SEATTLE -- First baseman Mitch Moreland was back in the Rangers' lineup on Monday after having to sit out during their three-game series with the Astros in Houston. There was no designated hitter used in the National League park so Michael Young started all three games at first base.
But Moreland should get plenty of playing time this week. The Rangers are scheduled to face three right-handed starters against the Mariners and against the Blue Jays over the weekend in Arlington. The Blue Jays have one left-handed starter in Ricky Romero, who is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday against the Rays. The Blue Jays are lined up to pitch right-handers Brandon Morrow, Henderson Alvarez and Kyle Drabek against the Rangers.
Moreland was 0-for-2 as a pinch-hitter in Houston but is still 6-for-16 with three home runs and eight RBIs in his last seven games and hitting .362 in his last 20 games. Moreland said he does not expect his time off in Houston to affect him.
"I'm going to go out there, stick to my approach, see pitches, try to get something up and hit it hard," Moreland said. "You're going to have ups and downs, you just have to continue to put together good at-bats."
The Rangers may not face a left-hander again until next Tuesday in Arlington when Jason Vargas is scheduled to pitch for the Mariners. Their rotation has Kevin Millwood pitching in the first game of the three-game series followed by Vargas and Blake Beavan.