Mike Gonzalez making transition to new team

September, 4, 2011
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BOSTON -- Mike Gonzalez was glad just to get on the mound and make an appearance on Friday in front of his new teammates.

"I've been traded before and it usually takes more time to adjust than it has here," Gonzalez said. "This is a great group of guys. They welcomed me in right away."

Gonzalez is here because the Rangers wanted a left-handed specialist in the back end of the bullpen. Gonzalez is holding lefties to a .209 average. And though he came in during a Rangers' blowout win on Friday, he got a look at one of those lefties he could face in a critical, in-game situation in the playoffs. Gonzalez got Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out to Ian Kinsler to end the game.

"I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing against lefties," Gonzalez said.

That is throwing his slider and fastball (rarely his curve or change) and sticking with his funky delivery. Gonzalez works on the third base side of the rubber and falls off sharply to third base after throwing his pitches.

"It's quirky, but it works for him," Washington said.

Gonzalez could prove to be a criticial August addition in those tight situations down the stretch and in the postseason.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Alex Rios
BA HR RBI R
.333 1 10 8
OTHER LEADERS
HRP. Fielder 2
RBIA. Rios 10
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .895
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23