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ARLINGTON -- Josh Wilson was in the starting lineup Sunday for the second day in a row, playing second base and hitting seventh. Before the last two games, Donnie Murphy started three of four at second.

Wilson now has nine starts at second and Murphy has 10. The parity is part of Ron Washington's plan for the position until Jurickson Profar comes back in June. Both Murphy and Wilson are career utility players with nine and seven years of Major League experience, respectively. Wilson is a career .227 hitter and Murphy is at .215.

"That's what I got to work with and I want to make sure they both stay engaged," the Rangers manager said.

"I'm giving them two-game swings. I don't want one when he's sitting on the bench to be unhappy. I want him to know that he's going to play ... it's his time right now and you're going to get yours. I'm never going to sit on either one of them too long."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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