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Moreland's Hot Bat Reaching Scorching Status

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    St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina watches as Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland hits a home run during the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    The Texas Rangers have had their fair share of guys who have put the offense on their respective backs for stretches of time over the past few years. There's Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli. There's Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Even David Murphy was one of the few guys producing during the Rangers' horrid July last season.

    Now, you can add Mitch Moreland to the list as the left-handed first baseman, who might be playing for his future with the club this season, is on a tremendous tear that led to a win in Oakland on Tuesday night.

    Moreland blasted two home runs, one in the 10th inning that was eventually the game-winner, against the A's in the Rangers' recent house of horrors that is the O.co Coliseum, or whatever they're calling it these days.

    He's now in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak with three home runs in his past two games and six in his past nine. In his past 21 starts now, Moreland is hitting .388, slugging .738 and has six home runs with 12 RBIs and eight doubles. Over that same stretch, he's cranked his season average up from .164 to .296.

    "Just try to go up there, stay with your approach, your plan and get a good pitch to hit, and when you do it, not miss it," Moreland told ESPN Dallas. "So far, it's been going good. Hopefully, I can continue to build on it."