OAKLAND -- Bobby Jones, manager of the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, earned his 1,500th Minor League victory when the Round Rock Express defeated Sacramento, 6-3, on Saturday night. All those victories have come as a manager in the Rangers' farm system.He was hired as the Class A Port Charlotte manager in 1988 when Tom Grieve was the general manager and has remained with the organization through three other GMs: Doug Melvin, John Hart and Jon Daniels. "Bobby is as 'Ranger' as it gets -- there's no one more universally loved and respected in the organization," Daniels said. "I have so much respect for Bobby," catcher Taylor Teagarden said. "He is so easy to play for. He just asks a couple of things: Be on time and play hard. Anything else takes care of itself naturally. He is a lot of fun to be around, but he always has that line where he commands respect and demands the players respect the game and play hard." Round Rock is 71-50 with the best record in the Pacific Coast League. The team has a 4 1/2-game lead in its division, and if the Express finishes first, it will be the 12th title for Jones at three levels.
Torrealba benefits from everyday play
OAKLAND -- Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba took an 11-game hitting streak into Sunday's game with the Athletics and was batting .424 with eight RBIs in his last 15 games. This offensive surge comes at a time when he has been able to get into the lineup every day.Since third baseman Adrian Beltre has been on the disabled list, Torrealba and Mike Napoli have been shuttling between catcher and designated hitter. Torrealba was at designated hitter for the sixth time on Sunday afternoon as Michael Young continues to play regularly at third base in Beltre's absence. "It obviously helps," Torrealba said. "It obviously helps your confidence when you're able to be in there every day staying sharp and staying ready. Sometimes a day off helps and sometimes it doesn't. But being able to play every day at catcher or DH helps me to be ready at the plate." Torrealba had been used once at designated hitter in his career before coming to the Rangers this season. "Especially with this ballclub, I thought there was no way I would be the DH," Torrealba said. "We had Mike, and if other guys were going to get a day off, they were going to DH. It's kind of surprising for me, but as long as I'm in the lineup, I don't mind." Torrealba's hitting streak has raised his average to .282. That's the sixth-highest average among catchers in the American League with at least 50 games played. Napoli is fourth with a .288 mark. Torrealba's longest hitting streak was 16 games in 2009.
Chavez gets rest to stay strong
OAKLAND -- Rangers outfielder Endy Chavez was 7-for-13 in his last three games but was still out of the lineup on Sunday. David Murphy started even though he is 1-for-12 in his last five games.Rather than staying with a hot hand, manager Ron Washington wants to keep Chavez strong for the stretch run. The Rangers have Craig Gentry to platoon with Chavez when there is an opposing left-hander on the mound. But the Rangers haven't faced a left-hander in Oakland and won't during their four-game series with the Angels in Anaheim. The Ranger aren't scheduled to face a left-hander until they go up against John Danks, who will likely pitch on Saturday for the White Sox in Chicago. While Murphy was in the lineup, the Rangers' other three bench players remain idle. Gentry has not started since being activated from the disabled list on Friday, catcher Taylor Teagarden's last start was July 31 in Toronto and Omar Quintanilla has started in just three games since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on July 8. "That's their purpose," Washington said. "Their purpose is to be ready when I need it, and right now I don't need it. I have everyday guys and they all just got a day off [on Thursday]." The Rangers face right-handers Garrett Richards, Tyler Chatwood, Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver in Anaheim. The White Sox rotation is right-hander Jake Peavy on Friday, Danks on Saturday and right-hander Gavin Floyd on Sunday.
RISP reward: Rangers delivering in the clutch
OAKLAND -- The Rangers went into Sunday's game with 13 hits in their last 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position. That raised their season average in those situations to .287, the highest in the Major Leagues.The Rangers club record is .303, set in 1998. The highest marks by one team since 1974 are the Detroit Tigers in 2007 and the Colorado Rockies in 1996. Both hit .311 with runners in scoring position. Michael Young went into Sunday's game hitting .375 with runners in scoring position, sixth best in the Major Leagues. Joey Votto of the Reds led with a .424 batting average. Ian Kinsler's .413 batting average in those situations in 2008 is the highest by a Rangers player. Young hit .412 in 2006 and has finished with a RISP batting average of .330 or better in five of his 10 seasons in the Major Leagues.
Athletics pass the Rangers in errors
OAKLAND -- The Athletics committed four errors in Saturday's 7-1 Rangers win, giving them 98 for the season. They passed Texas for the most errors in the American League."I don't pay any attention to that. ... I really don't," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Even though we have made a lot of errors, I still don't feel we are a bad defensive team. I feel we're a good defensive team. That stuff is not where you should have your mind. All that should be on your mind is what you have to do today." The Rangers made 105 errors last season, tied for the seventh fewest in the American League.
First baseman Jared Bolden has been promoted from Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach to Double A Frisco. A ninth-round Draft pick in 2008 out of Virginia Commonwealth, Bolden was hitting .271 with six home runs and 47 RBIs in 94 games at Myrtle Beach. Colby Lewis gave the Rangers their 75th quality start from the rotation on Saturday. The Rangers had just 76 all of last season. Saturday also marked the fourth time this season that all nine Rangers starters had at least one hit in the game.
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.