05/08/12 6:30 PM ET
Lowe getting job done in unheralded role
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Rainy weather keeps Beltre at DH spot
BALTIMORE -- Adrian Beltre was in the lineup on Tuesday night at designated hitter for the second straight game. Beltre had been out of the lineup for the previous five games with a strained left hamstring.Manager Ron Washington originally planned on putting Beltre back at third base on Tuesday but decided against it after it rained for much of the afternoon in the Baltimore area. "I don't want him sliding around out there," Washington said. Beltre was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in the Rangers' 14-3 victory on Monday night. After the second-inning walk, Beltre went from first to third on a double by Nelson Cruz. He went half-speed, but that was fine with Washington because there were no outs in the inning and there was no chance of scoring anyway. Beltre ended up scoring on a single by Brandon Snyder. "We certainly have to be ready until Beltre decides to stretch it out, not when we want him to stretch it out," Washington said. "The biggest thing is he didn't feel any discomfort. I'm just so giddy to have him in the lineup ... he'll get better at his own pace. We're not going to rush him. As long as he's in the lineup, I'm happy."
Plano native Embry Texas' Honorary Bat Girl
BALTIMORE -- Plano native Anne Embry will be the Rangers' Honorary Bat Girl on Sunday against the Angels as part of pregame ceremonies to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.Anne has spent the past year fighting breast cancer, undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. She completed her fourth and final chemotherapy treatment on April 11. A graduate of Plano East High and TCU, Anne is a lifelong Rangers fan who lives in Shreveport, La. Her husband is an active duty Air Force pilot. As well as fighting breast cancer, she has been diligent in raising awareness for other women to get mammograms. Living with the motto, "Praying and Fighting, there are no other options," she has chronicled her battle on her blog, "Fight Like a Girl," and selling T-shirts to benefit the Bright Pink organization in support of other women fighting the disease. The Honorary Bat Girl Contest was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In 2006, Major League Baseball created the "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" program. Since its beginnings, MLB has continued to grow the program throughout the league and with all 30 clubs to honor those affected by the disease.
Healthy Cruz doesn't feel need for day off
BALTIMORE -- Nelson Cruz is the only Rangers player who has started every game in the field this season. Cruz has been on the disabled list five times in the last two years but so far said he is feeling good physically and does not need a day off."Not right now, I'm feeling good," Cruz said. "When it comes, I'll take it, if not, I'll keep playing." Cruz has been struggling at the plate but was 3-for-4 in Monday night's 14-3 win over the Orioles after going 2-for-22 in his previous five games. Two of the hits were infield singles as Cruz had to run hard to beat out slow grounders to the left side. "That's a good sign ... my legs are feeling good," Cruz said. "Those are the type of things that can bring you around," manager Ron Washington said.
Michael Young hit his 65th career sacrifice fly on Monday night. That is one short of the club record of 66 held by Ruben Sierra. It is the 10th most by a Major League hitter since the beginning of the 2001 season. Mitch Moreland was back at first base on Tuesday night. He twisted his ankle on Friday night in Cleveland, and his last two starts were at designated hitter. Class A Hickory outfielder Chris Grayson, who hit .400 (32-for-80) with 16 walks, 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 11 RBIs over 21 games, was named the Rangers' Player of the Month in the Minor Leagues for April. Double-A Frisco's Justin Grimm, who was 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA for the month of April, was the organization's Pitcher of the Month. Class A catcher Kelly Deglan was the top defender and Randol Rojas was the top reliever. He combined to go 1-0 with a 0.48 ERA over six relief appearances between low Class A Hickory and high Class A Myrtle Beach.
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.