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05/12/10 11:25 PM ET

Vlad's historic siege in Arlington continues

Vladimir Guerrero's "case of the warm fuzzies" could give Ben Sheets a case of the willies.

Guerrero's historic siege at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington continued unabated Wednesday night, when he included his seventh homer of the season in a 2-for-4 contribution to Texas' 10-1 victory over the A's in an American League West-tiebreaker game.

Through his visits with the Angels and his first month-plus as a happy Ranger, Guerrero remained a lifetime .400 (106-for-265) hitter in Arlington. As best as the Elias Sports Bureau folks can figure, that is the highest average in any park by any player with at least 200 plate appearances -- ever.

Well, at least since 1952, when such statistical splits were first recorded.

Just when Sheets is finally coming off an effort that began to make sense of the A's $10 million investment in him, he has to match up against a hot (five wins in six games) and hot-hitting (five homers among 17 hits Wednesday) team trailing Guerrero's smoke.

Clint Hurdle, the former Colorado manager who now coaches Texas hitters, has an inkling into why Guerrero rakes in Arlington. Mrs. Hurdle once explained the phenomenon.

"My wife," Hurdle said, "has a saying about things that make her feel comfortable. She calls them 'warm fuzzies.' He's got a case of the warm fuzzies here."

Guerrero will be able to enjoy that warm feeling once more on Thursday afternoon before the Rangers briefly hit the road. But after three games in Toronto, he'll be back in his friendly confines for seven more games -- two of them against his ex-Angels teammates.

Sheets and Guerrero have met often, but re-introductions may be in order. They have not faced each other since 2004, when the pitcher was in Milwaukee facing the hitter's Angels in an Interleague game.

They frequently crossed each other when Guerrero was still with the Montreal Expos. Guerrero's 7-for-18 (.389) against Sheets includes a homer and four RBIs.

In his most recent start, Sheets pitched four-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings to "set up" the Rays for Dallas Braden's next-day perfect game.

Athletics: Duchscherer nearing return
Justin Duchscherer (left hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday. The results of that outing will determine whether the right-hander will be lifted off the disabled list and make his scheduled start Saturday in Anaheim.

Rangers: Wilson on verge of Texas record
Left-hander C.J. Wilson could set a club record by turning in his seventh quality start in as many outings to begin the season. Wilson's six matched the record getaways of Kevin Brown in 1993 and Charlie Hough in 1988.

As a former reliever, Wilson knows how the guys in the bullpen appreciate starters who don't wear them out and makes it a goal to pitch deep into games.

"Many guys don't have high standards, they just want to pitch six innings," he said. "Ideally, I want to pitch eight-nine innings and give the bullpen a day off and shut the other team down. Throwing eight innings or a complete game has a positive effect, not only for that day, but for days down the road. It takes pressure off the bullpen, and you need that."

Worth noting
Both the Rangers and Athletics have key players on the final legs of injury rehab assignments. Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki (intercostal strain) will play a couple more rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento before a decision is made on activating him, according to manager Bob Geren. It sounds like Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz (strained right hamstring) could beat him back to The Show. He went 2-for-4 with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday, and Texas manager Ron Washington expects to have him back for Friday night's series opener in Toronto.

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