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Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. That was a quick transition. Three days after officially announcing his retirement as a player, former Angels catcher Bengie Molina was in camp as a guest instructor Tuesday, a three-day gig he hopes might turn into something more long-term.
"I'm just trying to help as many kids as I can, and maybe it will be the beginning of something," said Molina, who helped the Angels win the 2002 World Series. "Maybe in a couple of years I can come back and be a real coach."
Molina, a fine defensive catcher who had a .274 average with 144 home runs over 13 years, last played in 2010, a season he split between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.
A hairline fracture in his left elbow hindered him at the plate, and his poor offensive numbers--he hit .249 with five homers and 36 RBIs in 118 games--scared off most clubs.
"It was a very big disappointment last winter," Molina, 37, said. "My elbow bothered me all year--I couldn't swing hard--but that didn't matter. I was fine over the winter, but nobody came forward. The only offers I got were for minor league deals, so I just decided to go home."
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Former Giants catcher Bengie Molina has retired, according to Comcast SportsNet’s <a title="CSN Bay Area: "Former Giant Molina surprised, honored by retirement bash"" href="http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/giants-talk/post/EXCLUSIVE-Molina-surprised-honored-by-re?blockID=658550&feedID=5879" target...
SURPRISE, Ariz. The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with 13 players Monday for the 2012 season, including two of their starting pitchers.
Left-hander Derek Holland will make 504,700 this season and right-hander Neftali Feliz will get 502,000.
Right-hander Alexi Ogando will make 497,600.
Texas also agreed to terms with left-handed pitchers Michael Kirkman, Mark Hamburger, Miguel...
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish showed off his full repertoire Wednesday in his third live batting practice of spring training.
The Japanese sensation threw seven different pitchers during Wednesday's outing, according to Rangers catcher Mike Napoli.
Along with a fastball, curveball and slider, Darvish unveiled his slider, changeup, split-fingered fastball and cut fastball...
SURPRISE, Ariz. Texas right-hander Yu Darvish is starting to find his footing with the Rangers.
The 60-million man spent Monday bobbing his head to reggae music in the clubhouse, speaking in Spanish with teammate Elvis Andrus and having his best throwing session yet.
He even joked with the media that he was throwing at 120 percent in practice.
Maybe the key to all of that was...
Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland are among 13 players who have agreed to contracts for this season with the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers.
Feliz, who is making the switch to the Rangers rotation after being their closer, agreed Monday to a $502,000, one-year deal. That is just less than the $504,700 for Holland, a 16-game winner last year.
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Catcher Bengie Molina has elected to retire after sitting out the 2011 season, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports.
In his last season, 2010 with the Giants and the Rangers, he hit .249/.297/.326 with 5 home runs and 36 RBIs in 118 games. That was a sharp drop from 2009 where he hit .265/.285/.442 with 20 home runs and 80 RBIs over 132 games.
Molina posted a .274...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish threw 35 pitches to two minor leaguers in a 10-minute session.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yu Darvish, who has led the Japanese League in strikeouts and ERA the past two years, will make his first spring training start for the Texas Rangers on March 7.
Catcher Mike Napoli counted seven. That is how many different pitches Yu Darvish threw during his third live batting practice session on Wednesday.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Napoli saw the St. Louis Cardinals sign catcher Yadier Molina to a five-year deal worth a reported $75 million, but Napoli didn't read too much into the numbers. He doesn't know what his value will be when he becomes a free agent after this season.
Pitchers Scott Feldman and Greg Reynolds, once teammates while growing up near San Francisco, are no longer separated by geography. Their lockers are next to each other in the Rangers' clubhouse.
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