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Spring training preview: Coaches

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Note: Spring training is just around the corner. To get you ready, we'll take a look at every position between now and when pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., in mid-February.

Tim BogarKim Klement/USA TODAY SportsTim Bogar will replace the familiar face of Jackie Moore as Ron Washington's bench coach.

Today's position: Coaches



The Texas Rangers head to Surprise, Ariz., with some new faces on the coaching staff. For five straight seasons, most of the coaching staff was the same with Dave Anderson and Gary Pettis on the bases (they flipped spots last year with Pettis going to third and Anderson to first), Jackie Moore as the bench coach, Mike Maddux as pitching coach and Andy Hawkins as the bullpen coach.

Things have changed. Manager Ron Washington has a new bench coach in Tim Bogar, who spent time in Tampa Bay and Boston. He'll organize spring training and will be fully involved in how the infield is set. Bogar will also run the advance scouting meetings and be sure that Washington has all of the options at his disposal during a game as key decisions are made.

Bogar is known as someone who will take many pieces of information and utilize them in how players are positioned and decisions are made. Spring training is not only important for the players to jell, but also for coaches. The same goes for Washington and Bogar as they get to know each other.

Anderson, who organized spring training in the past, is also gone. Bengie Molina, a former Ranger, was hired to take Anderson's place at first base and work with the catchers. Bobby Jones, who has been with the organization for decades and was managing Triple-A Round Rock, is the assistant hitting coach in the big league staff.

Dave Magadan returns for his second season as the hitting coach, and the Rangers' offesason additions would appear to mold better with his philosophy on disciplined approaches as both Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder get on base and see a bunch of pitches. Pettis is the third-base coach and outfield coach.

The continuity with the pitchers is intact with Maddux and Hawkins returning for their sixth seasons in their current roles. Hawkins has been with the organization for 12 seasons.

OUTLOOK: It will be interesting to see how long it takes Bogar and Washington to develop chemistry. Washington had that with Moore, who was hired by Nolan Ryan prior to the 2009 season. Bogar is highly respected in the game and should help the club with positioning and the little things needed to make the manager's job easier.

Magadan will now have a second season with the offense, which is a good thing. This team has had a host of hitting coaches, and Magadan has now had a year to work with most of the club's lineup. The pitching staff likes and trusts Maddux and Hawkins.

It has the makings of a good coaching staff, but it just has to get used to working together.

Orioles (who else?) hire ex-Rangers coach

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For Texas Rangers fans, the Baltimore Orioles sure do look familiar. And they continue to stock former Ranger players and coaches. The latest addition: Dave Anderson.

Anderson, whose contract was not renewed by the Rangers after he served as first base coach and infield instructor last season, was hired by the Orioles on Wednesday as the minor league infield instructor.

"Defensively, they're the best team in baseball at the major league level," Anderson said by phone. "The front office is stable and they are headed in the right direction. They were one of the first teams to contact me. I was interested in the organization and what they have going on."

Anderson said it's a similar job to what he did at one point with the Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers in that he'll travel around during the season and work with the minor league infielders, working with all the clubs. He'll go to the Dominican Republic and spring training as well.

"My job is to try to get them better," Anderson said.

Anderson was the Rangers' third-base coach for four seasons until he switched to first base last year. He was the infield coach at the big league level all of those years.

Rangers switch 1B and 3B coaches for 2013

November, 1, 2012
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The Texas Rangers aren’t changing anymore coaches, but they are changing two coaching positions for the 2013 season.

Gary Pettis will coach third base and Dave Anderson will move to first base, switching the jobs they’ve had for at least the last four seasons. Pettis has actually coached first the past six seasons, while Anderson took over the third-base coaching duties in 2009. That alteration is the only one in addition to Dave Magadan coming in as the hitting coach.

So why the switch of base coaches?

“The name of the game is scoring runs. I think because of his baserunning prowess when he was a player, I think he’ll be able to react a lot more quickly with the ball is in the outfield,” said manager Ron Washington, who has been the club’s skipper the past six season and helped them win consecutive AL titles in 2010 and 2011. “He’ll be able to take more chances and be able to tell if a runner can make it.”

Washington noted that the team did not steal bases at the same clip in 2012 as they did in previous seasons. The Rangers had 91 stolen bases last season. Only two teams – Detroit and Baltimore – had fewer. Texas swiped 143 bases in 2011, fourth in the AL.

Part of that decline was that opposing teams paid a lot more attention to the Rangers on the bases, with pitchers keeping a closer eye on them. But running the bases is a big part of Washington’s idea of a versatile offense and he’s hoping the switch can help them get back to what they did in 2011.

“I wanted to do what I felt was best to help the team use all the instincts that we can,” Washington said. “Gary being the baserunning guy he is, I wanted to get him on the other side and use that expertise on the basepaths and put the runs on the board that we feel we didn’t get done last year.

“This isn’t a demotion to Dave. This gives Dave a chance to move over to the other side and work on the technical part of it and make sure moving from first around the basepaths is taken care of.”

The Rangers scored a league-high 808 runs, but didn’t execute as consistently in key run-scoring situations like getting runners home from third with one out or producing with runners in scoring position.

Pettis, 54, remains the club’s outfield coach, and the 52-year-old Anderson continues to serve as the infield instructor.

The rest of the coaching staff remains for 2013, including bench coach Jackie Moore, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins and pitching coach Mike Maddux.

No decision on coaching staff yet

October, 10, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington said they have to sit down and discuss the season before making any decision regarding the coaching staff.

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But turnover of parts of the staff in this situation is pretty common. Whether that means one coach or more, remains to be seen. Because of the offense's struggles down the stretch, the coach you'd expect to garner the most conversation is Scott Coolbaugh. He came in during the 2011 season when Thad Bosley was fired because of communication problems with the team. Coolbaugh was an important voice change for the room and the offense performed well.

This year, though, the bats were up and down all season. They couldn't seem to get a runner home from third with less than two outs with regularity and production was up and down. Texas scored the fewest runs in the AL in July and the most in August. But when they needed that one key win in the final stretch of the season, the bats let them down.

Should Coolbaugh be replaced, it would mean more turnover at that spot. Coolbaugh is the fourth hitting coach in the last four seasons.

The rest of the coaching staff includes bench coach Jackie Moore, who has become a trusted adviser for Washington, infield and third-base coach Dave Anderson, outfield and baserunning coach Gary Pettis, pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins.

All-Star Rapid Reaction: NL 8, AL 0

July, 10, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the first inning and Matt Harrison gave up three more in the fourth and the AL never did manage to mount any sort of comeback, falling 8-0 to the National League on Tuesday night. The Rangers as a team had just one hit -- by Mike Napoli when Bryce Harper lost a ball in the lights. Some quick thoughts on the game:

What it means: If the Rangers advance to a third consecutive World Series, they'll start on the road just like in the other two (losses to San Francisco and St. Louis, in case you needed reminding).

Nathan gets 1-2-3 inning: Joe Nathan came into Tuesday's game earlier than expected, replacing Justin Verlander to start the second inning, and needed just eight pitches (seven strikes) to get through a perfect frame. Verlander allowed five runs on four hits in the first and faced all nine NL hitters, needing 35 pitches. He was supposed to go two innings. Instead, manager Ron Washington went to his closer to bridge the gap to David Price, who was scheduled to pitch in the third (and did). ... Nathan benefitted from some great defense as Jose Bautista made a diving catch in shallow right field to rob Ryan Braun of a hit.

Napoli gets hit, strikes out: Catcher Mike Napoli faced a familiar foe in Washington pitcher (and former Oakland A's hurler) Gio Gonzalez to lead off the third. Napoli struck out on an 0-2 curve ball. Napoli had 86 strikeouts in the first half of the regular season, tied with teammate Nelson Cruz for fifth-most in the AL. ... Napoli made a catch near the screen behind home plate to retire Buster Posey to end the third inning. ... Napoli was given a hit in the fourth when Harper lost his fly ball to left in the fourth.

Harrison gives up two-out runs: After Harrison needed just four pitches to get the first two outs of the fourth, he gave up a triple to Rafael Furcal. So NL manager Tony LaRussa inserted Matt Holliday, a right-handed hitter, to face Harrison instead of Carlos Gonzalez. LaRussa's former player came through for him, delivering an opposite-field single to score Furcal. Harrison then allowed a two-run home run to Melky Cabrera that landed in the AL bullpen in left to make it 8-0. So in his All-Star debut, Harrison surrenders three runs on four hits -- all with two outs.

Kinsler flys out with bases loaded: Ian Kinsler came into the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded and two outs. He fought off some foul balls from Clayton Kershaw and turned an 0-2 count into a 3-2 count. But the at-bat ended with a fly ball to left field. ... Kinsler made a rifle throw to first baseman Joe Mauer on a slow bouncer in the seventh to retire Jose Altuve.

Andrus plays third: Washington hinted before the game that Elvis Andrus might not play shortstop, and he didn't. For the first time in Andrus' big league career, he was at third base. Andrus immediately got a fielding chance and made a nice, strong throw across the diamond to get Andrew McCutchen, who can run. ... Andrus hit into a fielder's choice in his only at-bat in the ninth.

Chants of "Yuuuu": Yu Darvish, who did not pitch in the game, heard a nice, loud "Yuuu" from the sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium when he was announced. All five Rangers reserves were announced last just prior the to the starter introductions. All got a nice hand.

Fans love Hamilton: One of the biggest cheers for any non-Royal went to Josh Hamilton. He garnered more votes (more than 11 million) than anyone in history and made his fifth consecutive start in the All-Star Game. Hamilton had a big smile as the crowd cheered him while he trotted out of the AL dugout on the first-base side.

Up next: The Rangers will get Wednesday and Thursday off before heading to Seattle to start a swing through the AL West. Derek Holland gets the start on Friday for Texas.

Ron Washington names All-Star coaches

June, 13, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, the skipper for the American League squad in the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season, announced that Oakland's Bob Melvin and Kansas City's Ned Yost will serve as assistant coaches.

This is the second All-Star Game appearance for Melvin and Yost. Melvin was a member of Bob Brenly's Diamondbacks staff for the National League at the 2002 game in Milwaukee and Yost was a coach for Tony La Russa, who will manage the NL team this year, at the 2005 All-Star Game in Detroit.

“Yost has been a long time friend of mine," Washington said. "He's a very smart baseball guy. He does a lot in the community in Kansas City and does a lot to try to bring some type of vision to the organization. They’re young. So that was an easy choice. Bob Melvin, I’ve known Bob for a long time. You never hear bob making excuses. He’s doing a good job with the Oakland A’s team."

Washington said that when Jim Leyland invited him to coach in the All-Star Game that he told Washington to invite guys that either hadn't ever coached in the game or might not get the chance if he ever got the chance to manage one himself. Washington has stuck to that philosophy.

"Bob Melvin had something planned with his family and when I called him he talked to his wife and she immediately said ‘Let’s go to the All-Star Game,'" Washington said. "So I was happy for that. They want to be at the All-Star Game and I want to have them. So I thought it was a good thing.”

Washington will bring his Rangers staff with him as well to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for the July 10 game. That includes Dave Anderson (third base coach), Scott Coolbaugh (hitting), Andy Hawkins (bullpen), Mike Maddux (pitching), Jackie Moore (bench) and Gary Pettis (first base coach).

Nick Kenney, head athletic trainer for the Royals, and Lonnie Soloff, athletic trainer with the Cleveland Indians, will also be on the staff.

Surprise positional outlook: Coaching staff

February, 14, 2012
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We’ve talked about this for a few years now, but one major key to the Rangers’ success is the coaching staff. It’s a hard-working bunch that understands the players and likes and respects each other.

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Michael Zagaris/Getty ImagesPitching coach Mike Maddux has been instrumental in turning the Rangers' pitching staff around.
Today's position: Coaching staff (we'll get into Ron Washington tomorrow)

Pitching coach Mike Maddux is back for his fourth season and has helped transform the Rangers from an organization that many thought was simply big bats into one that has a pitching staff near the top in most categories in the AL.

Maddux has the ability to discover what each individual pitcher needs and how best to help him. The staff has changed a bit the past few years, but he’s done what he can to get the most out of it. That challenge continues in 2012 as he’ll oversee the transition Yu Darvish makes as he attempts to get big league hitters out. Maddux’s role in that process will be critical.

One thing you hear players talk about all the time is how hard Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins work. They are at the park early looking at video and helping prepare the scouting report on the opposing hitters for their pitchers. They’ll look at mechanics and help make adjustments there; anything they can do to help give their guys an edge. Hawkins is a big component of that combination and he helps run things out in the bullpen every game too, making sure guys are prepared to get in the games and watching throwing sessions, etc.

RANGERS POSITION OUTLOOK
Jan. 23: Catcher
Jan. 24: First base
Jan. 25: Second base
Jan. 26: Third base
Jan. 27: Shortstop
Jan. 30: Left field
Jan. 31: Center field
Feb. 1: Right field
Feb. 2: DH/Utility
Feb. 3: Bench
Feb. 6: No. 1 starter
Feb. 7: No. 2 starter
Feb. 8: No. 3 starter
Feb. 9: No. 4 starter
Feb. 10: No. 5 starter
Feb. 13: Middle/long relief
Feb. 14: Late-inning relief
Feb. 15: Coaches
Feb. 16: Manager
Feb. 17: Front office
On the hitting side of things, Scott Coolbaugh took over for Thad Bosley in May of last year when it was clear Bosley’s communication style wasn’t meshing with the club. Coolbaugh had the advantage of already working with many of the players at Triple-A and he came in and developed a trust with the offensive group. He returns for his first full season.

Around the bases, Dave Anderson returns at third base and will help coach the infielders. Gary Pettis, the baserunning guru, is back at first. And the wily old sage of the staff, Jackie Moore, will be by Washington’s side in the dugout as the bench coach.

One coach won’t be back. That’s Johnny Narron, who was an assistant hitting coach and is now the hitting coach in Milwaukee.

And while the athletic trainers, equipment and medical staff aren’t considered coaches, they are critical to getting the players ready to play. That includes Jamie Reed, head athletic trainer, who returns for his 10th season as medical director, and assistant athletic trainers Kevin Harmon and Matt Lucero. Raul Cardenas is the massage therapist. Jose Vazquez is the strength and conditioning coach, and if you’re walking around the back fields in Surprise you’ll see him on the half-football field working out players. Richard “Hoggy” Price is back as the home clubhouse equipment manager, and Kelly Terrell will work the visitor’s clubhouse. Josh Frasier returns for his 12th season with the Rangers and is the bullpen catcher, and Chris Lyngos will once again handle all of the travel arrangements.

Dave Anderson talks about sending Napoli

May, 31, 2011
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Rangers third-base coach Dave Anderson talks about sending Mike Napoli home against Kansas City.

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What Michael Young must learn at 1B

February, 21, 2011
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Michael Young was on the field early on Monday getting in some work with infield coach Dave Anderson.

Young borrowed Chris Davis' glove and started the process of learning a position he's never played before -- first bases. Anderson isn't worried about Young's athleticism and ability to handle the spot. But there are a few things Young is working on:

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* The biggest job of a first baseman is to receive balls from the infield. "We're going to spend a lot of time on that," Anderson said. "The important thing from the throws from the pitcher is to feel comfortable at first base. For a right-handed throwing first baseman, it's a backhand catch. People don't realize how difficult that is sometimes if you haven't done it before. Getting him into a position where he's comfortable is what we're working on.

* Footwork around the bag. "That's a big thing for the throws from the infielders," Anderson said. "That's getting to the bag early so you can make adjustments, getting your feet in the right spot and then having the proper footwork to receiving the ball. If the ball is in the dirt, it's a whole different ball of wax and some things you've got to do. So that's what we're going to spend most of our time on."

* Fielding ground balls and throwing. "That's not going to be difficult for him," Anderson said. "He's had to turn and throw balls for double plays and it's basically the same thing."

* Cutoffs and relays. "That's a matter of knowing where to go," Anderson said. "You just have to get used to where you need to be."

Winter Caravan heads to Frisco today

January, 15, 2011
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The Rangers continue the Winter Caravans by heading up to Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for an autograph session. Please note a maximum of 300 autographs will be signed.

Players and officials coming to the event:

Chuck Greenberg
Derek Holland
Tommy Hunter
Mitch Moreland
David Murphy
Steve Buechele
Dave Anderson

Also: Deuce, the RoughRiders' mascot, and Rangers Captain will be on hand to meet fans and take photos. Fans can also purchase food and drinks at the ballpark concession stands.

Arrive early at Caravan for autographs

January, 12, 2011
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The Rangers annual Winter Caravans start tonight at Academy Sports & Outdoors at 6101 Interstate 20 (Bryant Irvin Road) in Fort Worth from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and features Derek Holland, Mitch Moreland, Dave Anderson, Tom Grieve and Jim Sundberg.

Just a reminder of some policy changes to help make things smoother and handle the large demand:

* Autographs are limited to the first 300 people, and seating is limited to the first 200 people.

* Autograph passes will be issued two hours before the appearance. So if you want an autograph, you need to get out there early. You must be present to receive a pass.

* Any fan with a pass may receive one autograph per player, and there will be no personalized autographs or posed photos (that way all fans can be sure to get their autographs in the allotted time).

* Fans are asked to purchase any merchandise before the appearance begins. You can grab free autograph cards at the table.

Rangers want, expect coaches to return

November, 4, 2010
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Now that manager Ron Washington is signed up for two more years, general manager Jon Daniels will go about getting Washington's coaching staff under contract for 2011 as well.

Both Washington and Daniels expressed a desire to see the staff return. That includes pitching coach Mike Maddux, who was the only coach with a multi-year deal, first base coach Gary Pettis, third base coach Dave Anderson, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, bench coach Jackie Moore, special assignment coach Johnny Narron and hitting coach Clint Hurdle.

Hurdle is interviewing for the Pittsburgh managerial job, so there would be changes should he end up going there. But the club wants him and everyone else to return. And Daniels said he doesn't expect it to be an issue.

"We certainly intend on bringing everyone back," Washington said. "I was very pleased with what we accomplished and those guys played a huge part in it."

From talking to various folks and watching the interaction, Washington and coaching staff had a collaborative relationship throughout the season. They trust one another and feel free to voice their own opinions even when they differ. Washington took all of the advice and then made decisions accordingly. But he deferred to their expertise and created a good working relationship. Everyone felt ownership in the decision-making process.

"We have no egos," Washington said. "Each one of my coaches brings a different experience level. Each one brings a different knowledge level. You can go to one of those guys and ask and they’ve experienced it. If you feel there’s something that you think can help them, they listen and if there's something they can say that helps me, I listen. I'm so proud of them and so pleased by what we did."

Can't stop thinking about that game...

May, 12, 2010
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ARLINGTON -- I don't know about you, but that 7-6 loss in 13 innings is still floating around my brain. A few random thoughts after hearing from manager Ron Washington and the players after the game:

* You can bet that Washington and his staff learned from the miscommunication in the ninth surrounding whether to have Neftali Feliz up and warming to come in if the left-handed hitting Eric Chavez gets on to start the inning. Washington, pitching coach Mike Maddux (and even bench coach Jackie Moore) have to be on the same page there. For some reason they weren't. Washington said it was his fault for not telling Maddux to have Feliz ready. Like I said, they'll learn from it. Should Feliz have started the ninth inning no matter who was at the plate for the A's as the closer?

* As I mentioned in an earlier post, I don't think that David Murphy would have been hitting with a runner at third and two outs in the 12th if Dave Anderson hadn't sent Andres Blanco home. My bet is the A's would have intentionally walked Murphy to pitch to Ryan Garko, who was 2-for-27 coming into the game. Nothing against Garko, but I can understand Anderson rolling the dice and forcing the A's to make some good throws. And they did to get Blanco easily.

* Murphy is playing well enough that I'll be interested to see what the Rangers do to get him some more playing time when Nelson Cruz comes back. Do you consider giving Borbon some days off, moving Josh Hamilton to center and letting Murphy get in the lineup that way?

* Neftali Feliz didn't have it on Tuesday. He put the first four batters he faced on base to give up the lead and get the blown save. He's shown an ability to bounce back. He'll probably get to show that before this series is over.

* Andrus did a good job to get a bunt down with runners at first and second with no outs in the fifth. He did it on an 0-2 count. But as we discussed in yesterday's in-game chat and in the game thoughts entry, should Andrus have been bunting in that situation? He is hitting nearly .500 with runners in scoring position.

* Texas had four sacrifice bunts. That's the most by the Rangers in a game since four on July 23, 1997 against Baltimore in a 12-inning loss.

* Oakland had three blown saves and won the game anyway. The last team with three or more blown saves to win: Chicago White Sox on Sept. 14, 1998 at Detroit in a 17-16, 12-inning victory.

* The Rangers have lost seven times in the opponent's final at-bat this season and they've lost four times when leading after eight innings. They lost five times in that situation all of last season.

What are your thoughts on last night's game?

Arias, German getting some extra work

March, 20, 2010
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Morning in Surprise means work time for the Rangers' infielders. Infield coach Dave Anderson and manager Ron Washington oversee practice, which includes details on making routine plays, solid throws and working on footwork.

It's an important time for the internal utility infield candidates. Esteban German and Joaquin Arias have spent plenty of time taking ground balls and trying to get better.

Washington had praise for Arias, who is progressing this spring and been working hard to improve.

"His game has been really coming together because he's playing more," Washington said. "We just have to get him more innings. I'd like to see him make more of the lengthy throws and plays in the hole."

The ability to play shortstop is important in the utility battle and Arias can play short. German is still working on it. Washington has paid special attention to German the past few days "on some things we're trying to clear up."

Washington said that was mainly waiting longer to make a play on the ball. Too often German thinks he knows where the ball will be and it alters direction slightly to impact his ability to catch it.

"He has to stay with the ball until is settles in his glove," Washington said.

Arias and German are both in the lineup today, with Arias at shorstop and German at second. Matt Brown, also in the running for a final roster spot, is at third base and Washington was working with him on Saturday morning.

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Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182