ANAHEIM -- The Rangers are starting to see what their bullpen can do with the addition of right-handers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara.
Texas' relievers went into Tuesday's game having not allowed a run in 14 consecutive innings. They had allowed just one run in their last 25 innings and had a 1.29 ERA in their last 17 games."It's a good thing ... keep it rolling," pitcher Darren Oliver said. "Everybody knows their roles better now. We have our eighth-inning guys, that just makes it better out there." Adams lost his first game with the Rangers when he allowed a home run to the Tigers' Brennan Boesch on Aug. 2. Since then he pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings over seven appearances. Uehara has allowed one run in his last five games and has a 2.70 ERA since being acquired from the Orioles. "We're seeing that their personalities are conducive to winning situations," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "They go out on the mound like animals ... they attack, they attack, they attack." Uehara has shown to be demonstrative on the mound, pumping his fists and jumping around when something good happens. "I like that," Washington said. "Energy. He goes about his business with energy. That tells you everything he has, he's leaving on the mound."
Rangers happy with Draft, international haul
ANAHEIM -- The deadline for signing Draft picks has come and gone, and the Rangers were unable to work out deals with their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks. All are high school picks who have decided to go to college.Pitcher Brandon Woodruff (fifth round) is going to Mississippi State, outfielder Derek Fisher (sixth) is going to Virginia and catcher Max Pentecost (seventh) is headed to Kansas State. "Fisher we knew early on we probably were not going to get something done," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We were hoping to sign Woodruff and Pentecost -- we were hoping to sign all three -- but with Woodruff, it was not about money. The young man and his family decided school was what was best for him. Pentecost made a similar decision." Despite that, Daniels was pleased with what he called the "amateur signing period" because of what the Rangers were able to do in the Draft and especially in the international market. Fisher, who was the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year, could have been another impact bat in the Rangers' farm system, but Daniels felt they added to that by signing outfielders Nomar Mazara and Ronaldo Guzman from the Dominican Republic. Both are currently playing for the Rangers in the Dominican Republic. Guzman could end up being switched to first base. The Rangers also scored big in the amateur signing process by landing Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin in May and Venezuelan left-handed pitcher Yohander Mendez. "I'm very pleased with what we've accomplished in the Draft and in the international signing," Daniels said. "We added some interesting talent on the high end and some others down lower. There were a couple of guys we would have liked to have signed, but that's the nature of the business. "We had a chance to add talent through different avenues and that's our philosophy. It's all one in the same. We don't care where players come from as long as we can add talent and good makeup into the system."
Rangers could add reliever from Teixeira deal
ANAHEIM -- The Rangers acquired five players from the Braves for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. Only one of the five has not made it to the big leagues. That could change in September when rosters expand.Club officials are starting to consider who they should add as September callups and left-handed reliever Beau Jones is getting some consideration. He is not on the 40-man roster, but he is a left-handed reliever, and the Rangers have only one at the big league level in Darren Oliver. Jones has a 3.38 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock, including a 2.08 ERA in his last 10 outings. Left-handed hitters are batting .224 off him. "Beau has performed well," general manager Jon Daniels said. "I wouldn't rule it out." When the rosters expand in September, teams in contention usually look for players who can help in supporting roles: pinch-hitters, speed off the bench and extra arms in the bullpen. Left-handed relievers are always coveted.
Cruz back in lineup after quad tightness
ANAHEIM -- Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup on Tuesday, one day after being lifted from the game in the seventh inning with tightness in his left quad. Cruz reported to the ballpark on Tuesday experiencing no issues."He's fine ... we're hoping it was just a false alarm," manager Ron Washington said. But Washington was glad that Cruz was willing to speak up rather than take any chances. He makes that clear to his team in his opening address during Spring Training. "Don't put your team in jeopardy and don't put yourself in jeopardy," Washington said. "I'm hoping they know they can be honest. You definitely can't help the club if you are in the tub."
Mike Napoli started at catcher on Tuesday, but manager Ron Washington said Yorvit Torrealba will be behind the plate on Wednesday and Thursday. Ian Kinsler went into Tuesday's game hitting .371 in his career at Angel Stadium. That's the highest ever here for a player with at least 100 at-bats. The Rangers are likely to shut down Minor League pitcher Barret Loux for the rest of the season. This is his first professional season and he has already thrown 109 innings. He was 8-5 with a 3.80 ERA for Class A Myrtle Beach. The Rangers have named their Minor League Players of the Month for July: Roman Mendez (pitcher), infielder Andrew Clark (player), outfielder Engel Beltre (defender) and pitcher Jimmy Reyes (reliever). Mendez, one of three players acquired from the Red Sox last year for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, was 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA in six starts in July at Class A Hickory. He is 9-1 with a 3.35 ERA on the 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.