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January 12, 2013

Lance Berkman weighs in on becoming Rangers' three-hole hitter

ARLINGTON -- Lance Berkman has batted in the No. 3 spot more than anywhere else in the lineup in his career. He is expected to go back to the three-hole with the Texas Rangers.

Berkman spent most of the past two seasons in St. Louis as its No. 5 batter, but welcomes the chance to go back to the three-spot.

"It's definitely the spot in the lineup," Berkman said at the Rangers' Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon. "You've got to have your guy there. It does require a different skill set than hitting fourth or fifth. You've got to have someone hitting third that can get on base and drive guys in.

"It's an interesting spot in the lineup because it's the spot that makes the world go around. You need contributions up and down the lineup, but I'm just saying that of all the lineup spots, it's the most critical."

Berkman has a career .286 batting average from the three-hole.

-- Drew Davison

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