“He’s good good crazy stuff. He’s got real good stuff. If he can pitch the way he’s pitching, he’s got some of the best stuff I’ve ever caught.”
Perez is trying to add a cut fastball to his arsenal. Perez already has an excellent changeup that dives down and away to right-handed hitters. A cut fastball thrown inside and moving in on right-handed hitters can keep them from leaning outside on the changeup.
– Other items from an intrasquad game that ended in a 4-4 tie between teams managed by Steve Buechele and Tim Bogar.
Neftali Feliz gave up two runs on three hits, including a home run to Brett Nicholas. Said pitching coach Mike Maddux: “It can be better. He threw a couple of decent changeups but the changeup plays off the fastball. We’ve got to get the fastball up to speed.”
Neal Cotts gave up three runs on a three-run double to Leonys Martin – lefty vs. lefty – but the bases were loaded with the help of a couple infield hits.
Kevin Kouzmanoff started at first base. He been a third baseman his entire career but being able to play first base would add to his versatility.
Nomar Manzara, Lewis Brinson and Joey Gallo were a combined 3-for-4 as reserves.
Shin-Soo Choo got hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance. He led the Majors getting hit with 26 pitches last season.
Jose Contreras hit Choo and walked two batters in his inning of work. He threw 20 pitches and the inning was called with the bases loaded and two outs.
Matt West needed just seven pitches in his scoreless inning of work. He pitched in just one inning last year while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
Luis Sardinas had the only two-hit game of the day.
He said it
“I was feeling good about it before I got there and this reaffirmed that nothing is going on. I’m going to ease back in. I took a week off so I’m not going to throw a bullpen tomorrow.”
Matt Harrison, back in camp after getting a clean bill of health on his back from Dr. Drew Dossett.
Rangers manager Ron Washington told Yu Darvish on Tuesday that he is the Opening Day starter. Washington first announced that at FanFest last month but told Darvish officially on Tuesday. The Rangers open on March 31 against the Phillies.
RHP Nick Tepesch will not pitch in today’s intrasquad game. He has some soreness in his back, the Rangers do not think it is serious but they are being cautious – he is listed as day to day.
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A team managed by Steve Buechele won today’s intrasquad game in Surprise, 7-4 over a team managed by Tim Bogar. Yu Darvish threw 13 pitches in a scoreless inning, the only blemish being his own error on a would-be inning-ending play at first base. Tommy Hanson whiffed 2 of 3 batters faced in his first outing in a Texas uniform.
Engel Beltre went 2-for-3 with 2 runs, joining Jim Adduci, Brent Lillibridge, Brad Snyder, and 19-year-old minor leaguer Ronald Guzman as players with multi-hit games. Alex Castellanos doubled for the Bogar team’s lone extra-base hit.
After the Bogar squad took a 4-1 lead in the 5th inning with 4 consecutive hits off of Pedro Figueroa, Team Buechele answered with a 5-run 6th to put the game away against Miles Mikolas. Adduci, minor leaguer Nomar Mazara, and Bryan Petersen all had ground rule doubles for Team Buechele in that frame. Mazara’s pinch double drove in the first 2 runs of the inning.
Shawn Tolleson, who missed most of last season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk, pitched the only 1-2-3 inning besides Hanson.
– Manager Ron Washington on rookie second baseman Rougned Odor: “I like his game. He can play. He’s not afraid. He’s a young kid out of lower baseball and he’s full of tee tee and vinegar and we’ve got to get him to slow that down. We’ve got to get him to play just a little under control. And before this camp is over, we’ll get him under control.
“He’s got quick-twitch muscles. Like most young kids, they turn a double play or they start a double play and all they’ve got on their minds is rushing and getting it there and there’s timing. If the timing is right, there’s no rushing involved. We need to get him to develop a clock.”
– Teammates have a nickname for pitcher Jose Contreras. They call him “Pedro Serrano” from the movie Major League. Contreras does have the same shaved head and powerful build even at 42.
He said it
“We’re going to miss Joe Nathan. He did a great job for us for a couple of years and was a great teammate. But we have some great arms down in the bullpen that can do the job.”
Reliever Neal Cotts.
Pitcher Matt Harrison has been given a clean bill of health in his lower back after an examination by Dr. Drew Dossett. He did get an injection for stiffness in his neck but otherwise he is expected to begin a throwing program later this week. The Rangers do not expect him ready to be in the Opening Day rotation but they do believe he should be ready to pitch at some point early in the season.
The Rangers have extended manager Ron Washington’s contract for 1 year, through the 2015 season.
Stay tuned for more details.