With no DH, 1B calling Michael Young
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Rangers manager Ron Washington on Monday declined to name his starting first baseman, saying only that Young will play. With no DH, the only option is first base.
"In Moreland's case, yes, he's struggling a little bit now," Washington said. "It comes down to just trying to get the best nine out there I possibly can on that day. I've made a decision, but I'm not ready to talk about it."
Moreland is hitting .105 in the postseason with two hits, including a home run, in 19 at-bats. He also has an error at first, allowing a routine grounder to roll under his glove. Young's bat finally awoke in Game 6 of the ALCS with two doubles and four RBIs alone in the nine-run third-inning.
Young's average stands at .209 entering the World Series. This is the first season in his career to play first base. Young has started at every infield position for the Rangers during his 11 seasons. A year ago, he started at third base, but the Rangers' signing of Adrian Beltre moved Young to DH. Young started 36 games at first during the regular-season and believes he progressed in his fielding and understanding of of the position.
He's now started four of 10 postseason games at first base.
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