ARLINGTON -- Slugger Eric Hosmer isn't a typical No. 2 batter, but with his average at .180 entering Monday, manager Ned Yost decided to try something.
So for Monday night's game against Texas, he put Hosmer second behind leadoff batter Jarrod Dyson for the first time this season. Hosmer started the season batting third (13 times), was tried in the fourth spot (17 times) and hit sixth in the last two games.
"I want to get him more fastballs," Yost said. "If he's behind Dyson, if Dyson's on base, he'll get more fastballs. We're trying to get him going. When he's in the six-hole, they're not pitching to him."
Behind Hosmer were Billy Butler and Alex Gordon.
"In the two-hole, with Billy and Gordo behind him, especially with Dyson on, he'll get more stuff to hit," Yost said. "So it's a shot in the dark to see if we can get him going."
Hosmer batted second five times last season, although it should be noted that he hit just .190 (4-for-21) in those games.
"And in high school, my senior year I batted second," he said.
That must have gone pretty well, because he hit .470 that year for American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla.
"If Dyson gets on, they're going to want to come after me and not let him steal the base," Hosmer said. "Then I've got Billy protecting me, so hopefully it's a nice spot for me. So I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully, it'll turn us on, and maybe [I'll] stay there."