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Washington: Martin still has a ways to go

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BALTIMORE -- Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin made an outstanding catch on Nelson Cruz's potential home run in the second inning on Tuesday night and he also reached base in the seventh on a well-placed bunt.

Manager Ron Washington liked both plays. But he was not happy that Martin was picked off at first base by right-handed reliever Brad Brach in the seventh. The score was 4-4 and there were two outs in the inning.

"He is still trying to advance his knowledge of situations," Washington said. "Knowing what you should do and what you shouldn't do and when you should do it. All of those things he is still trying to learn.

"He did a great job of getting on with the bunt but you can't get picked off in that situation. You just can't. There are no excuses you can have. The league knows he is a basestealer. He is not fooling anybody when he gets to first base.

"He still has a long ways to go."

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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