The right-hander's strong performance Sunday kept him in Arlington, while Willie Eyre was sent down. Manager Ron Washington said Hunter is a candidate to start Sunday's game against Tampa Bay and possibly another game before the All-Star break. How Scott Feldman pitches against Los Angeles Wednesday will set the rest of the lineup. A strong start by Feldman would mean the Rangers would use him again in Los Angeles next week, freeing up a start for Hunter Sunday. If he doesn't pitch Sunday, Hunter will likely draw the July 7 start.
He'll bat sixth and start at designated hitter. Borbon is taking Willie Eyre's spot on the roster. Borbon figures to see plenty of playing time. "We didn't bring him up here to sit," Washington said. Washington also said this wasn't a panic move. Borbon, a natural centerfielder, could start in left Tuesday.
"It definitely caught me off guard," Borbon said. "It's a dream come true. I'm excited to be here and ready to go right now."
Borbon was hitting .288 with 28 RBI, 19 stolen bases and 53 runs scored for Oklahoma City. Eyre has been optioned to Oklahoma City. Washington said the Rangers wants to try and extend Eyre so he can be a multiple-inning reliever.
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The good from the game was Tommy Hunter, who worked on his cutter between his last spot start and this one and was effective with it. Hunter could still be sent back to Oklahoma City Monday as the Rangers are still working with a three-man bench. Texas won't need a fifth starter until July 7.
And on to the bad.
In the last nine games, the Rangers are hitting .202.
Sunday marked the first time in the history of RBIA the Rangers have been one-hit at home.
The Rangers have been held to two hits or less five times this season. That's tied for the second most in club history. The record is 10 in 1972 and unfortunately, the Rangers are on record-setting pace.
The last two games against San Diego haven't been pretty. Kevin Correia and Chad Gaudin teamed up to knock the Rangers out of first place for the first time in nearly two months. Gaudin allowed one hit in eight innings Sunday. That's the same Gaudin who had allowed 13 earned runs in his last 16 innings pitched coming into the game. The Rangers sent just 31 batters to the plate Sunday, and got one hit. Gaudin is the third pitcher to go at least eight innings and allowed one or fewer hits in the history of the Ballpark. The last to do it was Rick Helling in 1997. Kenny Rogers had the other in his perfect game. Give the credit to the Rangers for losing quickly. Neither of the last two games have lasted more than 2:30.
But with Los Angeles coming into town hot and the Rangers in an offensive funk, the season could be getting away quickly for Texas. And who would have ever guessed the reason would be the offense?
The outfielder will play for Frisco Monday night, bat leadoff and be the team's designated hitter. He'll return to Rangers Ballpark Tuesday and the Rangers will re-evaluate him. Hamilton will then join Oklahoma City for their series in Iowa. General manager Jon Daniels said there's a chance Hamilton could rejoin the Rangers this weekend for their series against Tampa Bay. Daniels said Saturday would probably be the earliest he could play.