ARLINGTON – The Rangers have addressed a potential pitch-tipping issue with right-hander Kohei Arihara, who allowed the Chicago White Sox 10 baserunners in just two innings on Sunday. The White Sox did not offer at Arihara’s splitter, previously his most-effective pitch, or his changeup.
Arihara, who has 29 swings and misses in his first five starts, has gotten 10 of the swings and misses on splitters this season, the most on any single pitch this season. He did not, however, get a swing-and-miss on the pitch against Chicago. He did not throw the pitch in his second inning of work.
“I did kind of see something there,” manager Chris Woodward said. “[Co-pitching coach] Doug [Mathis] talked to him a little bit about it, just to make sure that we get ahead of it. I don’t know if they had it or not, but it just looked kind of fishy to me. So, they may have seen something. We want to make sure he understands.”
Arihara was also featured on a T-shirt that made its way to all the Rangers. He is pictured wearing the Player of the Game hat the Rangers circulate after wins, which he won after beating Tampa Bay. It features Arihara’s quote after getting the hat: “I came from Japan to wear this hat.”
Holt helps: Infielder Brock Holt is not just helping the Rangers but is also taking a role in the fight against childhood cancer.
Along with his wife, Lakyn, Holt, who grew up in Stephenville, on Thursday announced the creation of an initiative to raise funds to help the fight. The #holtoff cancer initiative will produce T-shirts and caps, the proceeds from which will be donated to the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth and the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The shirts and caps are $20 each and sport a Cowboy hat, Holt’s No. 16, and his bushy mustache.
Holt spent seven of his first nine seasons in the majors with Boston and became involved with the Jimmy Fund, which has had a long-standing partnership with the Red Sox.
“I learned from my first spring training there how important the Jimmy Fund was to the Red Sox, and I’ve always loved kids and wanted to help out in any way I could,” Holt said.
Holt, said though, his mustache may not last much longer.
“Every time I walk by a mirror, I have to talk myself out of shaving it,” he said.
Briefly: The weekend series features two of the wildest pitching staffs in baseball. The Red Sox had surrendered 19 free bases on wild pitches and passed balls, most in the majors. The Rangers, with 14 wild pitches and two passed balls, were tied for fourth most. Manager Chris Woodward acknowledged there had been some confusion with signs between pitchers and catchers. … The Rangers began Thursday with the highest percentage of “Three True Outcomes” (homers, strikeouts and walks) in the AL at 39.6. The Chicago Cubs led the majors at 41.7 percent. … Single-game tickets for the final three months of the season will go on sale Friday at texasrangers.com, 972-RANGERS and at the Globe Life Field box office. … Boston’s Friday starter, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, who attended Alvin High School, has not allowed a home run in 28 innings this season.