ANAHEIM -- Neftali Feliz recorded his 24th save with a scoreless ninth in the Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Angels on Wednesday. Feliz has now thrown 5 1/3 scoreless innings since his last blown save against the Indians on Aug. 6.Last month manager Ron Washington said he wanted Feliz to show more fire and urgency in his job. Washington said Thursday that he has seen that lately from his closer. "This is the part of the year where championship teams and winning teams step up," Washington said. "He is stepping up. Everything from this point on, this is it and he's got it going on right now. I see a guy who knows what is at stake and he's focused on it." A few days after Washington said Feliz needed more fire, the Rangers acquired relievers Koji Uehara from the Orioles and Mike Adams from the Padres. Both have the ability to close, but Washington said he has already told Feliz not to worry about that. "I've already told him his job is secure," Washington said. "He's got no business thinking about that."
Moreland gives jolt to bottom of Rangers' order
ANAHEIM -- Mitch Moreland showed up and delivered during the Rangers' four-game series against the Angels. His tying home run off Ervin Santana on Wednesday night left him 7-for-12 over the first three games.That has also left him hitting .364 in his last 13 games and .314 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 28 games. He has 12 walks and a .388 on-base percentage in that stretch as well. "I've had my ups and downs this season, but I feel like as of late I've been putting together some quality at-bats, seeing the ball better and sticking with my approach," said Moreland, who was scratched from Thursday's finale with tightness in his right hamstring. "I'm trying to be more patient and get more pitches I can put the barrel on." For the season he is hitting .277 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs, and the majority of his at-bats have come from the No. 7 spot. That is his primary spot in the lineup, and the Rangers went into Thursday's game with the highest batting average and OPS from the seventh spot of any team in the American League. What that means is Moreland hasn't had a big year as far as offensive numbers, but he has played his part in allowing the Rangers to have the necessary strong lineup from top to bottom. That's good for now, but Moreland certainly has his future set on having more of an impact higher in the lineup than being in the No. 7 spot. "Everybody wants to be an impact player," Moreland said. "If you're a player, you want to be the best you obviously can be. That would put our team in the best possible situation. "I came up hitting 3-4-5 in the Minors, but the guys we have in those spots are doing the job and producing. Right now the goal is to help the team win, whether I'm batting first or seventh."
Rangers' offense packs heavy lumber on road
ANAHEIM -- The Rangers have been leading the league in pitching on the road this season. After Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Angels, the Rangers now lead the American League in hitting on the road as well.After getting 12 hits on Wednesday, the Rangers are hitting .266 on the road this season. That's one point higher than the Royals. But the Rangers rank eighth in runs scored on the road, mainly because they are hitting .315 with runners in scoring position at home and .256 on the road. They've also hit 40 more home runs at home than on the road. The Rangers' road offense still has surged on this 10-game trip. The Rangers went into Thursday's game hitting .325 with 42 runs scored in the first six games. They were hitting .377 with runners in scoring position. "I thought that when we went on the last road trip to Toronto and Detroit, we were lackluster in our situational hitting," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "But when we got back home, we started getting back on track and it's carried over on this trip. Our two-out hitting has been pretty good and that's something we take pride in. The other thing is guys are starting to trust each and not thinking that one guy has to carry the club. That's why you see different guys coming through every night." The four runs on Wednesday night were their fewest so far on the road trip, and Coolbaugh noted that the Rangers failed on four occasions to get a runner home with less than two outs. But he did like the relentless pressure that his offense put on Angels starter Ervin Santana all night. They had baserunners in every inning. "Even though sometimes we don't get it done, the more situations where the opposing pitcher really has to bear down and make pitches as the game goes along the more chance of him making a mistake and something big happening," Coolbaugh said. "I think you saw that Wednesday. The more opportunities you create, the more pressure you can put on the pitcher. That's kind of what this team is about, battling you all the way through."
Wilson leads Rangers rotation's road show
ANAHEIM -- C.J. Wilson allowed two runs, one earned, in seven innings on Wednesday night, leaving him with a 7-4 record and a 2.58 ERA in 14 starts on the road. That's the second-lowest road ERA in the American League. The Tigers' Justin Verlander leads with a 2.45 ERA.That is also the fifth-lowest road ERA by a Rangers pitcher in club history. Three of the four ahead of him were all from the 1977 season: Bert Blyleven (1.95), Gaylord Perry (2.24) and Dock Ellis (2.55). Wilson has the lowest since Nolan Ryan's 2.52 ERA in 1989. Four of the top 23 single-season road ERA in club history have come this year. Besides Wilson, Colby Lewis (going into Thursday's start against the Angels) is 11th at 2.95, Matt Harrison is 19th at 3.25 and Alexi Ogando is 23rd at 3.34). Derek Holland, with a 3.39 ERA on the road, doesn't make the top 25. But he is 6-2 with a .750 winning percentage on the road. That's currently tied for the third best in club history on the road. Vicente Padilla was 11-3 with a .786 winning percentage in 2008 and Perry was 10-3 for a .769 mark in 1977.
Newcomer Wood could be September callup
ANAHEIM -- Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine acknowledged that pitcher Tim Wood could be a candidate to get called up when rosters expand in September.
The Rangers acquired the right-hander from the Pirates on a trade waiver claim Thursday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations."We have had multiple years of very good professional scouting reports on Tim Wood," Levine said. "We see him as a strike thrower who has had some success at the Major League level and a lot of success at the Minor League level. This was an opportunity to add a good arm to our depth." Wood has been assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, but the Rangers will be looking to add arms in September once the Pacific Coast League playoffs are finished. "I think he's going to be in the competition and the mix," Levine said. "He's certainly not a lock, he has to perform. But he is in the mix of a handful of guys when we call up reinforcements." Wood has pitched in 57 Major League games over the past three years with a record of 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA. In 58 innings, he has allowed 63 hits with 33 walks and 28 strikeouts. But he was having an excellent season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 23 saves.
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