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Michael Kirkman Continues To Impress

The rookie reliever hasn't allowed a run since August 6

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The Texas Rangers couldn’t overcome a rough, 4-run fifth inning from starter Scott Feldman on Tuesday night in Arlington, as they fell to the Orioles 5-3, but, with a nod to looking on the bright side, rookie Michael Kirkman continues to impress out of the Texas bullpen.

Kirkman has not allowed a run in his last six appearances, totaling seven innings--a span that dates all the way back to August 6.

In his latest pair of appearances before Tuesday, Kirkman got out of two jams; one against New York last week, when he struck out Andruw Jones to preserve a late one-run lead for Texas, and one in Toronto on Saturday--when Kirkman entered with the bases loaded, worked out, and got his first Major League win for his trouble.

Last night, he threw two innings of perfect baseball, striking out two in the process--a performance that Kirkman believes might be best explained by his growing confidence.

"It was big," Kirkman said of his work last week, per ESPN Dallas. "It was big for my confidence. I feel like I'm getting better and that I can go out there and do my job. That's my focus."

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