The Texas Rangers will end the first month of the 2012 season with a long stretch of games against the class of the American League, but don’t expect manager Ron Washington to lose any sleep over the coming slate of games.
Namely, Texas will play the second of a two-game set with the Red Sox at Fenway tonight, before heading to Detroit for a four-game set with the Tigers. When the team returns home to the Ballpark, they’ll have three with the Yankees and three with the Rays.
But asked about this early test of about two weeks, Washington stood up so that the reporters present could see his legs.
"Look at my knees," he said, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "You see them shaking?"
Grant pointed out that the answer to this question, of course, was no.
"It's what is on the schedule," Washington continued. "We are not going to get scared because it's Boston or Detroit or New York or Tampa Bay. We play all the teams."
If the first game of the stretch was any indicator, Wash is right to be confident; Texas dismantled Jon Lester and the Red Sox by a score of 18-3 at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.