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Concerns about the No. 5 spot in the Texas Rangers’ rotation heading down the stretch are completely valid based on how the starting pitchers who filled that spot fared late last season.
The numbers — 10 starts 10 straight losses — could have cost the Rangers a third straight American League West title though general manager Jon Daniels recently called that an excuse for the Rangers’ September fade.
But when the final margin behind the Oakland A’s was one game one win would have meant a different outcome.
And when Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis were ruled out for the rest of this season and Alexi Ogando hit the disabled list for a third time and a pitcher from Houston’s Triple A team was called upon uncertainty again clouded the fifth spot.
Travis Blackley hasn’t exactly been Sandy Koufax through his two starts but the left-hander hasn’t been the 2012 versions of Scott Feldman Martin Perez and Roy Oswalt either.
Blackley allowed three runs in six innings Monday night and A.J. Pi...
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With the rosters set to expand September 1 the Rangers are about to get some pretty solid reinforcements. Former All-Stars Neftali Feliz and Lance Berkman are going to be activated manager Ron Washington told reporters (star-telegram.com).
The addition of Feliz is particularly intriguing to me. He was one of the better closers in baseball in 2010 and 2011 racking up 72 saves with...
The Texas Rangers have prided themselves in the Jon Daniels era for having one of the top farm systems in Major League Baseball. Over the course of the last decade, the Rangers have been able to select 24 separate players in the first round of the Major League draft. While some players have blossomed into becoming quality major leaguers, the majority have never fully developed into...
Texas Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando recently stretched out his throwing program to 120 feet without experiencing any setbacks. His next step will be throwing off a mound, which the Rangers expect him to resume doing this weekend, according to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram.
While it's still to be determined when Ogando will be activated from the disabled list, manager...
The Texas Rangers held center fielder Leonys Martin out of yesterday's weekend finale against the Chicago White Sox due to an ankle injury he sustained during Saturday night's contest. While the ailment was enough to keep Martin out of Sunday's lineup, he and the Rangers are hopeful that he'll be back in action as soon as today, according to Cash Kruth of MLB.com...
The Texas Rangers were without center fielder Leonys Martin once again last night due to his sprained right ankle, but he's hopeful that he'll be able to rejoin the starting lineup tonight. Texas is also close to activating Neftali Feliz from the disabled list, with Lance Berkman slated to join the roster early next month, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 on Monday night.
Alex Rios had two hits and two RBIs as the Rangers picked up their fifth win in seven games. Elvis Andrus celebrated his 25th birthday with three hits and an RBI.
Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run of the season for the Mariners, who have lost...
Ian Kinsler did everything he could to lead the Texas Rangers to another win. At the biggest moment of the game, all he had to do was stroll home.
Kinsler scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquar's balk in the 10th inning, handing Texas a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
''Anytime you win a hard-fought game it adds to the confidence of your club and...
Ian Kinsler freely admits that his time as the Texas Rangers’ all-time leader in stolen bases will be brief.
Elvis Andrus is stalking him in second place nine back and will likely push past Kinsler early next season if current running trends continue.
But Kinsler showed Tuesday night that he is still a threat to take a base stealing third in a critical situation and putting himself...
SEATTLE (AP) -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland had a solo shot and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 on Monday night.
Alex Rios had two hits and two RBIs as the Rangers picked up their sixth win in eight games. Elvis Andrus celebrated his 25th birthday with three hits and an RBI.
Kyle Seager hit his 20th home run of the season for the Mariners...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Ian Kinsler scored the go-ahead run on Danny Farquar's balk in the 10th inning, handing the Texas Rangers a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Kinsler started the winning rally with one-out single against Farquar (0-2) for his fourth hit. Kinsler advanced on Adrian Beltre's single, and then swiped third. After A.J. Pierzynski fouled out to...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Leonys Martin homered and drove in a career-high four runs as the Texas Rangers roughed up Felix Hernandez and romped past the Seattle Mariners 12-4 Thursday.
The AL West-leading Rangers tagged Hernandez (12-8) for nine runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings. The former AL Cy Young winner's ERA climbed from 2.63 to 2.97.
Martin Perez (8-3) limited the Mariners...
CHICAGO (AP) -- Matt Garza felt he was just a little off. It was enough to make for another shaky outing.
Garza gave up two home runs, and the Texas Rangers lost 5-2 to the surging Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
"I had my slider again and it was down. I just paid for the two balls I left up," he said.
Jordan Danks became the first major leaguer in nearly six decades to...
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington watched as his club struggled offensively while suffering its first back-to-back losses in nearly a month.
Though hitting has been a season-long problem for the Seattle Mariners, they've done enough to give the AL West leaders fits lately.
The Rangers look to get back on track Monday night in the opener of a three-game road set with struggling...
What countdown? The magic number countdown, of course.
I rely on BigWillieQ on Twitter every day to see how close the Rangers are to clinching a spot for October baseball. We’re currently sitting at 31, by the way.
I remember last year at this time, the Rangers were slowly (although it felt rapid) losing their lead in the AL West. It was a title they would surrender by the...