"Just get the bunt down," Washington said. "They get a chance to hit, they hit, but other than that, I just want them to bunt. Don't be trying to beat out ground-ball base hits and all of that. But that's just words, because when you start competing you just react."
Last season, no Rangers pitcher had a hit. Texas pitchers went a combined 0-for-18 with 11 strikeouts. Derek Holland was the only Rangers pitcher to have any success at the plate, accounting for both of their walks, their only run scored and their only sacrifice bunt.
The Rangers were one of three AL teams whose pitchers did not collect a hit in 2013, along with the Mariners and the Yankees. The Royals led the league in pitchers' hits with six.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.