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Rangers Scratch Lefty Cole Hamels With Neck Stiffness

May 17, 2018 - 5:46 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — The Texas Rangers have scratched left-hander Cole Hamels from his start against the Chicago White Sox due to neck stiffness.

Instead, Doug Fister moved up one day to pitch Thursday night’s series opener on regular rest. The veteran right-hander tossed 6 1/3 innings in Saturday’s 6-1 loss at Houston, yielding three runs and four hits.

The Rangers did not immediately announce a starter for Friday night’s game.

The 34-year-old Hamels is 2-4 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts this season. He pitched six sparkling innings in a 1-0 victory against the Astros last Friday.