MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was out of the lineup on Saturday with an abscessed tooth. He may need oral surgery, but right now, the plan is to treat it with antibiotics.
"He didn't sleep well last night, so I had to change the lineup," said manager Ron Washington, who gave Brandon Snyder his first start at first base. Moreland was 0-for-4 on Friday night and is 1-for-11 in his last three games.
Washington also started Adrian Beltre at designated hitter on Saturday, with Michael Young getting his first start at third base. Young started 40 games at third base last season after Beltre was signed as a free agent. Beltre went into Saturday's game needing one more run to give him 1,000 for his career.
Washington said he could start Young at first base on Sunday if Moreland isn't ready. Washington would like to use Nelson Cruz at designated hitter on Sunday. If so, Craig Gentry could be in the lineup for the second time this season.