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June 27, 2012

Wednesday's Rangers notes: Feldman going back in rotation; All-Star talk

Scott Feldman returns to the rotation to open a four-game series against Oakland on Thursday, and he is taking a simple approach.

"Just try and keep the team in the game and keep winning," Feldman said.

Feldman has bounced back and forth between the bullpen and rotation all season. He started the season as the long man in the bullpen, made a couple of spot starts and then found himself in the rotation full-time when Neftali Feliz went down with an elbow injury.

Feldman struggled, going 0-6, but won his last start against San Diego on June 19. He was then moved back into the bullpen, but will start again since Colby Lewis went down with an injury.

Feldman feels he has done OK except for a 1 2/3-inning start against Oakland on June 4.

Here are a few other notes:

* Manager Ron Washington reflected back on his first All-Star experience, serving as an American League coach in 2007 on Jim Leyland's staff. Washington said it meant everything to him, as he was the Athletics third-base coach for 11 years and the All-Star Game was in the Bay Area. Washington went on to manage last year's All-Star Game, and has that honor again this season with the Rangers making consecutive World Series runs.

* Ron Washington said Justin Grimm and Mark Lowe would be available out of the bullpen tonight. Michael Kirkman, who threw five innings and 82 pitches on Monday, is not available.

* Elvis Andrus recalled the biggest highlight from his rookie season -- working and learning from his idol, Omar Vizquel. Vizquel announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, and Andrus believes Vizquel will become the second Hall of Famer from Venezuela along with Luis Aparicio. "He taught me so many things about how to be a big leaguer, and how to approach it mentally," Andrus said. "I'm really glad and blessed that I was able to play with him. He had a great career."

-- Drew Davison

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