Fifth starter skipped for Angels series

Fifth starter skipped for Angels series

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, with a day off on Monday, have decided to skip their fifth starter in the rotation. That means Scott Feldman, Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson will start the three-game series against the Angels that starts Tuesday in Anaheim.

The Rangers originally planned to use the fifth starter -- either Dustin Nippert or Matt Harrison -- against the Angels on Tuesday. They wanted to use the off-day to give all their starters an extra day of rest.

"We sat around and discussed it and felt it was the best way to go," manager Ron Washington said.

The Rangers won't need a fifth starter until next Saturday against the White Sox in Arlington. They also will need that spot just twice between now and the All-Star break. After the All-Star break the Rangers are hoping they will have either Rich Harden or Derek Holland off the disabled list.

Washington was asked before Friday's game to describe what his bullpen has meant to his team.

"Indescribable," Washington said. "They've been lights out. They've come in and shut the door. It's been a joy to watch."

Rangers relievers went into Friday's game with a combined 18 wins, most in the American League. They also led with 25 saves. They had allowed just one run in the last 17 innings and had a 1.29 ERA in their last 15 games.

"Where we have an advantage is we have a lot of guys who are used to being in tough situations," Darren O'Day said. "Even a guy like Alexi Ogando, since he's been here, you put him in a tough situation and he's pitched well. A lot of teams have two or three guys they trust in tough situations. This team has everybody. We have a deep bullpen."