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09/14/08 5:04 PM ET
Bottom's up in Rangers' order
Final three spots in lineup producing AL-leading run total
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Injuries to Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Milton Bradley have zapped the strength of the Rangers' batting order at the top and in the middle. The work at the bottom of the order, however, makes up for it. The White Sox and Tigers are the only teams in the American League that can come close to matching the Rangers' firepower at the bottom of the lineup. Entering Sunday's game, Texas' bottom three spots had combined to score 241 runs, the most in the American League. The Tigers were second with 227 runs scored, and the White Sox were third at 210. The White Sox's bottom three spots had driven in 239 runs, while the Rangers were right behind them with 237. The Blue Jays were third with 210. Texas had picked up 102 RBIs from the No. 8 spot in the lineup entering Sunday, mainly because of Chris Davis. He has driven in 30 runs in 34 games in the No. 8 spot, the third most in that spot by any player in the American League.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.