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Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt pitched two scoreless innings in Texas' 7-6 loss on Sunday to the Royals and reportedly declined to return to the mound for a third inning according to manager Ron Washington.
"He said he couldn't go any further," manager Ron Washington said. "He said he had enough."
Oswalt was not available after the game to discuss the report but was reportedly not happy about being moved to the bullpen after six starts this season. On the season Oswalt has a 3-2 record but a 6.49 ERA. After acquiring Ryan Dempster from the Cubs there doesn't appear to be any room for a return to the rotation by Oswalt.
His future going forward is uncertain and it will be interesting to hear what Oswalt has to say about the report.
The Texas Rangers came out on the losing end of a back and forth contest with the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Sunday. Mike Olt's throwing error in the bottom half of the 10th inning allowed the winning run to score. The Rangers had numerous opportunities including a failed squeeze bunt attempt in the ninth inning.
Derek Holland had another shaky start allowing eight hits and six runs in six innings of work. Texas fell behind 2-0 in the first on a double by Salvador Perez but scored five times in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead. However, Holland couldn't hold it as he surrendered homers to Jeff Francouer and Brayan Pena along with a two-run double to Billy Butler.
Texas wasn't finished though as Michael Young's double in the seventh once again tied the game. The Rangers missed an opportunity in the ninth with Mike Olt at third and no one out. Manager Ron Washington called for a squeeze play but Elvis Andrus couldn't get the bunt down. Olt was out at home and the Rangers came away scoreless.
That play set the stage for Olt's error on a tough ground ball chance off the bat of Francouer that was the difference in the game.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus left Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals after failing to get a squeeze bunt down with the score tied in the late innings. Andrus eventually grounded out to end the at bat but would not come out to play the field in the ninth inning. Word from the Rangers dugout indicated that Andrus has a sore shoulder and is day-to-day.
Right shoulder soreness for Andrus. That's all we have at this moment.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 5, 2012
Rangers say Andrus is day-to-day; don't appear overly concerned about it.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) August 5, 2012
Alberto Gonzalez took over for Andrus at shortstop in the ninth inning.
The Texas Rangers will turn to Derek Holland on Sunday as they look for their first series sweep of the Kansas City Royals in almost four seasons. The Rangers got strong pitching in the first two games of the series winning 5-3 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday.
Holland is coming off of a rough outing against the Angels where he gave up six runs in 6 2/3 innings. That loss dropped his record to 7-6 on the season. Lifetime Holland is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA against the Royals.
The Royals will counter with Luke Hochevar on Sunday who is 7-9 with a 5.22 ERA on the season but is 2-0 with a 1.90 ERA in his career against the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, August 5, 1:10 p.m. CT
Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: ESPN 103.3
Online Streaming: MLB.tv
The Texas Rangers have taken the first two of the games of the series against the Kansas City Royals as they won 4-2 on Saturday. Josh Hamilton put the Rangers on the board first as he hit a two-RBI single to get out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. First baseman Mike Olt added another run in the second inning with a sacrifice which scored Mike Napoli to lead 3-0 after two.
Rangers starting pitcher Scott Feldman was able to even his record at 6-6 as he pitched seven-plus strong innings where he gave up six hits, a pair of runs and struck out four batters. Mike Adams and Alexi Ogando pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Rangers to close out the Royals, and those two did not allow the Royals to get a man past first base.
The Texas Rangers will try to keep their winning ways rolling as manager Ron Washington will send right-handed hurler Scott Feldman on the mound. The Kansas City Royals will counter by
getting jiggy with it sending left-hander Will Smith to the hill.
In the field, Mike Napoli will start at catcher after given a day of rest by newly acquired backstop Geovany Soto. Mike Olt will get the start at first for Mitch Moreland after Moreland hit the game-winning home run in Friday's matchup.
Texas Rangers Starting Lineups
Kansas City Royals Starting Lineups
1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) RF
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
8. Chris Getz (L) 2B
9. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
The Texas Rangers took the first of the three-games in their weekend series with the Kansas City Royals on Friday night by a final score of 5-3, pushing their winning streak to three consecutive games and snapping the Royals three-game winning streak in the process.
Texas will try to build on that momentum on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium while trying to put some more distance between themselves, the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.
Scott Feldman will get the start on the mound on Saturday night for the Rangers. In his last six appearances, the right-hander is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.91.
Kansas City is now 2-1 against Texas this season as the two teams met twice in May with the Royals winning both games.
The only hit of the game for Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, and that hit proved to be the game winning play in their 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.
After the top of the seventh inning the Royals did put up a run in each of the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to make it a two-run game. In the ninth inning the Rangers relief pitcher Alexi Ogando shut down the Royals which included a pair of strike outs to earn his second save of the season.
The Rangers also got a solid effort from starting pitcher Matt Harrison who pitched 6.2 innings allowed allowed eight hits, walked three but only gave up two runs to earn his 13th win of the season.
After splitting a homestand, the Rangers head on the road for the first of several upcoming trips. The Royals are low in the AL Central standings, but they're coming off a sweep of the Indians. The lineups for Friday's series-opener have been announced.
Here is the Rangers lineup:
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton CF
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Nelson Cruz RF
6. Michael Young DH
7. David Murphy LF
8. Geovany Soto C
9. Mitch Moreland 1B
Here is the Royals lineup:
1. Alex Gordon LF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Lorenzo Cain CF
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Salvador Perez C
6. Jeff Francoeur RF
7. Eric Hosmer 1B
8. Yuniesky Betancourt 3B
9. Chris Getz 2B
The Rangers sagged during July but look to start August with a bang in Kansas City.