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Position player pitching alert: Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia tossed a scoreless inning

Aug 14, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

J.P. Arencibia AP

J.P. Arencibia has proven to be not much of a hitter with a career .208 batting average and .662 OPS, but last night the 28-year-old catcher/first baseman made his pitching debut for the Rangers and looked pretty decent.

Arencibia tossed a scoreless ninth inning with the Rangers down 10-1 to the Rays, recording three outs on just 10 pitches while working around a Logan Forsythe infield single. He threw all fastballs, averaging 72.6 miles per hour and topping out at 74.2 mph.

He’s the third position player to pitch for the Rangers this season, which in itself says a lot about how many times Texas has been blown out.

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  1. renaado - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    This season is now certified as the “Year of the Pitcher/Position player”.

  2. danindelray - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I think the accurate description is that he demonstrated how hard it is to hit a round ball with a round bat.

    Those were batting practice fastballs, and each one that got hit was belt high. He could have given up two homers instead of getting two lazy fly balls.

    It also didn’t hurt that with a 10-1 lead the Rays players were in cruise mode.

  3. philliesblow - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    R.A. Dickey throws knuckleballs faster than those “fastballs”.

  4. indaburg - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Where’s ATH?

    • raysfan1 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Or at least “Setting the Score?”

      • nvl004 - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        Or at least JohnnySoda

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Yeah, we’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms here. I didn’t have that nervous tic in my eye yesterday.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      I need my fix of trash talking the Yanks now that Baltimore is 8 games up and the O’s cranked 2 bombs in the 8th against their ‘elite’ pen!!

      • renaado - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Saw the highlight of that game in MLB videos and it certainly was in a playoff like atmosphere… Especially that time when Adam Jones hit that 3 run homerun.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        It was an exciting game for sure. They were calling Schoop ‘Yankee killer,’ which isn’t exactly accurate, but 4 of his 11 HR’s have come off of Yankee pitching, 1 last night and 2 against Tanaka. So there’s that.

  5. someguyinva - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Craig’s gone radio silent on Twitter, too. I know he was having computer issues the other day…

    • mybrunoblog - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      Calcaterra is off the grid? Sound the alarm.

      • philliesblow - Aug 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Alien abduction?

      • someguyinva - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        Well, Messrs. Gleeman and Silva haven’t said a word about CC’s absence, so this is starting to feel a bit like an un-personing, or at least a coup.

      • southpaw2k - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        Please don’t bring Nicki Minaj into this.

    • southpaw2k - Aug 14, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Speaking of Calcaterra on Twitter, what happened to his weekly Twitter questions column? I enjoyed those posts for the sheer fun of it, but he hasn’t done that since at least last season.

  6. earpaniac - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    And he’s got a really hot wife.

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