ARLINGTON -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, who began the day in an 0-for-14 slump, was out of the Rangers' lineup for the second straight day even though the Orioles had a right-hander on mound.Manager Ron Washington said he still expects Moreland to be back in the lineup on Wednesday against Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. "I just wanted to give him a couple days to relax a little bit," Washington said. "He'll be back in there tomorrow. There is nothing wrong with him physically, he has just been trying too hard. There is nothing wrong with trying, he has just been trying too hard." Moreland was 5-for-32 (.132) over his past 11 games to fall from .299 to .273, but does have three home runs in that time. "I've hit some balls hard, they've made some plays on me," Moreland said. "When you don't get those results, that's when you start pressing or trying to do too much, almost hit the ball too hard, in a way, getting under something and not hitting the ball like you want to. I'm just trying to get my approach back to squaring the ball up, and staying through it and staying on it a little bit more." Moreland has been given a couple of days off, but he's still getting much work in the cages with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. "I'm going to focus on the things I've been focusing on," Moreland said. "Trying to stay on top of the ball, or the top half of the ball instead of underneath it a little bit. I feel like that's what I've kind of gotten into a little bit. Try not to worry about the results part of it as much. "I feel like once you hit a ball and they make a diving play on it, maybe something else happens, you start pressing a little bit. That's how the rough patches are started. I've just got to keep going out and playing the game and it will take care of itself."
Hamilton not asked to join Home Run Derby
ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was not invited by American League captain David Ortiz, of the Red Sox, to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday.Hamilton was reluctant to do the Home Run Derby but said Sunday he would reconsider because it is now both a team and an individual event. But Ortiz chose the Yankees' Robinson Cano, Red Sox teammate Adrian Gonzalez and Blue Jays' Jose Bautista. Hamilton set a record in 2008 when he hit 28 home runs in the opening round of the Derby, and while he did not win, he finished with 35 blasts. "I will watch some of it," Hamilton said. "I won't sit through the whole thing because I don't have a teammate in there."
Kinsler stealing way into history books
ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler went into Tuesday night's game with stolen bases in three straight games. The last Rangers player to steal a base in three straight games was Otis Nixon in 1995.Kinsler, who entered the day with 19 stolen bases on the season and 125 for his career, needed one more stolen base for two things to happen. It would be his fourth 20-steal season, matching Oddibe McDowell and Bump Wills for the most in club history. It would also move him past Dave Nelson and into third place for the most steals in club history. Wills owns the record with 161. Wills also owns the single-season record with 52 in 1978. That is still the oldest major single-season offensive mark in the Rangers' record book. Kinsler has a career success rate of 86.2 percent that is the best in Rangers history among players with at least 120 attempts. By the way, Craig Gentry began Tuesday 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts as a Major Leaguer. That's the highest ever by a Rangers player without being caught once.
Young not bothered by exit with cycle on line
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers used a surprising number of pinch-hitters late in Monday's 13-4 victory over the Orioles. That might have annoyed some people, but it did not annoy Michael Young.Mike Napoli pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning, even though Young was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple on the night, needing only a home run to complete the cycle. Young was amused to think that he was being "denied" a chance for it by Napoli pinch-hitting for him. "I wasn't surprised by that," Young said. "It's not like I had a single to go. I don't think a home run was a foregone conclusion. If it was, I would have more than seven home runs on the season. I don't understand why too much is being made of it." Five players hit for the cycle in Rangers history: Oddibe McDowell (1985), Mark Teixeira (2004), Gary Matthews Jr. (2006), Ian Kinsler (2009) and Bengie Molina last season. Young has 12 three-hit games this season, tied for the fourth most in club history.
Rangers will hold open tryout
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will conduct an open tryout camp for prospective professional baseball players Wednesday, July 20, at The Dell Diamond in Round Rock. Non-drafted, non-contracted individuals between the ages of 16 and 25 are eligible to participate.The one-day tryout begins at 7 a.m. and will conclude by 3 p.m. Rangers scouting department personnel will be on-hand holding the event. Participants will be evaluated based upon Major League standards. All interested individuals are encouraged to pre-register at www.RoundRockExpress.com. Late registration will be held at the entry gate at Dell Diamond the morning of the event. Entries will be limited to 500 in the interest of time. American Legion players MUST provide a letter from their coach or post commander granting permission to attend the tryout camp. All entrants must sign an injury waiver to participat
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Louie Horvath is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.