Hitting .175 on road, Vlad gets day off

Hitting .175 on road, Vlad gets day off

SEATTLE -- Vladimir Guerrero was out of the lineup on Sunday for only the second time in 25 games this season.

Rangers manager Ron Washington told Guerrero on Saturday night that he would not be in the lineup on Sunday. Guerrero was 1-for-5 on Saturday and has one hit in his last 15 at-bats.

Guerrero is also hitting .175 on the road this season. Going into Sunday's games, that's the sixth-lowest road batting average in the American League. His .449 batting average at home is the highest in the league.

"It goes in and out," Washington said. "Sometimes they throw pitches that he doesn't miss, and sometimes they throw pitches he misses. Sometimes they throw pitches outside the strike zone that he hacks at, and sometimes they throw pitches outside the zone he doesn't hack at. It doesn't make a difference. I'm just giving him a day off."

Washington said Guerrero will still play right field on Monday against the Athletics with left-hander Dallas Braden on the mound.