"We've seen when he's in left field he has very good reads
and routes, and those are playing out as well in his time in
center field," Farrell said. "He's able to take advantage of
an above-average throwing arm and accuracy with some plays
he has made already. He's made that adjustment pretty darn
Snider got off to a slow start at the plate this season,
which prompted a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. Since his
return on July 4, he's been on a tear, hitting .333 with two
home runs, 17 RBIs and nine doubles.
The fourth-year player continues to work on his new hitting
mechanics at the plate, but learning a new position at the
same time doesn't appear to have caused any problems.
"Since he has returned it has been a consistent approach,"
Farrell said. "He has covered pitches on both sides of the
plate. More than anything, he feels confident in himself and
his ability to not only [hit] good velocity and above-average velocity, but he's covered some pitches on the outer
part of the plate by driving some balls the other way."
Snider's presence in center field meant Rajai Davis found
himself on the bench despite hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a
pair of RBIs in his career against Rangers starter Colby
Farrell made the decision to sit Davis because he wanted to
get as many lefties in the lineup as possible. Left-handers
are batting .286 against Lewis compared to .190 for
The lineup move also sets up Davis to come off the bench,
where he has been able to use his speed in recent games.
Davis came in as a reserve Tuesday night and stole three
bases, and on Thursday he appeared in the seventh and
proceeded to steal a base and record a double in his only
"He has done an exceptional job," Farrell said. "When we
have made that move [to pinch-run] he has taken over and had
that impact, as we have all seen.
"The ability to steal multiple bases in one inning, I think
there has been seven times this year where he has stolen
second and third in the same inning and has scored in every
one of those instances."
Farrell said he expected to start Davis on Saturday and
Sunday versus Texas' Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando.