Posted: Saturday August 10, 2013 6:22 PM

Rios joins Rangers, to start Saturday

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HOUSTON (AP) - Outfielder Alex Rios, who was acquired by Texas from the Chicago White Sox on Friday, joined the Rangers on Saturday and was inserted into the lineup against the Houston Astros batting sixth and playing right field.

Rios will help the Rangers deal with the loss of Nelson Cruz, who was suspended for the final 50 games of the regular season in Major League baseball's Biogenesis investigation.

Rios entered Saturday night's game hitting .277 with 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

He says it's exciting to be playing for a contender and he thinks the change of scenery will be good for his career.

The Rangers optioned outfielder Joey Butler, who made his first major league start on Friday night, to Triple-A Round Rock.

 
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