Three All-Stars out of Rangers' lineup Sunday

Three All-Stars out of Rangers' lineup Sunday

Three All-Stars out of Rangers' lineup Sunday
TORONTO -- Nelson Cruz, Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler were all members of the 2010 American League All-Star team. They were all out of the Rangers' lineup on Sunday, but all three are also expected to play on Tuesday in Detroit.

The main reason why Cruz and Andrus aren't playing is because of the artificial turf at Rogers Center. Both are dealing with minor injuries and manager Ron Washington does not want them aggravating it in Toronto.

"This turf is hard on you," Washington said. "I'm hurting from just moving around, hitting fungoes and throwing [batting practice]. You get used to it if you play on it. I played on artificial turf in Minnesota and it didn't bother us."

Cruz has a tight left quad muscle, but he ran on it Saturday at full speed and said he was 100 percent. Andrus has a sore right knee that he twisted chasing a popup in Friday's game.

"It got stuck in the grass, the fake grass here, and kind of twisted it," Andrus said. "I'm ready to play if they need me."

Instead, the Rangers activated Andres Blanco off the 15-day disabled list and started him at shortstop on Sunday. He fills the spot on the roster that became open when Chris Davis was traded to the Orioles on Saturday. Omar Quintanilla started at second base so Kinsler could get a day off.

Kinsler is in a 1-for-22 slump, but Washington said this was a planned day off. The Rangers have an off-day on Monday, and that gives Kinsler two days of rest.

"So when we get to Detroit, everybody should be fresh," Washington said.