BY: Richard W. Humphrey
The Rangers announced a trade on Wednesday. They sent relief pitcher Jason Frasor to Kansas City for Spencer Patton. Patton has played this season at Omaha, the Royals AAA affiliate, and made the Pacific Coast League All-Star team. He had a 4-3 record with 14 saves. Patton will be assigned to AAA Round Rock.
The Rangers also announced that Geovany Soto would be activated prior to Friday’s game in Toronto to fill Frasor’s roster spot on the 25 man roster. It is anticipated that Soto and Robinson Chirinos will be handling most of the catching assignments.
Undoubtedly, this will not be the last trade as GM Jon Daniels works to re-make the team for next year.
Derek Holland appeared on the Ben & Skin show Wednesday afternoon on The Fan (105.3 FM). He said that he does not expect to be activated before September when the rosters expand.
The Rangers have now set their rotation for this weekend’s series in Toronto. Yu Darvish (8-5) will pitch Friday. He’ll be followed by Colby Lewis (6-6) on Saturday and Nick Tepesch (3-5) on Sunday.
In Tuesday’s All-Star game, Yu Darvish pitched a perfect third inning, retiring the National League on 14 pitches. He struck out Yasiel Puig, and coaxed line drive outs from Troy Tulowitzki and Paul Goldschmidt. Darvish was an All-Star in his first two seasons in the league, but this was his first time to actually appear in the game.
Adrian Beltre played third base late in the game, but made just one plate appearance drawing a walk.
Three former Rangers that were integral parts of the 2011 World Series team also appeared in the game. Nelson Cruz was the starting designated hitter. He went 0-2 with a strikeout. Ian Kinsler was the third second baseman to appear for the American League after starter Robinson Cano and Jose Altuve. Kinsler struck out in his only at bat. Koji Uehara faced one batter, striking out Devin Mesoraco to end the sixth inning.
It was an entertaining game. The American League won 5-3, and consequently, the American League Champion will have home field advantage in this year’s World Series. It is noteworthy that the team with home field advantage has won the World Series in each of the last five years.
The Angels’ Mike Trout, the youngest All-Star in this year’s game, went 2-3, with a triple, two RBI’s and a run scored. He was named the MVP of the game and received a new Corvette for the honor.
Much was made, perhaps too much, of Derek Jeter playing in his final All-Star game. He has been an outstanding player, certainly one of the top 10 Yankees of all time. He has always handled himself with dignity and class on and off the field. He is a credit to the game and certainly deserving of being honored Tuesday night.