ARLINGTON -- For the second time this week, manager Ron Washington rested one of his hottest hitters. Julio Borbon was given the day off for Saturday's contest against the Astros.
Borbon has been out of the lineup in 15 games this season, but only two have been when right-handers were on the mound. Although Houston righty Josh Banks is making his season debut, Washington wanted to give David Murphy a start.
Besides, Borbon has been hitting all pitchers lately. Going into Saturday, he was hitting .341 in his past 11 games and hitting .400 for the month of June. That's the second-best average in the American League behind Josh Hamilton.
Borbon is now hitting .293 for the season after being at .191 at the end of April.
"He's getting better pitches and he's being more aggressive," Washington said. "He's starting to drive the ball rather than serving it, and he's confident. When he gets in that box, you can see he's confident."