Angels lose challenge on play at plateRobinson Chirinos had his left foot on home plate, which might have caused C.J. Cron to slide around him and try to scrape home plate with his left hand, but umpires deemed he was not in violation of Rule 7.13.
The Grand Slam: Tigers take charge in 10-1 win over Royals (Big League Stew)The biggest series in nearly 30 years at Kauffman got off to a very disappointing start for the home-standing Royals. Before the 37.945 fans had a chance to settle in, Detroit struck for three first-inning runs, including an RBI double from Miguel Cabrera that was horribly misjudged by left fielder Alex Gordon. With a locked-in Justin Verlander on the hill, they never looked back, cruising to a big 10-1 victory . ''We just went out there and did what we're capable of doing,'' Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''But there are no statements. Our intent is just to play the game.'' The Tigers have been in this position before, so their mindset isn't surprising. Yet they definitely looked like the hungrier team, at least for one
Rangers-Angels Preview (The Associated Press)The Texas Rangers have embraced the spoiler role during their season-best winning streak, though the Los Angeles Angels should be feeling confident about putting an end to the run. The West-champion Angels will try to avoid a third straight loss while building their lead for the AL's top seed on Saturday night when Jered Weaver seeks his 10th consecutive home victory over the Rangers. Texas (61-92) may own the worst record in baseball, but it's making an impact in the postseason races in both leagues. After sweeping playoff hopefuls Atlanta and Oakland, the Rangers cruised to a 12-3 win in Anaheim on Friday.
Rookies shine in rout, as Rangers win seventh straightThe Rangers extended their winning streak to seven games with a 12-3 victory over the Angels on Friday night at Angel Stadium. Lisalverto Bonilla earned his second victory in his second Major League start, holding the Angels to two runs in five innings.
Rangers push winning streak to seven
Lisalverto Bonilla allows two runs in five innings, and Ryan Rua leads the offense with four hits.
Alex Rios would consider a pay cut to stay with the Rangers
The right fielder, out with a thumb issue, said he can hit for more power than he has shown this year.
Rangers win 7th straight, rout AL-best Angels 12-3 (The Associated Press)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Rua had four hits, Jake Smolinski homered and the Texas Rangers beat the playoff-bound Los Angeles Angels 12-3 Friday night for their seventh straight victory.
61-92 - Rangers blow out the Angels for seventh straight win
For no discernible reason, the Rangers are suddenly the best team in baseball
I guess the Rangers are trying to prove the notion that momentum can transfer from one season to the next or something? I have no idea why or how they're winning these games. Nevertheless, the Rangers now have a seven game winning streak and a half game lead for the worst record in baseball. The Rangers are the worst at being the worst.
Player(s) of the Game: A whole bunch of people who have names that sound like fake people from the minor leagues in baseball video games got a lot of hits, scored a lot of runs, and helped to ruin an otherwise well-oiled tank.
GM’s answer to Colby Lewis needs to be ‘yes’
The right-hander has done enough for a 2015 return, but Jon Daniels has told him only “maybe yes.”
AL Notes: Hughes, Tomas, Lewis, Perkins, Leyva
Phil Hughes of the Twins has capped off one of the game’s best turnarounds by topping 200 innings on the year after today’s outing. As Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press notes on Twitter, Hughes picked up a $250K bonus after passing the 195 IP threshold. Needless to say, Minnesota is thrilled that it not only landed Hughes, who just turned 28, but that it did so on a three-year deal that promises him just $24MM in total. As
Lewis initiates contract talks with RangersThe Rangers' two most prominent free agents this winter will be outfielder Alex Rios and pitcher Colby Lewis.
The Rangers do have talent — as long as they avoid injuriesAdrian Beltre Rangers – Photo Credit – Keith Allison The Texas Rangers were the first team in the majors eliminated from playoff contention when they were officially ousted on September 4th. Far cry from the team that won 91 games last season — their fourth straight 90-win season, and made 2 consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 11′. Coming into 2014, they had big expectations to compete with the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. With the Seattle Mariners also playing well, could you imagine how crowded this division would have been if the Rangers did have a good year? We all know what happened to their season — injuries. The injury bug hit this team before the season even started, with pitcher Derek Holland dealing with knee problems during spring training, pitcher Yu Darvish dealing with elbow issues and their top prospect Jurickson Profar being hindered by shoulder pain all season. Profar was never able to return. A primary sec...
Series Preview: Texas Rangers @ Anaheim Angels - Fun With Narratives
The Rangers finish up the final road trip of the season with three games in Anaheim
Friday, September 19 9:05: LHP Hector Santiago vs. RHP Lisalverto Bonilla
Saturday, September 20 8:05: RHP Jered Weaver vs. RHP Colby Lewis
Sunday, September 21 2:35: RHP Cory Rasmus vs. RHP Nick Tepesch
Make no mistake, the Rangers are on a six game winning streak because they wanted the
Rangers End Affiliation with Myrtle Beach Pelicans
It was announced Tuesday that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans would not renew their development contract with the Texas Rangers. After several successful seasons of a happy relationship, Chuck Greenberg and the Pelicans decided to partner with the Chicago Cubs. The move was mostly about money. There are simply more Cubs fans in South Carolina than […]
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Previewing Potential Free-Agent Targets for Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers will be looking forward to the end of the 2014 season, as they currently hold the worst record in baseball.
Injuries have plagued the club since before the start of the campaign, losing Derek Holland until Sept. 2 with knee surgery. Shoulder surgery has kept Jurickson Profar out since spring training, and Texas has been without Prince Fielder, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Martin Perez since May.
Several others found themselves on the disabled list, forcing the Rangers to become the first team to ever use at least 61
Chuck Greenberg Answers Questions
I had two big questions, and Chuck had two big answers.
I had questions, he had answers.
I was really curious as to what kind of stuff I should expect next year in Frisco. I mean, the club's basically been for sale for the better part of the last two seasons. What's coming? Because I know some stuff is coming. I was also wondering what went into the decision in Myrtle Beach that ended with Texas being pushed out of their comfortable bed and the Cubs in the Pelicans' sheets. How are Player Development Contracts negotiated? Here's the good news about my curiosity; it was all able to be satiated with one 50-minute phone call. One guy had all the answers I sought regarding these two queries. And the best part? He
W2W4: Rangers at AngelsThe Rangers begin their final road series of the season, a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers have struggled badly against the Angels this season, going 3-13. Here’s a preview: What’s up with the Angels? There’s little drama going on with the newly crowned AL West champions. However, RF Josh Hamilton has been shut down after dealing with sharp, stabbing pains in his chest and right rib cage. Hamilton’s status for the postseason is uncertain.
Oakland A's fall from top wild-card spot (NBC on Yahoo Sports)The Oakland Athletics are stunned by their September collapse, yet stuck to find a solution. And with the way things are going, manager Bob Melvin can't talk about playoffs, let alone plan for them. Sonny Gray and the A's kept tumbling Thursday, falling out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep. ''It's not very fun. When you're in a race, it's supposed to be fun,'' left fielder Brandon Moss said. ''But I don't see anyone in this clubhouse having any fun, because it's not. We're pretty frustrated. We're disappointed. But it's not over, and we know that.'' The latest loss to the team with the worst record in the majors dropped the A's a half-game behind idle Kansas City for the
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In his game story, Jeff Wilson takes shots at both the A's and their home park.
T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about the Rangers doing damage to the playoff hopes of other teams down the stretch.
Rangers-Angels Preview (The Associated Press)The Los Angeles Angels don't seem too concerned about the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, but the Texas Rangers may find pleasure in spoiling their chances. With the AL West title already secured, the Angels could continue to rest some starters in the opener of their final home series of the season Friday night against the Rangers. Los Angeles (95-58) is returning to the playoffs for the first time in five years, and leads the chase for home-field advantage throughout by 2 1/2 games on AL East-winning Baltimore. The Angels, though, are more worried about remaining healthy for the postseason after clinching the division crown with Wednesday's 5-0 win over Seattle.
Angels' quest for AL's top seed continues vs. RangersComing off two straight winning series for just the third time all season, the Rangers find themselves playing one final road series against the American League West champion Angels as Lisalverto Bonilla and Hector Santiago square off on Friday.
Morrison's HR in 9th puts Mariners past Angels 3-1 (The Associated Press)Logan Morrison hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that broke a scoreless tie, and the Seattle Mariners boosted their wild-card hopes with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. With just their third win in nine games, the Mariners pulled within one game of the slumping Oakland Athletics for the second AL wild-card spot. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez struck out 11 during seven innings of three-hit ball while getting no decision. Seattle awoke from 17 consecutive scoreless innings with a clutch ninth-inning burst against Kevin Jepsen (0-2).
Daily Dose: Gray Days (Rotoworld)D.J. Short discusses the fading Athletics and another injury for Josh Hamilton.
Ron Washington reveals why he resigned from the RangersFormer Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on Thursday made his first public comments since suddenly resigning Sept 5. Washington acknowledged during a news conference that he broke his wife’s trust. The former Rangers skipper did not take questions or go into great detail, but he expressed remorse while addressing reporters. “I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust,” Washington said. “I’m here today to own that — the mistake — and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted in me and I let them down.” Washington spent parts of eight seasons as the Rangers’ manager, guiding the club to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011. He compiled a 670-616 record while with Texas before shocking the baseball world with his resignation. Washington indicated at the time of his departure that he was stepping away to deal with a personal matter. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels hasn’t offered any additional details since, tho...
Ron Washington on resignation: 'I was not true to my wife'Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on Thursday made his first public comments since suddenly resigning Sept 5. Washington acknowledged during a news conference that he broke his wife’s trust. The former Rangers skipper did not take questions or go into great detail, but he expressed remorse while addressing reporters. “I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust,” Washington said. “I’m here today to own that — the mistake — and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted in me and I let them down.” Washington spent parts of eight seasons as the Rangers’ manager, guiding the club to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011. He compiled a 670-616 record while with Texas before shocking the baseball world with his resignation. Washington indicated at the time of his departure that he was stepping away to deal with a personal matter. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels hasn’t offered any additional details since, tho...
Ron Washington quit Rangers after not being “true” to wifeSpeaking for the first time about why he quit as the manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington told reporters that it was because he was not true to his wife. “I want to thank you guys for coming. I just wanted to say a couple of things. You know when you respect baseball, baseball respects you. I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life. I don’t run when I make a mistake. And when you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the type of things that my wife always say to me.” Washington gave a three minute speech but did not field any questions afterwards. “I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust,” he said via the Dallas Morning News. “I’m here today to own that, the mistake, and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted in me and I let them down. “You know when I was 22 years old, I went to Mexico and a lot of things started making sense to me about the game of baseball. I began to figur...
Rangers put countdown to 100 losses on hold
After winning six straight games, Texas has to win only three of its final 10 to avoid baseball infamy.
Each time the A's seem to hit rock bottom, they find ways to sink further (Big League Stew)When Oakland dropped its fourth straight game to the Angels on August 31 to cede control of the American League West race to its biggest rival, the A's surely believed their once-promising season had reached rock bottom. Little did they know at the time how much worse things could get. Oakland has lost 11 of its first 16 games in September, a miserable stretch that continued Thursday when the A's were swept at home by the last-place Texas Rangers. Two errors and two wild pitches cost Oakland in game one, a ninth-inning bullpen collapse spoiled game two and the A's hardly seemed to have any fight left by game three. Whereas Oakland boasted baseball's best record and a four-game lead on the Angels as recently as August 10, the A's have
Beltre sets record for hits by Dominican-born playerAdrian Beltre achieved a significant milestone in Thursday afternoon's 7-2 victory with a first-inning single off of Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray. It was the 2,591st hit of Beltre's career, passing Vladimir Guerrero for the most hits by a native of the Dominican Republic.
Rangers call on Bonilla for rookie's second career startComing off two straight winning series for just the third time all season, the Rangers find themselves playing one final road series against the American League West champion Angels as Lisalverto Bonilla and Hector Santiago square off on Friday.
Crowded infield could push Jurickson Profar to minors in 2015
Rougned Odor has staked a claim to second base, and he’s finishing with a flourish.
Washington says quit over infidelity (AFP)Dallas (AFP) - Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday that his resignation earlier this month was the result of him "not being true to his wife."
Rangers ride huge first inning to sweep over A'sTexas scored four in the first to help complete a three-game sweep with a 7-2 victory over the A's on Thursday afternoon at O.co Coliseum. Jake Smolinski went 4-for-5 with an RBI.
Athletics out of top wild-card spot, Texas sweeps (The Associated Press)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics kept sliding, falling out of the top AL wild-card spot with a 7-2 loss to Texas on Thursday that gave the Rangers a three-game sweep.
60-92 - Rangers win season high sixth straight, sweep A's
Rangers finish the season 7-2 at O.Co Coliseum, and lead the season series against the A's 8-7
The Oakland A's are in some serious trouble. The Rangers came to Oakland with a three game winning streak and leave with a season high six game streak. The Rangers swept the A's to ramp up their desperation to qualify for the postseason. The Rangers swept the A's in Oakland for the second time this season. Before sweeping the Braves last weekend, the Rangers' sweep of Oakland in April was the only other sweep this season. This seems remarkable considering the A's were the best team in the game for most of this season.
About a week ago it seemed certain that the Rangers would lose 100 plus games. It seems pretty likely that
Ron Washington's exit from Rangers remains a mysteryOn Thursday, former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington made his first public comments since he abruptly resigned two weeks ago. This was billed as a "news conference," but that turned out to be a reach. If Washington truly resigned from the Rangers because he was unfaithful to his wife, this might be the first time that's happened in professional sports. I hated to hear of his marital issues, but that alone doesn't seem like the sort of thing that would make a self-described "baseball lifer" walk away from his team with only 20 games left. Washington only spoke for three-and-a-half minutes Thursday. Surely there is more to this story, but this is all we have to go on at this point. There have been rumors of what may have transpired, but no credible source has reported anything of substance. "I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust," Washington said at a Las Colinas hotel ballroom. "I'm here today to own that, th...
Ron Washington Reveals Why He Left The Texas RangersTweet IRVING, Texas — In his first public comments since abruptly resigning Sept. 5, former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he was embarrassed and at a “very low time in my life” after not being true to his wife after 42 years of marriage. “I am embarrassed more than I have ever been in my life,” Washington said during a nearly four-minute-long statement he made at a Dallas-area hotel. Afterward, he did not take questions from the dozens of reporters in attendance and slowly exited through a back door of a ballroom with his arm around his wife Gerry, who married Washington on Sept. 16, 1972. “I don’t run when I make a mistake,” Washington said. “When you put yourself in situations, you own it. Those are the types of things my wife always says to me. I was not true to my wife. After 42 years, I broke that trust. I’m here to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those who have trusted in me. I let them down.” Washington, the only manager to lead Texas to the World Se
Rangers Notes: Washington, Young, Manager, Tomas
Former Rangers manager Ron Washington stated in a live press conference that he had an extra-marital relationship, which was the basis for his decision to leave his post. He also said that he intends to return to the game at some point in the future, though no specific timeline was given.
Here’s more on the Rangers…As Texas looks for its new skipper, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that there’s some mutual interest between the team and former cornerstone
Ron Washington On Resigning From Rangers: ‘I Was Not True To My Wife’Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington on Thursday made his first public comments since suddenly resigning Sept 5. Washington acknowledged during a news conference that he broke his wife’s trust. The former Rangers skipper did not take questions or go into great detail, but he expressed remorse while addressing reporters. “I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust,” Washington said. “I’m here today to own that — the mistake — and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed. And those who have trusted in me and I let them down.” Washington spent parts of eight seasons as the Rangers’ manager, guiding the club to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011. He compiled a 670-616 record while with Texas before shocking the baseball world with his resignation. Washington indicated at the time of his departure that he was stepping away to deal with a personal matter. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels hasn’t offered any additional details since, tho...
Texas Rangers open to discussing managerial post with Michael Young
OAKLAND, Calif. – Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels on Thursday left open the possibility of including recently retired Michael Young in the club’s managerial search.
Whether or not Young is ready to come out of retirement so quickly is a mystery.
Daniels, who said he expects the interview process to ramp up in the first week after the completion of the regular season, said he was open to discussing the job with a wide variety of candidates including a guy “just … [visit site to read more]
Former Rangers manager admits being untrue to wife
Ron Washington apologizes to his wife and the Texas Rangers but does not take questions.