Rangers want faster tempo from Feldman

Rangers want faster tempo from Feldman

CLEVELAND -- Scott Feldman will be trying to snap a four-game losing streak when he starts against the Indians on Saturday. He is not in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, according to manager Ron Washington, but the Rangers do want him to pick up his tempo.

That's what he and Washington have been talking about since his most recent start, a 6-5 loss to the Twins on Sunday.

"I'm going to try and do what I always do, but just try to be a little quicker," Feldman said. "You always want to be as quick as you can, as long as it's not affecting your performance. The quicker you work, the better for the team. It keeps the defense on their toes."

Feldman passed Roy Oswalt and earned a spot in the rotation by going 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance from June 19 to Aug. 4, but he is 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA in his last four starts.

"We have no issues with Feldman," Washington said. "He doesn't have to prove anything to us, just do what we want them all to do, and that's keep us in the game. The last couple of games, I don't think he's thrown the ball all that bad, but his tempo has been down a little bit."