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Cruz Got a Break and Didn't Like It



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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates striking out Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers to win the 2010 MLB World Series 3-1 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    When Ron Washington posted the starting lineup for the Texas Rangers' game against the division foe Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, guesses are, he wasn't happy.

    Cruz got a night off from starting in favor of the under-used David Murphy in right field, and Murphy came through in just his second start in 10 days.

    Murphy went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Rangers' big five-run fifth inning before the wheels came off and the Rangers saw their 12-game win streak halted.

    And while Cruz was most likely happy for his teammate, he wasn't happy with being benched in the middle of a 6-for-37 slump over the past 10 games. He's hitting a dismal .241 on the season, though his power numbers are there.

    "I'm seeing the ball well," Cruz told the Star-Telegram. "I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. It's part of the game. You've got to be prepared for that."

    Washington is known for giving guys in a slump a mental day off, he's done it his entire time in Arlington, and Wednesday for Cruz was no different.

    He did enter the game in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter for Murphy, and he promptly swung at the first pitch he saw for a shallow pop-up.

    Cruz will be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Rangers finish their three-game set in Anaheim.