SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A shuffle of the lineup may have been all the Sioux Falls Pheasants needed to earn their first victory of 2012. After batting in the eighth spot for the first two games of the season, Pheasants shortstop Cory Morales was promoted to the second slot. He responded with two hits and four RBI, including a three-run home run to break a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning and pace the Pheasants to a 12-5 win against the Sioux City Explorers on Sunday afternoon. Cesar Nicolas, batting third for the first part of the series, moved to the cleanup spot and finished a triple shy of the cycle, capped by a grand slam in the seventh inning to pad a 12-3 lead before 2,342 fans. Nicolas finished 3-for-5 with six RBI and two runs scored. Alan DeRatt set the tone with a five-inning start, the best so far from a Pheasants starter for the young season. He allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and walked none. The Pheasants touched Sioux City starter Jason Jarvis (0-1) for six runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings in the loss. The Pheasants are off on Monday and begin a three-game series with St. Paul Saints at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday
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