Moreland likely to earn playoff spot for Texas

Moreland likely to earn playoff spot for Texas

ARLINGTON -- Chris Davis was unable to play Friday because of the flu bug that's been going around the team and it's beginning to look obvious that Mitch Moreland is going to be the Rangers' left-handed-hitting first baseman in the playoffs.

Moreland helped his cause by hitting a pair of homers in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Angels in 11 innings on Friday.

The Rangers wanted to get a good look at Davis this week, but he is hitless in his last 11 at-bats and is now unable to play. The Rangers still hope he can get back in the lineup this weekend.

"I want to see him, but I can't because he's sick," manager Ron Washington said.

Davis is considered the superior defensive player. But the Rangers like what they see defensively from Jorge Cantu, who will be on the roster as the right-handed-hitting first baseman. If Moreland is the starter at first, Cantu could replace him defensively in the late innings during the playoffs.