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May 29, 2010

Pregame news from the clubhouse

Nelson Cruz, day-to-day with a strained left hamstring, likely won't be in the Rangers' lineup until the Chicago series, and when he returns he will do so at DH. He is available to pinch-hit today, as he was Friday night. Had he reached base Friday, Rich Harden would have run for him as manager Ron Washington saved his position players to pinch-hit for the pitcher after the Rangers lost the DH.

Cruz hit Friday for Julio Borbon, who has been replaced by a pinch-hitter in five of the past six games. Borbon hasn't shown enough early in games to earn late at-bats in key situations. He is in the middle of an 0-for-8 mini-slump that has lowered his average to .226.

Matt Harrison has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, and Guillermo Moscoso has been optioned to Triple A Oklahoma City. He will join the RedHawks' starting rotation.

The Rangers have a need for an outfielder on the bench, especially with Cruz ailing, but one thing keeping the club from making a move is the fear that another team would scoop up either Andres Blanco or Joaquin Arias. Neither has options remaining, and the Rangers are short on infielders in the minors.

It took a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera to knock Vladimir Guerrero out of the major-league RBI lead. Cabrera drove in all four runs Friday in Detroit's 5-4 loss to Oakland to give him 44 RBIs. Guerrero has 43 after driving in the Rangers' lone run Friday.

-- Jeff Wilson


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Let's see, Borbon's hitting .226 and Washington won't let him hit in key situations but Smoak's hitting around .160 and hit in the 9th inning with the tieing run at second and two outs. Yeah, that makes sense.

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