David Murphy's approach working vs. lefties

August, 23, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a groundout to second base in the seventh inning of a Rangers' 5-0 win over San Francisco back in early June that provided the revelation David Murphy needed to start consistently hitting left-handed pitchers.

"That's when I knew what I was doing was the right approach," Murphy said. "From that at-bat on, I started thinking about a few things to focus on, and it's helped."

Those things? Keeping his weight on his back leg longer, not trying to pull the ball all the time when facing a left-handed pitcher and recognizing pitches better.

It's working. Murphy is hitting .396 in 48 at-bats with five RBIs, three walks and 14 strikeouts against left-handers this season. Last year, Murphy hit just .215 against lefties in 107 at-bats and is a career .266 hitter against lefties.

"I feel like there's a greater margin for error for me against a righty because I can see the ball longer and we play against them regularly," Murphy said. "So I do think there's a different approach for me against lefties. I've focused on not swinging at sliders down and away and just swinging at strikes. I'm doing a better job of that."

Don't be surprised to see Murphy in the lineup tonight or in this series against a left-handed pitcher. He's having good at-bats against them. Oh, and he's hitting right-handers too. Murphy was batting .308 on the season going into Wednesday's game with the Baltimore Orioles.
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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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
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