Texas Rangers: Adam Kennedy

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Michael Pineda

August, 9, 2011
8/09/11
2:00
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Proud papa Alexi Ogando is back from paternal leave in the Dominican Republic and ready to get back to work. The hard-throwing Rangers' RHP goes for his 12th win of the season against impressive, young Seattle Mariners RHP Michael Pineda.

Pineda (9-7, 3.53): The 22-year-old will make his 22nd start of the season and looks to redeem a loss to the Rangers in his major-league debut on April 5 at Rangers Ballpark. ... Is coming off a victory on July 30 against Tampa Bay in which he gave up one run on two hits and struck out a season-high 10 over 6 1/3 innings to snap a two-game losing streak. ... Over previous three starts he was 0-2 with a 10.91 ERA to raise his ERA from 2.58 to 3.64. ... Ranks 13th in the American League with 133 strikeouts.

Ogando (11-5, 2.88 ERA): Ranks seventh in the American League in ERA and fifth in wins. Since a stretch of three consecutive losses to end June, has gone 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in his last six starts. In the two losses, both to Toronto and pitcher Brett Cecil, the Rangers provided Ogando with a total of two runs. ... Coming off a win in his last start against Detroit, allowing two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. ... Has mastered the Mariners this season with a 1-0 record and 0.75 in two starts. He handed Pineda his debut loss in April. ... Is 7-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in Arlington this season.

Hitters: No Rangers player has more than six at-bats against Pineda with Mitch Moreland leading the way with three hits (.600), including a homer, triple and double. Michael Young is the only other player with at least two hits, including a double. ... Adam Kennedy and former Ranger Justin Smoak are the only Mariners with at least two hits against Ogando. Smoak missed his fifth consecutive game Monday with a left thumb injury. Of the seven hits the Mariners have off Ogando, two are doubles, one each from Kennedy and Smoak.

Surprise six: Tuesday camp recap

March, 1, 2011
3/01/11
8:20
PM CT
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers left most of their starters at camp today and took a lineup of y0ungsters to Peoria to face the division-rival Seattle Mariners. Texas scored twice in the ninth, but couldn't complete the rally and lost, 5-4. But, there were several interesting story lines in yet another day of spring training.

Here are the six best of the day:

1. It was another optimistic day for right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb, who completed his second bullpen session in three days. He threw 46 pitches, 18 more than he did on Sunday and came out of it feeling no ill-effects. He'll throw in the pen every other day and then progress to facing a live hitter before the team can think about when he'll pitch in a spring game. But, all in all this is good progress for a guy who won 22 games in 2008 and if healthy could be an integral part of the rotation.

2. Another of the Rangers' young hopeful southpaws got on the mound today with Matt Harrison throwing two pretty innings. He got five ground-ball outs and gave up two hits, a harmless two-out single and a not-so-harmless solo home run to Adam Kennedy. Harrison said he started to rush after and got out of his nice pace from the first inning when Kennedy stayed away from three straight pitches out of the zone. The next pitch Kennedy took out of the park. Overall, however, Harrison showed well.

3. Arthur Rhodes, the Rangers' 41-year-old lefty reliever, made his spring debut, and what a debut it was. He threw nine pitches to three batters, eight were called strikes and that was all she wrote. He struck out two batters and got a fly ball for the third out. As Rangers manager Ron Washington put it: "Three pitches to three batters and he walked off the field, grabbed his jacket and went to the clubhouse."

4. The Rangers had to scratch No. 1 catcher Yorvit Torrealba before Tuesday's game because of back stiffness. He said he woke up stiff, tried to stretch it out and hoped to play, but eventually erred on the side of caution. He is not scheduled to play today and will be re-evaluated before Thursday's split squad games in which Neftali Feliz is scheduled to make his spring debut.

5. Julio Borbon continues to swing a hot bat. One of the few starters to play in this one, Borbon hit lead off and collected a pair of singles. He did get thrown out at second attempting to steal while David Murphy struck out in front of him. Borbon also made a diving grab in center to rob Chone Figgins of a hit in the third inning. It was a bit of a confidence boost for Borbon after he made an error in each of the first two games.

6. Ron Washington can be a sly dog and he's up to one of his tricks for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angles. Mike Napoli certainly is a candidate to play some at catcher, but he's behind Torrealba and Matt Treanor in the pecking order. That won't stop Washington from giving Napoli the start behind the plate against his old club. The Angles drafted Napoli in the 17th round in 2000 and he played five seasons in Anaheim. "Sentimental reasson," Washington said for starting Napoli.

Harrison off to good start; Rhodes sizzles

March, 1, 2011
3/01/11
5:55
PM CT
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Matt Harrison said he's seen nothing like this.

"I’ve never seen so many lefties this close to the big leagues," Harrison after allowing one run and two hits in two innings as the starter in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Harrison is locked in a competition with fellow southpaws Derek Holland and Michael Kirkman to fill out the Texas Rangers' rotation behind lefty C.J. Wilson and righty Colby Lewis, and possibly Tommy Hunter, who is scheduled to start and pitch two innings Wednesday.

"Lefties seem like they're a dime a dozen now in this organization," Harrison said. "I really try not to worry about that. You have to get outs no matter what and pitch your game."

Harrison made a good first impression, mostly keeping his pitches down and staying ahead in the count. He rolled the first inning, allowing just a two-out single to Milton Bradley before getting Jack Cust to ground into a force play. After getting Miguel Olivo on a grounder to start the second, Harrison ran into some self-induced problems.

He started Adam Kennedy with a called strike on a cutter, but then Kennedy didn't bite on three more cutters outside of the zone, and Harrison said it rattled him.

"My pace was good in the first inning, then all of a sudden I got behind that guy," Harrison said. "He kept laying off those outside pitches and I’m like, 'Crap, man,' so I started getting right back on the rubber, catch the ball and throw, catch the ball and throw. Instead of just taking my time and making a good, quality pitch down, I just started rushing a little bit."

Kennedy deposited his fifth pitch, a 91-mph fastball, into the Rangers' bullpen beyond the right-field fence.

Overall, Harrison had good control and kept his pitches down. Five of the six outs he recorded game on ground balls.

"I thought he did a pretty good job. He got one pitch down in the wheelhouse of Adam Kennedy. Other than that he kept the ball down and pounded the strike zone."

Other highlights from Tuesday's game:

*Lefty reliever Arthur Rhodes, 41, apparently didn't want to stick around long. He made his Rangers spring debut in the fourth inning and needed nine pitches, eight being called strikes, to set the Mariners down in order. He got Kennedy looking at three consecutive fastballs, then got ahead of Franklin Gutierrez 0-2 on a fastball and a changeup before getting him to fly out to center on the third pitch. Finally, Rhodes, a Waco La Vega High School product, caught Dustin Ackley looking at two sliders and fastball to end the innning.

"That was as effecient as you will ever see pitched," Washington said. "Three pitches to three batters and he walked off the field, grabbed his jacket and went to the clubhouse."

*Julio Borbon continues to swing a hot bat with two a pair of singles to drive his average up to .714. He also made a stellar diving catch in center in the third inning on a Chone Figgins sinking liner. Borbon committed an error in each of the first two games.

*Brian Barden, a non-roster invitee, joined Borbon and Chris Davis in the two-hit club. Barden smacked a double and had an RBI in his first of likely very few starts at third base.

*The Rangers got a look at former pitching prospect Blake Beavan, who was dealt to the Mariners along with first baseman Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee deal. The Rangers got to him for three runs on two hits in two innings.

*Taylor Teagarden got his first start at catcher after Yorvit Torrealba was a late scratch with back stiffness. Teagarden went 0-for-2 at the plate.

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