KANSAS CITY -- Rangers relievers were lighting up the radar gun on Friday night. Both Tanner Scheppers and Alexi Ogando hit 100 miles per hour with their fastball while pitching against the Royals. "I know...I was watching that and thinking, 'I wish I had that,'" closer Joe Nathan said. Scheppers, who hit 101 at the All-Star Futures Game in 2010, said hitting triple digits is not that big of a deal.
"As long as I get outs, that's all I care about," he said. "It does something for me if they get outs," manager Ron Washington said. "It doesn't do anything for me if they don't get outs. If it's 100 and not in the zone, it doesn't matter." Ogando and Scheppers are two of 20 pitchers in the Major Leagues who average at least 96 miles per hour with their fastball. Padres reliever Andrew Cashner averages 98.6 miles per hour, the highest in the Majors. Mark Lowe and Neftali Feliz both averaged over 96 last season for the Rangers.