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MLBeat: Sadler a nice surprise
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09/11/2002 9:37 pm ET 
MLBeat: Sadler a nice surprise
By Jess Sanchez / MLB.com

Donnie Sadler has made starts at second base, third base and center field for Texas. (Linda Kaye/AP)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Donnie Sadler continues to impress.

On Tuesday, he pinch-ran and scored the winning run. He got his first hit in the Majors since May 26 on Sept. 2, when he went 2-for-4 against Houston; it was his first two-hit game since May 18 at Cleveland.

"Donnie is the type of guy who can give us above-average defensive play, no matter where you put him," Rangers manager Jerry Narron said. "We just want to win every time he is out there. The offense he gives us is a bonus."

Sadler entered Wednesday's game hitting .118, with five runs scored in 22 games. He's made starts at second base, third base and center field.

Against Seattle: Texas is 4-10 against the Mariners this season, winning two straight and three of the last four meetings. This marks the first time that the Rangers have beaten the Mariners in consecutive contests in one season since July 4-5, 2001. Texas has lost six of its last nine games against Seattle; the Rangers are 9-25 in the series since the start of last year and 14-32 since the start of the 2000 season.

Homer heaven: Going into Wednesday's action, the Rangers had a ML-leading 209 homers, one more than the Yankees. Texas has now hit 200 or more homers four times in the last five seasons. The current total is the team's fourth best in a season behind 246 in 2001, 230 in 1999, and 221 in 1996. The club has 128 homers over the last 70 games and 172 homers over the past last 101, after hitting 37 in the first 43 games of the year.

Briefly: Outfielder Rusty Greer underwent neck surgery on Aug. 22 in Dallas and should be ready for Spring Training. He is also expected to have hip surgery over the next several weeks. ... Outfielder Juan Gonzalez will have his right thumb re-examined next week, and surgery is possible at that time. ... Left-handed pitcher John Rocker has thrown off the mound three times with no pain. He will throw again Thursday.

Fantasy Edge: Kevin Mench has started four of the last eight games, going 0-for-2 last night with his second career sacrifice bunt. He is 9-for 40 in his last 11 games.

Jesse Sanchez covers the Texas Rangers for MLB.com. He can be contacted via email at jsanchez@texasrangers.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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