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Moreland Shows Good Signs at Plate

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    Mitch Moreland was supposed to be due for a breakout season in 2013 after putting up a really good spring and trimming down by about 15 pounds. And 2013 is supposed to be a make-or-break year for Moreland, who could be playing for his job as the Texas Rangers' everyday first baseman with the infield in limbo thanks to the looming promotion of super prospect Jurickson Profar coming at some point.

    Moreland, instead, started the season 1-for-17 through his first five games with his one hit coming in the form of a tape-measure home run that looked like it might hit the roof of the home run porch in right field at Rangers Ballpark.

    On Monday night, however, Moreland finally put together a solid offensive night at the plate that not only included his second home run of the year, but also a well-rounded offensive night with two singles.

    Moreland's home run came directly after A.J. Pierzynski's for the first back-to-back homers for the Rangers this year. For the sake of humor and small sample sizes, Moreland also upped his average from below .100 to over .200 in one night of baseball, which is always a nice thing.