Buzz: Rangers keep rotating No. 2 spot
It's the fourth No. 2 hitter in four games for the Rangers, who have scored seven runs in three games since the All-Star break.
"We put another candidate in there," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We hope we can get it cranked up."
The three players that have batted second -- Elvis Andrus, David Murphy and Craig Gentry -- are 5-for-13 in the three games.
Washington said again Monday that Andrus will bat second again soon, likely Wednesday when the Yankees throw Andy Pettitte.
"I want him to have time to relax," Washington said. "I'll put him back up there."
Murphy starts second half strong: Murphy is 5-for-9 after the break. And even though he struck out as the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth Sunday night, Murphy could be headed for another strong second half.
"He's getting more hits to the opposite field," Washington said. "If he keeps doing that, things will fall into place."
Murphy is a career .306 hitter and has a .360 on-base percentage after the All-Star break. That compares to .261 and .326 before the break.
"I don't know what is," Murphy said. "I've been always been better in the second half."
Berkman takes BP: Lance Berkman took live batting practice Monday for the first time since July 7. He said he would wait and see on how it would go.
"It'll be a better test today," Berkman said. "I'll have to see how it feels and how my bat speed is."
Bullpen is hot: The Rangers bullpen is on a roll, having allowed just one run in the last 11 games. It's the first the Texas bullpen has done that since an 11-game streak in 1986.
Rangers relievers have 19 2/3 scoreless innings entering Monday.
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