ARLINGTON, Texas It's a good thing Rangers pitcher Mark Feldman called it an early night on Monday.
On Tuesday, he was pressed into duty against Oakland when scheduled starter Yu Darvish showed up with a stiff neck.
"It's not like I went out last night and had 30 beers or anything," said Feldman, who made his last start Sept. 15 against Seattle. "I was fine. I came in and did my normal stuff, stayed in for BP and was ready to go."
Feldman gave the Rangers four innings and left with the score tied, 2-2, after throwing 75 pitches (46 strikes).
He recorded five strikeouts in what was eventually a 3-2 loss in 10 innings. A pair of walks wound up costing Feldman a run in the second inning, then he gave up a solo shot in the fourth to Chris Carter.
The night before, the Rangers were forced to use five relievers when starter Derek Holland lasted just three innings. After Feldman's four innings, the Rangers could not produce another run and wound up using another five relievers.