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Torii rests one more day with matchups in play

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ARLINGTON -- Torii Hunter was healthy and available to play in Tuesday's series opener against the Rangers. He was also 2-for-22 lifetime off Texas starter Colby Lewis.

So although Wednesday is expected to mark Hunter's return to the lineup and the start of Brad Ausmus' outfield rotation, Tuesday seemingly marked the first day of Ausmus playing his outfield by matchups. Ausmus gave Hunter one extra day of rest, but Hunter's struggles off Lewis surely made the decision to be patient easier.

"I don't want to make any predictions," Ausmus said on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm sure it'll be a little bit of both [matchups and rotations]."

Hunter spent Monday's off-day resting in his own bed at his home in nearby Prosper. He made it through all of his required workouts on Sunday without any issues, and he did some early work running on the field at Globe Life Park.

Ausmus said after Tuesday's 8-2 win that Hunter will be in the lineup on Wednesday night. So, too, he said, will J.D. Martinez, who has homered in five of his last eight games and has a 13-game hitting streak.

That means either left fielder Rajai Davis or center fielder Austin Jackson will get a day off.

Ausmus insists that finding time for four outfielders shouldn't be terribly complicated. He also doesn't expect to be resting Hunter much more often than usual.

"Even before J.D. [Martinez] heated up, there were times -- basically once a week -- that I would give Torii a day anyway," Ausmus said. "So I don't think that's going to be an issue. And when Torii's swinging the bat the way he normally does, this guy can still hit. So he's still going to get the bulk of the playing time in the outfield."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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