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The Rangers' lineup features a plethora of threats: outfielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman Adrian Beltre, second baseman Ian Kinsler, designated hitter Michael Young and right fielder Nelson Cruz. And none of them are the team's most dangerous hitter this summer. That honor belongs to outfielder David Murphy. Murphy's .944 OPS since June 1 leads the Rangers by more than 70 points and ranks 11th in the AL. This is why Rangers' manager Ron Washington went a week ago to Murphy, who is in his fifth year as the fourth outfielder, and told him he'd be playing regularly until "he proves me wrong." In the past, Murphy, a left-handed hitter, has played regularly vs. right-handed pitching, but has been relegated to the bench against left-handers unless injuries left the manager no choice. "He is staying on the plate and hitting the ball to all fields," Washington said Wednesday before the Rangers beat Boston, 10-9, to finish off a week-...
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No longer will the Texas Rangers turn to Joe Nathan to protect four- or five-run ninth-inning leads, even if manager Ron Washington considers them the equivalent of save situations. The Rangers think Nathan's arm is too precious to potentially foul up with extra use. The decision came in light of Nathan's recent minor health scare in which he had a bit of shoulder inflammation...
Sabermetric Spotlight: Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
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So you may have heard of this gentleman named Josh Hamilton once or twice before in your life. His life-story is one that mimics that of Millenium Force at Cedar Point to date. In a nutshell, that also is a microcosm of his 2012 year thus far. Through the first two months he hit 21 HRs (four in one game!) and...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz left Friday night's game against Detroit because of lower back stiffness.
Cruz appeared to get hurt in the seventh inning when he dived in an attempt to catch a ball hit by Austin Jackson. The ball bounced in front of Cruz, then over his glove and rolled to the wall as Jackson rounded the bases for the first inside...
One way to look at how a pitcher attacks hitters is to look at what the pitcher throws in two-strike counts. In two-strike counts, pitchers often try to put hitters away with a breaking ball, induce weak contact with a sinker, overpower hitters with an extra-hard fastball, or throw a changeup with a bit of extra screw action.
I hadn’t seen Yu Darvish pitch in quite some time,...
Fan is short for fanatic. We’ve seen evidence of this numerous times over the years. Getting your favorite player tattooed somewhere on you is popular. Having players from your favorite team painted on your car has been done as well. Now we’re apparently at having a player’s likeness shaved into your head, like [...]
Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning after Texas blew a late four-run lead and the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 Wednesday.
Josh Hamilton homered among his three hits and had four RBIs for Texas, which couldn't hold a 9-5 edge before pulling out its sixth win in eight games.
Mitch Moreland, Nelson Cruz and Geovany Soto also homered for the...
Josh Beckett had another dreadful outing in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Texas.
Beckett surrendered eight runs, including three homers, on eight hits and two walks with just two strikeouts. He continued the annoying trend of Red Sox starters' inability to perform in the 1st inning, as he walked the leadoff hitter, and allowed a steal and a bunt single before giving up a triple...
In a trend that began last postseason, the Texas Rangers have had little trouble beating the Detroit Tigers.
They seem poised to continue that success now that Scott Feldman is suddenly pitching dominant ball.
Feldman looks to win his seventh straight decision in Friday night's series opener between the AL West-leading Rangers and visiting Tigers.
After a day off following...
The past 2 seasons the Texas Rangers have been the AL’s representative in the World Series. The Rangers have lost both of those World Series. This offseason it seemed that the rival LA Angels were tired of watching the playoffs and decided to do something about that by throwing huge money at Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. The Rangers countered the Angels huge moves...
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Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54)
Another game, another day of fans analyzing and bemoaning Ron Washington’s lineup. Craig Gentry and Mike Napoli were absent from the starting lineup in favor of David Murphy and Geovany Soto. Murphy’s swinging a hot bat right now, and Soto hasn’t had a ton of AL at bats yet, so I kind of get it. I think most people are just wondering when Michael Young is going to get...
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Well, we knew the Sox were not going to sweep the Rangers as their 2-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
The game remained score-less until the 6th inning when Ian Kinsler singled in David Murphy, followed by a single from Hamilton that drove in Kinsler to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. The Rangers scored 2 again in...