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In a season full of you-gotta-be-kidding-me,
Ron Washington apparently pulled a hamstring muscle during this afternoon’s Twins
Old Timers’ Game in Target Field.  He
took himself out of the game defensively, though he did proceed to take his
second at-bat after that (singling off Jack Morris after singling earlier off
Bert Blyleven), exiting for a pinch-runner . . . and then reentered the game
again, settling in defensively at second base after playing earlier in center


When Eric Nadel
recorded his daily pregame spot with Washington, which aired seconds ago but
was taped before the Old Timers’ Game got underway, he finished the interview
by saying: “Wash, take care of those hamstrings.”  Funny. 


Not as amusing is
word from Minneapolis that Josh Hamilton could miss a week, more or less, due
to the bruised ribcage he suffered in yesterday’s collision with the center field
wall, an injury he said this morning makes him “feel like [he’s] been in a car


Or reports that
Elvis Andrus will miss two or three games with his own hamstring tightness.  Cristian Guzman, not Andres Blanco (or Alex
Cora), will get the start at shortstop against his former teammates this
afternoon (after looking in his first stint with Texas last month like his own
invitation to the Twins Old Timers’ Game may not be far off).  Guzman will also lead off.


C.J. Wilson is 11-4,
2.98 in 18 starts following a Rangers loss this season.  In his last 12 such starts, Texas has won 11
times (including seven straight).


That righty Matt
Fox, who virtually shut the Rangers offense down Friday night in his big league
debut, permitting two runs over 5.2 innings? 
Minnesota designated him for assignment this morning, according to Joe
Christensen of the Minneapolis
, to make room for pinch-runner and defensive sub Ben Revere.


Speaking of pinch-runners,
Oklahoma City clinched a playoff berth last night (with Albuquerque’s
loss).  Free Willy Taveras.


For what it’s worth,
the RedHawks game notes no longer list Scott Feldman as today’s scheduled
starter, instead denoting “TBA” for the afternoon assignment.  Whether that’s because Texas is holding
Feldman back in case he’s pegged to make Cliff Lee’s Tuesday start (Lee was reportedly
scratched from that start this morning, once and for all), or for some other
reason, it might be interesting to see who takes the ball when that game begins
at 4:05. 


Mark Prior is
supposed to make his Oklahoma City debut in relief at some point in that game.


Among the baseball
things I’m most grateful for: That Oakland traded Carlos Gonzalez (and Huston
Street and Greg Smith) to Colorado for Matt Holliday two years ago.  Oakland’s 2007 trade of Dan Haren and Connor
Robertson to Arizona for Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Aaron
Cunningham, Dana Eveland, and Smith was that club’s Teixeira trade, but moving CarGo
a year later – who at age 24 is an MVP candidate – did the American League a
huge favor.


According to Patrick
Newman of NPB Tracker, the Rangers, Mets, and Rays were among the teams who
were on hand to scout 24-year-old Japanese righthander Yu Darvish


We’ll have some more
news on this Wednesday evening’s Game-Watching Party and Thad Levine Q&A
before long.





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