08/11/12 8:27 PM ET
Rangers encouraged by Young's surge in August
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
Young, who was 3-for-3 in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Tigers, has hit in all nine games in August, giving him a 10-game hitting streak. He is batting .357 during the stretch and his season average is at .275, the highest it's been since June 29.
Young is squaring up on more balls, manager Ron Washington said. When Young is at his best, the right-handed batter is smoking line drives into right-center field.
"We're about to find out if he's locked in," Washington said. "If he can stay locked in, he can get on a good run. He's getting around on the ball and starting to smoke it."
Harrison over stomach bug, ready for next start
ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison has fully recovered from a stomach virus and said Saturday he'll be ready to make his next start Tuesday against the Yankees in New York.
Harrison said he had a rough couple of days with vomiting and other symptoms, including last Wednesday, when he started against the Red Sox at Fenway Park and allowed four earned runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
He acknowledged that the stomach ailment, which he picked up by way of his wife Meghan by way of their 1-year-old daughter Addie, did impact him against Boston.
"Some of the pitches I made weren't very good," Harrison said. "Definitely my energy level wasn't there. I feel good and I'm ready to go in New York."
Soto getting familiar with Rangers' pitching staff
ARLINGTON -- Geovany Soto has had the chance to catch most of the Rangers' pitchers at least in the bullpen since being traded to Texas from the Cubs at the July 31 Trade Deadline.
Soto said before Saturday's game against the Tigers that he is trying to get as comfortable as he can with what is currently a 13-man staff. Things are even more rushed now with Mike Napoli on the disabled list and Soto expected to get the majority of the starts.
"Obviously it's been a little bit different," Soto said. "They have a good idea of how they want to pitch. They are solid pitchers. I've been going down to the bullpen and catching the guys."
Soto has caught a bullpen for Yu Darvish, who might be the most difficult pitcher to learn with his vast array of breaking balls. Darvish, who has struggled with his command of late, will start Sunday against the Tigers.
On the whole, Soto, known for his receiving ability, has fit in well, manager Ron Washington said.
"We haven't missed a beat when he's been back there," Washington said. "We wanted him to catch a bullpen before catching Darvish. He has to go through that. We're comfortable knowing he can handle it."
Right fielder Nelson Cruz came out of Friday's game with back stiffness after diving for a fly ball in the seventh inning, but he was back in the starting lineup Saturday. "I feel good," he said.
Manager Ron Washington said he likes the throwback powder-blue uniforms the Rangers wore Saturday night in honor of the 40th anniversary All-Time Team. But he said he's happy to stick with the home white uniforms.
Reliever Koji Ueraha (right lat strain) will throw another bullpen session Sunday after throwing 28 pitches on a mound and 30 more on flat ground Friday.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.