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Kinsler Gets Extra Day Off

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers (Getty Images)

    Ian Kinsler should be fresh and ready to hit the ground running when the Texas Rangers head to Chicago for the first Interleague series of the year as they head to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs under National League rules.

    Kinsler was out of the lineup in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Mariners as rookie Leury Garcia got his second consecutive start. Kinsler has been one of the better bats in the Rangers lineup that struggled at the plate all weekend.

    So far on the young season, Kinsler leads the Rangers with four home runs and nine RBIs and is fourth on the team in batting average among regulars, hitting .292.

    Ron Washington told reporters on Sunday that the plan for Kinsler and Garcia was in place all along as Garcia, the rookie bench utility infielder, had just one at-bat in the Rangers' first 11 games before getting a start Saturday at shortstop and at second base on Sunday. The plan was also to give Kinsler two days off for an early refresher.