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Lineup: Mitch Moreland batting second

8/26/2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mitch Moreland goes from a monster home run in the No. 9 spot to batting second for the Texas Rangers today against the Minnesota Twins.

"I'll keep the same game plan," Moreland said. "I want to try to grind out at-bats, have good, quality at-bats and hit the ball hard."

He certainly hit the ball hard Saturday, belting a 463-foot shot to the Home Run Porch in right field, the third-longest home run in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington history.

Moreland has batted second four times in his career. The last time was May 21, 2011, at Philadelphia. The Rangers are 1-3 all-time with Moreland batting second, where he's 2-for-15 with three walks, two runs and one RBI in four starts. The lineups:

MINNESOTA TWINS

CF Denard Span (L)

RF Ben Revere (L)

1B Joe Mauer (L)

LF Josh Willingham

DH Justin Morneau (L)

3B Trevor Plouffe

2B Jamey Carroll

C Drew Butera

SS Pedro Florimon (S)

TEXAS RANGERS

2B Ian Kinsler

1B Mitch Moreland (L)

LF Josh Hamilton (L)

3B Adrian Beltre

RF Nelson Cruz

DH David Murphy (L)

C Geovany Soto

CF Craig Gentry

SS Luis Hernandez (S)