ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler was planning on using the All-Star break to rest his right ankle -- and maybe spend some time on the lake.
He's going to the All-Star Game in Anaheim instead, but he still plans on taking it as easy as possible. Kinsler had a high ankle sprain that cost him most of Spring Training and the first month of the season, so he wants to make sure he takes care of himself during the break.
"I was planning on having a mini-vacation, I guess," Kinsler said. "A day at the lake or something like that. It's not there anymore. I'm going to Anaheim now. Yeah, sit on a boat and rest my ankle, basically. That's still my plan, to get a bunch of rest. I might take some batting practice or something like that. But not too much.
"It's a huge honor, in my opinion, it's something you don't miss unless you have a serious injury. I'm able to play in these games so I should be able to play in that game. I'm definitely honored by the selection."
Harden, Holland to throw live batting practice
ARLINGTON -- Two Rangers pitchers are continuing their road to recovery off the disabled list.
Rich Harden and Derek Holland are scheduled to throw live batting practice on Tuesday, should everything still be okay by that point.
According to assistant general manager Thad Levine, Holland will throw long toss tomorrow and will throw BP on Tuesday. Levine also said that the left-hander is reporting no shoulder issues and his knee is showing improvement.
Harden has been on the disabled list since June 12 with a gluteal strain, while Holland has been on the DL since May 31 with left rotator cuff inflammation.
Washington won't slow Andrus down
ARLINGTON -- All-star shortstop Elvis Andrus leads the American League having been caught stealing 10 times, and he went into Sunday's game being thrown out on the bases in back-to-back games.
But Andrus, who had 21 stolen bases (eighth best in the AL) entering Sunday's game, still has the green light, manager Ron Washington said.
"He's out there on his own," Washington said. "When I don't want him to run, I stop him. But the decisions he makes are his decisions."
Andrus was caught in a rundown between first and second base and tagged out in Saturday's game, but Washington said that was more a product of the Rangers' preaching an aggressive style on the bases.
Andrus broke on a ball on the dirt, as he's been taught to do, but White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski made a clean pick and Andrus was a dead duck on the bases. Washington said the Rangers have made it to second base eight times this season on pitches in the dirt.
"If [A.J.] doesn't pick it clean, he's there," Washington said. "So [A.J.] was in rhythm. We want our guys to be aggressive."
Washington said he wants Andrus to play with an aggressive mindset, but to learn to pick his spots.
"He's a very aggressive kid," Washington said. "I'm not going to take that from him, so you might see some more mistakes. But he's 21- or 22-years old. When he becomes 24 or 25, you might see a smarter kid."
Off-day pays off for Cruz's stroke
ARLINGTON -- Nelson Cruz had two hits and scored a run in Saturday's 3-1 victory over the White Sox after getting a day off the previous night. Cruz said getting the night off might have helped him.
Cruz had struggled in the previous series against the Los Angeles Angels, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and striking out in a crucial bases-loaded at-bat in Thursday's 2-1 loss.
Washington wasn't ready to credit himself for giving Cruz the day off, though Cruz got a chance to work on his swing with hitting coach Clint Hurdle. But Saturday's 2-for-3 may have been a product of reverting back to what made Cruz one of the American League's hottest hitters earlier in the season.
"If there's anything that I have to point to that I saw Saturday is he's much more aggressive," Washington said. "Letting the bat head go."
Struggling rookie first baseman Justin Smoak, mired in a career-worst 0-for-19 stretch, had Saturday's game off to work on some of his issues. But manager Ron Washington wasn't certain if it would help him. "Just because you give guys days off, doesn't mean they're going to come back the next day and start sizzling," Washington said. ... Outfielder Josh Hamilton extended his home hit streak to 24 games with a two-run homer Sunday, and he now owns the longest such streak in team history.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.