"He just had a little sore shoulder," Daniels said. "He should be OK but we're going to give him a little down time and have him skip a start. We're not putting him on the disabled list."Byrd bats cleanup: Marlon Byrd, riding a 10-game hitting streak, had a surprise waiting for him when the lineup was posted at PNC Park on Wednesday. He was the Rangers cleanup hitter, batting in the No. 4 spot behind Kenny Lofton, Frank Catalanotto and Michael Young. "Sweet," Byrd said. "I guess with all the numbers I've shown, they have added confidence in me. I like it." Byrd has never started at cleanup hitter at the Major League level, although he did at Triple-A last year. In his career, he has started at the leadoff spot and the No. 8 spot more than any other place in the lineup. But he took a 10-game hitting streak into Wednesday's game and was hitting .403 since being recalled from Oklahoma. "After I put down Kenny, Cat and Mike, I put the others aside, looked at them and decided Marlon was the one to put there," Washington said. "I don't want him to be a power hitter, I just want him to keep doing what he's doing." Washington said Victor Diaz will be his cleanup hitter on Thursday. No Botts at first: The Rangers have decided that Jason Botts is not going to be an option at first base while Mark Teixeira is sidelined with a strained quadriceps muscle. Botts, who is at Oklahoma, has played first base in the past but the Rangers feel his best defensive position is in the outfield and they are committed to letting him stay there. "He's starting to get more comfortable out there," Daniels said. "We want to let him continue to play and develop out there." Botts is hitting .320 with six home runs and 49 RBI at Oklahoma. He said it: "I don't think about myself. I'm interested in the players continuing to play hard and bust their tails. It's harder for them than me because of all the changes. To be honest, I don't think about myself." -- Washington, on the Rangers struggles. Tuesday's Minor Stars: Gold: Double-A Frisco catcher Saloman Manriquez hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Roughriders a 13-11 victory over Midland. Manriquez was 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs. Silver: Class A Clinton pitcher Omar Poveda raised his record to 7-2 with a 2.63 ERA with a 3-1 victory over Kane County. He allowed one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Bronze: Brandon Boggs was 3-for-5 with a home run for Frisco. Briefly: The Cubs are scheduled to pitch left-hander Sean Marshall, right-hander Jason Marquis and left-hander Ted Lilly during their three-game series with the Rangers that starts Tuesday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ...Opponents are hitting .367 with runners in scoring position against Millwood, fifth-highest in the American League. Up next: Loe pitches for the Rangers at 6:05 p.m. CT on Thursday in the finale of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will start for the Pirates.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.