(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Neal Cotts was taking college classes again, making a two-hour drive twice a week to Illinois State. He was 32 years old and it was nearly three years after his last major league appearance.
''I was throwing on the side here and there, but not particularly going gung-ho,'' Cotts said. ''I was doing...
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Left-hander Neal Cotts and the Texas Rangers have reached a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.
The 33-year-old Cotts had been eligible for salary arbitration before Wednesday's agreement.
Cotts was 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games last season. He struck out 65 in 57 innings.
Cotts began the season at Triple-A before being promoted on May 21 for his first big league action since...
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In 29 games out of the Texas Rangers bullpen, Neal Cotts is 4-1 with a 0.85 ERA. The 33-year-old left-hander is having a very good season. Not long ago, it looked like his career might be over.
When he took the mound in late May, it was his first big-league appearance since May 2009. When he logged a win on June 5, it was his first since 2006. During the past four years, Cotts has...
ARLINGTON, Texas It had been a while since the Rangers' bullpen had to protect a lead, but the Rangers' relief staff showed no signs of rust in Monday's 8-7 win over Oakland.
The bullpen retired the first 16 batters faced and helped the Rangers' offense, which finally showed some life, reclaim the lead for good.
"They settled it down and gave us a chance to...
Joe Bick rattles off the date -- Feb. 10, 2012. It was the day Bick, an agent, broke difficult news to his client, left-hander Neal Cotts.
"Neal, it's heartbreaking for me to tell you this, but I think we've run out of chances," Bick recalls saying. "I'd be surprised if we're able to get you a job."
No team would take a chance on Cotts, who had...
When Neal Cotts pitches for the Texas Rangers it will be his first big league pitches since the 2009. The talented but injury prone left hander is being called up in the wake of a roster shuffle that started when the Rangers designated Derek Lowe for assignment.
Cotts, 33, has been called up prior to Tuesday game against Oakland. This year Cotts has pitched 23 innings for Triple...
ARLINGTON, Texas Since it's a day that ends with a y' it must be time for the Texas Rangers to make more pitching moves.
The club plans purchased the contract of left-hander Neal Cotts before Tuesday's game to give them another arm in the bullpen.
They'll need another one to start Wednesday's game as right-hander Nick Tepesch will miss his start because of...
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Yu Darvish made his live game action debut on Friday while left-hander Neal Cotts pitched in his first game since 2009. TheSportsXChange has notes from the Rangers' first intrasquad game of the spring.
Left-hander Neal Cotts has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.
Cotts, who appeared in all four World Series games for the Chicago White Sox in 2005, hasn't pitched professionally since having ligament-replacement surgery in July 2009.
The Rangers announced the signing Monday and said the 31-year-old will be in their minor league camp.
In 284 career major...
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February 20, 2012