Posted June 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
PLAYERS: Matt Harrison
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison left Sunday night's start after five scoreless innings against Colorado because of soreness in his left hip. Harrison was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister, who determined that the problem was caused by lower back tightness on the pitcher's left side. Harrison will be evaluated further over the next couple of days. Harrison left with a 4-0 lead and was in line for his 10th victory over the season. When Harrison came into the dugout after the fifth inning, he could be seen talking with manager Ron Washington and pitching coach Mike Maddux. The left-hander was clearly pleading his case that he felt fine and wanted to keep pitching. Rookie lefty Robbie Ross took over on the mound to start the sixth.

Rangers fan does the worm after catching HR

A Texas Rangers fan celebrated his catch of a three-run home run by Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz by doing "the worm" during Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Your browser does not support iframes. In the bottom of the fifth, the fan made his way onto the grassy area behind center field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and reached over the railing to...

Rangers stay calm despite offensive woes

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have won seven games in a row, but for once the offense isn't leading the way. The Rangers are hitting .280 as a team with 40 runs scored during the winning streak, but they are hitting just .258 over their last 15 games. If you're looking for manager Ron Washington to juggle the lineup, keep looking. "No doubt about it," Washington...

Hamilton hoping to break out of slump

ARLINGTON, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington had one word of advice for struggling slugger Josh Hamilton: patience. "That don't mean stop swinging the bat," Washington said. "It's just, start recognizing and swinging at strikes. Start thinking a little bit." Hamilton struck out four times in an 0-for-5 outing Saturday, on the heels of Friday'...

Rangers' record 22nd sellout, pass 1.5M attendance

The Texas Rangers have surpassed 1.5 million in attendance with their franchise-record 22nd sellout of the season. With an announced crowd of 45,407 for Sunday night's game against Colorado, the Rangers have a total home attendance of 1,532,530 in 35 dates. It is the fastest the team has reached that mark. In 1994, the strike-shortened season that Rangers Ballpark opened, the...

Texas Rangers fan does worm after catching home run (Video)

During Saturday's Rockies/Rangers affair in Arlington, one Rangers fan who reeled in a Nelson Cruz home run ball in the fifth inning was a little excited to say the least. Watch as he does the worm in celebration after catching the three-run homer: Your browser does not support iframes. (Courtesy of Holdout Sports)

Despite stiff back, Rangers' Harrison expected to make next start

There may be only one thing that could prevent left-hander Matt Harrison from making his first All-Star team. That would be Harrison himself. On Sunday, Harrison demonstrated just how fragile his All-Star bid could be by pitching five shutout innings in Texas' 4-2 win over Colorado and then leaving with a slightly stiff back. The five innings put him in position to tie...

Rangers’ big rally comes up short

I was surprised and delighted to find I actually got to watch today’s game.  It was on in the afternoon, and I don’t live in the Dallas market, so I figured I’d be blacked out of the broadcast.  Not so.  Of course, maybe I shouldn’t be posting that … FSSW and MLB might catch on and fix it.  Oops. At first, I wasn’t sure I should be glad I got to watch the game as...

Minor Accomplishments for Week 11

The Rangers have promoted two pitchers from their minor league ranks to fill openings in the big league rotation.  Familiar fantasy face, Roy Oswalt, is one of the two.  The other is 23-year-old Justin Grimm, who debuted last week and was rather effective.  Grimm was having a nice campaign in Double-A — nothing eye-popping, but he was among the most efficient pitchers in the...

Grimm struggles in Rangers' loss to Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Rick Porcello struck out seven in six innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Monday night. After their first 12 batters, the Tigers had already roughed up Rangers rookie right-hander Justin Grimm (1-1) for six runs and eight hits. They had only five runs and 15 hits while losing...

Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: June 23, 2012: Roy Oswalt Returns, Jason Hammel Shines

Just when everyone thought the Texas Rangers could not get any stronger – they do. The team is riding their second longest winning streak of the season and continues to pace the AL West. By adding SP Roy Oswalt on a low-risk contract, Nolan Ryan’s squad looks like the favorite to play in the October Classic. As for Oswalt, he made his debut for Texas on Friday, June 22, 2012...

Tigers pounce on Grimm

Remember last night when I said I was excited to watch Justin Grimm pitch? I quickly changed my mind about that. Poor Grimm.  His debut was so lovely, but the Tigers are not the same as the Astros, apparently.  Tonight, Grimm allowed five uns on seven hits in the first inning.   Yep.  It was looking ugly.  I’m really not even sure why Ron Washington sent him back out there...

Padres place Bass on disabled list

Righty Anthony Bass went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. The 24-year-old Bass departed his last start against the Texas Rangers after 60 pitches last Wednesday afternoon due to an inflamed right shoulder. He received medication in hopes that the inflammation would allow him to make his next start. Bass said he expects to return to the rotation when eligible around the All...

BP Unfiltered: Casey Kotchman and Mike Napoli Chase History by R.J. Anderson

Are you a fan of witnessing baseball history? If so then start rooting against Casey Kotchman and Mike Napoli getting hits. That’s because Kotchman and Napoli would become the first players since 2002 to sandwich a season of hitting .300 between two seasons with sub-.250 batting averages. To date, 14 players have accomplished the feat: Player ...

Tigers-Rangers Preview

Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello has struggled in the past against the Texas Rangers, with Josh Hamilton doing some of that damage this year. Porcello's worst career regular-season ERA against an AL opponent is the work of the high-scoring Rangers heading into the opener of a three-game set Monday night in Arlington. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 12.27 ERA in three outings...
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