Rangers mull using Feliz back to back
Club ready to use reliever in pressure situations
CLEVELAND -- The Rangers went into Thursday's game undecided if closer Neftali Feliz was available out of the bullpen. Feliz threw 18 pitches in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Indians while facing five batters over 1 1/3 innings.Feliz, going into Thursday, had yet to pitch in back-to-back games as a reliever going back to last season when he was called up on Aug. 2. At some point, Feliz will likely get that chance. "No, it's not a concern," manager Ron Washington said. "If an opportunity presents itself, we'll find out how he handles it. He hasn't had that stress yet." As far as using him for more than one inning, Washington said, "I have no problem with the way I used him [Wednesday] night, getting me one out in the eighth. As far as the future, we've got to wait and see what situation presents itself. "I don't think I'll use him for two innings. This is new for him. Last night, the best part of their lineup was coming up. We had to stop that."
Teagarden absent from lineup again
CLEVELAND -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden was out of the lineup for a second successive day while battling the effects of the stomach flu.With Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the disabled list with stiffness in his upper back and left shoulder, Matt Treanor made his third start for the Rangers on Thursday. Teagarden could be ready to play on Friday night at Yankee Stadium, but manager Ron Washington will have no problem going back to Treanor if needed. "He calls a good game, he's blocking balls and he's giving us good at-bats," Washington said. "You can tell he is a veteran. When he and the pitcher are not on the same program, he goes out there and gets it straightened out." Treanor was also 4-for-9 going into Thursday's game, while Teagarden is 0-for-14. But Washington insisted that Teagarden will be the No. 1 catcher again once he's over his food poisoning. Last year, Teagarden was supposed to be the Rangers' catcher down the stretch when Saltalamacchia first went on the disabled list with shoulder problems in mid-August. Texas also acquired Ivan Rodriguez to be Teagarden's backup. But it didn't take long for Rodriguez to take over as the No. 1 guy as long as the Rangers were in the race. Washington said that's not going to be the case this time. "When Teagarden is back, he'll do his catching," Washington said.
Young soars in favorite pregame pastime
CLEVELAND -- Michael Young had a great morning on Thursday. He shot 14-under par on a golf course."It was at St. Andrews," Young said. "A British Open-type course with deep bunkers, weeds and roughs." His best score is 15-under, but Young added, "This was my best score on one of the harder courses." The Rangers had a noon game on Thursday against the Indians. So how did Young get in 18 holes on a golf course? He was playing "Golden Tee," the electronic golf video machine in the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field. Young has been at that machine before every game since the Rangers arrived in Cleveland. He admitted that he's probably played more golf in the past week than Tiger Woods. "When I come in, I know when I'm going to hit in the cage," Young said. "So I give myself time to eat and play golf. Believe it or not, I'm not a big video game player. That's probably the only one I play." He does play golf in real life. His best score that he can remember is an 81. "I'm better on ['Golden Tee']," Young said with a smile.
Wilson ready to go Friday
CLEVELAND -- C.J. Wilson will return to the mound for the Rangers on Friday night when he pitches against the New York Yankees in the Bronx.Wilson was supposed to start on Wednesday against the Indians but was scratched because of food poisoning. He was pushed back two days. The Rangers thought about pushing Wilson all the way back to Saturday and having Scott Feldman pitch Friday. That would allow them to split their two left-handers -- Wilson and Matt Harrison -- in the rotation. Harrison pitched on Thursday against the Indians. Instead, the Rangers decided to bring Wilson back on Friday. "I feel a lot better than I did," Wilson said. "It's just one of those things. I haven't been off a mound lately, so I just have to be extra conscious of my delivery and focus on that. The proof is in the pudding. I've got to go out and pitch. That's the real key no matter what. I want to try and keep this string of good starts going. Our starters, as a whole, have been awesome." Who is actually pitching on Friday may be a moot point. Rain is forecast for Friday night in the New York area.
CLEVELAND -- Manager Ron Washington said reliever Darren O'Day is much better after his bout with food poisoning and is most likely available on Thursday. He was not available on Wednesday. ... Colby Lewis on Wednesday became the sixth Rangers pitcher to strike out 10 batters in 5 1/3 innings or less. Bobby Witt did it twice, while the others were John Henry Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Rick Helling. It was Lewis' second career 10-strikeout game, and it came more than six years after his first 10-K game (Aug. 15, 2003). No other active pitcher has gone five or more years between his first and second game with double-digit strikeouts. ... It's official, research shows that Nelson Cruz is the first Major League player to homer in six different games over his team's first eight games.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.