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Alexi Ogando Will Not Be Skipped In Rotation

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando will not see his next turn in the rotation skipped, despite his struggles, according to Art Garcia. Ogando, who had been so brilliant through the first two and a half months of the season, has struggled mightily in his last three starts, going 0-3 with an ERA near 10. 

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 "Right now it looks like he's going to get his next start," manager Ron Washington said. "After that, things may change."

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Giving Ogando a few extra days of rest might not be the worst idea in the world, but it looks like Ogando will have one more chance before the Rangers turn to that idea. Ogando's next start is scheduled to come Friday against the Florida Marlins at home in Arlington. Should Ogando scuffle, it seems possible if not likely that his next turn in the rotation will be skipped.

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Ogando has already more than doubled his innings total from last season, with 91 so far in 2011 compared to just 41.2 with the Rangers last year. Ogando did pitch 30.2 innings in the minor leagues last year prior to being called up, but even with that factored in, Ogando still has a career high in innings pitched. 

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With no Cliff Lee on the horizon this summer, the Rangers need Ogando to pitch reasonably well. 

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