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Nomar Mazara struggling at the plate since All-Star break

Jeff Banister discusses his bullpen strategy in Saturday's 4-3 win

Rangers manager Jeff Banister used Jose Leclerc, Keone Kela and Alex Claudio in a four-out save in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Rays (Video by Stefan Stevenson).
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Rangers manager Jeff Banister used Jose Leclerc, Keone Kela and Alex Claudio in a four-out save in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Rays (Video by Stefan Stevenson).

Nomar Mazara has struggled at the plate since the All-Star break and his batting average has dipped to .242.

The Rangers’ outfielder is 0-for-20 and 2-for-30 since the break after going hitless in two at-bats Sunday.

Manager Jeff Banister would like to see Mazara get back to hitting the ball back up the middle. “With some authority,” Banister said.

“When he does that, that will be a real sign of where he’s at,” he said. “Right now, he’s on the pull side. Again, there are times how you’re being pitched doesn’t allow you to get to the middle of the field.”

Banister still likes how Mazara looks lately at the plate and expects the hits to start falling. Mazara struck out in his first at-bat and then worked a walk in his second AB in Sunday’s finale against the Rays.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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