08/08/11 7:32 PM ET
Rangers hold off on activating Gentry
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Young the same before, after milestone
ARLINGTON -- Michael Young certainly didn't let any possible pressure, anxiety or anticipation about his 2,000-hit milestone impact his hitting.Young's two hits on Sunday night not only allowed him to reach 2,000 hits for his career, but also left him hitting .405 with two home runs, 14 RBIs, a .447 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging percentage in his past 14 games. "It didn't bother me," Young said. "It wasn't like I was fighting it or up against the clock. I wasn't going to retire once I got it. Now that it's done, it's back to winning games. It's nice and I'm happy to get it, now it's time to move on." The big one is 3,000 hits. That's the ultimate milestone for a hitter, and it will likely be early 2017 or later before Young starts approaching that exclusive club. That's why he's not eager to answer a whole lot of questions about it in '11. But the consensus around the Rangers is Young has a real shot at it if he stays healthy. He has never been on the disabled list in his career, and the only significant time he's ever missed was in September 2009 because of a strained left hamstring. "The one thing that I am confident about is my ability to stay healthy," Young said. "The one thing I'm very confident about is my ability to stay healthy. There are things that are out of your control, but I know my body and I know what it takes to be effective and maintain my approach to play as hard as I can for as long as I can." Young is the 14th player to reach 2,000 hits with one of baseball's 14 expansion franchises.
Adams knows Feliz should close
ARLINGTON -- Neftali Feliz is back as the Rangers' closer one night after Mike Adams pitched the ninth inning and earned the save in a 5-3 victory over the Indians. Adams filled in because Feliz had pitched in the three previous games, but manager Ron Washington said Feliz was available on Monday.Adams said he would love to be a closer at some point, but now is not the right time. He sees himself and Koji Uehara as being the setup relievers in front of Feliz. "We're a lot better team with Feliz as the closer and have all three of us at the back end," Adams said. "We're a lot better team with him confident and going out and doing that job." Adams needed just seven pitches to finish off the Indians for what was the third save of his career. "It wasn't bad," Adams said. "It was fun, a whole lot of fun. I'm not saying I don't want to do it. It's the elite position out of the bullpen, and as far as next year or sometime in the future, I would like to close. But right now Neftali is our closer, and we're a lot better ballclub if he's able to go out and do it."
Rangers officials indicated they do not expect to sign Cedar Crest (Pa.) High School outfielder Derek Fisher, their sixth-round pick from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft who has a scholarship to the University of Virginia. Fisher was the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year, but at this point, his asking price exceeds what the Rangers are willing to pay. David Murphy had a bases-loaded RBI single to drive in the first run of the Rangers' five-run eighth inning on Sunday night. He is now 3-for-7 with three RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season. He is also hitting .308 (12-for-39) in 13 games since the All-Star break. The Rangers have promoted pitcher Kevin Matthews from the Arizona Rookie League to Class A Spokane. The Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick in June, he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in seven games in Arizona. Matthews, 18, is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday night against Yakima. Second baseman Ian Kinsler has a 37-game errorless streak going into Monday's game.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.