ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington has set his rotation for the beginning of the second half of the season. Tommy Hunter will start the Rangers' opening game in Boston on Thursday and Colby Lewis will take the mound in the second game. Newly-acquired Cliff Lee, who threw a complete game on Saturday on just 95 pitches, will start Saturday while C.J. Wilson will throw the finale on Sunday.
Scott Feldman, who began the season as the Opening Day starter, will start the opening game against the Tigers in Detroit the next day. "Mainly get these guys that proper amount of rest," Washington said. "We also set it up so we can get our best pitchers against some of the toughest teams." Washington set the rotation up in the manner he did so Lee and Wilson were guaranteed to start games against the Rangers' AL West rivals. Should the rotation remain the same, Lee would start in the opening game against the Angels in Arlington on July 22 and would be guaranteed a start against the Athletics a week later. "We tried to make sure we had C.J. and Cliff Lee in the mix against Oakland and Anaheim," Washington said. "Make sure we had them in the mix against Boston." Hunter, Lee and Wilson will all receive six days' rest, but Lee will likely pitch in Wednesday's All-Star Game. Lewis will get eight days between starts while Feldman will get nine.