Shin-Soo Choo replaces Mitch Moreland in key spot in Rangers’ lineup

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Shin-Soo Choo doesn’t care where he bats in the Texas Rangers’ lineup, so long as he is in the spot that the coaching staff believes he will help the team most.

For the most part this season, he has been in the leadoff hitter. On Saturday, though, he was in the third spot as manager Ron Washington dropped Mitch Moreland to sixth in the continued search for the Rangers’ most productive lineup.

“I just wanted to give Mitch a little break and try to bunch my guys that are swinging the bat well together,” Washington said.

Moreland isn’t part of that group. After taking over for Prince Fielder in the No. 3 spot, Moreland batted .196 with no homers and six RBIs in 12 games to drop his average to .252.

He entered Saturday as a .282 hitter in 29 games as the Rangers’ No. 6 batter.

Choo, meanwhile, batted .333 in a six-game sample as the No. 3 hitter last month and carried a .282 average in 277 career games in the three hole.

Washington stressed to Choo to not change his approach just because he’s changing spots in the lineup.

“I have experience batting third,” Choo said. “I don’t feel like I have to change something. I do the same thing. I see the good pitches and I swing. I see the bad pitches, and I take them.”

Michael Choice replaced Choo atop the lineup.

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