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Retired Lance Berkman heads back to school, will be student-coach

Retired former World Series MVP Lance Berkman will be wandering the ivy covered walls of Rice University this fall.  At least proverbially.  After walking away from playing baseball after the 2013 season, the Houston Chronicle reports he has enrolled in the elite University and will also volunteer as a student coach for his former head coach, Wayne Graham: Berkman received the...
Via Reading Between The Seams
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Neftali Feliz expected to take over 9th inning for Rangers in wake light of Soria trade

We’re late breaking this news of course, but it should be noted that with Joakim Soria dealt to the Detroit Tigers the Texas Rangers appear set to call on RP Neftali Feliz to resume 9th inning duties. Heading into the season there was some debate as to which pitcher would start the season in the stopper’s role but with Feliz dealing with arm issues the point was rendered moot...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rangers deal pitcher Soria in significant surrender move, Neftali Feliz to close

In a story that could only happen to the 2014 woebegone Rangers, on Wednesday they lost a game to the grounds crew and got a head start on next year. Just as umpires were trying to rush the ineffective New York Yankees grounds crew into action as a hard shower hit in the fifth inning, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was putting the finishing touches on a deal to send closer...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ron Washington rips Yankee Stadium grounds crew for near-comical tarp derp (video)

Your browser does not support iframes. A torrential downpour came in with such speed and ferocity during Wednesday night’s game between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers in the Bronx that the Yankee Stadium grounds crew was faced with the nearly impossible task of getting the tarp out in time to maintain the integrity […] The post Ron Washington rips Yankee Stadium grounds...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yankees grounds crew fails with tarp deployment

The Yankees ground crew could not get the tarp down in a timely fashion last night in the top of the 5th with New York leading the Texas Rangers 2-1. The epic fail led to this new infield lake (via Dallas Morning News Baseball Columnist/sports blogger Evan Grant).:What they will try to fix pic.twitter.com/FyHoBRBzW3— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 24, 2014It took an amazing 15...
Via Bob's Blitz
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish shows off zany batting swings during rain delay (VIDEO)

There was a lot down time at Yankee Stadium during Wednesday night's extended rain delay after the grounds crew had a hard time covering the infield during a downpour and left things a little soggy.Rangers starter Yu Darvish took the extra time to show his teammates some exaggerated batting swings to keep  things light during the nearly two hour wait.I'm not sure if he is...
Via The Other Paper
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Acquire Joakim Soria At A “No Holds Barred” Price

In the end it will be judged simply. Was Detroit’s bullpen situation so dire that it would have prevented a post-season run in 2014? Or was their club strong enough that a cheaper patch would have fixed the issue adequately? Did they recklessly use a hand grenade to shoo away a problem housefly when they targeted the best reliever on the market and paid a luxury price to get him...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Soria trade nets Rangers two solid pitching prospects

Joakim Soria became a luxury item for a team with 40 wins and going nowhere in 2014. That, plus a solid season, made him both expendable to the Texas Rangers and attractive to suitors. The Rangers dealt Soria to Detroit for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Soria found out about the trade during the lengthy rain delay during the Texas game against New...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joakim Soria traded to Tigers

The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement with the Texas Rangers that will send Joakim Soria to the Tigers in exchange for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Kyle Bogenschutz was first to report the news on Twitter. The trade is pending physicals of all players involved. Thompson and Knebel were rated among Detroit’s ten best prospects coming into the year per Baseball...
Via Baseball News Source
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays showing interest in their former outfielder Alex Rios

In an interesting twist, the Blue Jays are showing interest in their former player Alex Rios, according to sources. Rios is one of the best hitters in a thin market for middle-of-the-lineup batters, so it shouldn't come as a surprise Toronto, with three key injuries hurting them now, would check in. Yet, it is a bit ironic since the Blue Jays were thrilled in 2009 when the White...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish Pushes for a Six-Man Rotation

Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka, old friends and rivals from both the Pacific League in Japan and the American League, met in the tunnel underneath Yankee Stadium on Monday afternoon and chatted. The men have much in common. Both were highly successful in Japan, and both converted that into success in Major League Baseball. The big difference now, though, is that while Darvish has...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers' starting pitcher Colby Lewis officially the biggest idiot in baseball

Texas Rangers' starting pitcher Colby Lewis has a problem with Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus. Emphasis ours:Lewis, the Rangers' starting pitcher, exchanged words with Rasmus during the fifth inning of Texas' 4-1 loss Saturday. The right-hander was irked when Rasmus laid down a two-out bunt single with the Blue Jays up 2-0 and the Rangers playing the shift.Your browser...
Via Bob's Blitz
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Lewis rips Colby Rasmus for seemingly no reason

You’d think a 34-year-old pitcher in the middle of his ninth Major League season would know basic baseball by now, but apparently that’s not the case. Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis took exception to Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus bunting for a hit in the 5th inning of their game Saturday. Lewis told MLB.com, “I told […] The post Colby Lewis Needs to Learn the Game of Baseball...
Via Outside Analysis
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Holland explains bullpen game called ‘Fart Bottle Roulette’

Day in, day out, game after game, relief pitchers spend a lot of time waiting around for the chance that their name might be called while sitting on their butts in the bullpen. The relievers, save for a couple of catchers and a coach, pretty much spend the entirety of games in isolation, separated from […] The post Derek Holland provides details of Rangers bullpen game called ‘Fart...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers fan shows off bruise from getting drilled by foul ball

Your browser does not support iframes.A Texas Rangers fan was showing off a huge bruise he received after being drilled by a foul ball during Wednesday night's game against Houston.In the top of the sixth, Astros batter Jon Singleton ripped a bullet foul just a few rows back of the Rangers dugout, hitting the fan in the midsection. The fan's wife ended up with the ball,...
Via Holdout Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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