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By Chris Cox / MLB.com
Grieve inducted into Rangers Hall of Fame
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers officially inducted Tom Grieve into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Ballpark in Arlington.Honored 30 minutes before the first pitch between the Rangers and Angels, several former players and coaches joined the Grieve family for his induction, while other members of the Rangers' Hall of Fame -- including current president Nolan Ryan -- were on the field for the ceremony. Grieve came in on the back of a Lexus that emerged from left field, before receiving a framed letter from former president and Rangers owner George W. Bush congratulating him on his honor. Afterward, former president Tom Schieffer spoke of why Grieve -- who becomes the 13th member of the Rangers' Hall -- was the right person to receive the honor. "When I think of Tom Grieve, I think of honesty and decency. Of fairness and integrity," Schieffer said. "But most of all I think of a man who loves his family and loves this special game we call baseball." After Schieffer read the inscription on his Hall of Fame plaque, Grieve took the podium to a standing ovation from the large crowd on hand. It was afterward that he thanked former teammates, coaches, front office associates and everyone else associated with his 43 years with the Rangers as a player, general manager and broadcaster. "I've said many times that my goal as a child was to be a baseball player. For that to have happened was a dream come true," Grieve said. "To be able to stay in baseball after my playing career has been icing on the cake. To have been associated with this franchise has been a privilege." Finally, he thanked the fans that have supported him over the years before receiving another standing ovation.
Afterward, he took a lap around the warning track on the back of the Lexus before heading up to the broadcast booth to call the game."I share a deep appreciation and immense sense of gratitude to you, our fans," Grieve said. "For your kind words, support and all that you've meant to me and my family."
Holland dominates in Rookie League start
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Derek Holland worked his only start in the club's Rookie League on Friday night and had positive results.Holland didn't give up a hit or walk in his three innings of work and used only 38 pitches to get through those frames. He struck out six, and the only baserunner to reach came on a wild pitch after striking out. "He threw three innings yesterday with zeroes everywhere," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He overmatched those young boys. That was just a precursor for him to get going and get on out of there. Those young boys didn't have a chance." Holland will now head to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he'll pitch on Wednesday. "Other than to go out there and continue to build up," Washington said of the plan for Holland. "He's going out to Oklahoma." Washington said Holland -- who originally went on the DL with left shoulder inflammation -- will try and throw five innings in that start before the Rangers will reevaluate him.
Rangers set rotation for upcoming division series
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have established their rotation for the upcoming series with both the Athletics and Angels.Left-hander Cliff Lee will pitch the opening game against the A's on Tuesday, followed by Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson. It will be the first time since Lee was acquired that Wilson won't pitch immediately after him, since the Rangers have an off-day Monday and Lee will still pitch every five days. Wilson has noted the effect Lee has had on him while he has been able to watch his starts from the dugout, but manager Ron Washington said he'll still throw Lewis behind Lee and has not considered the effects Lee has had on Wilson when pitching on consecutive days. "No thought at all," Washington said. "We're giving [Wilson] a break so he'll be on six [days' rest] next time." In Anaheim, the Rangers are expected to send Scott Feldman to the mound in the opener before following him up with Tommy Hunter and Lee in the finale.
Herzog passed through Texas on way to Hall
ARLINGTON -- Whitey Herzog will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday, becoming the seventh person enshrined who spent time with the Rangers.The others are pitchers Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Rich Gossage, manager Ted Williams and Nellie Fox, who was one of his coaches. Ryan is the only one who went into Cooperstown as a Ranger. Like the others, Herzog only had a short stay in Texas. He was hired as the manager for the 1973 season, but was dismissed in September when owner Brad Corbett had a chance to hire Billy Martin. "I just remember Whitey as a very down-to-earth guy who was a real players' manager," said Tom Grieve, who played for Herzog. "He had a great sense of humor and knew we weren't going to win right off the bat. He was hired to help build the team for the future. He was building the future with great young arms." The Rangers, after finishing last in 1973, enjoyed a dramatic turnaround season under Martin in 1974. But they fizzled in 1975 and Martin was dismissed as well. "Billy got us better real quickly," Grieve said. "With Whitey, the winning wouldn't have come as quickly, but it would have lasted longer and we would have been better off as an organization. I would have loved to have seen what would have happened under Whitey."
Rangers starting pitchers have logged at least seven innings in a season-high four consecutive games, the longest such streak since five straight in 2005. ... After going 28-48 against the Angels from 2005-2008, the Rangers are 16-10 against the Halos since the start of the 2009 season. ... left-handed hitters are now hitting a paltry .090 against pitcher C.J. Wilson this season. ... Despite managing only one run against the Angels on Friday, both Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler extended their season-high hit streaks to 12 and 16 games, respectively.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.