Texas Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner threw a season-high 110 pitches in his last start, the most he had thrown since September 2015.
But he’ll be working on 11 days’ rest when he starts the opener of a four-game series Monday in Baltimore.
“I had a good break. Now it’s back to grinding out the rest of the season, getting back on a routine,” said Cashner, who held the Red Sox to two unearned runs on three hits in a win on July 5.
For only the second time this season, the Rangers have their expected five-man rotation available and pitching in consecutive games. Tyson Ross, who pitches Tuesday, rounds it out before Martin Perez starts it over on Wednesday.
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The Rangers are counting on this rotation — healthy and effective — to give them a shot at earning a postseason berth.
“It’s just building off what the guy did before you,” said Cashner, who is 4-7 with a 3.54 ERA. “Wanting to do better than he did because everything is a competition in here. The biggest thing was Martin getting us off to a great start [Friday]. Going seven innings the other night and kept us in the game the whole way.”