Texas Rangers

May 10, 2014

Rangers notes: Club sticking with Robbie Ross as a starter

Texas taking a patient approach with the left-hander, who’s in his first year in the rotation.

Robbie Ross called what he’s going through now the roughest stretch of his career.

Ross has allowed 16 runs (12 earned) on 23 hits over a combined 8 2/3 innings his last two outings. But Texas Rangers officials haven’t lost faith in Ross making a successful transition from reliever to starter yet.

General manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington have both stated that there were no discussions about moving Ross out of the rotation as he’s scheduled to make his eighth start today against the Red Sox.

“It’s been a rough patch, and I’m thankful for them having the confidence in me,” Ross said. “Hopefully I can go out there and prove them right in the sense of them giving me the ball every five days — go out there and back them up just as much as they’ve backed me up.

“I’ll do the best I can.”

Ross, 24, remains confident that he can get the job done and remembers veterans telling him early on there would be stretches like this in the big leagues. He understands the importance of working through it and sticking to his normal approach.

That, as Washington has said, is how young pitchers gain experience. And he is not ready to give up on Ross, who posted a 2.88 ERA as a starter in the minor leagues from 2009-11.

“Robbie’s never had to try to get 27 outs [in the big leagues],” Washington said. “He just had to come and try to get six or five or three or two or one. It’s a little different. So when they struggle, you just have to hang in there with them. You can’t jump ship.”

Ortiz to appeal

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz plans to appeal the controversial error ruling on his fly ball in the seventh inning from Friday night, according to a Red Sox official.

The play in question came with two outs in the seventh inning when Ortiz lifted a routine fly ball to right field that dropped between Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and right fielder Alex Rios. Neither player touched the ball, but official scorer Steve Weller ruled it an error on Rios.

The play ended Yu Darvish’s perfect game bid but kept a no-hitter alive. Ortiz later broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth, singling through the Rangers’ defensive shift.

After the game, Ortiz told reporters he would have been OK with the error call if Darvish finished off the no-hitter but is now seeking to get another hit to his name.

Rangers manager Ron Washington still felt it was a proper ruling a day after.

“It wasn’t a hit,” Washington said. “There were guys in the vicinity that should have caught that ball. … Off his bat, it was an out.”

Bye, bye beard

Elvis Andrus has gotten rid of his Abraham Lincoln-esque beard. He sported a new look Saturday, trimming it down to a normal looking beard for the first time since at least spring training.

Andrus said it was time to get rid of it, saying: “It was just a beard. It was something I knew that was going to happen.”

Andrus isn’t superstitious, either. He cut it after he had a four-hit game and returned to the two-hole in the lineup on Friday.

Scheppers better

• Right-hander Tanner Scheppers (right elbow inflammation) is feeling good and expects to throw off a mound for the first time Monday in Houston. Scheppers is OK if the Rangers bring him back as a reliever but is hopeful to get another chance to start down the road.

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