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Andrus Could Be Ready to Return to 2-Hole

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 25: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    There's been a vast number of experiments going on over at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington recently, as Texas manager Ron Washington has been toying with several different players in the No. 2 spot in the Rangers' scuffling lineup.

    Elvis Andrus wasn't cutting it, so the loyal-to-a-fault skipper finally moved the struggling Andrus down in the order, whether it was eighth, seventh or even sixth, which he hit Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.

    In his place, Washington has used David Murphy, Mitch Moreland, A.J. Pierzynski, Leonys Martin — you name it, and Washington has tried it, with varying results.

    But now might be the time to move Andrus back to the spot he's best suited for after another solid night on Tuesday when he went 1-for-4 but laced a gapper to right-center that was robbed by a spectacular grab from Brett Gardner to save what was a sure triple.

    He's now the owner of a five-game hitting streak with three walks and just one strikeout. He's stolen two bases and scored three runs.

    If he keeps this up much longer, it might be time for Washington to see if he can strike while the fire's hot and get Andrus back into the top of the lineup.