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August 16, 2012

Thursday's Rangers notes: Cruz, Kinsler off

Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler are getting a day off today in a four-game series finale against the Yankees.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said both have been sluggish at the plate, and felt giving them a break with a day game was the way to go. Still, it's not easy to take those two bats out of the lineup.

"Give them a day to catch their breath," Washington said. "It is tough, but feel I got to do what I got to do."

Mike Olt will make his first start in right today, and played there three times at Double A Frisco. Mitch Moreland has also played right field, but he has a bruised right toe which is why Washington went with Olt in right.

Craig Gentry gets his first start since Aug. 2 in center field. Josh Hamilton is the designated hitter.

Here are a few other notes:

* Joe Nathan hasn't pitched in a week, and Ron Washington said he'd like to get him action somehow today.

* Adrian Beltre on Felix Hernandez's perfect game: "Awesome. He's always had the stuff to do it, it was just a matter of when."

* Ron Washington would like to get more production from the catching position. "Definitely, but it is what it is," Washington said. "I wish I could fantasize about it, but we don't play fantasy baseball."

-- Drew Davison

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