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Fielder Continuing Improvement

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    OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 21: Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers rounds third base to score on an RBI single from Kevin Kouzmanoff (not pictured) against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum on April 21, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    Prince Fielder didn't get off to the start he would've hoped in his first season with the Texas Rangers after he was traded from Detroit.

    But over the last four games, Fielder has begun to show signs of life and show why the Rangers coveted his bat in the middle of their lineup enough to send away longtime second baseman Ian Kinsler. In those four games, in which the Rangers are 3-1, Fielder is hitting .417 with a .611 on-base percentage.

    He's hit two doubles, a homer and driven in five runs while walking eight times (three intentional) in that span. That stretch has brought his batting average up to .205 for the season after digging such a big hole at the beginning of the year.

    On Monday night, Fielder was big for the Rangers in his first taste of the Rangers-A's rivalry. He went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and also scored a run on a Kevin Kouzmanoff hit.

    Prior to his fifth-inning RBI single, Fielder was in an 0-for-9 skid with runners in scoring position. It's going to be a long climb to get his numbers looking more like Prince Fielder numbers, but he's beginning to show he could be on his way there.