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Luke Voit is the Yankees cleanup hitter

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Voit parlayed a hot weekend into a prime lineup spot.

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Aaron Boone should never get blamed for not riding a hot bat, because Luke Voit will hit cleanup for the Yankees tonight.

After a scorching hot weekend at the plate, Voit slots in between Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres. This is a remarkable ascendency for a player who expects to hit near the bottom of the order. His weekend heroics — seven hits, three of which being home runs — earned him the quick promotion.

You’re not alone if you think this turnaround is remarkable. Voit sounds incredulous as well. Consider what he told Dan Martin of the New York Post:

“It’s like Christmas morning,” Voit said. “It’s great for my confidence. This is the first time I’ve actually got an opportunity in the big leagues. I’ve always been a bench player. It feels good to get consistent at-bats.”

Voit, 27, is hitting .325/.400/.625 with three home runs over 45 plate appearances. For perspective, the Yankees had to option him to Triple-A after his initial call-up. He hit so poorly it became a running joke. Now he’s white hot and forcing himself into the middle of the order. Baseball is so strange and fascinating at the same time. Way to go, Voit!