ARLINGTON, Texas One sure way to keep from hitting the ball right at people is to hit it over the fence. That's the tactic the Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland took Wednesday night to break out of a slump.
Moreland sent a blast 410 feet over the right field wall in the sixth inning of a 7-3 win over the Yankees. The homer was his second hit of the night to break out of a 3-for-27 nosedive.
Moreland came into the game with a paltry .139 batting average after going 0-for-3 on Tuesday. His 2-for-3 performance Wednesday was the second four straight starts he will get against right-handers and could be a sign he is turning the corner.
"It's a start," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We had an opportunity to get him some right-handers back-to-back coming out of the off-day tomorrow. He'll get a chance at two more. And hopefully he can get locked in."
The slump-buster couldn't have come at a better time for Moreland as the murmurs about the Rangers' first base situation were ...