Police Seek Robbery Suspect
TYLER — Police in Tyler are on the hunt for a robbery suspect. At around 3:10 Sunday morning, officers responded to 4400 Paluxy, near building 11. It was reported that a female had been robbed. Upon arrival the female was contacted and appeared to be uninjured, according to police. She stated that she had just parked and was approached by a black male. The man claimed to have a firearm but one was not seen, according to the victim. She said she initially tried to walk away and then was tackled to the ground by the man. He then reportedly took her purse and ran off. The suspect was described as in his early twenties, wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and a black and white bandana covering his face. Anyone with any information concerning this case is asked to call the Tyler Police Department.
Investigators: Motel Fire in Tyler Appears Suspicious
TYLER — Tyler Fire Department investigators are working to determine how a fire started around 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Economy Inn in the 3300 block of Mineola Highway. Investigators tell KETK the blaze began in one of the rooms and was called in by the resident of that unit. Investigators say fire crews were nearby and were able to arrive on scene and contain the blaze before it consumed other units. They say the room where the fire started was destroyed, with nearby rooms sustaining water and smoke damage. Investigators add that the fire appears to be suspicious. There was no immediate word on whether any arrests have been made. No one was injured.
Winona City Officals: “We Didn’t Want to Increase the Utility Rates”
WINONA — Officials are responding after reports surfaced about the city of Winona’s failure to pay its utility bills, putting the town in a financial crisis. KETK reports that after the city council voted in favor of raising the utility rates for residents, the people of Winona wanted answers. The city is struggling financially, and more than just the city’s utility bills went unpaid. The former city administrator failed to pay several bills, and on top of that, the city is now in the process of trying to fix water maintenance issues that did not meet state standards.
Mayor Rusty Smith says city officials are doing everything in their power to make this all right. It is the responsibility of the city administrator to pay the bills for the city of Winona. This past February, he resigned, bringing several problems to the attention of the mayor and council members. “That’s when we found out about the bills not getting paid,” said Mayor Pro Tem Michael Jones, “the solid waste bill, trash pickup, and the employee health insurance.” So far, the city has paid the bills it owed from 2013. But it still owes more than $150,000 to its gas company, and to pay that back, the city is working to find ways to tighten the budget. “It’s like when you have a catastrophe in your family, you know, financial hardship, you tighten your belt until you’re over the hump,” Jones said.
As for the utility rate increase that has many residents concerned, the city says it has nothing to do with their outstanding bills. Instead, they say it is to help the city update its wastewater system to meet state standards. “In order to do the maintenance that needs to be done, maintenance we found out has not been being done over the last few years,” said Smith, “we’ve got a lot of catch-up to do; we have to put in a rate increase.” Smith said this will be the first rate increase in more than seven years. The increase will go into effect May 1.
Kilgore Man Arrested for Drug Possession
GREGG COUNTY — A Kilgore man remains behind bars after police found he was in possession of drugs. KETK reports Michael Jerome Mumphrey, 30, was arrested Thursday in Gregg County. Police found he was in possession of a controlled substance more than four grams and possession of marijuana more than four ounces, according to authorities. Mumphrey was being held on bonds totaling $60,000.
Candidate Forum Monday Night in Tyler
TYLER — The May 10 municipal elections are rapidly approaching, and Tylerites will have a chance to meet the candidates Monday evening. The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County (LWV-TSC) will be holding a candidate forum at 7:00 p.m. Monday in the Tyler Public Library’s Taylor Auditorium. Candidates for mayor, city council and the Tyler ISD Board of Trustees will be on hand to offer comments and answer questions.
The following candidates are scheduled to participate:
Tyler City Council, Place 4
TISD Trustee, Place 2
TISD Trustee, Place 4
Barbara A. Smith
Candidates will take questions from a panel: Mary Claire Rowe, LWV-TSC President; Roy Maynard, Tyler Morning Telegraph; and Kevin Dilley, TJC. The moderator for the event will be Janice Caldwell, Lindale High School debate coach. Questions will also be taken from the audience. The forum is free and open to the public.
Tyler ISD Students Win State Honors at Technology Competition
TYLER – Technology students at Robert E. Lee High School earned state honors at the Texas Technology Student Association (TSA) state competition in Waco recently. The team received seven state championship awards in categories of photography; construction, modeling and design; applied tech science; graphic solutions; system control; technical problem solving; and desktop publishing. Three Lee students earned third place finishes, and one of those finishes qualified two students for national competition. Two other students finished in the top five.
Report: Lab Delays Lead to False Drug Convictions
AUSTIN (AP) – Lengthy crime lab delays have forced at least 21 people across Texas to serve time in prison or jail on drug possession charges when the substance they had wasn’t actually illegal. The Austin American-Statesman reports that all pleaded guilty and began serving time before confiscated samples came back from public labs for conclusive identification. Because of lab backups or delays, the test results declaring 14 men and seven women innocent didn’t arrive until months or, sometimes even years, later. And prosecutors say there are almost certainly more such cases – but no one is keeping close count. The false-positive drug tests date to 2005, but they have become more common lately. In just the last two years, 14 people wrongly convicted have earned belated exonerations.
Dallas Man Arrested for Cutting Another Man’s Neck
DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas man has been arrested after police say he cut the neck of an acquaintance following an argument. The Dallas Morning News reports that 57-year-old Anderson Irby was arrested on aggravated assault charges. His bond was set at $50,000. Irby is accused of arguing with a 32-year-old man, then pulling a knife and cutting the other man’s neck. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Saturday in the Pleasant Grove section of southeast Dallas. Police spokesman Lt. Max Geron said the victim was taken to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas with critical injuries. Irby also faces a charge of marijuana possession. Dallas County records indicate he faces previous charges of driving with a suspended license and failure to carry a license.
Fredericksburg Officer Shot during Traffic Stop
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A man is facing attempted capital murder charges after allegedly shooting a police officer during a traffic stop, then leading authorities on a high-speed, multi-county chase. A news release from San Antonio police says Fredericksburg police officer Bradley Durst stopped a car around 1:40 a.m. Saturday. As the officer approached the vehicle, police say Robert Rendon, a 31-year-old from San Angelo, fired multiple shots, hitting Durst twice. Police say the suspect then fled and around 4 a.m. lost control of his car and crashed. Rendon faces three counts of attempted capital murder. His bond was set at a combined $750,000. A man who answered a phone listed to a relative of Rendon’s said Sunday the family declined to comment. Durst had surgery and was listed in stable condition.
Donations Sought for Care of Burned Pony, Foal
FORT WORTH (AP) – The Humane Society of North Texas is collecting donations for care of a pony and her foal who were severely burned in a barn fire south of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that a pony named Bella was found trying to shield her foal Butterscotch from the flames. Bella sustained burns over much of her body, and officials weren’t sure if her flame-scarred ears could be saved. Butterscotch sustained several smaller burns. Both are being attended to by Human Society volunteers, who hope to raise $4,000 for their care. The pair was in a barn near Alvarado in the early morning hours of April 6 when a heating lamp shorted out, causing an electrical fire.
DPS Investigating Trooper’s Shooting of Driver
LUBBOCK (AP) – Texas authorities are investigating the death of a driver who allegedly struggled with a trooper before she shot and killed him. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Bryan Witt says the driver of a Cadillac was being arrested for failing to identify himself after being pulled over early Sunday for a routine traffic stop just south of Lubbock. Witt said the man began to struggle with the trooper near her driver’s side door before she shot him. The man, whose name and age Witt said had not been determined, died a short time later at a Lubbock hospital. Two other people riding with the man at the time of the traffic stop were released after giving statements.
Three Rescued from El Paso Ditch after Rain, Hail
EL PASO (AP) – Two men and a woman have been rescued after being swept into a drainage ditch after heavy rain and hail fell in northeastern El Paso. The El Paso Times reports that the men were swept Saturday about 400 feet into a drainage canal. Once rescued, the men told firefighters they were with a woman when water and ice swept through the drain. The woman was found alive a short time later, but she was buried beneath 3 feet of ice from the hail. Additional information about her condition wasn’t available Sunday. Her body temperature was 75 degrees and emergency personnel performed CPR. The victim was taken to University Medical Center, where medical personnel worked to warm her body and resuscitate her.
White Sox Pound Rangers 16-2
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura succinctly and aptly described the series finale at Texas.
“It’s an odd game,” Ventura said after the 16-2 victory Sunday that ended Chicago’s four-game losing streak.
There was the bases-loaded triple by the fill-in leadoff hitter Marcus Semien after an intentional walk to the No. 9 batter, the strikeout that stood on a replay challenge after Alejandro De Aza insisted he was hit by the pitch, and White Sox starter Erik Johnson allowing two runs on only one hit over five innings.
“It’s always a good day if you get a win, the team gets a win,” Johnson said. “If you can go out and compete without your best stuff and your team overcomes and puts up a lot of runs, it’s always a positive.”
Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row.
The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu’s fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead.
Johnson (1-1) allowed only a single, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Texas also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same.
“You’re either effectively wild or effectively lucky,” Ventura said.
Semien had a career-high four hits, including a bases-loaded trip in a strange sixth when Ross struck out the last two batters he faced on non-routine plays. Semien was hitting leadoff with Adam Eaton getting a couple of days off to rest some nagging leg issues.
Ross’ final batter was Alejandro De Aza, who was called out on a third-strike check swing, right after Alexei Ramirez reached because of a wild pitch on the third strike.
Ventura unsuccessfully challenged, claiming the ball hit De Aza or the bat. The ruling from umpires in New York was that the call on the field stood — that the batter was out on a checked swing.
De Aza said the ball hit both his hand and the bat. The ball appeared to change direction for some reason.
“I’m not even going to check (replay). I know what happened,” De Aza said. “I’m just in shock, that’s all I can say.”
Ventura got no real explanation on the final decision.
“It’s another one of those vague it just stands,” he said. “They’re saying they don’t have any evidence that it hit the bat.”
Reliever Shawn Tolleson got the third consecutive strikeout in the inning before the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Danks. Semien then tripled off the base of the left-center field wall to make it 8-2.
“That’s a little fire, it gives you a little fire when you see that happen right in front of you,” he said. “I’m glad I got the result and we as a team got the result.”
Tyler Flowers, who had three hits, had a leadoff single in the fifth, then went to third on Semien’s one-out grounder when third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a throwing error while trying to start a double play. Conor Gillaspie had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before Abreu homered.
Ross, a converted reliever, had a career high eight strikeouts with no walks in his 5 1/3 innings after not allowing an earned run his previous two starts. The lefty gave up seven hits and seven runs, four of them earned.
“If you hit your location, and throwing strikes is never detrimental, just missed his location on a few of them,” manager Ron Washington said. “And then we didn’t make a play behind him. That opened things up for them.”
Ronald Belisario threw two scoreless innings before Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom each worked an inning for Chicago.
Flowers had a leadoff single in the third before Danks’ first homer.
Josh Wilson drew a leadoff walk and scored on a sac fly by Shin-Soo Choo in the Texas third, which ended when Leonys Martin got tagged out trying to score on pitch that ricocheted off the backstop.
Elvis Andrus walked to start the fourth, then went to third on a stolen base and errant throw by catcher Flowers before scoring on a wild pitch.
Rangers INF Luis Sardinas became the youngest player to appear in the majors this season when the 20-year-old made his major league debut. He came into the game at shortstop for Andrus and then got an infield single his first at-bat. … Kouzmanoff was 0 for 3, ending his 10-game hitting streak to start his Rangers career.
Mavs fade, drop Game 1 to Spurs
The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory.
The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground. So the veteran Duncan overcame a brief injury scare to score 27 points. The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5˝ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming with less than a second remaining.
San Antonio won despite going 3 for 17 on 3-pointers and getting only 23 points from its normally potent bench.
“We got killed on 3s in the first four outings this year,” Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said. “It was no secret; we stayed home a little more on 3-point shooters, but you’ve got to give them something, and Duncan in there is obviously still solid.”
Duncan scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting from the paint in the final quarter to help the Spurs overcome a 10-point deficit.
“Timmy, he’s not going to score 24 a game or anything like that,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s the base from which everything else occurs, whether he’s scoring or not. It just gives us a comfort level and a point from which to operate. He plays (defense), rebounds, scores here and there. He just does his job.”
Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.
Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset.
The Spurs had insisted that what happens in the regular season doesn’t matter, and they were proven right for much of the game — much to the home fans’ dismay. Absent were the crisp passing, aggressive defense, bench scoring and 3-point shooting that made for the league’s best record.
“It’s always tough to change gears from the regular season to the playoffs when you’re preparing for a team and they’re preparing for you specifically,” Duncan said.
San Antonio returned to its winning formula over the final seven minutes, taking an 86-81 lead with a 15-0 run. Splitter tied the game with five minutes remaining, rolling to the basket off a screen for an easy layup off a pass from Parker.
The All-Star point guard then drove the lane for a layup and drained a 13-foot jumper, which he punctuated with a loud scream after Dallas called timeout with 2:45 to go.
“I was able to push the ball and get some easy baskets,” Parker said. “It got our confidence going, so once again defensively, the stops that we made helped us offensively.”
Dallas had taken an 81-71 lead when Brandan Wright completed a three-point play with 7:45 remaining. The Mavericks proceeded to miss their next 12 shots and committed three turnovers.
“Defensively, we started making stops,” Ginobili said. “We were at a point where they were getting to the rim. They were making shots and nothing seemed to work for brief periods. There was a point where we were down 10 where we made a couple of steals. We ran, we got fouled, we got a couple of easy buckets, and that changed our mentality.”
Nowitzki, who finished with 11 points, was 2 for 6 from the field in the final quarter. The veteran forward was closely defended by Splitter.
“They’re not necessarily unbelievably athletic and long, but they are very smart,” Nowitzki said. “What they want to do defensively is take you out of your comfort zone.”
Duncan, wearing a heavy brace on his left knee, walked off the court gingerly with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter after banging knees with Monta Ellis. He did not get up as he customarily does during a timeout to greet his teammates.
Duncan later left the court, followed closely by trainer Will Sevening and team doctor David Schmidt, returning a minute later limping slightly less, and he played big down the stretch.
“I knew as soon as I felt it,” Duncan said. “My leg just kind of went numb, so I knew it was hopefully just a charley horse. I knew I needed just a couple of minutes just for the feeling to come back and I would be fine.”
Referee Joey Crawford screamed twice at a pair of scoring officials during a timeout, telling them at one point to do their jobs. Crawford, who once ejected Duncan for laughing from the bench during a game against the Mavericks, was booed regularly by the fans.
A’s use 9th-inning rally to send Astros to 6th straight loss
Josh Reddick isn’t ready to declare himself out of an early-season batting slump, not after the miserable start he got off to.
A pair of solid games at the plate sure has the Oakland outfielder feeling a lot better about things, however.
Reddick had hits in his last three at-bats, including an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the Athletics over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Saturday.
“It feels good again after the first week of going up there thinking, ‘How am I even going to touch this baseball?’ ” Reddick said. “It’s a great turnaround, a great feeling to be back in the box with some confidence.”
Reddick’s single off Houston reliever Chad Qualls was the fourth game-ending hit of his career and continued a recent offensive surge for Oakland’s bearded outfielder. Reddick also had three hits and a home run in Friday’s 11-3 win after starting the season in a 4-for-41 rut.
“Sometimes it only takes one game where you get a couple of hits or a couple of balls up (and) you start to feel a lot better about yourself,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I think it was just a matter of being more confident.”
Jed Lowrie started the A’s comeback with a leadoff home run against Qualls (0-1).
Josh Donaldson walked and Yoenis Cespedes then singled. After Qualls struck out pinch-hitter John Jaso, Alberto Callaspo hit a tying single and Reddick followed with a one-out liner to right-center.
Dan Otero (3-0) pitched the ninth for the win after starter Scott Kazmir had gone eight strong innings.
Jonathan Villar homered and scored twice for Houston. The Astros lost their sixth in a row.
“We didn’t finish it out,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “Our bullpen has been taxed and he was the most rested. We had the right guys out there. We just didn’t get it done.”
A day after scoring seven runs in the first inning and hitting four home runs overall, the A’s were kept mostly quiet until their outburst in the ninth.
Oakland had stranded 12 runners through the first eight innings and left the bases loaded in the sixth. They also left the potential tying runs on base in the fifth and eighth.
“That’s one of the best characteristics of this team,” Lowrie said. “We had that last year and we’re off to a good start this year of really grinding out those last inning at-bats and making it tough on the other guys, never making it easy on them.”
The Athletics’ rally in the ninth spoiled a solid effort from Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer, who allowed one run and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings but remains winless in four starts.
Oberholtzer pitched with runners on in each of the first five innings but limited the damage each time. He got Derek Norris to fly out with runners on the corners in the third, then speared Norris’ comebacker and threw to first to get out of another two-out, two-on jam in the fifth.
Kazmir allowed two earned runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked none.
The Astros got to Kazmir early when Villar homered on an 0-2 pitch in the third. Villar also doubled off the wall in left-center in the fifth and scored on a throwing error by Norris, the catcher.
Oakland tied it at 1 when Craig Gentry, who crashed into the fence while backpedaling chasing after Villar’s home run, hit an RBI double that scored Daric Barton.
Former A’s first baseman Chris Carter doubled and scored on Matt Dominguez’s RBI single in the fourth to put the Astros back in front.
The game was halted briefly with two outs in the top of the eighth when umpires lost track of the pitch count. A meeting was held near the mound before crew chief Mike Winters went to replay for clarification.
Cespedes reached on an infield single in the fifth to extend his hitting streak against Houston to 14 games. … Astros rookie outfielder George Springer doubled in the ninth and has a hit in all four games since being called up from the minors on Wednesday. … A’s reliever Eric O’Flaherty, on the disabled list since undergoing Tommy John surgery in the offseason, threw another bullpen session and could be ready to face hitters by the time Oakland returns from its next road trip in early May. … RHP Jesse Chavez, winless in three starts despite a 1.35 ERA, pitches the series finale for Oakland. RHP Brad Peacock (0-1) makes his first start for Houston after opening the season in the bullpen.
Dirk vs. Duncan: Showcase of greats
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
DALLAS — Forget about the seedings for a second. Savor what we are about to witness.
The Dallas Mavericks meeting the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs means we get the treat of watching living legends Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan compete against each other.
Sure, we’ve seen it before. In fact, it’s happened five times, with mixed results and many magnificent performances by two Lone Star State, one-team superstars. But there’s no guarantee we’ll see it again, no matter how good the all-time greats look in their golden years.
They don’t necessarily match up against each other most of the time when the Mavs and Spurs play, but this is a historic occasion that should be appreciated by basketball fans around the world, not just up and down Interstate 35.
“It’s a showcase for two of the 12 greatest players of all time,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “Both of those guys have been more than 10-time All-Stars, league MVP and Finals MVP. There’s only a dozen guys that have done that and you got two of them. They still play like they’re in their prime, both those guys.
“So this is a treat for people who appreciate NBA basketball and the history of the game. You got two guys whose love and respect for the game is so high and their work ethic and standards are so high that they’ve kept it going in their mid-30s as well as anybody I’ve ever seen.”
These are men who belong to even more exclusive clubs than the one mentioned by Carlisle. Nowitzki joins Elgin Baylor, Hakeem Olajuwon and Bob Pettit as the only players in NBA history with career playoff averages of at least 25 points and 10 rebounds. Duncan, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal are the only players to claim at least three Finals MVP awards.
It’s a tribute to their immense pride, competitiveness and work ethic that they haven’t already hung up their sneakers, having long ago assured themselves of basketball immortality and a ceremony in Springfield, Mass.
“Both guys have a great love and respect for the game and always put winning first,” Carlisle said. “Beyond that, it’s their ability and their internal drive to keep playing when, really, it would be easy for either one of them to say, ‘I’ve done enough.’”
Make no mistake, however: These aren’t legends who are limping to the finish line of their Hall of Fame careers. The 37-year-old Duncan and 35-year-old Nowitzki have fared remarkably well in their fights against Father Time despite both dealing with some knee problems in recent years.
Perhaps they aren’t the same players who put up such eye-popping numbers in some of their epic playoff clashes of years past. (Game 5 of the 2001 West semifinals, Game 1 of the 2003 West finals and the classic Game 7 of the 2006 West semifinals immediately come to mind.)
“There’s been some fun battles,” Nowitzki said.
But Duncan and Nowitzki still remain among the league’s elite. ESPN’s real plus-minus stat ranked Nowitzki as the No. 4 player in the NBA this season, 13 spots ahead of Duncan. Nowitzki, who demands as much defensive attention as ever, made his 12th All-Star appearance this season, during which he averaged 21.7 points per game. Duncan had a decent case for his 15th All-Star selection by putting up 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds and playing dominant defense.
Never mind their numbers, though. All you need to know is that the 16-year veteran Nowitzki and 17-year veteran Duncan are focal points for playoff teams. Nowitzki is the lone All-Star for the 49-win Mavs. Duncan is the second-leading scorer, leading rebounder and defensive anchor of the 62-20 Spurs, who had the league’s best record in the regular season.
And they’ve done it with the kind of class and professionalism that has resulted in such strong mutual respect developing between the rivals over the years.
“I mean, I like him,” Nowitzki said. “I think he’s about as quiet of a superstar as you can get, and, obviously, I’m not the rah-rah guy for my 16 years, either. We’re both pretty laid back and go about our business. We didn’t try to make a brand out of our names. We’re just trying to go out there and win games and compete.
“I think we both go about our business the same way, and that’s what I like about him.”
Starting Sunday in San Antonio, Duncan and Nowitzki will go about the business of trying to beat each other once again, maybe for the final time in the postseason.
What’s not to like about that?
Adduci becomes 10th Ranger to be put on DL
By Randy Jennings | Special to ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas — The number of Rangers on the disabled list swelled to 10 with the addition of Jim Adduci on Saturday.
The outfielder suffered a broken little finger on his left hand sliding into second base in the third inning of a 12-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night and is expected to be out for four weeks.
The Rangers led 2-0 at the time when Adduci tagged at first base and advanced on Donnie Murphy’s deep fly to center field. A good throw from Sox center fielder Adam Eaton made it a close play, forcing a head-first slide by Adduci.
Adduci remained in the game and contributed two more hits including a double, raising his batting average to .462.
But when he awoke Saturday morning, Adduci had a swollen finger. Manager Ron Washington, demonstrating he hasn’t lost his sense of humor among all the mishaps, suggested Adduci “might have broken it in his sleep.”
That the Rangers have managed to win 10 of 17 games so far without key personnel is a reflection on the entire organization, Washington said. While the team can’t control injuries, “we control our attitude, and things are working out well,” he said
Had Washington known before the season that he could field a team with the number of players currently on the disabled list, he said he would have been “taken aback.”
Adduci’s spot on the 25-man roster will be filled by 20-year-old switch-hitting infielder Luis Sardinas, who was promoted Saturday from Double-A Frisco. Sardinas, signed as a non-drafted signee in 2009, was hitting .238 with the RoughRiders.
Players on the disabled list don’t surrender their lockers in the Rangers clubhouse. And new additions, like Sardinas, are making lockers scarce.
“We’re down to only a couple of vacant lockers on the corners,” said Rangers equipment and home clubhouse manager Richard “Hoggy” Price. “We usually don‘t see this until September [when the rosters expand]. But if they bring ‘em up, we will find a place for them.”
Help for Figueroa: Washington sees Friday’s addition of left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda as a move to take some of the load off middle-inning lefty Pedro Figueroa. Last week, Figueroa pitched in four games over a six-day stretch.
Figueroa became the 20th major league pitcher since 1914 to earn his first two wins on consecutive days. The Rangers’ Robbie Ross Jr. was the last to do it in 2012.
Picking ‘em up: Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is eligible to come off the disabled list in six days, was out taking ground balls a few hours before tonight’s 7:05 start at Globe Life Park.
Slow to praise: If Washington is conservative with his praise of center fielder Leonys Martin, there is a reason. “I just want him to keep playing. I don’t want him reading about how good he is.”
Martin was a double away from hitting for the cycle Friday. His three hits raised his average to .315.