Rangers Vs. Royals Game 2 Lineup: Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz Have Night Off

ARLINGTON TX - OCTOBER 22: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers bats the New York Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22 2010 in Arlington Texas. The Rangers won 6-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nelson Cruz

The Texas Rangers will be trying to rebound from their 3-1 loss against the Kansas City Royals from Monday night. Rangers manager Rod Washington has decided to give Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus the night off. Andrus is off to a hot start and has a .326 average and reached base in 32 straight games. While Cruz is the only Ranger to play in every game this year.

Washington said he felt the need to give these guys a rest to allow them to last the entire season:

"We need them for the rest of the year, not just May," said manager Ron Washington, who kept Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli out of the lineup for Monday's 3-1 loss to the Royals. "They need a day. I've got to get them a day. Today is theirs."

Rangers lineup:

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Michael Young (R) 3B
3. Josh Hamilton (L) LF
4. Adrian Beltre (R) DH
5. David Murphy (L) RF
6. Mike Napoli (R) C
7. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
8. Alberto Gonzalez (R) SS
9. Craig Gentry (R) CF
Colby Lewis P

Royals lineup:

1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
3. Billy Butler (R) DH
4. Alex Gordon (L) LF
5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF
6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
7. Brayan Pena (S) C
8. Chris Getz (L) 2B
9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
Vin Mazzaro, P

Read more about the Texas Rangers at Lone Star Ball. For more on the Royals, check outRoyals Review. Also be sure to visit Baseball Nation for more news around the league.

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