HOUSTON -- Rangers starters went into Sunday's game with a record of 11-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 18 games so far in June. That's not bad, considering they had to put two starters on the disabled list this month because of injuries to Derek Holland (shoulder inflammation) and Rich Harden (strained gluteus muscle). But the Rangers' success hasn't changed manager Ron Washington's feelings about his team's needs. "We could use another front-line starter," Washington said. "If we don't get one, we'll go with the guys we have. But we certainly could use another front-line starter."
The Rangers are one starter short right now. Dustin Nippert was available in the bullpen on Sunday, but if not used, he'll start on Wednesday against the Pirates. "I know one thing, he'll give us everything he has," Washington said. "At least he has better preparation time. It's not the day before. He should have better success than in Florida." Nippert, after 22 relief appearances, made his first start of the season on Thursday against the Marlins and lasted three innings. Nippert threw a season-high 74 pitches and allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. The Rangers still prevailed with a 6-4 victory.