Mitch Moreland sure can hit tough pitching

May, 5, 2011
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SEATTLE -- If there's one thing Mitch Moreland is getting a reputation for doing early in his career, it's hitting tough pitching.

He was at it again on Wednesday, crushing a first-pitch fastball from Michael Pineda way up into the seats in right-center. Pineda has been one of the top pitchers in the American League this season and Moreland was the first player to hit a home run off him in 2011.

Moreland is now 3-for-5 in his career off Pineda. But that's not the only top pitcher in the AL that Moreland has hit this year. ESPN Stats & Information took a quick look at Moreland's mark against some other top AL pitchers. Here's a look:

Jered Weaver: 4-11, 2 HR
Trevor Cahill: 3-9, HR
James Shields: 0-3
Josh Beckett: 2-2, HR

That's impressive for a young hitter against pitchers that don't allow much in the way of runs or hits.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rios .333
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .895
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23