Cantu, Moreland to split time for Rangers

Cantu, Moreland to split time for Rangers

ANAHEIM -- Jorge Cantu joined the Rangers on Friday, one day after being acquired from the Marlins, but was not in the lineup. Mitch Moreland was in the lineup at first base for the second straight night with right-hander Ervin Santana on the mound for the Angels.

Manager Ron Washington said Cantu, a right-handed hitter, will start on Saturday with right-hander Dan Haren pitching for the Angels. From there Washington said Moreland, a left-handed hitter, will start against right-handers and Cantu will get the lefties.

But it will not be a strict platoon. Washington said Cantu will face some right-handers.

"If we're in a position where we are facing a long run of right-handers, he will play," Washington said. "I'm not going to sit on him just because we're not facing any lefties."

Cantu is used to playing regularly after hitting .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBIs in 155 games for the Marlins in 2008 and .289 with 16 home runs and 100 RBIs in 2009.

"I'll try to adjust," Cantu said. "That's what we all do, we adjust. When I'm out there I will make the best of it and contribute as much as possible to winning the division."

Cantu was hitting .262 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs in 97 games for the Marlins while dealing with the trade rumors over the past few weeks.

"It's a weight off my shoulders," Cantu said. "It's more fun and really exciting to be a part of the Texas Rangers organization. They just want to win. They're winners. This team knows how to win. They are the team to beat in the American League. It's been very exciting to be a part of this."