SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- As a rookie, Mitch Moreland was the Texas Rangers' best hitter in their first World Series.
In the two seasons since then, he has dealt with injuries and split time at first base. But with Michael Young and Mike Napoli no longer in Texas, manager Ron Washington wants Moreland to have some fun.
"He's my first baseman," Washington said. "I just want him to relax and prepare like that."
Moreland has started more than half of the Rangers' games at first base the past two years, even with veterans Young and Napoli getting their turns. But Moreland was hampered by a wrist injury the second half of 2011 that required surgery, then missed a month last season because of a strained left calf.
"It's been a ride for me, for sure," Moreland said. "I've got a lot of experience so far, really early in my career. ... I feel like all that can do is help me."
This spring, Moreland arrived at camp more than 15 pounds lighter, in the low 230s. The left-hander's offseason wo...