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August 30, 2010

A few quick-hitting Rangers pregame notes

The starting rotation remains in flux, though manager Ron Washington said that the five pitchers who started the last time through are currently in line to make their next starts. But that could change by Wednesday, when Washington, his staff and the front office have their say. The one constant appears to be that everyone will get an extra day by virtue of an off day Thursday.

The Rangers have re-upped their agreements with Double A Frisco, Low A Clinton and short-season Spokane through at least 2012. The Frisco extension runs through 2014. The Rangers are all but certainly going to move their Triple A affiliate from Oklahoma City to Nolan Ryan-owned Round Rock and High A Bakersfield out of the hitter-friendly California League.

Dustin Nippert will pitch again Wednesday, this time for Oklahoma City, and could be ready to rejoin the Rangers on Friday. He hasn't pitched in a big-league game since July 19, when he was hit in the head by a line drive at Detroit.

The Rangers will likely stagger their September call-ups this year to help Oklahoma City remain competitive in the Pacific Coast League playoffs. The RedHawks haven't clinched yet but lead their division by two games with about a week left.

-- Jeff Wilson

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