Before Tuesday's game against the A's, Washington said he would sit a few key starters to make sure they are rested for the playoffs if the Rangers clinch early. While gaining home-field advantage is important, Washington contends that having rested starters is more important. "If we get the opportunity to clinch early, I have to give some guys days off," Washington said. "We want to win as many games as possible but the most important thing is to have these guys healthy. If you're in the playoffs, you'd like to be at home, but if we're in the playoffs, I don't care where I'm at." Athletics: Sweeney may not return
Ryan Sweeney is more likely to return in a pinch-hit role than as a starter this season after suffering a strained upper left quad last Wednesday, Melvin said. But it is unclear that he will return at all, with only seven games remaining in the season. Brandon Allen was given a second consecutive day off against the Rangers on Tuesday, but Melvin said he would be in Wednesday's lineup back at first base. Worth noting
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus comes into Wednesday's game riding a 13-game hit streak. The Rangers' 89-65 record is the second-best mark for the team through 154 games, trailing only 1991's 91-63 record. Wednesday's Rangers starter, C.J. Wilson, is tied for the club record in double plays induced with 30. His next one will set a new club record. Wilson's rotation mate Matt Harrison is also tied with Wilson, Rick Honeycutt (1983) and Kevin Brown (1991).