05/01/12 11:37 PM ET
Washington nothing but impressed with Yu
By Larry Millson / Special to MLB.com
Washington described the conversation as "awesome."
"I expressed to him exactly what we expected out of him," Washington said before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays. "And it wasn't anything that he didn't expect out of himself.
"How we wanted him to act, and that was to be who Yu Darvish is. Don't try to be anything else. He's not here to put us on his back. He's here to do his job when he gets the ball. He's here to be a teammate. He's here to be a Texas Ranger."
"So it's just been a very good transition, because we made it well for him from the beginning."
It has worked well so far. After defeating the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Monday, Darvish is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA after five Major League starts.
Beltre sore; Hamilton still day to day
TORONTO -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.
"He's just sore, so I'm going to keep him off the turf," manager Ron Washington said before the game at Rogers Centre.
Beltre did enter the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton was also out of the lineup for the second game in a row with a stiff back and was listed as day to day.
Beltre was used as the designated hitter in Monday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays, giving his legs a rest from the artificial turf. But he felt sore after reaching base three times.
"That turf killed him, so he came in sore and we're going to back off," Washington said. "We'll just see how he comes in [Wednesday]. Me personally, I don't care if he plays tomorrow or not. I don't want him to get hurt, and if he's sore, I don't want to take any chance. He wasn't having this problem before we came on this turf."
Washington said it can be difficult to persuade Beltre that he shouldn't play.
"It's not easy not to put Beltre in that lineup," Washington said. "He fights, man."
If Beltre wants to play on Wednesday afternoon in the finale, Washington said, "I'll have to take all the medical stuff into account -- it'll be another fight, but I think it's a fight I can win."
Washington said if Hamilton is fit, the outfielder will play.
"Today, I have to play without both of them, but I don't want to make it a habit," the manager said.
Washington said the artificial turf at Rogers Centre is more spongy than the turf at Tropicana Field, and it's difficult for players who are not accustomed to it.
"You can feel it giving and bouncing back," he said. "It gets in your body."
Texas may face Halos' Wilson on May 11
TORONTO -- Texas is on course to face former teammate C.J. Wilson in the first game of its three-game series against the Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. And Wilson's opponent could be Yu Darvish.
Wilson, who is 3-2 with a 2.70 ERA after a 4-3 victory over the Twins on Monday, is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
His next start, if the weather doesn't alter the Angels' schedule, would be against the Rangers on May 11.
Wilson won 31 games as a member of the Rangers the past two years before he signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels in the offseason.
Wilson is slated to be followed by Jerome Williams and Jered Weaver in the rotation. But the Angels could use the Thursday off-day and skip Williams, who is their fifth starter. Instead, they could follow Wilson with Weaver and Dan Haren.
Right now, the Rangers' rotation for the Angels series is set up to be Darvish against Wilson in Game 1, followed by Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison.
"I haven't looked that far ahead," Rangers manager Ron Washington said before Tueday's game. "That should be a nice matchup. That means we should have a full house. I like it. Hopefully, we have some more distance between us and them by the time they arrive."
The Rangers had Feliz pitching on Tuesday and will have Harrison pitching Wednesday in the final two games against the Blue Jays.
This weekend, the Rangers have Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Darvish lined up against the Indians. That leaves Feliz, Harrison, Lewis and Holland for the four-game series against the Orioles next week in Baltimore.
Voting open for Rangers All-Time Team
TORONTO -- Voting for the Rangers' 40th Anniversary All-Time Team opened Tuesday and will continue through May 31.
Fans will be asked to vote for one player at each position, except outfield (three) and starting and relief pitchers (two each). All individuals who submit completely filled-out ballots online will be automatically entered to win a chance two tickets to the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers 40th Anniversary Weekend Luncheon. A total of five winners will be selected.
The ballot was compiled by taking the club's all-time leaders by games played at each position.
The lists of pitchers were compiled by using the Rangers' all-time leaders for wins, starts, appearances and saves. As a result, select players may be listed at more than one position.
The results of the voting at texasrangers.com/alltimeteam will be announced in June, and those selected will be honored at the club's annual Alumni Weekend on Aug. 10-12.
That will include the Rangers' 40th Anniversary Weekend Luncheon on Aug. 10 at the Arlington Convention Center. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at texasrangers.com, and net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
The all-time team will also be recognized in an on-field ceremony prior to the Aug. 11 game with the Tigers.
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.