Washington settles into catching rotation

Washington settles into catching rotation

ARLINGTON -- Right now, manager Ron Washington has settled into a rotation with his catchers. He likes the idea of Matt Treanor playing three contests in a row and then using Max Ramirez for two consecutive games.

"We're going to stay with it, unless something unforeseen happens," Washington said. "Right now it's working."

It's working because the Rangers went into Saturday's game in first place in the American League West with a 44-29 record -- second-best in all of baseball. Their pitching staff was also fifth in the league with a 3.97 ERA. Those are the numbers that draw Washington's attention.

But Rangers catchers also went into Saturday's game hitting a combined .203, the lowest average in the AL. They were also in the bottom half of the league in most defensive categories.

"The numbers may not be pretty, but the results are," Washington said. "We know what we've got as far as offense. But they're both doing a great job of getting the pitchers through their innings. Until Max and Matt show us they can't get the job done, we're going to stick with them."

Texas is 27-15 when Treanor starts behind the plate and 13-7 with Ramirez.