ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is proud of his little brother.
He's got good reason to be.
Maddux's younger brother, Greg Maddux, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown, New York. Mike Maddux missed the three-game series against the Oakland Athletics so he could support a man with 355 career victories, four Cy Young Awards and 18 Gold Gloves.
"One man's career comes to a crescendo," Mike Maddux said before heading East. "It is the ultimate pat on the back for a job well done. You make a minor league team, go to the big leagues and make that team. This is the ultimate team to make. He is on a new team, the highest honor you can get."
Greg Maddux is a special assistant to the Rangers, and he makes appearances numerous times during the year to help young pitchers, including Yu Darvish.
"A great guy -- very kind and great at golf," Darvish said with a smile.
Mikolas looks to build: Right-hander Miles Mikolas is scheduled to start Sunday night against the Athletics and lefty Scott Kazmir. In Mikolas' previous start, Monday at New York, he was fantastic and allowed just two runs on four hits in 7⅓ innings in the 4-2 victory over the Yankees. Mikolas, who will make his first career start against the A's, made just 17 starts at the minor league level; Sunday's would be his fifth in the big leagues. One of the things Mikolas is attempting to do is build on what happened in Yankee Stadium.
"Just try to repeat the things that I did in that game to be successful," Mikolas said. "Locate fastball down and away when they need to be there, and execute pitches and stick with the game plan."
Lack of home-run power at The Globe: The Rangers have hit 72 home runs this season, second-fewest in the American League and 27th in baseball. The AL average is 94. Texas lost Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland to injuries and has not replaced that power in the lineup. One would believe the Rangers would at least hit plenty of homers in their own ballpark, it just hasn't been the case. The Rangers have hit 32 at Globe Life Park, while their pitchers have given up 104 total and 51 at home.
"You like to see balls hit out the ballpark on your side," manager Ron Washington said. "It's not necessary -- we just got to string stuff together. [The Athletics] definitely have guys that have the potential to swing the bat and hit it out the ballpark. They’ve shown that all year."
Oakland hit four home runs Saturday night. The Rangers have hit two home runs in the past eight games.