Borbon dropped to ninth spot

Borbon dropped to ninth spot

BOSTON -- Julio Borbon was back in the lineup on Tuesday after getting Sunday off. But he has been dropped from the leadoff spot, at least for now. Borbon is going to hit ninth while Elvis Andrus will bat leadoff.

"I'm just taking a little pressure off him," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I don't want him to think he has to go up there and ignite this team. Whatever we can do to make him better, we need to do."

Said Borbon, "I'm in there. ... I'm in the lineup. Whether it's ninth or leadoff, that's all that matters."

Borbon was 3-for-36 going into Tuesday's game, giving him an .083 batting average, the lowest in the Majors among qualifiers.

"I still feel good," Borbon said. "All I can do is smile, seize the moment and enjoy the run. This is not going to last. I'm going to come out of it. I'm confident. I'm not approaching it any other way except to get on base and create havoc."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.