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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Notes: Tateyama could face key righties

By Richard Durrett



ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said Yoshinori Tateyama's performance in July and August and the fact that he appears rested and recharged helped give him the edge in earning the final spot on the ALCS roster.

"Tateyama held us together in June and July when we were struggling," Washington said. "We just in the first round wanted to protect ourselves with the extra player. This time around, Tateyama gets the chance to get in there. Detroit's lineup is right-handed heavy. It may come into play. Hopefully, he can come in and get us some quick outs."

Tateyama, 35, had a 2.16 ERA in July and a 3.86 ERA in August. He was particlularly good against right-handers, who hit just .189 against him this season. So he becomes a right-handed hitting specialist of sorts who could come in and retire a key batter or two when needed.

Tateyama continued to throw over the past few weeks and threw on Thursday.

"He's got his command back," Washington said. "He's good and strong and ready to go."

Other notes:

* Washington said the loss of Delmon Young in the Tigers' lineup simply means that someone else will have to step up for the Tigers, and he expects that to happen. "That's why you have a 25-man roster, and I'm sure someone else will perform," Washington said.

* Mark Lowe is still throwing off flat ground. Washington said he's getting better, but the pitcher hasn't been on a mound since straining his left hamstring in Oakland late in the season.

* Washington said he is happy for Arthur Rhodes, who has been a key part of the St. Louis bullpen since leaving Texas and is now moving on to the NLCS.