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May 15, 2013

Wednesday pregame Rangers notes

Mitch Moreland, who hit two homers Tuesday night, is the major-league leader in homers (six) and slugging percentage (.796) this month, much of it from the No. 5 or No. 6 spot in the lineup. But the first baseman won't be staying there once A.J. Pierzysnki is back.

Manager Ron Washington prefers Pierzynski's experience and wants him higher in the lineup. Moreland is likely to dip to seventh.

"Even with his hot streak," Washington said.

Moreland has three homers in the first two games of the series at Oakland and is batting sixth in the finale Wednesday.


Joe Nathan tied Hall of Famer Goose Gossage for 19th on the all-time saves list Tuesday night at 310. But not many of Nathan's 12 saves have been easy this season, perhaps none as tough as his 31-pitch save Tuesday. He knows it, too, but also said that the A's have always been tough on him.

"I don't remember many when I've gone 1-2-3 against them," Nathan said.

Joakim Soria could help take some of the load off Nathan, but he is only throwing at 60 to 90 feet after suffered a strained pectoral muscle last month.


The Rangers signed right-hander Scott Richmond to a minor-league deal after he pitched in Korea to start the season, and he will report to extended spring training before joining Triple A Round Rock. The Rangers have always liked Richmond's slider from his days with Toronto.


-- Jeff Wilson



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