MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH
Yu Darvish says he has no problem facing the Oakland A's.
Results suggest -- no scream -- otherwise.
In a 6-2 loss to Oakland on Tuesday, yes, Darvish piled up strikeouts again, but that's OK with the patient A's. They keep piling up wins against Darvish. The loss dropped Darvish to 1-4 against Oakland. No other team has beaten him as often.
At Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where Darvish is indomitable, he is 1-3 against the A's. Against all other teams at home, he is 13-1.
The A's took their 10 strikeouts, but they forced Darvish to throw 109 pitches in six innings and disposed of him. It meant his earliest exit from a game since May 21, when he lost 1-0 to Oakland in Rangers Ballpark.
"They are a good team offensively, obviously," Darvish said through an interpreter after the loss, his first decision since the Oakland loss in May. "And they are really hard to get out."
The A's find a way to take advantage of every Darvish mistake. Tuesday's game illustrated that. When Darvish leaves fastballs over the plate, the A's crush the pitches. If he lets up at any point in an inning, the A's create a rally. If the Rangers make a fielding mistake behind Darvish, they capitalize. And when they need to, they can swipe a base against him since he is slow to the plate, helping to optimize a rally.
Darvish tried to establish his fastball early in the game and the A's pounced. Brandon Moss led off the second inning with a home run. John Jaso hit one to start the third.
"They fight for their at-bats," manager Ron Washington said. "They battle, and when they get pitches they like they don't usually miss them. And I think that's the case right there. The two home runs he gave up were pitches up out over the plate, and they didn't miss them."
More important than the big swings were the runs Oakland added on.
After the second-inning homer, Darvish retired the next two batters. But he allowed a single to No. 8 hitter Josh Reddick, who promptly stole second. After the steal, Eric Sogard took four pitches, then lined a run-scoring single to center.
In the fourth, after the Rangers drew within a run, Darvish allowed a single, double and a run-scoring wild pitch before retiring a batter.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Rangers (Josh Lindblom, 0-2, 5.94) vs. A's (A.J. Griffin, 5-6, 3.93)
--1B Mitch Moreland made his third and final rehab start Tuesday, going 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. He's ready to return to the lineup for the start of a trip in St. Louis.
--RHP Josh Lindblom is making his fourth start of the season Thursday in the series finale. He is still looking for his first win as a starter after transitioning from being a reliever in spring training. He lost his previous start against Oakland on May 20.
--C/1B Robinson Chirinos started Wednesday at first base after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock the day before. It marked his fourth start of the season, with the previous three coming at catcher.
--RF Nelson Cruz moved up to third in the batting order for the just the eighth time in his career. "It doesn't matter as long as I'm in the lineup," he said. Manager Ron Washington was hoping to jumpstart the offense with the move.
--SS Elvis Andrus was back in the lineup after getting Tuesday off. Andrus was hitless in his previous three games and was hitting .167 over the previous 25. He went 0-for-4 Wednesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Some guys are starting to figure things out throughout the lineup. We're starting to get consistent." -- Manager Ron Washington, after Texas pounded out 14 hits in a 9-4 win over Oakland on Wednesday.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - ROSTER REPORT
--INF Jeff Baker (sprained right thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13.
--RHP Joakim Soria (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 9. He began throwing live batting practice April 8. Soria suffered a setback in his recovery when he strained a muscle in his chest throwing live batting practice on April 19 at the club's spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. The Rangers hoped to have him back by early June, but instead won't get him back until July. He resumed throwing off a mound June 6. He started throwing "live" batting practice to Rangers hitters June 14 and threw between 35-40 pitches June 17 in a bullpen session. He will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on June 20.
--1B Mitch Moreland (right hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 6. He played in his second of three minor league rehab games June 18. He is expected to return to the active roster on June 21.
--RHP Colby Lewis (right flexor tendon surgery in July 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 6. He began throwing live batting practice April 8, and he pitched in extended spring training May 4. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on May 9, but his rehab was then shut down due to triceps soreness. Lewis began a new rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on May 20, and he started for Round Rock on May 25. On May 28 the team shut him down due to muscular soreness in the back of his right elbow. He was given a platelet-rich-plasma injection. He had a bullpen session June 17 and is expected to have another June 20.
--LHP Michael Kirkman (recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma on right triceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 12. The cancer, which will be treated with radiation sessions, was found during a routine screening in May by Rangers doctors. He was first diagnosed with skin cancer in the same area in January 2012.
--RHP Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He was out May 16-June 4 due to right biceps tendinitis. He began throwing June 14.
--LHP Matt Harrison (lower-back soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 25. He had surgery April 23 to repair a herniated disk. He underwent a second operation May 1. He was playing catch from flat ground as of June 18 and is shooting for an August return.
--RHP Neftali Feliz (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 24. He has started throwing off a mound in Arizona. He is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
RHP Yu Darvish
LHP Derek Holland
RHP Nick Tepesch
RHP Justin Grimm
RHP Josh Lindblom
RHP Joe Nathan (closer)
RHP Jason Frasor
RHP Kyle McClellan
LHP Robbie Ross
RHP Tanner Scheppers
LHP Neal Cotts
RHP Ross Wolf
LHP Joseph Ortiz
1B Lance Berkman
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
3B Adrian Beltre
INF Jurickson Profar
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin
RF Nelson Cruz
OF Craig Gentry