Rangers rest Cruz on artificial turf in Toronto

Rangers rest Cruz on artificial turf in Toronto

TORONTO -- Opposing managers are usually forced to get creative with their lineups when playing in Toronto because of the artificial turf, and for the Rangers, that's no exception.

Rangers skipper Ron Washington gave Nelson Cruz, who is battling a sore right hamstring, the day off for Friday's series opener in Toronto. Cruz also sat out Thursday's contest against the Yankees but entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.

Washington said Cruz would be available to enter as a defensive replacement or a pinch-hitter Friday.

"My intentions were to get him off this turf, anyway," Washington said. "I'm just not going to push him on this turf."

As a result of Cruz sitting, David Murphy got the start against left-hander, J.A. Happ.

Washington is also concerned about Adrian Beltre and penciled him in as the team's designated hitter.

"Beltre, last time we were up here, had a little bit of soreness in his hamstring and left out of here with hamstring trouble," Washington said. "I don't want that to happen with Nelson -- we need him."

Washington said both Cruz and Beltre could sit or DH for the final two games in Toronto, as well, and that he expects Josh Hamilton to start the entire series in the outfield.