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August 29, 2012

Wednesday's Rangers notes: Mike Adams sharp and effective

Mike Adams would have liked for it to happen quicker, but at least it has happened. ADAMS

He had a respectable, but not great, 3.07 ERA over his first 35 appearances this season, but has posted a 1.23 ERA over his last 17 outings.

Adams credited a change he made in his delivery, and also better command of his secondary pitches. He feels comfortable to throw his changeup and curveball in any count, rather than relying strictly on his cut fastball.

"I've been feeling really good with my secondary stuff whether the count is 0-0 or 3-2," Adams said. "Now and then I'll have one get away, but I've done a better job with them."

Here are a few other pregame notes:

* There is no new information on Mike Napoli. He is not running the bases today, and ran only on the treadmill and in the pool. He doesn't know when he'll be ready for a medical rehabilitation assignment.

* Ron Washington praised the progress Mitch Moreland has made on defense this season. Moreland made a standout defensive play to end the eighth inning Tuesday, as well as starting a 3-6-1 double play to end a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. Moreland said he's worked on his footwork at first base, and his reaction to balls off the bat has improved.

* Mike Olt said he is considering playing winter ball this season, and has talked with general manager Jon Daniels about it. But Olt's first priority this offseason is to regain weight he's lost throughout the season. Olt said he weighs about 213 pounds, whereas his ideal weight is more in the 225-pound range.

-- Drew Davison


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