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    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler delivers to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game 4 of the National League division baseball series on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Ever since Ross Detwiler was acquired by Texas this winter, the lefty has been saying over and over again how thankful he is to have another shot at being a starting pitcher.

    It's easy to understand why Detwiler fell out of the rotation in Washington, which might have just put together the best starting rotation in recent memory by signing Max Scherzer this offseason to pair with Stephen Strasburg atop the rotation.

    Detwiler had been a starter for basically his entire career before making 47 relief appearances last season with the Nationals, but no starts.

    On Wednesday night in Oakland, he'll get his second chance at being a starter as he'll go head to head with A's lefty Scott Kazmir.

    Detwiler posted a 3.72 ERA in 9 1/3 innings this spring, and he should be in line for a good night in Oakland against an A's team that struggles against lefties.

    In order for the Rangers to be successful this season, they're going to need a lot out of guys like Detwiler, who has firmly believed he's a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues and who now has a chance to prove it. It all begins tonight.