ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will have two days off next week, but they will not use them to alter their starting rotation in any way. Right now, manager Ron Washington said the rotation is set up for the rest of the year so that ace Cliff Lee is ready to start Game 1 of the playoffs. In the meantime, the Rangers will use their two off-days next week to allow all their starters get extra rest. Unless something unforeseen occurs, lefty C.J. Wilson -- who started on Friday against the Yankees -- won't start again until next Friday, Sept. 17, in Seattle.
"If all of that works out, Cliff Lee will get the first game [of the playoffs]," Washington said. Lee missed his last start because of some stiffness in his lower back, but he's scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Yankees. Derek Holland and Colby Lewis will pitch in the Rangers' two-game series against the Tigers next week.