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August 06, 2013

Rangers' outfielders in motion, but not David Murphy

David Murphy's first game in right field could very well be his last, said Rangers manager Ron Washington.

Murphy misplayed two balls Monday night. Though neither play was scored as an error, they were plays that should have been made. One led to an Angels run in their 5-2 loss to the Rangers.

The first mistake came in the first inning on a ball down the right-field line. Murphy thought the ball was going to land in the seats foul, but said the wind carried it fair and over his head for an RBI double for Mark Trumbo.

Murphy charged, slid and dropped a popup with two outs in the eighth inning, but Neal Cotts got out of the jam on a flyball that Murphy caught at the right-field wall.

"The second one was just embarrassing," Murphy said.

Leonys Martin replaced Murphy defensively in the ninth inning.

"David's played right field," Washington said. "He had a rough night, but I figured I better get him comfortable."

Washington isn't sure exactly how his outfield will shake out the rest of the season. Washington said that Martin won't play left field again, and Craig Gentry will likely play only center. Engel Beltre can play all three -- he's the Rangers right fielder Tuesday -- and Washington wants to know if right fielder Joey Butler can play left.

-- Jeff Wilson


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