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Desmond, DeShields Continue in Opposite Directions



    Desmond, DeShields Continue in Opposite Directions
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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 had another big night on Tuesday night against the Yankees, sparking a 10-1 rout of the Yankees to help the Rangers break out of a team-wide offensive slump.

    Desmond went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs and scored three runs. His home run was a blast on to the batter's eye in center field — no easy task.

    He's clearly feeling it at the plate after starting the season in horrific fashion and is now 10-for-25 with six walks and three bombs since last Monday.

    Delino DeShields, on the other hand? Well, his massive slump continued on Tuesday on a night when seemingly everyone was hitting. The second-year center fielder had four ground outs to stretch his current slump to two hits in his last 27 at-bats.

    DeShields is the only "natural" center fielder on the Rangers' 25-man roster, and it might be a stretch to call him that as he was a second baseman before last season. Desmond, of course, signed this winter to convert to left field from shortstop but has also played some games in center.

    With Nomar Mazara tearing the cover off the ball, Shin-Soo Choo nearing a return and Josh Hamilton doing the same, DeShields' spot could be in question with each passing day that he is bad and Desmond is hitting to his old all-star caliber.