Bullpen tries to stay sharp despite lack of work


SEATTLE -- Thanks to a Rangers offense that has piled up runs in bunches the past few weeks and the various game situations, manager Ron Washington hasn't had much of a chance to run his usual late-inning bullpen alignment in the game as often as he'd like.

"What am I going to do, tell them not stop scoring runs so we can get them in?" Washington said. "They have to do their work in the outfield and work on their stuff and when they come in when they get opportunities, like they did [Thursday], it's good we had wiggle room. It's just got to be mind over matter. You're going out there with five-, six-, seven-run leads, you don't want to bring in the best pieces you have. The other guys have to pick those innings up. After so many days, you can try to get your best guys some work."

Mike Adams admitted that it is tough to stay in rhythm without regular work in a game, but said that was no excuse for not executing. Adams gave up a run on two hits in his lone inning of work in Thursday's 7-4 win against Cleveland. Darren Oliver also gave up a run on three hits and Neftali Feliz surrendered two runs on three hits, but also had two strikeouts.

"It's easier to keep your mechanics together with regular work, so if you're spread out in appearances, it affects you a little bit," Adams said. "You need to throw on the side more to repeat those mechanics if you think you need it. I felt the second day against Cleveland, I should have gotten up and thrown on the side. I talked myself out of it. And after [Thursday], I got on myself a little bit because I should have done the work. I paid for it. I was rusty, I guess. That sounds strange in September, but that's the way it's been."

Adams' appearance on Thursday was just his fifth of the month. And only two of those were with the score within two runs or less.

"It's unusual, but sometimes that happens," Adams said. "It's my job to be ready."