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Matchup: Scott Feldman vs. Daniel Hudson

June, 14, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers wrap up their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with RHP Scott Feldman taking on RHP Daniel Hudson at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Feldman (0-5, 6.39): The 29-year-old is making his seventh start of the year and his 12th appearance overall. ... He holds a 7.13 ERA in his six previous starts. ... Feldman twice has come one out away from getting through the fifth inning. In both of those starts, an error kept the inning alive. ... He has a 2.45 ERA at home compared to a 9.92 ERA on the road. ... Has no decisions against the Diamondbacks in his career, but holds a 4.50 ERA in two games (6 2/3 IP) against them. ... Is 3-5 with a 5.07 ERA in 22 games (11 starts) in interleague play.

Hudson (2-1, 6.06): The 25-year-old is also making his seventh start of the year. ... Hudson has never faced the Rangers and was on the disabled list April 21-May 26 with a right shoulder impingement. ... Since returning, he is 1-0 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 2/3 innings of work. ... He has a 3.44 career ERA. ... Holds a 20.25 ERA in two starts at night this season. ... He is 1-0 on the road in two starts this year but has a 6.17 ERA.

Hitters: Current Rangers are just 2-for-15 against Hudson. ... Luis Martinez is 2-for-3 with an RBI. ... Alberto Gonzalez is hitless in nine at-bats. ... Current Diamondbacks are 13-for-74 against Feldman. ... Geoff Blum is 2-for-8 with three RBIs and a home run.

Up Next:

Fri. vs. Hou.: RHP Yu Darvish (7-4, 3.72) vs. RHP Jordan Lyles (1-2, 5.40), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/TXA21
Sat. vs. Hou.: TBA vs. Lucas Harrell (6-4, 4.83), 6:15 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FOX
Sun. vs. Hou.: RHP Colby Lewis (5-5, 3.13) vs. RHP Bud Norris (5-4, 4.81), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Ian Kennedy

June, 12, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Fresh off their first series win in two weeks, the Texas Rangers return home for a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first game of the series features RHP Colby Lewis vs. RHP Ian Kennedy at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (4-5, 3.38): The 32-year-old has lost two consecutive starts despite allowing just six runs (four earned) on ten hits and one walk through 14.2 innings. ... He is 1-5 with a 4.37 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of May after starting the season 3-0 with a 1.93 in five starts. ... He has a 1.13 walks-per-9 ratio, best in the majors. ... Lewis has received three or fewer runs of support in 10 of 12 starts. ... He's tied for fourth most home runs allowed in the AL (14). ... He has struck out 67 batters in 80 innings, tied for 14th in the AL. ... He's held opposing batters to a .189 (10-53) average with 18 strikeouts with runners in scoring position, tied for fourth lowest in the AL. ... He's never faced the D-backs.

Kennedy (5-5, 3.93): The 27-year-old leads the D-backs and is tied for 11th in NL in strikeouts (71). ... He's won two consecutive starts, including six shutout innings in a 10-0 win vs. Rockies on June 5. ... He leads D-backs in home runs allowed (nine) and innings pitched (75 2/3). ... He's tied for second most walks allowed on the D-backs (19). ... He's been slightly better on the road this season with 3.13 ERA, allowing 35 hits and 14 runs, compared to 4.70 with 44 hits and 20 runs at home. ... He's never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: Lewis has faced six current D-backs hitters, allowing eight hits, two walks, one home run and a .242 batting average. ... Geoff Blum is 4-for-4 with one RBI. ... Aaron Hill is 0-for-9 with two walks and five strikeouts. ... Current Rangers are 2-for-9 against Kennedy. ... Yorvit Torrealba is 0-for-2 with one strikeout. ... Adrian Beltre is 1-for-3.

Up Next:

Wed. vs. Ariz.: LHP Matt Harrison (8-3, 3.87) vs. LHP Wade Miley (7-2, 2.53), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thu. vs. Ariz.: RHP Scott Feldman (0-5, 6.39) vs. RHP Daniel Hudson (2-1, 6.06), 7:05 p.m. ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Kinsler homers and Cruz shows off arm

March, 5, 2011
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ian Kinsler's power stroke appears to be doing just fine. He crushed his fourth homer of the spring -- and second lead-off blast -- to start Saturday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the bottom of the first, but right-hander Colby Lewis caught a break thanks to the power arm of right fielder Nelson Cruz. Cruz picked up a Geoff Blum single off the hop and gunned down Stephen Drew attempting to score from second base. Cruz got him in plenty of time.

Lewis struggled in his first of a scheduled three innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. He struck out one.

Scouts searching for backup corner IF

March, 28, 2010
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Ron Washington’s patience is growing thin.

He had hoped one of the Rangers’ young players would have stepped up by now to fill the role of backup first baseman/third baseman on a team with championship aspirations.

It hasn’t happened, so the Rangers are scouring other camps to try to find that right-handed hitting role player Washington would like to have by the time the season opens on April 5 in Arlington.

The Rangers scouts, one team source said, keep coming back to Boston’s Mike Lowell, the player the Rangers were ready to trade for this past winter until questions about his injured thumb and surgically-repaired hip resurfaced.

With the acquisition Saturday of defensive whiz Andres Blanco from the Cubs, Washington even seems willing to refine the requirements for his second bench infielder. Washington said he’s confident Blanco could fill in at third – though he’s never played there in the majors – for the few games Michael Young might miss. That narrows the focus on the second infielder to a right-handed hitter who can occasionally spell Chris Davis at first against tough left-handers.

The club source said the Rangers believe they can still basically get Lowell for the player they were willing to give up over the winter, Max Ramirez.

There are other players on the Rangers’ watch list, like Kevin Millar, a non-roster invitee with the Cubs. But Millar may be in the process of earning that same bench/pinch-hitter role for Lou Piniella.

Wes Helms with the Marlins and Fernando Tatis with the Mets are a couple of others who would seem to fit the description of what the Rangers are hoping to find. They’ve accepted the fact that super-utility types like Geoff Blum with Houston and Willie Bloomquist with Kansas City are probably unavailable for the price they’re willing to spend.

The Rangers had hoped one of their youngsters like Matt Brown or Ramirez might have stepped up this spring, but that hasn’t happened and both have been struggling at the plate as the pitching has become tougher.

“Because nobody is trying to seize the opportunity, it makes it difficult,” Washington said.

Washington wants to see production and know that it’ll be there when the Rangers need it this summer.

“With where we’re at and what we’re trying to accomplish, we’re not talking suppositions any more,” he said. “Somebody has to show us.”

Even better, in Washington’s mind, would be an experienced player with a track record of producing when called upon.

That’s why, in the Rangers’ final week in Arizona, the team’s scouts are busier than ever.



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182