ARLINGTON — Michael Kirkman can’t seem to catch a break. He has been making good pitches, manager Ron Washington said, but the hits have been finding holes.Kirkman entered Thursday’s game with the Rangers leading 9-3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but couldn’t get out of the inning. A.J. Pollock led off with an infield single, and things unraveled from there.Kirkman allowed two runs on four hits while getting two outs, as Neal Cotts had to get the final out.“I see bad luck,” Washington said. “His stuff is good. He’s just got to fight through it. Sometimes you can do everything right in this game and you don’t get the results you’re looking for.”Kirkman hasn’t seen many positive results this season. The 26-year-old left-hander has a 6.97 ERA, and has pitched less than one inning in 11 of 23 appearances.It’s been a rough two months for a pitcher who had an impressive spring training.“When you’re not having success, of course you probably lose a little confidence. We all do,” Washington said. “But we haven’t lost confidence in him. He’s still here, so he’s got to fight through it.”Ogando updateRangers right-hander Alexi Ogando threw well in his rehab start at Double A Frisco, allowing two unearned runs over six innings.Ogando, on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, was scheduled to throw five innings and 75 pitches but had an efficient pitch count every inning. He was at 45 pitches through five scoreless innings, but allowed a two-run homer in the sixth after a batter reached on a fielding error.By the end of his start, Ogando had thrown 60 pitches and 42 strikes, allowing four hits with no walks and four strikeouts.The plan is for Ogando to throw a bullpen session Monday. If that goes well, he will return to the rotation on the upcoming road trip, possibly Friday in Toronto.Ogando went 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA over his first nine starts.Familiar foeNick Tepesch grew up in Blue Springs, Mo., about a 15-minute drive from the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium.Tepesch faces his hometown team Saturdaybut said there’s no extra incentive.“It’s not any different,” Tepesch said. “I’m just going out there trying to give my team a chance to win. I’m sure I’ll have family, friends and coaches watching, but they watch a lot of Royals games anyway.”Tepesch has pitched well lately with a 2.70 ERA in his last three starts but won only once in May.Briefly• Left-hander Matt Harrison, who has undergone two back surgeries, has not been cleared for any baseball activities but has ramped up his rehab program. He will be examined by Dr. Drew Dossett on June 10, which could determine when he can start baseball activities. Harrison said August is still a “realistic” target date for a return.• Minor league right-hander Roman Mendez had season-ending surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right elbow. Mendez, who had a 1.86 ERA over 16 appearances with Double A Frisco, had the same surgery last year.• Minor league right-hander C.J. Edwards has been placed on the disabled list at Low A Hickory to limit his innings and keep him available for a full season. He is 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA over his first 11 starts with the Crawdads.
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