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Defensive Woes Plaguing Rangers

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Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Revere steals second as Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus catches the ball during the fourth inning of an opening day baseball game at Globe Life Park, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Elvis Andrus has been one of the game's top shortstops, and Adrian Beltre can legitimately lay claim to the title of best defensive third baseman in the game. With those two guys in the Texas Rangers infield, they aren't supposed to be atop the league in errors two weeks into the season.

But that's exactly where they stand, leading the American League in errors and tied for the big-league lead with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins.

Andrus and Beltre each have three errors already, which is baffling for those two. Prince Fielder playing first base regularly instead of the better defensive first baseman, Mitch Moreland, has also hurt the team defensively. Fielder has two errors already.

One of the bigger deficiencies so far this season has been at second base, even if that's not where the majority of the errors are coming from. Say what you want about Ian Kinsler, but he had a ton of range at second base. Jurickson Profar likely will be the same when he gets healthy. Josh Wilson and Donnie Murphy don't have that, and it's shown a few times this year already in key situations.

But guys like Murphy and Wilson can commit errors. Guys like Beltre and Andrus aren't expected to, and certainly shouldn't at this current rate.

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