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05/04/08 12:38 AM ET

Feldman ready to pitch near home

Texas (13-18) at Oakland (18-14), Sunday, 3:05 p.m. CT

OAKLAND -- Scott Feldman makes his second Major League start for the Rangers on Sunday, but even this one has special meaning. This one is in his back yard.

Feldman starts for the Rangers against the Athletics at MacAfee Coliseum, just across San Francisco Bay from his hometown of Burlingame. Feldman pitched at Burlingame High School and then at the College of San Mateo. Both are suburbs just to the south of San Francisco.

He was the third pitcher on his high school team, and they only played two games a week. He ended up walking on without a college scholarship at the College of San Mateo. Two years later he was 25-2 and twice his conference's Pitcher of the Year. The Rangers took him in the 30th round of the June First-Year Player Draft in 2003.

"The big thing is just starting in general," Feldman said. "I love starting, but it will be fun pitching in front of family and friends."

This is sooner than expected. Feldman has been a reliever for the Rangers ever since he was drafted until he was moved to the rotation at the end of Spring Training. The idea was for him to make the transition from pitching for Double-A Frisco. But he has been pressed into big league service because of the many injuries to the Rangers pitching staff.

"Obviously, Minor League hitters are better than Major League hitters, but as long as I stick to my plan and execute my pitches, it shouldn't be too different," Feldman said. "In either place, if you make pitches, you should get guys out."

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Scott Feldman (0-0, 6.00 ERA)
Feldman threw 69 pitches over four innings Tuesday against Kansas City in relief of the injured Jason Jennings. He will take over Jennings' spot in the rotation beginning with this game. Feldman has made five career relief appearances against Oakland, posting a 0-0 record and 1.50 ERA. He has allowed the Athletics one run on two hits and nine walks over six career innings.

OAK: LHP Greg Smith (2-1, 2.73 ERA)
Smith was one of six players acquired from the Diamondbacks for Dan Haren, and so far Smith's been a good addition. Four of his five outings have resulted in quality starts. He pitched his first complete game and suffered his first loss in his last outing against the Angels, allowing two runs in eight innings in a 2-0 loss on Tuesday. Opponents are hitting just .209 off him.

With a hit Saturday night, Milton Bradley has hit safely in 22 of his last 24 games and is batting .348 (31-for-89) during this span. The outfielder has reached base safely in 25 of his 26 games this season. ... Closer C.J. Wilson will be available Sunday after Joaquin Benoit earned the save on Saturday. Wilson had pitched in three straight games before Saturday. ... Ian Kinsler is expected to return to the lineup Sunday after being scratched from Saturday's game because of a sore hamstring.

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Up next
• Monday: Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 2-2, 3.86) at Mariners (Jarrod Washburn, 1-4, 4.86), 9:10 p.m. CT
• Tuesday: Rangers (Sidney Ponson, 1-0, 1.35) at Mariners (Miguel Batista, 2-3, 4.41), 9:10 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 4-2, 3.50) at Mariners (Erik Bedard, 2-1, 1.82), 9:10 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.