ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington says he doesn't play the odds.
Yet Washington definitely was playing the percentages when he pinch-hit for Mitch Moreland in the seventh inning of Thursday's 5-4 loss to the A's.
The left-handed Moreland had hit two home runs in his last two plate appearances, a 368-foot shot the opposite field in the fourth and a 376-foot bomb to right in the sixth.
Yet when Moreland was due up with two outs in the seventh with a runner on, Washington pulled him in favor of Brandon Snyder.
Oakland had just switched from righthander Grant Balfour to lefty Jordan Norberto. Washington, rather than going with the hot hand, went with a batter who hits lefties better historically.
Snyder flew out to right and score remained tied, 4-4, until Oakland won it in the 10th.
"That was the situation where the game was on the line and I felt more comfortable with the righthander against a lefthander," Washington said. "That's...