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Washington maintains faith in Profar at second base

Washington maintains faith in Profar at second base

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Washington maintains faith in Profar at second base

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Ron Washington wasn't happy the Rangers failed to turn a double play in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Rays. Second baseman Jurickson Profar's throw was off the mark, and Delmon Young was safe at first with two outs. Sean Rodriguez followed with a two-run, game-tying home run.

Washington said Thursday he still has confidence in Profar's ability to play second base. Profar started at second on Wednesday because Washington wanted Ian Kinsler to get a day off in the field as designated hitter. Kinsler was back at second on Thursday.

"I didn't think it was a youthful mistake, it was just a mistake," Washington said. "Any second baseman could have done the same thing. We needed it turned and we didn't turn it. I put him out there because I trust him. I've seen him turn double plays with people on top of him. I've seen him turn double plays in all situations. We just didn't turn it.

"He wasn't overwhelmed by the moment. It was just a mistake he made."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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