ARLINGTON -- Orioles catcher Matt Weiters and shortstop Cesar Izturis received the day off as the O's opened up a four-game series with the Rangers on Thursday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. "I'm trying to take care of all these guys. We've played some long games," Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said. "It was very, very humid and hot in Detroit, and now we're here for four games. We're trying to pick our spots to get these guys off-days in order to keep them fresh." Taking Weiters' place was Craig Tatum, batting seventh, while No. 9 hitter Julio Lugo replaced Izturis.
Samuel said it was especially tough to rest Izturis, who's batting .354 (17-48) in his past 14 games and has hit safely in the Orioles' past six games. "Probably for a whole month, Cesar has been swinging the bat very well," Samuel said. "He's been swinging the bat hard, right at people. He's getting hits and giving confidence to a lot of these hitters. Cesar has gotten his share of late. He's swinging the bat very well." Samuel can relate, knowing he never liked to be pulled from the lineup when he played. "They had to pull me out. I was one of those guys that never wanted to come out," Samuel said with a laugh. "You understand that when you try to give some a day off, they don't like it. But you have to look long-term here with what's the best thing for everybody."