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Ranger Of The Week: Mitch Moreland

By Ryan Crowe, CBSDFW.com
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145030556 Ranger Of The Week: Mitch Moreland

SEATTLE, WA – MAY 22: Mitch Moreland #18 (R) of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by Josh Hamilton #32 (L) and Nelson Cruz #17 after scoring on a triple by Elvis Andrus against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 22, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – While the past week probably won’t make the Rangers 2012 highlight DVD, there was one bright spot for the team.  But even we admit, we’re having to stretch the determination of ‘week’ to get there.

Mitch Moreland lit the ball on fire May 17 against the A’s, single-handedly scoring 2 home runs. – yes, that was 8 days ago, but then he sat for the 3 games against the Astros.  After flying to the Pacific Northwest, Moreland was able to get the ONLY run scored Monday in Seattle’s spacious Safeco Field, knocking a 432 foot home run in the 7th.

The lefty has scored 4 runs in his last 4 games, hitting 3 home runs and swinging a Hamilton-esqe .364.

Because he was benched in favor of Michael Young due to the idiosyncrasies of interleague play, we can’t say how he would have done for the .500 Rangers the past few days.  But, we do know that when he’s been in, he’s the biggest threat the Rangers currently have.

And for that, this week’s nod goes to Mitch Moreland.  Honorable mention goes to Colby Lewis for his 8 innings of shutout ball, and for sporting a .500 batting average in the same game.

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