5/5/2014 8:40 P.M. ET
Andrus remains at bottom of lineup
By Jack Etkin / MLB.com
DENVER -- Manager Ron Washington saw encouraging signs from Elvis Andrus when he batted ninth Sunday for the first time in four years and again had him at the bottom of the order. He hit eighth in Monday's Interleague game, ahead of pitcher Martin Perez.
Andrus, who had batted second in his first 30 starts, had not hit ninth since April 17, 2010, against the Yankees at New York. On Sunday, Andrus went 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run scored, a sacrifice fly and a walk as the Rangers walloped the Angels 14-3 at Anaheim.
"He had some good at-bats," Washington said. "He laid off some pitches he had been chasing. That's a big start to getting back to where he should be. I saw a very conscious guy up at the plate. But when he was hitting second, I didn't see that guy, not in his struggling. I could see relaxation. Once he finds himself, I'm going to put him right back [to second]."
Arencibia gets what he's been looking for
DENVER -- Catcher J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored, a walk and a sacrifice fly Sunday. He entered the game with just two hits in his previous 37 at-bats and finished with his first multiple-hit game since Aug. 28.
Asked what Arencibia had been looking for, manager Ron Washington deadpanned, "hits."
"It's nice to have some stuff fall in for you and yesterday he did," Washington said. "Got some hits. Any sickness you're feeling, that'll usually take care of. Now he got him some bragging rights. Hit him a bomb. Drove in some runs without hitting a ground ball. He's in good shape now. Watch out."
Wash makes it through his walk
DENVER -- Manager Ron Washington left the Rangers' dugout at about 2:15 p.m. to begin a walk, not sure what to expect in the mile-high altitude. His goal was to walk 10 laps around the periphery of Coors Field and he made it.
"When I first went out there, I thought I would only be able to do half of what I did," he said. "And then when I hit that halfway mark, I felt like I had enough. I was worried about my wind, not my legs. My wind hung in there.
"When I finished five, I said, 'I'm gonna go six.' When I finished six, I said, 'I'm gonna go seven.' Got to seven and said, 'I'm gonna go 10. Get my normal work in.' I felt good at the end. I was waiting for it. I said, 'Soon as it hit me, I'm going to stop.' But it didn't."
Wilson hits in No. 2 hole
DENVER -- Second baseman Josh Wilson batted second for the first time this season after hitting seventh in two games, eighth in one and batting ninth 15 times. Manager Ron Washington said in addition to Wilson's ability to hit-and-run and handle the bat, there was another reason he moved Wilson up in the lineup and that had to do with interleague play.
"Plus that's a spot where I can double-switch him and [Robinson] Chirinos," Washington said of his catcher, who batted sixth. "I'm not going to double switch with the middle of my order."
• Left-hander Joe Saunders (stress fracture, left ankle) is scheduled to make his first rehab start Tuesday and throw about 70 pitches for Double-A Frisco. Saunders went on the disabled list after giving up six hits and five runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 innings before having to leave his lone start this year April 4 at the Rays.
• Right-hander Tanner Scheppers (right elbow inflammation), who has been on the disabled list since April 18, threw from 105 feet Monday. Barring a setback, he's likely to throw off a mound this weekend.
• Double-A Frisco right-hander Jerad Eickhoff was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for April 28-May 4. On Wednesday, he pitched 7 1/3 innings against San Antonio and allowed one unearned run in a 2-1 win while throwing 60 of 84 pitches for strikes. Eickhoff gave up two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts and retired the first 11 batters he faced.
Jack Etkin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.