Wednesday Morning Rangers Update

I'm going to assume Feliz just threw a ball

That was a bad game last night. There's not much more that can be said about it. Here are some articles from professionals who try anyway.

T.R. Sullivan has his game story up on and he pretty much nails it with the first sentence:

Their No. 1 starter had a four-run lead and couldn't get a win.

Randy Jennings of ESPN Dallas reacts to the Rangers loss with various notes from the game. They are mostly all very terrible things to read, however.

Jeff Wilson's game recap chronicles the events of a backward game from the Rangers pitching staff. The Rangers have recently been getting plenty of innings out of their starters while not needing to go to the pen very often. Last night, the Rangers needed five innings from the bullpen and, considering the bullpen is unquestionably the weakest part of the team, that was was a recipe for disaster.

Neftali Feliz was especially disastrous last night. As Drew Davison writes, however, Feliz says he threw the pitches he wanted to throw, they just hit them.

Regardless, Gerry Fraley suggests behind the DMN paywall that the Rangers need a co-closer to tandem with Feliz.

T.R. Sullivan and Louie Horvath share noting duty and report that the Rangers were considering using David Murphy to pitch an inning the night before last, Derek Holland promoting his "Keep Your Thumbs on the Wheel" campaign, and other various Rangers news items.

Davison also has notes. He writes about Rangers players being glad the NFL Lockout is over and how they don't anticipate a situation like the one the NFL faced arising in their sport any time soon. Additionally, Davison notes that Andres Blanco could potentially begin a rehab assignment in Round Rock on Thursday.

Anthony Andro writes about Leonys Martin getting a taste of the big leagues if only as a participant in a base running clinic put on by Ron Washington and Gary Pettis. Andro mentions that Martin also had the opportunity to do drills in the outfield as well.

Finally, the DMN has a transcript of a radio interview Nolan Ryan did on The Jim Rome Show. Nolan talks about his health, the Rangers interest in Carlos Beltran, the team's ability to make it back to the World Series regardless of if they make a trade or not, and the aftermath of the Shannon Stone tragedy.

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