ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' series with the Red Sox reaffirmed one thing. Manager Ron Washington is not going to wait for an official save situation to use closer Neftali Feliz.Feliz pitched twice in the series and both times were with a four-run lead. That falls outside the three-run lead maximum for a ninth-inning save situation, but Washington didn't care about that, especially against the Red Sox. "I'm trying to win a ballgame," Washington said. "I don't want all hell to break loose and can't stop it. I'm trying to win a game and it's against the Boston Red Sox. I'm trying to say: 'You ain't coming back. Get that out of your mind.'" Feliz pitched in 70 games last season; only 43 were save opportunities. Some were tie games but others were with leads that did not qualify as save situations. "The only thing I want to do is help my team win," Feliz said. "Even if it's not a save situation, I've still got to get people out and do the best I can." Maybe if his offense didn't score as many runs. "No, no, no," Feliz said. "I want them to keep hitting because we need to be winning. It doesn't matter if it's a save situation."
Webb unhappy with command in BP session
ARLINGTON -- Brandon Webb threw 70 pitches in a live batting-practice session Monday afternoon and was not happy with the results. Far from it."It went bad," Webb said. "I was pretty wild. I'll have to go about it again. I thought I might be ready to get into a game, but after today, there's no way I'm ready to get in a game after that. It was just really wild. "I felt fine, but I was just all over the place. It wasn't like my last 'pen [session]. After my last 'pen, I was like this is pretty good. I thought after that I would be ready for a [simulated] game." Webb, who underwent surgery on Aug. 3, 2009, has been sidelined for two years because of a shoulder injury. He has been on and off the mound since the beginning of Spring Training, but he has yet to throw in a game. He will try more live batting practice on Friday. "We'll have to do that again," Webb said. "It's a little different when the hitters are in there, I guess. My last 'pen was pretty good and I thought we were heading in the right direction. I hadn't thrown to hitters in about two weeks. "If [Friday's] good, we'll move forward from there. But if it's like today, I might be able to do that in Arizona, but if I would have come out like today in a live game in Frisco, I would have walked like five guys. It doesn't shake my confidence. I thought it was going to be better than that for sure. Hopefully next time will be a little bit better."
Rangers enjoy big weekend on field, at gate
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' first weekend at home was a success both from a baseball and a commercial standpoint. Among the numbers from the three-game series with the Red Sox: The Rangers drew 144,828 fans, the second most for a three-game series at the Ballpark in Arlington. They drew 148,894 for a three-game series against the Yankees on May 21-23 2004. FOX Sports Southwest reported that the ratings for Friday's game were the highest ever for the Rangers on Opening Day. The rating was 5.5 and was even better on Sunday, when the Rangers drew a 5.7 rating. In addition to hitting 11 home runs, most ever for the first three games of the season, the Rangers had 21 extra-base hits. That's one more than they had in the first three games of 1992, when they had 20 extra-base hits.
Washington sticks with Napoli at first vs. lefty
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said that Mitch Moreland is going to play against some left-handers. But Washington went with Mike Napoli against left-hander Erik Bedard on Monday in the first game of a three-game series with the Mariners on Monday.
"We brought him in here to face lefties, so I've got him in there against Bedard," Washington said.
Washington was also playing the hot hand. Napoli went 4-for-6 with two home runs during the three-game series against the Red Sox. Napoli, going into Monday's game, was also 2-for-6 with a home run in his career against Bedard.
The Rangers' next scheduled game against a left-hander is Friday, when they face the Orioles. Left-hander Zach Britton is scheduled to pitch for the Orioles in that game.
Michael Young was in the Rangers' lineup on Monday night and ready to play in his 1,512th game. That's tied with Jim Sundberg for the second most in franchise history. Rafael Palmeiro played in 1,573 games for the Rangers. ... The Rangers went into Monday's game with 11 home runs, most in the Majors. ... Matt Harrison on Sunday was the third Rangers pitcher in three years to go at least seven innings against the Red Sox and allow one run or less. C.J. Wilson did it last year and Kevin Millwood did so in 2009. They had three such outings against the Red Sox in the previous eight years.
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