BY: Richard W. Humphrey
Ranger starting pitcher Yu Darvish won the on-line fan vote for the 34th roster spot on the American League All-Star team. Voting closed at 3:00 PM Central time Thursday, and Darvish edged out Chicago’s Jake Peavy to be the club record eighth Ranger to make the All-Star team. The previous high was six All-Stars.
Darvish has a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA. He becomes the ninth Japanese born player to make the All-Star team, but only the second that is a starting pitcher. Hideo Nomo made the National League team and was the NL’s starting pitcher in the 1995 All-Star game which was played in Arlington.
Texas limps home to Arlington to open a three game series this weekend with Minnesota. They return having been swept in a three game series in Chicago, a series in which the ofense tallied just seven runs. Overall, they have lost a season high four games in a row.
Kevin Youkilis was the killer in Chicago. He was 6-13 and drove in six runs in the three games. The White Sox also threw some excellent pitching at Texas. All-Star Chris sale opened the series with an outstanding outing, and Jose Quintana was even better in the finale holding them to a pair of hits and a lone run.
Over their last three road trips, the Rangers are 7-9 and lost three of five series. Three of those seven wins were over the lowly San Diego Padres. The losses in Chicago are of particular concern as the White Sox are giving every indication they will be involved in post season play. They lead the Central Division by two games over Cleveland and 4.5 (five in the loss column) over heavily favored Detroit. The Tigers record is currently under .500 with more than half the season in the books.
Texas plans to skip Darvish this time around in the rotation to keep his innings count down. Derek Holland will be activated to start Saturday’s game against the Twins. Colby Lewis is expected to be activated to start one of the first five games after the All-Star break. Koji Uehara and Alexi Ogando have already thrown bullpen sessions and are also expected to be activated from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break. Currently, there are no plans for Lewis, Uehara or Ogando to make any minor league re-hab appearances prior to being activated.
Neftali Feliz is also throwing bullpen sessions and likely will be activated before the end of July. It has not been determined what his role will be when he returns. If it is decided to put him back into the rotation, he will make minor league re-hab starts in preparation. If he is to go to the bullpen when activated, he likely will not make any minor league appearances.
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