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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Garza pitched eight impressive innings for his first victory in six starts and the Texas Rangers kept close in the playoff race, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Saturday night.The Rangers won for only the fifth time in 19 September games. They remained a half-game behind Cleveland for the second AL wild-card berth.The Royals, out of the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series, dropped 3 12 games in back of the Indians.Adrian Beltre got two hits and drove in a run for Texas.Garza (10-6) was 0-3 with an 8.22 ERA in his first three September starts. He pitched four-hit ball before giving up Eric Hosmer's leadoff home run in the ninth, and was pulled.Garza struck out five and walked one. He is 4-5 in 12 starts since the Rangers acquired him on July 22 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.After Hosmer's 17th homer, Joe Nathan relieved. The Texas closer struck out two for his 40th save in 43 chances. Nathan posted his 41st career save against the ...
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The Kansas City Royals are on the verge of clinching their first winning season in 10 years, but they're concentrating on a more significant goal.
The Royals will try to cut their deficit on a playoff berth while adding to Texas Rangers' September swoon Saturday night.
Kansas City (81-72) has finished above .500 only once in the last 19 seasons, going 83-79 in 2003, but...
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez tripped himself with his own bat and nearly fell to the ground after hitting a grounder to first in the second inning of Saturday's game at Kauffman Stadium.
Perez took a few extra steps with the bat before letting go of it. As a result, Perez accidentally did a reverse bat flip and the bat followed him up the baseline, hitting...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Neftali Feliz walked Alcides Escobar on four pitches with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning Friday night, giving the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers in the opener of an important three-game series between teams in the playoff race.
Texas dropped a half-game behind the Indians for the second AL wild-card spot with...
James Shields has experience against the Texas Rangers in the regular season and postseason.The Kansas City Royals are probably hoping to see the regular-season version of Shields in what figures to be a must-win game for their playoff hopes.These clubs are currently out of the postseason picture, but the visiting Rangers can just about eliminate one of their pursuers while enhancing...
Buried in this article by Bob Nightengale of USA Today about Nelson Cruz's absence hurting the Rangers is this little nugget about how the Rangers tried to solve their outfield woes in July - by trying to trade for Braves left fielder Justin Upton. The Rangers, trying to solve that power void, tried to pull off a blockbuster deal for Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton before...
If this was the last swing of the season at Kauffman Stadium, it was one to savor.
Justin Maxwell ended the Kansas City Royals' home season with a two-out grand slam in the 10th inning Sunday for a 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers in a matchup of AL playoff contenders.
''I kind of blacked out after I looked at Gordo (Alex Gordon) over there going crazy,'' Maxwell...
There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009.
The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Sunday in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders.The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West with the Rangers' loss.Texas dropped 1 12 games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot. Kansas City is 3 12 back.Maxwell connected off former...
Justin Maxwell hit a grand slam with two outs in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-0 Sunday in a matchup of AL wild-card contenders.
The Oakland Athletics clinched the AL West with the Rangers' loss.
Texas dropped 1 1/2 games behind Cleveland for the second wild-card spot. Kansas City is 3 1/2 back.
Maxwell connected off former Royals All...
Rangers manager Ron Washington had a simple assessment of the four pitches that Neftali Feliz threw the Royals' Alcides Escobar with the bases loaded in the eighth inning Friday night.
''There weren't any pitches near the strike zone,'' he said.
The result was a two-out walk that forced in the go-ahead run, and pushed Kansas City to a dramatic 2-1 victory...
With their wild-card hopes running thin, the Kansas City Royals have a very small margin of error entering the season's final week.
That would seem to put a lot of pressure on rookie starter Yordana Ventura, but if his debut was any indication, he could be just fine on the mound against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Monday night.
The Royals (82-73) are 3 1/2 games...
The Texas Rangers have had a difficult time offensively while trying to hang on in the AL wild-card race, but that hasn't been the case when they've faced the Houston Astros.
After a disappointing loss, the Rangers are hoping to make up some lost ground by picking up a ninth straight win over the lowly Astros on Monday night.
Texas (84-71) will have to regroup after Justin...
The biggest trade this season was Matt Garza being dealt to the Texas Rangers. There was a trade offer that would have made that deal look like a minor one and it actually involved Matt Garza.
The Texas Rangers, after losing Nelson Cruz to a 50-game suspension, offered Matt Garza, Joe Nathan and David Murphy to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for power hitting outfielder Justin...