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Alexi Ogando will pitch on Friday

HOUSTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said right-handed starter Alexi Ogando will make his scheduled start Friday against the Florida Marlins.

Washington had said there was a chance Ogando, who has lost his last three starts after a 7-0 start, could miss a turn in the rotation.

"We'll discuss some options after that," Washington said. "But we just want to make sure and see how things go Friday. We discussed other options."

Ogando hasn't pitched past the fifth inning in his last three starts. Saturday vs. the New York Mets, Ogando lasted three innings before getting taken out after allowing six runs (three earned) on eight hits in a 76-pitch effort.

It seems the Rangers don't want to give up on Ogando before the All-Star break and if he can pitch well on Friday night, it's assumed he will pitch one more time before baseball takes a three-day pass from playing.

Despite Ogando's struggles, the starting rotation has done well. In the last 10 games, the starters' team ERA has fallen from 3.77 to 3.66, fifth-best in the AL.