Marson starts at catcher as Santana plays first

Marson starts at catcher as Santana plays first

TORONTO -- Backup catcher Lou Marson started behind the plate for Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays, and batted seventh -- only the second time this season he has started a game that high in the order.

Indians manager Manny Acta said not to read into the move, as he wanted to get both Marson and switch-hitter Carlos Santana, who got the start at first, in the lineup against Blue Jays lefty Ricky Romero.

As for the right-handed-hitting Marson batting that high in the order, it was simply to breakup lefties Michael Brantley and Johnny Damon.

"He [Marson] has swung the bat well against left-handed pitching, that's what he has done throughout his career," Acta said. "He's swinging well right now."

Marson has continued to swing a hot bat in July, after his best month of the season in June.

Over 47 at-bats in 14 games in June, Marson hit .383 with a 1.005 OPS, with five extra-base hits and four RBIs. While he has only 10 at-bats in July, the 26-year-old is hitting .400 with three RBIs.

Marson, who is in his fifth big league season, is batting .297 on the year, with a .398 on-base percentage and .805 OPS, all of which would be career-high marks.