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May 29, 2012

Mariners 10, Rangers 3 (F)

ARLINGTON -- John Jaso hit a two-run homer in the second inning Tuesday night, and a two-out throwing error by Adrian Beltre with the bases loaded gave Seattle two more runs as the Mariners pulled away late for a 10-3 victory.

Josh Hamilton drove in all three runs and hit his 21st homer of the season.

Scott Feldman (0-3) allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings on the day that the Rangers signed Roy Oswalt to take over for him in the rotation. Feldman will continue to work as a starter until Oswalt is ready next month.

The Rangers were down 4-1 in the sixth when Hamilton delivered a two-run shot to center field off Jason Vargas (6-4). They had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but Ian Kinsler bounced into a double play to end the threat.

Seattle tacked on six runs in the eighth against Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams, the Rangers' top two set-up relievers. They failed to record an out in the inning, which matched the Rangers' worst of the season and included an error on Elvis Andrus and a misjudged flyball by Nelson Cruz.

Ogando was pitching for the first time since suffering a bruised right hand Sunday.

-- Jeff Wilson


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Clearly the Ranger brain trust is worried about this rotation. They should have never played around with the once "top" closer in the American League, the experiment is coming back to haunt them. Right now I think the Rangers may have too many relievers in their bullpen. Adams was rated as a great closer, but he may not be getting enough work. His sharpness is not their as evidence by his stent last night. Oswalt may be a stretch for us, his age was showing in Philly, so maybe the layoff will have given him some renewed arm strength.

Seems to me that Josh has clearly shown his worth in this lineup. Without him full time you can see the hole he leaves in run production.

Hopefully, they can see that. This could be the Rangers last hurah if they loose his bat, as Cruz is getting older, and how much longer will Young be around.

just relax, Bob. Rotation is fine. Oswalt is here to replace Feliz and give us the deepest bullpen in the league. However. Feliz and feldman dont want to be BP guys, they want to be starters. So I expect them to be moved in the offseason. Neftali trade value is high right now so an big offseason trade for an ace quality pitcher might happen.

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