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BALTIMORE -- The Texas Rangers finally ran out of patience with left-hander Joe Saunders, who was designated for assignment Tuesday after going winless in eight starts. Air Max Scontate Uomo . Saunders gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings on Monday night in a 7-1 loss to the Orioles. That left him 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA. "I just dont think its worked out to his liking and we just wanted to try something new and different at this point," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release, or outright Saunders to the minor leagues. But it appears likely his time with Texas is over. "It was something we discussed, and we felt like it was best we go in another direction," manager Ron Washington said. "We appreciate everything Joe done. He was a pro. Sometimes, things just doesnt work out." The Rangers (37-5) had lost 10 of 12 through Monday and were mired in fourth place in the AL West, 14 games behind division-leading Oakland. So instead of waiting to see if the 33-year-old Saunders could break his extended slump, Texas recalled 25-year-old Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock. Although Levine labeled Mikolas "a work in progress," he said and the right-hander will start Wednesday at Baltimore and become part of the starting rotation. Mikolas was 5-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 16 games, including six starts, for Round Rock. He entered the year with just 11 career starts at the minor league level, all in 2009, his first professional season. But Mikolas was 3-1 with a 3.58 ERA after joining the Express rotation on May 30. So the Rangers bid farewell to Saunders and welcomed Mikolas to the big leagues. "It just so happens we have a starting pitcher at Triple-A who our manager and Triple-A pitching coach are highly recommending we give a chance at the big league level," Levine said. "So I think those two paths cross and we decided to make this move at this point." Saunders signed with Texas on March 5 and was given a job in the starting rotation on March 25, but he went on the 15-day disabled list after one start and did not return until May 28. He never got in a groove after that. Including Mondays outing in Baltimore, Saunders yielded 20 runs in 15 2-3 innings over his last three starts. "They have been miserable," he acknowledged. "Its tough man." Saunders owns an 89-86 lifetime record and made the AL All-Star team in 2008. He broke into the majors with the Los Angeles Angels in 2005 and also pitched for Arizona, Baltimore and Seattle before latching on with the Rangers. "He tried out with us in spring training this year, and he had strong beliefs that he could help us win major league games," Levine said. "I think what he ended up doing is he came in and gave us some very valuable innings. He also has been a consummate professional since hes been here." Air Max Scontate . Cavaliers shooting guard Craig Ehlo makes a solid play on the ball, but still Jordan hits the amazing shot. Nike Air Max Plus Scontate .C. - The housecleaning continues for the B. http://www.airmaxoutletscontate.it/ . He was 26. Edwards, the Supercup Championship leader, was in the passenger seat as an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway at Willowbank, outside Brisbane, Porsche Motorsport said.LONG ISLAND, NY Like his head coach, Roman Polak didnt want say too much about the early success of Torontos penalty kill, fearful that the hockey gods might strike quickly. Basically, [if] youre always talking about it, all of sudden it just goes [to] [expletive], said Polak with a hearty laugh. Things are going well. I want to keep it this way. Polak is one of the many new members of the Maple Leafs revamped penalty killing unit, which is off to an encouraging start this fall, following another disastrous campaign a year ago. Last year in fact marked the sixth time in seven seasons that Torontos penalty kill finished 28th or lower the lockout-shortened 2013 being the only exception just a stunning run of ineffectiveness thats contributed to many springs without the postseason in these parts. YEAR RANK 2013-14 28th 2013 2nd 2011-12 28th 2010-11 28th 2009-10 30th 2008-09 30th 2007-08 29th Personnel has changed considerably from the group that killed penalties last year. Only three of the eight Leafs who broke 100 minutes shorthanded last season still remain with the team today, Jay McClement being the most prominently absent of that group. Gone are mainstays like McClement, Carl Gunnarsson, Nik Kulemin and the assistant coach leading the unit previously Greg Cronin replaced by the likes of Polak, Daniel Winnik, Leo Komarov, Stephane Robidas and Peter Horachek all of whom boast a history of some regard in such duty. PLAYER SHORT-HANDED ICE TIME Jay McClement * 277:22 Carl Gunnarsson * 235:05 Dion Phaneuf 226:22 Nikolai Kulemin * 181:29 Cody Franson 129:39 James van Riemsdyk 116:37 Mason Raymond * 111:48 Paul Ranger * 101:03 * No longer with the team Drafted and developed in St. Louis, Polak was a regular member of the Blues penalty kill, consistently amongst the leagues best, including a second-ranked finish last season. The key to effectiveness, he says, is how well the finer points are executed. The Blues, who suppressed shots almost better than anyone, placed high value on stick positioning, body positioning and holding teams to the perimeter as effectively as possible. Just the little things, you know, said Polak. Then theres the willingness to fill up shooting lanes, an obvious example coming in the Leafs most recent 1-0 overtime loss to Detroit. Gustav Nyquist had an open cage to shoot at on the Wings fifth and final power-play and though he didnt end up blocking it, Polak cut off the angle and forced Nyquist to shoot wide. Nike Air Vapormax 2019 Zalando. I thought our PK was a big part of our game, said Jonathan Bernier, who stopped 31 shots in defeat that night. So far, the Leafs have killed off all but three of 22 power-plays, perfect in every game but one. There wasnt a whole lot of that effectiveness last year. The Leafs, instead, forced their goaltenders into incredible action on power-play after power-play. Only three teams gave up more shots per 60 minutes in four-on-five situations than did Toronto. That meant that only brilliance from the tandem of Bernier and James Reimer would suffice most nights. Even a league-average unit would have saved the team 10 goals, potentially the difference in a win or two and perhaps a playoff berth. One of two new coaches on the Leafs coaching staff, Horachek is directing the revamped unit this season. Unwilling to provide much in the way of details, players nonetheless conceded to some structural changes under his direction. The teams captain insisted though that system was only part of the formula. When youre out killing penalties its not only structure its outworking the guy that youre up against and their five-man unit, Dion Phaneuf said with the Leafs heading to Long Island for a Tuesday matchup with the Islanders. The bottom line is its not just system, it takes hard work, it takes sacrifice by blocking shots and weve done that so far. Key to the early success has been the forward combination of Winnik and Komarov. Winnik, whom Komarov calls the boss in this PK, has yet to be on the ice for a power-play goal against, his size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), skating ability and smarts proving quite effective - particularly up ice and in shooting lanes. The Leafs are disrupting power-plays as a result, leading to less time in-zone, fewer shots for the goaltenders (about 14 less per 60 minutes) and thus fewer opportunities. Its still far too early just six games to gauge whether the early success will translate into a full season of effectiveness, but the results thus far have been positive. That being said, things can change quickly, which explains Polaks reluctance to talk about it and a similar tone from head coach, Randy Carlyle. Toronto started 17-18 in the opening five games last year (with worrisome underlying trends) before devolving into another mess. I dont like to make comments that are too flattering, said Carlyle after a perfect 5-5 night in Detroit, because it can come back and bite you in one game. Time will tell. 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