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Boston Red Sox
As amazing as the 2012 season was, the excitement that surrounded that final home stand when the A’s finally took over the division lead from the Rangers on the final game of the season, their 2013 path towards a postseason appearance is shaping out to be more of a statement season than the surprising Cinderella tale. My guess, most A’s fans will gladly trade the anxiety filled excitement of the final week for the additional winning that has placed the A’s three games ahead of the Rangers as of June 16.
Up next for Oakland, the second-place Texas Rangers for four games and a chance to blow open their lead over the Rangers.
Oakland is 10-5 this month and has won 17 of their last 23 games since the last time they faced off with the Rangers back on May 22. The A’s actually took two of three games from Texas in that May 20-22 stretch and pushed their season record to 3-3 against the Rangers. Texas has gone 8-14 during that same stretch, are currently riding a six-game losing streak and ...
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ARLINGTON, Texas It had been a while since the Rangers' bullpen had to protect a lead, but the Rangers' relief staff showed no signs of rust in Monday's 8-7 win over Oakland.
The bullpen retired the first 16 batters faced and helped the Rangers' offense, which finally showed some life, reclaim the lead for good.
"They settled it down and gave us a chance to...
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers have made a pair of roster moves, putting Jeff Baker on the disabled list and optioned first baseman Chris McGuiness to Round Rock.
To take the roster spots, the team has recalled left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz and catcher Robinson Chirinos.
Baker is on the DL with a sprained right thumb. The move is retroactive to June 13. Baker hurt the thumb...
ARLINGTON, Texas Lance Berkman and his achy knees feel fine physically.
His bat is another story.
Berkman was out of the Texas lineup for a second-consecutive day Monday as manager Ron Washington wanted to give his designated hitter a chance to get some rest.
Berkman is using the time to work on his mechanics.
"I felt pretty good in terms of not having a lot of pain, but...
ARLINGTON, Texas Some pitchers on the mend are making progress for the Texas Rangers but that's not the case for all of them.
Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is still being slowed and has not been able to throw a bullpen yet.
"I still have a little inflammation in my shoulder," Ogando said. "It&...
ARLINGTON, Texas Monday Jurickson Profar debuted as the youngest designated hitter in Texas Rangers history.
Soon enough he could have another spot in the lineup as an outfielder.
Profar, who said hes never played outfield in his life, worked with outfielder coach Gary Pettis Monday as he continues to try and expand his utility role.
Texas manager Ron Washington said it would...
ARLINGTON, Texas Making a change for change's sake almost never works, but what the Rangers have been doing for six games isn't working, either.
The Rangers lost their sixth game in a row Sunday mainly because of a stagnant offense. The temptation is to shake things up, but manager Ron Washington would rather dig in and trust that things will turn around naturally.
The low point of that high five for Jeff Baker is a trip to the 15-day disabled list.
The Texas Rangers placed the utilityman on the DL with a sprained right thumb on Tuesday, five days after an over-exuberant high five from an unidentified teammate.
''It's frustrating when something is out of your control and it's non-baseball related,'' Baker said. '...
Struggling designated hitter Lance Berkman is getting a second consecutive game out the Texas lineup.
Berkman says he isn't upset about being left out of the lineup Monday night for the opener of a four-game series against AL West-leading Oakland. He says he'll take the extra day to regroup.
Berkman is hitting only .192 over the past 21 games, dropping to a season-low ...
The Texas Rangers need some help. They were leading the American League West for much of the early part of the season, and it looked like they would run away with the division. Now though, the Rangers are two games behind the first place Oakland A's. Help may not be coming for the offense very soon, but the bullpen could get some relief soon. Joakim Soria is on his way...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is back on the field with stitches on his face and blood on his jersey after a vicious collision at home plate.
The start of the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game against Oakland was delayed for several minutes while Kinsler was getting treatment.
When Kinsler slid feet-first into home in the bottom of the...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
The Rangers had scored only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors, and all six losses came at home.
Cruz's second homer was a two...
Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year, Colby Rasmus homered for a third straight game, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a four-game sweep by beating the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
The Rangers lost their sixth in a row and fell to 1-6 on a season-high, 11-game homestand. Texas has dropped six straight for the first time since...
The A’s opened a pivotal four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers on Monday with an 8-7 loss.
Both starting pitchers were shaky on the night, as Dan Straily and Nick Tepesch were hit around and ultimately earned no decisions for their efforts.
A.J. Pierzynski banged a two-run home run off the foul pole in the second against Straily, putting Texas up 2-0. The next inning...
The Oakland Athletics have taken control of the AL West in part because of the Texas Rangers' struggles on their longest homestand of the season.
The A's will try to add to those woes while padding their advantage in a four-game series that begins Monday night.
Oakland trailed by one game in the division after Texas won the opener of an 11-game homestand last Monday. The...