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3/25/15: The Texas Rangers simply suffered through 2014. An amazing rash of injuries that seemed more like a diabolical curse out of "The Simpsons" than a random stretch doomed last season. It has not been great this season either, especially after staff ace Yu Darvish went down for the year with Tommy John surgery. But the Rangers do have a good deal of talent on the team. They are reportedly talking with the Philadelphia Phillies about a trade for ace Cole Hamels, which would certainly soften the blow of losing Darvish - and may save their season.
3/18/15: The Texas Rangers have jumped on the latest trend in Major League Baseball - adding depth and complexity to their bullpen. There has been a noticeable movement towards beefing up bullpens with specialists over the past few years, and with good results. Guys that can shut down an opponent for an inning or two helps keep starters fresh. Teams that have gone deep in the playoffs recently have had good bullpens and the Rangers hope that signing lefty Joe Beimel is a boost for them. He was with the Seattle Mariners last season and posted a 2.20 ERA over 45 innings.
3/11/15: There is no way that this can happen two years in a row, is there? The Rangers 2014 season was ruined before it ever really got going due to a ridiculous amount of injuries to key players early in the season. That trend continued on throughout the year, and the Rangers ended up with one of the worst records in baseball. So far this spring training, they have lost second baseman Jurickson Profar to continued shoulder problems and now ace pitcher Yu Darvish is contemplating Tommy John surgery for a sprained UCL in his elbow. Surgery may be the only real option as there is a low success rate for rest and rehab working on this type of injury.
3/4/15: The worst outcome for Jurickson Profar's 2015 season has come to be. He will miss his second straight season as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury. He missed 2014 in the hopes that rest and strengthening would be enough to get him back on the field. That did not work so now he will undergo season-ending surgery. The Rangers are rightfully disappointed, but GM Jon Daniels defended Profar's decision to rest last season. The good news is that Profar will only be 23 in 2016, plenty of time to still be a great player for the Rangers.
2/25/15: Shouldn't all the injuries be over by now? Yes, 2014 was a train wreck with the absurd amount of Rangers starters missing most or all of the season with maladies of all sorts. But that season is in the rear view mirror and the Rangers are expected to be a pretty good team this season. Unfortunately, there is word that young infielder Jurickson Profar may miss 2015 as well. The former number one prospect was out last season with a shoulder injury and it seems that it has not healed properly. It looks like surgery for the budding star. The upside is that he is in his early 20's, so he still has many good years left in front of him.
2/11/15: It is a new dawn for baseball down in Texas. The Rangers had a miserable 2014 season when so many of their star players - who come with hefty price tags - went down with injury early in the season. The results were simply awful and capped off by manager Ron Washington stepping down for personal reasons. But this is a new year and the players are healing. Prince Fielder is excited about playing again and says he feels great after rehabbing from neck surgery last May. Expect the Tigers to be in the mix in the AL West, which is loaded with quality teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's.
1/28/15: The Texas Rangers should be a much better team in 2015 than in 2014, if for no other reason than they should be a lot healthier and will be able to put a major league roster on the field. But that does not mean that they are not trying to get better at any given position. One unlikely player to return to the Rangers is Josh Hamilton. Hamilton burned a lot of bridges, especially with the fans, when he fled to rival Anaheim for a monster deal two years ago. Since then, Hamilton has done very little. On top of that, he is owed over $90 million dollars, so Anaheim can keep him.
1/21/15: The Texas Rangers cleaned house already, so now they are trying to put their roster in shape before spring training begins in a couple of months. To be fair, the Rangers actually have a pretty solid roster. One can be forgiven for not realizing that after last season's humiliation, but that was largely due to an absurd amount of injuries. In any case, all teams are looking for starting pitcher, and the Rangers are no different. However, GM Jon Daniels has gone on record as stating the team is not in the running for either James Shields or Max Scherzer. No matter, the Rangers are fine for now, though they still may try to pursue a trade with the Phillies for Cole Hamels.
1/14/15: Just by showing up, the Texas Rangers should be better in 2015 than they were last year. The Rangers' season was pretty much over before it got started as just about every player they had of note seemed to suffer a serious injury. One of those players was youngster Jurickson Profar, one of the top prospects in all of professional baseball. He tore a major shoulder muscle in spring training last year and missed the entire season. He is not ready to return to the majors, but is set to begin a throwing program soon, and will hopefully get back up to speed over a few months.
1/7/15: This probably would have sounded like better news two years ago, but it still could pay off for the Rangers. The team re-signed starting pitcher Colby Lewis to a one-year deal for $4 million. Lewis was below average last season with a 5.18 ERA and lost 14 games. But there are some mitigating circumstances. He was coming off of an injury that cost him the 2013 season and the Rangers were a medical ward in 2014. Lewis was very good from 2010 to 2012. Perhaps being a year removed from his own injury and the improving health of the team will get him back to his 2012 form.
12/3/14: Now that the Rangers have finished licking their wounds from the disastrous 2014 season, they really do have to focus on 2015. There is no reason not to believe that they cannot be a competitive force next season. They certainly have the talent on the roster - it just so happened that the entire roster (just about) got injured last season. They are trying to add a bit more talent and are reportedly interested in Kendrys Morales. Morales was mediocre last season, batting only .218 with eight homers in 98 games, but did tally 23 homers and 80 RBIs in 2013.
10/29/14: Everyone new there would likely be some fallout when the Rangers selected Jeff Banister to be their new manager, especially after passing over interim manager Tim Bogar, who did nothing except lead an injury-ravished team with nothing to play for to a 14-8 record to finish the season. Bogar promptly left the Rangers, and he will likely find work somewhere else son. Hitting coach Dave Magadan was also looking at leaving the team, but it seems now that he is going to stay put and at least finish the remaining year on his contract. Magadan was under consideration for the Yankees job, but did not get that. Texas finished 10th in the AL in runs scored this past season, a ranking that was obviously affected by the myriad of injuries.
10/22/14: It is now officially time to forget that the 2014 season ever happened. Despite the miserable record, at least the Rangers will have one of the top picks in the MLB draft next season. Texas also announced the hiring of their new manager. It is Jeff Banister, who most recently was a bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bannister has been in the Pirates organization since he was drafted in 1986. It is a bit of a surprise move, though. Interim manager Tim Bogar was the favorite, especially after he led the team to a 14-8 record when the team had nothing to play for in September.
10/15/14: The Texas Rangers have not named a new manager yet, but all indications are that interim manager Tim Bogar is considered the frontrunner for the job. Bogar took over for Ron Washington, who resigned late in the season for personal issues. Bogar took the injury-ravaged Rangers to finish 14-8, even when the team had absolutely nothing to play for. The Rangers are also considering pitching coach Mike Maddux (brother of Greg) and triple-A manager Steve Buechele. But for now, it looks like they are headed to removing the interim tag from Bogar's title and giving him the full time job.
10/8/14: If one simply looks at the record and box scores, it would be easy to assume that the Rangers were simply an awful team in 2014. Of course, closer examination shows a much deeper issue - mainly an unprecedented onslaught of injuries to so many of their key players that it is impossible to distinguish the team that finished 2014 from the one that finished 2013. One of those injuries was to starting pitcher Colby Lewis, who shone in the 2011 World Series appearance year. Lewis has missed most of the last two years to injuries, and at 35, may not have too many options. But the Rangers would like to get him back and contract discussions have begun.
10/1/14: You can breath easy now, Rangers fans. The nightmare that was the 2014 season is over. There are not many positives to take out of the season. It was marred from the start with major injuries to key players who ended up being shelved for the season. The big offseason acquisition, Prince Fielder, is a prime example. He was hurt in the beginning of the season and that was it. The Rangers traded Ian Kinsler for him, who ended up having a great season in Detroit. But we can now put the season to rest and take comfort in knowing that the Rangers will have a high draft spot and that several prospects got invaluable experience.
9/24/14: It seems that every year, no matter which sport it is, there is at least one team that is expected to be a contender that completely fails. Sometimes it is due to major injuries. Sometimes from inept ownership or management. Sometimes it is a scandal that the media loves. It could be all three for the Texas Rangers this year (but especially the injuries). Ron Washington resigned as manager a few weeks ago and he took the stage to explain why he resigned. It turns out that his personal problems were very significant and he wants to make things right. The only question left is who will be the next manager.
9/17/14: At some point in the future (possibly by mid-October) the Rangers will look back at 2014 as the "Lost Season". Texas has been out of the playoff picture since the beginning of the year, but so much of this had to do with injuries, rather that the play of the team. In a (hopefully) final blow, the team has shut down ace pitcher Yu Darvish for the season. Darvish has been a lone bright spot in a terrible season. It is probably the right call. Why expose him to injury when the season is lost already.
8/28/13: It is not uncommon for teams to put guys on revocable waivers this time of year. It allows teams to gauge interest level in players that they may be willing to part with. Often, if a player is claimed, the team works out trade. The Rangers put Neal Cotts on waivers but he was claimed by an undisclosed team. The Rangers promptly pulled him back but were not able to work out a trade for the 34 year old lefty setup man. So that means that Cotts will remain with the Rangers for the rest of the season and he will be a free agent once the season ends.
8/21/14: What is a week in Arlington without a new injury to a key player for the Rangers? Texas' roster is essentially a MASH unit at this point and the team is basically just playing out the thread. The big attraction at the ballpark these days are 1. going to a MLB game (always fun), 2. seeing top prospects in their first days in the show, and 3. watching Yu Darvish pitch. Darvish was just diagnosed with mild inflammation in his elbow, so he will not be throwing until the soreness heals. Let's just hope it is a minor issue that will not require surgery, and that Darvish (and all the Rangers) will be back to compete next season.
8/14/14: The Rangers activated veteran catcher Geovany Soto from the disabled list last week. No that was not a repeat post from earlier in the year, though the confusion is understandable. The last time Soto was activated from the DL, he made it only three games before injuring himself again and finding himself back on the disabled list. Soto missed over two months to start the season following knee surgery. This time, he had a strained groid. The Rangers designated right handed pitcher Jerome Williams for assignment to make room for Soto. Williams allowed 11 runs in 10 innings over two starts.
8/7/14: The Texans are certainly not playing for this year. Quite frankly, the number and severity of major injuries the team has endured is almost unprecedented and even unfair. Teams that are more panic-driven may have reacted differently, but the Texans were smart during the trade deadline. They did not make any big trades to send off current or future talent. Instead, they held their ground and accepted that they will be a contending team next season when their key players return to injury. Fans may not like this approach, but it was the smart move and the Rangers should be well prepared in 2015.
7/31/14: Let's hope that all the big injuries that the Rangers are going to face over the next few years are being taken care of now. Even a casual observer would have to think that Texas has had far more than its share of crippling injuries this season. But it is a new week and the MASH unit has not stopped. The latest entrant is Jake Smolinski. Smolinski is a career minor leaguer who got called up do to injuries. In 11 games he hit .389. Of course, then he got injured with a bruised foot. At this point, the Rangers have a whopping 14 players on the DL, which is simply unheard of in any generation.
7/24/14: If you are going to have injuries in your organization, you may as well have them all at one time. So that means that another Texas Ranger is injured to go along with the MASH unit that should be their starting lineup. This time it is outfielder Alex Rios. Rios left Saturday's game with a right ankle sprain (X-Rays were negative). There is not much joy in seeing a team comprised of walking wounded. There are some upsides, though. It does provide the team the opportunity to see developing players in action and, to a lesser extent, helps with the draft position next season. That may be small comfort, but is at least something.
7/17/14: It was not that long ago that the Rangers were the class on the American League and went to the World Series in consecutive years. The team had aspirations of contending in 2014, but injury after injury stopped those dreams. But the Rangers can look at the future with optimism. Prince Fielder will return next season, as will several others. The team has had a chance to play some developmental guys, which will help their growth into the Majors. And pitcher Yu Darvish is among the best in the league. While it may not be pretty this year, it is a good chance to know the next generation of Rangers' stars.
7/10/14: Whoever wins the American League pennant this season may have to thank the rain and the Rangers' ace Yu Darvish. A rainstorm in Baltimore pushed back Darvish's scheduled start last Friday. That changed his rotation, making him eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. He is a dominant pitcher and could be a deciding factor in the game. That matters because the winning league in the game gets the homefield advantage in the World Series. While the Rangers likely will not make it this season, it would be ironic if one of their AL West rivals like the Angels or the A's gets to have a Game 7 at home because of Darvish's pitching skills.
7/3/14: In every GM and manager's mind, there is always the thought of a worst-case scenario for the season. Unfortunately for Texas, they are living through it this season. The team has been simply plagued by injuries throughout their starting roster and it shows in the standings. The Rangers are 13 games behind the AL West leading Oakland A's and six games under .500. The lone bright spot has been ace Yu Darvish. He was outstanding again over the weekend by striking out 10 against the Minnesota Twins. It may be shortsighted, but it is not unreasonable to consider Darvish being traded this month for a boatload of prospects.
6/26/14: The Rangers are having their own problems at the major league level, so the really do not have the capacity to take on more problems at their lower minor league levels. That means the end has come (with the Rangers organization) for relief pitcher Daniel Bard. He posted an incomprehensible 175.50 ERA in Single-A ball. He allowed 13 runs while only recording two outs. He walked or hit 16 of the 18 batters he faced. At one time, he was an elite setup guy. Maybe he can take comfort in Scott Kazmir who lost his pitching and went down to independent ball before regaining his groove. Now Kazmir is starring for the A's.
6/19/14: Coaches love to say that every game is equal in importance and that a win is a win is a win. They may want to believe that, but the truth is that some wins are bigger than others. Take the Rangers, for example. The team is simply playing .500 ball this season. But they got a big win over Seattle last Friday with a shutout and stealing one from elite pitcher Felix Hernandez. That was their second straight shutout. They followed that up with another win over the Mariners on Saturday. This is an important road trip for the Rangers, so beating one of the best pitchers in the league and showing that they can win is vital to the team's success for the rest of the year.
6/12/14: The Rangers have been a walking infirmary ward all season, which is a big reason they are eight games out of first place in the AL West. One guy wants to come back and that is first baseman and outfielder Mitch Moreland. It was first reported that he would miss three months to ankle surgery. Now, it is being reported that he will have a bone removed and that may get him back on the field in three to four weeks. He would still miss a month, but that is better than missing (potentially) the rest of the season.
6/6/14: Hopefully this is some good news for the injury laden Texas Rangers. Star pitcher Yu Darvish missed his last start due to a stiff neck. But he is back. The MRI came back negative, which has to be a relief. The Rangers lost slugger Prince Fielder for the season with a back injury and they need all the help they can get. Oakland is pulling away from the AL West and the Rangers are mired in third place. That being said, a couple of strong months, especially against their division rivals, and the Rangers are back in the thick of things.
5/29/14: The Rangers just cannot keep healthy this season and it shows in the standings. The latest victim is a big one - literally and in the line-up. Prince Fielder announced that he would have back surgery to repair a herniated disc, and he will miss the remainder of the season. Fielder has not been himself for most of the season and has noted weakness in his arms. To make matters worse, the Rangers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler for him in the past offseason, and Kinsler is having a career year for the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers.
5/22/14: It has been a tale of two months for Rangers' slugger Prince Fielder. April was historically brutal for him and he finished the month with a batting average barely over .200. May has been entirely different, and that is good for Texas. Fielder made an adjustment to hit the ball to the opposite field (to left field, since he is a left-handed batter) and it seems to be working. He is batting .386 in May. Often times, players go into slumps just because the season is so long, but Fielder seems to have figured something out and that may help the Rangers catch the division leaders later this season.
5/15/14: For several years, infielder Jurickson Profar has been among the Rangers' top prospects - so good that the Rangers refused to move him even when they had the chance and other needs. Unfortunately, Profar just landed on the DL and will be out for several weeks. Same with Donnie Murphy. Texas' opening day second baseman, Josh Wilson, has been designated for assignment, leaving the Rangers' short in the middle of the infield. The team called up Roogie Odor to fill the holes until Profar returns, and to add a 'jolt' to the team. He is probably not the 2014 Yasiel Puig, but will be lauded if he can hold his own over the next few weeks.
5/8/14: The season is about six weeks old and the Rangers are still in the midst of everything. True, they trail the 'efficient' Oakland A's by two games, but they are also three games over .500, which makes them relevant. Texas is a rare case though. While they are comfortable above average, they have a negative 18 run differential. That means that 18 more runs have been scored against them than they have scored. As a contrast, the AL West leading A's have a run differential of plus 53. Simply put, the Rangers have to score more.
5/1/14: Texas has played pretty well of late and caught up to the Oakland A's for first place in the American League West. While the A's continue to defy the odds with their use of sabermetrics and gritty play, the Rangers are expected to be near the top. That is a reasonable expectation considering the talent they have on the team. To help out, the team activated lefty Matt Harrison from the DL. Harrison has missed the last year with shoulder and back injuries. However, he was an all-star in 2012, the last season he was able to play.
4/24/14: Rangers' starting pitcher Tanner Scheppers had a rough start to the season, really not throwing well through his first four starts. Rather than simply move him out of the rotation, the Rangers did some medical tests and decided to shut him down for a bit. Fortunately, an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, though he does have some elbow inflammation. Schepper's velocity has been down this season, his first in the rotation. He had been a key part of the bullpen in the past, and posted an impressive 1.88 ERA in 77 innings last season. There is a chance that Nick Martinez will get called up for spot duty until lefty Matt Harrison comes off the DL.
4/17/14: The Rangers are not having trouble hitting or getting on base - they rank 8th in batting average and 11th in on-base percentage. They are having trouble turning those base runners into runs, as they rank 22nd in run scored. However, the major challenge is in pitching. The team has just five quality starts through 14 games, and are 21st in the majors in WHIP and 20th in opposing batting average. This has led to a 7-7 start that already has them a few games behind the division leading Oakland A's. There is still a lot of baseball to be played, and the AL West should be among the more interesting races to watch.
10/2/12 Third Baseman Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has been named the American League Player of the Month for September. Beltre last won the award in September of 2011. This September, Beltre hit .337 (33-98) with 11 home runs, and 19 runs scored in 26 games. He did it on both sides of the field, not committing an error in 22 games in September. Beltre also had four game- winning RBIs which was tops in the league during the month. For the season, he is hitting .321 with 36 home runs and 102 RBIs, all top 10 in the American League. He leads Texas into the Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles, where the winner will play the New York Yankees in the division series.
In the first game of a series that many believe is a preview of this upcoming postseason, the Texas Rangers lost to the New York Yankees by the score of 8-2 on Monday night in the Bronx. Ryan Dempster made his third American League start after the trade and was not sharp, pitching six innings and allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks. While the bullpen shut the Yankees down from there, it was too little too late. Offensively for Texas, David Murphy went deep in the second inning off Yankees starter David Phelps, while Nelson Cruz also drove in a run, his 70th of the season. Overall, the team managed just eight hits and were a sordid 1-6 with runners in scoring position.
The Texas Rangers had the big bats going on Wednesday night as they slugged their way past the Boston Red Sox by the score of 10-9. Matt Harrison got the start and lasted just 4.2 innings, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits and three walks. He also added three strikeouts over the course of his 97 pitch outing. Offensively, Mitch Moreland, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Geovany Soto all went deep, while Adrian Beltre also drove in two runs. Overall, the team put together 11 hits against the Red Sox and were a solid 2-7 with runners in scoring position. Ian Kinsler also added a stolen base, his 20th on the season so far.
The Texas Rangers reminded the Boston Red Sox just how strong their offense was on Tuesday as they defeated Jon Lester to the tune of 6-3 at Fenway Park. Ryan Dempster made his second start as an American Leaguer and was much better this time around, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing zero earned runs on six hits and a walk. He also added six strikeouts en route to his first victory as a member of the Texas Rangers. Offensively, Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton, David Murphy, Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus all drove in runs for Texas on the day, with the team hitting an impressive 5-11 with runners in scoring position in the winning effort.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers. The ballpark, located in Arlington, Texas, broke ground in 1992 and opened in 1994. The Texas Rangers play in the West Division of the American League. The Rangers have won the AL Pennant the last two seasons, but have failed to win a World Series, losing to the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. Although the current capacity is 48,194 people, a Rangers Ballpark in Arlington record was set on October 30th, 2010 when 52,419 fans attended the third game in the 2010 World Series.In December of 2010, the Texas Rangers announced that many renovations would be made to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in time for the 2011 season. The new additions included a new HD video board in right field and center field, an updated video board in left field, new production equipment and speakers for the audio system, and a new system which displays scores and videos, among other things.Rangers Ballpark in Arlington also includes a natural grass youth baseball park with a capacity of 650, a four story office building, and a 12 acre lake with parks and recreation space around it.
Scott Feldman was unstoppable on Sunday as he propelled the Texas Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox in Arlington. Feldman pitched eight strong innings, allowing zero earned runs on seven hits. He also added five strikeouts over the course of his 88 pitches and earned his fifth victory of the season in the process. Offensively, Michael Young accounted for the lone run batted in on the game for Texas, his 40th of the year. Overall on the day, however, the team managed just eight hits and were 0-10 with runners in scoring position. Ian Kinsler also added his 19th stolen base of the year on the base paths.
Derek Holland earned his seventh win of the season on Wednesday as he led the Texas Rangers to a 5-3 win against the reeling Boston Red Sox. Holland pitched 7.2 strong innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk. He also added seven strikeouts over the course of his 100 pitch outing. Offensively for Texas, Nelson Cruz hit his 13th home run of the season in the 8th inning off Boston reliever Matt Albers, while David Murphy, Craig Gentry and Ian Kinsler all also drove in runs. Overall on the day, the team had a solid .300 batting average with runners in scoring position.
While starter Matt Harrison put together a decent start, it was not enough as the Texas Rangers were defeated by the Los Angeles Angels by the score of 7-4 on Sunday. Harrison pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and two walks. He also added four strikeouts, but at the same time picked up his fifth loss of the year thus far. Nelson Cruz added his 12th home run of the season in the fourth inning off Angels starter Dan Haren, while Michael Young and Elvis Andrus also drove in runs. Overall on the day, however, the team was just 1-5 with runners in scoring position.
The Texas Rangers, who got off to a slow start to the month of June after tearing through the better part of May, have gotten back on track again, winning 9 of their last 10 games and earning the top record in baseball along the way, thanks to the Dodgers' getting swept by the Athletics this week. The Rangers, at 43-27, are 5 games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Angels, who have been making a push of their own lately. The Rangers' latest free agent pitching acquisition, Roy Oswalt, will make his first start of the season on Friday night in the first game of the series against the Colorado Rockies.
The Texas Rangers, at 37-27, will begin a three-game interleague series with their in-state foes, the Houston Astros, on Friday night. Coming off an 11-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night, the Rangers will look to rebound with Yu Darvish on the mound against the Astros' Jordan Lyles. With their lead in the AL West dwindling down to only three games, the Rangers are losing some ground, but still remain at the top in every major offensive category. Josh Hamilton also continues to produce, and with 22 home runs and 62 RBI he leads the league in both of those categories.
After tearing through the month of May, the Texas Rangers have now cooled down substantially, losing 7 of their last 10 games and dropping three consecutive series to the Mariners, Angels, and Athletics -- all division rivals. The Rangers are coming off of a rough series against Oakland where they lost three out of four games and will begin a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, a rematch of the 2010 World Series that the Giants won. Still leading the league in all four major offensive categories, the Rangers lead the Angels by 4 games in the AL West with a record of 33-25.
The 31-20 Texas Rangers lead the league in every major offensive category and are in first place in the AL West, 5.5 games ahead of the second-place Angels. Rookie phenom pitcher Yu Darvish has led the way for the Texas pitching staff, notching a 7-2 record and a 3.25 ERA, while Josh Hamilton has led the way for the league's top offense, as his 21 home runs and 57 RBI are tops in both categories. The Rangers will begin a weekend series with the Angels starting on Friday night and will look to get back to their winning ways after losing two in a row.
5/25/12 The Texas Rangers, and especially Josh Hamilton, have cooled off a bit following their scorching week where Hamilton ripped 9 home runs. The Rangers, in first place in the AL West at 27-18, are now getting set for a three-game series this weekend against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hamilton leads Texas with a .379 batting average and is only slightly behind Paul Konerko who has the top spot in the AL with a .384 average. However he does lead the American League in both home runs and RBI, with 18 and 49 respectively. The Rangers are currently at the top in three of the four major offensive categories.
5/18/12 The Texas Rangers are riding the hot bat of Josh Hamilton, who has carried them to a 24-15 record thus far. Sitting in first place in the AL West, 4 games ahead of the Oakland Athletics, the Rangers will play a 3-game interleague set against their in-state pseudo-rivals the Houston Astros this weekend. Hamilton, who is leading the American League with a .399 batting average, also has 18 home runs and a jaw-dropping 45 RBI -- and we're barely halfway through May. Neftali Feliz, the Rangers' closer-turned-starter, will open up the series against the Astros from Minute Maid Park on Friday night.
5/11/12 At 21-11, the Texas Rangers have been lighting up the American League in the past week, and Josh Hamilton has been stealing headlines with his offensive prowess. After becoming just the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game, Hamilton added yet another home run in the third game of the series against Baltimore. With 15 home runs and 38 RBI to go along with a .395 batting average, Hamilton is having himself quite the season already. The Rangers are first in the league in runs scored, batting average, and slugging percentage, and are second in the league in on-base percentage.
5/2/12 - Two Texas Rangers players were awarded for their performances in the month of April. Outfielder Josh Hamilton was awarded the American League Player of the Month and Pitcher Yu Darvish was the American League Rookie of the Month. Hamilton led the league with 9 home runs, 25 RBIs, and was second in the league with a .395 batting average. In his first month in the Majors, Darvish was 4-0 in five starts. He also has a 2.18 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 33.0 innings pitched. It is the first time two Rangers teammates have won AL awards in the same month.
4/30/12 - On January 18, the Texas Rangers signed Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish to a $60 Million dollar contract for six years. At the time, Darvish was considered the top pitcher in the Japanese professional baseball league and had impressed teams during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2009 World Baseball Classic. After a rocky first start in which he allowed 5 runs in 5 and 2/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners, Darvish has been fantastic. In the month of April, he is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA in 5 starts. He has also struck out 33 batters in 33 innings pitched. After Darvish allowed five runs in the first two innings of his big league career, he has given up just three earned runs in 31 innings after that for an ERA of 0.87. The season is still a long way from being over, but for now the Texas Rangers investment is paying off as the Rangers are in first place in the west and have the best record in baseball with 17 wins and 6 losses.
The Texas Rangers were the hard-luck losers on Tuesday night after Toronto Blue Jays third basemen Brett Lawrie hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to secure the loss for Texas. Reliever Mike Adams picked up the loss in the ninth, giving up the home run without recording an out. Ian Kinsler had two hits for the Rangers, including three runs batted in, while shortstop Elvis Andrus also contributed three hits and an RBI. Texas starter Neftali Feliz gave up four runs through five innings of work, giving up four hits and six walks through 88 pitches. The Rangers will look for a strong performance from probable starter Matt Harrison on Wednesday.
Already leading the American League West by a healthy 5.5 games going into the final game of April, the Texas Rangers will look to increase their lead when they head to Toronto to face off against the Blue Jays in a three game set this week. Josh Hamilton has not cooled down for the offense, now leading the team with a .395 batting average, 9 home runs and 25 runs batted in through only one month of the season. While it is prudent to believe that his batting average will drop a bit in the coming months, it is not out of the question to expect 45-50 home runs and 140 runs batted in from Hamilton if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season.
5/4/12 A red-hot 17-8 start to the season has the Texas Rangers sitting in first place in the AL West in the early part of this 2012 MLB season. Josh Hamilton is leading the charge for the Rangers, batting .395 with 9 home runs and 25 RBI. The Rangers have also been helped by their new phenom pitching acquistion Yu Darvish, who has made a few masterful starts for Texas so far this season. Darvish has been worth every penny so far, as he is 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in five starts this season.
The Texas Rangers have gotten out to the strongest start in all of baseball with a 13-4 mark through the first 17 games and have become the early-season favorite to represent the American League in the World Series this year. Josh Hamilton has been on a torrid pace and is hitting .408 with an AL-leading 8 home runs to go along with 18 runs batted in. Second basemen Ian Kinsler leads the team with 17 of the teams 98 runs scored so far this season.The team currently leads the league in runs, batting average and slugging percentage, while ranking second in on-base percentage.
Another club with big expectations going into the 2012 season, the Texas Rangers added Japanese ace Yu Darvish to an already strong starting rotation in hopes of repeating at American League champions for the third straight year. The Rangers wasted no time getting out to a strong start by posting a 3-1 record through the first week. While Darvish struggled in his first start by giving up 5 earned runs in 5.2 innings, the team rallied from behind for an 11-5 win over the Mariners, giving Darvish his first win in as many tries. Slugger Josh Hamilton also added 2 home runs in the first week. 4/12/12 The two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers are off to another hot start to begin 2012, with a 5-2 record, good enough for first place in the AL West. Although they lost their ace C.J. Wilson to free agency in the winter, they were able to acquire the hot-shot Japanese phenom Yu Darvish. Darvish made his MLB debut last week against the Seattle Mariners and was able to pick up the win, despite giving up 5 runs in the process. The Rangers hope to ride the hot bats of their power hitters like Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler and the pitching of starters Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz to another AL West title.
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Texas Rangers tickets allow fans to see if the club can make a return to the world series after winning the AL pennant in 2010. The Texas Rangers were established in 1961 and have been based in Arlington since 1972. They play at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and have called it home since the park was opened in 1994. Watch as the Texas Rangers try to get back to the World Series in 2011!
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The Texas Rangers won the AL West in 2010. With 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton and slugger Nelson Cruz providing the offense, Rangers fans should bank on another great season in Arlington. Count on another solid season from these top performers.
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Texas Rangers tickets ensure that fans see the Rangers playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. The Rangers are going to have the rest of the AL West gunning for them in 2011. With matchups with great teams like the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels and non-divisional meetings with the Boston Red Sox throughout the season, the Rangers have a great shot at taking the AL West again in 2011. Don't miss a second of the action!
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After losing to the Giants last season the Rangers are hot again and hunting for another chance at the World Series. They are currently in first but battling the Angels for the division title. Its necessary to win the division to make the play offs because the wild card will most likely come from the Yankees or Red Sox in the AL East. Michael Young and Josh Hamilton are again leading the team in average and both having great years.
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|Apr 28, 2015||Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers|
|Apr 29, 2015||Seattle Mariners vs Texas Rangers|
|May 1, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers|
|May 2, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers|
|May 3, 2015||Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers|
|May 4, 2015||Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros|
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|Apr 27, 2015||Seattle Mariners - Texas Rangers||3 - 1|
|Apr 26, 2015||Texas Rangers - Los Angeles Angels||5 - 4|
|Apr 25, 2015||Texas Rangers - Los Angeles Angels||1 - 4|
|Apr 21, 2015||Texas Rangers - Arizona Diamondbacks||7 - 1|
|Apr 19, 2015||Texas Rangers - Seattle Mariners||10 - 11|
|Apr 18, 2015||Texas Rangers - Seattle Mariners||1 - 3|
|Apr 15, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Texas Rangers||10 - 2|
|Apr 14, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Texas Rangers||2 - 8|
|Apr 13, 2015||Los Angeles Angels - Texas Rangers||6 - 3|
|Apr 12, 2015||Kansas City Royals - Los Angeles Angels||9 - 2|
|Apr 12, 2015||Houston Astros - Texas Rangers||6 - 4|
|Apr 11, 2015||Kansas City Royals - Los Angeles Angels||6 - 4|
|Apr 11, 2015||Houston Astros - Texas Rangers||2 - 6|
|Apr 10, 2015||Kansas City Royals - Los Angeles Angels||4 - 2|
|Apr 10, 2015||Houston Astros - Texas Rangers||5 - 1|
|Apr 9, 2015||Texas Rangers - Oakland Athletics||10 - 1|