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Ron Washington praises Rangers' starters

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington in his pre-game press conference made a point to praise his team’s starting pitchers.

“We’re where we are right now because of our starting rotation,’’ Washington said. “We’ve got young guys, guys that have never had to carry this load. And it is a hell of a load.

“I think they’re doing a good job, even if there isn’t always the consistency you'd like.’’

Friday’s scheduled starter at Boston, Derek Holland, has been criticized for up and down performances.

“Nobody wants to do well more than Derek Holland,’’ Washington said. “Every day we give him the ball we think that’s the day he shows consistency. All I can say is stay tuned.’’

Washington said Alexi Ogando, the losing pitcher in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Rays, remains the scheduled starter for Monday’s Labor Day game at Tampa Bay. He follows Matt Harrison, who returns to the rotation to start on Sunday in the final game of the Red Sox series.

"With the changes in our bullpen, we only need the starters to give us six or seven innings,'' Washington said. "They have to figure out how to get those six or seven innings.''