NEW YORK -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder Nelson Cruz were both out of the Rangers' starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Yankees. "They both need it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They're both struggling, especially in this series. I want to give them both a day to catch their breath." Entering Thursday, Kinsler was hitless in his last 13 at-bats and 4-for-35 in his last nine games. He's hitting .227 in his last 29 games. The Rangers are 45-14 in games in which Kinsler, their leadoff hitter, has scored at least one run. They are 22-35 in all other games.
"It looks like he's a little sluggish," Washington said. "I'm just trying to get him to catch his breath. He's missing pitches that he normally hits. His bat looks a little heavy. I'm going to give him a day off after a night game, and maybe that will rejuvenate him." Kinsler was ejected from Wednesday's 3-2 loss in the eighth inning after being called out on strikes by home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza. Washington said he thought Carapazza had a "short fuse." Cruz is hitless in his last eight at-bats but is still hitting .361 in his last 10 games. Of his last 22 hits, 11 have gone for extra bases. "Same with Kinsler -- I just want to get him rejuvenated," Washington said of Cruz.