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September 03, 2012

Labor Day pregame Rangers notes: David Murphy a qualifier

David Murphy has reached the minimum threshold for qualifying for the league batting title, and his .322 average in 412 plate appearances entering Monday ranks third in the American League. His has a .400 on-base percentage, which is also third, and his .405 average with runners in scoring position leads the majors. He has a .393 average vs. lefties, which leads the AL.

It came as absolutely no surprise that Murphy said his focus isn't individual achievements but the success of the Rangers, who lead the AL West by three games.

"Any player would be lying if they said it's not cool or it's not a big deal," Murphy said. "But to focus on that rather than to focus on this team would be pretty selfish."

Mike Napoli was planning to do some more agility drills this morning and possibly some more running as he tries to recover from a strained right groin. There is no timetable for his return, though he is making progress. He could rehab with Frisco during its playoff run, but might have to go without if Frisco is ousted before his ready for an assignment.

Manager Ron Washington said Napoli will have to "cold-jock it," a phrase Washington described as jumping into a lineup without BP or coming off the disabled list and jumping into a lineup without the benefit of a rehab assignment.

Ian Kinsler's back stiffness disappeared in time for him to be in the starting lineup. He said the back pain first occurred a couple weeks ago at his home in Dallas and went away before he got to the ballpark. It didn't have enough time to go away for Sunday's day game in Cleveland.

Jurickson Profar, who is not in the lineup because Kinsler is healthy, said that he has heard from just about the whole island of Curacao after his big major-league debut (homer in first at-bat) Sunday. Profar did a radio show in his home country this morning.

-- Jeff Wilson

-- Jeff Wilson


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