One day after an ugly brawl, the Texas Rangers began to feel the repercussions
The Rangers continue to adjust to life without manager Buck Showalter when they resume a four-game series with the major league-leading Detroit Tigers on Friday.
Showalter was suspended Thursday along with pitchers Vicente Padilla and Scott Feldman, one night after Feldman triggered a bench-clearing melee by throwing at Los Angeles Angels’ second baseman Adam Kennedy.
Showalter was given a four-game suspension, which began Thursday, and Padilla—who hit two others and nearly plunked a third Tuesday night—got a five-game penalty that also started Thursday.
Feldman’s penalty will begin once Padilla returns. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu is managing in Showalter’s absence.
“We knew it was going to be something,” Showalter said. “It’s pretty much standard.”
The Rangers (62-60) have dropped two of three since a five-game winning streak, including Thursday’s 4-2 loss in the series opener. Mark DeRosa and Ian Kinsler each drove in a run for Texas, which fell seven games behind AL West leader Oakland.
The Tigers (79-42) have won three of four since a five-game losing streak and lead the AL Central by 6 1/2 games over the second-place Chicago White Sox. Carlos Guillen homered and Ivan Rodriguez had three hits for Detroit.
Sean Casey went 1-for-4 with an RBI and has driven in 13 runs in 16 games since he was acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from Pittsburgh.
Rookie Zach Miner (7-3, 4.25 ERA) will make his first start against the Rangers. He gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings of Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the White Sox, his first defeat since July 16 against Kansas City.
The right-hander, who threw a career-high 113 pitches, is 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA over his last six starts.
“I was trying to make too good pitches,” he said. “I was kind of fighting my changeup a little bit early, left a few of them up. It’s kind of a pitch I go to at times to get myself out of trouble. And when I wasn’t throwing that over, it kind of got to me.”
Texas will counter with Kevin Millwood (11-8, 4.73), who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings of Sunday’s 10-6 win over Seattle. He had been 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts since beating Toronto on July 19.
“It will go down as a quality start,” said Millwood, who is 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 12 road starts this season. “But for me, there’s a lot of things I could have done better. I was not putting the ball where I wanted it.”
Millwood is 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA in five career starts against the Tigers, but has never pitched at Comerica Park. He gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 7-0 home loss to Detroit on April 8.