Despite off-day, Washington not skipping starters

Despite off-day, Washington not skipping starters

BOSTON -- The Rangers have a day off on Thursday and manager Ron Washington said they will not use it to skip any starters in the rotation. The club won't have another day off until Aug. 30 and have just four left in the final two months of the season.

"Right now everybody is going to stay on turn," Washington said.

Washington said he also doesn't see any pitchers who need extra rest. The Rangers did that with Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando late last season.

"I don't see any fatigue," Washington said. "They might be making a bad pitch here or there, but I don't see any fatigue."

Washington said there has been some light discussion about giving Yu Darvish time off to work on his mechanics, but right now Washington doesn't see that happening.

"Where we are in the season, we aren't in a position to experiment and give a guy time off," Washington said. "We're trying to win a pennant. You back one guy down and you put pressure on everybody else. You have to consider what it would do to everybody else's load and we want everybody to carry their load."

Darvish allowed six runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on Monday night. Afterward, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Darvish didn't look the same as he did in Japan and didn't look right and his pitches were flat.

"I thought his hitters were pretty good," said Washington. "If he thought Darvish's pitches were flat, it's on him, it's not on me."