Kinsler won't be moved from No. 3 hole

Kinsler won't be moved from No. 3 hole

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington remained adamant that second baseman Ian Kinsler would continue batting in the No. 3 spot in the batting order.

"As I said earlier, I'm not bouncing him around," Washington said. "We're going to help him come out of this."

Kinsler snapped what had been an 0-for-16 slump with a single to right-center field in the seventh inning of Saturday's 6-1 win over the Rays.

"Once he gets it going, he's dangerous," Washington said. "It just looks like, to me, that his rhythm is off. That's all. It happens.

"But I thought he had some better at-bats yesterday."

The No. 3 spot has been a struggle for the Rangers. Entering this weekend, that spot in the lineup had hit .250 on the season. In the club's first two games against the Rays, Kinsler is 1-for-6 with a run scored.

"Anytime somebody struggles, we can't keep moving them," Washington said. "I think you know by now, I hang with people. Whether someone thinks that's right or wrong, that's me. I won't change. But I thought he had some better at-bats yesterday."