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Tonight’s game felt a little like a late season game.  Even though it’s only May, I was hanging on every pitch at the very end.  And my heart was pounding.  Man, baseball can be such a rush.  And such a downer at times too. Mitch Moreland can’t be feeling too down lately.  He’s been on fire this month.  Tonight, he hit two home runs, and the second one — a solo shot in the 10th — proved to be very valuable as it gave the Rangers what we believed to be an insurance run at the time.  It ended up being the winning run. Mitch wasn’t the only offense though.  Adrian Beltre also hit a home run in the 10th and finished the night with three hits.  Elvis Andrus had two hits.  The boys didn’t hit into any double plays tonight, but there were a few times they wasted runners in scoring position.  So irritating. For the record, Derek Holland did not pitch poorly tonight.  True, he only made it 5.2 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits.  But a lot of those hits were on good pitches that j

Adrian Beltre does not like to be touched on his head

Adrian Beltre smacked a 10th inning home for the Texas Rangers against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday night. After returning to the dugout, Beltre was greeted with pats on the head by teammates, something he apparently despises. Here are a few more Beltre head rub GIFs courtesy of bosoxgifs. [Reddit]

Steve Carlton takes a shot at Nolan Ryan

Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia Phillies pithcer Steve Carlton was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era, and of all-time. He captured 4 Cy Young awards, while winning 329 games over 24 MLB seasons. Carlton also retired only second to Nolan Ryan in career strikeouts, and now stands fourth all-time on that list. Ryan finished his career with 5 fewer wins in three addtional...

Cruz’ home run, catch help Rangers to victory

Admittedly, I’ve been worried about Nelson Cruz this season.  Some of that worry was for his bat, but most of it was for his glove.   Today, he presented strong evidence that I need not worry about him just yet. In the afternoon finale of the Oakland series, Cruz made a spectacular catch and hit a three-run home run.  Cruz’ heroics helped Alexi Ogando secure his fourth win...

Rangers beat A's on 2 homers in 10th inning

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning, Mitch Moreland followed with his second of the game and the Texas Rangers held off the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Tuesday night. Joe Nathan gave up a run in the bottom of the 10th but escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam to snap Texas' four-game losing streak to Oakland. Beltre sent a 3-0 pitch...

Cruz hits 3-run homer to lead Rangers past A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday. Ogando (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Eric Sogard's leadoff double in the sixth. The right-hander won his second straight decision and earned only his second victory in seven outings...

Catching up with Jeff Baker

ARLINGTON, Tex. - After spending his entire Major League career in the National League, former Clemson slugger Jeff Baker got his first taste of the American League last season when the Chicago Cubs traded him to Detroit.

Rangers bats quiet in 5-1 loss

Flat. There’s no better word to describe how the Rangers looked tonight in Oakland. It’s like they didn’t want to be there.  And who can blame them?  With banjo music in the 6th inning, who would want to be there? Justin Grimm would probably like to forget the entire month of May.  His ERA has inflated from 1.59 to 4.28 in his three May starts.  The Athletics roughed him...

Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/14

Although the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders fell on Tuesday afternoon, first baseman Brett Nicholas clubbed his 10th home run of the season––and his third in three games. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

Yu Darvish, Defining “Change of Pace”

So, Yu Darvish is off to a pretty good start to 2013. Through eight starts this season, the Ranger’s right-hander currently sports the following statistics: GS K% BB% HR/FB ERA- FIP- SwgStr% 8 39.0% 8.8% 13.9% 62 56 15.7% Darvish currently ranks first (or tied for first) among qualified starters in K% and SwgStr%, and he has posted the 6th best adjusted FIP in the league...

FOX has fun with Ogando no hit bid

FOX Sports Southwest had some fun today with the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and baseball superstitions. Texas starting pitcher Alexi Ogando was a pitching a gem and carried a no hit bid into the sixth inning. During the sixth inning FOX posted the line score and game highlights. For Ogando they put “One of those things you don’t talk about”. Obviously having fun with...

Cruz, Ogando lead Rangers past A's

When everything is rolling for the Oakland Athletics, Brandon Moss' line drive with two runners on in the sixth falls perfectly in the gap for a key hit. On Wednesday, Nelson Cruz ran down the ball and snagged it for a spectacular diving catch. The reigning AL West champion A's are in another familiar first-half funk after dropping the series finale to the first-place Texas...

Tigers-Rangers Preview

Justin Verlander says it's May. Yu Darvish says it's not the first great opposing pitcher he's faced, and won't be his last. True on all counts. These showdowns don't come along every day, though. And this one - the AL's strikeout king against his potential heir - is an enticing as they come. The hard-throwing right-handers from Detroit and Texas will meet...
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