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June 13, 2013

Thursday's Blue Jays-Rangers lineups: David Murphy still hitting second

Manager Ron Washington drew up two lineups for Thursday's opener against Toronto. One had Jurickson Profar batting second and David Murphy seventh, but Washington went with the one that had Murphy batting second. Murphy is in a 4-for-34 slump and went 0 for 5 Wednesday to drop his average to .211, but Washington didn't want three left-handed hitters batting in a row at the bottom of the order.

Blue Jays lineup vs. RHP Yu Darvish: Melky Cabrera, lf; Jose Bautista, rf; Edwin Encarnacion, 1b; Adam Lind, dh; Colby Rasmus, cf; Maicer Izturis, 3b; J.P. Arencibia, c; Emilio Bonifacio, 2b; Munenori Kawasaki, ss.

Rangers lineup vs. RHP Esmil Rogers: Elvis Andrus, ss; David Murphy, lf; Lance Berkman, dh; Adrian Beltre, 3b; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Nelson Cruz, rf; Chris McGuiness, 1b; Jurickson Profar, 2b; Leonys Martin, cf.

-- Jeff Wilson

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