Lopez excited to take turn in cleanup spot

Lopez excited to take turn in cleanup spot

HOUSTON -- Indians first baseman Jose Lopez was penciled into the cleanup spot for Saturday's game at Minute Maid Park. It's a role he relishes.

"There's no pressure," said Lopez, who entered Saturday's game with just two hits in his last 20 at-bats and just three in 28 trips to the plate since June 7, dropping his batting average from .277 to .238.

"I've played there before. I just try to do my job, try to bring the guys in to home plate and do my job."

Catcher Carlos Santana was moved from fourth to sixth in the batting order for Saturday's game. Lopez said he doesn't feel any sense of urgency to be the spark for the offense.

"When you win, you're happy," he said. "If you swing bad or good, when you win you're happy about it. Everybody wants to score a lot of runs with everybody hitting on the team, but when you win, nobody thinks about it."

Lopez said he likes the spotlight and doesn't shy away from the job of being the team's key run-producer.

"I like pressure situations," he said.