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MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - INSIDE PITCH
The Rangers are doing a little of the old starting rotation shuffle.
Lefty Derek Holland will move up a day in his next outing so the team can reset its starting rotation for the stretch run. The move allows the Rangers to send Holland, left-hander Martin Perez and righty Yu Darvish to the mound against Oakland next weekend when the teams meet in Arlington. Darvish would be in line to start the first game of the postseason -- if the Rangers make it.
"This is best way we could keep our starting rotation on track the way we wanted to as we move through the season," manager Ron Washington said.
Holland, who threw 74 pitches in 4.2 innings Monday, will be pitching on his normal four days of rest Saturday at Los Angeles because of the team's scheduled off day on Thursday. Righty Matt Garza will start the opener of the Angels series.
The Rangers, who defeated the A's 5-1 Tuesday, are uncertain who will pitch the finale. It will be either lefty Travis Blackley, the originally scheduled Saturday starter, or righty Nick Tepesch, who was impressive in 3.1 innings of relief Monday.
"He was executing exactly like people said he had been on rehab," Washington said. "He kept the ball down and used his slider well."
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Rangers (Yu Darvish, 12-6, 2.73) at Athletics (Jarrod Parker, 10-6, 3.59)
--C A.J. Pierzynski tied the major-league record of 13 consecutive seasons with 100 or more games caught on Tuesday night when he started against the Oakland A's. Pierzynski moved into a tie with Bill Dickey (1929-41), Johnny Bench (1968-80) and Brad Ausmus (1995-2007). Pierzynski also moved into a tie for fourth in major-league history for most total seasons with 100 or more games caught. Former Ranger C Ivan Rodriguez tops that list with 17, followed by Bob Boone (15) and Jason Kendall (14).
--RHP Yu Darvish will make his sixth career start against Oakland on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series at the O.co. Coliseum. Darvish is 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in his career against the A's. This year, he's 0-2 in two starts with a 3.75 ERA. He allowed five runs (four earned) and six hits, including two home runs, in a 7-3 loss to the A's on June 18, his most recent start against the A's. Over his past three starts this season, Darvish is 0-1 with a 3.43 ERA, 29 strikeouts and nine walks, He has given up a combined three home runs in his past two starts, including two in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota in his last start.
--LHP Martin Perez (9-3) won his sixth straight start Tuesday night, allowing one run and eight hits over seven innings of a 5-1 win over the Oakland A's. Perez's streak is an ongoing Rangers franchise record for rookies. He became the first Texas pitcher to win six straight starts since Kenny Rogers won eight straight from April 27 to June 5 in 2005.
--1B Mitch Moreland hit his career-high 22nd home run of the season Tuesday night, a solo shot in the fourth inning of a 5-1 win over Oakland. Moreland has hit five home runs in 11 games against the A's this year. He has 10 career homers against the A's, his most against any opponent.
--SS Elvis Andrus (back spasms) was out of the lineup Tuesday against Oakland for the third straight day but said he was making good progress in his recovery. He ran and took batting practice hours before the game. "I feel OK," Andrus said. "I ran like 80 percent today and my back feels strong, and I was swinging pretty good." Manager Ron Washington said Andrus will have to prove he's healthy enough to field his position before he returns to the starting lineup. Washington said he won't put him in the lineup at designated hitter just to speed his return.
--RHP Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and was available out of the bullpen. Ogando is 5-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 15 appearances, all starts. He went on the DL on Aug. 20, retroactive to Aug. 14.
--OF Joe Benson, who was designated for assignment Monday, was outrighted Tuesday to Triple-A Round Rock after clearing waivers. The Rangers claimed Benson off waivers from Minnesota on May 25. In 2011, he played 21 games for the Twins, hitting .239 with six doubles and one triple. The Twins drafted him in the second round in 2006.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's growing in front of our eyes. Just watch it and enjoy it." -- Manager Ron Washington, of LHP Martin Perez, who won his sixth straight start Tuesday, an ongoing franchise record for rookies.
MLB Team Report - Texas Rangers - ROSTER REPORT
--SS Elvis Andrus (stiff back) left the Aug. 31 game and did not play Sept. 1-3. He has been battling back soreness all season. He ran and took batting practice hours before the Sept. 3 game. "I feel OK," Andrus said. "I ran like 80 percent today and my back feels strong, and I was swinging pretty good." Manager Ron Washington said Andrus will have to prove he's healthy enough to field his position before he returns to the starting lineup.
--RHP Alexi Ogando (nerve inflammation in right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 14. He is expected to throw a bullpen session for the Rangers at some point on their current road trip, which started Aug. 23. He was activated from the DL Sept. 3.
--RHP Matt West (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) was recalled from Class A Myrtle Beach and placed on the 60-day disabled list Aug. 20. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on Aug. 27.
--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 began a rehab assignment July 31 with Double-A Frisco, then pitched for the same team Aug. 4. He left a rehab start on Aug. 9 after 63 pitches with some tingling in his fingers. He was declared out for the season Aug. 13 after doctors determined his back was not yet strong enough to allow him to pitch.
--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 threw a bullpen session June 17. He did some long-tossing June 25 in Arlington, then threw bullpen sessions in late June and early July. He threw live batting practice July 9. He started a rehab assignment on July 17, and he pitched in the minors through Aug. 3. On Aug. 6, he announced he would have season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs and resurface his right hip. The operation will be performed during the week of Aug. 19-25.
LHP Derek Holland
LHP Martin Perez
RHP Yu Darvish
RHP Matt Garza
LHP Travis Blackley
RHP Joe Nathan (closer)
RHP Jason Frasor
LHP Robbie Ross
RHP Tanner Scheppers
LHP Neal Cotts
RHP Joakim Soria
LHP Joseph Ortiz
RHP Cory Burns
LHP Michael Kirkman
RHP Nick Tepesch
RHP Neftali Feliz
RHP Alexi Ogando
1B Mitch Moreland
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Lance Berkman
INF Jurickson Profar
INF Adam Rosales
LF David Murphy
CF Leonys Martin
RF Alex Rios
OF Jeff Baker
OF Craig Gentry
OF Jim Adduci