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Rangers keep mixing, matching lineups

Rangers keep mixing, matching lineups

TORONTO -- Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays marked the 96th different starting lineup the Rangers have used this season.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said he would like to see some continuity up and down the lineup, but with mounting injuries and several new faces, it has made that request somewhat unrealistic.

"That's what you want," said Washington, about having a consistent batting order. "Earlier in the year, that's what I had. It will be nice once we can get everybody back and be able to set that lineup like that."

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The last time the Rangers have used the same lineup back-to-back days was between Aug. 6-7.

Washington added that despite injuries, his club's depth still provides plenty of potential.

"We got the pieces here that we would like to have out there," he said. "It's just a matter of those pieces going out there and performing to their capabilities. That's the one thing that we have been missing -- them just doing what they can do. I don't think it would be noticeable if everybody had been [playing well]. Not an excuse. We don't make excuses.

"That's the hand you're dealt, so you deal with it."

The offense banged out 16 hits in Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Blue Jays.

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