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Bibens-Dirkx to get another start for Rangers

Right-hander will face Mariners on Tuesday; decision about Lincecum looms; Rangers unlikely to use 'opener' strategy
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ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister announced prior to Sunday's game that Austin Bibens-Dirkx will start Tuesday's game in Seattle. He was added to the Rangers' roster to start Game 1 of the current series with Kansas City, and took the loss in that game, giving up four earned runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Rangers will then activate Matt Moore from the 10-day disabled list for Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Moore is 1-5 with a 7.99 ERA in nine starts this season. By using Bibens-Dirkx and Moore, Banister is giving his other four starters an extra day of rest between starts.

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ARLINGTON -- Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister announced prior to Sunday's game that Austin Bibens-Dirkx will start Tuesday's game in Seattle. He was added to the Rangers' roster to start Game 1 of the current series with Kansas City, and took the loss in that game, giving up four earned runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Rangers will then activate Matt Moore from the 10-day disabled list for Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Moore is 1-5 with a 7.99 ERA in nine starts this season. By using Bibens-Dirkx and Moore, Banister is giving his other four starters an extra day of rest between starts.

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"I feel confident Moore that everything will be good with him, and he can get back into the rotation. I also felt Bibens-Dirkx threw the ball well, plus it doesn't hurt to back up all those guys up a day, too."

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Mike Minor is the announced starter for Thursday's series finale. The Rangers have been managing Minor's innings as he moves from the bullpen last season back into the Rangers' rotation this year. Banister indicated that Minor was part of the consideration for using Bibens-Dirkx and Moore in Seattle.

Banister also noted that Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels and Doug Fister would be the starting pitchers next weekend in Anaheim.

Lincecum update
Tim Lincecum is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list now, but he has not performed well at Triple-A Round Rock in his Minor League rehab assignments. He has made eight appearances with a 1-1 record, 7.45 ERA and 2.07 WHIP.

When asked about Lincecum, Banister essentially said that no decision has been made.

"We're going to sit down and talk about that," Banister said.

Beltre continues to improve
"Continued progress," Banister said of veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre. "I know he's out on the field today. It's all been positive. Taking ground balls. No set backs. I know he's getting closer."

Openers?
Banister was asked about the idea of using a relief pitcher to start a game and then bring in the usual starting pitcher in the second inning, an idea that has been tried recently by the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I look at what other organizations do because of their thought process," Banister said.

As far as the Rangers utilizing the idea: "The short answer is, 'No,'" Banister said. "It's an interesting thought process. I'm sure we'll follow [the results]."

Dic Humphrey is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington.

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