Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The Rangers' lineup features a plethora of threats: outfielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman Adrian Beltre, second baseman Ian Kinsler, designated hitter Michael Young and right fielder Nelson Cruz. And none of them are the team's most dangerous hitter this summer. That honor belongs to outfielder David Murphy. Murphy's .944 OPS since June 1 leads the Rangers by more than 70 points and ranks 11th in the AL. This is why Rangers' manager Ron Washington went a week ago to Murphy, who is in his fifth year as the fourth outfielder, and told him he'd be playing regularly until "he proves me wrong." In the past, Murphy, a left-handed hitter, has played regularly vs. right-handed pitching, but has been relegated to the bench against left-handers unless injuries left the manager no choice. "He is staying on the plate and hitting the ball to all fields," Washington said Wednesday before the Rangers beat Boston, 10-9, to finish off a week-long trip at 4-2. "I'm going on what ...
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