Ross throws strikes but finds no answers

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
7:10
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Maybe throwing strikes is overrated.

Texas Rangers starter Robbie Ross Jr. threw 65 of his 86 pitches for strikes, had a career-high eight strikeouts and issued zero walks but was on the wrong end of a 16-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

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Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesDespite sharp command of his arsenal, Ross Jr. was lifted in the sixth inning after yielding four earned runs.
Ross' mound opponent, Erik Johnson, walked five and hit the strike zone on just 44 of 87 pitches. Yet he left town with a win.

Can anybody explain it?

"I’ve got to give Johnson credit," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He was effectively wild. He threw enough bad pitches, and he threw enough good pitches to keep us off balance."

The problem for Ross, according to Washington, was location of his strikes. Two of his pitches, to Jordan Danks and Jose Abreu, traveled an estimated 397 and 403 feet, respectively, on their way over the right-field wall.

"When you go right at them, it happens sometimes," said Ross, who is transitioning from reliever to starter this season. "It is just one game. I need to work on things to get better for next time."

Said Washington: "Robbie just wasn’t hitting his spots, and we didn’t make a play behind him [a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff] that opened the game up for them."

The fifth-inning error led to three unearned White Sox runs and a 5-2 deficit.

In five innings, the Rangers managed only one hit off Johnson, a single by Leonys Martin in the second inning. Johnson, who walked the leadoff hitter in each of the first four innings, came into the game with an 0-1 record and a 6.35 ERA.

Luis Sardinas, in his first major league at-bat, accounted for the other Rangers hit with an infield single in the eighth.

Even though the 10-game homestand ended on a down note, Washington was pleased with a 7-3 record.

"If we keep winning series, we’ll be fine."
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers, Erik Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 16-2 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers, who had won five in a row.

The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu's fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead.

Johnson (1-1) allowed two runs and only a single over his five innings, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. The Rangers also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same.

Ronald Belisario threw two scoreless innings before Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom each worked an inning.


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Rapid Reaction: White Sox 16, Rangers 2

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
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videoARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers, potent in the first two games of the series, could muster only two hits, both singles, in a 16-2 spanking by the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

The defeat snapped a five-game winning streak.

The White Sox bashed out 18 hits and had three home runs, the biggest a three-run blast by Jose Abreu in the fifth inning that snapped a 2-2 tie.

The only Rangers hit though seven innings was a Leonys Martin single off the glove of first baseman Abreu in the second inning.

Texas closes the homestand with a 7-3 record and an overall mark of 11-8.

Batting 1.000: Luis Sardinas, a 20-year-old rookie called up Saturday, had his first major league hit in the eighth inning, a ground ball that Sox second baseman Marcus Semien stopped with a dive, but had no play.

Skewed line: Rangers starter Robbie Ross pitched better than his numbers would indicate. Home runs by Jordan Danks and Jose Abreu were the downfall of the 24-year-old. A costly error and the bullpen didn’t help him either. Both of his inherited runners scored on a bases-clearing triple by Semien.

Damaging mistake: The Rangers infield’s stretch of five consecutive errorless games, paralleling the team‘s five-game winning streak, ended on third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff’s throwing error in the fifth inning. It turned into a costly mistake. The White Sox went on to score three unearned runs for a 5-2 lead.

Running Elvis: Elvis Andrus on Friday passed Ian Kinsler for the club record in steals and he added another Sunday, giving him nine this season and 174 for his career.

Tempting fate: Chicago starter Erik Johnson, who allowed only one hit before leaving after five innings, walked the Rangers' leadoff batter in each of the first four innings. He worked around the first two, with the help of a caught stealing and a double play, but Texas cashed in on the next two for runs.

Game of chance: The brick wall behind home plate at Globe Life Park adds an element of chance for a runner at third when a pitch gets away. Martin unsuccessfully tried to score on just such a play in the third inning. Sox catcher Tyler Flowers grabbed the long ricochet and flipped to Johnson to catch Martin on a close play. An inning later, a Johnson wild hit the wall and skidded crazily toward the White Sox dugout, giving Andrus plenty of time to score from third.

Up next: The Rangers begin a six-game West Coast road trip in Oakland on Monday with Yu Darvish (1-0, 0.82 ERA) going against Dan Straily (1-1, 5.40 ERA) at 9:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.

Harrison to make West Coast trip with team

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Harrison, fresh off a strong rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday, says he is ready to make his Rangers 2014 debut.

But as of yet, the Rangers are not ready to say when that return will be.

Harrison will make the upcoming West Coast road trip with the team, but manager Ron Washington in Sunday’s pre-game media conference said no game plan yet has been formed for Harrison’s debut start.

“We haven’t had a chance to address it," Washington said. “He’ll be with us so we can get eyes on him, rather than second-hand info. I know talking with Matt he was happy about his outing Saturday."

Harrison said in his mind, he is ready now. “I’ve been lobbying. I have been for awhile," Harrison said. “I think they want to see how everything goes the next few days."

On Saturday, Harrison’s velocity reached 94 mph in the fourth inning of his rehab start, better than recent previous readings and close to what he was throwing before his back surgery and long rehab. In eight shutout innings, he allowed only three hits and one walk.

“I was much better from the mental aspect," Harrison said. “With quick innings, good things happen."

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Extra Bases: Washington's thoughts on playing with a big lead

April, 20, 2014
Apr 20
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- According to baseball’s unwritten rules, there is a right and wrong way to play a game with a big lead like the Texas Rangers enjoyed in Friday’s 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Rangers manager Ron Washington in his pregame media conference Saturday shared his thoughts on strategy with a big lead.

The key takeaway is a 9-0 lead -- like the Rangers enjoyed in the third inning Friday -- is too early to let off the gas.

"I’m not going to wait around until they catch up to open up our arsenal again," Washington said.

As the manager pointed out, a lot can happen in the six remaining innings.

"A grand slam and they are back in the game."

The manager said he wants his players to keep playing the game. That means score when they have a chance and go from first to third on a base hit if the opportunity is there.

But a concession to a big lead could be not starting a runner, something he might do in a close game, as a defense against a double play.

Defensively, a concession could be for his first baseman to play behind an opponent’s baserunner rather than hold the runner, giving up the second base.

Substitutions have to be limited. The Rangers' bench consists of only four position players.

With the lead at 11-0 in the seventh inning on Friday, Washington replaced Shin-Soo Choo with Michael Choice and Elvis Andrus with Josh Wilson.

A winner again, Colby Lewis touched by standing ovation

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The ovation from the 44,811 at Globe Life Field framed Colby Lewis’ night perfectly.

Many in the crowd were standing before Rangers manager Ron Washington reached the mound to take the ball from Lewis after a solid second start in what could develop into quite a comeback story.

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Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsColby Lewis earned his first win in two years after elbow and hip surgeries sidelined him for half of 2012 and the entirety of the 2013 season.
"I’d take 30 more [starts] just like that when you get that kind of love and support from the fans," the 34-year-old said. "The reaction was awesome."

The Rangers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-3 Saturday, and Lewis was rewarded with the win. Asked if he could remember his previous victory, Lewis thought for a moment and said no.

It is the kind of story that appeals to a Rangers fan -- successful starter instrumental in playoff success comes back from elbow and hip surgeries that sidelined him for half of 2012 and all of the 2013 major league season.

"That ovation was pretty nice," Washington said. "Colby deserved it. He showed improvement tonight, and that’s what we were looking for. He did a great job."

In 5⅓ innings, Lewis held the White Sox to six hits and one run, having thrown 85 pitches. In his first return start against the Seattle Mariners on Monday, he allowed eight hits and four runs in 5⅓ innings.

"I’m kind of disappointed I didn’t go a little deeper," Lewis said. "I felt more relaxed. I got the jitters out of the way on Monday. I’m definitely excited."

Lewis rated 60 of his 88 pitches in his first outing as high quality. This time, he felt like he was throwing downhill on all 85.

The second inning for Lewis was telling. He escaped, allowing only one run after Chicago loaded the bases with no outs.

"It was damage control at that point," Lewis said. "I threw a slider off the plate [to Alexei Ramirez] and he chased it."

The result was a double-play ball to third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. A run scored, but Lewis struck out Tyler Flowers to end the threat.

Before the game, Washington talked about Lewis’ influence on younger players.

"Younger guys know they can bounce it off Colby," the manager said. "He gives them a yellow brick road they can follow."

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, White Sox 3

April, 19, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers ran their winning streak to five with a 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

The comeback of Colby Lewis was the big story. Lewis got the win in his second start since last pitching in the majors in July 2012 -- sidelined by hip and elbow surgeries.

Lewis got a warm ovation, with many of the 44,811 fans at Globe Life Park standing when manager Ron Washington made the call to a reliever with one out in the sixth.

Lewis had great command, throwing strikes on 59 of his 85 pitches. He walked one and left with a 5-1 lead. The most impressive aspect of his night was allowing only one run in the second inning after the Sox loaded the bases with no outs. A double-play ball by Alexei Ramirez and a strikeout of Tyler Flowers limited the damage.

Good ole Mr. Wilson: The key hit of the night belonged to Josh Wilson. The Rangers second baseman, batting at the bottom of the order, lined a two-out, two-run single to left field in the fourth inning to increase the Texas lead to 4-1. Wilson scored a few moments later on a double by Shin-Soo Choo.

Closing shop: Alexi Ogando scuffled in the eighth inning, allowing two runs, but otherwise, it was another solid night for the Rangers' bullpen. With the potential tying run on base, Ogando was able to induce Ramirez to ground into his second double play of the night.

Prince finds HR porch: The fourth inning was a very good one for Prince Fielder. After a couple of nice defensive plays in the top of the inning, Fielder led off with his second home run of the season to stake the Rangers to a 2-1 lead. Texas went on to score three more in the frame. Fielder's home run into the lower deck of the right-field stands traveled an estimated 388 feet.

Strong D: Perhaps overlooked this homestand -- since the three-error game on Monday against the Seattle Mariners -- has been solid defensive play by the Rangers. No infielder has been charged with an error since Monday. The Rangers' overall errorless streak of 29 innings ended in the fourth on an errant throw by catcher Robinson Chirinos. Standout catches were made by Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.

Kouz goes deep: Kevin Kouzmanoff extended his hit streak to 10 games by hitting his second home run of the season to lead off the eighth. He’s hit safely in every game since joining the team.

Quick start: For the third straight game and the fourth time this homestand, the Rangers grabbed a lead in the first inning. The first three batters hit safely. Rios, playing against his former team, delivered the RBI with an opposite-field double. Rios, who finished with three hits, had said the previous night after a 12-run outburst that hitting is contagious.

No challenge: A couple of close out calls on Rangers baserunners gave Washington thought of using the new challenge system. Elvis Andrus was tagged out in a rundown at first base in the first inning, and Martin was caught stealing an inning later. In both cases, Washington refrained, but he did have a chat with umpire John Tumpane on the Martin call.

Up next: The Rangers send Robbie Ross (1-0, 1.00 ERA) to the mound in the conclusion of the 10-game homestand on Sunday. He will be opposed by Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35 ERA) in a 2:05 start on KLIF 570 and Fox Sports Southwest.

Lewis gets 1st win in 2 years, Texas 6-3 over WSox

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
10:06
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Colby Lewis pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in nearly two years, Prince Fielder homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Saturday night.

Lewis (1-1) struck out four while allowing only one run over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander, the first known major league pitcher to return from a unique hip procedure, won for the first time since June 17, 2012.

Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios each had three hits for the Rangers, who won their fifth consecutive game. Kevin Kouzmanoff homered leading off the eighth, giving him a 10-game hitting streak to start his Rangers career.

Texas went ahead to stay on Fielder's high-arching blast to right leading off the fourth for a 2-1 lead. It was only his second homer in his 18 games with Texas.

Jose Quintana (1-1) allowed five runs and nine hits over five innings.


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Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison was scheduled to throw 95 pitches or go six innings in Saturday's Double-A Frisco rehab start. He was so efficient that he didn't even get to 95 pitches and still managed to go eight innings against Corpus Christi.

Harrison threw 86 pitches (54 strikes) in his eight innings, allowing just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He had nine ground ball outs and four fly ball outs and faced 27 batters. Harrison's lone walk came in the second, and he got the next batter to ground into a double play. He helped Frisco to a club-record 10th straight win.

"My head was in the right place, and I was just focused on competing and making a pitch at a time," Harrison said. "I wasn't worried about pitch counts or innings or anything. I was just worried about getting guys out."

The Rangers must decide if they want Harrison to make one more rehab start to build up even more arm strength, or if he's ready to join the rotation, possibly at some point next week. They have until early May to make a decision, which is when Harrison's 30-day rehab window will be over. Harrison's next turn would come on Thursday, when Texas is off, so it's possible the Rangers could slide him into the rotation in Seattle next weekend, if they believe he's ready.

Is Harrison ready to start in the big leagues?

"Yes," he said. "As of tonight, yes. My head is in the right place, and I know why I was struggling before and I got that straightened out. It wasn't anything mechanical. My mentality out there tonight, I know I can replicate that. I don't know what their plan is, but I'll find out tomorrow, I think.

"It's in their hands. If I need to throw another one, I'll go and do that, but I think I'm ready."

Jim Adduci (finger) latest to go on DL

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The number of Rangers on the disabled list swelled to 10 with the addition of Jim Adduci on Saturday.

The outfielder suffered a broken little finger on his left hand sliding into second base in the third inning of a 12-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night and is expected to be out for four weeks.

The Rangers led 2-0 at the time when Adduci tagged at first base and advanced on Donnie Murphy’s deep fly to center field. A good throw from Sox center fielder Adam Eaton made it a close play, forcing a head-first slide by Adduci.

Adduci remained in the game and contributed two more hits including a double, raising his batting average to .462.

But when he awoke Saturday morning, Adduci had a swollen finger. Manager Ron Washington, demonstrating he hasn’t lost his sense of humor among all the mishaps, suggested Adduci "might have broken it in his sleep."

That the Rangers have managed to win 10 of 17 games so far without key personnel is a reflection on the entire organization, Washington said. While the team can’t control injuries, "we control our attitude, and things are working out well," he said

Had Washington known before the season that he could field a team with the number of players currently on the disabled list, he said he would have been "taken aback."

Adduci’s spot on the 25-man roster will be filled by 20-year-old switch-hitting infielder Luis Sardinas, who was promoted Saturday from Double-A Frisco. Sardinas, signed as a non-drafted signee in 2009, was hitting .238 with the RoughRiders.

Players on the disabled list don’t surrender their lockers in the Rangers clubhouse. And new additions, like Sardinas, are making lockers scarce.

"We’re down to only a couple of vacant lockers on the corners," said Rangers equipment and home clubhouse manager Richard "Hoggy" Price. “We usually don‘t see this until September [when the rosters expand]. But if they bring 'em up, we will find a place for them."

Help for Figueroa: Washington sees Friday’s addition of left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda as a move to take some of the load off middle-inning lefty Pedro Figueroa. Last week, Figueroa pitched in four games over a six-day stretch.

Figueroa became the 20th major league pitcher since 1914 to earn his first two wins on consecutive days. The Rangers' Robbie Ross Jr. was the last to do it in 2012.

Picking 'em up: Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is eligible to come off the disabled list in six days, was out taking ground balls a few hours before tonight’s 7:05 start at Globe Life Park.

Slow to praise: If Washington is conservative with his praise of center fielder Leonys Martin, there is a reason. "I just want him to keep playing. I don’t want him reading about how good he is."

Martin was a double away from hitting for the cycle Friday. His three hits raised his average to .315.

Extra Bases: Adduci produces in first start

April, 19, 2014
Apr 19
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It took 17 games this season for Jim Adduci to finally see his name in the starting lineup.

When the chance came, the 28-year-old outfielder was ready. In five plate appearances, Adduci had three hits (including a double), scored twice and had an RBI.

"I feel like when my time is called, I’m ready to go," Adduci said. "My thinking was to go out there and have fun."

Adduci produced the second run in the Rangers’ 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox Friday night with an infield groundout in the first inning. He followed with singles in the third and fourth innings and a double in the sixth.

Adduci entered the game as the only Rangers position player without a start, but he had produced when given the chance. In eight at-bats going into Friday, he had three hits for a .375 batting average. After Friday, that average is up to .462.

Manager Ron Washington, who seems to have a knack for knowing when to tap a reserve, said it had been on his mind for a while to start Adduci.

"He needs to play," the manager said before the game. "We need to get him out there."

Tonight: Colby Lewis makes his second comeback start against tough White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana in the middle game of the three-game series at Globe Life Park.

The 34-year-old Lewis allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) in a 7-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday. His previous major league start was July 18, 2012. In the meantime, he underwent elbow and hip surgery in the past two years.

"I was anxious to get it over with," Lewis said of his first start.

He never doubted that he could pitch again at the major league level.

"The question was whether I’d get the opportunity," Lewis said. "The Rangers stuck with me."

Now, Lewis wants to repay that loyalty.

"Colby will always be Colby," Washington said with a tone of respect. "He pitches us deep in games."

Finishing the job important to Perez

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Martin Perez wanted to finish the job.

His third victory was as close to a lock as he could expect, with the Texas Rangers holding a 12-0 lead on the Chicago White Sox on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezMartin Perez said it wasn't that hard to convince manager Ron Washington to let him go the distance against the White Sox.
But a complete game is a diminishing statistic in modern-day baseball and the 23-year-old left-hander wanted it.

With three more outs to get, Perez had to sell manager Ron Washington on the idea. The pitcher said it wasn’t that hard.

"I told him, 'I’m good,'" Perez recalled. "He told me not to throw too many pitches and to keep the ball down. That’s what I did. It was important to me to finish."

Perez (3-0) completed a three-hit shutout by retiring the White Sox in order on a fly ball, a groundout and a strikeout in the ninth. He cut down the final 12 he faced following a leadoff walk in the sixth, and he didn’t allow a hit after Alexei Ramirez’s single leading off the fifth.

Working quickly and rarely behind in the count, Perez walked only one and struck out eight. He needed only 109 pitches, 70 of which were strikes. His performance came on the heels of a strong eight-inning shutout effort in a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday. Perez’s ERA is down to a tidy 1.86.

"He was in control of all his pitches," Rangers designated hitter Alex Rios said. "He could throw any pitch in any count. That makes it hard on hitters."

Said Washington: "He’s doing everything he needs to do. He was attacking and keeping the ball on the ground."

As a result, Perez got 11 outs on ground balls.

The manager came away impressed by the way Perez didn’t let a big lead change his pitching pattern. Just when Washington thought his pitcher might be on the verge of losing concentration, Perez "got back into the mode he was in when the game started."

Said Perez: "I felt comfortable warming up tonight. I could throw the ball where I wanted. And our offense did a great job scoring all those runs."

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night.

Martin homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.

Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning.

Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2). Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.


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Rapid Reaction: Rangers 12, White Sox 0

April, 18, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With starter Martin Perez needing only a little offense, the Rangers got him a lot, pounding out 18 hits in an 12-0 beatdown of the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series Friday night before 40,671 at Globe Life Park.

In what is becoming a routine performance for him, Perez (3-0) efficiently handcuffed the White Sox on three hits, going the distance. Most impressive was the way the left-hander avoided the trap of losing concentration when handed a big lead.
The 12 runs are the most by the Rangers this season. Four Rangers (Alex Rios, Jim Adduci, Leonys Martin and Robinson Chirinos) had three hits. Martin was within a double of hitting for a cycle in the eighth (he struck out) and matched a career high for RBIs with four.

Bottoms up: The bottom two spots in the Rangers' batting order occupied by Martin and Chirinos combined for six hits, six RBIs and a pair of home runs. Chirinos’ third-inning drive over the scoreboard wall in left field traveled an estimated 367 feet, four feet longer than Martin’s fourth-inning liner to lower deck in right.

Re-cycled: Though Martin missed an individual cycle, the Rangers hit for a cycle in the space of seven batters in the seven-run third -- Adduci: single; Martin: triple; Chirinos: home run; Shin-Soo Choo: double. Seven runs in an inning is the most by the Rangers since they hung 11 on the Astros on Aug. 19, 2013, and the major league high this season.

Remember me? The first pitch Rios saw from Chicago starter Felipe Paulino, a brushback, was not something the Rangers' designated hitter might expect from his old club.

If the indignity bothered Rios, he didn’t show it, instead smoking Paulino’s next pitch to center field for a single, the table-setting hit in Texas’ two-run first inning. Later Rios contributed a two-run single when the Rangers broke it open in the third inning.

Streaking Elvis: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus singled in the second inning, giving him hits in 16 of the Rangers’ 17 games. Andrus also stole two bases, giving him four in the past two days and eight for the season.

What kept you: Adduci, the only Rangers position player without a start before Friday, drove in a run with an infield grounder in the first inning and followed it with hits in his next three plate appearances.

Up next: Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis (0-1,6.75 ERA) will be opposed by White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (1-0) in the second game of the series set for 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.






Was Scheppers slow to reveal injury?

April, 18, 2014
Apr 18
6:50
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Is it possible Tanner Scheppers, wanting to hold on to a coveted spot in the starting rotation, was slow to speak up about the inflamed muscle injury in his right elbow that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on Friday?

Scheppers said the tightness he felt was something new to him.

Manager Ron Washington learned of Scheppers’ injury only late on Thursday, and the Texas Rangers’ manager said Scheppers should have "told me sooner."

Scheppers was handed a 4-0 lead on Thursday, and, after two shutout innings, was tagged for six runs in the third inning. He managed to retire only one Mariner in the third before departing.

The pattern, a few good innings mixed in with a clunker, haunted him four starts into the young season.

"It is unacceptable at this level," said Scheppers, who was the Rangers' Opening Day starter.

Washington said he felt Scheppers transitioned to the starter’s role pretty well. "It has been a learning experience for him," the manager said.

But on how Scheppers handled the injury situation, Washington said he’d rather not comment.

"I haven’t had a chance to dig into it," Washington said.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Leonys Martin
BA HR RBI R
.322 1 9 4
OTHER LEADERS
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 12
OPSS. Choo .891
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23