08/13/12 7:34 PM ET
Hamilton cuts down on chasing bad pitches
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
"He's not chasing balls a mile out of the zone," Washington said. "He's only chasing a half-mile out of the zone."
Hamilton went into Monday's game 9-for-18 with three home runs and nine RBIs in his last five games. He has also driven in 15 runs over a 10-game hitting streak. Prior that, Hamilton hit .197 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in a 48-game stretch.
"I am confident he's out of his bad stretch," Washington said. "I don't think he needs to refine anything. Josh is doing fine. Leave him alone. What he's doing is driving in runs. If he wants to chase a couple balls out of the zone, that's fine. But I don't think he'll be chasing like before."
Top prospect Profar among candidates to join bench
NEW YORK -- The Rangers could promote Double-A Frisco infielder Jurickson Profar to the big leagues when they go back to a four-man bench. Club officials said Monday "it's been discussed" and Profar is one of the candidates who could get the call.
The Rangers are currently going with a three-man bench since Friday when reliever Mark Lowe was activated off the disabled list and infielder Alberto Gonzalez was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock. The club is carrying an extra pitcher through this road trip but will probably call up an infielder when it returns home on Monday to face the Orioles.
Right now, Michael Young is the Rangers' backup middle infielder, but they have even worked out Mike Olt at shortstop to be ready in case of emergency. Manager Ron Washington said he wants another middle infielder.
"I've got the outfield covered," Washington said. "I've got first base and third base covered. I need second base and shortstop covered. We have Michael, but we need more than just Michael."
Profar is the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Rangers' organization and ranked No. 4 overall by MLB.com. He is currently hitting .283 with 13 home runs, 69 runs scored and 60 RBIs in 110 games for Frisco. He has a .362 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage.
Andrus ranked best shortstop by AL managers
NEW YORK -- Elvis Andrus went into Monday's game against the Yankees with the fifth best fielding percentage among American League shortstops this season, but he is No. 1 in the opinion of the league's managers.
Andrus was voted the Best Defensive Shortstop in a survey of AL managers according to Baseball America. Brendan Ryan of the Mariners and Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians finished in a tie for second.
"That's great," Andrus said. "It's an honor for them to think that way about me. I've been trying to get my defense to the next level. I've been focusing on fielding the routine ground ball, inning by inning. I think I've done better than in the past in separating my offense from my defense."
Andrus has 10 errors, tied for the sixth most in the league. That leaves him with a .979 fielding percentage, which would be the highest of his career. He had a .963 percentage last year when he committed a career-high 25 errors. He has one error in his last 33 games going into Monday.
"He has been outstanding," manager Ron Washington said. "You can see the maturity. The most consistent part has been making the routine play. He's going to make errors, because he's going to get to more balls that most other guys, but he's not booting one every four or five days."
The opinion of the managers is significant, because they and the coaches are the ones that vote on Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar won the award last year after Derek Jeter of the Yankees won two straight. Andrus is in his fourth year and has yet to win.
"I don't want to think about that," Andrus said. "Every time I think that way, something goes wrong. I'd love to win it, but I just have to keep playing the way I'm playing."
Young shines in Big Apple, loves Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK -- Michael Young seems to thrive at the new Yankee Stadium. He went into Monday's contest having hit safely in all 15 regular-season games in the ballpark, which opened in 2009. In those 15 games, he is hitting .400 with 24 hits in 60 at-bats. He was also 5-for-13 in three playoff games here in 2010.
"I love this ballpark," Young said. "I don't know why, it's just one of those things. I liked the old place. ... I liked the old place better than this one. I always love playing in New York. It's a great atmosphere and a great environment. You're always playing against a good team, so you have to be locked in."
Young has hit in 18 straight games against the Yankees in New York. Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer once hit in 21 straight games in the Bronx, the longest by a Yankees opponent. Young's .400 average here going into Monday's game is his highest in any American League ballpark.
Martinez to get start behind plate Tuesday night
NEW YORK -- Manager Ron Washington said he's planning to start Luis Martinez at catcher on Tuesday with Matt Harrison pitching for the Rangers. It will be Martinez's first start since he was called up on Saturday when the club put Mike Napoli on the disabled list.
Geovany Soto started on Monday night, his third straight start. It was also his seventh since being acquired from the Cubs on July 31. Soto will still do most of the catching while Napoli is out, but Washington wanted to pair Martinez with Harrison.
"I have a lot of confidence in his receiving and throwing ability," Washington said. "He's comfortable with Harrison, he caught him in Spring Training. Soto is going to get the bulk of the playing time, but Martinez will play some."
Martinez caught in 22 games for the Padres last season. He was hitting .270 with two home runs, 22 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 65 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
Infielder Joey Gallo hit his 17th home run for the Arizona Rookie League Rangers on Sunday. That set a new record for the Arizona Rookie League. Gallo, who was the 39th overall pick in the June First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada, has hit 10 more home runs than any player in the league. He also leads the league with 41 RBIs.
Adrian Beltre was selected as the best defensive third baseman in the American League in a survey of managers by Baseball America. He is also rated as having the best infield arm.
The Rangers have signed catcher Robinzon Diaz and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He replaces Luis Martinez. Diaz has played in 44 Major League games with the Blue Jays and the Pirates in 2008-09 and was at Triple-A Salt Lake City earlier this season.
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.