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For Texas Rangers, Relief Adjustments Key to Summer Success

Published by on May 9, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Pitching's been an annual problem for the Rangers, a traditional weakness of sorts to complement the powerful batters the team often fields. The 2008 pitching staff featured 15 trips to the disabled list and a closer that saved 24 games with bone spurs in his arm.

The same staff has been healthier in the early going this year, but the relievers spoiled some games early. Maintenance to the Texas bullpen has yielded serious results so far, as the front office has proved it will make changes when needed.

After three solid outings from the rotation in the opening series sweep of the Indians, the Texas bullpen folded like paper in Detroit despite early leads in two of three games. The reaction to this and several poor per...

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