Lineups: Ian Kinsler, Mike Olt in; no Jurickson Profar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One day after being scratched because of lower back stiffness, second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to the Rangers’ lineup. Kinsler said prior to Monday’s game against the Royals that back pain is not an issue. “It’s gone. It’s not there,” Kinsler said.

Kinsler's return means phenom Jurickson Profar is back on the bench after a stirring debut that featured a home run in his first major league at-bat.

With left-hander Bruce Chen on the mound, slumping Mitch Moreland got a day off and Mike Olt started at first base. Moreland entered the Kansas City series hitless in his last 14 at-bats. The lineups:


2B Ian Kinsler

SS Elvis Andrus

CF Josh Hamilton

3B Adrian Beltre

RF Nelson Cruz

DH Michael Young

LF David Murphy

C Geovany Soto

1B Mike Olt

RHP Yu Darvish


RF David Lough

SS Tony Abreu

LF Alex Gordon

DH Billy Butler

3B Mike Moustakas

CF Lorenzo Cain

1B Eric Hosmer

C Bryan Pena

2B Johnny Giavotella

LHP Bruce Chen