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Andrus grows up on the job

Updated: November 16, 2009, 5:17 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The thing that impressed manager Ron Washington the most about Elvis Andrus was his maturity.

At age 20, Andrus was handed the starting job despite never having played an inning in Triple-A. The Rangers even moved Michael Young, a Gold Glove shortstop in 2008, to third base to make room for him.

Andrus arrived at spring training humble and ready to learn. He never acted like a player squinting from the glare of the spotlight and stayed even-keeled as the season began. His steady ...

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