The first pitch Jurickson Profar saw from Kyle Farnsworth on Saturday night was a cut fastball that would have smacked the 19-year-old in the lower leg had he not lunged out of the way. Profar then stepped out of the box for an extended stretch before digging back in.
Profar wasn't scared, though he was hoping Farnsworth would think that and throw the same pitch. Profar got the cutter again, and snuck it past Carlos Pena to drive in the go-ahead run in the Rangers' 4-2 victory.
The 19-year-old said that no one told him to give the play a try some time, nor had he seen anyone else do it.
"He threw that pitch, and I took 10 seconds to get in the box," Profar said Sunday morning, after first revealing his acting job to the Rangers' radio crew Saturday night. "I just did it. It worked that time."
Manager Ron Washington, for one, was impressed.
"He's played two ballgames, and he's helped us win both games," Washington said. "That was an experienced move by a young puppy, a talented young puppy."
Robbie Ross threw Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list Sept. 1 with a strained left forearm. Ross thought he was going to throw Thursday in Kansas City, and Washington thought he would throw Friday, but a few extra days of rest were prescribed by Dr. Keith Meister during a Wednesday exam in Arlington. "Rest is best, I guess," Ross said.
Geovany Soto threw out Sam Fuld trying sto steal second base in the first inning Saturday to end Rangers opponents' streak of 25 straight successful steals. Washington credited Soto, who threw the ball; catching instructor Hector Ortiz Jr., who worked with the catchers before the game on technique; and pitcher Yu Darvish, who shortened his delivery home throughout the game against the speedy Rays.
-- Jeff Wilson