- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2011

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - Mitch Moreland got on quite a fast track for the Texas Rangers.

In three months last season, Moreland went from the minors to his major league debut to being the Rangers‘ best hitter in their first-ever World Series.

Moreland’s quick rise began after Texas acquired Cliff Lee in the middle of last season. The ace left-handed pitcher is gone, but the first baseman is still starting _ and finally getting a chance to really adjust to the majors this spring.

Texas manager Ron Washington says the Rangers now have “an opportunity to improve” Moreland and that he’s improving.

The Rangers sent first baseman Justin Smoak, another top prospect who was already in the majors, to Seattle to get Lee.

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