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Rangers likely to tab Martinez or Ramos for Saturday

Nick Martinez kept attacking after Rangers tied game

Right-hander Nick Martinez gave the Rangers a shutdown sixth inning after the offense had rallied from a 5-0 deficit moments earlier (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Right-hander Nick Martinez gave the Rangers a shutdown sixth inning after the offense had rallied from a 5-0 deficit moments earlier (video by Jeff Wilson).

Nick Martinez’s winning appearance Wednesday night did not eliminate him as an option to start Saturday at St. Louis in Yu Darvish’s rotation spot, and manager Jeff Banister said that the Rangers will likely choose Martinez or Cesar Ramos.

Martinez threw 45 pitches in 2  1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Derek Holland before giving way to Matt Bush, Jake Diekman and Sam Dyson, who each tossed a 1-2-3 inning.

Had Martinez thrown another inning he would not have been a candidate for Saturday, said manager Jeff Banister. Ramos started Monday but lasted only 3  2/3 innings.

“We’re looking at all the options,” Banister said.

Left-hander Cesar Ramos was tagged for eight runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Monday in the Rangers' 14-5 loss (video by Jeff Wilson).

That includes Martinez’s background as a hitter. He was an infielder in college and has been considered one of the Rangers’ best hitting pitchers in past seasons.

“You’ve got to consider it,” Banister said.

Darvish is meeting the Rangers in St. Louis, as was tentatively planned. He is eligible to come off the disabled list June 23, an off day, and could return to the rotation June 24, but he hasn’t thrown since his shoulder tightness popped up again Saturday.

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