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Washington to manage Japan tour

Rangers manager Ron Washington will be managing a group of All-Stars that will tour in Japan after the season.

Hopefully he’ll have more leg room than American Airlines gives its passengers these days on their domestic flights with these new configured planes.

Here is the press release…

 

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be among the group of accomplished Major Leaguers who will travel to Japan this November to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team) in “All-Star Series 2014.”  The MLB All-Stars will be led by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011.
The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908.  The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars.  MLB’s 2006 roster – which included All-Stars such as Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Howard, John Lackey, Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Chase Utley – went 5-0 in the All-Star Series. 
All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome).  Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Ross optioned to Round Rock

The Rangers have optioned pitcher Robbie Ross to Triple A Round Rock. They have recalled RHP Jon Edwards. He will be the 36th pitcher the Rangers have used this year. The Rangers don’t have a fifth starter but they have two days off next week so they can get by with four starters until Aug. 26. By then Ross will be eligible to come back. So will Yu Darvish if he is healthy.

 

Darvish: mild inflammation in elbow

Pitcher Yu Darvish has mild inflammation in right elbow. The Rangers don’t think it is a long-term concern. He will resume throwing with the discomfort subsides. He said he could pitch if he had to but does not want to risk his future.

Ross replaces Adcock. Waiting on Darvish

The Rangers optioned pitcher Nate Adcock to Triple A to make room for Robbie Ross. No word yet on Yu Darvish and his MRI results. Derek Holland pitches tonight in Round Rock.

 

Darvish on disabled list with elbow inflammation

Yu Darvish is on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Robbie Ross is starting Thursday. Alex Claudio will be in the bullpen tonight.

Scheppers to relieve next year

Tanner Scheppers, on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, said he is going back to the bullpen next year. Scheppers, the Rangers Opening Day starter, said he would still like to be a starter but right now everybody thinks he would be better off back in the bullpen in 2015.

 

Rios out of lineup

Alex Rios is out of the lineup with a sprained ankle and will be examined later by Dr. Keith Meister. Mike Carp is available but not in the lineup because there is a left-hander on the mound. J.P. Arencibia is batting third. Adam Rosales is batting fifth.

 

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