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ARLINGTON -- Alex Rios had three stolen bases in the Rangers' first 14 games. He has been caught twice, both on this homestand and both with Prince Fielder at the plate. He was thrown out trying to steal third with nobody out in the eighth inning on Saturday night and again on Tuesday in the sixth inning.

Manager Ron Washington wasn't thrilled Rios got thrown out on Saturday night but he had no problem with Tuesday's attempt.

"I'm okay with it," Washington said. "It's his game. I don't think he'll be running second to third, but I'm not stopping Rios going first to second. That's his game."

Rios said he thought he had a great jump on Tuesday night. But catcher Mike Zunino got a good pitch to handle outside and made a strong throw to second to get Rios.

"I thought I had a great chance," Rios said. "I'm going to continue to be aggressive."

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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