ARLINGTON -- The Rangers brought Mitch Moreland to the Major Leagues to be their first baseman.Moreland played both first base and right field at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but the Rangers needed a first baseman and originally they didn't see much need for Moreland to continue working in the outfield. That has changed. Moreland made his first start in right field against the Red Sox on Sunday. The Rangers were without Nelson Cruz, who is sidelined with a tight left hamstring, and manager Ron Washington wanted to give Vladimir Guerrero a day off against the intense Sunday afternoon heat. "With this heat, no doubt about it," Washington said. "It was planned and I wanted to give [Josh] Hamilton a day off the field." Hamilton was at designated hitter, so Moreland was in right field. He was a late-inning substitution there on Aug. 1 in his only Major League appearance in the outfield, but played there significantly at Triple-A before being called up. "I played a lot of first and I played a lot of right field," Moreland said. "I played more right field. I feel good either place. There is no one place I'd rather play." He just likes being in the big leagues, and so far he has handled it well. He went into Sunday's game hitting .303 with one home run and five RBIs in 11 games. His first home run came on Friday night, a two-run shot that helped the Rangers overcome the Red Sox's six-run lead and go on to a 10-9 victory. Bullpen catcher Josh Frasier retrieved the baseball from a fan in the right-field bleachers. "He might have traded a couple of bullpen baseballs for it," Moreland said. "It was a pretty easy trade."
Boggs' hard work pays off with promotion
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Brandon Boggs is finally back in the big leagues. Boggs was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday to give the Rangers some outfield depth while Nelson Cruz is sidelined with a tight left hamstring.Boggs played in 101 games for Texas in 2007 as a fourth outfielder, hitting .226 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 283 at-bats. But he played in just nine games last year, going 1-for-17, and this is his first time up with the Rangers this season. "It's a great feeling," Boggs said. "I've down there most of the year working hard. Coming back and feeling the ambiance here is a great feeling." Boggs earned his way back, hitting .285 with 24 doubles, 10 home runs and 49 RBIs in 101 games and 354 at-bats. But most importantly, his on-base percentage is up significantly. He had a .405 on-base percentage as a switch-hitter who can play all three positions. "That's the big thing, increasing the on-base percentage by having better at-bats," Boggs said. "I've been working hard on it. I've always had a good eye at the plate, but now I have more confidence and I'm trusting my swing."
O'Day's scoreless streak comes to an end
ARLINGTON -- Darren O'Day had not allowed a run in his last 29 appearances before giving up two runs in the ninth inning of Saturday night's 3-1 loss to the Red Sox. The 29 appearances had covered 26 1/3 scoreless innings going back to June 1."I don't care about the streak, just that I gave up runs and made it harder for the team to come back," O'Day said. "Everybody gives up runs. It's something that Darren Oliver taught me: 'Think you're going to be perfect? No way.'" The 29 consecutive scoreless appearances is a club record. The 26 1/3 scoreless innings is the second longest by a Rangers reliever. Jeff Zimmerman had a 29 2/3 scoreless innings streak in 1999. "To be a relief pitcher, you have to be consistent," O'Day said. "That's what being a relief pitcher is all about. It was awesome to not give up any runs."
Nippert headed for Arizona
ARLINGTON -- Dustin Nippert gets a break from the hot Texas weather. He is going to Arizona on Monday to continue his rehab work. Nippert has been on the disabled list since July 20 after getting hit in the head by a line drive against the Tigers on July 19.Nippert has had two mound sessions this week and will have another in Surprise, Ariz., on Tuesday. The next step is to throw a couple of batting practices and then he'll likely be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on medical rehab assignment. The hope is he'll be ready to rejoin the Rangers by Sept. 1.
Rangers sign 14th-round Draft pick
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have signed pitcher Nick Tepesch, their 14th-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
The right-hander from the University of Missouri went 6-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 starts for the Tigers. In 98 2/3 innings, he allowed 108 hits while walking 25 and striking out 75.Monday is the deadline to sign players from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The Rangers are expected to announce the signing of right-hander Luke Jackson, a high school pitcher out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who was taken in the supplemental first round, and Justin Grimm, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Georgia, who was taken in the fifth round.
Manager Ron Washington said he would like to give both third baseman Michael Young and shortstop Elvis Andus a day off in the near future, but the Rangers are currently without a utility infielder with Cristian Guzman on the disabled list with a strained right quad muscle. ... At some point this week, the Rangers would like to get Joaquin Arias back to the big leagues, but right now, they are going with the extra outfielder instead. Brandon Boggs was called up on Sunday. ... Colby Lewis has had nine quality starts this year that have not resulted in wins. He has five losses and four non-decisions.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.