McCarthy watch: The Rangers are still planning on Brandon McCarthy pitching Wednesday against the Oakland Athletics, but Washington said a bullpen throwing session Monday will give them a better idea if he can make that start or needs to be scratched because of the blister on his right middle finger."If he can't throw his bullpen, we'll know we have to do something," Washington said. John Koronka would be a possibility if McCarthy can't go. He pitched on Friday for Triple-A Oklahoma and allowed three runs in seven innings. Koronka gave up eight hits and four walks while striking out five. McCarthy's blister forced him out of Friday's game after just two innings. "I'm anxious to get back out there," McCarthy said. "But I can't rush it. If I'm not ready, I'm not ready. But I think if I take care of it and don't aggravate it, I should be ready to go." He said it: "Our offense is going to be fine. We need to pitch and play better defense. Our pitching will determine what our offense can do. We're not going to beat people banging on them. We need to pick it up on pitching and defense." -- Washington
Friday's Minor stars: Top performances from Friday's Minor League games:Gold: Right-hander Kendy Batista threw six shutout innings in Class A Bakersfield. He allowed just three hits, striking out five as the Blaze beat the Quakes, 9-3. Silver: Designated hitter Kevin West went 3-for-5 with four RBIs in Triple-A Oklahoma's 13-3 win over Iowa. He hit a home run for the second consecutive day. Bronze: Outfielder Chad Tracy was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Class A Clinton. He hit doubles No. 16 and 17 of the season in helping the LumberKings defeat Burlington, 4-2. Briefly: Kevin Millwood is scheduled to throw 70 pitches for Double-A Frisco in a medical rehabilitation start Sunday. He'll fly with the Rangers to Oakland after the game. ... Pitcher Craig Crow has been put on the disabled list for Class A Bakersfield and Michael Schlact has been activated. ... Because Friday's game was delayed at the start for 1 hour, 57 minutes by a rainstorm, the Rangers are compensating fans for the inconvenience by allowing them to use their ticket stub for an upper level ticket for a future game. Some blackout games apply. Up next: Right-hander Kameron Loe pitches for the Rangers at 2:05 p.m. CT on Sunday against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Julian Tavarez pitches for the Red Sox.
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