Feldman searching for consistent sinker

July, 4, 2010
7/04/10
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said pitcher Scott Feldman will return to his 2009 form when he rediscovers his sinker ball.

It would certainly help the Rangers, who have been rumored to be interested in adding a top-shelf starting pitcher such as Houston's Roy Oswalt or Seattle's Cliff Lee. Of course, with the sale of the team in limbo, the club might not be able to make a big splash before the trade deadline later this month.

So, if Feldman (5-7, 5.48 ERA) can find his groove, the Rangers will get a major boost from the pitcher they tabbed as their ace at the start of the season. Feldman faces Chicago's Mark Buehrle (6-7, 4.58 ERA) today to wrap up the three-game set with the White Sox.

"Once he gets his sinker back, I think he'll tell everybody where he is," Washington said. "His sinker is the key. He gets his sinker back, I think all the questions that you guys want to know about Feldman will be answered."

Feldman is coming off Tuesday's 6-5 loss at Anaheim in which he gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. The Angels tagged him for three runs in a four-run sixth inning. Clearly, hitters are not having trouble figuring Feldman out; they're hitting .412 off him in his last two starts.

But, Feldman said he feels good and is studying his outings to make corrections.

"Just working on stuff in the bullpen, looking at video and all that kind of stuff," Feldman said. "You've got to go out and actually do it on the field, but I know I've been putting the work in to try and get better. I think as long as I continue to do that and try to get better, things will turn around."

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .327
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .886
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
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