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Total wins by a
margin of at least five runs out of the Rangers’ first 29 victories: Three.


Total wins by a
margin of at least five runs out of the Rangers’ last three victories: Three.


Number of times in 2007 an opponent held Ichiro Suzuki to
one hit over three consecutive games: Eleven.  (Texas was one of them.)


Number of times in 2008 and 2009 combined an opponent held
Ichiro Suzuki to one hit over three consecutive games: Three.  (Texas was one of them.)


Number of times in 2010 an opponent has held Ichiro Suzuki
to one hit over three consecutive games: One. 
(Monday, Tuesday, and last night.)


If the official scorer hadn’t reversed his ruling and
awarded Ichiro a fifth-inning double on what was originally ruled a Justin
Smoak error, we’d be looking at the first time since April 2006 that one team
has held Ichiro hitless three straight days.


Texas has won 11 of 13 games in the red jerseys this year.


Derek Holland had to cut short his first bullpen session since
left rotator cuff inflammation forced him to the disabled list.  His 30-pitch session yesterday lasted 17
pitches before he complained of a “minor pinch” in his shoulder. 


Rangers third-round pick Jordan Akins, a toolsy outfielder from
Union Grove High School in Georgia, told that he has agreed to
sign with Texas for $350,000, forgoing a football-baseball scholarship to the University
of Central Florida.  If the figure is
accurate, it appears to be right at or maybe slightly over slot.


Texas took bench coach Jackie Moore’s son, Johnathan Moore,
in the 45th round yesterday. 
The Houston Baptist catcher hit .355 with six home runs and 51 RBI in 54
games this season.


The Rangers’ 39th-round pick yesterday, University
of Alabama-Birmingham righthander Ryan Woolley, was taken in the sixth round a
year ago (by Atlanta) but didn’t sign.  The
Rangers’ fourth-round pick in 2007, outfielder Garrett Nash, was chosen yesterday
by Arizona, also in the 39th round, 15 picks before Texas tabbed
Woolley.  Nash has been on a Mormon
mission the past two years.


Matt Purke is the Louisville Slugger NCAA Freshman Pitcher
of the Year.  He’s gone 13-0, 3.40 for
TCU, fanning 122 and walking 27 in 95.1 innings.  The Horned Frogs are in Austin for the NCAA
Super Regionals tomorrow through Sunday. 
Anyone have local TV details?


On Monday, the Washington Nationals drafted Bryce
Harper.  On Tuesday, they got the
greatest debut in the history of mankind from Stephen Strasburg.  On Wednesday, they signed Jason Botts to a minor
league contract.   The 29-year-old, who was hitting .342/.444/.530
in 149 at-bats for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League,
joins AAA Syracuse, where his teammates will include Kevin Mench and where his hitting
coach will be Jerry Browne.


Florida designated Mike Lamb for assignment to make room for
outfield phenom Mike Stanton.


No column this week. 
I’m still recovering from the draft.


Our next Fox Sports Southwest in-game chat will probably be
June 30, when Texas visits the Angels.


You’re 18 years old.  In
one day:


You get an authentic Rangers jersey with your name on it, number
1 or number 21.


You and your family get to hang out in a room with Nolan


You get to meet a bunch of Rangers players and then watch
them – from a suite behind home plate – explode offensively, pitch well, and
play great defense.  You dream of one day
playing on that field, in a game like that.


You get interviewed by Jim Knox.


Your parting gift: Someone agrees to pay you seven figures.


Good day, eh?



Photo/Max Faulkner/FWST





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