Found April 17, 2013 on
Fox Sports Southwest:
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Texas Rangers are getting accustomed to this cold, damp weather.
The game between the Rangers and Chicago Cubs scheduled for Wednesday night was rained out. It was postponed two hours before it was supposed to start at Wrigley Field.
No makeup date was announced. The teams are set to play Thursday afternoon.
"(Tuesday) night wasn't bad, just a little chilly but we're in Chicago and we're going to have to put up with that," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "We've kind of dealt with it the last few games anyways."
It might've been more than "a little chilly." The gametime temperature Tuesday night was 39 degrees with the wind blowing in off nearby Lake Michigan.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said it was worse the conditions he's felt crosstown at U.S. Cellular Field, where the White Sox.
"I can tell you what, we've been on the south side when it's cold, but it's not the same cold on the north side," Washington said.
Texas opened the interleague series with a 4-2 win.
Before Wednesday, the Rangers had played their last five games with the temperatures below 50 degrees, including four at Seattle's Safeco Field. So, for a warm-weather team, Texas is rather well-versed in ways to beat low temperatures and tough conditions.
The Rangers will skip Wednesday's scheduled starter, Justin Grimm, in favor of Alexi Ogando on Thursday.
Yu Darvish will pitch Friday against Seattle regardless of Thursday's weather. Grimm will pitch Sunday and Tuesday's winner, Derek Holland, will open the Rangers' set Monday with the Los Angeles Angels.
And if the Chicago weather continues to be a problem, there are a few Rangers who know how to deal with the raw conditions.
The Rangers have former Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, along with ex-Cubs Geovany Soto and Jeff Baker. The three spent parts of a combined 20 years in Chicago, and certainly experienced some miserable April days.
"The thing you keep coming back to is that both teams are playing in it," said Baker, who spent parts of four years with the Cubs. "Yeah, you're probably not going to have your great individual performance that day but at the same time all that matters is beating that other team and going out there and scoring more runs."
Moreland said he was told to expect what the Rangers are getting.
"That's the way it is in Chicago this time of the year," Moreland said. "That's part of it."
That isn't to say the conditions are pleasant at Wrigley. Baker remembered that last season he didn't wear short sleeves under his jersey until June at Wrigley.
His mindset, however, never changed. It was always about winning and trying to block out the raw weather.
"If you look at it that way, it keeps you sane and you don't focus on how miserable it is," Baker said.
Even with the weather, the rare trip to Wrigley was still a special one for many Rangers.
"You're going to deal with that," Moreland said. "The Wrigley part of it kind of overshadows the weather."
NOTES: The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 interleague games. They've won their last six series against NL teams since losing two out of three to Florida in July 2011. ... Former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was at Wrigley Field before Wednesday's game for a visit. He is currently a free agent.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Generally speaking, I'm of the notion that the loss of a starting pitcher for anything less than a couple months does not have that large an impact on a team. However, if that starting pitcher is the missing piece that can turn a rotation from being top-five in the league to number one overall, things change. Neftali Feliz has been on the disabled list since the start of...
Rangers veteran Lance Berkman went on a bizarre rant against nearly every baseball purist’s version of baseball heaven–Wrigley Field.
What exactly is Berkman’s beef with the stadium is a bit of a mystery, but it’s clear he’s got something against the place. As reported by Yahoo Sports when reporters asked the long time former Astro what it meant to play in Wrigley...
The Rangers begin a series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday and DH Lance Berkman didn't mince words when providing his thoughts on the stadium.
Lance Berkman doesn't like to bite his tongue and many enjoy that aspect of the opinionated Texas Rangers designated hitter. However, many can easily become annoyed by Berkman's words.
After reading Berkman's comments from Monday, it's unlikely that he's going to win over any Chicago Cubs fans.
The Rangers begin a three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers are getting involved in efforts to help in the aftermath of a fertilizer plant explosion. Rangers officials say donations of essential items for the victims and residents of West will be accepted before each of game of their series against Seattle, from Friday through Sunday. There will also be a blood drive at the stadium Sunday. ...
Wrigley Field may be one of the most historic ballparks in North America, but Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman hardly cares for the nostalgia. The Rangers are beginning a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, and Berkman has made it clear that he is not looking forward to the visit.
“If they’re looking for a guy to push the button when they blow...
Another day has come and gone and yet fans of both the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals are still talking about the possibility of trading Jurickson Profar for Oscar Taveras. This rumor first came to light via the internet a few days ago and has yet to be extinguished by either team. As Rangers fans collectively hold their breath, hoping that they do not decide to trade...
The Texas Rangers are optimistic that they’ll be able to
trade Julio Borbon prior to today’s deadline, and the Baltimore Orioles remain “very
interested” in the outfielder, according
to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Ghiroli notes that the O’s and Rangers have held ongoing
discussions regarding Borbon. While Texas seeks pitching in exchange for the
MLB News: Jeff Beliveau was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday for cash considerations. He was then optioned to Tripla-A Durham.
Fantasy Ramifications: None.
The post Tampa Bay Rays Acquires Jeff Beliveau From Texas Rangers appeared first on Fantasy Sports Player Rankings - Baseball and Football - FFLockerRoom.com.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Derek Holland pitched seven shutout innings, Adrian Beltre hit a two-run home run, and Craig Gentry made a diving catch in the ninth to end the game and preserve the Texas Rangers' 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night at a cold Wrigley Field.
Holland (1-1) at one point retired nine straight against the Cubs, who have lost three straight games. The Rangers...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Three Notable Texas League Peformances
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Double-A Texas League
3. Today’s Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
4. Today’s Game Odds, Translated into Winning Percentages
Three Notable Texas League Peformances
The leaderboards for the Double-A Texas League are...
On the road again: Mariners vs. Rangers Game 1 Preview
Mariners LH Joe Saunders (1-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.75)
Saunders is 3-7 with a 5.79 ERA in 12 career starts against Texas. Darvish is 10-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 14 starts at home last season.
Five days after they gained a split of a four-game series at Safeco Field, the Texas Rangers return home to...