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Desmond Starting to Heat Up



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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.

    When the Rangers signed Ian Desmond to a one-year, $8 million deal to reinvent himself as an outfielder and hope he could start hitting up to his 20-homer/20-steal potential, it was praised almost universally as a good move and a risk worth taking.

    Through the first few weeks of the Rangers' season, it was starting to look like it might have been a dud, albeit an early labeling as such.

    But over the past six games, Desmond has turned things around and shown signs of what made him an all-star shortstop for the Nationals.

    Back on April 15, Desmond was hitting .109 with no extra-base hits and one RBI. Since April 19 after a few consecutive days off to a rainout, Desmond has been lighting it up. In those six games, he's hitting .421 with a .542 on-base percentage and a 1.384 OPS. He has two doubles, two homers and five RBIs in that time with five walks and three strikeouts. He's also scored seven runs.

    If this, or even a part of it, can continue, the Rangers are going to be in good shape in the outfield.