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Outfield shuffle: Julio Borbon gets day off

4/18/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was a significant change to the Rangers lineup on Monday night: Julio Borbon was given the game off, his first since the second game of a doubleheader in Baltimore on April 9.

Chris Davis, called up when Josh Hamilton (broken arm) was sent to the DL, makes his 2011 debut for the Rangers at first base. Nelson Cruz moves from right to left field and David Murphy goes from left to center. Mitch Moreland is the right fielder.

"Borbon's been grinding," manager Ron Washington said. "He played since Hamilton went down in Detroit and he was playing before that coming out of Baltimore. So that's the last two games in Baltimore, the three games in Detroit and the three games in New York. Chris joined us in Detroit and he hadn't had a chance to play yet."

Borbon had played seven consecutive games, a span in which his average dipped from .286 to .194. He's got just three hits in his last 22 at-bats.

Davis hasn't played in a major league game since Sept. 30, 2010, against the Angels. In 238 big league games, Davis is hitting .248 with 39 home runs and 118 RBI.

At Triple-A Round Rock, Davis was doing well with a .429 average, four home runs and two doubles.

"It doesn't matter if I'm rusty or not, my name's in the lineup," Davis said. "They're calling on me tonight. I'm sure after I get loose and get moving around, I'll feel alright."