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Martin learning in Rangers' leadoff spot

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OAKLAND -- Leonys Martin was in the leadoff spot Friday night for the fifth straight game. Manager Ron Washington is not ready to name Martin as his permanent leadoff hitter, but he is happy with what he is seeing.

But there is still much to learn, and another teaching moment came in the seventh inning of Thursday's 7-1 victory over the D-backs. Martin came up in the seventh with one out and grounded out on the first pitch he had ever taken from D-backs reliever Tony Sipp.

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"You don't want to take away his aggressiveness, but some situations you try to explain to him that's not the right thing to do," Washington said. "He's a guy you've never seen before. You want to see what his pitches are doing. Those are the type of things you have to learn. The pitch has got to be where you want it and be the pitch you were looking for. It's a long process, but he's doing a good job."

Entering Friday, Martin was 6-for-20 with two runs scored and five RBIs in the leadoff spot over the past four games. The Rangers won all four.

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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