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June 11, 2013

Rangers notes: Josh Lindblom, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland

Josh Lindblom's first start of the season resulted in a loss and an immediate demotion to Triple A Round Rock. Start No. 2, on Monday, resulted in a quality start, 10 straight outs to finish his night and a third start Saturday.

"He's still here," manager Ron Washington said. "He'll get the ball next time. There are no off days. Everyone needs to stay in line. He kept us in the ballgame. He was more down in the zone, and his changeup and curveball came into play."

Ian Kinsler (stress reaction ribcage) said that he felt better Tuesday during on-field drills than he did Monday, and he is pushing to take live batting practice in the coming days before heading on a rehab assignment.

"I'd like to be taking BP by tomorrow," the second baseman said. "Hopefully just one day of BP and then rehab. Thursday would be nice. That would be ideal."

First baseman Mitch Moreland ran at 80 percent and participated in all activities as he comes back from a strained right hamstring. He hopes to be activated his first day eligible June 21 at the start of a three-game series at St. Louis.

The grounds crew was working feverishly on a sinkhole behind the pitcher's mound. A broken pipe caused the sinkhole, which was estimated at 4 feet deep. Batting practice was canceled, but the game was expected to start on time.

-- Jeff Wilson



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