ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Manager Ron Washington remains committed to revealing very little about the Texas Rangers' postseason roster and pitching plans.
But the events that unfolded Tuesday strongly suggest that left-hander Derek Holland, a 16-game winner, will start Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
One of two right-handers, Colby Lewis or Alexi Ogando, would start Game 3, and lefty Matt Harrison would pitch in Game 4, if necessary.
Holland, who worked five innings Sunday in his final regular-season start, said that he hasn't been told when he will pitch next. It's looking like Saturday on five days' rest.
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"Whenever they bring me, I'll be ready for it," Holland said.
All signs point to Holland after Lewis was allowed to pitch Tuesday without any limit on his innings. Were he to start Saturday, he would be doing so on three days' rest.
Washington said that won't be happening. Game 1 starter C.J. Wilson will be pitching Friday on three days' rest, but he worked only two innings Monday in his final regular-season start.
The Rangers had hoped to use Ogando as the first man out of the bullpen once Lewis exited. Both he and Lewis would be in line to start Game 3 on Monday, though Ogando appears to be headed to the bullpen for the ALDS.
"I'm not saying anything," Washington said. "It could change."
The Rangers would play either Tampa Bay or Boston at home as the No. 2 seed or New York at Yankee Stadium as the No. 3 seed. Holland (16-5) would be best suited to face the Red Sox, who are loaded with left-handed hitters.
He won his only start against them Sept. 2, allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings, and he went 1-0 with a 5.84 ERA against the Rays.
The Yankees scored 15 runs against Holland in three starts, though he pitched well in one of them. He also tasted success against them last year in the postseason as a reliever.
Lewis was the Rangers' best pitcher last year in the playoffs, going 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA as their No. 3 starter. He has fared much better on the road this season, and he would open on the road Monday should the Rangers beat out Detroit for the No. 2 seed.
Washington, though, won't let venue dictate when Lewis pitches.
"I'm not going to be smarter than the game," Washington said. "If I feel somebody can't be somebody, it just depends on what my gut says and what trust I put in somebody."
Club brass will meet again today to continue the conversation about an eighth reliever or a third catcher. Five pitchers are still in the bullpen mix, either for one or two spots. Matt Treanor would be the third catcher.
An eighth reliever would be used as a specialist, say an extra left-hander for a late-inning matchup. A third catcher would give Washington more flexibility with his lineup.
"It's something we discussed again today," said Washington, who favors an extra reliever. "There's some plusses for both. We're dealing with that."
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