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The Texas Rangers waited for Roy Oswalt for quite some time this past offseason. The free agent pitcher appeared close to signing with multiple teams on numerous occasions, before deciding he would wait until after the start of the 2012 MLB season to join a new team. And after finally deciding to sign with the Rangers, it appears as if both parties could be regretting that decision. The 34-year-old starter has not pitched that well after signing a pro-rated deal worth roughly $4 million this season. Although the Rangers are 4-2 in his six starts this season, Oswalt posted an ERA of 6.49, which caused the team to move him to the bullpen. It is safe to say that move did not sit well with Oswalt, who chose to not come out for another inning of relief on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. “I’m a starter,” Oswalt said. “I’m not really a bullpen guy. Well, I mean we’re 4-2 in the games I started. I guess I should’ve been 6-0. Two bad ones and won four of them so … I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. It wasn’t my decision. I’m down there to throw when they need me, I guess.” That, for obvious reasons, did not sit well with Texas manager Ron Washington. “He said he couldn’t go any further,” Washington said. “He said he had enough. To get any more, you have to ask [Oswalt].” Oswalt has pitched in two relief appearances for the Rangers since being moved to the bullpen, and he has not allowed a run in a total of four innings. While he has pitched better since being removed from the rotation due to the acquisition of Ryan Dempster, clearly he is not happy. And that is causing the Rangers to have a similar feeling toward him. “Roy prefers to start,” general manager Jon Daniels said following Sunday’s game. “We had a call to make and did what we thought was best for the club. As we all know, things can change. Right now, we’re happy with how things set up, but we understand his point of view.” As things stand now, he may be the only one who is happy.    

Yu Darvish’s Bad Command Comparables

Last night, Yu Darvish took the mound against the Red Sox, and not surprisingly, he racked up a lot of walks and strikeouts. This is a common trend for Darvish, who has ended 39.6% of opposing plate appearances with a walk, hit batter, or a strikeout. Darvish is the kind of pitcher who succeeds or fails on his own, relying less on his defense than just about any other pitcher in...

Dempster gets first W as a Ranger

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...

Royals 7, Rangers 6(10)

Errors by Alberto Gonzalez and Mike Olt in a three-pitch span allowed the tiebreaking run to score in the 10th inning, giving the Kansas City Royals a 7-6 victory over the slumping Texas Rangers on Sunday. With the score 6-6, Michael Kirkman (0-2) walked Billy Butler leading off the 10th. Gonzalez, who entered in the ninth when Elvis Andrus left because of a sore shoulder, booted...

Around the Diamond Preview: Tigers, strange games, Texas Rangers, Oakland A’s

Tonight (Monday at 9PM ET, 8PM CT) Tony, Adam and Scott take a look at the past week of MLB action. Here is what’s on tap for tonight! “Untweetworthy!”-Tigers sweep the Tribe, ending the series with a 5-run, 10th inning off of Cleveland closer Chris Perez. “Strange Games, Indeed”-Angels-Rangers (Wednesday night finish) and Indians-Tigers (Sunday finish). “Welcome To...

Memorable sports moment of the week – Nolan Ryan scraps Robin Ventura

19 years ago yesterday on August 4, 1993, Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura charged the mound to retaliate against legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan for being hit in the ribs by a fastball at Arlington Stadium in Texas. Never … Continue reading →

Holland struggles, poor defense costly in 10th

Derek Holland gave up two runs right away in the 1st inning, and I tried not to panic.  Holland believes he’s pitching well, and I waited for him to show me that. I’m still waiting. OK, so Dutch did have a few good innings.  But they were few and far between.  Between innings when he was giving up runs.  And home runs.  It was just not Derek’s day.  And the interview...

How we see it goin' down: Rangers - Sox series

First Pitch: Monday 7:10, Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 1:35 Arms: Monday: Yu Darvish, RHP (11-7, 4.38 ERA) vs. Aaron Cook, RHP (2-5, 5.24 ERA) Tuesday: Ryan Dempster, RHP (0-0, 15.43 ERA) vs. Jon Lester, LHP (5-9, 5.36 ERA) Wednesday: Matt Harrison, LHP (13-6, 3.17 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett , RHP (5-9, 4.54 ERA)                                          ...

Jon Lester, Ryan Dempster Enter Matchup With Wildly Different Experiences in Recent Run Support (Video)

Jon Lester and Ryan Dempster lived very different lives their last time out on the mound. Lester, on one hand, pitched great but was dealt a hard-luck loss. Dempster, on the other, got shelled but then bailed out by his teammates, earning a no-decision while the Rangers ultimately won. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is rooting for Dempster's struggles to continue in the American...

Sox Offense Beats Up on Darvish in Win!

The Red Sox just came off a very disappointing series against the Twins and were set to face the red hot Rangers and their new phenom pitcher Yu Darvish.  The Sox had Aaron Cook on the mound who in his last few outings has started well, but ended the games by giving up homeruns and often.  So, would the Sox even have a chance?  They would and would end up winning with ease. Cook...

Recap: Inconsistency continues

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) 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...

Red Sox Finish Homestand with a Series against Texas Rangers

The Red Sox are finishing up a disappointing post trade deadline homestand against the Texas Rangers, and as of now they are almost out of time to make a last minute push for a playoff spot. The Fact that they have the 1st place Rangers for the next three games makes the task all that [...]

08-06 Mark McLemore

Texas Rangers Television Analyst Mark McLemore joins Fox Sports Tonight to discuss the latest with the Rangers and the recent aquisition of Ryan Dempster to their pitching rotation.
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