SEATTLE -- The best defensive play of Friday's game was made by right fielder Vladimir Guerrero. Mariners catcher Adam Moore led off the bottom of the fifth with a high fly ball deep into the right-field corner, and Guerrero raced over to make a nice running, waist-high catch as he crossed the foul line up against the wall.
It was Guerrero's second start in right field, matching his total for 2009. But he'll surpass that on Monday. Manager Ron Washington is planning on starting him in right against Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden, so that right-hander Ryan Garko can get into the lineup as the designated hitter.
With Nelson Cruz out, the Rangers are trying to get as many right-handed hitters into the lineup with left-handers on the mound. The Rangers went into Saturday's game with a .284 on-base percentage against left-handed pitchers, the second lowest in the American League. Their .215 batting average was the third lowest, and their slugging percentage was the fourth lowest.
Of course, the Rangers aren't killing right-handed pitchers either. They went into Saturday's game hitting .254 against right-handers with a .329 on-base percentage and a .398 slugging percentage. All were the sixth lowest in the American League.