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Cruz in Rangers' lineup despite tight quad

Cruz in Rangers' lineup despite tight quad

Cruz in Rangers' lineup despite tight quad
HOUSTON -- Nelson Cruz was in the Rangers' lineup on Sunday. He has been dealing with a sore right quadriceps muscle but said it's not bad enough to keep him out of the lineup.

"It's just tight, it's not that bad," Cruz said. "I'm getting treatment, doing my exercises and stretching. Sometimes I don't feel it at all. When the game first starts, I feel it a little more because I need to get loose. After the game starts, I don't feel it at all."

Cruz came out of Saturday's game in the bottom of the eighth inning. He batted in the top of the inning with two men on base and popped out. He did not come out for defense.

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Manager Ron Washington said it was a strategic move. He had also used Craig Gentry as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher that inning and wanted to keep him in the game for defense. Without a designated hitter, Washington decided to put the pitcher in Cruz's spot in the lineup.

"I put Gentry in the game because of his defense," Washington said. "If we had gotten back to Nelson's spot in the order [in the ninth inning], that would have meant we would have put three or four runs back on the board. I needed defense in the game."

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