ARLINGTON -- The latest on the Rangers' pitching: With two days off this week, the Rangers are moving Cliff Lee ahead of Tommy Hunter in the rotation. The Rangers want to give Hunter some extra rest. Lee, who pitched on Sunday against the Yankees, will start this Saturday against the Mariners. Hunter, who faced the Yankees on Saturday, will go on Sunday against Seattle. Right now, the Rangers are going with Derek Holland and Colby Lewis against the Tigers. C.J. Wilson will pitch the first game in Seattle on Friday, followed by Lee and Hunter. With the two days off, everybody is getting extra rest this week. After Thursday, the Rangers have no more days off, so that's how the rotation sets up for the rest of the season.
Neftali Feliz was not at the ballpark on Tuesday. His wife, Karina, gave birth to a daughter, Nerali Lucia, early Tuesday morning. All are doing well, and Feliz is expected back Wednesday. Feliz has 36 saves on the season. He needs one more to match the Major League record for a rookie, set by the Mariners' Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000. Reliever Frank Francisco, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 28 with a strained muscle in his right rib cage, had an MRI on Tuesday. The results are unknown, but it's still unlikely that he'll resume throwing anytime soon. Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello has been scratched from Wednesday's start with a strained finger and will be replaced by former Rangers pitcher Armando Galarraga.
Hamilton no better after attempting swings
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hasn't played since Sept. 4 because of a bruised left rib cage, tried to take some swings on Tuesday and didn't get very far."He took some swings and felt it a little bit," manager Ron Washington said. "Once he felt it, they shut him down." Hamilton injured his rib cage when he made a catch in deep right-center against the Twins and then fell into the wall, catching his elbow between that and his rib cage. He has been dealing with the pain since then, but he thought he felt good enough on Tuesday to attempt to swing the bat. "[It felt] pretty good. I've been trying everything with this thing," Hamilton said. "I've been doing treatment here, chiropractor, acupuncture, hypobaric chamber. I am doing everything I possibly can for it. I came in today to walk a little bit on the treadmill, ran a little bit on the treadmill. I did a leg workout, nothing heavy, just light stuff. It still hurts, but it's tolerable. "It hurts less when I am swinging and more when I start breathing heavy. So I am trying to focus on breathing through my stomach, expand my ribs less. That's the way you are supposed to breathe anyway."
Lewis returns to home mound Wednesday
ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis returns to the mound on Wednesday to pitch against the Tigers and will be making his first appearance at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since an 8-2 loss to the Athletics on Aug. 29. Lewis allowed seven runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings, and afterwards expressed his disappointment over being booed by the fans.Lewis allowed three runs in the sixth inning and was booed after issuing a two-out walk to Daric Barton. It was the last batter he faced, but Lewis also acknowledged that he received a positive response from the fans after being pulled from the game by manager Ron Washington. "I was just disappointed that with two outs I walked that guy and got booed," Lewis said. "The fans were cheering me when I came off the field. I was just disappointed in the moment ... but I was happy when I walked off the field they cheered me." Lewis is 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 12 starts at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season.
The Rangers have a club-record and league-leading 160 infield hits. ... Julio Borbon has 31 infield hits, including 12 bunt hits. That's the most by a Rangers player since Otis Nixon had 23 bunt hits in 1995. ... The Rangers' lineup on Tuesday was the same as in the previous two games. It's only the third time this season the Rangers have used the same lineup in three straight 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.