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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- As a rookie, Mitch Moreland was the Texas Rangers' best hitter in their first World Series.
In the two seasons since then, he has dealt with injuries and split time at first base. But with Michael Young and Mike Napoli no longer in Texas, manager Ron Washington wants Moreland to have some fun.
"He's my first baseman," Washington said. "I just want him to relax and prepare like that."
Moreland has started more than half of the Rangers' games at first base the past two years, even with veterans Young and Napoli getting their turns. But Moreland was hampered by a wrist injury the second half of 2011 that required surgery, then missed a month last season because of a strained left calf.
"It's been a ride for me, for sure," Moreland said. "I've got a lot of experience so far, really early in my career. ... I feel like all that can do is help me."
This spring, Moreland arrived at camp more than 15 pou...
BEST OF MAXIM
2012 ended with a resounding thud for the Texas Rangers. Winners of the last 2 AL pennants, Texas got off to a great start, hitting the All-Star Break with a 52-34 record and their path to the playoffs all but assured.
However, they went just 41-35 after the break, were swept by the A’s in the final regular season series to lose the division and get shoved into the Wild Card game...
Kyle McClellan is trying quickly to win over what he hopes is his new fan base with the Texas Rangers.
While McClellan played a role in St. Louis getting to the postseason in 2011, he's quick to point out that his right arm played no role in the crushing blow to the Rangers that was the 2011 World Series.
McClellan is hoping to ease some of that pain this year by being a key...
The aging Lance Berkman, who suffered a knee injury last year and contemplated retirement this offseason, has already suffered his first injury of the spring. Berkman has what's being called a mild calf strain. He is listed as day-to-day, but there is a chance he won't play over the weekend as games ramp up.
The calf tightened up during drills on Tuesday, and Berkman...
Joe Nathan was shut down yesterday and not allowed to participate in intrasquad games, but Nathan and the Texas Rangers said it was no big deal. Nathan said he was sidelined for precautionary reasons. Even if that's the case, it's concerning that players are only a week into spring since very one reported and Nathan is already being given rest.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports...
The Texas Rangers have a void at the back of their starting
rotation entering the season, but they are still not interested in free agent
Kyle Lohse, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Sullivan notes that the Rangers have not changed their
stance on Lohse, and at this time it doesn’t appear they will pursue the
Texas is poised to enter the season...
Lance Berkman is set to make his spring training debut for the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Berkman has been bothered by a mild right calf strain, and the Rangers have been cautious with the 37-year-old switch-hitter. He played only 32 games with St. Louis last season because of two operations on his right knee and a left calf strain.
While being held out of the first six spring...
With A.J. Pierzynski’s days in Chicago over, it figures the new Rangers catcher would unload his Lincoln Park Chicago brownstone for $1,750,000. This place is only two miles from Wrigley Field. If you’re familiar with Chicago, you’d understand why A.J. would live closer to Wrigley than Comiskey or whatever the Sox call that stadium.
According to the realtor:
Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez has officially rejoined the organization as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
Rodriguez will also serve as a team ambassador and an instructor.
He's expected to join the organization in Surprise, Ariz.late next week and will also likely help the team in March.
Rodriguez is expected to work with players at both...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Lance Berkman knows he's being watched with some trepidation while going through spring training with the Texas Rangers.
"Kind of a house of cards deal with me," he said Wednesday.
After all, he is 37 years old with a gray-speckled beard and coming off a season when he played only 32 games with St. Louis because of two operations on his right...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Nolan Ryan laughs when he hears people describe the Texas Rangers offseason as a disaster and the worst in team history.
While the Rangers were unable to re-sign five-time All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton, failed to lure pitcher Zack Greinke to Texas and traded Michael Young, Ryan still expects the team to be very competitive this season because of how they...
Elvis Andrus bats leadoff for a very good lineup. Even though he doesn’t have serious gap power, his on-base ability (career .342) and speed (30.75 steals per season) help him wind up in scoring position often. Last year Andrus hit 31 doubles and nine triples and stole 21 bases. Assuming most of those thefts were of second (off singles, walks, or errors), Andrus put himself in...
We have had to deal with a lot of speculation about the Rangers’ infield this off-season. It is not as if the Rangers are in trouble, they have the “problem” of a looming logjam. Shortstop super-prospect Jurickson Profar is knocking on the door. The Rangers also have Ian Kinsler at second and under contract through 2017, and Elvis Andrus, who is only 24, at shortstop and under...
SURPRISE, Ariz. – The health of Lance Berkman is certainly something to watch during the Texas Rangers' 2013 season. The veteran slugger suffered a minor calf injury early in camp, and he's currently listed as day-to-day.