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Andrus may stake claim on leadoff spot

Andrus may stake claim on leadoff spot

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NEW YORK -- Elvis Andrus was the Rangers leadoff hitter on Sunday against Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte, and he will likely stay in that spot for the foreseeable future.

Julio Borbon, who is 3-for-36 with no walks to start the season, had the day off Sunday. He'll be back in the lineup on Tuesday against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, but will be batting ninth.

Manager Ron Washington wants to give Borbon some time off out of the leadoff spot to take some pressure off him.

"He's going to play," Washington said. "We've got to get him going again. I want to give him the opportunity to not feel like he has to go up there and put us on his shoulders. Whatever we have to try to get him going, we have to try because this guy can be a big threat."

Rangers leadoff hitters, going into Sunday's game, were hitting .095 (4-for-42) with four runs scored and a .114 on-base percentage. Andrus was in the leadoff spot on Thursday against the Indians and was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a sacrifice bunt.

For the season, he went into Sunday's game with a .410 on-base percentage and his five walks were second on the team.

"No matter where I hit, I feel comfortable," Andrus said. "I don't think I'll change anything, just get on base and let the other guys bring me home. Even against right-handers, my main goal is to get on base. That's what I do."

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