as the Orioles evened this best-of-five series at 1-1.