String of righties may benefit Moreland

String of righties may benefit Moreland

ARLINGTON -- On Tuesday, the Rangers faced Hiroki Kuroda, the first of four straight right-handers Texas is scheduled to oppose. That could help first baseman Mitch Moreland get untracked.

Moreland went into Tuesday's game hitting .152 on the season, with five hits in 32 at-bats. He also had just two hits in his last 16 at-bats. Tuesday was only his fourth start in the Rangers' last 10 games. He missed two because games because of dental problems and didn't start in four others because a left-hander was on the mound.

"He just needs the opportunity to get consistent at-bats and get a feel for his timing," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "We're going to face some right-handers; hopefully that will give him a chance to get some timing and rhythm. I think his dental problem set him back a little bit."

The Rangers will face Phil Hughes on Wednesday, and then the Rays are scheduled to pitch right-handers James Shields and Jeff Niemann in the first two games of their weekend series.

"I'm just trying to hit the ball hard," Moreland said. "I'm just going up there, sticking to my approach, working in the cage and playing my game."