Friday, September 13, 2013
Garza: Poor start not about feeling pressure
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Garza backed off of his statement after Wednesday's game that he might be feeling some pressure, saying it's just something that came out in the heat of the moment, minutes after his shortest outing in 10 starts as a Ranger.
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Garza went four innings, allowing three runs in a 7-5 loss to Pittsburgh. The Rangers' top trade acquisition before the trade deadline hasn't won since Aug. 18.
But he's not feeling pressure, he said, and won't be when he pitches Monday night against Tampa Bay.
"It's not pressure," Garza said. "I was really focused at the time. Pressure is when you can't feed your wife and kids."
He didn't understand what was happening to him in what was a very un-Garza-like start. He walked a season-high four batters and threw 79 pitches in four innings, including 36 in the fourth inning.
"I didn't know how to be angry with myself," Garza said. "I was puzzled. I've been working on things."
So is it good to have a few days before facing his old team, the Rays?
"That's the worst thing," said Garza, who wants to be back on the mound as soon as possible.
Dominican flavor: The Rangers had five of their international signees in for batting practice and Friday's game against Oakland. They'll leave Saturday for Arizona and instructional leagues.
Shortstops Michael De Leon and Yeison Yrizarri, outfielder Jose Almonte and right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan, all from the Dominican Republic, were at the ballpark, as was right-hander Edgar Arredondo from Mexico.
The Rangers went well over the $1.94 million they had to spend on international signings. They signed Almonte for $1.8 million, Yrizarri for $1.35 million, Diplan for $1.3 million and De Leon for $550,000.
"Every year the scouting group looks for the strength of the class," said Rangers senior director of player personnel A.J. Preller. "This year, for the most part, they were from the Dominican Republic."
The Rangers also have agreed to terms with 16-year-old Dominican infield prospect Yimmelvyn Alonzo for $350,000, according to mlb.com.
The Rangers have exceeded their international signings pool and will have to pay a 100 percent tax.
Lewis is pain free: Right-hander Colby Lewis was in the Rangers clubhouse before Friday's game, three weeks after his hip surgery, feeling as good as he has in years.
"I haven't been pain free in forever," Lewis said.
Lewis is going slow on rehab, walking a half mile to a coffee shop in the morning and also riding a stationary bike for 30 minutes.
Short hops: Adduci got the start in left field on Friday night as manager Ron Washington said he wants to see what the rookie can do. ... Adrian Beltre has six home runs on Friday the 13th, one shy of matching Barry Bonds' all-time record of seven, acccording to Bill Arnold and Beyond the Box Score. ... Low-A Hickory third baseman Joey Gallo was the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Month for August with 12 home runs and 21 RBIs for the final 23 games of the season. Nick Martinez was the Pitcher of the Month after going 3-0 with 0.95 ERA for High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco.