THE NEWBERG REPORT — APRIL 22, 2006

AL WEST W L
Texas 8 9
LA Angels 8 9
Oakland 8 9
Seattle 7 11

No sleep. No batting practice. No jet stream. No sweat.

Eighteen hits, six for extra bases. Thirteen runs, all in the first four innings.

Kevin Mench erasing an ugly start to his season with what’s now a six-game hitting streak (.400, seven RBI).

Two hits, a run scored, and a few impressive defensive moments for Drew Meyer in his Ranger debut.

Outfielder Laynce Nix was optioned to Oklahoma, outfielder Adam Hyzdu was purchased, and righthander Josh Rupe was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room for Hyzdu on the 40-man roster. With the way Gary Matthews Jr. has been playing, this was the right move to make. Nix needs at-bats in order to get locked back in.

Lefthander John Rheinecker will be summoned from Oklahoma to make tonight’s start, and his major league debut. He should have the benefit of a full bullpen, as only C.J. Wilson should need the day off after last night’s game.

And what a night it was from the pen on Friday. Six innings of one-run ball — and by any definition, it was accomplished by the bottom four relievers on the staff. Three hits, three walks, eight strikeouts. And a good-looking purpose pitch.

For everything else I want to say about last night’s game, simply turn to page 290 of your 2006 Bound Edition.

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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