"I've been working so hard on being patient at the plate," Altuve said. "I don't really care where I hit, leadoff, second or eighth. I just want to come to the field and see my last name and go out on the field and do the best I can and try to help my team win."
Altuve, who reached base in the first five games he played this year, entered Friday with three walks in 23 plate appearances after walking just five times last year in 234 plate appearances. He said hitting eighth in the order won't change his approach.
"I think the pitchers are going to be more aggressive and sometimes they're going to pitch away because they're going to try to face the pitcher," he said. "Like I said before, I have to be smart and keep working hard."