Borbon gets back in the Rangers' lineup

Borbon gets back in the Rangers' lineup

OAKLAND -- Julio Borbon was asked Sunday morning how he was doing.

"Well rested that's for sure," he joked.

Borbon was back in the lineup on Sunday after sitting for four straight games. Manager Ron Washington has been going with David Murphy at Borbon's expense.

"It has been a little bit tough," Borbon said. "It's been an unusual stretch for my body. You get used to playing and you shut it down like that, it feels like you've been on the disabled list. But it also helps get rid of the aches and soreness. You just have to keep practicing and be ready when your time comes."

Murphy went into Sunday's game with six hits, including two home runs, in his past 16 at-bats over four games. With Vladimir Guerrero getting the day off and Josh Hamilton being used at designated hitter, Murphy was back in the lineup on Sunday.

"He's as hot as anybody," Borbon said. "That's the thing we need. He's the one really helping us out. There is no reason to take him out."