Byrd, Blalock returning to lineup on Friday

Byrd, Blalock returning to lineup on Friday

ANAHEIM -- Marlon Byrd is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday night when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Mariners in Seattle.

Byrd has missed a game because of a strained hip capsule, but said he has felt enough improvement and feels he'll be able to play on Friday.

"I should be ready to go," Byrd said. "I want to finish this thing out."

First baseman Hank Blalock should also be able to go. He was out of the lineup on Thursday with a slight headache after suffering a mild concussion in Wednesday's game against the Angels. Blalock was kneed in the head by pitcher Derek Holland while they were both going after a bunt.

"I've never been hit in the head before in my life," Blalock said. "I went back to my position a little dizzy and started seeing stars. I was first up the next inning and when I got to the dugout, I started feeling dizzy and nauseous, so I had to come out."

Andruw Jones started at first base for only the second time in his career. Chris Davis has a strained left hamstring but was in the lineup on Thursday as the designated hitter.

Michael Young got a day off on Thursday to rest his hamstring but should be back in the lineup on Friday. Nelson Cruz remains sidelined with a sprained left ankle. It's the same ankle that he injured in August, forcing him to go on the disabled list.

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 4.47 ERA)
McCarthy is 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA in five starts after missing three months with a stress fracture in his right shoulder blade. He has now made 43 starts for the Rangers over the past three years and is 13-15 with a 4.66 ERA. He is 3-3 with a 5.79 ERA in eight starts on the road this season. He is 1-2 with a 6.46 ERA in his career against the Mariners.

SEA: RHP Ian Snell (7-10, 4.86 ERA)
Snell is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in his last four starts and 5-1 with a 2.80 ERA in his last eight starts. He is also 5-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 11 starts since being acquired from the Pirates on July 29. He made his first start for the Mariners on Aug. 2 and allowed two runs in six innings in a game the Rangers eventually won, 4-2.

Tidbits
Ian Kinsler's stolen base in the second inning on Thursday was the Rangers' first in four games. The Rangers had stolen bases in eight of nine games before being shut out in the first three games of the series against the Angels. ... The Rangers went 13-15 in September. They have had just two winning months this season: 20-9 in May and 17-8 in July. ... The Rangers allowed 11 unearned runs in September. They allowed a combined 10 in July and August. ... Their 5.07 ERA for September was their second highest this season. They had a 5.70 ERA in April.

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Up next
• Saturday: Rangers (Tommy Hunter, 9-5, 4.10) at Mariners (Ryan Rowland-Smith, 4-4, 3.91), 8:10 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Rangers (Scott Feldman, 17-7, 4.02) at Mariners (Felix Hernandez, 18-5, 2.48), 3:10 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.