Left fielder David Murphy questioned himself at times Sunday for playing in the series finale against Houston after suffering a bruised back/tailbone the night before after colliding with the left-field wall.
He homered despited the discomfort and survived the four-hour plane trip to the Bay Area for the three-game series at Oakland. Murphy noted improvement today, so he's in the lineup against the A's.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP A.J. Griffin: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Lance Berkman, dh; Adrian Beltre, 3b; Nelson Cruz, rf; Mitch Moreland, 1b; Geovany Soto, c; David Murphy, lf; Leonys Martin, cf.
A's lineup vs. RHP Justin Grimm: John Jaso, dh; Seth Smith, lf; Jed Lowrie, ss; Yoenis Cespedes, cf; Brandon Moss, rf; Josh Donaldson, 3b; Daric Barton, 1b; Derek Norris, c; Eric Sogard, 2b.
-- Jeff Wilson