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Fielder Gets First Action in the Field

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    Infielder Prince Fielder #84 of the Texas Rangers reacts during the cactus leauge spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 2, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    With Prince Fielder mired in a season-long slump — or at least as long as the brief season has gone at this point — Rangers skipper Jeff Banister did something that is often seen as a cure for slumping designated hitters.

    Banister stuck his hefty DH in the field on Monday night, as Fielder got the start at first base while usual first baseman Mitch Moreland was used as the DH. The Rangers didn't manage much in the way of offense in their 3-1 loss to the Yankees, but Fielder did come through late with a double.

    Fielder's seventh-inning double off Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi was the second of two hits the hard-throwing righty allowed on the night, as Fielder followed a Nomar Mazara single that broke up Eovaldi's no-no.

    Fielder was hitless in the 10 at-bats leading up to that double and is still hitting just .187 with four extra-base hits (two doubles and two homers) and he does still lead the team in RBIs with 14. He got off to such a hot start a year ago en route to his Comeback Player of the Year season, and the Rangers hope his double on Monday can get him rolling at the plate.