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Cruz Got a Break and Didn't Like It




    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.