ARLINGTON -- Of the nine players in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup, David Murphy was probably the one who really needed to get off to a quick start. He has started to do just that with three hits, including two doubles, in his first six at-bats.
This comes after he hit .327 with a .509 slugging percentage during Spring Training.
"I have a good mindset going, coming out of Spring Training," Murphy said. "I just need to maintain it all year. It all starts with your mindset -- that affects mechanics, that affects effort and that affects results. I need to be as good of a player mentally as I can and that will be the key to better results."
Murphy wants to get off to a good start because his career .240 batting average in April is 41 points lower than his overall batting average. He came out of Spring Training being viewed as an everyday player for the first time and he wants to seize the opportunity.
"It makes a difference when I know I'm playing pretty much every day," Murphy said. "It's nice to be able to get into a routine. It was hard in the past when I came to the ballpark not knowing if I was in the lineup. It's a little more difficult when you're not seeing live pitching every day. You can take batting practice all you want but no way does it simulate game conditions."