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Buck Showalter said reliever Akinori Otsuka gave him a complete rundown/scouting report of all Japanese pitchers who could come to the United States. Said Showalter, "They’re all his best friends and he can get them to come here…for free. What do we need agents for if we’ve got Aki?"
Reliever Frank Francisco is rejoining the Rangers on Friday and it brings up a crucial point. One thing the Rangers need next year is a lights-out 8th inning setup reliever, something they lost when they traded Francisco Cordero to the Milwaukee Brewers. Francisco is one candidate. So is Nick Masset and it’s why the Rangers want to keep Josh Rupe in the bullpen.
Wes Littleton could be a late-inning guy if his changeup is good enough to get left-handed hitters out. His sidearm style is tough on right-handers but Showalter said he needs that changeup to get left-handers out.
Anibal Sanchez threw the first no-hitter of the season this week and pitcher Adam Eaton was talking about his first no-hitter: "It was in the Minors, Double A. I lost 1-0. The first guy walked, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fly ball. It was against the Yankees Double A team. Alfonso Soriano batted third and Nick Johnson batted fourth. "
Chan Ho Park was supposed to pitch on Aug. 21 but was still having problems with a mysterious intestinal bleeding. On his way to the ballpark that day, Padres teammate Woody Williams called and started screamming at him to get checked out and see what was causing the bleeding. He took his teammate’s advice and two days later had surgery to correct the problem. He told the story on his Korean website.
"Ten thousand people have come onto my website and to say Woody Williams saved Chan Ho Park’s life," Park said. "If I pitch that night, maybe I get dizzy or pass out and something goes wrong. They couldn’t find the problem the first time."
Cal Ripken Jr. said he would be interested in being a part of a group that would buy the Baltimore Orioles if Peter Angelos was ever interested in selling. Ripken said he would be interested in not only buying the team but taking an active role in running the baseball operations.
ESPN ranked the top ten "Web Gems" of all-time and Gary Matthews Jr. finished third for his catch, robbing Mike Lamb of a home run earlier this year. Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith was No. 1 for a famous diving bare-headed play back in 1978. Willie Mays catch in the 1954 World Series was ranked tenth, which is just more ESPN silliness. That will forever be "The Catch," the greatest defensive play in baseball history.
As great as Matthews’ catch was, one could also argue that the most significant defensive play in Rangers history was Rusty Greer’s diving catch in the ninth inning to save Kenny Rogers perfect game.
Just for the heck of it: Dan Peltier.
The Rangers are tied for 20th in the Major Leagues in quality starts and last in the American League West. Enough said.
Brewers outfielder Laynce Nix may have season-ending surgery because of "turf toe" on the big toe of his left foot. He said it’s been bothering him for two years.
In their 35-year history, the Rangers have winning records at two opposing American League parks: Jacobs Field and Tropicana Field.
Sure you were wondering about this but former Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker is the only player to hit two inside-the-park home runs against the Rangers. There have been 19 in all against the Rangers, including one by Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk in 1983 off of Dave Stewart.