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    Scott Feldman made a spot start on Tuesday to give the struggling Matt Harrison a start off to rest up before his next one against the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

    Immediately after Feldman went six scoreless innings while allowing just two hits, Rangers manager Ron Washington said Feldman would immediately return to the bullpen.

    Uh, you sure about, Wash?

    On Wednesday night, Alexi Ogando had his second straight bad outing against the same Rays lineup that Feldman absolutely shut down.

    Ogando is well beyond his career-high workload of 41 2/3 innings this season. He's now pitched 154 innings and is 12-7 after those two horrible starts.

    On Wednesday, Ogando got off to a great start but then ran into trouble when he hit a guy on an 0-2 pitch and gave up an RBI hit on another 0-2 pitch.

    After that, it was all downhill.

    So why not bring Feldman in to spell Ogando in his next scheduled start, which should fall next Monday, in Tampa, against the same Rays team. Ogando can get a nice extended break to re-charge his batteries and be ready to go in the following home series against Oakland in Arlington.

    Ogando has clearly shown he's something special, but with his workload combined with the incredible heat this summer, he needs another rest similar to the two-week break he got over the all-star break.