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In a trend that began last postseason, the Texas Rangers have had little trouble beating the Detroit Tigers.
They seem poised to continue that success now that Scott Feldman is suddenly pitching dominant ball.
Feldman looks to win his seventh straight decision in Friday night's series opener between the AL West-leading Rangers and visiting Tigers.
After a day off following Wednesday's 10-9 win over Boston to conclude a 4-2 trip, Texas (65-45) begins a stretch of 20 straight days with a game. The Rangers, who own a 5 1/2-game lead over second-place Oakland, do have the advantage of playing 13 of those games in Arlington. They're an AL-best 34-21 at home.
Texas also has to like the fact that Feldman (6-6, 4.52 ERA) has posted a 1.19 ERA in winning his last three starts, and is 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his last seven appearances, which includes a victory in relief.
With his victory in Kansas City on Saturday, Feldman became the first pitcher since Doyle Alexander in 1983...
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No longer will the Texas Rangers turn to Joe Nathan to protect four- or five-run ninth-inning leads, even if manager Ron Washington considers them the equivalent of save situations. The Rangers think Nathan's arm is too precious to potentially foul up with extra use. The decision came in light of Nathan's recent minor health scare in which he had a bit of shoulder inflammation...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz left Friday night's game against Detroit because of lower back stiffness.
Cruz appeared to get hurt in the seventh inning when he dived in an attempt to catch a ball hit by Austin Jackson. The ball bounced in front of Cruz, then over his glove and rolled to the wall as Jackson rounded the bases for the first inside...
One way to look at how a pitcher attacks hitters is to look at what the pitcher throws in two-strike counts. In two-strike counts, pitchers often try to put hitters away with a breaking ball, induce weak contact with a sinker, overpower hitters with an extra-hard fastball, or throw a changeup with a bit of extra screw action.
I hadn’t seen Yu Darvish pitch in quite some time,...
Miguel Cabrera is having an outstanding season for the Tigers. It’s the type of season we have come to expect from the 29-year-old over his 13-year career. Cabrera has 29 homers to go along with 95 RBI. His batting average is an impressive .322 and his on-base percentage is a solid .384. There is still a lot of baseball left to be played, but Cabrera is a definite American League...
Detroit Tigers, 60-51, 2nd place, .5 back.
Too many runs. Too many runs finally ended the Tiger win streak last night, although the bats kept going and kept them in the game.
There were some things to like about last night: the offense plated 8 runs, Jeff Baker’s Detroit debut was a success (“looks like he knows what the bat is for,” said Leyland), Dirks and Boesch continue...
When Doug Fister broke into the big leagues, he was a soft-tossing, pitch-to-contact change-up artist, who threw strikes with mediocre stuff and projected as a back-of-the-rotation innings eater or a bullpen guy. He wasn’t bad, but the lack of a quality breaking ball and his reliance on his change as an out-pitch meant that he didn’t have anything to strike out right-handed...
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers fans were stunned on December 9, 2009, when fan favorite Curtis Granderson was traded to the New York Yankees.
Nearly three years later, with the Tigers wrapping up their regular-season series with the Yankees, it's a chance to look back and see how the three teams involved in the deal did.
The Yankees sent Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy...
Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers dug themselves an early hole that they simply couldn’t dig themselves out of as they dropped a 12-8 decision to the New York Yankees Wednesday night ending their winning streak at six games.
Sanchez, who was making his third start for Detroit since coming over from the Marlins simply wasn’t sharp, in fact he was downright awful allowing seven...
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Austin Jackson’s inside the park home run helped the Tigers defeat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Friday night ending a two game skid.
Jackson’s first career inside the park homer run (and first for the Tigers since 1977) came when Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz missed a diving catch in the 7th that rolled all the way to the wall.
The Jackson home run was the caper of six unanswered runs...
Early last offseason before Victor Martinez blew out his knee, the Tigers had a big glaring hole at third base named Brandon Inge. One of the free agents that they could, and should, have made a run at was Aramis Ramirez from the Cubs who instead ended up in Milwaukee hitting behind Ryan Braun.
Ramirez signed a three-year deal with the Brewers for $36 million with a mutual option...