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Alexi Ogando not worried about heat

6/25/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando's turn in the rotation comes in the blistering heat again, as he faces the New York Mets at 3:10 p.m. today in temperatures expected to be in the high 90s.

The last time Ogando pitched in a day game was Sunday in Atlanta, where he needed fluids through an IV to fight dehydration issues.

"This is not Atlanta," Ogando said through a translator. "I was not ready for the humidity in Atlanta. I didn't drink enough liquids before the game. I know what to do here and I'll be ready."

Ogando said that even in his native Dominican Republic, he hasn't pitched in conditions with as much humidity as last Sunday. Ogando wasn't the only one impacted by the heat. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, clearly tired early in the game, came out after a rough third inning (two errors and a wild pitch that he normally blocks) and also needed an IV.

Ogando still managed to give up just three runs (one earned) on five hits but needed 103 pitches to go those five innings. That start came after Ogando's shortest start of the day, pitching 1 2/3 innings and giving up six runs on six hits against the Yankees.

Ogando is a candidate for the All-Star Game but needs solid stars in the next few weeks to help bolster his case for inclusion. He has thrown 88 innings this season, more than what he threw in the majors and minors combined last season. He doesn't believe that has contributed to some poorer outings of late. He said he's been working hard and will continue to work hard to be sure his arm is in the best shape possible.