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Washington not making changes to lineup

Washington not making changes to lineup

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OAKLAND -- One day after his team was shut out for the first time this season, Rangers manager Ron Washington went with the same lineup for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Thursday as he did against Bartolo Colon on Wednesday night.

"I can't shake up that lineup," Washington said. "You've just got to wait on them. I've said all along they are the ones we have to ride, so I'm going to put a saddle on them and ride them. Sometimes they're going to step in some mud, and sometimes they're going to find a dry track and run away. We're going to ride them."

The Rangers are hitting .259 with a .383 slugging percentage in their last eight games, scoring just 29 runs in the process. They have also hit just three home runs in those eight games.

"Obviously, we haven't been hitting on all cylinders the last seven to 10 games," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "It's just one of those things where we haven't been able to string consistent at-bats together, and when situations do come up, we haven't gotten it done all the time.

"It's all about staying the course, playing hard and keep working, keep grinding. It's the teams that are mentally tough and mentally strong that endure, and this team has that. This team has too much talent offensively for this to carry on."

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