08/08/10 4:00 PM ET
Rangers may skip Harden in next rotation turn
Pair of off-days this week could lead to pitching changes
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Guerrero rests while trying to shake slump
OAKLAND -- Vladimir Guerrero was given his second day off on this road trip when he was out of the lineup on Sunday against the A's.Josh Hamilton was at designated hitter and Michael Young was at third base. Washington originally planned to use Young at DH, but decided to give Hamilton the day off from defense. He had started four straight games in center field. Guerrero is still struggling at the plate. Since the beginning of July, he is hitting .215 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 31 games. He has a .280 on-base percentage and a .339 slugging percentage in that stretch. "The main thing is he's not finding the fat part of the bat," Washington said. "I can't say it's pitch selection because I don't think he has pitch selection. We just have to wait him out." Young has also hit a skid. He has four hits in his past 34 at-bats going into Sunday's game. "He's a grinder, he'll figure it out too," Washington said. "As long as somebody in our lineup is doing something and as long as our pitcher holds up, we'll be fine. You go through struggles like this. We'll grind through it. We need those guys. They'll come out of it." Elvis Andrus, Young and Hamilton were a combined 0-for-11 with a walk on Saturday at the top of the Rangers lineup. The last time the Rangers' first three hitters were hitless in a game was on April 7-8 in two games against the Blue Jays.
Borbon gets back in the Rangers' lineup
OAKLAND -- Julio Borbon was asked Sunday morning how he was doing."Well rested that's for sure," he joked. Borbon was back in the lineup on Sunday after sitting for four straight games. Manager Ron Washington has been going with David Murphy at Borbon's expense. "It has been a little bit tough," Borbon said. "It's been an unusual stretch for my body. You get used to playing and you shut it down like that, it feels like you've been on the disabled list. But it also helps get rid of the aches and soreness. You just have to keep practicing and be ready when your time comes." Murphy went into Sunday's game with six hits, including two home runs, in his past 16 at-bats over four games. With Vladimir Guerrero getting the day off and Josh Hamilton being used at designated hitter, Murphy was back in the lineup on Sunday. "He's as hot as anybody," Borbon said. "That's the thing we need. He's the one really helping us out. There is no reason to take him out."
Moreland looking comfortable in big leagues
OAKLAND -- Mitch Moreland was back in the lineup on Sunday after sitting two straight days with left-handers starting for the A's. Manager Ron Washington has been sticking with his plan of starting Jorge Cantu against left-handers and Moreland against right-handers."It doesn't matter to me," Moreland said. "Whether I'm facing left-handers or right-handers ... when I'm out there I just go out there and contribute and compete." Moreland hasn't looked overwhelmed by anybody. He went into Sunday's game with seven hits in 21 at-bats in his first six Major League games. That includes 2-for-5 against left-handers. "So far so good ... it's been a blast," Moreland said. "I'm just trying to do what I can."
Big week of attendance ahead for Rangers
OAKLAND -- The Rangers are looking at five straight crowds of 40,000-plus with the Yankees and the Red Sox coming into town.As of Sunday morning, there were approximately 5,500 tickets remaining for Tuesday's game against the Yankees and 6,000 remain for Wednesday. There are about 7,000 tickets remaining for each of Friday and Saturday's game against the Red Sox. There are plenty of seats available for Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.