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Choo goes back to leadoff spot

Choo goes back to leadoff spot

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo was back in the leadoff spot on Friday while Leonys Martin was moved down to the sixth spot with right-hander Kevin Correia on the mound for the Twins. Martin had started eight straight games at leadoff hitter.

"I just wanted to change things up," manager Ron Washington said. "See if we can shake it up. We'll see what happens."

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Martin was 9-for-29 with six walks in those eight games as the leadoff hitter. But Choo, for the season, went into Friday night hitting .193 with a .268 on-base percentage and a .330 slugging percentage in the No. 3 spot. As a leadoff hitter, he was batting .269 with a .409 on-base percentage and a .404 slugging percentage.

"It doesn't matter, I don't know the numbers," Choo said. "I had two years in the No. 3 spot in Cleveland and had pretty good years."

The Rangers have been struggling in the No. 3 spot all season. Their No. 3 hitters went into Friday's game hitting .221 with a .276 on-base percentage and a .328 slugging percentage. They ranked last in all three categories in the American League. Their 70 runs from the No. 3 spot was also the lowest while 38 RBIs tied for the second fewest.

Carlos Pena started in the No. 3 spot on Friday night. He is the sixth player used there by the Rangers along with Choo, Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Alex Rios and Mitch Moreland.

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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