ARLINGTON -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said he is trying to pull the ball more than in past seasons because opposing teams are working him inside.Andrus is off to a 2-for-20 start to the season after a strong spring. Slow starts are nothing new with the fourth-year Major Leaguer. He is a career .244 hitter in April. "There's not a problem," Andrus said. "I'm just not having any luck. I'm having good at-bats. I just need to keep swinging." Andrus said the book has always been to work him inside, his admitted weakness, he said Wednesday. He worked on getting stronger in the offseason -- it is notable with his upper body. He is confident he can handle the inside pitch. "If they're going to come in, why not let it go?" he said.
Napoli says he's OK after bean-ball scare
ARLINGTON -- Mike Napoli was not in the Rangers' lineup Wednesday a day after getting hit in the helmet by Seattle's Blake Beavan. Manager Ron Washington said it was Yorvit Torrealba's day to catch.Napoli said being sore and beat up is part of being a catcher.
"I enjoy it," he said. "I signed up for it."
He didn't sign up to get hit in helmet, and was obviously frustrated afterward. He had a baseline test for a concussion that came back normal. He was hit in the helmet where it protects his left temple."You get hit in the head, are you going to be happy about it?" Napoli said. "It was just emotions. ... It's part of the game. I'm glad I'm all right." Napoli said Wednesday he wasn't experiencing any headaches or other concussion symptoms. He took regular batting practice for the game against Seattle. Napoli said "he hopes so" when asked if the pitch just got away from Beavan. Napoli didn't think the second-year pitcher from nearby Irving was throwing at him.
Adams finding the strike zone
ARLINGTON -- Rangers setup man Mike Adams has lived in the strike zone this season, throwing 76 percent strikes. He threw all 11 of his pitches for strikes in Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Mariners.It's a trend Adams started during a spring game in Las Vegas in mid-March, manager Ron Washington said, and it hasn't stopped. "It's crazy," Washington said. "He's hitting gnats out there. He's been crazy with his command." Adams also has been a workhorse to start the season, pitching in four of the first five games. He was not available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's game, Washington said. Reliever Alexi Ogando was available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's game after manager Ron Washington followed through on his plan to avoid his standout right-hander in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Seattle. Ogando is off to a strong start, retiring 10 of the 11 batters he's faced in his return to the bullpen after making 29 starts last season (Ogando did pitch as a reliever in the 2011 postseason). Washington had Koji Uehara warming up in the seventh inning Tuesday, but he wasn't needed as Neftali Feliz went seven innings in his first Major League start. Washington said the Ueharas of the world have to be ready to go if Ogando or Mike Adams aren't available. "Everyone has to earn their keep out there," Washington said.
Ian Kinsler was the DH for the second time in six games on Wednesday. Washington said he will next give time off to Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre. Neftali Feliz became the first pitcher in Rangers history to win his first big league start in a 1-0 game on Tuesday night. Round Rock first baseman Mike Bianucci belted his fourth home run in six games in a 9-8 loss to Omaha in 16 innings Tuesday. Bianucci hit a three-run homer in the third inning.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.