ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon received the night off Friday against the Angels.
Josh Hamilton shifted over to center field. Reserve outfielder David Murphy took Hamilton's place in left.
"Just keeping Murphy engaged. You'll see Murphy play a lot more, that's all there is to it," manager Ron Washington said. "We have to keep Murphy engaged. We have to win with everybody. We're at the point in the year where everybody's got to get a chance to play."
Unfortunately for Murphy, most of the time he's been in the lineup, it has come with a left-handed pitcher on the mound. Friday was no different, as he was tasked with facing off against left-hander Joe Saunders.
"It's too bad he's got to get lefties, but we're keeping him engaged," Washington said.
Prior to Friday's game, Murphy was hitting .274 with a home run and seven RBIs in 73 at-bats against left-handers this season.
"Most of the time, when I try to keep him engaged, he's going to have to try and face some left-handers," Washington said. "Murph doesn't care. He just wants to play."