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Hamstring lands Moreland on disabled list

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--1B Mitch Moreland was officially placed on the disabled list Friday with a significant strain of his left hamstring. The Rangers announced Moreland would miss a minimum of four weeks. The Rangers intend to use a combo of INFs Michael Young and Brandon Snyder and C Mike Napoli to fill out first base in Moreland's absence.

--RHP Joe Nathan extended his streak of consecutive saves converted to 14. Nathan retired the side in order in the ninth inning, giving him 16 saves for the season. Nathan has retired 45 of the last 53 batters he has faced, during which he has not allowed a run or a walk in 16 innings.

--When 3B Adrian Beltre homers, the Rangers win. Beltre, who was the DH on Friday, had a two-out, two-run homer in the first inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. He has homered in 13 games this season. The Rangers are 12-1. They are 39-5 over the last two years when Beltre hits a homer.

--RHP Roy Oswalt, making his Rangers' debut, went 6 2/3 innings and allowed only a run. He threw 110 pitches, 81 for strikes. He walked just one, while striking out six. "He was around the strike zone all night," manager Ron Washington said. "He kept the defense engaged. That's what he does. He didn't need to go any further. He took us deep into the game."

--LHP Derek Holland threw 42 pitches off a mound Friday in his second bullpen session of the week. He will throw again Sunday or Monday and could begin a rehab assignment next week. Both RHPs Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara played some light catch for the first time on Friday.

--To make room on the 40-man roster for Friday starter RHP Roy Oswalt, the Rangers designated RHP Mark Hamburger for assignment. The team has 10 days to trade, release or outright Hamburger back to Triple-A Round Rock if he clears waivers. Hamburger is 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA

BY THE NUMBERS
12.5 -- Percentage of inherited runners LHP Robbie Ross has allowed to score this season, which is tied for fifth in the AL. Ross stranded a runner at second on Friday, the 21st runner he has left stranded of the 24 he has inherited.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"You pitch well and you play good defense and you win, it's that simple. We are not playing anywhere close to our best baseball, but we're pitching and playing good defense. And we're winning. We're happy we're winning, but we know -- and want -- to play better baseball." -- 3B Michael Young on the Rangers' seven-game winning streak, which includes seven consecutive quality starts.

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