Rangers, Tigers postponed by rain

In his last four games, Mike Napoli has five homers, nine hits,

seven runs and 10 RBIs.

The Texas slugger couldn’t do any more damage Friday night. The

Rangers and Detroit Tigers were postponed because of rain.

”It’s something you can’t control,” Napoli said. ”We’ll go do

the split doubleheader tomorrow and start with game one and go from

there.”

Friday was supposed to be the second game of a four-game set at

Comerica Park, but it was called after a 25-minute rain delay

before a single pitch was thrown. The teams will play a day-night

doubleheader Saturday.

Rick Porcello (1-0) of Detroit will face Matt Harrison (2-0) of

Texas in the day game. That was supposed to be the matchup Friday.

On Saturday night, Detroit ace Justin Verlander (1-1) takes the

mound against Neftali Feliz (1-0).

Friday’s rainout means Texas reliever Scott Feldman will likely

make a spot start Wednesday at home against the New York Yankees.

Feldman has thrown only 2 1-3 innings this season. He pitched 1 1-3

innings Thursday night, when the Rangers routed Detroit 10-3 in the

teams’ first meeting since the Rangers beat Detroit in six games in

the 2011 AL championship series.

”I was able to see some hitters up there, so that’s always nice

to get into some games,” Feldman said. ”I’d rather be pitching

more, but I’m just getting my work in when I can.”

Texas has won seven straight games and is off to a major

league-best 11-2 start. Napoli has homered in four straight games,

and he isn’t the only Ranger on a tear lately. Josh Hamilton is

hitting .426 with five homers, and the starting rotation is

9-0.

”They’re such a tremendously solid team in all areas – starting

pitching, defense, bullpen, offense,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland

said. ”They’re a very good team, top to bottom. They have a lot of

nice weapons, they have a lot of versatility. They’re very good –

and we are, too.”

The Rangers stole four bases Thursday, although they also ran

into a couple outs early in the game. Craig Gentry stole second and

tried to reach third when a throw bounded into left field. He was

thrown out.

”That’s the way we play – he just misjudged what he saw,”

manager Ron Washington said. ”I’m not going to blame him for

misjudging what he saw because I don’t want him to get

tentative.”

The Tigers (9-4) acquired Prince Fielder in the offseason,

hoping to build on last year’s ALCS appearance. Verlander will take

the mound Saturday night, five days after throwing 131 pitches in a

complete game victory at Kansas City.

Feliz will try to outpitch Verlander. The Texas right-hander

saved 72 games over the last two seasons, and he’s been sharp so

far after moving to the rotation.

Feliz has a 2.25 ERA after two starts this year.

”He’s obviously not coming out there full barrel anymore, like

you do when you’re coming in to close the game out. Starting the

game, you’ve got to pace yourself,” Leyland said. ”But he’s

obviously got tremendous stuff.”

NOTES: The Tigers on Friday acquired RHP Zach Miner from the

Kansas City Royals for cash. He’s joining Double-A Erie. Miner, who

turned 30 last month, appeared in 157 games for the Tigers from

2006-09, including 35 starts. He had surgery on his right elbow in

May 2010 and signed a minor league deal with the Royals before last

season. Now he’s back in the Detroit organization. ”His

versatility I thought was his biggest asset,” Leyland said. ”He

could go short, he could go long, he could start.” … Texas 2B

Ian Kinsler was set to be the designated hitter Friday, with

Michael Young playing 2B. Washington says he doesn’t want Young to

become ”too stale just DHing.”