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Hamilton gets first day off

Hamilton gets first day off

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was given his first day off on Sunday with David Murphy starting in left field. Hamilton had a three-hit game on Wednesday in Boston, but is 2-for-13 since, including 1-for-5 on Saturday. "He just looked a little sluggish last night," manager Ron Washington said. "This gives me another chance to get Murphy in there and give Hamilton a chance to re-energize himself."

Murphy went into Sunday's game with three hits in 22 at-bats, including going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Friday. Shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Michael Young are the only two players who have started every game.