9/8/2013 4:21 P.M. ET
Kinsler at leadoff in finale; Rios in three-hole
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- For Sunday's series finale against the Angels, Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to mix up his lineup.
Washington penciled in second baseman Ian Kinsler at the leadoff spot for the first time in over a month. Kinsler had hit third in the order since July 28.
Alex Rios took over the three hole, hitting there for the first time since he joined the Rangers on Aug. 10. The right fielder had hit in the fifth and sixth spots with Texas.
"It is a left-hander today, and I wanted to move it around where we could get Kinsler back there where we have had him, and Rios hit in the three hole while he was in Chicago," Washington said. "We'll see where it goes and hope that the pen is magical today."
While hitting in the leadoff spot for 75 games this season, Kinsler was batting .277 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs, along with a .352 on-base percentage.
In the three spot while with the White Sox, Rios hit .279 with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs. He also had a .329 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage. He homered in his first at-bat Sunday against the Angels.
Washington acknowledged that putting his lineup together this season had been a challenge.
"It has been hard to put a lineup together simply because of the missing pieces and injuries," Washington said. "We've had guys struggling and have still done a good job of holding it together."
Feliz impresses in return from disabled list
ANAHEIM -- Since returning to the Rangers earlier this month, Neftali Feliz has been quite impressive.
Coming off Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, the right-hander has worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in three games since being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Sept. 1.
He tossed one inning in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Angels, allowing two hits.
"We want to get him out there as much as we can and face hitters," manager Ron Washington said. "I saw him get on top of some pitches last night, which is a good sign."
While Texas is excited about Feliz's fastball velocity, the team is hoping he can also work on his secondary pitches.
"He is getting a feel for other pitches, which could be a blessing," Washington said.
• The Rangers have allowed a combined 33 hits and 25 runs over 24 innings in their last three games to lift the season ERA from 3.60 to 3.67, which is third in the American League.
• While the Rangers have lost five of six and six of their last eight games, they still are 24-12 since July 29, which is the best in the AL.
• Texas' four errors Saturday were the team's most in a game since July 25, 2011.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.