For the past 11 games, Asdrubal Cabrera has batted third in the lineup and Jason Kipnis second. Until then, their positions in the batting order had been reversed. “I think Cabrera said early that he’s more comfortable hitting third,” manager Terry Francona said. “I was a little stubborn about it, because I didn’t want left-handers hitting back to back [leadoff batter Michael Bourn and Kipnis].” So far, the change has benefited both players. Since the switch, Kipnis is batting .279 with one triple, four home runs and 11 RBI. Cabrera is batting .250 with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. TRIBUTE — After missing a year because of an injury, former Tribe catcher Victor Martinez is back in the Detroit Tigers’ lineup. Martinez always has had a sterling reputation as an impact player in the clubhouse, and Francona is one of his fans, a consequence of Francona managing Martinez in Boston.
Switching Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera in lineup has paid dividends for Indians
Akron Beacon Journal | May 11