9:23 PM EDT, Sun May 20, 2018
SportsDay 18 mins ago
John Klingberg, Mattias Janmark take home gold with Sweden in IIHF World Championships

John Klingberg, Mattias Janmark take home gold with Sweden in IIHF World Championships

Sweden's John Klingberg and Mattias Janmark are taking home the gold from the 2018 IIHF World Championships.Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title.Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Sweden a third world title in six years, and 11th overall.Switzerland finished runner-up for the third time after 2013 and 1935. It has never won.Both Klingberg and Janmark played in all 10 of Sweden's games [all wins] in the tournament....
SportsDay 54 mins ago

Rangers prospect tracker: Leody Taveras, Jonathan Hernandez have big weeks

It was not a good week for the Texas Rangers. It was for a few prospects in the team's system, however.Leody Taveras, the top prospect in the system according to SportsDay's Gerry Fraley, had his batting average raised from .259 to .282 by going 9 of 21 in five games. Three of those five were multi-hit efforts.Taveras was the Rangers' Player of the Month, according to Fraley."Taveras, at age 19, handled the tough pitching and the foul weather of the Carolina League in the opening month," Fraley said. "For the Rangers, the most interesting statistic is Taveras' on-base percentage of .375. He...
Call to the Pen 1 hour ago

Texas Rangers: More mediocrity as team continues slumping

The Texas Rangers just can’t seem to find their groove. They’ve lost six of their last nine games, which includes losing two series and splitting one. The hole the Texas Rangers dug themselves in just got deeper and there closer to officially burying themselves away from playoff contention. At this point, the team is still […] Texas Rangers: More mediocrity as team continues slumping - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SportsDay 1 hour ago

What Ariel Jurado being optioned to Double-A Frisco means for the Rangers' rotation

CHICAGO -- Ariel Jurado will not get a second start for the Rangers.At least not this week.The Rangers optioned the 22-year-old back to Double-A Frisco Sunday, less than 24 hours after his big-league debut. The Rangers needed to activate reliever Chris Martin as a bullpen reinforcement after using relievers for 23 innings over the past seven days. It creates a need for a starter for Thursday's game against the Kansas City Royals.Manager Jeff Banister said minor league prospect Yohander Mendez and journeymen jack-of-all-trades Austin Bibens-Dirkx were the leading candidates to make the start....
SportsDay 1 hour ago

There's only thing the Rangers' offense has taken to the next level this year, and it's not good

CHICAGO -- For most of the last three years, the Rangers' offense has been an all or nothing enterprise.These days, you can probably do away with the "all."The team ended a nine-game road trip Sunday getting shut, 3-0, by Chicago, holders of the majors' worst record and second-worst ERA. Over the course of the four-game series, of which the White Sox won three games, their team ERA dropped from 5.36 to 5.21.Meanwhile, the Rangers' offensive issues continue to mount. Sunday's loss was the Rangers' first shutout of the year, but it was the 18th time in the first 48 games they failed to score...
SportsDay 1 hour ago

The history Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon can make in his next start

CHICAGO -- In his last start as a 44-year-old, Bartolo Colon on Monday will see to tie Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most career wins by a native of the Dominican Republic. Marichal has 243 wins. Colon is three wins shy of the record for wins by a native of Latin America, held by Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez.The bigger deal for Colon is Marichal's mark, he told Rangers Spanish radio broadcaster Eleno Ornelas, who also serves as his interpreter."I admire him," Colon said of Marichal. "It would be a big honor for me to get to the same number of wins."Colon, who turns 45 on Thursday,...
SportsDay 2 hours ago
It's Mazara-Gallo vs. Stanton-Judge. Cover your head during Rangers-Yankees.

It's Mazara-Gallo vs. Stanton-Judge. Cover your head during Rangers-Yankees.

The most heralded power-hitting tandem since Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris starts a three-game appearance in Arlington on Monday.Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees are tight-end sized sluggers who combined for 111 homers last season. Judge hit 52 with the Yankees, and Stanton had 59 with Miami. Maris and Mantle had 115 homers in the historic 1961 season.Judge and Stanton have the credentials of big-time thumpers. They will not be the most productive home run duo this season at Globe Life Park.Judge and Stanton have combined for 22 homers. Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara of...
Lone Star Ball 2 hours ago
Cole Hamels starts Tuesday, TBD starts Thursday

Cole Hamels starts Tuesday, TBD starts Thursday

Cole Hamels is scheduled to return to the Ranger rotation on Tuesday against the Yankees Texas Rangers probable pitchers: Cole Hamels, who was scratched from his start this past Thursday due to a stiff neck, is expected to start on Tuesday at home against the New York Yankees and Domingo German. At one point it appeared that Hamels might start this past Friday or Saturday, but the team is effectively skipping this start for him, as Tuesday is when he would have pitched again on normal rest if he had started on Thursday as originally scheduled. Bartolo Colon will be pitching for the...
Lone Star Ball 3 hours ago
Thoughts on a 3-0 Rangers loss

Thoughts on a 3-0 Rangers loss

ChiSox 3, Rangers 0 Chicago White Sox 3, Rangers 0 I’m not sure there’s much to say after a game like this. Mike Minor was fine -- better than the line indicated, really. He went 5 innings, gave up 6 hits, struck out 9 batters, didn’t walk anyone. All three runs came against him, one of them on a Wellington Castillo home run, the other two runs coming when Leury Garcia dunked a bloop in front of Shin-Soo Choo in right field after he had allowed a pair of singles. The first single, which led off the inning, was a ball that Rougned Odor couldn’t quite reach, but that some second...
Blogging The Boys 3 hours ago
Get a look at Michael Gallup and Mike White in their Dallas Cowboys uniforms

Get a look at Michael Gallup and Mike White in their Dallas Cowboys uniforms

Welcome to the silver and blue. We’re about two months away from Dallas Cowboys training camp, and when we get there we’ll be about one month away from the preseason. People frown upon exhibition games, but they serve a purpose. You can see how players are acclimating to the new season, but more importantly it’s our first chance to see some players play a game for the Cowboys for the first time. A big majority of this group is typically rookies. We spend so much time envisioning how they’re going to fit in with the players we’ve known before them, but we also wonder what they’re...
SportsDay 3 hours ago
Ex-Cowboy Tony Romo finally makes a Super Bowl! As CBS analyst, that is...

Ex-Cowboy Tony Romo finally makes a Super Bowl! As CBS analyst, that is...

It finally happened.Tony Romo is Super Bowl bound!That's right, Tony Romo will be a part of the CBS broadcast team to call Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next February, alongside regular booth partner Jim Nantz as well as Tracy Wolfson.Who's ready for Romo to spoil the biggest plays of the Super Bowl before they even happen?The former Cowboys quarterback will also call games during all weeks of the regular season and select AFC games during the playoffs.Romo exceeded expectations last season during his first year in the broadcast booth, picking up an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Sports...
SportsDay 3 hours ago

Ex-Cowboy Jason Witten has a newfound appreciation for Tony Romo (thanks to his kids)

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten spoke with the media Sunday, saying that he hasn't had the time to step back and process his recent retirement. He's making adjustments on a day-to-day basis.Witten says he is fortunate for the opportunities to stay close to the game, like his annual youth football camp -- which went off without a hitch Sunday morning despite the rain."Really just an opportunity to get out with these kids ... encouraging these kids to chase their dreams. It's something I've always had circled on my calendar even with the whirlwind that I've gone through," Witten...
SportsDay 4 hours ago
Lopez goes 8 innings as White Sox blank Rangers 3-0

Lopez goes 8 innings as White Sox blank Rangers 3-0

CHICAGO (AP) -- Reynaldo Lopez allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Sunday for their first home series win this season.Lopez (1-3) struck out eight and walked two in his first victory since Sept. 22 against Kansas City. The 24-year-old right-hander has been Chicago's best starter this year, but has been hurt by poor run support.Leury Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo homered as the major league-worst White Sox (13-30) took three of four against last-place Texas. They won consecutive games for the...
SportsDay 4 hours ago
How much pitching did Rangers give up in Beltran deal?

How much pitching did Rangers give up in Beltran deal?

The Texas Rangers gave up three minor-league pitchers in the July ,2016 deal that brought in veteran hitter Carlos Beltran from the New York Yankees.Right-hander Dillon Tate, taken with the fourth overall pick, was considered at the time the top prospect in the package. Another pitcher in the deal passed Tate in the Yankees' pecking order on Sunday and moved to the edge of the major leagues.The Yankees promoted right-hander Erik Swanson to the Triple-A International League. Swanson, 24, had dominated the Double-A Eastern League, going 5-0 with a 0.44 ERA in 40 2/3 innings with Trenton. He...
Lone Star Ball 4 hours ago
18-30 - Getaway lineup can’t get away with just two hits: Texas falls 3-0 in Chicago

18-30 - Getaway lineup can’t get away with just two hits: Texas falls 3-0 in Chicago

The question “What if you make the entire lineup out of the bottom of the order?” has now been answered Coming into this series with the Rangers, the White Sox had won just three times at home in 18 games. The White Sox doubled their season total for wins at home with three wins in this series against Texas. In fact, the Rangers didn’t even manage to score a run in the last 15 innings of this series. Oof. Player of the Game: The Rangers had two hits today. Hanser Alberto wasn’t responsible for either of them. But Alberto did return to the lineup for the first time since 2016 so...

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