Astros-Rangers lineup: Hamilton stays in

ARLINGTON, Texas -- No surprises with the Rangers lineup for the first game of a three-game set with the Astros for the right to hold the Silver Boot. Yes, this is the Lone Star Series showdown here at the ballpark. The Rangers swept the Astros last weekend in Houston. Josh Hamilton is in the lineup trying to extend his career-high 18 game-hitting streak. He leads the majors with a .488 batting average in June. We've got some rain, which prompted the grounds crew to put the tarp on the infield. So no batting practice -- well, no outdoor BP. Before the rain came, the Rangers did some bunting drills. Now, to the lineup and some news:


SS Elvis Andrus

3B Michael Young

2B Ian Kinsler

DH Vladimir Guerrero

LF Josh Hamilton

RF Nelson Cruz

1B Justin Smoak

C Max Ramirez

CF Julio Borbon

P Colby Lewis


CF Michael Bourn

2B Jeff Keppinger

1B Lance Berkman

DH Carlos Lee

RF Hunter Pence

SS Geoff Blum

3B Chris Johnson

C Humberto Quintero

LF Jason Bourgeois

P Brian Moehler

Notes:Ron Washington said Scott Feldman will move up in the rotation and pitch Tuesday night's game against the Angels. ... The players were filling out their All-Star ballots, which were due today, and a World Cup bracket. ... Washington said his club is focused despite the team's ownership issues in court. "It's simple you only control yourself with something that you can control," Washington said. "They can't control that, their focus should be exactly on what they get paid to do on the field and they're doing a great job of that."