Happy Friday, everybody.
That was some game by Derek Holland yesterday, huh?
Jeff Wilson's game story is all about the Derek Holland shutout.
T.R. Sullivan's game story says Holland's work may have been the team's best pitching performance of the season, as he went nine innings on a day where the bullpen was desperately in need of a day off.
Matt Ehalt has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.
The S-T's notes talk about Engel Beltre making his major league debut in New York, where he lived for eight years before returning to the Dominican Republic so he could sign as a free agent rather than be subject to the MLB draft, Elvis Andrus's issues at the plate, Martin Perez getting another start tonight, and the status of Alexi Ogando and Joakim Soria.
Sullivan's notes talk about Beltre's return to New York, Joe Nathan hoping to make the All Star team, and Ron Washington's use of the bullpen.
The stuff on the bullpen situation is troubling to me...Sullivan writes:
Manager Ron Washington knows that right-handed setup reliever Tanner Scheppers and left-handers Neal Cotts and Robbie Ross are carrying heavy workloads. The skipper also knows that he could ease that burden by integrating veteran right-handed relievers Kyle McClellan and Jason Frasor into the mix.
But Washington has had a hard time doing that, and neither pitcher has yet to appear in a game on this road trip.
Tanner Scheppers had pitched in four of the last five days before yesterday, including the Rangers' last four games in a row. Robbie Ross is carrying a heavy workload, much like he did early last season, where he ended up being awful in the second half, and had to be put on the disabled list to try to give him a break.
The refusal to use Frasor occasionally, instead of Scheppers and Ross, has me concerned about how this is going to impact how Scheppers and Ross are going to perform later in the season.
Finally, former Ranger Billy Sample has written, produced and starred in a movie, about former minor league ballplayers, that is going to be in theaters in a limited release.