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(Eds: APNewsNow. ) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Not surprisingly, the Texas Rangers have hit fewer home runs without suspended All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz in their lineup.
Despite that, he AL West leaders are scoring more runs, and are 12-3 without him.
The Rangers have scored an MLB-best 6.3 runs per game since Aug. 5, the day Cruz was among 13 players disciplined by Major League Baseball after its drug investigation into the Biogenesis clinic in Florida.
While they've hit half as many homers a game as they had with Cruz, they've stolen twice as many bases. They were scoring 4.6 runs per game when they lost Cruz for the rest of the regular season.
Texas is a season-high 21 games over .500 with a 2 1/2 -game division lead on Oakland.
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credit photo to David Banks/Getty Images Ian Kinsler led the Texas Rangers to a season-high five home runs Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. Kinsler was the only Ranger home run not to leave yard as he sent a Chris Sale pitch down left field line that turn into the most exciting play of the night. Kinsler had some help when the baseball rolled into the drainage track...
Yesterday, while bugging a friend of mine to come hang out instead of watching his favorite MLS team play, I received the following text message: “Please! You are the guy who watches a sport which doesn’t have a time limit. My game will be over soon.”
Well, he does have a point. As George Carlin once said while comparing football and baseball, “Football is rigidly timed,...
The Texas Rangers completed the trade for Matt Garza Friday by sending right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs.
Ramirez has spent the entire season at Double A Frisco, going 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA. He led the Texas League in strikeouts with 127. He will remain in Double A with the Cubs, who have assigned him to Double-A Tennessee.
When the trade was made, Ramirez was...
ARLINGTON, Texas Houston rookie Max Stassi will remember his first career RBI for all the wrong reasons.
Stassi, who was called up by Houston Tuesday, was sent to an area hospital Wednesday night after he was hit in the shoulder and face by a 96-mph fastball from Tanner Scheppers in the eighth inning.
Stassi was bleeding when he left the game and was scheduled to spend the night...
Texas Rangers' pitcher Alexi Ogando, who last pitched on August 13, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder.
As reported by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Ogando was placed on the disabled list because it was determined by the Rangers that he would miss more than one start. He is eligible to come off the DL on August 29. ...
On this day in 2007, the baseball world saw a beating like it had never seen before. The Texas Rangers defeated the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, setting a record for the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
The Rangers trailed, 3-0, then scored, to the shock of even their own fans, 30 unanswered runs.
It was the first time since 1900, thought of as the beginning of the...
The Rangers have sent right-hander Neil Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade that brought right-hander Matt Garza to Texas last month.
The deal was completed Friday, after the Cubs had claimed Ramirez off waivers. The pitcher was assigned to Double-A Tennessee.
Ramirez led the Double-A Texas League with 127 strikeouts and was 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 21 starts for Frisco...
With the Texas Rangers, it has not really been a matter of if they would make a move for the strangle-hold of the American League West, it was a matter of when.
Now that we are in the dog days of summer, it is clear that the Rangers have picked August to be the month where they made their move. They are 15-4 this month, including an 8-game winning streak during the heart of August...
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers added some infield depth by signing infielder Brendan Harris to a minor-league deal.
The Rangers assigned Harris to Triple A Round Rock.
Texas is the third organization Harris has been with this season. He was on the Los Angeles Angels Opening Day roster before being designated for assignment in July. He signed a minor-league deal with the New...
It is game one in a three game series with the Texas Rangers. Chris Sale has the office duties today.
Grab some bench and a coffee and see you soon
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Rangers – (He Gone)(He Gone)(He Gone)
Sox – De Aza(single), Beckham(Hang Woof’em), Ramirez(single to shallow right,De Aza to second), Konerko(Hang Woof’em), Dunn(He Gone),
No matter how quickly the right shoulder of Alexi Ogando heals the fifth spot in the Texas Rangers’ rotation will remain an uncertainty the rest of the season.
Travis Blackley got the first crack Tuesday at replacing Ogando who has hit the disabled list for a third time and the left-hander kept the game close against his former team the Houston Astros.
Being within striking distance...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ian Kinsler raced around the bases for a bizarre inside-the-park homer and Adam Rosales had a conventional two-run shot, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 11-5 on Friday night.
The AL West-leading Rangers (75-53) had five homers in all while winning for the 19th time in 23 games to move a season-high 22 games over .500. Jeff Baker and pinch hitter...
Derek Holland reached deep into the file of Things That Should Never Happen in the seventh inning Wednesday night.
The left-hander opened the frame by allowing a single that grazed his forearm and then walked the next two batters all while nursing a two-run lead over the worst team in baseball.
Somehow the Texas Rangers emerged with the lead.
Then Tanner Scheppers dipped into...
Elvis Andrus had never stepped up to bat with a fifth infielder staring in at him. He still knew exactly what he wanted to do when it happened to him for the first time Wednesday night.
With the bases loaded and one out - and with Astros left fielder Chris Carter moved in to play first base - Andrus sent a ball soaring into left-center field for sacrifice fly that scored pinch runner...