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Friday, August 13, 2010
Skipper hasn't lost faith in Cristian Guzman


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington is giving Cristian Guzman the night off, but he hasn't lost faith in the recent acquisition, who is just 3-for-33 at the plate in his short stint with the club.

Andres Blanco will return to the lineup for the first time in a week, starting at second base and batting ninth in the lineup. Guzman, however, will back for Saturday's game, Washington said.

"Get him some extra work with [batting coach] Clint [Hurdle], get his stroke back together," Washington said. "Give him a day to gather himself, get with Clint today and get some extra work. Got a lefty going tomorrow [John Lester] and get him back in there tomorrow."

If Blanco plays well tonight, Washington said he could earn more playing time starting Sunday, however, Washington suggested that he hasn't given up on Guzman because of his slow start after coming over from the National League.

"Believe me, Guzman can offer more than what you've seen. We've got to do what we can to get it out of him," Washington said. "Blanco will get some playing time, but Guzman can play. Y'all just haven't seen it, but he can play."

*Catcher Matt Treanor is headed to Triple-A Oklahoma City for a week of rehab work. He'll play Monday night. Treanor was placed on the disabled list on July 24 with a strained PCL in his right knee. On Friday, he was working on throwing to the bases and he also took some batting practice. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Treanor will likely stay in Oklahoma City for one week.

*To battle the heat, Washington said the Rangers will not do any pre-game work outside prior to Saturday's night game and Sunday's 2:05 p.m. start.

*The Rangers agreed to terms with 25th-round draft pick, outfielder Kendall Radcliffe, from Morgan Park (Ill.) High School. Radcliffe's great uncle was negro-leaguer Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe.

*Washington said pitcher Rich Harden remains slated to pitch Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

*If you don't have a ticket yet for tonight's game, only obstructed view and scattered single tickets remain. Standing-room only tickets, priced at $15, are now on sale for tonight's game.

*Former Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was recalled by the Red Sox, making his first start Sunday at Toronto. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. He is on the bench tonight as Victor Martinez gets the start behind the plate.

*For Saturday's 7:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox, only obstructed view and scattered single tickets remain. Standing-room only tickets will also be sold for that game. Good seats remain for Sunday's 2:05 p.m. series finale