Cantu, Francoeur scratched because of illness

Cantu, Francoeur scratched because of illness

ARLINGTON -- A couple of different illnesses were impacting the Rangers' clubhouse on Thursday, less than a week out from the playoff opener against either Tampa Bay or New York.

First baseman Jorge Cantu was not in the lineup because of a head cold and sore throat. Mitch Moreland started in Cantu's place, giving the rookie a chance in a lefty-lefty matchup with Angels starter Scott Kazmir.

"[Cantu] is under the weather," said manager Ron Washington. "That's why Moreland is out there."

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur was also a late scratch from the lineup because of a stomach virus.