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Washington plans on keeping lineup intact

Washington plans on keeping lineup intact

MIAMI -- Rangers manager Ron Washington made it clear Thursday that he has no plans to change his lineup and reverse a couple of moves he made earlier in the season.

Washington is keeping Elvis Andrus in the leadoff spot and Julio Borbon in the No. 9 spot. He also wants to keep Ian Kinsler in the third spot and Josh Hamilton hitting fifth.

Andrus went into Thursday's game with just four hits in his past 31 at-bats and was hitting .234 in his previous 25 games to drop his average from .331 to .288. Borbon, on the other hand, was hitting .435 for the month of June, raising his average to .285.

"Nothing is happening unless Elvis falls on his face," Washington said. "I have no interest in moving Elvis, and Borbon is good where he is. Once we get through the lineup once, it's Borbon and Elvis back-to-back anyway. Elvis may be struggling right now, but he'll pick it up."

Hamilton, after getting four hits on Wednesday, took a 12-game hitting streak into Thursday's game. He was 21-for-45 (.467) during the hitting streak, with five home runs in his past seven games. He leads the Majors with 21 RBIs and an .898 slugging percentage for the month of June.

But Kinsler is also starting to come around as well. He was hitting .348 (8-for-23) in his past six games entering Thursday and had scored 10 runs. He still had just one RBI in his past 13 games and he's hitting .220 in his past 21 games.

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