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Andrus Hoping To Get Back On Track

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Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, center, beats Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood to first after a relay from first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, on Andrus' infield hit during the first inning of a interleague baseball game, Tuesday, April 16 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

There was a nice silver lining to the Texas Rangers' season-opening loss to the sad-sap Houston Astros in front of a national television audience. On the next day, an off-day, the Rangers inked their young superstar shortstop/new face of the franchise Elvis Andrus to a long-term contract extension meaning he would be around past 2014, when the Scott Boras client was set to be a free agent.

Since that time, however, Andrus has not lived up to his deal, especially at the plate, and on Tuesday night he got a day off to think about it and hopefully recharge his batteries as the Rangers are in the midst of a long slump which has seen them lose seven of their last eight games, including Tuesday to first-place Oakland, which now leads the AL West by three games.

Andrus is hitting just .241 this season — 30 points below his career average — and has a pitiful .294 on-base percentage, not really worthy of a 9-hitter, much less a leadoff one.

Over his last 25 games, he's hitting just .167 and is hitting .186 in his last 56 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"I just need to stay back on the ball," Andrus told ESPN Dallas, "and use my hands."

Sounds pretty simple. Get at it, Andrus.

Related Topics Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers, slump
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