Rookie Ross impresses bullpen veterans

Rookie Ross impresses bullpen veterans

ARLINGTON -- Thanks to Robbie Ross, Yu Darvish isn't the only Rangers rookie pitcher playing well this season.

Ross has not allowed an earned run in his last 10 outings, spanning 17 2/3 innings, and has posted a 0.43 ERA over his last 13 games. That stretch has lowered his ERA to 1.30, the best among Major League rookies and the fifth-lowest among American League relievers.

"He's just showing poise," closer Joe Nathan said. "He's not letting a lot of things to affect him. The biggest thing is throwing strikes, especially coming out of the bullpen. That's one thing he's done really well, is not letting what hitter is at the plate affect him, whether it's a player he's watched growing up or a first-year guy. He's treating each guy the same."

Ross tossed four scoreless innings in relief of an injured Alexi Ogando during a 5-0 victory over the Giants on Sunday, just his third appearance of the month. He earned his sixth win, giving him the most wins of any Major League reliever. Ross trails only Darvish (7-4), who started against the Astros on Friday, in the wins department among rookies.

"I know you take a lot of heat as a rookie but, at the same time, a lot of us would want to be rookies again," Nathan said. "It'll be more about teaching him the ropes and what we've gone through. Hopefully he takes it in stride and enjoys this moment."