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Good pitching beats good hitting. Or maybe the adage should be superior pitching meets incredible hitting.
On a day when JV did not have his best stuff, he demonstrated why he’s the best pitcher in baseball by shutting down baseball’s best offense and ending the Rangers’ 8 game winning streak. Ron Washington said after the game “We didn’t lose, we got beat.”
JV’s run was unearned due to a passed ball where Avila simply missed a high curve. The Rangers took pitches and worked counts, which is what led to Verlander’s departure after only 6 but 115 pitches. Dotel was good, Benoit was okay enough and Valverde was Valverde. But the pen got the job done.
The Tigers face the shrewd Colby Lewis tonight, a guy with average stuff at best, but who has a supreme understanding of the Art of Pitching. He gives up a lot of flyballs (30/11 fo/go), but has solidified himself as the Rangers’ ace. Though the Tigers have hit him hard. Over the past two years Lewis is 2-3 with a 7.52 ERA against Detroit. For the 2012 season he’s 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA and 22 Ks in 19 2/3 against only 1 walk.
Smyly is will be tested a bit more today than he was in his first two starts against TB and KC. Smyly will need to limit base runners, so keeping walks down will be crucial.
I’m looking for AJax to break out of this 10 game funk (6/32) today. Jackson is a career .444 hitter off of Lewis.
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The Detroit Tigers were hit with a harsh dose of reality over the weekend during a 4 game series with the Texas Rangers. That reality was quite simple: they’re not as good as Texas.
Yes, Verlander was his usual dominant self and got a win on Saturday. Yes, a weird bunt off the knee play in the 11th inning that shouldn’t have counted plated the go-ahead run on Sunday to secure...
Jacob Turner is back on the mound.
Turner, who dealt with shoulder problems in spring training, made his 2012 debut for Single-A Lakeland Monday night. Turner pitched four innings without allowing a hit or a run. He did walk two batters, but picked off one of them.
Turner, the Tigers' first-round pick in 2009, is considered their top pitching prospect. He spent most of last...
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Right now, they aren't hitting.
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Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. The Tigers purchased the contract of right-hander Thad Weber and optioned Daniel Schlereth to Toledo due to his struggles and the need for a long reliever in the bullpen.
Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre has left the Rangers' game against the Detroit Tigers with a strained left hamstring.
Beltre hit a second-inning double and was holding his left hamstring after pulling up at second. He was taken out with Texas leading 8-0 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Beltre hasn't missed a game this season for the Rangers, but he spent...
The Texas Rangers certainly enjoyed themselves at Comerica Park over the weekend, taking three of four from the Tigers. To me, they proved that they are the class of the American League. And judging from this little clip their fans enjoyed themselves a little bit too.
Here’s video from the Rangers 3-2 on Sunday. Fox Sports Detroit’s Shannon Hogan was doing a spot shoot...
3 HR's for Hamilton in the series
It’s safe to say that this past series between the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers is one that will try and be quickly forgotten. Coming into this series the Rangers were coming into Comerica Park winners of their past six games in a row. The Tigers had just come a sweep of the Kansas City Royals and winners of their last four.
DETROIT -- Justin Verlander didn't throw a perfect game or even a no-hitter Saturday, but against the hottest team in baseball, it might as well have been.
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FOX Sports reporter Shannon Hogan was videobombed during a live segment at Sunday's Detroit Tigers game by a Texas Rangers fan who stood right behind her wagging his tongue.
The Rangers fan started out innocently enough, showing off his jersey and walking away. However, a few seconds later, the Rangers fan came back and started wagging his tongue like a crazed maniac...
Alberto Gonzalez's squeeze bunt turned into an RBI infield single in the 11th inning, and the Texas Rangers went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Sunday.
With the bases loaded and nobody out, Gonzalez bunted back to pitcher Thad Weber (0-1), who had no play at the plate on runner Nelson Cruz. Weber froze with the ball, and first baseman Miguel Cabrera struggled to get back...
The Rangers blog on ESPN Dallas has reported Beltre will seek an MRI on Monday. He strained his hamstring in the first game of the Rangers double header Saturday vs. the Tigers. Beltre still does not believe he’ll be out of the lineup for an extended period of time. Alberto Gonzalez is in the lineup at third
Derek Holland just didn’t have it tonight. Maybe he was unnerved watching Pudge Rodriguez pitch from home to 2nd for the first pitch of the game. Or maybe he just didn’t have it.
Holland gave up two runs on three hits in the 1st inning. Then he calmed down a little for the next few innings. It seemed probable that the offense could catch up. Until the 5th, when Holland...