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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Bush and Tony Barnette took drastically different and quite unconventional paths to becoming 30-something rookie relievers and locker mates with the AL West champion Texas Rangers. Homme Air Max 95 TT Chaussures .When the Rangers were in the playoffs last October, former No. 1 overall pick Bush was in the final month of a 3 +-year stint in prison for a drunken driving accident that nearly killed a man.The 32-year-old Barnette was finishing a record-setting season as a closer who helped the Tokyo Yakult Swallows reach the Japan Series.Its almost like fate, the 30-year-old Bush said. Here we both are, finally getting our chance, being around the same age, and get to share our experiences and our rookie years together.The right-handers are key setup men for the Rangers, who play the AL Division Series opener at home Thursday against the winner of the American League wild-card game (Baltimore or Toronto).Bush, now a reliever whose fastball touches 100 mph, was initially drafted in 2004 out of high school by his hometown San Diego Padres as a shortstop -- just ahead of 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, also a six-time All-Star.Within weeks after receiving a $3.15 million signing bonus and before even playing his first pro game, Bush was suspended by the organization following his arrest in a bar fight. That was only the first of several alcohol-related incidents before the nearly fatal accident while in spring training with the Tampa Bay Rays in March 2012.Sober since that time, the final nine months of Bushs prison sentence in Florida last year included living in a halfway house while in a work-release program with a job as a baker at a Golden Corral in Florida.It was in the parking lot of that restaurant that Rangers officials watched Bush throw in the mid-90s. After his release Oct. 30, Bush went to Texas with his father to work out for the team for which Josh Hamilton, another former No. 1 overall pick, went from alcohol and drug issues to being a five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP.Everybody in every clubhouse for the most part has a story. Some stand out a little bit more than others, like Matts. Hes handled it tremendously. He shows up, works hard and throws 100 mph. Its fun to watch, Barnette said. Isnt baseball great? It gives guys like us chances.Barnette was a 10th-round draft pick by the Diamondbacks in 2006 from Arizona State, then started 96 games in four minor league seasons before going to Japan in 2010, a year before making the transition from starter to reliever. The Alaskan-born pitcher set a team record with 41 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 59 games for the Swallows last season before signing a two-year contract with Texas.Jonathan Lucroy, the catcher Texas acquired Aug. 1, said Bush and Barnette dont seem like MLB rookies, both having matured and learned from unique situations.While Barnette has spent the entire season with the Rangers, Bush went from spring training to Double-A Frisco after not playing any regular-season games since 2011.I really wouldnt have thought itd work out the way it is, especially with such a good team, a winning team, going to the playoffs now and being the setup guy. Its a dream come true really, Bush said. My true hopes were to finish the year without getting into any trouble, to stay sober, and to go into next year with a chance of getting placed on the 40-man roster.But things happened much faster than that, getting called up by the Rangers in mid-May after 12 relief appearances at Double-A, and converting all five save chances at the highest level he had pitched to that point. He has made 58 appearances for Texas (7-2, 2.48 ERA), and hasnt allowed a run in his last 10 appearances (11 1/3 innings).Its been fun, its been everything that I ever thought of, and being 30, Ive been able to handle myself, being more mature, Bush said. I definitely wasnt ready back then when I was a lot younger.Barnette (7-3, 2.09), who missed three weeks in September with a tight left oblique muscle, has recorded more than three outs in 19 of his last 27 appearances since mid-June, with a 0.79 ERA in that span.We know our roles and we know whats expected of us, and I think it helps being older, and the fact that were comfortable with who we are now, Barnette said. And were not worried about stepping on anybodys toes around us, because were older than everybody.On a team with 28-year-old shortstop Elvis Andrus being the longest-tenured position player in his eighth season, Bush and Barentte are certainly the old rookies. Air Max 98 Pas Cher Homme . After the whistle, Thornton skated the length of the ice, pulled Orpik to the ice from behind and punched him in the face several times. Nike Epic React Flyknit Femme . 8 Iowa State on Saturday, sending the Cyclones to their third consecutive loss. The Longhorns (14-4, 3-2) got their biggest win of the season with their third in the row in the Big 12. . The Dane followed up his first European Tour title last weekend with eight birdies and just a single dropped shot on Thursday for a one-stroke advantage over South Africas Allan Versfeld and Portugals Ricardo Santos. The schedule made it the most important week of the season for the University of California womens soccer team. Making it a successful week was left to goalkeeper Emily Boyd.In coming up with a total of 19 saves while allowing just one goal over the 200 minutes of a 1-1 draw against No. 10 UCLA and a 1-0 win against No. 7 USC, Boyd not only steered Cal to its best ever Los Angeles road trip but also left the path clear for a programs first Pac-12 title in nearly 20 years.It sounds like the kind of workload worthy of the espnW national soccer player of the week.The week began with a game at UCLA, a host that surely had a little extra motivation after losing at Cal by seven goals a season earlier. But try as the Bruins might, they couldnt solve Boyd. Nor was she just catching hopeful lobs from long distance to pile up saves that looked more impressive in the box score than on video. When UCLA super freshman Jessie Fleming is showing off a first touch worthy of her Olympic resume to create a chance eight yards from goal, there isnt much margin for error. But there Boyd was, coming off her line just in time to deflect the shot. And there she was in the second half, diving to her right to stop another of Flemings five shots on goal and deadening the rebound enough to corral it without further incident.There was so little margin for error, in fact, that merely being something less than perfect meant the Bears walked offf the field with a tie rather than a win against the Bruins. Tn Pas Cher En France. After meeting every test for 89 minutes, Boyd made a good reaction save on a short-range shot from Courtney Proctor, but she couldnt stop Proctor from volleying the resulting loose ball into the goal to level the score.How did the goalkeeper deal with that frustration? First by saving all three UCLA shots on goal in overtime. But even more importantly for Cals fortunes, after a couple of days to stew on the draw, by making eight saves to keep USC off the scoreboard Sunday.Cals schedule has offered up UCLA and USC in back-to-back games, in one order or the other, every season since 1997. Only once in the first 19 seasons of that arrangement did Cal come away from those two games without at least one loss against those schools -- and that only when they came through the Bay Area in 2011. That more or less sums up Cals existence over that span. It has often been a very good program, just never quite good enough to be the best.Now trailing only Colorado in the Pac-12 standings, and with its rivalry game against Stanford on its own field in early November, Cal has a path to a conference title. And while it is a path with little room to slip up, opponents this past week found it even more difficult to slip one by Boyd. 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