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Pitchers Tortured by Athletics' Approach

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 28: Yu Darvish #11 of the Texas Rangers talks with pitching coach Mike Maddux #31during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

There was pretty much absolutely nothing positive to take from the Texas Rangers' most recent series against the Oakland A's.

Shin-Soo Choo made his return after a week-long stint in disabled list limbo, and came back just as awesome as ever without a DL trip. And, well, that's about it.

Luckily for the Rangers, there is an off-day on Thursday because the bullpen is in shambles after being worked to the bone the past three days thanks to some awful starts from Yu Darvish, Martin Perez and Robbie Ross Jr.

Ross capped off the blooodbath on Wednesday night with a 3 1/3-inning outing that yielded 11 hits and 10 runs, though only six were earned. That followed Tuesday night's game when Martin Perez, riding a 26-inning scoreless streak and coming off two straight shutouts, gave up a career-high eight earned runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Of course, on Monday, Darvish had the shortest outing of his career, lasting just 3 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs.

It was an ugly series, and now the Rangers turn to two veterans who are in the midst of comebacks from injuries to get them back to winning ways as Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison start Friday and Saturday against the Angels before Darvish gets his next start on Sunday.

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