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July 17, 2012

Tuesday pregame Rangers notes: Michael Young batting fifth again

Nelson Cruz's days batting fifth are over after five games, but manager Ron Washington said that it was only by accident that he was hitting there in the first place. Cruz first hit fifth two games before the All-Star break. Washington had written a lineup without Josh Hamilton in it, and that one had Cruz fifth. When Hamilton (back) declared himself fit to play, Washington kept Cruz in the fifth spot by mistake.

Cruz had a big game in a Rangers win, so the change stayed in place until Tuesday. Washington has seen Young having better at-bats, so he was comfortable reverting to Young hitting behind Adrian Beltre. Young is 8 for 17 in his past four games, while Cruz went 1 for 10 in the three-games series at Seattle.

Koji Uehara could be sent back out on a rehab assignment this weekend after suffering tightness in his injured right lat. Uehara felt fine Saturday after his rehab outing with Round Rock but felt tightness Sunday. The Rangers decided to give him a few days this week to evaluate the injury. Washington said that Uehara must go on another rehab assignment to make sure everything checks out.

Mitch Moreland could leave for a rehab assignment Monday. The Rangers plan to put him through some extensive fielding work Friday at Anaheim and see how his hamstring responds. Moreland's wife is due with the couple's first child July 26, an off day, but he could still end up missing a game or two after the birth.

-- Jeff Wilson





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Ron Washington has shown that he will be loyal all the way until the ship sinks. M. Young had a short stint of getting a few singles but he leads the team in hitting into double plays, lowest rated DH in the A.L, and for having less than 40 rbis at this place in the lineup is truly awful. I just hope Washington realizes that M. Young is fading before the season has faded on the Rangers.

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