SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mitch Moreland homered in his first spring training at-bat. Then he went 15 at-bats without a hit.
That's why Ron Washington's goal Sunday morning was to help Moreland find his stroke. After Moreland struggled during the second half of last season with a wrist injury that limited his effectiveness and required offseason surgery, Washington didn't want his first baseman falling into a funk three weeks into spring training.
Moreland had the same idea, which is why he took some swings off Neftali Feliz in live batting practice Sunday morning. And it's why he was receptive to playing in a 'B' game later that morning at Washington's suggestion.
Then he started the Rangers' 6-1 win over Cleveland. It made for a long day, but the results were encouraging.
Moreland went 3-for-3 in the 'B' game and 2-for-2 against Cleveland.
"I just wanted to feel my hands and get back more than anything," Moreland said. "I felt like my hands have been drifting and not really staying back, so I went into that and kind of got a feel this morning. I just ran with it today and it felt a lot better.
"I felt it throughout the spring and I'm just trying to fix it. Sometimes bad habits hurt, and it’s kind of tough to break. But if you stick with it, that’s what we’re out here for. If I can just stay right there and keep building on the small stuff and sticking with it, then I should be heading in the right direction."