Pitchers prep for San Diego by taking BP

Pitchers prep for San Diego by taking BP

Pitchers prep for San Diego by taking BP
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have one more Interleague set on the road this season, and it begins Monday against the Padres.

To prepare for the three-game series, a few members of the Rangers' pitching staff took batting practice and ran the bases before Saturday's game against the Astros.

"It's kind of fun when the pitchers get a chance to swing the bats," left-hander Matt Harrison said. "At the same time, we were able to get the feel of what it's like to be on base when guys are hitting and read balls off the bat, that way we can get a little used to it."

Harrison, who is hitless in 14 at-bats, will start Monday's series opener against the Padres. Scott Feldman, a career .133 hitter, will start Tuesday while Yu Darvish will take his first Major League at-bat when he starts Wednesday's finale.

"They need to be able to help themselves," manager Ron Washington said. "If what I'm seeing in the practices is any indication, they're certainly getting better. It's important that they're comfortable."

The Rangers' best hitting pitcher, however, may not hit again until next season.

"Colby [Lewis] drives in runs," Washington said. "Feldman has the best power."

Washington said he would use Lewis as a pinch-hitter if he needed one and was out of position players on the bench. But Lewis, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in a 6-1 win over the Astros on May 20, has likely taken his final at-bat of the year.

"I always enjoy hitting," Lewis said. "I think it keeps me more in the game. You're moving around more. I'll have to wait until next year and keep my hit streak alive. It's been three years in a row that I've gotten a hit. I'll look forward to it next year."