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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
The Rangers had scored only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors, and all six losses came at home.
Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot onto the hill in straightaway center field on an 0-2 pitch from Jesse Chavez (1-1) in the fifth. Cruz thrust his right arm into the air and shouted out while rounding the bases on his 18th homer of the season. It came right after Pierzynski's RBI double and put the Rangers up 7-6.
Cruz added a run-scoring double in the seventh and matched his season high with four RBIs.
Oakland, which entered the four-game series opener with a three-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West, wiped out an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run fourth ignited by a bizarre play.
Neal Cotts (3-1) went 2 1-3 perfect inn...
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ARLINGTON, Texas It will take more than three stitches to keep the Rangers' Ian Kinsler out of a game.
Kinsler, who just returned from the disabled list over the weekend, suffered a cut on the left side of his face after a home plate collision in the third inning Tuesday.
Kinsler was cut by the mask of Oakland catcher John Jason when he scored from second on a single to center...
ARLINGTON, Texas It had been a while since the Rangers' bullpen had to protect a lead, but the Rangers' relief staff showed no signs of rust in Monday's 8-7 win over Oakland.
The bullpen retired the first 16 batters faced and helped the Rangers' offense, which finally showed some life, reclaim the lead for good.
"They settled it down and gave us a chance to...
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers have made a pair of roster moves, putting Jeff Baker on the disabled list and optioned first baseman Chris McGuiness to Round Rock.
To take the roster spots, the team has recalled left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz and catcher Robinson Chirinos.
Baker is on the DL with a sprained right thumb. The move is retroactive to June 13. Baker hurt the thumb...
ARLINGTON, Texas Lance Berkman and his achy knees feel fine physically.
His bat is another story.
Berkman was out of the Texas lineup for a second-consecutive day Monday as manager Ron Washington wanted to give his designated hitter a chance to get some rest.
Berkman is using the time to work on his mechanics.
"I felt pretty good in terms of not having a lot of pain, but...
ARLINGTON, Texas Some pitchers on the mend are making progress for the Texas Rangers but that's not the case for all of them.
Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando, who is on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is still being slowed and has not been able to throw a bullpen yet.
"I still have a little inflammation in my shoulder," Ogando said. "It&...
ARLINGTON, Texas Making a change for change's sake almost never works, but what the Rangers have been doing for six games isn't working, either.
The Rangers lost their sixth game in a row Sunday mainly because of a stagnant offense. The temptation is to shake things up, but manager Ron Washington would rather dig in and trust that things will turn around naturally.
The low point of that high five for Jeff Baker is a trip to the 15-day disabled list.
The Texas Rangers placed the utilityman on the DL with a sprained right thumb on Tuesday, five days after an over-exuberant high five from an unidentified teammate.
''It's frustrating when something is out of your control and it's non-baseball related,'' Baker said. '...
Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is back on the field with stitches on his face and blood on his jersey after a vicious collision at home plate.
The start of the fourth inning of Tuesday night's game against Oakland was delayed for several minutes while Kinsler was getting treatment.
When Kinsler slid feet-first into home in the bottom of the third, his helmet came...
Doing his best hockey player imitation, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to the game after receiving stitches following a violent collision at home plate that left his face bloodied. The collision occurred during the third inning of the team’s game against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday when Kinsler slid feet-first on a single [...]The post Like a hockey player...
The Texas Rangers need some help. They were leading the American League West for much of the early part of the season, and it looked like they would run away with the division. Now though, the Rangers are two games behind the first place Oakland A's. Help may not be coming for the offense very soon, but the bullpen could get some relief soon. Joakim Soria is on his way...
Although the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders dropped their first game of the second half on Tuesday, rehabbing first baseman Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.
As amazing as the 2012 season was, the excitement that surrounded that final home stand when the A’s finally took over the division lead from the Rangers on the final game of the season, their 2013 path towards a postseason appearance is shaping out to be more of a statement season than the surprising Cinderella tale. My guess, most A’s fans will gladly trade the anxiety filled...
Chien-Ming Wang won for the first time in more than a year, Colby Rasmus homered for a third straight game, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a four-game sweep by beating the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
The Rangers lost their sixth in a row and fell to 1-6 on a season-high, 11-game homestand. Texas has dropped six straight for the first time since...
The A’s opened a pivotal four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers on Monday with an 8-7 loss.
Both starting pitchers were shaky on the night, as Dan Straily and Nick Tepesch were hit around and ultimately earned no decisions for their efforts.
A.J. Pierzynski banged a two-run home run off the foul pole in the second against Straily, putting Texas up 2-0. The next inning...