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Rangers add Michael Kirkman, Clay Rapada to ALCS roster

Oct 15, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

Texas Rangers pitcher Rapada throws against the Minnesota Twins during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

With Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees only hours away, the Rangers have announced some slight changes to their roster.

According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, left-handers Michael Kirkman and Clay Rapada have been added for this round, while right-hander Dustin Nippert and speedster Esteban German have been taken off.

Kirkman, 24, spent most of the year as a starting pitcher with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but posted a 1.65 ERA and 16/10 K/BB ratio over 14 relief appearances with the Rangers down the stretch. Rapada, 29, had a 4.00 ERA and 5/7 K/BB ratio in 13 relief appearances with the Rangers this season, but managed a fantastic 1.82 ERA and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He held left-handed batters to a .120 batting average.

Along with Darren Oliver and Derek Holland, the Rangers now have four left-handers in their bullpen.

  1. Charles Gates - Oct 15, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Tony La Russa just got jealous.

  2. BC - Oct 15, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Why would they take German off? Running against Posada he’d look like Lou Brock.

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