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Feldman holds his own in rotation

Feldman holds his own in rotation

SEATTLE -- Right-handed pitcher Kris Benson is being activated off the disabled list and will join the Rangers on Wednesday in Oakland.

It will likely be as a reliever, though manager Ron Washington wants to meet with Benson first before Wednesday's game against the Athletics.

"We'll talk to him about many things," Washington.

Benson made two starts for the Rangers and was 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA before going on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. The Rangers replaced him with Scott Feldman, who is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts.

Feldman, who had a 12.15 ERA in three relief appearances before going back into the rotation, pitches against the Athletics on Wednesday and isn't likely to return to the bullpen so long as he's pitching this well as a starter.

"He has real life on his fastball, his slider is harder than it has been, his breaking ball is much crisper, and he's getting a good feel for his changeup," Washington said. "He's got four pitches he can throw over the plate. We just have to figure out how to get him deeper into the game."

Feldman is 7-8 with a 5.09 ERA in 27 career starts over the past two years. He has pitched more than six innings in just six of those 27 starts. He has pitched exactly six innings in 12 of those starts and has gone less than six innings in nine starts. He has a 2.61 ERA when he goes more than six innings, a 4.88 ERA when he pitches exactly six innings and a 7.78 ERA when he pitches less than six innings.

Benson replaces Luis Mendoza, who has made one appearance since being recalled on April 23 and gave up a grand slam to A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday against the White Sox. Mendoza was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA at Triple-A Oklahoma City before being called up and put in the long relief role.

"We haven't had a chance to get him in a game, and the one game we gave him, the rust showed," Washington said. "It's not Mendoza. We just haven't had a chance to keep him sharp."

Pitching matchup
TEX: RHP Scott Feldman (1-0, 6.75 ERA)
Feldman allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a start against the White Sox on Friday, retiring 17 of the first 18 batters he faced. He won his first start against the Orioles on April 25, when he allowed one run in five innings in a 6-5 victory. He is 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA in nine games, including four starts, in his career against the Athletics. But he is 0-2 with a 6.57 ERA at the Oakland Coliseum.

OAK: LHP Dan Giese (0-2, 3.55)
Giese replaces Dana Eveland, who was used in relief on Sunday in a 15-inning game and has been pushed back. Giese is making his fourth Major League start and first of this season. He made three starts for the Yankees last year. The Yankees designated him for assignment at the end of Spring Training and the Athletics claimed him. He was called to the big leagues on April 18 and has made four relief appearances since then. Giese, 31, is a career Minor Leaguer who has made two relief appearances against the Rangers and not given up a run.

Tidbits
Michael Young has a nine-game hitting streak, and Nelson Cruz has an eight-game streak. ... Young had three hits on Tuesday for the 130th multihit game of his career. That ties him with Juan Gonzalez for second most in club history. Ivan Rodriguez had 146 multihit games. ... Frank Francisco has not been scored upon in 13 appearances this season. That's the longest such streak by a Rangers pitcher to start the season in club history.

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Up next
• Thursday: Rangers (Brandon McCarthy, 3-0, 4.67) at Athletics (Trevor Cahill, 0-2, 4.50), 2:35 p.m. CT
• Friday: Rangers (Matt Harrison, 2-2, 6.41) at White Sox (John Danks, 2-2, 3.81), 7:11 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Rangers (Kevin Millwood, 3-2, 2.78) at White Sox (Bartolo Colon, 2-2, 4.05), 6:05 p.m. CT

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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