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Rangers miss opportunity to look at relievers in rainout


PHOENIX -- The Rangers were able to take a look at Jeff Beliveau and Michael Kirkman on Friday, but other Rangers pitchers will have to wait, because Friday's game with the Brewers was wiped out by rain after four innings. The rain was accompanied by high winds and dropping temperatures.

"Miserable out there, absolutely miserable," outfielder Craig Gentry said. "Windy, rain, cold.... The last inning was pretty bad."

Beliveau, who started, and Kirkman both pitched two innings. Kirkman was supposed to pitch the fifth inning, but the weather didn't cooperate. At least he got on the mound. Cory Burns, Neil Ramirez, Collin Balester and Johan Yan had their one inning of scheduled work washed away. Manager Ron Washington said they will try to get them on the hill on Saturday, when the Rangers have split-squad games against the Athletics and Padres.

Matt Harrison pitches against the Padres in Peoria at 2:05 p.m. CT, while rookie Nick Tepesch will be on the mound against the Athletics in Surprise, also at 2:05 p.m. CT. This arrangement allows Harrison to miss pitching against the Athletics. But the big reason for the arrangement is that the Rangers wanted Tepesch pitching at home, where more club officials can look at him.

Washington said he will go with the team in Peoria and let bench coach Jackie Moore handle the team in Surprise.

"If it was Tucson, I'd be saying, 'See you Jackie,'" Washington said. "But it's not Tucson, so I will go on the road."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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