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Moreland ready to get back into game action


GOODYEAR, Ariz. - First baseman Mitch Moreland was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday while dealing with some tightness in his left quad muscle. There is a good chance he could return either Monday against the Giants or Tuesday against the Brewers.

"I feel fine," Moreland said. "I've been feeling it the last week or so, and it was not getting any better so they said, 'Let's take a couple of days off.' I tried to talk my way back into the lineup today, but it didn't work."

Moreland, who is getting a chance to show he can hit, has played in 10 games and is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with two home runs and six RBIs.

"He's having fun, that's the key for him," manager Ron Washington said. "He's got the ability, he just has to trust it and have fun."

With Moreland out, Jeff Baker started at first base on Sunday. Baker went into the game hitting .481, which was tied for the second highest average in the Cactus League. He was also tied for second with eight runs scored.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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