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FELIZ PASSES HIS FIRST TEST
Neftali Feliz put two runners on but managed to hold on to save the Rangers’ 4-1 win over Oakland in his first save opportunity since the 2011 World Series. Feliz saved the win for Jerome Williams in his first Texas start.

RIDERS DO NOT FOLD AGAINST MISSIONS
Frisco responded to falling behind 4-3 by scoring four unanswered runs in their last two innings to beat San Antonio 7-4, led by J.T. Wise’s three-run homer in the eighth.

Rangers can’t go back to buying pitching help

When you look at the disaster that this Rangers season has become, you have to look for little silver linings wherever you can find them.

In one case, you can look at the pitching performances the team has received through at least the first three games of this Yankees series, even as they dropped two of them.

Of course, we expect a good night from Yu Darvish pretty much every time. But it may be difficult to determine which of the other two outings was the most impressive.

Back on the mound after being on the disabled list for three weeks, Nick Martinez went out and threw more than five shutout innings (he was clearly on a strict pitch count for this start) after allowing 10 earned runs in his previous two starts before getting shelved.

Before that, though, there was the much-maligned Miles Mikolas. Thrown into the rotation out of Round Rock after the team gave up on Joe Saunders and having posted an ERA of over 10 coming into the Bronx, Mikolas proceed to hold down the Yankees to two runs over seven innings to get his first big league win of the year.

It’s little positives like these that you have to cling to in order to keep some form of hope. Especially because, like it or not, any hope for the future is tied into guys like them.

It amazes me how many people on Facebook and Twitter continue to cite injuries as the only reason this season has gone so far south, yet they are throwing the pitching staff under the bus when the pitching has been the biggest area hit by said injuries, with Derek Holland, Martin Perez and Matt Harrison all having gone down.

Because of that, so many are already demanding the team prepare to splurge on free agent pitchers once the winter comes. Of course, at the top of that list of so-called priorities will be throwing whatever form of nine-figure deal it would take to put David Price in a Texas uniform.

Because, you know, plundering the free agent market and throwing millions of dollars at pitchers has worked so well for the Rangers in the past, right? Do the names Chan Ho Park and Kevin Milwood ring a bell to anyone?

Call it a combination of believing a team in this size market has to spend money with a lack of faith in developing young pitchers that clearly still remains among the fan base, but people here still believe the solution is to spend, spend, spend.

Meanwhile, the Oakland A’s, constantly ridiculed for their non-existent fan base and limited resources, continue to plug along with a cast of young guys and cast-offs, and they’re making the Rangers and the other big spenders look silly.

Sonny Gray, Jesse Chaves, Tommy Milone and Drew Pomeranz were all rookies in 2012 or later. Scott Kazmir was basically picked off the scrap heap when many had left his big league career for dead.

It really says something when Oakland is cruising to the postseason with five starters that all pitched in the minors as recently as 2011.

That’s the way the Rangers need to go, not tie up millions of dollars in some supposed “ace” that could very likely mail it in after getting the big bucks like so many have done before.

If the Rangers could make a World Series with the likes of Holland, Harrison, Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson, they need to find a way to do it with Darvish, Holland, Perez, Martinez, Mikolas and/or Nick Tepesch in 2015.

Otherwise, the teams that trust in their young arms will continue to lap the pace with them.

RIDERS’ LATEST ADDITION GETS A RUDE WELCOME
Jose Monegro, brought up from Low-A Hickory to replace the promoted Edwar Cabrera, was hit hard for seven runs in the third inning as San Antonio took the first game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark 8-4. Joe Ortiz pitched one inning, allowing two hits, on a rehab assignment as he comes back from a broken foot.

OFFENSE DOESN’T GIVE LEWIS ENOUGH QUALITY
Colby Lewis got another quality start, but it wasn’t enough as former Ranger Brandon McCarthy held Texas to four hits in six innings to give the Yankees the 4-2 win. The Rangers lost three of four in the Bronx where they scored just four runs in the three losses.

MAVS FINALLY GET THEIR BACKUP PG
After pursuing many options only to see them go elsewhere, the Mavericks have signed Jameer Nelson to a two-year, $6 million contract for him to back up Devin Harris and Raymond Felton at point guard.

RANGERS GET WASHED AWAY
After taking the lead from a Brett Gardner home run in the third inning, the Yankees got a break from Mother Nature as rain called the game in the Bronx after five, allowing New York to get another 2-1 win over Texas.
Prior to the game, the Rangers traded closer Jokim Soria to Detroit for two pitching prospects, including Rockwall-Heath High alum Jake Thompson. Corey Knebel was also acquired.

RIDERS MANAGE THE SPLIT IN MIDLAND
After Dusty Coleman’s home run off Eric Hamren in the sixth gave the RockHounds a 7-6 win in the seven-inning first game, a two-run blast from Joey Gallo in the ninth allowed Frsico go win the second game 5-3.

RANGERS UNLUCKY IN THE 13th AND LATER
Twelve shutout innings from the Rangers and the bullpen went to waste in the Bronx, as first Joakim Soria could not save the game in the 13th after J.P. Arencibia’s homer gave them the lead, then Chase Headley drove home Brian Roberts for a 2-1 Yankees win.

RIDERS STRIKE BACK HARD AND FAST
After falling behind 2-0 after one, Frisco retaliated with two straight three-run innings to eventually win in Midland 8-3, with Joey Gallo driving in three runs and Hanser Alberto driving in two.