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September 02, 2010

A few Rangers notes on the off day

Nothing major, just some nice awards to a couple deserving left-handers and a ticket update.

C.J. Wilson has been voted as the Rangers Player of the Month by a panel of media members who cover the team home and away. He had a terrific August, going 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA, and is 7-0 since the All-Star break. He beat out Josh Hamilton, who was the runner-up to Jose Bautista in Player of the Month honors from the American League. Wilson was one of the runners-up to Clay Buchholz for AL Pitcher of the Month.

Michael Kirkman was selected as the Pitcher of the Year in the Pacific Coast League for his fine work at Triple A Oklahoma City (13-3, 3.09 ERA) before getting promoted by the Rangers on Aug. 20. He has yet to allow a run as a Rangers reliever.

The Rangers will be home a week from tonight to open a three-game series against New York, the same team that just swept four games from Oakland and allowed the Rangers to move a club-record-tying 10 games up in the AL West. There are about 5,000 tickets for the Friday game, scattered single and obstructed-view tickets for Saturday, and 10,000 or so for Sunday. For the Saturday game, SRO tickets will go on sale after the remaining seats are sold out.

-- Jeff Wilson



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For me Kirkman has flown under the radar but after seeing him since coming up to the majors, i am really impressed with this young lefty. he seems to have a certain maturity about him that outstanding pitchers need to have. at some point i would like to see scheppers, if not this year then next year.

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