ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's not the saves Joe Nathan is getting that's been the big surprise for the Texas closer.
It's the velocity that's coming with the pitches from the 37-year-old that been the big revelation.
"They might have put one of those bionic things in his arm," Texas manager Ron Washington joked.
The velocity is no joking matter for batters though as Nathan mowed through three Oakland batters Wednesday night by striking out the side. It's the first time he's converted a save that way since Aug. 12, 2009. He did it Wednesday with a fastball that was consistently 95 to 96 mph.
That's velocity Nathan, who has 269 saves, hasn't seen in a while.
"I'm used to throwing 91, 92 mph and now to tip it up a little more the arm had to get used to it," said Nathan. "I probably hit it (the velocity) in '08 but not as consistent. I think now I'm much more consistent. This is more '07 or '06. That's the ...