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Murphy, Chirinos get call after sitting out opener

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ARLINGTON -- Josh Wilson was 2-for-3 on Opening Day as the Rangers' starting second baseman, but Donnie Murphy was in the lineup on Tuesday night. Both are right-handed hitters who are filling in while Jurickson Profar is on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and manager Ron Washington said he has no set plan on how he will divide playing time at the position.

"Both will play," Washington said. "Neither one will be the second baseman. I'm going to divide the playing time as best I can … and keep everyone engaged. Neither one will take over unless somebody goes 5-for-5 every night."

Robinson Chirinos also got his first start at catcher after J.P. Arencibia started on Opening Day. Arencibia will likely get more playing time while Geovany Soto is on the disabled list, but Chirinos is likely going to play more than the average backup catcher.

"He deserves it," Washington said.

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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