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Mikolas Takes Lumps, Then Takes More

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    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Miles Mikolas #36 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees on July 21, 2014 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    If you're looking for a positive from Miles Mikolas' start on Wednesday night, it's that he was oddly efficient and took his lumps for the sake of his fellow pitchers waiting in the bullpen wings at Globe Life Park.

    Mikolas worked six innings (good, right?) and threw 94 pitches — a pretty efficient total for six innings of work. Only problem? He allowed nine hits and 10 earned runs while giving up three homers in the Texas Rangers' 10-1 loss to the Rays.

    Mikolas continued his up-and-down trend recently, which has included two really good starts of at least seven innings and only two runs allowed, and he's gotten worked in the others. At this rate, his next start might be a no-hitter.

    Mikolas is a good-looking pitcher — 6-5, 220 pounds — but he clearly is not a favorite to be part of the Rangers' 2015 plans after being thrust into duty this year thanks to a laundry list of injuries.