Texas Rangers: Scott Feldman

Yu Darvish has a bad night

August, 9, 2014
Yu DarvishBob Levey/Getty ImagesYu Darvish threw 113 pitches but wasn't able to get out of the fifth inning against Houston.

HOUSTON – The ace of the Texas Rangers staff didn’t pitch like it on Saturday night.

Yu Darvish's fastball had nothing on it. He couldn’t get his slider or changeup over for strikes, either. He tried a cut fastball that didn’t work, and as manager Ron Washington and catcher Geovany Soto said, simply: “He’s human.”

Yeah, Darvish fell to 10-7 on the season as the Rangers lost 8-3 to the Houston Astros. Darvish is now 1-5 in nine starts against the American League West, with two losses to the young, hungry Astros.

We can only think about what that means in the big picture.

On Saturday night, however, Darvish was outpitched by former Ranger Scott Feldman, who made the Texas ace look like a No. 4 starter.

It happens. It’s baseball. It’s just not the end of the world.

Asked if he could take anything from this start to next week’s outing against Tampa Bay, Darvish in his cool, calm demeanor said, “No, nothing.”

Who can blame him?

He threw 31 pitches in the first inning and gave up just two runs when it looked like more should have come home. He failed to get out of the fifth inning when he loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Jon Singleton doubled down the right-field line for two more runs and Matt Dominguez singled in another for a 5-0 lead.

Washington had to pull the right-hander after 113 pitches.

“Although I struggled, I was able to get through four innings and tried to minimized the damage,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “I gave up the first initial hit in the fifth inning and I wanted to get more outs in the inning, but they were able to get more hits and the rest is history.”

A great thing about Darvish, as good as he’s been this season, is that he’s quite honest about his performances. He doesn’t sugar-coat things and he's not one to make excuses.

Remember when he praised the Yankees Brett Gardner a few weeks ago for hitting a couple of home runs off him? Darvish will give credit to the people who beat him.

Saturday night, it seemed he was getting frustrated against the Astros and hoping some of those breaking pitches would be called for strikes over the lower half of the plate.

Darvish never complained about home-plate umpire Jim Wolf’s strike zone. He didn’t stare down Wolf on a few close pitches.

He just kept, well, pitching.

“Just falling behind a couple of hitters and kinda off character,” Soto said. “He’s been unbelievable for us.”

Washington has seen plenty of elite pitchers during his life in baseball, and understands that rough outings will develop on some nights. If a pitcher is consistent, which Darvish is, those bad outings will not dominate a résumé.

"Just didn’t have any command of his fastball and just couldn’t find another pitch he could go to until he got back to the fastball," Washington said. "Just didn’t get comfortable on that mound tonight had no rhythm. Just wasn't his night."

Darvish is the one constant for this Rangers pitching staff. The young pitchers watch Darvish and take notes on how he handles his business because he's the alpha and omega of the group.

Saturday night, Darvish was an average guy searching for one or two pitches that could work.

He found nothing of substance on a consistent basis.

“It was real difficult to locate my fastball and my breaking balls weren’t crisp,” he said. “So overall, I just had a really poor outing today.”

Rapid Reaction: Astros 8, Rangers 3

August, 9, 2014

HOUSTON -- Yu Darvish just wasn’t himself Saturday night.

He was not the ace the Texas Rangers need him to be every fifth day.

It happens.

But when you’re trying to emerge from the basement of the American League against another team that’s in the same universe, losses like the one the Rangers suffered Saturday -- 8-3 to the Houston Astros -- sting just a little bit more.

As it stands, the Rangers are 45-71, last in the AL and on pace for the No. 1 pick in next summer's draft.

With one game left on this nine-game road trip, the Rangers are 2-6 and have lost nine of their past 11 games on the road.

Darvish (10-7) is the only positive from the pitching staff; on Saturday he struggled to throw his slider for strikes and it appeared he got flustered during his effort.

His teammates didn’t help matters by failing to produce against former teammate Scott Feldman (6-8) until Darvish was gone for the night after failing to get out of the fifth inning.

How it happened: It was slow and ugly. The Astros picked up two runs in the first on RBIs from Jon Singleton and Matt Dominguez. When the first inning ended, Darvish had thrown 31 pitches.

The fifth is when Darvish just lost everything. He loaded the bases and allowed a two-run double by Singleton that landed just fair down the right-field line. Dominguez’s RBI single pushed the lead to 5-0 and Rangers manager Ron Washington had seen enough. Right-hander Nate Adcock entered, marking the second time this season Darvish left a start in the middle of an inning without retiring any hitter in that frame.

What happened to The Yu? Just wasn’t his night. Darvish's slider was missing the lower half of the plate, the Astros weren’t afraid to attack him when he was forced to throw strikes and his pitch count increased in a hurry. He threw 31 in the first and was at 90 to start the fifth inning. When it was over, he had thrown 113 pitches, marking the third consecutive outing he’s thrown at least 100. Not counting the rain-shortened effort July 23 at the New York Yankees, where he was credited with a complete game after pitching 4⅓ innings, this was Darvish’s shortest outing since July 4 against the New York Mets.

What’s interesting about Darvish is that while people talk about his record against the Oakland Athletics (0-2, 6.91 ERA), he’s now 0-2 with a no-decision against the Astros this season. He’s given up 12 runs in 18 innings of work.

The last chance for the Rangers: Trailing 7-2 heading into the seventh, the Rangers had one final shot to make a game of it. Texas loaded the bases, which forced Astros manager Bo Porter to pull Feldman in favor of right-hander Josh Fields. Elvis Andrus drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center. Daniel Robertson struck out to end the inning with the Rangers having scored just one.

Carp gets caught: Newly acquired outfielder/first baseman Mike Carp lasted just three innings before leaving the game with a left groin strain. He's listed as day-to-day. Carp struck out twice and is now 1-for-14 in his past eight games between Boston and Texas. Robertson replaced him in left field.

What’s next? The Rangers can’t win the series, but to avoid a sweep they’re going with right-hander Nick Martinez (1-8, 5.31 ERA) against lefty Dallas Keuchel (10-7, 2.89).

W2W4: Rangers at Houston Astros

August, 8, 2014
HOUSTON -- The battle of the Silver Boot is this weekend.

It really should be renamed: The Battle for Dazmon Cameron. He’s the projected No. 1 pick in next year’s MLB draft.

Here’s a preview between the two of the worst teams in the American League:

What’s up with the Astros? The Astros have lost three in a row but have beaten the Rangers in six of nine games this season. 2B Jose Altuve is batting .338/.375/.440. DH Chris Carter has 22 HRs and 53 RBIs with a .473 slugging percentage. OF George Springer (quadriceps) could get activated from the DL on Friday, but he left a rehab game Wednesday with discomfort. The Astros' Scott Feldman is scheduled to make his fifth start against his former team Saturday. Feldman is 1-1 with a 4.07 ERA vs. the Rangers.

What’s up with the Rangers? Something good. The Rangers have won two in a row and are feeling good about themselves despite the 45-69 mark. Neftali Feliz displayed some velocity in his fastball in earning the save Wednesday. 1B J.P. Arencibia leads the majors with 20 RBIs in the second half of the season. Elvis Andrus has a 13-game hit streak going. The last time he failed to get a hit was July 23, the rain shortened game against the New York Yankees that lasted just 5 1/3 innings.

Rangers home run hitters: The Rangers have hit eight home runs in the last three games and have 10 in the 18 games since the All-Star Break. The bulk of the homers came Tuesday night when they hit five in a 16-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Prior to the White Sox series, the Rangers hadn't hit a homer in four consecutive games. The Rangers are tied with the New York Mets for 26th in the big leagues with 84 home runs.

Moves, moves and more moves: RF Alex Rios has cleared waivers allowing the Rangers to trade him to any team they please. The Rangers are open to keeping Rios, but if some quality prospects can be obtained, GM Jon Daniels might do it. Could this be Rios’ final series with the Rangers? Catcher Geovany Soto has completed his rehab stint from a pulled right groin and should play this weekend.

The matchups: Friday: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-4, 7.29) vs. LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-7, 4.17). Saturday: RHP Yu Darvish (10-6, 2.82) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (5-8, 4.13).Sunday: RHP Nick Martinez (1-8, 5.31) vs. RHP Brad Peacock (3-7, 4.93).

W2W4: Familiar faces return to Arlington

June, 3, 2014
The Texas Rangers return home for a nine-game homestand, starting tonight with three games against the Baltimore Orioles. A look at some things to watch during the series:

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    Bob Levey/Getty ImagesNelson Cruz's status for the series with the Rangers is unclear after he was hit by a pitch Sunday.
    Nelson Cruz. His return to Texas is the big storyline of the series. But when might he play? Scott Feldman hit Cruz in the hand Sunday and he came out in the third inning. X-rays were negative, but Cruz didn't know if he'd be able to hold a bat and swing it in time for Tuesday's game. But you would think at some point he'll play and when he does, it will be interesting to see him back in Arlington.
  • Offensive momentum. Texas created a little of it during the recent road trip, scoring runs in bunches. The Rangers turned a one-run inning into two- or three-run frames, taking leads at crucial junctures in Detroit and Minnesota. But can they sustain it at home? Texas is hitting .280 as a team away from Arlington, but just .249 at home. The Rangers are scoring 3.8 runs per game at home and 4.5 on the road. To have a successful series and homestand, they must start hitting at Globe Life Park.
  • Alex Rios. The right fielder has been terrific with the bat, hitting .391 on the trip. He leads the team in RBIs. The Rangers will need him to post a solid June, starting with this series against the Orioles.
  • Colby Lewis. The veteran right-hander has been up and down of late. He gave up two runs in 5⅔ innings in Detroit (though he had five walks) in a blowout win. But Lewis surrendered five earned runs on nine hits in 5⅔ innings in a loss in Washington. He's expected to pitch twice on this homestand, so the Rangers need the Lewis who keeps his team in games, not the one who can give up early hits and runs and force Texas to play from behind.
  • Former Rangers. There are a slew of them on this Orioles team. Besides Cruz, manager Buck Showalter (a former manager of the year in Texas) brings some other familiar faces with him. Tommy Hunter is on the 15-day disabled list. But Darren O'Day will be available in the bullpen and, of course, Chris Davis will be at first base.

Is there an Opening Day starter curse?

March, 25, 2014
There's lots of talk about curses these days with the Texas Rangers. Some of you have mentioned that the rash of injuries have come after Nolan Ryan's exit and Ian Kinsler's comments that he hopes the club goes 0-162.

But what if there's another curse of sorts at play when it comes to starting pitchers? With Yu Darvish out with neck stiffness and headed back to Dallas to chat with Dr. Drew Dossett, a neck and back specialist, it only adds to the list of Opening Day starters who have had rough luck for the Rangers the past few seasons.


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Matt Harrison got the start last year on a Sunday night in Houston and gave up six runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Astros. Harrison struggled in his next start, ended up having two back surgeries and missed the rest of the season. Harrison had back tightness earlier this spring that put him behind, but he's ramping up for the season and appears to be making good progress.

It was Colby Lewis' turn in 2012 and he was on his way to another solid season and, likely, a nice multiyear contract when he tore a flexor tendon in his elbow in July and was lost for the entire season. Lewis tried to come back last year and wasn't able to get to the big leagues when his velocity never materialized. He's had a good spring and is hoping to find his way into the rotation this year.

Back in 2010, Scott Feldman took the mound for the opener after posting a career-high 17 wins the previous season. Feldman's sinker, his best pitch, just wasn't as effective and he ended up losing his rotation job. He also dealt with injuries that season and was on the DL in late August and early September. He needed microfracture surgery on his knee right after the season. Feldman is now in Houston.

The only pitcher who escaped struggles or injuries after starting on Opening Day recently was C.J. Wilson, who started in 2011 and went on to go 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA in his final season in Texas. He signed a contract with the Los Angeles Angels at the winter meetings in Dallas a few months after the season.

So has the Opening Day starter curse struck a little early this year with Darvish's issues? Or is Darvish avoiding the fate of some of these others by not actually making that first start? Only time will tell.

But this spring training has been unlike any that I can remember with all the injuries. The club should know more about Darvish's condition Wednesday or Thursday and what it means for his start to the season.

Rangers predictions for the Super Bowl

February, 2, 2014
It's become an annual tradition here at ESPN Dallas. We ask as many Texas Rangers players (some former ones too), broadcasters and front office folks who they are picking for the Super Bowl. Get ready for lots of Russell Wilson talk after the Rangers selected him in the Rule-5 draft in December. Here we go:


Tanner Scheppers: Seattle 28, Denver 24
Comment: "Cuz Wilson is a Ranger. And cuz Sherman is the best corner in the game."

Colby Lewis: Broncos by 10
Comment: "Omaha!!!!"

Mike Napoli: Denver 27, Seattle 21
Comment: "Peyton MVP."

Joe Nathan: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Comment: "Just think Seattle's D is going to do just enough to hold off Peyton."

Mark McLemore: Denver 28, Seattle 17
Comment: "Peyton Manning is on a mission and won't stop until he wins this Super Bowl!!"

Kevin Mench: Denver 28, Seattle 20
Comment: "Tamme has huge day. Peyton goes out on top."

Derek Holland: Denver 34, Seattle 31
Comment: "Game-winning drive by Peyton Manning and also MVP. Should be a good game all the way."

Jason Frasor: Seattle 27, Denver 23

Scott Feldman: Denver 31, Seattle 28
Comment: "Beast mode will go off cuz he's from Bay Area, but in the end Peyton will prevail."

Michael Choice: Denver 14, Seattle 10
Comment: "Broncos win a defensive game."


Jon Daniels, president of baseball operations, GM: Seattle 24, Denver 20
Comment: "Russell Wilson is the MVP. Does commercial: 'I'm going to Surprise, Arizona!'"

Ron Washington, manager: Denver 35, Seattle 21
Comment: "I think Denver with have a ton of weapons. If Peyton's receivers can get any separation, he will hit them. Even though it is against the best defense! Seattle offense is not very high flying."

Jamie Reed, senior director of medical operations: Seattle 31, Denver 27
Comment: "Love the whole Peyton thing, but Russell Wilson might be one of the best people that has ever put on a sports uniform. And the best D usually wins these games. Besides that, I grew up a huge Baltimore Colts fan, so I can never root for Elway."

Alex Vispoli, play-by-play voice for Frisco RoughRiders: Seattle 31, Denver 23
Comment: "Under-the-radar Russell Wilson hasn't said much of note the last few weeks. No one will be able to stop talking about him come Sunday night."

Greg Smith, special assistant, major league scout: Denver 35, Seattle 21
Comment: "Who can stop Mr. Manning?"

Don Welke, senior special assistant to GM and scouting: Seattle 20, Denver 14
Comment: "Excellent defense wins it."

Josh Boyd, director, professional scouting: Seattle 31, Denver 17
Comment: "I have to go with DangerRuss and the Seahawks defense finding a way to contain Denver's weapons in an easy Seattle win. I got Percy Harvin coming up big. John Schneider trade of the year!"

Mike Maddux, pitching coach: Denver 24, Seattle 20
Comment: "Peyton Manning's experience will lead the way to victory."

Nolan Ryan, Hall of Famer: Seattle 24, Denver 23
Comment: "That's not who I want to win. Go Denver!!"

Matt Hicks, radio broadcaster: Denver 24, Seattle 20
Comment: "Manning and destiny meet on the big stage. Plus, my wife is a huge Manning fan and I'm all for family harmony at the Super Bowl." (Smart man)

Emily Jones, TV broadcaster: Denver 34, Seattle 27
Comment: "Led by a stable of Red Raiders, the Broncos take advantage of ideal New York weather conditions and a lethargic Super Bowl crowd to deliver the Lombardi Trophy back to the Mile High City. The vaunted Denver O Line -- two-fifths of which played at Texas Tech -- doesn't give up a single sack, and Peyton Manning and Wes Welker -- another Red Raider -- team up for a new Super Bowl record. Guns up Broncos!!!"

Jake Krug, special assignment crosschecker: Seattle 27, Denver 24

Kevin Harmon, head athletic trainer: Denver 33, Seattle 24

John Blake, Executive VP communications: Denver 27, Seattle 20
Comment: "Broncos have slightly better passing game."

Mike Grouse, professional scout: Seattle 23, Denver 16
Comment: "I will be the worst. Spending every weekend with my daughter, I was only able to catch a few Chiefs games. Big Peyton Manning fan, but Seattle defense looks unbeatable if they score enough."

Brad Holman, pitching coach Triple-A Round Rock: Denver 28, Seattle 10
Comment: "Peyton Manning goes out with a Super Bowl win and retires."

Chuck Morgan, Public Address announcer: Denver 31, Seattle 29
Comment: "Moreno, Welker and Thomas led my Hillbillies to their second straight scoreboard league title, so I have to go with the Broncos."

Karin Morris, VP community outreach and foundation director: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Not sure it will happen, but have to go with former Badgers QB (and current member of Rangers organization)."

Dennis Klein, head groundskeeper: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Manning is not going to be able to sit in the pocket and survey his targets like he did in the New England game. Seattle controls the click and Hauschka nails one at the buzzer for the W."

Jay Miller, executive VP, Rangers enterprises, customer service and sales: Seattle 21, Denver 17
Comment: "I am a Peyton Manning fan, but I like the Seahawks to win it."

Neil Leibman, chairman, ownership committee: Seattle 24, Denver 14
Comment: "Russell Wilson a Texas Rangers MVP."

Matt Klotsche, manager, amateur scouting: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Seattle D stops Peyton in the chilly weather."

Matt Vinnola director, baseball operations: Denver 31, Seattle 27
Comment: "With Elway, it would have been 56-27."

Tom Grieve, broadcaster: Denver 23, Seattle 13

Jim Colburn, senior adviser, Pacific Rim operations: Seattle 31, Denver 28
Comment: "A surprise score. Seattle pick-6 wins it."

Kellie Fischer, executive VP and CFO: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "I predict Ranger Russell Wilson's Seahawks win it."

Kurt Deichert, TV production: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Comment: "Everyone wants sentimental favorite Peyton Manning to beat bad boys Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, but it's young Rangers farmhand Russell Wilson who steals the day."

Josh Frasier, bullpen catcher: Denver 27, Seattle 13
Comment: "Manning is too good this year."

Kip Fagg, director, amateur scouting: Seattle 42, Denver 10
Comment: "Big Seahawk fan. No question Seahawks win."

Steve Busby, TV announcer: Denver 27, Seattle 24
Comment: "Turnovers could flip the score, but Manning will make fewer mistakes than Seattle -- I think."

Mike Peasley, radio pre- and post-game host: Denver 24, Seattle 17
Comment: "Give Peyton two weeks to prepare and he'll exploit any defense. This is his year."

Todd Walther, advance scout: Seattle 24, Denver 20
Comment: "Coin flip, but I'll go with the elite defense. Most compelling matchup in years."

John Rhadigan, TV broadcaster: Seattle 24, Denver 22
Comment: "I am rooting for Peyton and the Broncos, but believe that Seattle defense will prevail."

Adam Lewkowicz, advance scout: Seattle 28, Denver 21
Comment: "Ball control and defense wins championships."

Joey Prebynski, assistant, advance scout: Seattle 20, Denver 17
Comment: "Physical play of Seattle secondary and aggressive pass rush slows down Denver offense and Russell Wilson leads fourth-quarter drive to win the game late."

Chris Lyngos, travel director: Denver 30, Seattle 23

Mike Daly, senior director, minor league operations: Seattle 24, Denver 17
Comment: "Texas Ranger infielder Russell Wilson takes the Lombardi Trophy over from former New York Yankee outfielder John Elway."

Bobby Crook, amateur scout: Seattle 27, Denver 24
Comment: "It's hard to pick against Peyton Manning, but Seattle's defense is that good."

Thad Levine, assistant GM: Denver 27, Seattle 23

Dr. Keith Meister, team physician: Seattle 28, Denver 24
Comment: "As much as I'd like to see Peyton win another Super Bowl, defense wins championships."

Todd Slavinsky, director of baseball information services: Seattle 24, Denver 21
Comment: "Marshawn Lynch runs for more than 100 yards and a pair of TDs."

Gil Kim, director international scouting: Denver 21, Seattle 17
Comment: "Solid Seattle defense trumped by a vintage Manning performance. Post-game interviews reveal Manning's reluctant, but honest prediction of a decade's worth of Vanderbilt-over-Tennessee dominance."

AL West: Possible Cano deal ripple effects

December, 6, 2013
It turns out it that when it rains in Seattle, sometimes the color is green. The Mariners joined the high-priced AL West by agreeing to terms on a 10-year, $240 million contract with free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, according to ESPN.com's Enrique Rojas. A few thoughts on what this means for the division and the Texas Rangers:

* It signals that the Mariners are going all-in now to attempt to compete. Cano by himself will certainly add interest and value to the franchise, but does he add enough wins to make them competitive? Probably not. That's why it's a perplexing decision by Seattle, who must believe that Cano will help with attendance and that he's the first step in many that need to happen for them to compete with Oakland and Texas consistently. And that's why it wouldn't be surprising to see the Mariners continue to spend -- or look to make some trades -- in an effort to upgrade now. Maybe they look at Shin-Soo Choo or perhaps a deal for David Price. But don't make the mistake of thinking this is it for the Mariners. If you're spending this much money on Cano, you've got to get more pieces around him.

* Man, you've got to love the AL West. Big spenders, GMs not afraid to make trades and some rivalries that should just get better.

* This puts the New York Yankees in the market for other free agents that interest the Rangers, namely Choo and Carlos Beltran. So it adds one more team with some money into the mix as the Rangers attempt to upgrade their lineup.

* It also means one more big name is off the board before anybody boards a flight to Orlando for the Winter Meetings. It puts Beltran and Choo at center stage in terms of free agents and Price as the biggest trade piece. But unlike the last few years, many of the names we thought we'd be discussing in the lobby are already signed.

* Will this mean a rush to get deals done with Beltran and Choo for fear of them coming off the board? We'll see.

* One more bit of AL West news: Scott Feldman is back in the division. And for more proof that salaries just keep climbing, Feldman got three years and $30 million from the Houston Astros, according to reports.

Wash: Davis-Uehara trade win-win

July, 8, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Rangers will see some old friends during this four-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards. Tommy Hunter, Scott Feldman and Darren O'Day all played with Texas earlier in their careers, but there’s one player the Rangers may remember better than most.

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Chris Davis came to Baltimore with Hunter in the July 30, 2011 deal for Orioles reliever Koji Uehara and cash. Davis hit 42 homers in 266 games with the Rangers but never broke through.

He played parts of four seasons with the Rangers, but everything changed when Davis came to Baltimore. Last year, Davis belted 33 homers and had 85 RBIs in 139 games. He’s got the same numbers already this year after only 88 games -- and earned an All-Star berth.

Rangers manager Ron Washington didn’t sound all that surprised with the success Davis has found with the Orioles.

“Right now, that guy is really, really, really swinging the bat,” Washington said. “I know who this Chris Davis is -- that’s the Chris Davis that was in Triple-A, kicking ass. He didn’t show up until he came to Baltimore. He just finally figured it out.”

Washington said the Rangers needed to make that move two years ago to get Uehara, who helped their bullpen push the team to a World Series berth.

“We ended up going to the World Series, and it took Chris a couple years here to find himself,” Washington said. “This year, he found it. If we’d have kept him for six years, we’d have had that Chris Davis, but we needed to get the pieces [Baltimore] gave to us, and Chris Davis was in it. Baltimore won that one. We did, too, because ... Uehara did a good job for us too.”

Choices: Washington and the Rangers still haven’t decided on Wednesday’s starter for the third game of this series, but he said it’s going to be either Josh Lindblom or Ross Wolf.

“It’s between those two, “Washington said. “Just got to see if we need to use [them] before we do that. [We’ll] see how tonight’s game goes and then you’ll have that decision.”

Lindblom is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA. He’s started twice and pitched three times in relief. Wolf is 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

Washington said he’s got no qualms starting either pitcher. The starter will go against Wei-Yin Chen for the Orioles, making his return after close to two months on the disabled list due to a right oblique strain.

No celebration: Reliever Cory Burns didn't do anything crazy after getting his first major league win Sunday.

He threw one inning of scoreless relief in the win over Houston and earned the victory. Joe Nathan gave him the ball, and Burns also got a couple of other balls. His fiancee and family were in attendance.

But he just smiled when asked if there was a big celebration.

"Got on an airplane and came [to Baltimore]," he said. "As far as baseball's concerned, that day is over."

This and that: Washington said that Joakim Soria is available Monday after pitching Sunday and that the Rangers won't mind using him in back-to-back games. Soria made his first appearance since Sept. 11, 2011 on Sunday after missing 2012 following Tommy John surgery. ... The Rangers and Orioles play seven games this season, and all will be in the next two weeks. The Rangers have a 10-2 record again the Orioles in the last two seasons, but Baltimore won the wild-card playoff last year in Texas.

Lineups: Nelson Cruz gets break from field

July, 8, 2013
The Rangers open a four-game series against the Orioles on Monday night with Derek Holland on the mound against ex-Ranger Scott Feldman, who is making his second start for Baltimore. Nelson Cruz is the DH for the Rangers, who get their first look of the season at ex-teammate Chris Davis, who has destroyed opposing pitching all year. Here are the lineups:

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2B Ian Kinsler
LF David Murphy
DH Nelson Cruz
3B Adrian Beltre
C A.J. Pierzynski
1B Mitch Moreland
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Engel Beltre
RF Leonys Martin

RF Nick Markakis
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
1B Chris Davis
C Matt Wieters
SS J.J. Hardy
LF Nate McLouth
DH Brian Roberts
2B Alexi Casilla

The Week Ahead: Orioles, Tigers

July, 8, 2013
The Rangers face two formidable offenses this week, led by the American League's top two Most Valuable Player candidates.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss what it means to be selected to the All-Star Game again and how he feels about the Rangers heading into the All-Star break.

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First, it's Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles for four games Monday-Thursday at Camden Yards, and then a weekend series with Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in the final three games before a four-day All-Star Break.

Davis and Cabrera have combined for 61 home runs and 175 RBIs before the All-Star Break. Those are breathtaking numbers.

Here's what to watch for as the Rangers hit the road for seven games:

Baltimore momentum: If there's such thing as momentum from game to game in baseball, the Orioles should have it as they head into a four-game series with the Rangers. Baltimore rallied for a 2-1 victory at Yankee Stadium on Sunday as Adam Jones hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth off of baseball's all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera. The victory pushed the O's (49-40) back in front of the Yankees (48-40) in the tightly-bunched AL East, both behind front-runner Boston. Jones' homer snapped Rivera's streak of 41 straight save opportunities converted at home going back to 2010.

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Seeing old friends: Buck Showalter, Chris Davis, Scott Feldman, Tommy Hunter. Yes, the Orioles are the Rangers East. Davis has been the big story with a major league-leading 33 home runs in his breakout season. He was the leading vote-getter for the AL All-Star team. Feldman was recently traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Orioles. He pitched seven shutout innings against the Rangers earlier this season for the Cubs and allowed a run in six innings in his first start for Baltimore since coming over in the trade. Hunter has pitched brilliantly out of the Orioles' bullpen with a 3-2 record and a 2.09 ERA. And Showalter has done what he does best -- turn on a young team into a World Series contender.

What's in a record?: The Rangers are 10-2 against Baltimore the past two seasons, including 5-2 at Camden Yards. But the Rangers lost the one game they really wanted, last year's AL wild-car game. Baltimore won the game in Arlington, 5-1, eliminating the Rangers from the postseason. Derek Holland, who will start Monday's series opener in Baltimore, pitched an inning in relief of Yu Darvish in that game.

That guy again: Speaking of AL MVP candidates, Miguel Cabrera is making another run at the Triple Crown after becoming the first to do it since 1967 last season. Ramirez leads the AL with a.368 batting average and 90 RBIs and is second to Davis with 28 home runs. Cabrera crushed the Rangers in their series in May in Arlington, going 9-for-16 with three home runs and six RBIs.

Scherzer's run at history: Tigers starter Max Scherzer will try to match Roger Clemens' 14-0 start to the 1986 season when he takes the mound Monday in Cleveland. If he gets it done, he'll go for 15-0 on Saturday against the Rangers. Only two pitchers in modern American League history have started a season with a 15-0 record -- Baltimore's Dave McNally in 1969 and Cleveland's Johnny Allen in 1937.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Scott Feldman

July, 8, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers give the ball to Derek Holland in the first game of a seven-game, two-city road trip that begins at Baltimore's Camden Yards. Opposing Holland is former Rangers teammate Scott Feldman, acquired by the Orioles on July 2 from the Cubs. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. (CT) Monday on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (Deportes 1540 AM).

Rangers closer Joe Nathan joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss what it means to be selected to the All-Star Game again and how he feels about the Rangers heading into the All-Star break.

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Holland (6-4, 3.13): The 26-year-old left-hander has won only once since May 31 but has pitched much better of late. ... Two starts back on June 27, Holland pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout of the Yankees in New York, becoming the first visiting lefty in 30 years to throw a shutout at Yankee Stadium while allowing no more than two hits (Seattle's Matt Young with a two-hitter on June 3, 1983). … In his last start, Holland limited Seattle to seven hits, two runs and matched his season-high for strikeouts with 10 in six innings but received no decision in a game the Rangers lost in 10 innings, 4-2. ... In nine road starts, Holland is 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA, the sixth-lowest road ERA in the AL. A major factor in his success on the road, Holland has allowed just one home run in 61 innings, compared to six home runs in 51 innings of work at home. ... After experiencing little success in 2009, Holland in the last three years is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA against the Orioles, and that includes no earned runs allowed at Camden Yards the last two seasons.

Feldman (7-6, 3.43): The 30-year-old right-hander makes his second start for Baltimore and his first at home since being acquired from the Cubs in a trade on Tuesday. ... In his debut for the O’s, Feldman limited the White Sox to two runs in six innings and received a no-decision in a game the Orioles went on to win 4-2. ... Feldman spent his first eight major league seasons with Texas, going 17-8 in 2009, but ran into injury problems. ... It will be Feldman’s second start against his old club. As a Cub facing the Rangers for the first time, Feldman blanked Texas on two hits for seven innings of a 9-2 win on May 6 at Wrigley Field. ... Feldman has lasted at least five innings in 14 consecutive starts, but after going 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in May, he dropped off to 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA in June. ... He has limited left-handed hitters to a .223 batting average.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre has accounted for all four RBIs Rangers hitters have off Feldman. ... Geovany Soto and Nelson Cruz are batting .333 against Feldman in limited at-bats. ... Five Orioles have batting averages over .300 against Holland, topped by the .375 mark of Danny Valencia. Nick Markakis is hitting .364 with a triple and three RBI against Holland.

Rapid Reaction: Cubs 9, Rangers 2

May, 6, 2013

CHICAGO -- The Texas Rangers followed up their three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox by being dominated by a struggling Chicago Cubs team, 9-2. The Rangers fell to 20-12 on the season.

Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the Rangers' sweep of the Red Sox, if Yu Darvish has been even better than expected and what moves we could see the club make before the trade deadline.

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Big fourth dooms Rangers: The Cubs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first, but it was a five-run fourth that sealed it for Chicago. The Cubs, having scored only 3.65 runs per game coming into Monday night -- 24th ranking in baseball -- managed to get to a normally strong Rangers pitching staff. The Cubs made two quick outs to start the fourth, but Nick Tepesch intentionally walked Darwin Barney following Luis Valbuena’s double to get to Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman. Feldman knocked in Valbuena with a single. David DeJesus followed with a walk, then Starlin Castro knocked in a pair with a single. Anthony Rizzo capped off the scoring with a two-run single to give the Cubs their highest scoring inning of the season.

Tepesch struggles: Tepesch had his worst outing in the big leagues, lasting only four innings, giving up six hits and six runs (five earned), striking out four and walking four. It was the two-out damage in the fourth that really burned Tepesch and the Rangers, as he failed to retire Feldman with two down and two out in the inning.

Feldman dominates: Not only did Feldman deliver the key hit at the plate, he delivered his second consecutive dominant performance on the mound. Feldman followed up his complete game last week against the San Diego Padres with seven shutout innings against the Rangers. Feldman, who had spent his previous eight seasons in the big leagues with Texas, allowed only two hits and one walk, while striking out three and allowing no runs to shut down his former team.

Offense a no-show: The Rangers managed only two runs, both of which didn't come until the ninth, when the team already found themselves in a 9-0 hole. The offense has been inconsistent this season, putting up 4.42 runs per game, good for eighth in the AL. While that’s not a terrible ranking, it’s a far cry from what they had done the past three seasons, ranking first, third and fourth in 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. It’s still early and the Rangers are loaded with talented hitters, but manager Ron Washington surely would love to see his veteran bats pick up the slack when a youngster like Tepesch or Justin Grimm inevitably hit road bumps.

Up next: The Rangers start a two-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. A pair of rookies take the mound as Justin Grimm (2-1, 2.28) and Wily Peralta (2-2, 6.00) face off. First pitch at Miller Park is at 7:10 p.m. CT.

Lineups: Geovany Soto starting at catcher

May, 6, 2013
A.J. Pierzynski is getting the day off, so Geovany Soto will start at catcher against his former team. David Murphy is in left field and Leonys Martin is in center for the Rangers, who are coming off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox. The Cubs have lost four straight games and will send former Ranger Scott Feldman to the mound against Nick Tepesch. The game is a makeup of a contest that was rained out April 17. Here are the lineups:


2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mitch Moreland
C Geovany Soto
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin
P Nick Tepesch


CF David DeJesus
SS Starlin Castro
1B Anthony Rizzo
LF Alfonso Soriano
RF Nate Schierholtz
C Welington Castillo
3B Luis Valbuena
2B Darwin Barney
P Scott Feldman

Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Scott Feldman

May, 6, 2013
The Rangers play their makeup game from an April 17 rainout at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Monday night. Rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch will start for Texas against ex-Ranger right-hander Scott Feldman. First pitch at Wrigley is at 7:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the Rangers' sweep of the Red Sox, if Yu Darvish has been even better than expected and what moves we could see the club make before the trade deadline.

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Tepesch (2-2, 3.54): Tepesch looks to bounce back after allowing five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings in a loss Wednesday night to the Chicago White Sox. Manager Ron Washington said that he stayed with Tepesch one batter too long in the start as the 24-year-old rookie allowed a two-run home run to left-handed hitter Alejandro De Aza in the seventh inning to put the Rangers behind 5-2. ... Tepesch issued a walk to White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez in the second inning, ending a streak of 20 1/3 innings and 85 batters faced without a walk. Tepesch ended up with two walks and four strikeouts and threw 109 pitches. ... Tepesch uses his sinker to get ground balls. He's third in the American League with a ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio of 2.50. ... This will be his first start against a National League opponent. ... Tepesch is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two road starts. ... Tepesch is from Kansas City, Mo. and pitched for the Missouri Tigers.

Feldman (2-3, 3.34): Feldman, a 30th-round draft pick who came up in the Rangers' farm system, won 37 games in seven seasons with Texas. ... He signed with the Cubs as a free agent in the offseason after the Rangers decided to part ways with the 30-year-old right-hander. ... Feldman was 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA last year for the Rangers, starting 21 games and pitching in relief eight times. ... Feldman will makes his third home start for the Cubs. ... He pitched his first career complete game in the Cubs' 6-2 victory over San Diego on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. He allowed two runs on two home runs -- three hits allowed in all -- and had a career-high 12 strikeouts. Feldman had six consecutive strikeouts in the third and fourth innings and retired 18 straight Padres before Carlos Quentin reached on an error with two outs in the seventh inning. ... Feldman hasn't had very good defense behind him as seven of his 18 runs allowed have been unearned. ... Right-handed batters are hitting .182 against him.

Hitters: There's no history. Feldman spent his entire career with the Rangers before this season. Tepesch is making his first start against the Cubs and sixth career start overall.

Roster moves: Scott Feldman's option declined

October, 30, 2012
As expected, the Texas Rangers declined to pick up club options for right-handed pitchers Scott Feldman and Yoshinori Tateyama for the 2013 season. Feldman was due $9.25 million for a 2013 option. Instead, the team will pay him a $600,000 buyout. Tateyama had a $1 million option.

The club also announced that they have reinstated pitcher Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Justin Miller from Triple-A Round Rock.

Just because the club declined options on Feldman and Tateyama doesn't mean they can't sign both players. But it does mean that both become free agents now.

Feldman signed his original deal prior to the 2010 season, after he won 17 games in 2009 and was the club's Opening Day starter in 2010. But Feldman was never able to replicate that season. A knee injury that required surgery limited his 2010 and 2011 seasons. He did have some success in a long relief role, but was not able to keep a rotation spot. So after two seasons and $11.5 million, the club wasn't going to spend $9.25 million to keep him.

Some additional information on all four players from the club's release:

Feldman, 29, has spent his entire career in the Texas organization since he was selected in the 30th round of the 2003 June draft. He was 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA (70 ER/123.2 IP) in 29 games/21 starts for Texas in 2012. In his major league career, Feldman has gone 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over 204 games/101 starts.

Tateyama, 36, has gone 3-0 with a 5.75 ERA (39 ER/61.0 IP) over 53 relief appearances with Texas the past two seasons, his only major league action after a 12-year professional career in Japan. He had 3 stints with the Rangers in 2012, allowing 17 earned runs in 17.0 innings.

Feliz, 24, had season-ending “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery performed on his right elbow by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of Arlington on August 1. He was originally placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 19 and transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 16. He was a part of the club’s Opening Day rotation, going 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA (15 ER/42.2 IP) in 8 games/7 starts.

Miller, 25, did not pitch this season after having successful surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on April 18. The surgery was performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister at the Medical Center of Arlington. The Rangers placed Miller on unconditional release waivers on April 23 and re-signed him to a minor league contract on April 30. Miller has gone 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA over 118 games in the minor leagues, all as a reliever. He was the Rangers 2011 Minor League Reliever of the Year.



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