The Rangers investment in Matt Treanor has paid off already.

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In the first game against the Indians on Monday Taylor Teagarden was behind the plate to receive Rich Harden.  Harden took a no decision in the game with Frank Francisco pitching the ninth inning and picking up the win to improve his record to 2-2. 

The next day was an off day, so nothing went on with the Rangers.  When the Rangers and Indians returned to play on Wednesday, Teagarden was noticeably out of the lineup.  Earlier in the season Matt Treanor had been recalled from Triple-A to replace Jarrod Saltlamacchia after he started opening day only to be placed onto the 15 day disabled list with muscle spasms.

During the final two games against the Indians at Progressive Field Treanor has started in the place of Teagarden.  Teagarden has been suffering with symptoms of Stomach Flu, so he has been unable to play.  The Rangers had planned to start the season with a platoon between Saltlamacchia and Teagarden since neither impressed more than the other during spring training.

After Treanor was released by the Brewers towards the end of spring training, the Rangers picked him up as insurance in case Saltlamacchia wasn’t ready for the season.  They never expected him to make it one game and end up on the D.L.  So Treanor was a great acquisition by the Rangers front office. 

The Rangers have completed the first three series’s of the season with one of them being the first road series.  They currently hold a 5-4 record after dropping the game today against the Indians on late inning errors.  Going into the eighth inning the Rangers were holding a 2-0 lead just six outs away from sweeping the Indians.  In turn they would have ended up with 6-3 record. 

Two errors later, and a 3 run blast by Cleveland outfielder Shin-soo Choo the Indians had taken the lead from the Rangers.  After pitching 7 scoreless innings Rangers starter Matt Harrison took the loss dropping the Rangers to a 5-4 record. 

The Rangers now head to Yankee Stadium for a three game series.  Tomorrow night the Rangers will send C.J. Wilson to the mound to face C.C. Sabathia who in his last start took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.  The Yankees currently hold a 6-3 record after finishing their first home series of the season where they took two of three from the Angels.  Essentially helping the Rangers considering the Angels are off to a 3-7 start to the season.

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Tags: C. J. Wilson C.C. Sabathia Jarrod Saltlamacchia Matt Harrison Matt Treanor Shin-soo Choo

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