Friday a.m. Rangers things

A split of a four game set at home against the Twins.  It doesn't sound great, but really, it was the most likely outcome, statistically speaking.  

Drew Davison's game story uses a phrase we haven't heard a lot of lately -- he says the bullpen was solid in yesterday's 4-1 win.

Louie Horvath's game story talks about Matt Harrison coming up big to prevent the Rangers' first three game losing streak at home in over a year.

Jeff Caplan says that,with the pressure on last night, for a variety of reasons, Neftali Feliz came up big.

The S-T's notes talk about Craig Gentry's trip to the seven day disabled list, and Tanner Scheppers' potential road to the majors being derailed this year because of injuries.

The Rangers' website notes talk about Gentry to the d.l. and Taylor Teagarden coming up, and also has this quote from Ron Washington about Leonys Martin:

 

"I didn't know where he was going to be, but I could tell you he is a talent," Washington said. "It is raw, he needs to play baseball and learn a lot, but he's got good aptitude. The kid works, and tries it. He swings the bat, he can run. The talent is there, it's just like any young kid."

I think the bolded part highlights why the Rangers aren't activating him while Craig Gentry is out, and why they wouldn't bring him up, as was suggested earlier this week, as a pinch runner/defensive replacement, when he could be playing regularly in the minors.

 

Brent Shirley has a story about the growth and learning process of Alexi Ogando, starting pitcher.

Rusty Greer was at the game yesterday, 17 years to the day after he made the diving catch in centerfield that saved Kenny Rogers' perfect game.

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