Hot-hitting Arencibia moves up to No. 5 spot

Hot-hitting Arencibia moves up to No. 5 spot

BOSTON -- Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is in the middle of another one of his hot streaks at the plate.

Arencibia entered Sunday hitting .353 (12-for-34) with three home runs, three doubles and seven RBIs in his past 11 games. That has resulted in a promotion to the fifth spot in the batting order, which is the type of run-producing role that the sophomore player relishes.

"That's where I want to be," Arencibia said. "It's one of the things I've always been able to do and throughout the season, regardless of what kind of streak I get into or anything like that, is if you look at my numbers, I've always hit better with runners in scoring position.

"I think sometimes lower in the lineup, it's tougher. Obviously, we have some good bats, but when I was moved up higher in the lineup, that's when I was able to win the Player of the Week and I was able to produce. I feel like I'm one of those guys."

Arencibia has spent most of the season hitting near the bottom of the order, but ranks among the leaders for catchers in multiple offensive categories. He's second in doubles (14) and second in RBIs (45), while also ranking third in homers (14), slugging percentage (.456) and extra-base hits (28).

Those numbers are aided by the fact that the Miami native is hitting at a .344 clip (21-for-61) with six home runs and 35 RBIs while batting with runners in scoring position.

"You're never satisfied and there's a lot of opportunities that I've had and adjustments that I could have made, but you learn from all of the mistakes that you do," Arencibia said. "I know that I'm up there in a lot of the categories, but it's just about helping the team win.

"At the end of the day, if those numbers are helping the team win, then those are meaningful numbers. If it's me just going out there in a 10-0 game and not doing anything, then that's not what matters to me."