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Colby Lewis Loses Second No-Hitter in Nine Months

Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis was visibly disappointed following his team’s 5-1 win on Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics, as were his teammates. The Rangers were happy about their four-run victory over Oakland as well as the complete game Lewis threw that helped the tired bullpen. However, the entire Rangers organization wanted Lewis to have a perfect game or at a minimum throw a no-hitter. Lewis following his team’s win said that when entering the ninth inning without allowing a hit and then you give up a hit makes the outcome... 
 

Texas Rangers Bench Slugger Prince Fielder

Prince Fielder, the struggling slugger for the Texas Rangers lashed out with an expletive after being asked if he was in need of a mental break. As for any problems physically being the reason to blame for his poor batting average of .187, that led Jeff Bannister the Texas manager benching him two straight games over the weekend, Fielder said his joints and bones felt fine. Fielder underwent neck surgery two season’s ago, but said the only things that were aching were his feelings and heart. Fielder, whose batting average is a paltry .187 with... 
 

Rangers Jeff Banister American League Manager of the Year

Jeff Banister garnered 17 first-place votes and 112 points, easily topping Houston’s A.J. Hinch and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor from the Minnesota Twins, another rookie skipper to win American League Manager of the Year Banister joined Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993), Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006) and Washington’s Matt Williams (2014) as the only men to win in their first season as a major league manager. “To be able to have this in year one – tremendous,” Banister said.... 
 

Rangers Adrian Beltre Ruled Out for Game 2 of ALDS

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for Friday’s Game 2 of the AL Division Series after suffering a back strain during the series opener. Beltre was hurt in the first inning of Thursdays 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss of Beltre even for one game is significant. Beltre hit .287 with 18 homers and 87 RBIs this season. His two-out single in the third gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead over David Price and the Blue Jays. Beltre will get treatment for his back strain today and be reevaluated. “There... 
 

Red Sox Trade Analysis: Robbie Ross, Anthony Ranaudo

Desiring a power left-hander for their bullpen, the Boston Red Sox tapped into their pitching depth once again to acquire Robbie Ross from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Boston sent 25-year-old right-hander Anthony Ranaudo to Texas. A former supplemental first rounder (39th overall out of LSU in 2010), the Texas native was No. 67 on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list entering the 2011 campaign. Earlier this offseason, the Red Sox packaged fellow promising young pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster to Arizona for 28-year-old left-handed... 
 

Texas Rangers get Yovani Gallardo from Milwaukee Brewers

The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange the Brewers received a group of young players, infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan. Milwaukee will also contribute $4 million towards Gallardo’s $14 million salary for 2015. Gallardo, who turns 29 in February, will be eligible for free agency next offseason. He’s been very durable, logging the sixth-most innings in baseball over the last six years. That characteristic is surely appealing to the Rangers,... 
 

August Trade Candidates: Texas Rangers Alex Rios

It seemed likely that Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios would be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. The Rangers have been out of contention for some time, and while Rios’ numbers have declined this season, he’s only two years removed from an excellent 2012 campaign where he clubbed 25 home runs. Furthermore, his 2013 season resulted in a solid 3.1 fWAR. Last season the Chicago White Sox sent the 33 year-old Rios to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, which turned out to be Leury Garcia. He’s under... 
 

Rangers Trade Joakim Soria to Tigers For Prospects

The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement with the Texas Rangers that will send Joakim Soria to the Tigers in exchange for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Kyle Bogenschutz was first to report the news on Twitter. The trade is pending physicals of all players involved. Thompson and Knebel were rated among Detroit’s ten best prospects coming into the year per Baseball America. The 30-year-old Soria is 16-for-17 in save chances this year and carries a 2.67 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. Joe Nathan the current... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Elvis Andrus, Matt Kemp Contracts Make Trades Difficult

The trade deadline is approaching, and trade talks are heating up. Earlier today, the New York Yankees traded for San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley, sending Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula to the Friars. Headley had a sensational 2012 season, but his offensive production has dropped off since then. Two other players that have had star seasons in the not too distant past could also be moved before the July 31 deadline. Matt Kemp, who nearly produced a 40-40 season in 2011 and Elvis Andrus, who had +4 win seasons in 2011 and 2012... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Huston Street, Joakim Soria

Baseball is finally back, and trade talks are heating up. Less than two weeks remain before the July 31st deadline. Of course trades can be and often are made after that deadline when players clear waivers, but a good chunk of the action will occur in the next two weeks. Two names that are receiving a lot of interest are Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria and San Diego Padres stopper Huston Street. Both are pitching very well in relief for teams that won’t be around in October. 2014 is Soria’s first full season after coming back from... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios

It’s only four weeks until the trade deadline. As of now there haven’t been any big moves, but players will be trading places soon enough. With the San Diego Padres deciding to extend outfielder Seth Smith, he’s off the trade block. Here are a couple of the more significant outfielders that will be available to a contending team. Alex Rios was moved last season, as the Chicago White Sox sent him to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later, which turned out to be Leury Garcia. The 33 year-old right fielder... 
 

Rangers Mitch Moreland Out For Three Months

Texas Rangers DH/1B Mitch Moreland will undergo ankle survey that will keep him out of action for at least he next three months and may miss the rest of the season.  Moreland is batting .246/.297/.347 (77 OPS+) in 52 games. For his career, he owns an OPS+ of 98 across parts of five big-league seasons. The Rangers have been decimated with injuries already having lost Prince Fielder, LHP Derek Holland, C Geovany Soto, 2B Jurickson Profar, LHP Matt Harrison, LHP Martin Perez, RHP Alexi Ogando and 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff to injuries. “It’s to the... 
 

Daniel Bard Gets a Chance With Texas Rangers

Once seemingly poised to replace then Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the coveted late-inning role, Daniel Bard is fighting to stay in affiliated baseball with his career plagued with a puzzling lack of control on the mound. Now 28, Bard will attempt a return to the majors with the Texas Rangers after signing a minor league deal on Friday. A first round draft pick out of the University of North Carolina in 2006, Bard rapidly ascended the Red Sox farm system. Boasting a high 90s fast ball and a dominant slider, he posted a 1.93 ERA and... 
 

Derek Holland Out until Midseason – Blames Dog For His Injury

Derek Holland is expected to be out until midseason for the Texas Rangers and he’s blaming his pet dog for his injury. Holland, who has torn cartilage and required arthroscopic surgery on Friday, says he injured himself on his stairs at home when his dog accidentally clipped him. Coincidentally, Holland’s dog’s name is “Wrigley” named after the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs, a notoriously “cursed” franchise. Holland had this to say on the incident: “He was running up the stairs and clipped me,”... 
 

Rangers Reach Agreement With Shin-Soo Choo

The Texas Rangers reached an agreement on a seven-year deal worth $130 million with free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Choo, a Scott Boras client, reportedly turned down an offer of seven years and $140 million from the New York Yankees earlier this offseason. The 31 year-old Choo is coming off an excellent season. Batting leadoff for the Cincinnati Reds, Choo produced a .285/.423/.462 line for a 151 wRC+, receiving a career-high 712 plate appearances. Teammate Joey Votto was the only NL hitter with a... 
 
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