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07/12/08 6:49 PM ET
Boggs nailing runners for Rangers
Outfielder gets outs with strong throws in consecutive games
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton has the throwing arm that everybody raves about. Brandon Boggs has the throwing arm that's been getting people out lately. Boggs was able to show off his throwing arm in two straight games on Thursday and Friday, gunning down a couple of baserunners in critical situations. The Rangers won one game and lost the other, but that didn't diminish the impression Boggs made with his arm. "Very impressive," manager Ron Washington said. "The one [Friday] was one of the best throws I've ever seen. The ball came out of his arm and never lost trajectory." Thursday's play would have been much more memorable if the Rangers had won the game against the Angels. They were tied in the ninth when the Angels put runners on first and second. Juan Rivera slapped a grounder through the left side that looked like it would score Torii Hunter with the go-ahead run. But Boggs came charging hard and came up throwing, delivering a perfect strike to home plate to get Hunter as he tried to run over catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "Right from the get-go, I read it off the bat and saw it through the hole," Boggs said. "Torii is a good runner, so you can't sit back and wait. You have to go get it and get rid of it." On Friday, Boggs cut down Carlos Quentin in the fourth inning trying to score on Jim Thome's fly ball. The Rangers were up 7-2 at the time, but Boggs' throw cut off a rally and ended Chicago's chance to build some momentum. "A good arm is pretty much a tool I've had, but I haven't been able to use it much," Boggs said. "Those plays gave me a chance to use it." Boggs was in the lineup because Milton Bradley was sidelined with tendinitis in his left knee. Bradley was back in the lineup on Saturday, but so was Boggs, as Washington gave David Murphy a night off with left-hander John Danks pitching for the White Sox. Boggs has cooled off at the plate since hitting .357 in his first 12 games for the Rangers, but Washington still feels he's good fit as a fourth outfielder because he's a switch-hitter with speed who can play all three outfield spots. "He fits in right in there with everybody else out there," Washington said. "He doesn't complain or beat down my door when he's not playing. He just stays prepared."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.