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Adam Rosales makes second pitching appearance | texasrangers.com CLOSENow Commenting On:Full Game Coverage Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015Rangers forced to call on position player for ninth inning during rout Email PrintInfielder Rosales pitches 9th 1:127/28/15: Position player Adam Rosales comes in to pitch for the Rangers in the top of the 9th, surrendering two runs while striking out one By Cody Stavenhagen/MLB
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.com | +0 COMMENTSARLINGTON -- It's never a good sign when Rangers infielder Adam Rosales is icing his arm after pitching in a nine-inning game.But Rosales pitched for the second time this season when he threw the ninth inning in the Rangers' 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on a Brett Gardner home run, but also struck out Yankees right fielder Chris Young.Rosales became the first Rangers position player to pitch twice in one season. The only other non-pitcher with two pitching appearances for the Rangers is Jeff Kunkel in 1988 and '89."It's not what we want to do," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I don't ever want to put a position player out there on the mound at any point
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, but there comes a time where you have to make a decision to save the rest of the bullpen."Gardner's two-run shot NYY@TEX: Gardner hits a two-run shot for 21-5 lead7/28/15: Brett Gardner takes advantage of position player Adam Rosales and blasts a two-run homer to right field in the top of the 9thThat time certainly came Tuesday. After starter Martin Perez exited in the second inning, the Rangers used five relievers before going with Rosales for the ninth.Wandy Rodriguez finished the second inning and was on the mound at the start of the third, but he allowed seven runs. Phil Klein threw three innings, allowing one run
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, then Spencer Patton allowed three runs over one inning before Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers each threw a scoreless frame.The only options left in the Rangers' bullpen were closer Shawn Tolleson and right-hander Keone Kela, who is tied for the American League lead with 47 appearances. In a blowout game, that meant Rosales was the most logical choice."I was just trying to get three quick outs, just put the ball over the plate," Rosales said. He previously pitched one inning in a 12-2 loss on June 26 at Toronto. He allowed one run, a homer to Danny Valencia, in that game. Rosales said he only threw fastballs in that appearance, but Tuesday he got a bit more creative.Rosales enters game as pitcher TEX@TOR: Infielder Rosales takes his talents to mound6/26/15: Rangers infielder Adam Rosales helps keep the Texas bullpen fresh by entering the game as a pitcher in the 8th inning in TorontoRosales said he started using a split-finger grip in the bullpen to change speeds. His first pitch, a fastball, was 89 mph. His third pitch, using the split-finger grip, was 76 mph."I threw it in the bullpen," Rosales said. "It looked like it was decent, like it was moving good. But you have to have a pretty good fastball to back that up, I think."Jacoby Ellsbury led off the inning by reaching on a catcher's interference for the second time in the game. Gardner then blasted a ball out to right field for the home run, at which point Rosales said he went back to throwing straight fastballs.Rosales walked Alex Rodriguez, but Leonys Martin made a leaping grab against the wall to record an out on Garrett Jones. Rosales struck out Young, who had hit a grand slam earlier in the game, before inducing a Stephen Drew flyout to end the inning.Martin's leaping catch NYY@TEX: Martin's leaping catch robs Jones7/28/15: Leonys Martin makes a leaping catch that robs Garrett Jones of an extra-base hit in the 9th inningLike multiple other Rangers pitchers
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, his outing took longer than hoped. Rosales threw 26 pitches, 15 for strikes, and ended icing his arm after a game in which it took extreme measures to avoid collateral damage to the bullpen going forward.Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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