Both Vladimir Guerrero and shortstop Elivis Andrus were out of the starting lineup on Sunday, while Julio Borbon played center field, returning to the lineup after sitting the first two games in a three-game series against the Blue Jays. Andres Blanco, who started back-to-back games for the first time this season, assumed shortstop duties for Andrus.
Andrus, who wound up hitting a pinch-hit single for Blanco on Sunday, snapped a 37-game streak in which he was in the Rangers' starting lineup.
Guerrero was also used as a pinch-hitter in a critical moment in the seventh inning of Sunday's game, but hit into a double play, squandering an opportune scoring chance for the Rangers, who fell to the Blue Jays, 5-2.
"Day off of this turf," Washington said. "Vlad and Elvis have been grinding it the last six or seven ballgames. This is a plan I had already made with Vlad, and after last night's game I decided to give Elvis [a rest]."
Nelson Cruz, who came off the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring on Friday, was expected to sit one game over the weekend, but has remained in the lineup for all three games against Toronto.
"I checked with Cruz and he's fine," Washington said. "There is nothing wrong with him, he says he's great."
The struggling Borbon -- he's hitting .213 with a .234 on-base percentage -- was anxious to get back on the field, especially with his past success against Sunday's starter, Brandon Morrow -- he's 1-for-3 with a three-run home run against the right-hander.
"Two days ago I came into Toronto knowing they had two lefties, but I really didn't know my chances of playing," Borbon said. "But against Morrow, I've seen him before so I figured I would have a shot of getting in there."
Borbon insisted that despite the slump his confidence remains intact. However, he did cite a slight change to his approach at the plate.
"[I have to] go in their with the mentality to make them throw strikes," Borbon said. "That's one of the things that I've been working on -- I have to try to become more consistent."