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Rangers setting records thanks to injuries

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Sep 03 2014 01:49:44 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 03 2014 11:01:29 AM CDT
Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers, 2014

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sixty-one -- count 'em -- but Ron Washington would rather not. That's how many Rangers players Washington has managed this season.

Left-hander Derek Holland became the 60th player when he started Tuesday night. When left-hander Michael Kirkman was used in the eighth, that hiked it to 61. That is a major league record for players used in a season and that likely will expand when other September call-ups play.

The 2002 Indians, 2002 Padres and 2008 Padres used 59 players, which was the record.

Kirkman, who replaced Holland to start the eighth inning, became a major league-record 38th pitcher used by the Rangers. The 2002 Padres went through 37 pitchers.

Holland became the 14th Rangers starter, which is an American League-high this season. The Rockies have used 15 starters.

Injuries have created the player turnover. The Rangers have 14 players on the disabled list and used the DL 26 times, which tops the majors in 2014.

"It all just started with injuries and then we had to start moving bodies around, and it started giving opportunities to players because of what happened to us," Washington said. "It's been happening all year. It just happened to be an exorbitant amount."

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