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Washington setting up Rhodes' success

Washington setting up Rhodes' success

Washington setting up Rhodes' success
ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes is working on a seven-game scoreless streak, spanning five innings.

Part of Rhodes' recent success is because Rangers manager Ron Washington has been trying to put Rhodes in low-pressure situations so that he could get more confidence in his pitches.

"You want to give him a chance to get some confidence," Washington said. "The last three or four times out, he's thrown the ball much better. We just have to wait and see as we move on how it goes. There are other people throwing the ball well, too, which is good."

While Washington notes that Rhodes has pitched better of late, so have a few other relievers. That has made getting Rhodes in the game harder.

He reiterated, however, that he does not believe in giving pitchers roles, and that the only relievers who should know when they are coming in are Mark Lowe and Darren Oliver in the eighth, and Neftali Feliz in the ninth.

"I think everybody's role is different," Washington said. "I'll bring in Arthur when the situation dictates to bring Arthur in. That doesn't change."

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