09/11/10 7:36 PM ET
Cruz ties record with Friday's walk-off
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Oliver amused by historical oddity
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers set a record on Friday by using 11 pitchers in the game. Darren Oliver was one of them. The Rangers broke the record set on Sept. 1, 1993 when they used 10 pitchers in a game against the Red Sox.Oliver, then making his Major League debut, was one of the pitchers used in that game also, a 9-7 win. Oliver entered the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with two out and Billy Hatcher on first base. He was brought in by manager Kevin Kennedy to face Mike Greenwell in a lefty vs. lefty matchup. Hatcher broke for second on the first pitch, and the ball sailed high and wide all the way to the backstop. Kennedy then had Oliver intentionally walk Greenwell before bringing in right-hander Mike Schooler. "I think Kennedy saw that things weren't going to work out," Oliver said. "I probably would have hit Greenwell in the head. A few years later, I talked to Billy Hatcher about it. He said he saw my knees were shaking and no way was I paying any attention to him." Oliver overcame that first game. Seventeen years later, he is still pitching and only needs one more appearance to assure him of being back in 2011. Oliver has 58 appearances and needs one more to automatically guarantee his $3.25 million contract for next season. "Somehow, I think I'll pitch in 5-10 more games," said Oliver, who entered Saturday with a 2.54 ERA on the season. "At least I earned it."
Rangers observe 9-11 with National Guard
ARLINGTON -- Members of B-Company of the 2-142 Infantry Battalion of the Texas Army National Guard were at the Ballpark in Arlington this weekend to help the Rangers in their observance of Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.The unit is partnering with and observing the security and medical personnel from the City of Arlington and the Rangers as those individuals perform their responsibilities during the normal game-day operations at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. This will include areas such as medical response, crowd control, security operations and traffic management. "This is an important exercise that will allow the personnel from the Texas Army National Guard to train and observe in the area of emergency response during a large scale public gathering," said Rangers executive vice president of Ballpark operations Rob Matwick. "Fans will see members of the military in uniform working side-by-side with our regular game-day personnel. The Rangers are very pleased to be involved in this weekend's training exercise." The unit also participated in pregame ceremonies on Saturday, including unfurling a giant American flag in center field. Members of the Arlington Police Department and Grapevine Fire Department displayed the colors for the national anthem and the Rangers wore their white caps used on special national holidays.
Former President George W. Bush was in attendance on Saturday night.
Rangers pitchers threw 264 pitches on Friday night, fourth most since 1988. ... Catcher Bengie Molina called all those pitches and was off on Saturday. Matt Treanor was the Rangers catcher, but manager Ron Washington said that was planned anyway. ... Julio Borbon leads the Rangers with eight RBIs in September after driving in four combined in July and August.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.