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October 05, 2012

Friday pregame Rangers notes: Yoshinori Tateyama on roster

Seldom-used right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama is on the 25-man roster for the wild-card game because the Rangers like that could give a different look to a right-handed batter in a critical spot.

Tateyama logged only 17 innings this season, and gave up 17 runs. But he throws from the side and has a deceptive delivery against righty hitters, who batted only .225 against him with no homers. He has allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings since being recalled Sept. 1.

Matt Harrison is one of four lefties on the Rangers' roster, and he could be used for up to two innings if needed Friday. He would be the starter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series if the Rangers advance.

Mike Olt is still struggling with plantar fasciitis and was deemed unavailable, and manager Ron Washington doubts that right-hander Mike Adams will be available should the Rangers advance.

Washington said that he doesn't remember any conversation with Endy Chavez about the outfielder being a defensive replacement for Nelson Cruz in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the World Series last year.

Chavez told Fox Sports that he was supposed to be the Rangers' right fielder for the fateful inning in which a David Freese line drive went over Cruz's head for a two-run triple that tied the game and contributed to costing the Rangers a world title.

"I don't remember anything like that," Washington said. "That's on Endy. I'm thinking about the game today."

-- Jeff Wilson




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