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ST25: Rangers now 14-10-1 after 7-7 tie with Mariners

Quick – call Bud Selig! Expand spring training rosters, hold out pitchers or something. There was a tie! If we were playing the Brewers, I could get more mileage out of that.
Anyway, that really good feeling about Brandon McCarthy after the last start was pretty much squashed after he came out and pitched like Brandon McCarthy on Tuesday. His line shows 4.2 innings pitched, eight hits and three walks for six earned runs. That was a big pile of stink for sure. I still think he’s going to be better in 2009 than he has been since he got here, but that was not an encouraging outing. Of the eight hits he gave up, five of them were doubles, so he was getting smacked around a bit, it wasn’t just bloops and lucky falls. The rest of our pitching staff was pretty decent. Combined the four pitchers that followed McCarthy (Rupe, Turnbow, Wilson, Gobble) went 5.1 innings, gave up just five hits, and one run (Rupe), while walking nobody. Rupe did chime in with a wild pitch, however. I’m unclear if that led to a run or not, that’s not shown in the box score.
Offensively, we had fifteen hits, the highlights were a three run home run by Nelson Cruz, and a 2-3 with 2 RBI day by Satalamacchia. What I found interesting about this game was that of the nine guys we started the lineup with, every one of them was substituted for during the game, except for one. Andruw Jones started as DH and finished the game as DH. Everyone else who started didn’t finish the game. Find that amusing, I wonder if it’s a case “Please Andruw, catch fire, give us a reason to keep you on the roster”.
However, Michael Young leaving with an injury was not a good thing. He had to leave the game early with “an aggravated quadriceps” injury after the first inning. Ron Washington said that it was no big deal and that he’d be back Wednesday. If that was the case, why did you remove him at all then, if it’s “no big deal”. Something to keep an eye on.

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