First pitch: Tweaking the lineup

The Yankees aren’t getting their money’s worth for Mark Teixeira.

The $23.125 million first baseman is hitting just .223 so far this season with four homers and a .275 on-base percentage. In Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Seattle, he stranded the bases loaded, striking out to end the eighth.

Joe Girardi dismissed the possibility that Teixeira might be moved down in the order, though, when it was brought up after the game.

Nevertheless, let’s have a little fun here. Perhaps the lineup the Yankees are using isn’t the most optimal as far as their success is concerned.

Note: Brett Gardner is out. Therefore Raul Ibanez stays in left. Also, Eduardo Nunez is at Triple-A so there’s that.

Anyway, here’s an alternate lineup:

Jeter SS

Swisher RF

Cano 2B

Granderson CF

Rodriguez 3B

Ibanez LF

Teixeira 1B

Chavez/Jones DH (vs. righties/vs. lefties)

Martin C

Swisher is an on-base machine and will see plenty of fastballs hitting in front of Cano. Granderson moves into the cleanup spot because he can mash. Yes, there is the back-to-back lefty issue, but Cano and Granderson are probably the two Yankees you’d want up in big spots aside from The Captain. Ibanez has been tearing the cover off the ball, allowing him to leap over Texeira, who can be moved back up if he starts raking in the No. 7 hole. The lineup has no speed -- it’s on the DL or in the minors -- but given the star power on the roster, there’s no doubt it would score runs.

Question of the Day: What should the Yankees lineup be? Post yours in the comments section.

Up now: Andrew Marchand has a column on Andy Pettitte. Matt Ehalt and I both touched on Pettitte returning to the bigs as well. Ehalt also has notes on Swisher and Casper Wells.

Up later: Ivan Nova vs. Jason Hammel on Monday night in Baltimore. Beat man Wallace Matthews will be our guy there, so he will be keeping you updated. As always, we appreciate you checking out the blog and thanks for reading.