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Rangers sticking with five-man rotation

Rangers sticking with five-man rotation

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are coming up on a stretch where they will have three days off in an eight-game stretch.

That would give them an excellent opportunity to alter their rotation or skip certain starters to keep others pitching on normal rest. But manager Ron Washington said the Rangers won't do that. There are no plans to go to a temporary four-man rotation.

Washington said the Rangers will stay in rotation and not skip any pitchers during that stretch. The Rangers are off on Monday, a week from Thursday and on Memorial Day.

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"We're not going to mess with the rotation," Washington said.

If the Rangers wanted to, they could use that stretch to go with a four-man rotation for a two-week period. That would allow them to use either Rich Harden or Scott Feldman out of the bullpen. They are the veterans of the rotation, but are also struggling the most after eight starts. Feldman is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA and Harden is 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA.

Harden pitches Wednesday against the Orioles and Feldman pitches Thursday. If the Rangers wanted to, they could put one of them in the bullpen and go with a four-man rotation until June 5.

"We want to give them as much rest as we can," Washington said.

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