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Rangers’ expected rotation making second run with Cashner and Ross

Andrew Cashner starts the series opener Monday against the Orioles in Baltimore. He held the Red Sox to two unearned runs on three hits over seven innings in his last start on July 5.
Andrew Cashner starts the series opener Monday against the Orioles in Baltimore. He held the Red Sox to two unearned runs on three hits over seven innings in his last start on July 5. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

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.

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.”

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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