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Andrus Starting to Hit in Key Spots

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Andrus Starting to Hit in Key Spots

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Elvis Andrus celebrates after Shin-Soo Choo scored the game-winning run against the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 1, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

For much of the season, Elvis Andrus' batting average with runners in scoring position barely registered a pulse.

While it's still far from lively, it's starting to see a bit of an uptick in recent games, and Andrus has gone from being a habitual rally-killer in the 2-hole to a guy who's starting to get some key hits and driving in runs.

Since Saturday, Andrus is 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position and the Rangers have scored 12, 12 and seven runs, respectively. Entering Saturday's game, Andrus was 1-for-30 on the season with runners in scoring position and had been demoted — albeit briefly — to the bottom of the batting order.

“I wasn’t worried about it, because I knew it was only a matter of time,” Andrus told The Dallas Morning News of his recent resurgence. “I know what I have to do. I have to keep it going for the middle of the order.”

Rangers manager Ron Washington, who has been loyal to a fault at times with Andrus, is looking like a smart man right now, as Andrus' batting average (.260) is the highest it's been in a month thanks to his 8-for-23 road trip.

“He wasn’t getting it done earlier, but what Elvis is doing is nothing new,” Washington said. “I don’t know why anybody is surprised. It just took him a while to get going. He’s always been good for us in the clutch.”

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