Cantu to see extended time at first base

Cantu to see extended time at first base

ARLINGTON -- Jorge Cantu was at first base on Wednesday night with left-hander Brian Duensing on the mound for the Twins. Duensing is the first of five straight left-handers the Rangers are facing to end this homestand and manager Ron Washington said Cantu will be his starting first baseman for all five games.

This is why the Rangers picked up Cantu from the Marlins just before the Trade Deadline.

"This will give him the opportunity to get consistent back-to-back days," Washington said. "Not to prove anything to us, but to help him out. We brought him in for this purpose, [facing left-handers], and there they are. So we're going to run him out there."

Cantu is 10-for-40, but without a home run or RBI since being acquired from the Marlins on July 29. His last RBI was on July 19 against the Rockies. Since May 29, he is hitting .236 with two home runs and 18 RBIs over 62 games with a .280 on-base percentage and a .319 slugging percentage.

"Obviously I have been in a different role since I've been here," Cantu said. "I'm trying to stay positive mentally. The last thing I want to lose is my timing regardless of the lineup arrangements, so I'm working hard every day. I'm happy to be here. I haven't had my best performance yet, but it will come."