Ron Washington said he was trying to send a message to Neftali Feliz on Friday night with his early-removal from the Rangers' 4-1 win over Houston.

Perhaps this is a sign they are on the same page: Feliz "absolutely" felt like that's what Washington was doing.

"He let me know that I have to get ahead of hitters," Feliz said through an interpreter. "That's the only way I'm going to have success. You have to get in front. My main focus was for us to get a win, but I've got to prepare myself better to get in a better physical position to succeed."