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    Ian Desmond of the Texas Rangers runs back to the dugout after the end of an inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 4, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona.

    Ian Desmond just continues to blow everyone away with his retrenching year in Arlington this year on a pillow contract.

    Desmond drew some weird looks when he signed a one-year, $8 million deal this spring with the idea of moving from shortstop (where he was an all-star) to left field due to the Rangers' concerns over Josh Hamilton's durability.

    He caught on to that so quickly, as a matter of fact, the Rangers moved him to center field where he replaced Delino DeShields, the Rangers' rookie of the year in 2015, after they sent him to Triple-A.

    On Wednesday, all of his talents were on display just a night after his go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of Tuesday's win over Houston.

    Desmond hit a ground ball to the right side to score Bobby Wilson from third in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1. It was the Rangers' only run of the night in a 3-1 loss, but it easily could've been 4-1.

    Desmond's laser throw from center cut down Jason Castro at the plate on a play where it looked like he'd surely score from second.

    "It's certainly not natural," Desmond told The Dallas Morning News. "It's something I work hard on, and I've got really good coaches working with me every day. Tonight was a product of that."