Found May 17, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
Chicago_cubs_vs_9a42
ARLINGTON, Texas Geovany Soto's three-run homer Thursday off Detroit ace Justin Verlander is one he will tell his grandkids about. Just ask him. "Hell, yeah," Soto said. "No, but it felt good. Spending so much time in the National League, you only get to see these guys on TV. Once you get to face them, you're like, "Wow!" It felt good." It felt even better because the homer chased Verlander, the 2011 Cy Young winner, from the game and capped a seven-run third inning for the Rangers in a 10-4 win. It was also Soto's first home run of the season. It was Soto's first time to hit one out since Sept. 23, 2012 at Seattle. "I know Verlander is one of the toughest pitchers in the game," Soto said. "I was just trying to get good wood on the ball and managed to get a home run there." Soto also managed to get Rangers starter Yu Darvish through eight innings on a night when he wasn't at his best. Darvish gave up three runs in the third inning, including a home run from Don Kelly who had been homerless even longer than Soto. Darvish gave up another solo shot to Jhonny Peralta in the fourth before settling down. "Soto got him through those eight innings," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "More than the home run he hit, that was huge. He was able to stay out there and continue to make Yu pitch." Soto said the key was getting Darvish to throw strikes earlier in the count. "When he was struggling earlier in the game, he was falling behind a lot of hitters," Soto said. "I was just trying to get him to get ahead of hitters. Once he started doing that in the fifth, sixth inning, seventh, he was rolling after that." In fact, Darvish rolled to a career-high 130 pitches, and looked like he could have thrown a complete game if needed. "I could feel that he was coming down a little bit," Soto said. "He was getting a little bit tired. But for 130 pitches, he was really strong." Darvish looked particularly confident throwing a 62 mph curveball to Miguel Cabrera, one of the game's most feared hitters, in the fifth. Cabrera swung and missed. "He's been throwing it. It's one of his pitches," Soto said. "I mean, I didn't recommend he throw it to him. But luckily he didn't hit it 800 miles." Instead it was Soto who launched a shot over the out-of-town scoreboard in left field, making him an unlikely offensive hero. Soto had just one hit in his previous 20 at-bats before the home run. He came into the game batting just .170 with one RBI. But Soto is getting to play regularly lately in relief of an injured A.J. Pierzynski, who has been out with a strained oblique. Pierzynski is expected to get rehab starts on Sunday and Monday and could return as soon as Tuesday. "I'm just in there a lot more," Soto said. "Obviously I know my position here on the team and I'm just glad to be there and helping the club win. Hopefully he's coming back soon, so that's a good thing." Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rangers scratch Kinsler with bruised ribs

ARLINGTON, Texas Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was looking for a way to get Ian Kinsler a day off. Bruised ribs weren't in the plans though. Kinsler was a late scratch Friday because of bruised ribs. Kinsler first hurt his ribs last weekend during a series in Houston when he was hit by a ball while trying to steal second base. He aggravated the injury Thursday night...

Texas Rangers’ David Murphy Continues To Struggle

This was supposed to be the year of David Murphy. After several seasons as serving as the Texas Rangers fourth outfielder, last season was finally Murphy’s first shot at a regular starting role. Many hoped that a second season as a starter coupled with 2013 being the final year of his contract, that Murphy would exceed last year’s success. If the thirty one year old could piece...

Ian Kinsler Stumbles, Faceplants Into Bag While Trying to Slide Into Third Base (GIF)

Before going any further, it needs to be said that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a very good baserunner. Over the course of his eight-year career he’s stolen 160 bases and been caught just 33 times for a solid 83 percent success rate. He’s also generally known around baseball as a “heads-up” baserunner, rarely making a miscue or running into a giveaway out. All that...

A.J. Pierzynski could rejoin Rangers Tuesday

When the Texas Rangers initially placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list with an oblique injury, the veteran backstop was frustrated by the move. However, Pierzynski now admits that he "probably shouldn't have kept playing" through the pain, as he's now revealed that he's been dealing with a torn oblique, not a strain as originally thought. Even...

Cruz’ home run, catch help Rangers to victory

Admittedly, I’ve been worried about Nelson Cruz this season.  Some of that worry was for his bat, but most of it was for his glove.   Today, he presented strong evidence that I need not worry about him just yet. In the afternoon finale of the Oakland series, Cruz made a spectacular catch and hit a three-run home run.  Cruz’ heroics helped Alexi Ogando secure his fourth win...

FOX Broadcast Does Its Best To Not Jinx Rangers Pitcher’s No-Hitter

On Wednesday, Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando made it to the sixth inning with a no-hitter going and FOX wasn’t going to risk jinxing it. When they flashed a graphic of the box score as they returned during the bottom of the sixth the local Fox affiliate folks put in there a very funny line saving them from some blame if Ogando were to lose it. Ogando of course went ahead and lost...

Rangers manager defends heavy use of Yu Darvish

Ron Washington was not about to question himself Friday over Yu Darvish's recent workload. Especially since Darvish felt fine after throwing a career-high 130 pitches Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers. The Texas manager had no qualms about sending his ace back to the mound in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers even though the Rangers had a 10-4 lead. '...

Ian Kinsler with worst head-first slide in baseball history, tries to eat base

Somebody needs to help Ian Kinsler out with his sliding form, because this head-first gem isn't right at all.

Video: Nelson Cruz makes diving catch to rob Brandon Moss of hit

Tweet   We may not see a catch made by an outfielder for the rest of the season better than the one Ben Revere made last month against the Cincinnati Reds. Or maybe we will. Wednesday, during the Texas Rangers’ 6-2 victory over the Oakland A’s, Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz made a pretty impressive [...]

Report: Reid Ryan, Son of Nolan Ryan, to Be Named President of Houston Astros

If there was a monarchy in Texas baseball, the Ryans would easily be its royal family. Reid Ryan, the son of all-time strikeout king and Texas Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan, is set to be named as president of the Houston Astros, according to an MLB.com report. Ryan serves on Minor League Baseball’s board of trustees, in addition to operating the Triple-A Round Rock Express...

Fox Sports Southwest "jinxes" Alexi Ogando no-hit bid with graphic (Picture)

Earlier today, Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando lost a no-hitter in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics and the fine folks over at Fox Sports Southwest might have had something to do with it. Before the start of the 6th inning, the below score box graphic was shown and take a look at the "no-hitter" reference in the first line: As you might figure...

Report: Astros to hire Ryan's son

The Houston Astros have called a Friday news conference amid multiple reports that a son of Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan has been chosen to be their next president. Reid Ryan is the CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. Several media outlets reported the hiring citing anonymous sources...

Nolan Ryan’s son picked as new president of Houston Astros

Nolan and Reid Ryan enjoy a light moment before a Rangers/Longhorns exhibition game in AustinCredit:AP The Houston Astros are hoping for “like father, like son”.  According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Reid Ryan, son of 300 game winner, all time strikeout king, and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan has been selected to be the next president of the struggling Houston Astros franchise...

TDSS Tigers Recap, Game 39: Justin Verlander Lit Up by Texas Rangers

Justin Verlander coughed up a run in the first inning Thursday against the Texas Rangers, but he appeared ready to settle in following back-to-back singles to open the night. That’s not quite how things worked out. After the Detroit Tigers staked their ace to a 3-1 lead, Verlander surrendered seven runs and failed to get out of a disastrous third inning. Verlander was pulled after...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.