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Uehara Looks Good in Loss

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    NEWSLETTERS

    When rosters expand on Sept. 1, the Texas Rangers will have plenty of arms in their bullpen as guys like Tanner Scheppers will undoubtedly return to the big-league club. But they might be getting a big boost to an already dominant bullpen with the return of an injured player, as Koji Uehara looked great in Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay.

    Uehara, a deceptive righty, is fantastic against left-handers, which kind of cancels out the problem of the Rangers only have two lefties — and really only one reliable one — in their pen in Robbie Ross and an up-and-down Michael Kirkman.

    On Wednesday night, Uehara followed up a scoreless inning against Minnesota over the weekend by tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Rays in an 8-4 Rangers' loss.

    Uehara got two strikeouts and also allowed two hits, but didn't let anything cross the plate.

    "I was pretty satisfied with the [splitfinger fastballs] and my four seamers, but the second inning I don't think I was mentally where I needed to be," said Uehara, through an interpreter after the game.

    With Alexi Ogando set as the 7th inning guy/multi-inning guy, Mike Adams in the set-up role and Joe Nathan entrenched as the team's closer, Uehara only adds more depth to what is proving to be the best bullpen in the game.