ARLINGTON, Texas --Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington stuck with the left-handed first baseman Mitch Moreland over righty Jorge Cantu against Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price in Game 5. But, Washington said he plans to get Cantu back in the lineup against at least one of the New York Yankees' left-handed starters.
"Probably going to give Cantu a start or so against these lefties because at some point we will need him," Washington said Wednesday, an off-day for the players after clinching the ALDS Tuesday night at Tampa Bay. "So, he will get him some repetition."
Washington stayed with the rookie Moreland in Game 5 because the Rays threw righties in Games 2, 3 and 4 and Washington wasn't comfortable going back to Cantu against a fastball pitcher after five days off. Cantu was 0-for-4 in Game 1 against Price with three strikeouts.
Moreland went 3-for-15 (.200) in the ALDS with all three hits being doubles, and all coming off right-handers.