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04/13/08 3:12 PM ET
Laird back in form after night of errors
Catcher prides himself on throwing arm, won't change much
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Gerald Laird only needed one game to get his act back together. Laird committed two throwing errors in Friday's 8-5 loss to the Blue Jays, but was back on his game Saturday night. After an afternoon workout with third-base coach Matt Walbeck, Laird gunned down both Joe Inglett and John McDonald trying to steal in Saturday's game. "It was just a normal workout," Laird said. "I wasn't worried about anything, I just rushed two throws the night before. I wasn't worried or panicking, I just went out and fine-tuned some things. I feel like the one thing I'm good at is throwing and I'm not going to change too much because of one game." Said manager Ron Washington, "That's the way you bounce back. He just had a night that I've never seen out of Gerald. Turns out it's not something to be concerned about. [Saturday] night they tried to run on him and he blew them up." Laird went into Sunday's game having thrown out 46.7 percent (7-for-15) of attempted basestealers, the highest rate in the Majors among catchers with at least five attempts against. "Before Friday, I thought I was throwing really good," Laird said. "But sometimes I try to make up time by trying to be too quick. Other than that I've been accurate and my arm feels good." Laird was in the lineup on Sunday, even though it was a day game after a night game. Washington said he'll start Laird on Sunday and Monday and possibly give him Tuesday off.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.