Found January 16, 2012 on
NBC Dallas- Fort Worth:
This weekend at Rangers Fan Fest, Ron Washington dropped a bombshell when he said, in January, that Colby Lewis will be his Opening Day starter on April 6 when the Chicago White Sox open the 2012 season at Rangers Ballpark.
And that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
Even if the Rangers sign Japanese import Yu Darvish, which is totally expected to happen, Lewis has earned his moment in the sun as an Opening Day starter after C.J. Wilson deservedly got the bid last seaosn and Scott Feldman got it in 2010.
Lewis has been the Rangers best postseason pitcher in club history, and it's not really that close judging by numbers alone.
In 50 postseason innings, he's 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA including arguably the greatest postseason pitching performance in club history in Game 6 of the 2010 ALCS when the Rangers eliminated the Yankees. The only guy that can post a valid argument there is Derek Holland for his Game 4 start in the 2011 World Series.
He was 14-10 in the 2011 regular seas...
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The Texas Rangers made significant strides Tuesday in their bid to avoid salary arbitration again but three significant hurdles remain.
The Rangers are still trying to reach agreements with catcher Mike Napoli, shortstop Elvis Andrus and outfielder Nelson Cruz after reaching accords with four players.
"We had seven guys going into the process," assistant general manager...
Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler says his nagging right ankle is feeling 100 percent following a procedure to separate a ligament from the bone.Kinsler, who hit .255 BA with 32 home runs and 77 RBIs last season, received a platelet-rich plasma injection this week. The ankle has been a problem for him ever since he rolled it during training in Arizona back in March 2010.Kinsler...
The Rangers avoided arbitration with reliever Mike Adams, by signing him to a $4.4MM deal, tweets Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest. Matt Swartz had projected the SFX client for $4.5MM.
The Rangers' arbitration agenda still includes Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz, Matt Harrison, and Mike Napoli.
Right-hander Mark Lowe and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract, a raise of $500,000.
The Rangers on Tuesday also said they had agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder David Murphy worth $3.625 million, a substantial raise from the $2.4 million he made last year.
Murphy batted .275 with 11 homers and 46 RBI in 120 games with the Rangers in 2011....
With the Texas Rangers bullpen in a sort of work-in-progress state with pieces shuffling back and forth, the Rangers assured themselves of having one of the key bullpen arms back for at least the 2012 season.
Mark Lowe was signed by the Rangers on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration with the veteran, hard-throwing righty who was acquired with Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners in July...
The Rangers expect that they will be able to announce sometime on Wednesday that they have signed Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. They are not expected to announce who will lose his spot in the rotation. They will probably wait until Spring Training before moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen.
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The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with pitcher Matt Harrison on a one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, there wasn't a more feared pitcher in the game of baseball than Pedro Martinez. And he was still a hot commodity throughout the 2000s, pulling a Roger Clemens in 2009 and coming back late in the season to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies on their way to the World Series.
Now Martinez is hoping to mentor soon-to-be 24-year-old Rangers pitcher...
Neftali Feliz has moved on from his Game 6 struggles in preparation for becoming a starter this season.