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Reconfigured lineup produces immediate results

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Rangers manager Ron Washington, unsure of how to appease the "baseball gods," made an offering Tuesday.

He shook up his lineup in an attempt to break the team from a malaise that has gotten progressively worse since Josh Hamilton went out April 12 with a fractured bone in his right arm.

For a night, at least, the gods were happy.

A dramatically reconfigured Rangers lineup wore out Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson in a 7-2 win that kept the Rangers from falling under .500 for the first time since early in 2010.

Washington moved Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot and replaced him with Julio Borbon. Kinsler, who had been struggling but had a pair of hits Monday, ended up in the No. 3 spot, usually reserved for the team's best hitter. He ended up walking twice, getting a hit and scoring a run.

The team's best hitter, Michael Young, moved into the run-producing cleanup spot. All Young did was pile up three hits, falling just a homer shy of the cycle in his first-ever start as the No. 4 hitter. Young also had two RBI.

Adrian Beltre, who hit cleanup in the club's first 35 games before sitting out Monday, returned to action in the No. 6 spot and hit a two-run home run.

"I don't know what we've done to the baseball gods, but we will keep fighting," Washington said before the game. "We're just trying to do the right things."

On Tuesday, things took a decided turn for the better.

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