09/14/10 8:09 PM ET
Hamilton no better after attempting swings
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Lee moves up; Feliz out for Tuesday
ARLINGTON -- The latest on the Rangers' pitching: With two days off this week, the Rangers are moving Cliff Lee ahead of Tommy Hunter in the rotation. The Rangers want to give Hunter some extra rest. Lee, who pitched on Sunday against the Yankees, will start this Saturday against the Mariners. Hunter, who faced the Yankees on Saturday, will go on Sunday against Seattle. Right now, the Rangers are going with Derek Holland and Colby Lewis against the Tigers. C.J. Wilson will pitch the first game in Seattle on Friday, followed by Lee and Hunter. With the two days off, everybody is getting extra rest this week. After Thursday, the Rangers have no more days off, so that's how the rotation sets up for the rest of the season.
Neftali Feliz was not at the ballpark on Tuesday. His wife, Karina, gave birth to a daughter, Nerali Lucia, early Tuesday morning. All are doing well, and Feliz is expected back Wednesday. Feliz has 36 saves on the season. He needs one more to match the Major League record for a rookie, set by the Mariners' Kazuhiro Sasaki in 2000. Reliever Frank Francisco, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 28 with a strained muscle in his right rib cage, had an MRI on Tuesday. The results are unknown, but it's still unlikely that he'll resume throwing anytime soon. Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello has been scratched from Wednesday's start with a strained finger and will be replaced by former Rangers pitcher Armando Galarraga.
Lewis returns to home mound Wednesday
ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis returns to the mound on Wednesday to pitch against the Tigers and will be making his first appearance at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington since an 8-2 loss to the Athletics on Aug. 29. Lewis allowed seven runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings, and afterwards expressed his disappointment over being booed by the fans.Lewis allowed three runs in the sixth inning and was booed after issuing a two-out walk to Daric Barton. It was the last batter he faced, but Lewis also acknowledged that he received a positive response from the fans after being pulled from the game by manager Ron Washington. "I was just disappointed that with two outs I walked that guy and got booed," Lewis said. "The fans were cheering me when I came off the field. I was just disappointed in the moment ... but I was happy when I walked off the field they cheered me." Lewis is 5-4 with a 3.43 ERA in 12 starts at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season.
The Rangers have a club-record and league-leading 160 infield hits. ... Julio Borbon has 31 infield hits, including 12 bunt hits. That's the most by a Rangers player since Otis Nixon had 23 bunt hits in 1995. ... The Rangers' lineup on Tuesday was the same as in the previous two games. It's only the third time this season the Rangers have used the same lineup in three straight games.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.