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04/23/10 8:47 PM ET

Feldman's start pushed back

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman was scratched from Friday's start against Detroit because of a stomach virus. Right-hander Rich Harden started in his place.

Feldman, who has been battling the virus for the past couple of days, will instead start in Harden's slot on Saturday.

"We just decided to give Feldman a day," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Feldman said he could take the ball today, but we're going to give him an extra 24 hours."

Harden, who is 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in his first three starts, pitched on his regular four days' rest because the team did have an off day on Monday.

Rangers rest Cruz in series opener

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz originally injured his right hamstring when the team was warming up before Tuesday's game at Boston. Cruz, though, managed to start on Tuesday before being pulled late in the game. He started on Thursday, too, but came out late yet again.

But, after Thursday's late flight, the Rangers gave Cruz a night out of the starting lineup Friday, although he was available to pinch-hit against the Tigers.

"It's better than it was yesterday, but they just wanted to give me a day off," said Cruz, who is hitting .327 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. "I'm still going to hit [batting practice] inside and do everything today. I could be ready today, but I'm just getting an extra day."

"He came in after that flight and was a little sore. We're not going to push him," manager Ron Washington said.

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.

Teagarden's bat slow to come around

ARLINGTON -- With Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a rehab assignment and Taylor Teagarden struggling at the plate, Matt Treanor has, by all accounts, become the everyday catcher for the Rangers.

Treanor was in the lineup again Friday, his sixth start in the past nine games. Treanor entered the game hitting .261 with three RBIs, significantly better than Teagarden. Teagarden is 0-for-22 with 15 strikeouts in eight games this season.

As for Teagarden's biggest problem, manager Ron Washington simply said: "He's not hitting. He's just not hitting. You've got to make contact. He's learning. Nobody feels worse than Teagarden. But, as long as he's here, we're going to let him go out there."

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