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Choice Playing Well Lately

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Michael Choice is only hitting .211 on the young season in his debut season with the Texas Rangers, his hometown team. But just a few games ago, his batting average was at .083, so he's definitely made progress.

    Choice is riding a three-game hit streak and has started the past two games. In the first game of his streak, he entered the game in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter in a one-run hole to Houston and quickly tied the game with one swing of the bat, hitting his first big-league homer.

    He's drawing starts at designated hitter against left-handed pitchers and has started a game at each of the three outfield positions already this year, showing his versatility. He likely won't start on Tuesday or Wednesday night as the Mariners will send righties to the mound. That means Mitch Moreland will be at DH, and it's hard to imagine Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin or Alex Rios sitting in either of those games.

    But Choice's presence on the bench in late-game situations is promising, and he's already shown that once this year.