ARLINGTON, Texas — Even without Josh Hamilton, the hottest hitter in the American League, in their lineup tonight, the AL West-leading Rangers crushed the Pirates, 13-3. It was the Rangers’ 10th straight victory, the second-longest string in their history.
“It’s a tough lineup to get through,” Pirates manager John Russell said. “They swing the bats well, especially here (at Rangers Ballpark). They take advantage of mistakes.”
Dana Eveland, who previously pitched for the A’s and Blue Jays, has been tormented by the Rangers before.
“A lot,” he said. “You’ve got to pitch ahead and keep a good mix — and even then, they’re going to get their hits. You’ve just got to limit the damage. I’ve never had great success against them. I’ve had outings where I’d be going good for four innings or so, but the second or third time through the lineup, they make adjustments and that’s when they get you.”
Eveland had not pitched in a game since June 11. He tried to stay sharp by throwing side sessions every three or four days, but the adrenaline rush is not the same as in a game.
“It’s definitely not easy, but it’s part of the job sometimes,” said Eveland, who allowed six runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. “I was happy with the way I threw the ball, until the last six or so hitters I faced. For having that much time off, though I didn’t locate great, the ball was moving. When I got tired, everything got flat. I wasn’t tricking anybody after that.”
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Zach Von Rosenberg (0-2) started for the first time at Medlar Field in Happy Valley and took the loss. He gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings.