Texas Rangers: Adrian Belt

Extra Bases: Leadoff carousel spins

June, 10, 2014
Jun 10
8:00
AM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas --With the loss of Mitch Moreland to an ankle injury that could have him out anywhere from three to four weeks to three months depending on which surgery he will have, Texas Rangers left fielder Shin-Soo Choo has found his way into the 3-hole in the batting order from his usual leadoff role.

With Choo batting .260, he's really the only fit for the job, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday.

Third baseman Adrian Beltre and his team-leading eight home runs will naturally keep his position in the cleanup spot, and Washington said he needs right fielder Alex Rios batting behind Beltre, which eliminates Rios' .335 batting average from 3-hole consideration.

"If I move Rios, I leave Beltre there," Washington said. "[Beltre is] already a bad-ball hitter, then he'd really be swinging at bad balls. At least he has a threat behind him and they have to pick their poison."

So Washington's ongoing dilemma will be filling the leadoff spot with whomever he sees as the best option from a pool of players that includes Daniel Robertson, Rougned Odor, Luis Sardinas and Michael Choice -- none of whom stands out as the everyday guy, Washington said.

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Lineups: Profar starts at third, Beltre will DH

July, 7, 2013
7/07/13
2:11
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Versatile Jurickson Profar draws his third start of the season at third base in today’s 2:05 (CT) start against Houston at Rangers Ballpark. Adrian Beltre will be limited to designated hitter duty. Mitch Moreland will be spelled at first base by Robinson Chirinos against Houston. Justin Grimm faces lefty Erik Bedard in the rubber game of the three-game set.

Today‘s lineup:

RANGERS (50-37)
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
RF Nelson Cruz
DH Adrian Beltre
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Jurickson Profar
LF David Murphy
1B Robinson Chirinos
CF Leonys Martin
P Justin Grimm

ASTROS (32-56)
2B Jose Altuve
1B Brett Wallace
C Carlos Corporan
DH Carlos Pena
LF Marc Krauss
RF J.D. Martinez
CF Brandon Barnes
3B Matt Dominguez
SS Jake Elmore
P Erik Bedard

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182