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Could Wyatt Langford bat third for Rangers in his MLB debut?

(Rangers Today/Jeff Wilson)

 

ARLINGTON — Manager Bruce Bochy once again wrote up a lineup Tuesday that looks like it would work on Opening Day for the Rangers.

Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Evan Carter and Adolis Garcia topped the order, and they were followed by Josh Jung, Wyatt Langford, Jared Walsh, Andrew Knizner and Leody Taveras.

There will be some differences, Bochy said, mainly because the Cubs are starting left-hander Justin Steele on Thursday night.

“You’ll see it tweaked a little bit,” Bochy said.

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Jonah Heim will replace Knizner at catcher, though that doesn’t have anything to do with Steele. Heim is the starting catcher. But Walsh, a left-handed hitter, could be on the bench in favor of the the righty-hitting Ezequiel Duran, who has been getting a lot of work at first base.

The door could be open for Langford to bat third in his MLB debut.

In the three games since the return of Seager and Jung to the lineup, Langford batted sixth. However, he batted third almost all spring and also in college.

Bochy might not want to have Seager and Carter, lefty hitters, back to back against Steele. Carter isn’t as strong against left-handers, so flopping him with Langford might work.

Jung, another righty-hitter, could also bat third as he did a few times last season.

“These are things that will come into play when we decide what the lineup is,” Bochy said.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

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Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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