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Monday, September 3, 2012
Lineups: Ian Kinsler, Mike Olt in; no Jurickson Profar

By Robert Falkoff / Special to

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One day after being scratched because of lower back stiffness, second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to the Rangers’ lineup. Kinsler said prior to Monday’s game against the Royals that back pain is not an issue. “It’s gone. It’s not there,” Kinsler said.

Kinsler's return means phenom Jurickson Profar is back on the bench after a stirring debut that featured a home run in his first major league at-bat.

With left-hander Bruce Chen on the mound, slumping Mitch Moreland got a day off and Mike Olt started at first base. Moreland entered the Kansas City series hitless in his last 14 at-bats. The lineups:

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
DH Michael Young
LF David Murphy
C Geovany Soto
1B Mike Olt
RHP Yu Darvish

RF David Lough
SS Tony Abreu
LF Alex Gordon
DH Billy Butler
3B Mike Moustakas
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
C Bryan Pena
2B Johnny Giavotella
LHP Bruce Chen