David Murphy is 4 for 4 with two home runs in his career against Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson. But he knows he has been inconsistent at the plate this season, and understood manager Ron Washington's decision to give rookie Engel Beltre a second consecutive start in left field.
The Rangers scored eight runs Friday with Beltre in the lineup batting second, and Washington kept a fairly similar lineup going into tonight's game.
"We had a good thing going last night, so hopefully we get the same type of results," said Murphy, who went 1 for 2 as a pinch hitter. "Normally if we put eight runs up with the pitching staff we have, we're going to win."
Texas vs. RHP Justin Masterson: 1. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 2. Engel Beltre, lf; 3. Nelson Cruz, rf; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. A.J. Pierzynski, c; 6. Elvis Andrus, ss; 7. Mitch Moreland, 1b; 8. Geovany Soto, c; 9. Leonys Martin, cf.
Cleveland vs. RHP Yu Darvish: 1. Michael Bourn, cf; 2. Nick Swisher, 1b; 3. Jason Kipnis, 2b; 4. Asdrubal Cabrera, ss; 5. Michael Brantley, lf; 6. Carlos Santana, c; 7. Jason Giambi, dh; 8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b; 9. Drew Stubbs, rf.