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Rangers no worse for wear after long stretch

Rangers no worse for wear after long stretch

Rangers no worse for wear after long stretch
ARLINGTON -- Wednesday's game against the Rays marks the last in a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, which is the longest a team can go without an off-day, as stipulated in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Despite such a long stretch of games, manager Ron Washington feels the team is performing its best at just the right time.

"Coming back here for these 10 days, the weather played a big part in it, [and] the fact that we've spent more time inside than we have the whole season has helped," Washington said. "They look fresh. I think the time of the year has a part in it, too. They've been through it before."

Washington used the designated hitter slot to give everyday players a chance to rest during the span. Seven players served as DH more than twice, and only shortstop Elvis Andrus started more than 18 games in the field.

"I knew I was in a 20-game [in 20 days] stretch, and I knew I could use the DH to get guys off their feet," Washington said. "We've been fortunate enough along this stretch. A couple of guys have come up with nagging injuries where they end up getting some time down."

The team is no worse for the wear, as they are 12-7 entering Wednesday's contest.

For the series finale against the Rays, Ian Kinsler is the DH, and Michael Young takes Kinsler's spot at second base.

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