Surprise Six: Tanner Scheppers shines
1. Scheppers didn't allow a hit in two innings. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said if Scheppers can become more consistent, he'll be moving up fast.
2. Mike Napoli returned to the lineup Friday. He went 1-for-4 as the team's designated hitter.
3. Jean-Jacques Taylor shares his thoughts on Michael Young's leadership in the clubhouse. He also talked about the Rangers' bullpen. It's going to help them shut down opponents after six innings like never before.
4. Joe Nathan pitched an inning for High-A Myrtle Beach on Friday. He threw 22 pitches and gave up two walks and struck out one. Colby Lewis pitched for Round Rock in Peoria. He allowed two runs on six hits.
5. Pitcher Yu Darvish threw a bullpen session Friday morning. He'll throw again Saturday. Maddux jumped on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin show Friday morning. He talked about his initial impressions of Darvish.
6. Some of the Rangers will play in Las Vegas this weekend. They have a two-game series scheduled against the Chicago Cubs. Here's the travel roster.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.