ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are coming up on a stretch where they will have three days off in an eight-game stretch.That would give them an excellent opportunity to alter their rotation or skip certain starters to keep others pitching on normal rest. But manager Ron Washington said the Rangers won't do that. There are no plans to go to a temporary four-man rotation. Washington said the Rangers will stay in rotation and not skip any pitchers during that stretch. The Rangers are off on Monday, a week from Thursday and on Memorial Day. "We're not going to mess with the rotation," Washington said. If the Rangers wanted to, they could use that stretch to go with a four-man rotation for a two-week period. That would allow them to use either Rich Harden or Scott Feldman out of the bullpen. They are the veterans of the rotation, but are also struggling the most after eight starts. Feldman is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA and Harden is 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA. Harden pitches Wednesday against the Orioles and Feldman pitches Thursday. If the Rangers wanted to, they could put one of them in the bullpen and go with a four-man rotation until June 5. "We want to give them as much rest as we can," Washington said.
Vlad completes trip around bases, Majors
ARLINGTON -- Vladimir Guerrero joined some select company when he hit a home run in the fourth inning of the Rangers' game against the Angels.Guerrero, facing his former team, led off the fourth with his eighth home run of the season and the first of his career against the Angels. Guerrero played for the Angels from 2004-09 and they were the only franchise that he had not hit a home run against. So Guerrero now becomes the 32nd player in Major League history to hit a home run against all 30 teams. "I didn't know that," he said. "I played two games against them in Puerto Rico when I was with the Expos and don't remember what happened. So that is surprising."
Guerrero also has 415 home runs in his career, ranking him 42nd all-time. He was tied with Darrell Evans going into the game.
Hamilton dropped to fifth in order
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been bringing out some of their non-power hitters for early bunting practice on occasion. They did so on Tuesday and Josh Hamilton was out there with them."I was out there, so I figured I might as well join them," Hamilton said. "Don't read anything into it." The Rangers still consider Hamilton one of their power hitters, but manager Ron Washington did drop him in the order on Tuesday. For the second day in a row, Ian Kinsler was batting third. Hamilton, who was off on Monday, was batting fifth against the Angels on Tuesday. "I don't know if it's permanent or not," Washington said. "I liked [Kinsler] there yesterday, so I decided to keep him there." Hamilton had started 35 games in the No. 3 spot and once in the cleanup spot. But he did see 13 games in the No. 5 hole in 2009. "It's not like they're going to pitch me any different," Hamilton said. "All it means is I don't hit in the first inning." Hamilton went into Tuesday's game hitless in his last 12 at-bats and was 1-for-13 with nine strikeouts in a three-game series with the Blue Jays over the weekend. "Some broken-bat [hits] would be nice," Hamilton said. "I'm fine if I'm just seeing pitches and squaring balls up. If I do that, good things will happen whether it's right away or eventually. That's what I'm trying to accomplish."
Ray goes against Orioles for first time
ARLINGTON -- Vladimir Guerrero and Darren Oliver had their reunion with the Angels on Monday and Tuesday. Reliever Chris Ray will see the Orioles for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday.Ray was drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and pitched for them from 2005-09 before being traded to the Rangers in the offseason. The trade sent Ray from a last-place team to a first-place team ... at least for now. But the Orioles went into Wednesday's games with the worst record in the Major Leagues. "I'm thankful for that every day to have a chance to play for a winning team, a team that should be in the playoffs in October," Ray said. "I'm just thankful that [general manager] Jon Daniels and Thad Levine were able to get me over here." That said, he has no ill feelings for the Orioles. "I have nothing but the utmost respect for that organization," Ray said. "That was the only franchise that I played for. They gave me an opportunity. I don't have any bad feelings for them. I appreciate everything they did for me. "But now all my loyalty is for the Rangers. I want to beat them like I do any other team."
Garko clears waivers, assigned to OKC
ARLINGTON -- First baseman Ryan Garko has cleared waivers and will be assigned outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Rangers designated him for assignment last week when outfielder Nelson Cruz returned from the disabled list.Garko will be used at first base and designated hitter at Oklahoma City, but will have to battle for playing time. The RedHawks have Chris Davis at first base and Chad Tracy as their DH. But the Rangers are also using Davis at third base. He has played both first and third in his professional career. Davis can also play right field.
Neftali Feliz is the first Rangers rookie pitcher to achieve double digits in saves. That was No. 10 for him on Monday night. The previous best by a rookie was eight from both Mitch Williams and Steve Foucault. ... Michael Young's RBI on Monday was No. 742 for his career. He is tied with Ruben Sierra for fourth in club history. The leader is Juan Gonzalez with 1,180, followed by Rafael Palmeiro with 1,039 and Ivan Rodriguez with 842. ... Darren Oliver has pitched 20 2/3 innings and allowed just one unintentional walk. Cliff Lee is the only other American League pitcher with more innings and just one walk.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.