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Rangers may finally start getting staff in place

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NEW YORK -- When the Rangers open a four-game series with the Indians on Monday, they could go with four starters who were expected to be in the rotation at the start of the season.

Yu Darvish is among them. He was feeling good on Saturday, the morning after leaving his start against the Yankees after seven innings with tightness in his right triceps. Darvish said he was confident he will be able to start against the Indians on Wednesday.

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NEW YORK -- When the Rangers open a four-game series with the Indians on Monday, they could go with four starters who were expected to be in the rotation at the start of the season.

Yu Darvish is among them. He was feeling good on Saturday, the morning after leaving his start against the Yankees after seven innings with tightness in his right triceps. Darvish said he was confident he will be able to start against the Indians on Wednesday.

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"[On Friday], I wasn't feeling pain," Darvish said. "I felt something weird and strange. It felt smart to be done at that point because I want to make my next outing."

Right now, Cole Hamels is scheduled to come off the disabled list and pitch on Monday. He has been sidelined since April 26 by a strained right oblique muscle, but came through a 36-pitch bullpen session on Friday without any issues.

"Excellent," pitching coach Doug Brocail said. "Just as expected. He is ready to be inserted."

Tyson Ross is scheduled to go on Tuesday in what will be his third start since coming off the disabled list. The Rangers are hoping Andrew Cashner will be ready for action, too.

Cashner has been on the disabled list since June 14 with a strained left oblique muscle and threw a 41-pitch bullpen session on Saturday. That went without issue and the Rangers will see how he recovers on Sunday. If that goes well, he could start on Thursday against the Indians.

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"If he is ready, [he will pitch]," Brocail said. "We don't want to rush that."

Rangers beat

• Friday's game between the Rangers and the Yankees marked only the second time in Major League history that both starting pitchers allowed no runs, three or fewer hits and struck out at least nine. Darvish allowed two hits and recorded 10 strikeouts over seven innings and Masahiro Tanaka gave up three hits and struck out nine.

• The Rangers have played three straight road series against division leaders: the Nationals, Astros and Yankees. They could make it four straight against the Indians on Monday. That's happened just five times since 1994, when leagues were split into three divisions.

• The Rangers continue to sign more Draft picks, including ninth-round first baseman Tyreque Reed from Itawamba (Miss.) College and 11th-round shortstop Obie Ricumstrict from Mount Pleasant (Mich.) High. Ricumstrict received a $500,000 bonus. They also signed three right-handed pitchers: Rick Vanasco (15th round, Williston (Fla.) High), Nick Snyder (19th, Indian River (Fla.) College) and Kyle Keith (22nd, Lane (Ore.) College).

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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