Extra Bases: Colby makes his debut

July, 24, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis gets the call in the finale of this four-game series against the Yankees on Thursday afternoon.

Lewis will make his first appearance at the new Yankee Stadium.

"I faced them a couple of times in the postseason," Lewis said. "I'm looking forward to it and being able to say I pitched in both old Yankee Stadium and new Yankee Stadium, I think that’s pretty good."

The last time Lewis pitched at the Yankees was 2003 when he lost a 6-2 game to Roger Clemens. He did go against the Yankees twice in the 2010 ALCS, winning the series clincher in Game 6, but those games were in Arlington.

Most recently, Lewis has allowed just two earned runs in three of his last four starts, but that's a little misleading.

On July 10, Lewis allowed 11 earned runs and a franchise-record 13 runs on 13 hits in a 15-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Lewis dismissed that start saying he threw plenty of first pitch strikes that were just hit for base hits.

He does point out he pitched well last Saturday in Toronto. Lewis allowed just two runs on eight hits in five innings of work but threw 106 pitches and was taken out.

"It felt great," Lewis said. "I just threw a lot of pitches early and walked (three) a couple of guys. I lost my control a little bit."

Darvish deals with rain: Starter Yu Darvish gets credited with a complete game thanks to the rain-shortened, 2-1, five inning loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night. Darvish warmed up after the 1:49 rain delay but then was told the game was over.

"I was looking forward to getting back on the mound," Darvish said through an interpreter. "It is what it is. I am kind of disappointed."

Darvish went just 4 1/3 innings and struck out five while giving up two runs on four hits as he threw 67 pitches. Darvish committed a balk he said because of a mixup in the signs from catcher Chris Gimenez and a wild pitch.

Francisco Cervelli hit a leadoff double to start the second and he was balked over to third. He scored on Brendan Ryan's ground out to second. But Darvish allowed a home run to leadoff hitter Brett Gardner that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

"In the meeting it was a zone I thought I was able to pitch in," Darvish said of the belt-high, four-seam fastball he threw. "I thought it was a good pitch but you got to give credit to the hitter. I got to practice more and I got to throw it harder and next time it will be a flyball."

Tepesh is out: Nick Tepesh, the scheduled starter for Friday, was scratched. Tepesh came in relief on Tuesday and threw 12 pitches in 1/3 of an inning. The Rangers haven't announced who will take over.

Roster move: The Rangers called up RHP Nate Adcock from Triple-A Round Rock. Adcock will be available for Thursday's game. In 13 appearances he compiled a 2.76 ERA. 1B Mitch Moreland (left ankle surgery) was moved to the 60-day disabled list.


New closer could be the old one

July, 24, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Joakim Soria is gone.

Soria, the Texas Rangers' closer, was traded Wednesday night to the Detroit Tigers for two pitching prospects expected to make a big-league roster soon.

With Soria now becoming a setup man in Detroit, manager Ron Washington could turn to Neftali Feliz as the closer again.

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AP Photo/LM OteroNeftali Feliz, who has been a bit of a forgotten man on the Rangers' pitching staff, could have a new role after the trade of Joakim Soria.
You remember Feliz?

Over a two-year stretch, he saved 72 games and was named AL Rookie of the year in 2010 for a 40-save season that also earned him a trip to the All-Star Game.

Tommy John surgery, a move to make him a starter and confidence issues made Feliz a forgotten man.

It seemed everything came crashing down on Feliz, 26, after he blew the save in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, giving up a two-run triple to St. Louis' David Freese with two on, two out with two strikes. The Cardinals would win the game in 11 innings and then clinch the World Series in seven games.

The next season, Feliz was moved to the starting rotation and it just didn't work. In May 2012, Feliz was put on the 60-day disabled list because of a sprained UCL. Rehab didn't help and he underwent Tommy John surgery that summer.

He was a late callup last season as he recovered from surgery and while he couldn't get the closer's job back, the Rangers didn't believe he could start either.

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Rain-delay issues upset Rangers

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers were irritated with Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

A tremendous downpour forced the Rangers-Yankees game to be called after a 1-hour, 49-minute rain delay that had all sorts of problems.

"It doesn't seem right," Rangers GM Jon Daniels said when it was over.

The Yankees were rewarded a 2-1 victory that lasted just 5 1/3 innings.

When the rains came down, the Yankee Stadium grounds crew took 13 minutes to get the tarp on the field. The crew had pulled the tarp halfway across the infield, but it wouldn't go any farther, so it was drawn back into the outfield. During the process to get the tarp ready to go across a second time, the heavy rains drenched the field to the point where the dirt turned to mud.

Once the tarp was put back on the field, the heavy rain turned into a steady stream as the fans, at least most of the 37,585, gave out a mock cheer.

The Rangers weren't laughing because once it stopped raining and the tarp was taken off, the grounds crew needed to turn mud into something playable, and while things looked good on the surface, manager Ron Washington said the field felt like rubber.

The umpires told both teams to warm up their pitchers and Rangers starter Yu Darvish did that. After he completed the task, the umpires met and a decision was made to call the game.

"There were some tarp issues," crew chief Dale Scott said. "That combined with the massive amounts of rain in a very short amount of time, that field was inundated with water. We were hoping after we took the tarp off and looked it over, that we, working with the grounds crew, that we could get it playable."

That wasn't happening and Washington, worried about two players dealing with ankle issues, Alex Rios and Shin-Soo Choo, wasn't taking any chances. Washington wanted to protest and called Daniels, who was back in Dallas watching the game.

League officials said a protest wasn't allowed.

"Just walk the field, it was sinking, it was very soft especially around the base paths and base lines," Washington said. "Around each bag you couldn't get a lead at first base."

In terms of Thursday's 1 p.m. EST game, there is some concern about starting that game on time as well. Weather reports indicate it may rain overnight, which will keep the tarp on the field. The grounds crew would then have to move pretty quickly to resurface the field again to make sure the mud is nearly gone.

It was a frustrating night for the Rangers, who had their ace, Darvish, pitching and were involved in a one-run game.

"We certainly didn't feel like one run was going to hold us," Washington said. "We felt like we were going to be able to get something going. To lose Yu Darvish is particularly tough."

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 2, Rangers 1

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- After a 1-hour, 49-minute rain delay, the game between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees was called.

Because the game went the required five innings, the Yankees were credited with the 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Darvish fails to get 10 wins: Rangers starter Yu Darvish picked up the loss and his record fell to 9-6. He was looking to reach double digits in victories for the third consecutive season. The big blow was a Brett Gardner solo home run in the third inning that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Darvish had some problems with his control. He balked over a runner, threw a wild pitch and was crossed up twice on pitches to catcher Chris Gimenez.

Rangers make a trade: During the rain delay, the Rangers traded closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for some prospects. Soria had 17 saves and blew only two games, the most recent coming Tuesday night when he blew his first save in nine attempts.

Rios returns: Right fielder Alex Rios made his return to the lineup after missing the previous three games because of a sprained ankle. Rios, batting third, singled in his first at-bat and was thrown out trying to steal second in the first inning. Rios also flied out to right field.

The only run: The Rangers scored their only run when Rougned Odor hit into a 4-6-3 double play in the third inning for the first run of the game. The inning started when Leonys Martin singled to right center and moved to third on Gimenez's single to right.

Rangers send Joakim Soria to Tigers

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers traded closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers for two pitching prospects Wednesday night.

The deal is pending physicals and sends rookie right-hander Corey Knebel and right-handed minor league prospect Jake Thompson to Texas.

Knebel will be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, with Thompson going to Double-A Frisco.

"Corey Knebel is a big physical right-handed guy with back of the bullpen speed and demeanor," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "A power fastball, curveball combo, a lot of success at [the University of Texas]."

Knebel, 22, made eight relief appearances for the Tigers this season, allowing six earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.

He was recalled from Triple-A Toledo for a second stint with the Tigers on July 19. His first appearance in the big leagues came against the Rangers on May 24 in Detroit.

Daniels said the fact that Thompson, from Rockwall, Texas, was being assigned to Double-A at his age was a positive, given the amount of talent at that classification.

Thompson, 20, had gone 7-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 18 starts for Lakeland (high Class A) and Erie (Double-A) this season.

"Big, physical kind of guy, built for innings, a four-pitch mix," Daniels said of Thompson. "Good life on the fastball and a good slider. A good makeup."

Soria had 17 saves and a 1-3 mark with a 2.70 ERA in his second season with Texas after five years as Kansas City's closer.

In his last appearance for the Rangers, Soria blew a 1-0 lead in the 13th inning for his second blown save of the season Tuesday night against the New York Yankees


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NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances.

David Phelps (5-4) pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game homestand following the All-Star break.

New York has taken two of the first three in a four-game series that ends Thursday afternoon.


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NEW YORK -- In Tuesday's 14-inning loss, manager Ron Washington used all seven relief pitchers and was left to summon Friday’s scheduled starter, Nick Tepesch, in the last inning. Washington said Roman Mendez, who threw 34 pitches Tuesday, would be unavailable for Wednesday’s game and that lefty Ryan Feierabend (20 pitches Tuesday) might not be an option either.

Feierabend, a starter in the minors, hasn’t pitched full-time out of the bullpen since his days in Seattle. Feierabend said he might need an extra day before pitching again. If that’s the case, it leaves Washington just one left-hander in the bullpen: Neal Cotts.

Washington's use of the bullpen Tuesday night was the subject of some second-guessing.

Washington inserted Scott Baker in the 13th in relief of Feierabend instead of closer Joakim Soria. The thinking is should Washington have replaced Feierabend with Soria, and if the game -- which was tied at the time of the switch -- remained that way, he would have Baker available for at least two or maybe three innings.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead on a J.P. Arencibia home run in the 13th. Soria blew the save and Washington used Tepesh in bottom of the inning 14th, and he ended up losing it.

“Last night I was trying to hold onto my closer,” Washington said. “I got to the position I wanted to get into to. He don’t always get an opportunity to come in with a two-run lead or a three-run lead. He saves one-run games too. I feel like I worked it to the best of my ability and got the guy in the game at the time I needed him in the game and it didn’t get done.”

Martin's catch: CF Leonys Martin said he loves playing in Yankee Stadium because of its expansive gaps -- 399 in left-center and 385 in right-center and 408 feet to dead center. Martin made a leaping catch of a Brian McCann drive against the wall in Tuesday’s game. Martin crashed into the wall, lost the ball momentary and then was able to snag it out of the air.

Washington thought Martin misjudged where he was along the warning track and probably didn’t need to make a leaping catch.

“I saw the ball and I didn’t know the wall was there,” Martin said. “I was running hard to get the ball and the wall is there, and you see what happened.”

In the 12th inning of Tuesday’s game, a popup by McCann fell with three fielders near it in shallow left center. Elvis Andrus backed off the play and said he thought he heard somebody yell, “I got it!”

“Confusion, man,” Martin said of the play. “We need better communication. We need to make those plays in those situations.”

Base Hits: Despite using his bullpen for an extended period on Tuesday, Washington said the club won’t bring up anyone from the minors. ... LF Jake Smolinski (bruised left foot) was scheduled for a full workout prior to Wednesday’s game and could play Thursday. ... Washington said Tepesch is still on target to start Friday. Tepesch threw 12 pitches in 1/3 of an inning while taking the loss Tuesday. ... The Rangers have allowed just four runs in the last 22 1/3 innings in the first two games of this series, lowering the team ERA to 4.85, it's lowest since July 9 (4.82).

Alex Rios (ankle) returns to lineup

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the last three games with a sprained right ankle suffered in his first at-bat last Saturday in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

Rios, who had his ankle wrapped Wednesday, is in right field and batting third against the New York Yankees.

"I feel pretty good and I feel I can perform, and hopefully it won't give me any problems on the field," Rios said. "I wasn't 100 percent (Tuesday) and I wanted to take care of it and not push it too hard."

Rios was available as a pinch hitter in Tuesday's 14-inning loss to the Yankees but wasn't used. On the season Rios has a .302/.435/.330 slash line with four homers and 42 RBIs.

Rios has also been the subject of trade rumors and was asked about one report that said the talks were affecting his focus.

"I don't know where this comes from, I don't know," Rios said. "It's not true. It's something that I haven't said. It's something that doesn't affect me."

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he's open to trading players who are entering the final year of their contracts. Rios has a team option of $13.5 million in 2015 with a $1 million buyout. He also has the right to block a trade to Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Oakland and the New York Yankees.

"You know what, you think about it sometimes," Rios said of the trade rumors. "You read about (it) and people talk about it and you know what's going on, but I don't think it's a factor to affect you performing on the field.


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Yu Darvish looking to build momentum

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Quality starts have been difficult for the Rangers in what is looking like a lost season. In the first two games of this series with the Yankees, Miles Mikolas and Nick Martinez have performed well.

Before the Yankees series, Rangers starters had an 8.54 ERA in the last 17 games to push the team ERA to 5.18. A starter had gone more than six innings just once in the last 17 games.

Monday night, Mikolas went 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two runs on four hits for his first victory as a starter.

Martinez didn't factor into the decision Tuesday and fell 2/3 of an inning short of a true "quality start," but he shut out the Yankees out for 5 1/3 innings.

On Wednesday, Yu Darvish will look to deliver another solid effort for the Rangers.

Darvish, who made a subtle change in his delivery while warming up in the bullpen before his last start, was fantastic in his last outing Friday. He helped the Rangers snap an eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"I just have to make some adjustments in movement, in my delivery that’s all I can really say," said Darvish without getting into details about what he actually did.

The Rangers have followed Darvish's lead for most of the season. Now he will try to follow solid efforts from the last two starters as he tries to reach double-digit wins for the third straight season.

“It’s really hard to be consistent,” Darvish said. “You have to bring your body and prepare yourself. I think I was able to do that. I studied myself and studied the other guys, and it’s very important to be consistent.”
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There was an unexpected spin on the way Jose Canseco's yearslong exile from the Oakland A's ended this past weekend when he attended the 25-year reunion of their 1989 World Series win. The former slugger said he regretted writing his 2005 tell-all book, "Juiced," which cracked open Major League Baseball's steroids scandal and betrayed former teammate Mark McGwire and dozens of other peers. But what was he thinking? Exposing the steroid era is the last thing Canseco should apologize for -- and his list is longer than most.

As Dennis Eckersley, a former A's teammate who helped broker Canseco's return, told reporters over the weekend, "[The steroid era] needed to come out. ... Part of me is glad it happened because I kind of like having people be exposed."

Besides, Canseco hardly escaped unscathed.

He's been mocked and vilified for how he used and counseled others on PED use so much that his down-low nickname around baseball became "The Chemist." He amassed 462 career home runs, won two World Series rings and earned an American League Most Valuable Player award, yet fell off the Hall of Fame ballot after just one year because he received only 1.1 percent of the votes in 2007, well below the 5 percent required to stay.

Canseco has had the details exposed about the physiological and sexual side effects he's suffered because of his PED use. In 2008, he said he went to Mexico for cheaper dental implants and got arrested at a border checkpoint when agents found syringes and a bootlegged bottle of female fertility drug hCG that many chronic steroids users take to prevent testicular atrophy.

Some of Canseco's hubristic excesses and laugh-out-loud dumb decisions are the stuff of legend. Who can forget how he was once sued by a promoter for sending his identical twin brother, Ozzie, to fight a celebrity boxing match for him, thinking they could get away with it? How about that particularly inspired span in 1993 when he was with the Rangers, one of his seven big league teams, and he had a fly ball bounce off his head and over the wall for a home run -- then persuaded Rangers manager Kevin Kennedy to allow him to pitch mop-up duty just three days later and blew out his arm and needed Tommy John surgery?

None of this is meant to defend anything he's done. It's just to note that after all that (and more), the book is the thing he'd take back?

"I regret writing the book, for sure. ... It haunts me 'til today," Canseco told Bay Area reporters Friday, saying he wrote it to retaliate for feeling blackballed out of the game at age 37.

"I regret putting my friends [like estranged Bash Brother McGwire] in it, even though it was a true account. ... I was angry at the time."

Canseco is in the middle of a two-month, 17-city homer-hitting tour of minor league ballparks in an RV. He's traveling with four dogs and three turtles as companions, and his remaining itinerary of ballparks looks a lot like the eight or so independent-league stops that he made after leaving the big leagues in 2001: Aug. 3, he'll be in the Kansas City area, then he's on to Bakersfield, California (Aug. 5), Los Angeles (Aug. 10), New York (Aug. 16-17), and Canton, Ohio (Aug. 24).

Sometimes Canseco can come across like the John Daly of baseball -- cheesy beyond redemption and apt to do anything he's asked to do for a buck now that he's admittedly squandered his $45 million-plus baseball fortune.

Still other times, Canseco seems like a younger, slightly variant version of Pete Rose -- a should-be Hall of Famer who is finally admitting he blew a great thing; a man who's more knucklehead than sociopathic rogue and can't bear to leave the public stage. Norma Desmond had nothing on either of them.

If you believe that last bit about Canseco (as I do), it makes perfect sense that Canseco finally understood that the non-negotiable price for his being allowed to come around the big leagues again was to apologize. There was no other way.

And if the show of remorse happens to start rehabbing his pariah image as well, why, that would be terrific for Canseco. (It just isn't likely to get him into Cooperstown, although the Hall's Veterans Committee could someday vote him in. Canseco is being shut out for his extravagant love affair with PEDs, not whistle-blowing. And here's how we know: His whistle-blowing would actually align him with, not separate him from, voters who object to the steroid era. And thus he should've reasonably expected more than a paltry 1.1 percent of their votes.)

Canseco's breast-beating return does not exactly mark a new path in American celebrity. It's worked remarkably well for Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist recast as a cuddly plush toy in the "Hangover" movie series. Tyson gets it.

Way back when he spit out that chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear, or was brought down before that by homespun Indiana prosecutor Greg Garrison for whatever went on with a beauty-pageant contestant in an Indy hotel, who could've predicted that Tyson would someday star in a smash-hit feature film in which he air-drummed to a Phil Collins tune, or later mount a one-man play, "Undisputed Truth," in which he dismisses his rape conviction as false? Again, tickets flew out of the box office -- first in Vegas, then during a run on Broadway.

Other disgraced public figures have made similar transitions out of the muck.

What it takes is admitting you've been a colossal screwup at times and being good-humored -- or better yet, self-mocking -- about it after you apologize.

Of course, Canseco's apology creates a question: Is this just his latest con or a genuine cry from the heart of a former big leaguer in exile? But really, it's not that important to decide.

The reason Canseco retains a foothold in some ex-teammates' hearts or public life is simple. Some folks just love a good train wreck. Some, like A's teammate Dave Stewart, can't forget what a five-tool baseball talent Canseco was and how "he was a big part of all the things we were doing." Others just think there is something genuinely entertaining about some of the whacked-out stories Canseco unselfconsciously tells on himself, like this account


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NEW YORK -- With his bullpen taxed, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was left with no choice but to use Friday's starter, Nick Tepesch, in the 14th inning of Tuesday night's loss to the New York Yankees.

Washington had used everyone in the bullpen, and Tepesch was going to pitch for as long as the game took.

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Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsNick Martinez allowed three hits but was pulled after 5 1/3 innings and 67 pitches.
He threw just 12 pitches in taking the 2-1 loss in the 14th, and Washington said Tepesch should be fine for Friday's start against Oakland.

"Yeah, I should be all right," said Tepesch, now 3-6 with a 4.87 ERA on the season. "I've never done that before I did it in college, maybe a midweek game or something like that. I guess it's nothing I haven’t done."

When Tepesch pitches on Friday, it technically will be on two days of rest.

"He'll be OK. He threw [12 pitches], he'll be fine," Washington said. "No options."

Arencibia homers and fields his position: What was missed in the loss to the Yankees was first baseman J.P. Arencibia's go-ahead home run in the 13th inning and turning a nifty 3-6-4 double play in the bottom of the inning to preserve the 1-1 tie after the Rangers blew the lead.

Arencibia typically is not a first baseman, and the team has used eight different players at the position this season.

But it was Arencibia's turning of a double-play ball that ended the 13th inning.

"I'm just glad I made it," said Arencibia, who made his fourth start at first base on Tuesday night. "I'm taking baby steps. Catch the ball, make the throw."

Baserunning blunders: Making mental mistakes is something no manager likes, and there were two for the Rangers in the loss to the Yankees. In the third, Dan Robertson reached on a leadoff single and, after stealing second, he tried to reach third on a ball in the dirt. Elvis Andrus raised his arm to signal for Robertson to remain at second. Robertson gambled and was thrown out at third.

Robinson Chirinos miscued in the fifth. With two outs, Robertson hit a bouncer to Brian Roberts at second and Chirinos kept running on the play and was thrown out at home to end the inning.

Martinez pitches well: Right-handed starter Nick Martinez wasn’t overpowering; he just placed his pitches in the correct spots and challenged the Yankees' hitters when he needed to. His defense also bailed him out. Leonys Martin made a leaping, juggling catch against the wall in dead-center field off a ball hit by Brian McCann. Yankees manager Joe Girardi thought about challenging the play after seeing the ball pop out of Martin’s glove. Martin was able to establish his composure and catch the ball in the air after it came out.

Martinez was pitching in front of family and friends who came up from Florida and some college teammates. Martinez pitched at nearby Fordham University, roughly a 15-minute drive from Yankee Stadium.

He was placed on the DL July 2 with discomfort on his left side, but Martinez struggled before his stint away from the team. Martinez was 0-5 with an 8.10 ERA over his last seven starts to push his ERA from 2.14 to 5.10.

Washington took him out Tuesday after 5 1/3 innings and 67 pitches because he didn't like his mechanics.

"Ball was kinda leaking out a little bit," Martinez said. "It's just my first time out [since the injury]. I felt my fastball sailed a little bit and I got away with that, and I just [have] to expect that the first time out in three weeks. And I felt real comfortable out there."

Rangers' bullpen is poised until end

July, 23, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The bullpen was used up.

It went eight innings of relief, and Rangers manager Ron Washington had no choice but to use Friday’s starter, Nick Tepesch, in the 14th inning of Tuesday night’s nearly five-hour contest against the New York Yankees.

Washington wouldn’t have been in this situation if not for Joakim Soria’s blown save in the 13th, but as shortstop Elvis Andrus said of the 2-1, 14-inning loss to the Yankees, “Crazy game, pretty crazy, but I think both teams didn’t give up, and in the end they had more luck than us.”

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Elsa/Getty ImagesThe Rangers' bullpen toughed it out for eight innings, but in the end, it was another heartbreaking loss for Texas.
Washington’s bullpen was bailing this team out all night.

It started when Washington took starter Nick Martinez out in the sixth inning after 67 pitches because his mechanics were going haywire.

Neftali Feliz came in and retired Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury to finish the sixth and maintain a scoreless contest.

Feliz pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

As this long night continued, Washington inserted Shawn Tolleson next, and he pitched an uneventful eighth.

The ninth came for Neal Cotts, and he gave up a one-out double to Jeter before intentionally walking Ellsbury to get to Carlos Beltran.

Why face a power-hitting switch-hitter like Beltran?

Right-handed hitters are hitting .245 against the left-handed-throwing Cotts.

Beltran, batting right-handed, hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

And so it went, but there was more from the Rangers' bullpen.

In the 11th, with two men on and two outs, Washington asked Ryan Feierabend to get Ellsbury, and Feierabend did with a groundout.

The next inning saw more magic from the bullpen. This time, Feierabend caused the trouble and almost got out of it, but a Brian McCann popup dropped between Jim Adduci, Leonys Martin and Andrus.

Andrus backed off the play at the last minute, saying he heard someone say, "I got it," but Adduci stopped running as the ball fell down.

Ichiro Suzuki bunted the runners over, and after Brian Roberts was walked intentionally to load the bases, Scott Baker came in. Francisco Cervelli lined to Adrian Beltre for the second out, and then Chase Headley, who eventually won this game with a single in the 14th, ended the threat with a weak bouncer to second.

The Rangers took the lead in the 13th, and that’s when the magic of the bullpen ended. Soria couldn’t close the deal and blew just his second save of the season.

“You have to get up every single inning, since the eighth inning,” Soria said. “It’s not an excuse, it’s the reality of what happened, but you have to watch the whole game, and your body gets tired easy. They hit some good pitches and I got the loss.”

Headley got another shot, this time against Tepesch in the 14th, because Washington said Tepesch was the only one left, and Headley won it on his hit.

“I thought they did a great job, everyone we brought in did a great job,” Washington said. “Each time, they tried to start something, but [the bullpen] did everything they needed to do to stop it. I was very pleased. I thought everybody did a great job. We were the first one to put one on the board, but we just couldn’t close it down."

Web Gems

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Does Leonys Martin's bobbling catch against the wall in center field top Andrelton Simmons' reigning Web Gem?

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Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .326
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .890
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159