Washington sticks with same lineup

Washington sticks with same lineup

Washington sticks with same lineup
ARLINGTON -- After Friday's 11-run outburst, Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to trot out the same lineup again Saturday against the Angels in the hopes of sustaining that offensive output.

David Murphy got a second day in the lineup after going 3-for-5 with a grand slam in Friday's game.

Murphy has struggled to earn consistent playing time, as he has only started back-to-back games four times since July 1, and has started three consecutive games just once.

"The lineup yesterday worked, so I'm going to stick with it," Washington said. "[Ervin Santana's] another right-hander, and [Murphy's] battled Santana before, so I'm just sticking with the same lineup."

The other big contributor from the 11-run outing, Nelson Cruz, stayed in the seventh spot again on Saturday even after driving in six runs with two home runs the night before.

Cruz had been dropped in the lineup from his usual five spot after batting .208 with a .333 slugging percentage in his previous 19 games entering Friday.

Washington said the key to Cruz's performance was his ability to hit the ball to center field.

"When you stay in the big part of the field, nothing has the opportunity to break down," Washington said. "That's where his success is. He's so strong -- I would never try to use the small part of the field with his strength, but that's something he has to figure out mentally and be able to apply."