SEATTLE -- Mitch Moreland was in the lineup for Sunday's 3-1 win over the Mariners against right-hander Blake Beavan, hitting ninth. He crushed a three-run homer in his first at-bat.
Moreland batted seventh on Friday and Saturday night, but manager Ron Washington is trying to take some pressure off him. It may have worked.
"I'm trying to get him to relax a little bit, so I'm going to drop him down in the order," Washington said. "He's not centering the ball. His timing might be off. He's still seeing pitches, but it's pretty messed up when your timing is off and you're facing the pitching we've faced. Oakland's staff and this staff are pretty good."
Moreland went into Sunday's game hitless in his past 14 at-bats and was hitting .161 over his previous 17 games, dropping his average from .299 to .267. His .186 batting average with runners in scoring position was the 10th lowest in the league.