Coming off the best offensive output of the season, Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister on Friday saw no need to mess with success. Elvis Andrus didn’t either, even if it meant not batting second again.
The shortstop batted seventh for the second straight game and Shin-Soo Choo hit second as the Rangers opened their 2015 home schedule. The only change in the lineup from the Thursday finale at Oakland was at catcher, though Robinson Chirinos batted in the No. 9 hole as Carlos Corporan had done.
The Rangers’ revamped lineup left O.co Colseium with a 10-1 victory and a split in the four-game series. Andrus wasn’t complaining.
“Especially the way the game went yesterday,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about winning.”
Andrus went 2-for-16 against the A’s, including a 0-for-5 day in his first game in the No. 7 hole. He hit three balls hard, including a first-inning shot to third base that turned into an inning-ending double play.
He said that batting seventh will give him an opportunity to be more aggressive, as there aren’t as many situations to hit-and-run or bunt.
“The approach changes for sure,” Andrus said. “I felt really good yesterday.”
Banister said that he based his lineup on the effect he thought it would have on Astros starter Collin McHugh as much as the success Thursday.
“I liked where it was yesterday with what we were able to create offensively,” Banister said. “The pitchers have a lot to do with the structure of the lineup, also.”
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