OAKLAND -- With a left-hander on the mound for Oakland, Brandon Snyder started at first base for the Rangers on Wednesday. It was just the third start in 24 games for the right-handed hitter. He went into the game hitting .296 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage.
"He's done a good job under the circumstances," manager Ron Washington said. "When you have a group where the regulars play every day, the extras just don't get much of a chance. But I had a talk with him the other day and I told him, 'Don't try to impress us, just do what you can do.' It's hard to hit off these pitchers in this league if you don't get a lot of repetition."
Alberto Gonalez is also seeing very little playing time. The utility infielder has played in just three of the last 39 games, and Washington said he has no plans to give shortstop Elvis Andrus a day off anytime soon.
"There may come a time when we need to, but right now, as long as Elvis is healthy, Elvis is going to play," Washington said.