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06/12/10 12:59 AM ET

Feldman, Parra have expectations to meet

Rangers starter Scott Feldman could begin to live up to the high expectations placed upon him when he takes the mound Saturday against the Brewers.

Texas sure hopes so. The club is fighting to stay on top in the American League West, and Feldman, the team's Opening Day starter, is struggling.

In his last seven outings, Feldman is 2-4 with a 6.45 ERA. In his last start against the Mariners, Feldman needed 21 pitches to get out of the first inning and gave up four runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up a three-run homer to Michael Saunders in the second frame.

"The second was pretty much the game right there," Feldman said. "I got better after the second, but that was pretty much it. I got ahead of some guys, but I couldn't finish them off. I have to do a better job of finishing guys off."

Feldman has never started against the Brewers, but in seven overall starts in Interleague Play, he is 1-4 with a 5.71 ERA.

The Brewers, coming off Friday's 6-2 win against the Rangers in the series opener, will send Manny Parra to the mound Saturday.

Parra gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last start against the Cardinals and managed to make history when he became the 50th pitcher in Major League history to strike out four batters in the fourth inning. Parra also struck out the side in the third inning, making him the first pitcher since 2003 to whiff seven batters in the span of two innings.

"The key was that I was commanding my fastball, and I was throwing all of my offspeed [pitches] for strikes, too," Parra said. "Even [if] you do that, and you expand, they can't just shut it down."

Rangers: Holland, Cruz on the mend
Derek Holland, who is on the disabled list with inflammation in his left shoulder, has been sent to the Rangers training facility in Surprise, Ariz., to continue his workouts. He will throw at least two sessions of batting practice in Arizona before being assigned to the Minor Leagues on a medical rehabilitation assignment. Nelson Cruz is not close to going on a rehab assignment and remains sidelined with a torn hamstring in his left leg. He is running at about 70 percent to 80 percent strength.

Brewers: Escobar showing a little faith
Shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-3 Friday to raise his batting average to .246. He came into the series against the Rangers with only five hits in his previous 32 at-bats but has still contributed at the plate. He hit a crucial fly ball in the sixth inning of Thursday's 5-4 win against the Cubs.

"Escobar got up there, had a two-ball, no-strike count, we had a tied ballgame, and he hit a fly ball," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "So I brought him over and said, 'Hey look, take a look at the scoreboard and see what the score is. We need the first guy on. Take that pitch, you're going to get a fastball later in the count. Have a little faith in what you can do even though you take a strike.'"

Worth noting
The Brewers honored the late Lew Burdette on Friday, the former Milwaukee Braves pitcher, as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame. He joins fellow Braves greats Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn as inductees in the Walk of Fame. ... Carlos Gomez, who has eight steals in 10 attempts on the season, ranks second on the Brewers behind Ryan Braun, who has 11 steals in as many attempts. ... The Rangers have agreed to terms with 19 more draft picks, the club announced Friday. The list included Michigan State shortstop Jonathan Roof (8th round), Louisiana-Lafayette right-handed pitcher Zach Osborne (9th round), University of Toledo outfielder Jared Hoying (10th round) and left-handed pitcher Chris Hanna (11th round) out of Stratford (S.C.) High. ... Since beginning the season 4-14 at home, the Brewers have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games at Miller Park and have won three consecutive home series.

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