OAKLAND -- Rangers outfielder Endy Chavez was 7-for-13 in his last three games but was still out of the lineup on Sunday. David Murphy started even though he is 1-for-12 in his last five games.
Rather than staying with a hot hand, manager Ron Washington wants to keep Chavez strong for the stretch run. The Rangers have Craig Gentry to platoon with Chavez when there is an opposing left-hander on the mound. But the Rangers haven't faced a left-hander in Oakland and won't during their four-game series with the Angels in Anaheim.
The Ranger aren't scheduled to face a left-hander until they go up against John Danks, who will likely pitch on Saturday for the White Sox in Chicago.
While Murphy was in the lineup, the Rangers' other three bench players remain idle. Gentry has not started since being activated from the disabled list on Friday, catcher Taylor Teagarden's last start was July 31 in Toronto and Omar Quintanilla has started in just three games since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on July 8.
"That's their purpose," Washington said. "Their purpose is to be ready when I need it, and right now I don't need it. I have everyday guys and they all just got a day off [on Thursday]."
The Rangers face right-handers Garrett Richards, Tyler Chatwood, Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver in Anaheim. The White Sox rotation is right-hander Jake Peavy on Friday, Danks on Saturday and right-hander Gavin Floyd on Sunday.