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Stadium: Globe Life Park in Arlington | Manager: Ron Washington
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Rangers.2566371114.49
AL West Division2nd3rd5th5th
American League 4th10th12th12th

Reconfigured lineup produces immediate results

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Reconfigured lineup produces immediate results
 

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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2014 Team Leaders
AVGAdrian Beltre , 3B.324
HRAdrian Beltre , 3B19
RBIAdrian Beltre , 3B77
OBPAdrian Beltre , 3B.388
SLGAdrian Beltre , 3B.492
RAdrian Beltre , 3B79
SBLeonys Martin , CF31
WColby Lewis , SP10
ERAColby Lewis , SP5.18
WHIPColby Lewis , SP1.52
KYu Darvish , SP182
SVNeftali Feliz , RP13
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