Yu Darvish threw 130 pitches while allowing four runs over eight innings Thursday in a win over the Tigers.
With a 10-4 lead, we're not sure why the Rangers didn't pull Darvish after seven. Still, it's not like the right-hander is a stranger to 130-pitch starts, even if it's his first since he jumped to MLB. Also, Darvish was lights out after a rough start tonight, retiring 15 of the last 16 (and the final 10) batters he faced. He's 7-1 with a 2.97 ERA.
Geovany Soto hit a three-run homer off Justin Verlander in the Rangers' win Thursday.
Soto, who had just one RBI in 47 at-bats this season, finally came through with A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list. That said, as much as a liability as he's been with the bat thus far, the Rangers are still 9-6 with him in the lineup.
Lance Berkman went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's win against the Tigers.
Rather quietly, Big Puma is getting on base just like he did in his heyday (.414 OBP). Over the last two years (238 plate appearances), however, Berkman has just five home runs. Fantasy owners are certainly hoping for more, and Berkman may just oblige over a scorching summer in Texas. It's equally likely that Fat Elvis' prestigious power is a thing of the past. He's stayed in the league as a 37-year-old designated hitter by not selling out walks (second in the AL, currently) for monster fence-targeting swings.
Kyle McClellan (lat) has been activated from Triple-A Round Rock's disabled list.
McClellan will make his debut with the club on Thursday. He's been out since mid-March with a strained lat but could eventually be an option for the Rangers' bullpen.
A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) is expected to play rehab games on Sunday and Monday.
It's not known which minor league affiliate he'll play with, but it should be enough to ensure he'll be activated on Tuesday. The 36-year-old backstop has been sidelined since May 5 with a strained right oblique.
Colby Lewis (elbow, triceps) is scheduled to throw a bullpen Friday and resume his minor league rehab assignment Monday with Double-A Frisco.
Lewis return from elbow surgery hit a snag over the weekend due to discomfort in his triceps muscle, but it was never a major concern. Barring any setbacks, he could join the Rangers' rotation in the early part of June.