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As hot hand, Murphy relishing playing time

As hot hand, Murphy relishing playing time

ARLINGTON -- While Rangers outfielder David Murphy has seen the majority of playing time in the outfield over Julio Borbon the last few weeks, manager Ron Washington isn't ready to deem him the everyday starter just yet.

"Playing time Murphy gets, Murphy deserves it," Washington said. "Murphy's earned that playing time. I think I told you guys after the All-Star break, you're going to see more of Murphy."

Murphy says he's just enjoying knowing that when he's come into the clubhouse, his name is likely to be on the lineup card.

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"That's a great feeling," Murphy said. "At the same time, this team is so talented up and down that whatever names are on that lineup card, we've got a great chance to win every single night."

His performance hasn't gone unnoticed by his teammates, either. In his last six games, he's hit .435 (10-for-23) with three home runs and nine RBIs.

"Everyone knows that he can hit. There's no doubt that he can hit," Elvis Andrus said. "He can hit for power, everywhere on the field. He's a great hitter. He did that last year for us. He's an opportunity guy.

"He'll go out there and step up. I think the last two weeks, he's been an angel for us. He's been the savior. He's going out and hitting home runs."

And while he may be the hot hand now, Murphy knows Borbon is just as capable of providing the Rangers' offense with a spark when he's in the lineup.

"Julio has had his moments this year where he's shined and done a great job," Murphy said. "He's a great player and he's going to get his opportunities to play. You've got to have depth and be a complete team to get to the postseason and have a chance to play in the postseason."

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