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Blanco gets rare back-to-back starts

Blanco gets rare back-to-back starts

ARLINGTON -- Andres Blanco made his second consecutive start at second base for the Rangers on Friday night. It's the first time that has happened this season, as Joaquin Arias has become the everyday second baseman in place of an injured Ian Kinsler.

Arias has hit .350 with a .366 on-base percentage so far this year, while Blanco has hit .077 with a .143 on-base percentage. But manager Ron Washington felt it was an opportunity to give Blanco a second straight start.

"I wanted to get Blanco in there for two days in a row and never had an opportunity until today," Washington said. "And of course, he also brings great defense."


Kinsler, who is on the disabled list with a high right ankle sprain, had his first full workload with 10 at-bats and four innings at second base in an extended spring training game on Friday. Rangers officials said Kinsler had "normal soreness but no problems." Kinsler is expected to start again on Saturday.