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ARLINGTON -- The first month of the 2014 season has not been kind to Prince Fielder. Including Opening Day in March, his first month as a Ranger has been one of the least productive of Fielder's career since he became an everyday player in 2006.

His .209 batting average entering Monday was the second-worst monthly average he's had, barely behind the .208 mark he put up in June 2006. Fielder's .330 slugging percentage was his lowest ever in a single month; his total of eight RBIs is the second-fewest he has had in a month; and his total of two home runs in March/April was tied for the fewest he's had in a month.

Manager Ron Washington reiterated his mid-April opinion on Fielder's slow start, saying the slugger the Rangers acquired in the offseason is struggling with his timing.

"Sometimes it takes awhile," Washington said. "It's a matter of time. Timing, and it's a matter of time. I don't lack confidence in Prince Fielder one iota. I don't care about average, I don't care about two home runs … we play six months. If we knew, we'd have fixed it by now. You've just got to wait. I've got patience, so I'm going to wait."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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