Found March 30, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Texas Rangers released first baseman Brad Hawpe. The 32-year-old Hawpe was cut loose after he refused to accept a demotion to the minor leagues. He appeared in 62 games with the San Diego Padres last season, batting .231 with four home runs and 19 RBIs. Hawpe had four consecutive seasons (2006-09) with at least 22 home runs and drove in a career-high 116 RBIs in 2007 with the Colorado Rockies.

Josh Hamilton is a Douchebag

I don't really remember what I was looking for on YouTube when I found it, but, man...I sure am glad I stumbled on this Josh Hamilton video.We already know that the Texas Rangers superstar is a stud on the field but off of it?  BAM!  Dude's a little bit of a douchebag.Then again, this is the same cat who apologized for his "relapse" wearing a backwards cap and...

2012 season preview: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers had a 2011 season nearly identical to their 2010: winning the AL West, and then winning the AL pennant. Clear as mud. Unfortunately, the seasons ended the same way too: with a World Series loss to an NL club that got into the playoffs on the season’s last day. Texas returns the nearly identical lineup this season as they had in 2011, with the exception of Josh...

Rangers release Brad Hawpe

The Texas Rangers have released Brad Hawpe, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Hawpe signed a minor league deal with the Rangers back in January that would have paid him $1mm if he had made them team. Last season in 62 games for the Padres, Hawpe hit .231 in 195 at-bats while hitting only four homeruns and driving in 19 runs. His .231 avg, .301 OBP and .344 SLG were all...

Rangers’ Robbie Ross Vying for Bullpen Role

As spring training winds down, the Texas Rangers bullpen is still in flux. In particular, Robbie Ross is chasing a left-handed reliever role that current Toronto Blue Jay — and one of the game’s better relievers — Darren Oliver once had. At present, Ross is competing with Michael Kirkman for the job, which is of interest because Texas might employ only one lefty in its bullpen...

Holland surrenders 2 homers in Rangers win

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Derek Holland thought he pitched pretty well, even though his line didn't look so good. Holland yielded two-run homers by Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler, but the Texas Rangers rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals in 10 innings on Wednesday night. "Just a couple of pitches got away from me," Holland said. "I'm still...

Darvish to face Ichiro, Mariners in debut

Texas Rangers righthander Yu Darvish will make his major league debut on April 9 against the Seattle Mariners. The first batter faced by the Japanese pitching sensation is likely to be countryman Ichiro Suzuki. The 26-year-old Darvish signed a six-year, $60 million contract in January after the Rangers posted a $51.7 million posting fee just to negotiate with him. In seven seasons...

Darvish gives up 4 runs in 1st major league inning

Yu Darvish is off to a rough start in his much-anticipated major league debut for the Texas Rangers. Darvish walked Seattle leadoff hitter Chone Figgins on four pitches. Before Figgins hit into a first inning-ending groundout, the Mariners already had four runs and four hits. Two-time defending American League champion Texas in January committed more than $107 million, including...

Rest of the AL West: Texas Rangers

The start of the most anticipated LA Angels regular season literally ever is right around the corner.  I'm excited.  You're excited.  We are all excited.  You know who isn't excited?  The rest of the AL West.  The other teams in the division all have their own hopes and expectations going into this season, but I like to think that they are all at least slightly...

Darvish strikes out 11, Rangers top Rockies

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish did just fine without a scouting report on the Colorado Rockies. He struck out 11 in six innings in a 5-3 victory over the Rockies on Friday night. He allowed three runs and six hits and walked one. Jason Giambi hit a two-run home run, his first of the spring, off Darvish in the second inning. Both Giambi and Todd...

Harrison fans seven, Rangers halted by Giants

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Two of the three hits Matt Cain allowed left the park Thursday night. In the end, it didn't matter. Cain allowed two runs in seven innings and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat Texas 6-2, snapping the Rangers' three-game winning streak. "I threw some good sliders and threw some bad ones," said Cain, who has allowed four earned runs...

Rangers 5, Rockies 3

Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish struck out 11 and allowed three runs in six innings in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night in his final spring start in Arizona. Jason Giambi hit a two-run home run, his first of the spring, off Darvish in the second inning. Giambi and Todd Helton each doubled off Darvish, who will be the No. 4 starter in the Rangers rotation...

Rangers 7, Royals 6(10)

Right fielder Nelson Cruz left the Texas Rangers' 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals with a bruised right hand. Cruz was hit by a pitch from Luke Hochevar in the third inning Wednesday night. The 2011 ALCS MVP hit 29 homers last year but was sidelined for 29 games because of a strained left hamstring and strained right quadriceps muscle. Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler each...

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish strong in final start

Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish was strong in his final start of spring training in the Cactus league. The Rangers had hoped to increase his work load in his final start and the mission was accomplished. Darvish pitched six innings, allowed six hits, one walk and three earned runs but he also struck struck out 11 while facing the Colorado Rockies. The high priced acquisition...

Rangers Minor League Notes (3/27)

SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Surprise complex was busy on Tuesday night with four simultaneous minor league games between the Texas Rangers' and Kansas City Royals' affiliates. Lone Star Dugout has notes and observations from the games.
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