ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitchers took batting and bunting practice Tuesday in preparation for Interleague Play, which begins on Friday against the Astros. The main focus was on bunting.
"All I'm worried about is getting the bunts down," said Derek Holland, who pitches on Saturday. "That way I can get the guys around to score runs for me. I feel really good bunting. We'll see how it goes."
Since Interleague Play began in 1997, Rangers pitchers have batted .139, the fifth-highest average for an American League team. Their 12 extra-base hits, which includes nine doubles, two triples, and a home run, are the most.
"If there's a man on, I'm bunting them unless he's on third," Washington said. "I don't like them to swing. But they're going to have to do it if the situation calls for them to swing. They have to do it."