ARLINGTON -- The Rangers faced a left-handed starting pitcher in the Royals' Bruce Chen on Monday night, but Ron Washington opted to give right-handed regulars Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli a day off.
"They need it," Washington said. "Kinsler needs it. He's been grinding for quite a while. Napoli, over the weekend, has taken a beating. We still have some big right-handed bats in the lineup, so we're fine."
Alberto Gonzalez filled in for Kinsler at second base and batted eighth, while Yorvit Torrealba was at catcher. Kinsler, who has three hits in four career at-bats against Chen, went 2-for-4 in Sunday night's 13-6 win over the Angels with two doubles and two runs scored.
"You don't ever need a day off, unless you're hurt," Kinsler said. "But we have the luxury to be able to do it. Our team is very deep, so we're able to provide players with days off and a little bit of rest. Hopefully, that helps in the long run."
Napoli has been behind the plate for almost all of the last four games, with the exception of the first inning of Friday's game, when Torrealba exited with a head contusion after being hit with Albert Pujols' bat on his backswing.