Neftali Feliz has blown his sixth save of the season, five of which have resulted in a Rangers loss. The latest came Saturday in a 7-5 loss to Cleveland in which Feliz surrendered two runs with a 4-3 lead and couldn't put away two Indians hitters when strikeouts were badly needed.
Manager Ron Washington, though, said that his confidence in Feliz remains high. Feliz, said Washington, wasn't the problem Saturday. The Indians were.
"He threw strikes," Washington said of Feliz, who threw 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes but failed register a strikeout. "I think you've got to tip your cap to the Indians. They put together some good at-bats."
Feliz was working for a third consecutive day, which Washington said shouldn't have been an issue because Feliz hadn't been taxed in the previous two outings. He won't work a fourth straight day Sunday. Mike Adams or Koji Uehara will.
Washington and general manager Jon Daniels said that the newly acquired set-up relievers have the ability to close games. As for now, though, they won't be replacing Feliz as closer even though he has twice as many blown saves as he did last year.
"My confidence is still high," Washington said. "When you give the ball to the closer, yeah, you feel good about the game being over. But there are no guarantees."
-- Jeff Wilson