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Andrus back at No. 2 spot against Red Sox

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ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus was back in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Friday with Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz on the mound. Manager Ron Washington said his only other option for the spot was Leonys Martin but, with Shin-Soo Choo batting leadoff, Washington didn't want two left-handed batters at the top of the order.

Andrus hit in the No. 2 spot for the first 30 games before being dropped to No. 9 on Sunday against the Angels. He has batted in the bottom half of the lineup for the past five games. He was 5-for-17 with three walks in that stretch.

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"He has been looking better, he's trying to stay inside the baseball and keep it up the middle or to right field," Washington said. "It was just a matter of time. Elvis is a good hitter, he's not a bad hitter."

Prior to being demoted, Andrus had just two hits in his last 27 at-bats.

"I feel a lot better," Andrus said. "I feel really good. I feel ready to be back in my spot and do what I've always done. I feel confident and ready to go. You have a lot of pride, so it's not a good feeling to drop down. But you understand as a professional it's best for the team. I'm glad to be back in that spot, and hopefully I can be there all year."

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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