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Toronto Blue Jays – Texas Rangers Renew Bitter Rivalry

In what was highly anticipated when the postseason approached, the Toronto Blue Jays will battle the Texas Rangers in one of the 2016 American League Division Series. Last season, the two teams battled, literally battled, in a five-game series ultimately won by Toronto. However, this season, Texas enters with the better overall record during the regular season. Game 1 of the series is Thursday afternoon in Texas. During the regular season, the Rangers were 95-67. The Rangers won the AL West by 9 games. Toronto was 89-73 and did not qualify for a... 
 

Texas Rangers On Their Way to AL West Title by Dominating Division Rivals

In the different divisions in baseball, it is almost certain that the National East will go to the Washington Nationals and the NL Central to the Chicago Cubs. It now looks as if the AL West will be going to the Texas Rangers as they hold a 10 ½-game lead over the second place Houston Astros after defeating Houston again on Saturday 12-4. Entering their game on Sunday, the Rangers have just 26 games remaining. If Texas were to finish the season 8-18, Houston would have to go 19-8 to finish tied with the Rangers. Those kinds of things are possible,... 
 

Prince Fielder Calls an End to His Career

On Wednesday, the media room for the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Part was jammed full of coaches, teammates and other staff from the team when in walked Prince Fielder with Jadyn and Haven his two sons, to announce his baseball career was over. Fielder told everyone present that doctors told him that with his two spinal fusions he could no longer play pro baseball. From that point forward, tears were flowing freely the remainder of the time Fielder talked while wearing a neck brace from his surgery on July 29. He thanked his coaches and teammates... 
 

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... 
 

Is Shin-Soo Choo Worth a $140 Million Deal ?

With the signing of Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo is the best hitter available in the free agent class. The 31 year-old outfielder is looking for a big deal, something in the range of seven years at $20 million per year. There are a bevy of teams that are reported to be interested in Choo, including the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.  How much is Choo worth? Should he command a deal in the Ellsbury range? Choo is an on-base machine. He owns a career .389 OBP... 
 

Texas Rangers Have Interest in Bartolo Colon

The Texas Rangers are interested in veteran free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Colon would likely push Alexi Ogando to the bullpen where he has been much more effective. In addition, it would give them more rotation depth if Matt Harrison is slow to recover from his recent back surgeries. Colon, who will turn 41 early next season, turned in one of his best years in 2013. In 30 starts and 190.1 innings, Colon posted a career-best 2.65 ERA and a miniscule 3.8 percent walk rate. He made... 
 

Mike Napoli Free Agency Peaking – Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners In Play

Mike Napoli talks are reaching the critical stage according to Jon Paul Morosi of CBS Sports. The Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Boston Red Sox are all in contention to sign the first baseman. Napoli played the 2013 season on a one-year deal worth $13 million after his three-year contract was voided due to a degenerative hip condition. Despite the condition, he set a career-high in plate appearances with 578, and did not have any issues concerning the hip. In his first year as a full-time first baseman, Napoli put up solid... 
 

Texas Rangers and J.P. Arencibia Nearing A Deal

The Texas Rangers are nearing a deal with free-agent catcher J.P. Arencibia according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Arencibia was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays making him a free agent and it now seems like Texas may be where he lands. The Rangers were interested in  Arencibia  prior to him being non-tendered, however were unable to come up with a deal with the Blue Jays. Geovany Soto and Robinson Chirinos are the teams projected catchers at this time. Arencibia hit a dreadful .194/.227/.365  in 2013 for the Blue Jays but did contribute... 
 

Rangers Sign Jose Contreras, Two Others, to Minor League Deals

The Texas Rangers added some veteran presence to its deep farm system today, signing relievers, Jose Contreras and Nate Adcock, and outfielder, Bryan Peterson, to minor league deals. The most notable name of the trio is Conteras’, who had a successful 2010 relief campaign with the Phillies when he pitched to 3.34 ERA in 56.2 innings. Now 42-years-old, Contreras is nothing more than a minor league reclamation project, most recently spotted floating between farm systems for Pittsburgh and Boston and posting a respectable 3.00 ERA in 33 AAA innings. The... 
 

Oakland A’s Acquire Craig Gentry from Texas Rangers

The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Craig Gentry from the Texas Rangers for outfielder Michael Choice. Jeff Passan originally reported the deal. Reliever Josh Lindblom will also go to the A’s, and minor league second baseman Chris Bostick will go to Texas. Gentry is an athletic 30 year-old outfielder who has played sparingly the past three seasons for the Rangers. He can play all three outfield spots. When he’s been in the lineup, Gentry has been very productive. In 763 plate appearances, he’s managed a .280/.355/.366... 
 

Rangers, Tigers Agree to Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler Trade

The Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a deal that would send Prince Fielder to the Rangers for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Both players would have to pass physicals. Since there is a significant amount of cash in the deal the Commissioner’s Office will have to approve the transaction. Kinsler is due $62 million over the next four years while Fielder is due $168 million over the next seven. The Rangers will get cash back in the deal. Fielder, 29, has spent the past two seasons with the Tigers and hit .279 with 25 home runs... 
 

Texas Rangers A.J. Pierzynski’s Historic Season

Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski currently has 11 walks. His 2.2 BB% is the lowest in the MLB.  By comparison, pitchers have walked in 3.2% of their plate appearances in 2013. Pierzynski has never walked very frequently, but the 2.2% rate is the lowest of his career. Less than 100 hitters since 1903 have a lower walk rate than Pierzynski’s career 4.0%. In the course of doing so he has set an MLB record that maybe nobody else has recognized. With such a low walk rate, you would expect that Pierzynski swings at a lot of pitches out of... 
 

Rangers Yu Darvish Flirts With No-Hitter, K’s 15 Astros in Win

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish carried a perfect game into the bottom of the sixth inning and a no-hiiter into the eighth when Houston catcher Carlos Corporan ripped an outside fastball for a home run but won his 12th game of the season striking out 15. Darvish and closer Joe Nathan combined on a one hitter and the Rangers finished their 10 game road trip with a 9-1 record. Darvish retired the 17 batters he faced before walking Jonathan Villar on six pitches to break up the perfect game bid and became the first pitcher in the majors this season... 
 

Derek Holland K’s 10 – Rangers Shutout Oakland

Derek Holland gave up four hits in eight shutout  innings, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each hit a home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 4-0 on Sunday. Adrian Beltre had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of seven to move within 2½ games of the AL West Division leading Athletics. Cruz lead off the second inning with his 27th home run of the season ahead a probable suspension by MLB for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED’s scandal. A.J. Griffin (10-8) lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing... 
 

Rangers Trade Rumors: Push for Stanton, Will Likely Settle for Pence

Nelson Cruz and Lance Berkman were counted upon to be key bats in helping to compensate the losses of Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton. Add A.J. Pierzynski on a one year deal along with the emergence of Jurickson Profar, and Texas was supposed to be all set. Cruz, has performed admirably, staying healthy and posting 24HR, 71 RBI and a .329 OBP, performing every bit as a suitable middle-of-the-order bat. After Cruz, the contingency plan has widely fallen flat. Pierzynski has regressed back to his career norms, and not the 27 HR bat he was last season,... 
 

Texas Rangers Trade Deadline: 5 Hitters Team Should Target

The Texas Rangers have surprised many critics this season. After losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to Free Agency, it was widely assumed, even with the emergence of Jurickson Profar, the lineup would struggle and therefore the team would struggle as well. As we head into the final week before the trade deadline the Rangers are: 9th in runs, 6th in OPS and 7th in OBP in the AL. Those numbers are good, but not great and it has left the Rangers 56-46 and losers of seven of its last 10 games. In second place, three games behind the Oakland Athletics... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline: Trade Analysis of Matt Garza Deal

After completing their third trade in the past month on July 8, which saw the Cubs send Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Ivan Pineyro, Chicago finally completed a deal involving their premier trade chip, Matt Garza. At this time last season, the Texas Rangers were in serious pursuit of Garza. According to a report by Ken Rosenthal, two sources close to the Texas organization divulged that the Rangers were supposedly within minutes of closing a deal to nab Garza, however, Texas pulled out of negotiations at the last... 
 

Nelson Cruz Grand Slam Leads Rangers in 10-5 Victory

It was his only hit of the evening, but Nelson Cruz‘s grand slam in the bottom of the second inning proved to be the deciding dagger that would help propel the Texas Rangers to an eventual 10-5 rout of the Houston Astros on Friday. After an Elvis Andrus single and a pair of walks drawn by Ian Kinsler and David Murphy, Cruz stepped to the plate with two out and took a 1-2 pitch from Lucas Harrell to deep center. The slam was his record sixth at Arlington and second of the season, a season in which he has tallied 20 home runs and driven in 65... 
 

Timetable for Rangers Colby Lewis, Alexi Ogando Still Unknown

The Texas Rangers have dealt with a solid starting rotation throughout the season, wherein the Rangers boast the fourth-best team ERA (3.70) in the American League (although much of that is due to the masterful bullpen pitching from the likes of Joe Nathan, Tanner Scheppers, and Robbie Ross). Despite a solid rotation, the fact that Alexi Ogando is currently on his second stint on the DL in the past month and workhorse Colby Lewis has yet to make his season debut are more than certainly preventing the Rangers from reaching full potential as division... 
 

Mike Olt Launches Two Home Runs In the 9th For Triple-A Round Rock

The Texas Rangers number two prospect Mike Olt  is no stranger to the long ball hitting 28 home runs a year ago at Double A Frisco, but on Sunday took things to a new level homering twice in the ninth inning asTriple A Round Rock scored eight times and rallied for a 9-4 victory at Oklahoma City. Olt credits a small adjustment  after going 0 -for- 3 heading into the ninth-inning. “I wasn’t pulling the trigger in my swing on a few pitches early in the game,” he said, “so I made a little adjustment.” Olt  struggled... 
 

Rangers Ian Kinsler Activated, Leury Garcia back to AAA

Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been activated from the Disabled List and bat leadoff for the Rangers in Toronto. Kinsler, no stranger  to injury has missed nearly a month with an intercostal strain and will return to face RA Dickey and the Blue Jays. The 30-year-old second baseman has stayed healthy the past two seasons, playing in 155 and 157 games after playing in 130 or less the previous four out of five seasons. In 2013, Kinsler had 7 HR and 20 RBI, with an above norm .302 BA and .389 OBP in 180 ABs. In response to reactivating... 
 

Yu Darvish Bobbleheads Selling for Up to $200 on eBay ?

Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish  can add “bobblehead mania” to his already impressive major-league resume. On Tuesday night the  Texas Rangers ran a promotion for a Yu Darvish “K-Counter”  bobblehead  that was to be given away to the first 20,000 fans that arrived at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Fans lined up for hours before the Rangers opened the ballpark in hopes of landing one of the bobbleheards. Darvish endorsed the product wholeheartedly. “It’s very good looking and I’m very satisfied,” Darvish... 
 

Rangers Matt Harrison Out Until September With Back Surgery

The Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison is now projected to rejoin the Rangers sometime in September following two surgeries on his back to repair a herniated disk. The Rangers will start Harrison on a throwing program this Monday, wherein he is expected to throw on flat ground for about four to six weeks. At that point, he will be able to begin throwing off of a mound, which will take at least one month for Harrison to regain his form and endurance as a member of the starting rotation. After undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk,... 
 

Rangers Ian Kinsler to Start Rehab Assignment

Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has been cleared to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Thursday. After getting the clearance to play from team physician Dr. Keith Meister following a full batting practice and fielding session on Wednesday, Kinsler will DH in his first game for Frisco, followed by games on Friday and Saturday at second base. Barring any setbacks, Kinsler is slated to rejoin the Rangers on either Sunday or Monday in time for a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics. Kinsler was placed on the 15-day DL... 
 

Rangers Ron Washington Picks His Poison – David Ortiz over Dustin Pedroia – Oops

It’s not often that you see a major-league manager choose to walk a batter to face the most prolific designated hitter in the game today, but that’s exactly what Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington did last night in the bottom of the ninth inning in a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Jonny Gomes led off the ninth with a double to center off left-hander Michael Kirkman (0-2), who then walked Dustin Pedroia. That brought David Ortiz to the plate who was 0 for 3  on the night,  and he launched a shot  into the Texas... 
 

Mitch Moreland Leaves Team To Undergo MRI On Right Hamstring

Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland  is on his way home to have an MRI  on an aching right hamstring suffered in a game against the Boston Red Sox. Moreland injured the leg while running out a double during the Rangers 3-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.  He slowed down noticeably between  first and second base. Jeff Baker will get the start at first base Thursday against the Red Sox, and Lance Berkman could see some time at first base as well.  Should Moreland require a trip to the DL,  the Rangers have options in the minor... 
 

Jurickson Profar Called Up, Rangers Place Ian Kinsler on DL

The Texas Rangers placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15 day disabled list with bruised ribs and recalled infielder Jurickson Profar  to take his place on the roster.  the move was retroactive to Saturday and became necessary when Kinsler was  unable to swing a bat Sunday. Profar, 20, entered the 2013 season as the number one prospect in all of baseball. Profar is batting  .278/ .370/ .438 with six steals at AAA Round Rock.  He also has six steals. Profar  was called up late last September, during which he batted .176/.176/.471 over... 
 

Elvis Andrus’ 5 Hits Lead Rangers in Win over Detroit

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus helped lead the Rangers in their 7-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, collecting a career-high five hits in the process. Andrus would finish the game going 5 for 5 with a double and triple, while scoring three times and driving in two runs of his own. The Texas shortstop also swiped two bases, raising his season total to 12, and raised his batting average 20 points from .264 to .284. In addition to Andrus’ contributions, Texas starter Justin Grimm was solid, surrendering two runs over... 
 

A.J. Pierzynski Put On the DL by Rangers

The Texas Rangers finally placed catcher  A.J. Pierzynski  on the 15 day disabled list with a strained right abdominal muscle.  An MRI confirmed the injury. Pierzynski was hitting .263 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 26 games for the Rangers, who signed him to a one-year contract last December. Robinson Chirinos will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock before Friday’s game in Houston. Chirinos has a .295/.404/.487 line with two home runs in 94 plate appearances with Round Rock. Chirinos was acquired by the Rangers earlier this season... 
 

Colby Lewis Set to Begin Rehab; Hopes to Rejoin Rangers Rotation

Colby Lewis is hoping to begin a rehab assignment on May 9th in AAA Round Rock. Lewis has been a key arm in the Texas Rangers’ rotation since their rise to prominence in 2010 but is likely considered an after-thought so far in 2013. Though Lewis and fellow rotation stalwart, Matt Harrison are both injured and on the DL, Texas leads the AL in team ERA (3.21) and is third in the AL in starter ERA at 3.30. Martin Perez, who was slated as the team’s fifth starter in the spring, is also currently out with injury. Yu Darvish is enjoying... 
 

Texas Rangers Yu Darvish Flirts With Perfection Against Astros

In his first start of the season, Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish was perfect for 8 2/3 innings against the Astros in Houston. The 26-year-old Darvish struck out 14 batters and threw 111 pitches. Marwin Gonzalez  singled on the first pitch he saw from Darvish with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, ending his bid to pitch the 24th perfect game in Major League history.  Michael Kirkman  finished the game for the Rangers for the combined shutout 7-0. The Astros fell victim last June to the  San Francisco Giants Matt Cain‘s perfect... 
 

Texas Rangers Extend Elvis Andrus: Eight years, $120 million

The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement with shortstop Elvis Andrus on a contract extension of $120 million.  Andrus  will be guaranteed $131.275 million over 10 years,  counting the $11.275 million he had left on his existing contract.  the deal was reportedly worked out over the last several days,  and was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Andrus, 24, joins second baseman Ian Kinsler  who is signed with the Rangers through 2017 with an option for 2018. Andrus  was the subject  of trade rumors throughout the winter. Andrus... 
 

Rangers Martin Perez Suffers Brokern Forearm

The case for signing free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse  got a little better today when Texas Rangers left-hander Martin Perez  suffered a broken ulna in his left forearm when he was struck by a line drive during the sixth inning of Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Perez  Will not resume throwing for approximately 4 weeks. “I didn’t see where it hit him. He was on the ground and I just ran out to see him,” manager Ron Washington said after the game. “He got hit pretty hard.” Perez had been competing... 
 

Texas Rangers and Kyle Lohse May Be Still Be a Match

Free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse  remains on the  market and according to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram, the Rangers have remained in contact with Lohse and agent Scott Boras. Lohse  Has been  unable to attract much interest from teams this off-season, largely because of  draft pick compensation rules. Any team that signs Lohse  would have to surrender their number one pick St. Louis Cardinals.  For the Rangers would be the number 24 pick,  and that’s where it gets interesting. Lohse is 34 years old and had a career year in St.... 
 

Texas Rangers: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

One strike away from winning the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011 only to see David Freese turn their celebration into heartache, the Texas Rangers lost the American League West to Oakland on the last day of the 2012 campaign and then were dismissed from the wild card game by Baltimore. This year, the Rangers lineup will be without Josh Hamilton (Angels) and Mike Napoli (Red Sox), who both bolted via free agency; and Michael Young, who was dealt to Philadelphia. Yet manager Ron Washington‘s club should still score bunches... 
 

American League: Projected Platoons for 2013

With the ever rising cost of offense, more and more teams are looking to platoons as a low-cost, high-reward alternative. Even though penny-pinching organizations like the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays have long been using the platoon, now even bigger market teams–like the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox–are beginning to join the fray. Below is an in-depth, projected list of the organizations and their respective platoons for 2013. Baltimore Orioles: LEFT FIELD – Nate McLouth quickly went from a hot... 
 
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