Texas Rangers: Doug Deeds

Rangers send four to Triple-A Round Rock

March, 25, 2011
3/25/11
6:25
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have assigned infielder Esteban German, outfielders Doug Deeds and Endy Chavez and catcher Kevin Cash to Triple-A Round Rock.

The club now has 34 left on the roster. The four players will stay with the Rangers until Monday.

Matt Harrison keeps pace with competition

March, 12, 2011
3/12/11
3:27
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Rangers starters auditioning for those final rotation spots continue to put up impressive performances. Matt Harrison was the latest on Saturday.

The 25-year-old lefty went four innings and allowed no runs on just two hits against mainly regulars for the White Sox (only two of the nine hitters for Chicago weren't regulars). Harrison had his breaking stuff working and only dealt with one runner in scoring position (Juan Pierre was at second because of a wild pitch, but never got to third). Harrison had no walks and four strikeouts.

Harrison has now allowed just one run in nine innings (1.00 ERA) this spring with two walks and five strikeouts. For those wondering, Derek Holland has given up one run in five innings and Michael Kirkman has allowed three runs in nine innings. So all three lefties keep feeding off one another.

Other notes so far:

* OF Endy Chavez was taken out of the game with a cramp in his right calf muscle after running to third base in the third inning following a Chris Davis double. He's listed as day-to-day.

* OF Doug Deeds, who replaced Chavez, had a two-RBI single in the fourth to put the Rangers up 4-0.

Surprise six: Wednesday recap

March, 2, 2011
3/02/11
7:43
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers pounded out four home runs Wednesday and defeated division rival Los Angeles Angels, albeit an Angels lineup heavy on non-starters, 10-6 Wednesday.

Here's six area of interest on a rather quiet Wednesday in camp.

1. Tommy Hunter got his spring off to a strong start with two scoreless innings of work. He allowed just one hit and struck out two. He threw just 22 pitches, 17 for strikes, easily the lowest pitch count and highest ratio of the Rangers' first four starters.

2. The edition of Sports Illustrated on the racks now features a profile on Rangers left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson. However, Wilson didn't think the piece was entirely accurate on some accounts. Wilson visited with GAC & Co., Wednesday on 103.3 FM. It's must-listen radio.

3. Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was a late scratch in Tuesday's game with a tight muscle in his back. He was feeling better Wednesday and he hopes to be ready to catch Neftali Feliz in Thursday's split-squad game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

4. Feliz makes his spring debut in Thursday's split-squad game in Surprise. He was initially going to follow lefty Derek Holland, but the Rangers decided to start Holland in the other split-squad game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa. All eyes will be on Feliz. That's where manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux will be, watching their 22-year-old flamethrower begin his run to try to make the starting rotation.

5. The Rangers got the power going in the win over the Angels with four home runs. David Murphy hit three-run shot and Ian Kinsler sent a shot deep into left field, his second home run of the spring. Also hitting the long ball were Chad Tracy and Doug Deeds, who knocked his second of the spring.

6. If Alexi Ogando is going to be a serious candidate as the Rangers' next closer if Feliz joins the starting rotation, he's going to have to learn that every pitch doesn't have to be a strike. Ogando gave up two runs on four hits in two innings Wednesday and manager Ron Washington said the hard-throwing righty has to learn how to move pitches around and not simply try to gun everything down the middle of the plate. More on that in the morning.

Bats (2 HRs) finally come alive in fourth

February, 28, 2011
2/28/11
3:35
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After a quiet first 12 innings to the spring in which non-roster invitee Doug Deeds provided the only offensive juice, the Rangers' bats came alive in a five-run fourth inning that included homers by Mike Napoli and Ian Kinsler for a 6-5 lead (it's now 6-6, read below).

Michael Young, making his debut at first base, tripled with one out (he doubled earlier in the game) and Napoli, acquired to hit left-handed pitching, followed with his homer off lefty Everett Teaford. Chris Davis then walked, Matt Treanor struck out and Julio Borbon sharply singled to bring up Kinsler, who sent a line drive over the left-field fence for the fourth hit of the inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, center fielder Julio Borbon, left in the game to get him an extra at-bat, let a ball roll under his glove for his second error in as many games. It allowed a run to score to tie the game at 6-6 after 4 1/2 innings.

Rangers sign Esteban German, two others

November, 19, 2010
11/19/10
3:17
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The Rangers signed catcher Kevin Cash, outfielder Doug Deeds and infielder Esteban German to minor league contracts. All three have been invited to major league spring training, making them the first non-roster invitees for spring training.

From the club's release:

Cash, who turns 33 on December 6, appeared in 49 games for the Astros and Red Sox last season, batting .167 (19-114) with 2 homers and 5 RBI. The right-handed hitter was a non-roster player in Astros camp last spring and appeared in 20 games for Houston before he was designated for assignment on June 22. He was acquired by Boston in a July 1 trade in exchange for shortstop Angel Sanchez and appeared in 29 games with the Red Sox. Cash also appeared in 12 minor league games last season. He is a career .183 hitter in 246 big league games with Toronto (2002-04), Tampa Bay (2005), Boston (2007-08, 2010), New York-AL (2009), and Houston (2010).

Deeds, 29, spent all of last season with Reno (AAA) in the Arizona organization, batting .302 (145-480) with 12 homers, 39 doubles, 8 triples, and 55 RBI. His 39 doubles ranked 3rd in the Pacific Coast League, and he went 0-for-3 with a walk as the starting PCL centerfielder in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 14 in Allentown, Pa. A career .296 hitter in 9 minor league seasons, the left-handed batter and thrower has never appeared in the majors but has played at either Double- or Triple-A for each of the last 6 years in the Minnesota (2002-07), Chicago-NL (2008-09), and Arizona (2010) organizations. He was originally selected by Minnesota in the 9th round of the 2002 June draft out of Ohio State University.

German, 32, returns to the Rangers after being outrighted off the 40-man roster on November 5. He was on the club’s Division Series roster, but did not appear in a game in the 2010 postseason. He went 3-for-13 (.231) with 5 runs scored in 13 games with Texas as a September call-up. German spent the entire season with Oklahoma City (AAA), batting .280 with 5 home runs, 27 doubles, and 55 RBI in 126 games, and ranking second in the Pacific Coast League with 50 steals. He is a career .278 hitter in the majors with Oakland (2002-04), Texas (2005, 2009-10), and Kansas City (2006-08).

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