Scouting Wednesday's Pirates-Rangers game
• Rangers reliever Neal Cotts' 1.17 ERA is the second-lowest in the AL and fourth-lowest in the majors. He could finish with the lowest ERA ever for a Texas reliever who's thrown a minimum of 50 innings. The record currently belongs to Joe Nathan, who put up a 1.46 ERA last season. Since 2007, the only relievers with an ERA as low as Cotts' while notching either zero or one save in a season are David Robertson (1.08 in 2011) and Eric O'Flaherty (0.98 in 2011).
• A.J. Burnett was rocked in his last outing by the Cardinals. He pitched a season-low three innings and yielded five runs on six hits. Over his career, Burnett has started 25 games after an outing that lasted four or fewer innings. In those 25 games, he is 10-9 with a 4.61 ERA.
• OF Starling Marte (hand) took some swings in early batting practice, but still is not to the point where he'd be able to hit in a game. Marte was used as a pinch-runner Monday and had a thick, protective glove on his sore hand. “It looked like an oven mitt,” manager Clint Hurdle joked.
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