ARLINGTON -- When this season began, outfielder David Murphy came to the ballpark knowing that he would not be in the lineup if the Rangers were facing a team that featured a left-handed starting pitcher.
Now that Murphy is an everyday player, he starts against right-handers and left-handers alike. Despite being a left-handed batter, he is batting .408 with four doubles and five RBIs against southpaws entering Thursday's series opener with the Twins, who sent lefty Scott Diamond to the mound. Murphy's .408 mark against lefties is the fifth-best in the Majors among players with at least 49 at-bats against southpaws and the best among left-handed batters.
"I'm definitely content with the performance and the results right now," Murphy said. "If I want to play every day, I need to show some results. I think it's all about the approach. Right now, it's been pretty consistent. Mechanically, everything is good."
Murphy went 3-for-3 with a walk in a 12-3 win over the Orioles Wednesday, his third three-hit effort in his past seven games. His .387 batting average this month is the second-best in the American League, and his .315 batting average this season would be the fifth-best in the AL if he qualified, his .394 on-base percentage would be the fourth-highest in the AL.