Moreland has been on a tear at the plate

Moreland has been on a tear at the plate

ARLINGTON -- The argument can be made that rookie first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland has hit his way onto the Rangers' postseason roster with six hits in his last 20 at-bats going back to last Sunday in Oakland.

Moreland hit two home runs and drove in five runs in that game, and he also belted two home runs in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Angels on Friday.

But Moreland also has been helped by showing the patient approach at the plate that won him over with manager Ron Washington when he first arrived in Texas on July 29.

Moreland has drawn six walks in his last four games entering Sunday, giving him a .438 on-base percentage during that span. He said working with hitting coach Clint Hurdle helped him revert back to having quality at-bats.

"He just told me to relax and do what you can do," Moreland said. "Keep it simple and have good at-bats. That's what I've been doing."