Borbon surging since being dropped in order
ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers center fielder Julio Borbon started the season in the leadoff role and, for whatever reason, struggled, beginning 3-for-37.
The past four games, though, Borbon has been dropped to ninth in the order and has found his groove. He is 5-for-15 since the switch, has stolen three bases and even recorded his first Major League triple on Wednesday.
"It was tough because it was the first time I had to go through something like that," Borbon said. "I've learned and grown through it and kept a positive mindset. When you think about it, it was only 30 at-bats, which is about one-twelfth of the season. I've just been staying within myself."
Said manager Ron Washington: "I think he's been more relaxed [batting ninth]. Once he gets going, Julio is going to catch fire."