--OF Josh Hamilton, who performed three head-first slides Tuesday just two days after being reinstated from the disabled list, will test himself in the outfield again Friday before the series opener with Kansas City. If that goes well, Hamilton is expected to return to the outfield Saturday.
--1B/DH Michael Young will be playing in his 1,558th career game, all with the Rangers, if he's in the lineup Friday. It would leave him 15 shy of the club mark held by Rafael Palmeiro. Young is one of eight active players to have at least 1,500 games all with one big-league club. Derek Jeter leads at 2,341.
--Not even a third of the way into his first season as the Rangers' new TV play-by-play voice, John Rhadigan was replaced Thursday. Veteran Dave Barnett will move over from radio to helm the TV broadcast with Tom Grieve. Rhadigan had no real play-by-play experience and struggled to grasp the pace of the game.
--RHP Colby Lewis, though only 2-2 in May, has a shot at the AL Pitcher of the Month award if he can continue Friday what he's done all month. Lewis has a 1.74 ERA in four starts, during which he's averaged 7 2/3 innings. He's also walked 24 and struck just five. A big obstacle for him, though, is teammate RHP Alexi Ogando, who pitches Sunday. Ogando is third in the AL in May ERA at 1.27
--RHP Brandon Webb will throw a bullpen session for management on Friday. If that goes well, he will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Frisco on Monday. Webb has not pitched in a major league game since Opening Day 2009. He had right shoulder surgery in August 2009.
BY THE NUMBERS
3.28 -- Texas' staff ERA for May, including 2.78 by the starters. With five games to go, the Rangers are more than a tenth of a run below the best monthly ERA since the club moved into the hitter-friendly Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers had a 3.40 ERA last June.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We've been riding him pretty hard. His stuff was much crisper. He threw the baseball exactly where he wanted to throw it. Maybe a week or so ago, he just wasn't able to execute like he wanted to." -- Manager Ron Washington, on the difference in 40-year-old LHP Darren Oliver, who nimbly pitched out of an eighth-inning jam Wednesday after going five days between outings.
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