Extra Bases: Martin won't move up in lineup

July, 4, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Leonys Martin's 15-game hitting streak ended in Wednesday's 4-2 loss in 10 innings to the Seattle Mariners.

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He's still one of the Rangers' hottest hitters on a club that has scored four runs in two games against the Mariners and faces American League ERA leader Hisashi Iwakuma on Thursday night.

But manager Ron Washington said before Wednesday's game that Martin won't move out of the ninth spot in the Rangers' lineup.

"There’s no where else I can move him," Washington said. "He’s going to stay there. I’ll move him at some point maybe if someone at the top is out and I think he can fit in there, but right now he’s doing a good job there. I’m not going to mess with it."

Washington is content with Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus in the top two spots in the lineup. There's no reason to move up Martin a few spots, when you're better off hitting him ninth and having him wrap around to the top of the order.

Martin made his thirteenth consecutive successful stolen base after swiping second Wednesday night. He has stolen bases in six straight games, a club record.

Washington said Martin and third-base coach Gary Pettis watch video every day on the opposing pitcher. The Rangers do believe opponents will make adjustments to Martin, namely throwing over to first more.

But for now ...

"He’s doing a good job picking it up," Washington said. "He’s running the bases with reckless abandon. You can see how reckless he was last night."

Other Rangers notes for Thursday morning:

Soria dominates: Reliever Joakim Soria needed six pitches to get through an inning for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. He'll pitch again Thursday, the first time he's tried to go for back-to-back appearances.

Good on the Fourth: The Rangers are 23-20 on the Fourth of July and have won nine of their last 13 games on the holiday.

Avoiding the sweep: The Rangers will try to avoid being swept at home for the second time this season. The Toronto Blue Jays took four straight games from the Rangers on their last homestand.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
8 2.63 134 109
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .333
HRA. Beltre 12
RBIA. Beltre 48
RE. Andrus 49
OPSA. Beltre .911
ERAY. Darvish 2.63
SOY. Darvish 134