Arias spells slumping Smoak for Texas

Arias spells slumping Smoak for Texas

ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Justin Smoak received a day off Saturday in favor of Joaquin Arias.

Smoak is hitless in a career-high 19 at-bats and didn't have a ball leave the infield Friday night in a 5-3 loss to the White Sox.

"He just needed it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We've got two lefties coming up here and we've had a chance to use Joaquin in some pinch-hit situations here lately."

In the past 10 games, Smoak has hit .111 (4-for-36) with two RBIs to drop his average 20 points down to .208.

With the Rangers facing left-hander John Danks on Saturday, Washington felt it was the opportune time to sit Smoak, who's hitting just .143 against left-handers this season.

"I think Danks is an attacker," Washington said. "I just thought this was a good time for me to give Smoakie a break. We'll have him back in there tomorrow."

For the season, he's hitting .208 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. Arias, meanwhile, carries a .270 average with three RBIs into Saturday's game.