Texas Rangers: A.J. Pierzynsi

Matchup: Ross Wolf vs. Jarrod Parker

May, 22, 2013
5/22/13
11:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics close out a three-game series in Arlington, with right-hander Ross Wolf facing the A’s Jarrod Parker in a 1:05 p.m. matinee on Wednesday.

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Wolf (first start): Wolf (6-foot, 180 pounds) is the latest member of the Rangers' pitching staff to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to make an emergency start for Nick Tepesch, scratched because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. … In six starts at Round Rock, Wolf was 1-1 with a 1.85 ERA. Wolf, 30, last pitched in the majors for Oakland in 2010. He appeared in 11 games in relief, had no record and an ERA of 4.26. For the Miami Marlins in 2007, Wolf made 14 relief appearances going 0-1 with an 11.68 ERA. … In Wolf’s last game at Round Rock on May 17, he went a season-long seven innings, allowed five hits and two runs in earning his first win. … Right-handed hitters in the Pacific Coast League were batting just .210 against him. … Wolf was selected in the 18th round of the 2002 first-year player draft by the Marlins.

Parker (2-5, 6.04): Parker (6-1, 195 pounds) is scheduled to make his 10th start of the season. … After a disastrous beginning to 2013 (0-4, 8.10 ERA in his first five games), the 24-year-old from Fort Wayne, Ind., has righted the ship. Parker is 2-1 with a 4.07 ERA in his last four starts. … Opponents hit for a .374 average against Parker in his first five starts. That average is .222 in the last four. … In his last outing, Parker limited the Kansas City Royals to four hits and one run in seven innings, but left with a no decision. … He has three quality starts in his last four outings. … Against the Rangers, Parker is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA with all the decisions coming last season. … The three wins are his most against any team. … In day games this year, Parker is 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. But coming into this season, he was 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA in the sunshine. At Rangers Ballpark, Parker is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA.

Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (1-for-3) and Elvis Andrus (2-for-6, double) have been the most productive Rangers off Parker. Nelson Cruz is hitless in nine at-bats against Parker, with three strikeouts.

Wash's Wisdom: Sticking with Geovany Soto

April, 16, 2013
4/16/13
12:45
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Rangers manager Ron Washington had a few moments in the last week where he had an option to go to the bench in a pivotal run-scoring situation. He chose to stick with the player in the game.

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The first instance came in last Wednesday's 2-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and Mitch Moreland coming up against left-handed reliever Cesar Ramos, Washington had switch hitter Lance Berkman available to pinch hit.

Berkman had been give the day off and Washington wanted it to be a full one. Washington stuck with Moreland, who grounded into a double play to end the rally.

Washington again had a chance to go to his bench in the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss at Seattle. This time he had backup catcher Geovany Soto coming up.

David Murphy had a two-out single, moving Adrian Beltre to third base. With left-handed reliever Oliver Perez in for Seattle and right-handed closer Tom Wilhelmsen warming up, Washington had the option of going to Ian Kinsler on his bench; or if Wilhelmsen came in, starting catching A.J. Pierzynski was available.

Washington stuck with Soto, who had a good at-bat, seeing eight pitches. And Soto had reached base in all of four of his chances against Perez. But his popup to right field was caught easily for the third out and the Rangers didn't score.

We'll never know what would have happened with Kinsler or Pierzynski at the plate.

Garcia shines: Washington decided to give utility man Leury Garcia back-to-back starts over the weekend at shortstop and second base. Garcia made Washington look good. He made one spectacular play and two other dazzlers at shortstop Saturday. Garcia also had a single and scored a run. Playing second base Sunday, Garcia had a triple and scored a run.

Leaning on Ortiz: Washington trusted 22-year-old rookie Joe Ortiz in two key spots last week against Seattle out of the bullpen, and the left-hander won the first two decisions of his career. He pitched two shutout innings in both outings. Ortiz has 1.04 ERA and six strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 2, Rangers 1

March, 11, 2013
3/11/13
6:20
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (7-8-2) saw their spring-high three-game winning streak come to an end after dropping a 2-1 decision to the San Francisco Giants (6-7-3) on Monday at Surprise Stadium. Yu Darvish allowed one run on five hits in 3 2/3 innings while striking out five and did not allow a walk.

What it means: The Rangers dropped back below .500 after suffering their first loss in seven games.

New battery: Geovany Soto caught Darvish in a game for the first time this spring. A.J. Pierzynski was behind the plate for Darvish's first two starts. Manager Ron Washington said that was just a result of the natural catching rotation and it was Soto's turn to start.

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Great glove: Mike Olt saved at least one run from scoring in the third inning when he made a diving catch on a line drive by Buster Posey to keep the Giants' lead at 1-0. Olt was playing just his third game in right field.

Bum rap: The Rangers could only muster a double by Mitch Moreland against San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner during his four innings of work.

Double double: Moreland showed no signs of rust or lingering affects after missing two games with a tight right hamstring. The Rangers' first baseman went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.

Close call: Joe Nathan seemed to be on the way to a rough outing Monday after allowing a run on back-to-back triples to the first two batters he faced. Giants hitters couldn't touch him after that, as the Rangers closer responded by striking out the side on 11 pitches.

Left out: Nate Robertson continues to have a very good spring, pitching a scoreless seventh inning Monday. The left-hander is unscored upon in six innings this spring.

Team effort: Six Rangers pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts and just one walk.

Spring fever: With Phoenix area children on their first day of spring break, the Giants being in town, and a beautiful 73-degree day, a spring-high crowd of 10,025 took in the game at Surprise Stadium.

What's next? The Rangers host Milwaukee on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. CT to close out a two-game homestand. RHP Alexi Ogando (0-1, 5.68) will get the start for the Rangers. RHP Mark Rogers (0-0, 3.86) is the scheduled starter for the Brewers. Texas has an off day Wednesday.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 54
RE. Andrus 53
OPSA. Beltre .881
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159