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Garko makes first start of homestand

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ARLINGTON -- Ryan Garko was back in the lineup on Wednesday, his first start on the homestand. It's also the first time the Rangers faced a left-hander back in Arlington, so Garko was slotted as the designated hitter and Vladimir Guerrero played right field.

Garko went into Wednesday's game hitting .071 with two hits in 28 at-bats -- the second lowest mark in the Majors for a player with at least 25 at-bats.

"I feel my most important at-bat is my next at-bat," Garko said. "I just want to go out there and have three or four good at-bats instead of putting pressure on every at-bat. That leads to over-swinging and bad swings."

Garko had been a regular first baseman for the Indians in the past, and his 162-game average over a six-year career is a .275 batting average, 67 runs scored, 19 home runs, 88 RBIs, a .347 on-base percentage and a .434 slugging percentage.

"I know I'm better than what I've shown," Garko said. "You can't get too high or too low. You just have to stay confident and work hard. There is a track record, you just have to trust in that. It's there and it's been there in the past."

The Rangers have a roster move to make on Friday when Nelson Cruz comes off the disabled list. But club officials said it's unlikely that a move will be made for Garko at that point. The Rangers have Joaquin Arias playing first base at Triple A Oklahoma City as a possible option.

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