Last call from the Desert…Chirinos, Moreland

desertWith Geovany Soto out and J.P. Arencibia struggling at the plate, Robinson Chirinos is getting a chance to play and is making the most of it. He was 2-for-2 with a walk against the White Sox on Tuesday and has reached base in seven straight plate appearances.

“He’s the hottest hitter in the Cactus League,” manager Ron Washington said.

Chirinos has only been used at catcher this spring but he is a right-handed hitter who can play first and third if needed. He was originally signed by the Cubs as an infielder before moving to catcher seven years after making his professional debut.

— Mitch Moreland started in right field for the Rangers on Tuesday and dropped a routine fly ball off the bat of Paul Konerko in the second inning. It would have been the third out but Joe Saunders had to pitch to three more batters and it led to an unearned run.

Washington said the play had nothing to do with Moreland being able to play the outfield.

“He just missed it,” Washington said.

Moreland had an interesting day at the plate. He was hit by a pitch and walked in his first two plate appearances, but both times was doubled off base on hit-and-run line drives. In his third plate appearance, he doubled home a run before being lifted by a pinch-runner.

— Tuesday’s game was 6-6 going into the ninth at Camelback Ranch. The Rangers got a rally going in the ninth when Brent Lillibridge singled and Kevin Kouzmanoff walked. That brought up veteran utility infielder Adam Rosales in a bunting situation. Instead he grounded into a rally-killing double play.

“He was supposed to bunt,” manager Ron Washington said. “He missed the sign. You expect one of these young guys to miss it but not him.”

He said it

“It’s only in the off-season when you see that. In the off-season, I grow my hair. When the Rangers signed me, I didn’t have time for a haircut. So I had a perm.”

Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo

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