Grueling 20-day stretch reaches end for Texas

Grueling 20-day stretch reaches end for Texas

SEATTLE -- Wednesday's game with the Mariners ends the Rangers' stretch of playing 20 games in 20 days. Texas is off on Thursday before opening a six-game homestand on Friday beginning with the Blue Jays.

The 20-day stretch included 13 road games and one doubleheader that was a part of the Rangers playing four games in 48 hours.

"We're still standing," manager Ron Washington said.

The Rangers won't go more than 10 days without an off-day until August. They play 13 games in a row from July 27 to Aug. 8, get a day off and then will have another 20-game stretch. Washington tried to get his team through this stretch by giving his regulars some time off and believes it has helped them.

"No doubt about it," Washington said. "I feel like we're playing with energy again. It's a matter of getting back on track with our pitching. If we do that we'll be fine."

The Rangers have three games with the Blue Jays and three with the Mariners before another off-day next Thursday. Then they have a 10-game road trip to California. They play three against the Angels, four against the Athletics and three against the Giants.

That will be allow them the unusual arrangement of spending seven straight nights in San Francisco without having to travel to another city. That's where the Rangers stay when they are playing the Athletics in Oakland.

"The only problem with that is you spend a lot of money," Washington said. "San Francisco is expensive."