THE NEWBERG REPORT — SEPTEMBER 10, 2006

I don’t how much better Robinson Tejeda and Colt McCoy are going to get — they’re both pretty impressive right now — but if nothing else, I bet they’ll eventually make fewer bad decisions.

Love a low-scoring baseball game like that. (A really crummy 13th notwithstanding.)

There’s nothing more frustrating to me about this team that the inability of several relievers to throw strike one.

Tejeda is 3-0, 2.35 in his five starts since rejoining the big club in mid-August, with four of them qualifying as quality starts.

Something to chew on:

Michael Young wasn’t a Yankees fan growing up — the Mets were his team — but his favorite ballplayer was Don Mattingly.

There’s no player I’ve ever heard Buck Showalter speak more highly of than Mattingly, his Nashville Sounds teammate in 1981 and the first baseman on all four Yankees teams he managed. Mattingly remains the only captain Showalter had on any of his 11 big league clubs (unless you count the three winter weeks when Alex Rodriguez had the title before Texas traded him in February 2004).

Mattingly, as far as I’m concerned, is the paradigm for the quiet leader. And Young reminds me of him.

No matter what you’ve read, I’d find it hard to believe that there’s really anyone in the Rangers organization who questions whether Young is the leader of this team.

Great to see Frankie Francisco back.

Righthander Scott Feldman began his six-game suspension on Friday, forgoing his appeal.

No Rangers farm club reached the playoffs.

Oklahoma shortstop Joaquin Arias had hits in seven straight at-bats before grounding into a force out in his final minor league at-bat of the season on Monday. He has yet to make his big league debut since joining Texas on Tuesday.

RedHawks outfielder-first baseman Jason Botts will play in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Frisco first baseman Nate Gold’s 34 home runs were the second-most in the minor leagues this year, trailing only 30-year-old journeyman Kevin Witt, who knocked 36 out for AAA Durham before Tampa Bay called him up the last week of August.

Bakersfield catcher Emerson Frostad is hitting .421/.500/.737 in 19 at-bats for Team Canada in the America’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Havana, Cuba. He shares the club lead with two homers. The former third baseman hit .320/.389/.553 in 291 Blaze at-bats this season, his first behind the plate as a pro.

According to Baseball America, the Rangers paid the highest bonuses from this year’s draft in the fourth round ($1 million to shortstop Marcus Lemon) and the sixth round ($200,000 to righthander Jake Brigham).

The lowest on-base percentage of any National Leaguer with at least 100 at-bats is Kevin Mench, who has a .241 mark in 102 at-bats as a Brewer.

Laynce Nix will have season-ending surgery to address a combination of a bone spur, turf toe, and a bunion, all on his left big toe. I still think he’s going to have a solid career, but he’s got to get healthy first.

Righthander Joselo Diaz made his big league debut on Wednesday, pitching in relief for Kansas City and surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks in an inning of work, fanning one.

Colorado purchased the contract of 33-year-old lefthander Mike Venafro, who earned a win last night with a scoreless two-thirds, his first big league action since 2004.

Former Rangers farmhand Joel Kirsten fired a no-hitter for the Fort Worth Cats on August 21, walking one, drilling another, and punching out 11 El Paso Diablos.

This weekend’s “Going Deep” column is our monthly Q&A on baseball’s procedural rules. It will be posted on TexasRangers.com by tomorrow morning.

Thank you to Mike Hindman for another outstanding year covering the Rangers farm system better than anyone covers any farm system, anywhere in the country.

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

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