ARLINGTON, Texas -- Six days ago, John Oates purposely avoided having Arthur Rhodes make his major-league debut against the Texas Rangers. His resolve broke down over the weekend, however, so tonight (8:35, no TV) the rookie lefthander will get his first big-league test against the same team he was protected from last week.
"It's different for some players, but for the most part I think it's easier to break in on the road," said Oates. "This team [the Rangers] has been tough on lefthanders, but sooner or later he's going to have to pitch against them."
Rhodes, who joined the team Sunday night, made his regular start in Hagerstown rather than Baltimore last Thursday. He finished his Double A season with a 7-4 record and a 2.70 earned run average.