Saturday, July 23, 2011
Notes: Rangers check in on Kuroda
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Obviously, the Adrian Beltre injury is the big news of the day. But here are some other notes from the clubhouse:
* A source confirmed that the Rangers had someone watching Hiroki Kuroda's start on Friday. It's unclear how high their level of interest is, but they are certainly keeping tabs on him. The 36-year-old Dodger starter is 6-12 with a 3.19 ERA. In other words: He doesn't get much run support. Kuroda has a no-trade clause and has said he'll look at deals on a case-by-case basis to determine if he'll agree to a trade. He gave up three runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a 7-2 loss to the Nationals last night.
* Scott Feldman got his first chance to pitch since being activated to start the second half of the season and got through a clean inning in the ninth in the Rangers' 12-2 win. "I was happy with it," Feldman said. "I had some movement and it felt good to be out there again." Feldman's sinker looked good and he was pleased with his cutter and changeup.
* Arthur Rhodes got in a game for the first time since July 4 and gave up a home run to J.P Arencibia. "He pounded the strike zone and did the job," Washington said. "That's what I wanted to see."
* Washington hopes Nelson Cruz's eight-RBI performance is a springboard for him. Washington was glad to see Cruz stay to the big part of the field on Friday. "If he does that, he's going to be fine," Washington said. "He was dropping his hands in there and putting good swings on the ball. He wasn't forcing it."