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September 30, 2013

Monday's tiebreaker Rays-Rangers lineup: Why Nelson Cruz is the DH

The Rangers have Nelson Cruz in the lineup Monday as their designated hitter for the tiebreaker game to determine the second American League wild-card game even though he is right fielder by trade, with some experience in left field. Manager Ron Washington, though, said that the outfield (from left to right) of Craig Gentry, Leonys Martin and Alex Rios has been covering so much ground of late that he doesn't want to break that up.

Rays lineup vs. LHP Martin Perez: Desmond Jennings, cf; Wil Myers, rf; Ben Zobrist, 2b; Evan Longoria, 3b; Delmon Young, dh; Sean Rodriguez, lf; James Loney, 1b; Yunel Escobar, ss; Jose Molina, c.

Rangers lineup vs. LHP David Price: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Alex Rios, rf; Adrian Beltre, 3b; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Nelson Cruz, dh; Mitch Moreland, 1b; Craig Gentry, lf; Leonys Martin, cf.

-- Jeff Wilson


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