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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau drove in two runs each, Francisco Liriano pitched around six walks and the Minnesota Twins handed the Texas Rangers their season-high fifth straight loss with a 5-1 win Friday night.
Liriano (3-7) allowed five hits and one run with six strikeouts in 6 23 innings, and the Rangers scored two runs or fewer for the fourth time in five games.
The Twins touched Rangers rookie left-hander Martin Perez (1-1) for four runs in first four innings, but two were unearned after first baseman Mike Napoli misplayed a popup.
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton left the game with back spasms soon after misplaying Brian Dozier's fly ball for a three-base error and making a long throw from the warning track in the fifth inning.
Mauer drove in his two runs on a single that scored the only earned run in a three-run third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Justin Morneau had an RBI single in the third and hit his 11th home run on a line drive into t...
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When Francisco Liriano shut down the Athletics in his return to the starting rotation, many dismissed it as just one start, and one against the Athletics at that. Instead, Liriano has taken that start and ran with it, and six starts later he looks reborn. There could hardly be a bigger difference between Liriano’s first five starts and his last seven:
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Something about the Minnesota Twins' three-run lead Thursday just didn't feel safe. The Twins should have been up by several more runs, and although left-handed starter Scott Diamond put together another quality start, trouble seemed imminent.Sure enough, the Tigers posted one run each in the fourth and fifth innings and trailed by only a run entering the bottom of the eighth...
By JEFF MEZYDLO,
STATS Senior WriterA season-high five-game losing streak might not be the only major concern facing the Texas Rangers.Back spasms could keep slugger Josh Hamilton out of the lineup Saturday night when the AL West-leading Rangers look to get back on track against the visiting Minnesota Twins.The leading vote-getter for next week's All-Star game, Hamilton is considered...
Eight is enough for the Texas Rangers. When Major League Baseball's Final Man Vote was done Thursday, Yu Darvish was headed to the All-Star Game in Kansas City thanks to 7.3 million online votes. Darvish becomes the eighth Ranger on the team. Darvish beat the Chicago White Sox's Jake Peavy for the last spot on the AL squad. Darvish joins Mike Napoli, Ian Kinsler, Adrian...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton is in the Texas Rangers' lineup after leaving Friday's game in the fifth inning with lower back spasms.
Hamilton is the designated hitter for Saturday night's matchup with the Minnesota Twins. Manager Ron Washington says he initially had Hamilton on the bench, but put him in the lineup after the slugger said...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has left a game against the Minnesota Twins with lower back spasms.
The leading vote-getter for the All-Star game was seen on television replays reaching for his back after making a long throw from the warning track when he dropped a fly ball for a three-base error Friday night.
Hamilton finished the fifth inning after the...
Single-A Hickory pitchers Will Lamb and Nick McBride combined to toss a one-hitter in front of a sellout crowd at L.P. Frans Stadium on July 4. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Yu Darvish was elected by fan vote to the 2012 All Star game, which really shouldn’t be a reason to hurl around racist remarks, but leave it to the lonely people that inhabit the depths of Twitter to make this in to an oppourtunity to show the world their true colors.
Don’t be pissed that Yu Darvish is a Japanese rock star and you’re nothing more than a Twitter hack, Dan Sleezer...
Yu Darvish is going to the All-Star game, but he won't throw another pitch until then.
It'll be up to fellow rookie Martin Perez to help the AL West-leading Texas Rangers avoid their longest slide in more than a year as they open a three-game series with the visiting Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
This contest was originally scheduled to be started by Darvish, who Thursday...
Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese were picked for the All-Star Game in the online Final Vote fan balloting, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. Darvish became the eighth member of the Rangers to be named to the All-Star team by beating out Chicago's Jake Peavy, Baltimore's Jason Hammel, Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton...
Trevor Plouffe as a Poor-Man's Jose Bautista
Plouffe was hitting .138 on May 15, and since then has hit 18 home runs, giving him 19 on the year. He qualifies at shortstop, among other places and has an .873 OPS despite the slow start. In 192 Triple-A at-bats in 2010, Plouffe had a 1.019 OPS with 15 HR, so the power surge wasn't entirely out of nowhere. Even last year...