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Guerrero rests while trying to shake slump

Guerrero rests while trying to shake slump

OAKLAND -- Vladimir Guerrero was given his second day off on this road trip when he was out of the lineup on Sunday against the A's.

Josh Hamilton was at designated hitter and Michael Young was at third base. Washington originally planned to use Young at DH, but decided to give Hamilton the day off from defense. He had started four straight games in center field.

Guerrero is still struggling at the plate. Since the beginning of July, he is hitting .215 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 31 games. He has a .280 on-base percentage and a .339 slugging percentage in that stretch.

"The main thing is he's not finding the fat part of the bat," Washington said. "I can't say it's pitch selection because I don't think he has pitch selection. We just have to wait him out."

Young has also hit a skid. He has four hits in his past 34 at-bats going into Sunday's game.

"He's a grinder, he'll figure it out too," Washington said. "As long as somebody in our lineup is doing something and as long as our pitcher holds up, we'll be fine. You go through struggles like this. We'll grind through it. We need those guys. They'll come out of it."

Elvis Andrus, Young and Hamilton were a combined 0-for-11 with a walk on Saturday at the top of the Rangers lineup. The last time the Rangers' first three hitters were hitless in a game was on April 7-8 in two games against the Blue Jays.

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