Rangers set rotation for upcoming division series

Rangers set rotation for upcoming division series

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have established their rotation for the upcoming series with both the Athletics and Angels.

Left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch the opening game against the A's on Tuesday, followed by Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson. It will be the first time since Lee was acquired that Wilson won't pitch immediately after him, since the Rangers have an off-day Monday and Lee will still pitch every five days.

Wilson has noted the effect Lee has had on him while he has been able to watch his starts from the dugout, but manager Ron Washington said he'll still throw Lewis behind Lee and has not considered the effects Lee has had on Wilson when pitching on consecutive days.

"No thought at all," Washington said. "We're giving [Wilson] a break so he'll be on six [days' rest] next time."

In Anaheim, the Rangers are expected to send Scott Feldman to the mound in the opener before following him up with Tommy Hunter and Lee in the finale.