6/22/2014 9:39 P.M. ET
Frasor has been stalwart member of Texas 'pen
By Earl Bloom / Special to MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Right-handed reliever Jason Frasor entered Sunday having allowed hits to the last four batters he'd faced, including Saturday night's game-winning double in the 10th inning by the Angels' Howie Kendrick. But Frasor came into the series finale with a 1.74 ERA in his past 13 appearances, and was at 2.14 in his past 70 outings for the Rangers, dating to June 1, 2013.
"I'd give the ball to Frasor again in that situation," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I won't hesitate. He's making the pitch in the middle of the plate, and it's not being missed. Earlier, when he was making that pitch, they were missing, or hitting it at someone."
Saturday's loss to the Angels was the 13th absorbed by the bullpen, tied for second-most in AL.
"Those guys [in the bullpen], we've been working them pretty hard," said Washington.
Washington not happy with Rios, Choice ejections
ANAHEIM -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he had no plans to take the lineup card to the plate Sunday, because of umpire Vic Carapazza's ejections of Alex Rios and Michael Choice for arguing strikes the night before at Angel Stadium.
"If I had an issue with an umpire, I'd go to the umpires' room," said Washington, who on Saturday accused Carapazza of having "a quick trigger" on ejections.
"Only one time I took the lineup card up there, and that's because I was wrong," Washington said, "and I told [John Hirschbeck] I shouldn't have said what I said. I wanted to apologize to him and his crew."
The Rangers' manager maintains he doesn't owe Carapazza an apology. Carapazza, who was added to the full-time Major League staff in 2013, has three of the Rangers' six ejections this season. He tossed pitching coach Mike Maddux on May 10.
"[Carpazza] needs to settle down," Washington said. "What bothers me is, the veteran umpires haven't coached him. He needs to change. There's going to be some complaints written up on him.
"It was his interpretation of arguing balls and strikes. Unfortunately, Vic is one of those you can't say anything to about a pitch."
Washington maintains neither Rios nor Choice said or did anything to merit an ejection.
• Donnie Murphy made the sixth start of his career at first base Sunday. His debut there was June 1.
"We've got a left-hander [Detroit's Drew Smyly] when we get home," Washington said before the game. "I wanted to give [Murphy] some extra at-bats."
Murphy (sore left knee) had to leave the game in the bottom of the fourth, and was replaced by Brad Snyder.
• The Rangers entered Sunday at 12-15 since first baseman Prince Fielder (neck) went on the DL on May 22, the day Murphy was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.
• Catcher Geovany Soto (left knee surgery) reported no soreness after consecutive days of squatting and catching pitches. His return timetable remains after the All-Star break.
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.