ST. PETERSBURG -- Julio Borbon will be starting in the Rangers' outfield on Thursday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. On Saturday, he will be replaced by David Murphy when the series resumes for Game 3 at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Manager Ron Washington, when all his outfielders have been healthy, has been using both against right-handed starters throughout the season in an outfield that also includes Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.
But Washington said he wanted Borbon against Game 2 starter James Shields and Murphy against Matt Garza, who is pitching Game 3. Both are right-handers.
"Shields has got some quick off-speed stuff and Garza has a good fastball," Washington said. "Murphy is more conducive to facing the good fastball. Shields has a good fastball, but it's not as electric as Garza."
Murphy has been dealing with a mild strain in his left groin muscle but is on the playoff roster and ready to go. He's not full speed, but the Rangers expect him to be in the outfield on Saturday.
Murphy is 2-for-8 off Shields in his career and 5-for-22 with a home run off Garza. Borbon is 4-for-9 off Shields and 1-for-10 off Garza.
Hamilton will be in left field when Borbon is in the lineup and will switch to center field on Saturday with Murphy in left. For Game 1, the Rangers went with the outfield they use against left-handers with Jeff Francoeur in right, Hamilton in center and Nelson Cruz in left.