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May 31, 2011

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus out tonight

The Rangers' lineup has just been posted in the press box, and Elvis Andrus is not in it. Andres Blanco is starting at shortstop and hitting second in place of Andrus, who was spiked by Michael Young on Monday as they converged on a chopper up the middle in the sixth inning.

Andrus stayed in the game until he was replaced by Blanco for the bottom of the ninth. Afterward, Andrus' left foot was swollen and had a spike mark from where Young had gotten him. Andrus said he didn't know if he'd be in the lineup, and manager Ron Washington said he wouldn't take any chances.

Andrus said that he needs to communicate better with Young when he's playing second base. Ian Kinsler, the regular second baseman, and Andrus have an understanding that any ball up the middle is Andrus' to field.

In other lineup news, Mike Napoli is back at catcher. He has home runs in three straight games, and the Rangers are 11-4 when he starts behind the plate.

-- Jeff Wilson

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