The Texas Rangers, fresh off having used four left-handed relievers to vanquish the Yankees, have removed Clay Rapada and added righty Mark Lowe.
Rapada made three appearances in the ALCS, but was only able to get one out while allowing a hit and a walk in his other appearances. That performance was apparently enough to boot him instead of Michael Kirkman, who made one appearance but went two innings, walking two.
The newest addition, Mark Lowe, has only thrown three innings for the Rangers after being acquired along with Cliff Lee from the Mariners. Lowe came to town with an injury that he needed to rehab and made three appearances as the season ended.
Lowe was chosen over Dustin Nippert to help combat San Francisco's righty-heavy lineup. The 27-year-old has had varying success to date in his big-league career, but did cobble together a 3.26 ERA in 2009 with 80 innings pitched.
-- Evan Brunell
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