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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Notes: Mark Lowe plans to look at video

By Richard Durrett

DETROIT -- Mark Lowe said he's going to go to the video after another disappointing outing in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

Lowe came into the game with the Rangers up 2-0 in the sixth inning and couldn't find his fastball command, getting behind in counts and allowing big hits as the Tigers tied it up.

"I definitely need to go back and look at some video from when I was successful in '09 and see if I see anything different," Lowe said. "Maybe I'll come across something that could help me carry it throughout the rest of the year. I'd like to go back and take a look at that and see what I think."

In the sixth, Lowe was behind in the count 2-0 to Victor Martinez, who led the inning off with a double.

"I had to throw him a fastball there and was hoping he would hit it to somebody and get a quick out," Lowe said.

He fell behind Brennan Boesch at 3-1 and threw a changeup that Lowe said wasn't a bad pitch. But Boesch drilled it to right field for another double, scoring the first run. The Tigers got the second run on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Inge, who later homered in the ninth to win the game. Nelson Cruz caught Inge's fly, but his throw was off the mark. It would have had to be perfect to get Boesch tagging up from third.

"I had to bear down and keep them there," Lowe said.

Velocity is not the problem for Lowe. Just like in spring training, he's hitting 97 mph on his fastball, but it's flat and doesn't have movement. And when he's not throwing it in the locations he wants, most of the time it's either out of the strike zone or getting hit.

"I know I throw hard, but I don't focus on it," Lowe said. "It doesn't dictate my outing for me."

Lowe now has a 13.50 ERA. He also has options left, meaning the club could send him to Triple-A and let him try to figure things out down there. We'll wait and see.

Other notes:

* Mason Tobin was impressive in his two-inning stint. "I thought he was good," manager Ron Washington said. "He kept the ball down, got through some innings." Tobin gave up no runs on one hit with one walk. His ERA is now 3.60.

* Dave Bush wasn't happy about throwing 71 pitches and only getting through three innings. But he was glad he worked out of some jams to keep the game scoreless. "I was fine with my changeup and breaking stuff, but the fastball command wasn't there," Bush said. "That's what I want to work on for next time."

Bush was pitching for the first time this season. He expected some rust and he felt he had some of that on Wednesday.

* David Murphy played well as he started in left field, something he'll do quite often the next six to eight weeks while Josh Hamilton is out. He had two singles, two stolen bases and an RBI.

* Michael Young batted third on Wednesday and was 1-for-4 with a double. The double tied Pudge Rodriguez for the most in Rangers history. He also has a 15-game hitting streak against the Tigers and his hitting .443 in that span.