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May 27, 2012

Sunday's Rangers pregame notes: Napoli, Hamilton starting; Nathan, Adams available

The Texas Rangers used six of their seven relievers in a 13-inning game on Saturday afternoon. Mark Lowe was the lone man out.

But Joe Nathan and Mike Adams worked perfect frames in the eighth and ninth, and are available today.

"We're in good shape," Washington said. "We certainly have our best options."

Robbie Ross threw 40 pitches over 1 2/3 innings, and Koji Uehara needed 22 over two innings.

The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are depleted. They had to make two roster moves to bolster their bullpen, adding Chad Beck and Jesse Chavez.

Here are other pregame notes:

* Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli are in the lineup for Sunday. Hamilton, the star from Saturday's game who needed oxygen and intravenous fluids after the game, is batting third and playing center field. Napoli, who was sidelined with an upset stomach, is catching.

* Manager Ron Washington said the rotation has not been set following the homestand. He said Scott Feldman was the scheduled starter on Tuesday, but didn't know anything further than that. "We haven't decided anything," Washington said. ... Washington said Alexi Ogando would likely need to be sent to the minor leagues to stretch out as a starter, if the team decides to go that route.

-- Drew Davison

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