NEW YORK -- Vladimir Guerrero is just 1-for-9 in the first two games of the American League Championship Series and 6-for-28 (.214) with one RBI in the playoffs. But Rangers manager Ron Washington said there is no way he is going to drop Guerrero out of the cleanup spot.
"That's the way I ran the lineup all year, and it's going to stay that way," Washington said. "A guy of Vlad's stature, he's only one swing away from doing damage. He's our No. 4 hitter and he's going to stay that way."
Nelson Cruz, who is batting fifth, is 11-for-27 with three home runs in the playoffs. Guerrero was in the cleanup spot in every game he started during the regular season.
Washington is undecided on how he'll deploy his outfield with right-hander A.J. Burnett pitching in Game 4 for the Yankees. David Murphy started in Game 2 with right-hander Phil Hughes on the mound and had a home run and a double.
But Washington is still considering using Julio Borbon in the outfield.
"I haven't had a chance to get Borbon in there," Washington said.