Caple: 'Grumpy Old Men' key to 'pen

May, 8, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- ESPN.com's Jim Caple wrote about left-handed 40-something relievers Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes and what they've done in Texas. Part of that story:
Darren Oliver has pitched in the majors long enough to remember when players had roommates, to see a former teammate become his team's owner and to pitch in a World Series game in Texas. But there is one thing neither he nor teammate Arthur Rhodes had ever seen before this season: Two 40-something left-handed African-American pitchers in the same bullpen. As Texas starter C.J. Wilson observed, "That's kind of a rare demographic."

"You'll never see this again," Oliver said. "You'll never see two old black left-handed relievers in the game again, let alone on the same pitching staff. … I don't think it will happen again in our lifetimes. There are probably some old Negro Leaguers happy and looking down on us and smiling, I can tell you that much."

It's a great story. Check it out here.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182