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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.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.