Farrell replaced Kelly Johnson at leadoff with Brett Lawrie, and inserted Colby Rasmus into the two-hole in place of Yunel Escobar.
In 21 games since batting leadoff, Lawrie is hitting .310, with 12 extra-base hits -- including three homers -- a .388 on-base percentage and a .916 OPS. The third baseman has also reached base safely in 16 consecutive games entering Thursday's contest against the Angels.
Rasmus, meanwhile, is hitting .337 with eight homers, 24 RBIs, a .652 slugging percentage and a 1.023 OPS.
Farrell had been contemplating the moves for a little while before he decided to give it a try against the White Sox in Chicago on June 5.
"Even prior to that, when Kelly was having a little bit more to deal with in his knee with some soreness, Colby was in the two-hole at times and seemed to flourish -- so that had something to do with it," Farrell said. "Then with Brett, trying to get a little bit more athleticism and speed at the top of the order, I thought it had a chance to change some of the personality we project as a team when we start out a given game."
Farrell thinks that Lawrie injects the team with energy from the first pitch of the game, and this new-look lineup has the chance to stick for a while.
"The top four in our lineup have been outstanding," Farrell said. "What Rajai [Davis] continues to do, and [Adam Lind] coming back -- he's swinging the bat with a lot of freedom. ... Our guys are swinging the bat with confidence."