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Washington wants Andrus hitting to opposite field

Washington wants Andrus hitting to opposite field

Washington wants Andrus hitting to opposite field
ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus, who had Thursday's game off, is not suddenly going to become a home-run hitting shortstop even though he pounded a long ball left of the 390-foot sign in left-center field in Wednesday's 4-3 loss.

It was Andrus' first home run this season and the 12th of his career -- his season best is six in 2009. He has gotten stronger and Andrus talked before Wednesday's game about looking to pull more pitches with pitchers working the inside part of the plate on him. But manager Ron Washington wants Andrus to continue his approach of going to the opposite way to right field.

And Andrus did that in the final Rangers' at-bat Wednesday night. He lined out to first baseman Justin Smoak with a runner at second base and two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

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"I want him driving the ball," Washington said, "Just not trying to drive balls for home runs."

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