Kinsler sticking in the troubled No. 3 spot

Kinsler sticking in the troubled No. 3 spot

ARLINGTON -- The numbers aren't good for hitters in the No. 3 spot in the Rangers' lineup.

Entering Friday's game against the Rays, No. 3 hitters for Texas were batting .250, which is 10th best for that spot in the American League. The Rangers owned the eighth-best slugging percentage at .440, but their on-base percentage was .311, second lowest in the American League.

Both Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton have hit better in the fifth spot. Kinsler, going into Friday, was hitting .213 as the No. 3 hitter and .321 in the No. 5 spot. Hamilton was hitting .273 at No. 3 and .354 at No. 5.

But somebody has to hit No. 3, and manager Ron Washington is staying with Kinsler right now while Hamilton hits fifth.

"We just have to hold on, that's all we can do," Washington said. "We're not going to bounce them back-and-forth. I'm sticking with Kinsler. If we make a move and Hamilton starts struggling, what am I going to do? Move it again?"

Vladimir Guerrero has hit third for much of his career, but Washington wants to keep him in the cleanup spot.