ARLINGTON -- Since manager Ron Washington declared David Murphy an everyday player nearly two weeks ago, Murphy is batting .356 with two home runs and seven RBIs, six of them in his last five games.
Murphy, who began the season as a platoon player starting only against right-handed starting pitchers, is hitting .396 against left-handers this season. Murphy is batting .417 over his last 10 games and his 12 doubles since July 24 are the most in the Majors. After leading the Rangers with a .310 batting average last month, Murphy is batting a team-best .368 in August. He's currently on pace to hit above .300 in three straight months for the first time in his career.
"It's nice when you know that you're going to play every single day," Murphy said. "At the same time, this year has been different than past years. This year, at least I knew that I would play if a right-handed pitcher was on the mound. It's nice to stick with the same feel, the same routine, and I don't know, I guess things are just flowing a little better."