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A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs off birthday boy Jeremy Hellickson and the Texas Rangers held on for a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay when Joe Nathan got his 300th career save on a disputed game-ending strike.
After Ben Zobrist took a full-count pitch, a breaking ball that appeared to be low and outside, he started toward first base and even Nathan appeared to anticipate a ball being called. But home plate umpire Marty Foster then called strike three, though he later admitted he was wrong.
''I saw the pitch and of course don't have the chance to do it again,'' Foster told a pool reporter after the game. ''But had I had a chance to do it again, I wouldn't call that pitch a strike.''
Zobrist put both hands on his helmet and took it off in disbelief. Manager Joe Maddon argued with Foster and the other umpires for several minutes after the game ended.
Soon after that Maddon tweeted, ''That can't happen in a...
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ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers made the move that was expected Tuesday, designating outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment to make room for Tuesday starter Nick Tepesch.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright Borbon to the minor leagues.
"I'm biased," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "I'm around him (Borbon) all the time. I&...
ARLINGTON, Texas While rookie pitcher Nick Tepesch was the big story Tuesday night for the Rangers, another young player also took a big step in the 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.
Center fielder Leonys Martin had his first multi-hit game of the season. Hitting out of the No. 9 spot in the order, Martin was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.
"He's been swinging the bat...
ARLINGTON, Texas Nearly untouchable just five days ago, Yu Darvish was done in by a blister Sunday.
Darvish left after five innings against the Angels because of a blister on his right ring finger. It was Darvish's first start since retiring the first 26 batters against the Astros on Tuesday.
Rangers officials said the blister does not appear to be serious. Previously, Darvish...
ARLINGTON, Texas Joe Nathan's 300th career save is one he'll remember for a lot more than it making him just the 24th member of the 300 club.
He'll also remember it because it came on a final pitch that should have been ball four.
Nathan got the benefit of a call on a full-count pitch to Ben Zobrist to preserve a 5-4 Texas victory over Tampa Bay Monday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers may not have been able to answer the impossible question of whether or not they play in a baseball town this weekend.
But they did find out that their offense can still put up runs despite the absence of Josh Hamilton. They did find out that their new bullpen has some strong arms, as Tanner Scheppers stole the show Sunday night. The question...
Joe Nathan has been one of the better pitchers in the business for much of hid career, and when he entered the ninth inning with a two run cushion he was looking at the chance to notch career save No. 300.
It wasn't the cleanest of innings. He did give up a pair of hits and a run, but when Ben Zobrist came up to bat for the Rays Joe was one out away from earning the save and...
The Rangers are en route to winning their third series of the season. It’s hard not to be happy about that. In fact, with the exception of the first game (and Derek Lowe and Michael Kirkman), the team has looked pretty solid.
I knew nothing about Nick Tepesch going into tonight’s game. As I mentioned before, I was a little out of commission during spring training, so I...
Sunday was supposed to be a day where two AL West rival teams showcased their stud pitchers in hopes of what could be a preview of a post season playoff game in just a few short months. The Los Angeles Angels pitted Jared Weaver against the Texas Rangers, and not only did they get banged up in the box score, but they were both physically beaten up as well.
Weaver who tossed five...
The Texas Rangers clinched their three-game home-opening series even with Yu Darvish being far from perfect.
Lance Berkman, David Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered for Texas in a 7-3 victory over Josh Hamilton and the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.
Darvish (2-0) came within one out of a perfect game in his first start five days earlier at Houston, but trailed the...
Johnny Manziel, the Heisman trophy winner, is at the Texas Rangers game against the Los Angeles Angels. He got to meet up with Josh Hamilton. Hopefully we will get to see some after party shenanigans that we are used to with Manziel. Two of the best young athletes on the planet. Trout and Manziel. #angels twitter.com/EKayAngels/sta… — Eric Kay (@EKayAngels) April 7, 2013
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Last night, Roy Oswalt posted some interesting tweets in the midst of a terrible showing by Roy Halladay during the Phillies 7-2 loss to the Mets:
Just a update , I haven’t felt this good since 2010 ,
— Roy Oswalt’s Website (@royoswalt44net) April 9, 2013
I would love to come back to Philly , loved my time there , amazing fans
— Roy Oswalt’s Website (@royoswalt44net...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Robinson Chirinos from Tampa Bay for a player to be named or cash.
The deal was announced Monday, before the teams opened a three-game series in Texas.
Chirinois, designated for assignment March 31 when Tampa Bay set its opening-day roster, was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. The catcher didn't play in 2012 after...
With Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay, not to mention the bullpen, really struggling out of the gate this season you would expect a good general manager to always be keeping an eye on potential options for down the road this season. Could former Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt be a name worth keeping an eye on? If the Phillies happen to give him a call, he might be open to at least listening...