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ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus went into Saturday's game against the Mariners with just two hits in his last 18 at-bats. That dropped his batting average from .244 to .206 after the first three weeks of the season.

"The other team is catching everything," Andrus said. "There's no way you can be frustrated when you're hitting the ball good. I haven't been lucky, but if I keep hitting it good like this, the balls are going to start falling in.

"I mean, at the plate I'm really feeling great. There's nothing else I can do. I'm having great at-bats and I'm hitting the ball the right way, I just haven't been getting good luck. I'm happy we're winning games, that's the main thing."

Manager Ron Washington took umbrage when it was suggested that Andrus might be in a skid.

"Elvis has been stroking the baseball," Washington said. "I don't want him to change anything. When he starts finding holes, it will come in droves. He's smacking the baseball. I told Elvis, 'Don't change a thing.'"

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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