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Doug Fister starts Wednesday, Bartolo Colon Saturday

Doug Fister starts Wednesday, Bartolo Colon Saturday

The Rangers have announced Doug Fister will be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday and start against the Oakland A’s Texas Rangers rotation and probable pitchers: The Texas Rangers have announced that pitcher Doug Fister, who has been on the disabled list with a right hip strain, will be activated from the d.l. on Wednesday, April 25, when he will start against the Oakland A’s. In addition, per Evan Grant on Twitter, Bartolo Colon will start on Saturday, April 28, on the road in Toronto. Fister’s addition will likely require the Rangers to remove a pitcher from the active...
SportsDay Apr 22, 2018
Rangers lose again, but at least Bartolo Colon provided another moment for the ages

Rangers lose again, but at least Bartolo Colon provided another moment for the ages

ARLINGTON - When a team is off to a start like the Rangers, there is only so many times you can write about how the offense failed, which it did in each of the last three innings, or how the bullpen failed, which it did for the second straight night.But you can never write enough about Bartolo Colon.On Saturday, the ageless wonder may have failed in his third attempt to get career win No. 241 and inch closer to Juan Marichal for the all-time lead among Dominican Republic-born pitchers, but he still provided the night's biggest highlight in a 9-7 loss to Seattle.He beat Dee Gordon, the AL's...
SportsDay Apr 21, 2018
Why Sunday's start is the perfect time for Rangers' Martin Perez apply what he's learned from Bartolo Colon

Why Sunday's start is the perfect time for Rangers' Martin Perez apply what he's learned from Bartolo Colon

ARLINGTON - For going on two months now, Martin Perez has professed he’s learning by the day from his exposure to the wisdom of Bartolo Colon.Well, he’s got a chance to prove it Sunday.The situation could not be set up more perfectly for Perez to apply the lessons he’s learned. For the first time this season, he will pitch the game after a Colon start against the same opponent when he faces Seattle in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Perez did follow Colon the last time through, but while Colon faced Houston (and flirted with a perfect game), Perez pitched at Tampa Bay.Hey, it’s...
SportsDay Apr 20, 2018
Saturday's pitching matchup: Colon tries to top memorable outing in last start

Saturday's pitching matchup: Colon tries to top memorable outing in last start

On deckSaturday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER RHP BARTOLO COLON (0-0, 1.45) took a perfect game into the eighth inning at Houston on Sunday. Colon has allowed only three hits in 18 2/3 innings overall. Colon has the fifth-highest strikes ratio among major-leaguers with at least 12 innings at 69.1 percent.LOVES TO FACE: Nelson Cruz is 2 for 15 lifetime against Colon.HATES TO FACE: Robinson Cano is hitting .381 with a .667 slugging percentage for 21 career at-bats against Colon.SEATTLE STARTER LHP JAMES PAXTON (1-1, 4.57) allowed one run in six innings during a win against Houston on...
SportsDay Apr 20, 2018
Bartolo Colon has chance to tie Major League record during first home start with Rangers

Bartolo Colon has chance to tie Major League record during first home start with Rangers

ARLINGTON - Bartolo Colon will make his first start at Globe Life Park as a member of the Rangers on Saturday. Colon is 9-3 at the stadium with a 3.38 ERA, but has not recorded a win in the park since a 1-0 victory while with Oakland in September 2013. Colon has allowed one run in five innings of relief work at Globe Life Park this season.Colon, who took a perfect game to the eighth inning at Houston on Sunday, needs one win to tie a Major League record for transiency. He has wins with 10 different franchises. Only Mike Morgan, who pitched briefly for the Rangers, Ron Villone and LaTroy...
Call to the Pen Apr 20, 2018

Texas Rangers: Bartolo Colon’s amazing progress in 2018

Bartolo Colon has been pitching in the majors since 1997. The 44-year-old veteran still loves the game, and it seems the game still loves him. The Texas Rangers brought him in this off-season, and everything’s been going well so far. Colon’s passion and commitment indicate that he’s not planning to retire anytime soon. The Texas Rangers called […] Texas Rangers: Bartolo Colon’s amazing progress in 2018 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SportsDay Apr 17, 2018
Eat your heart out, Hugh Jackman! A no-no near miss has made Rangers' long shot Bartolo Colon 'the' attraction

Eat your heart out, Hugh Jackman! A no-no near miss has made Rangers' long shot Bartolo Colon 'the' attraction

On the short list of feel-good stories in the Rangers' Godforsaken start, we have the parents who flew from Honolulu on 15 minutes' notice to see their son's big league debut, and a 44-year-old social media sensation.Unless the Rangers actually win a few games or take Isiah Kiner-Falefa's mom and dad on the road, Bartolo Colon appears to be the only sustainable option.The reason for bringing this up now is that there seems to be some question as to whether Colon has aced the rotation. Even after nearly no-hitting the Astros and outpitching anyone within a 200-mile radius of the Globe so far...
Over the Monster Apr 17, 2018
Daily Red Sox Links: Remember when Bartolo Colon was on the Red Sox?

Daily Red Sox Links: Remember when Bartolo Colon was on the Red Sox?

The Red Sox are one of 11 teams that Big Sexy has pitched for. Plus Boston meets Shohei Ohtani, David Ortiz and his famous five words and Kevin Millar dunks on Alex Rodriguez. On April 4, 1997, the Atlanta Braves played their first home game at Turner Field against the Chicago Cubs. The Braves now play at SunTrust Park. April 4, 1997 was also the day of Bartolo Colon’s MLB debut with the Cleveland baseball team. He allowed four earned runs over five innings to the Anaheim Angels. No, not the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Anaheim Angels. Darin Erstad, Jim Edmonds, Tim Salmon, Eddie...
SportsDay Apr 16, 2018
Bartolo Colon's spot in Rangers' rotation still not permanent after flirting with perfection

Bartolo Colon's spot in Rangers' rotation still not permanent after flirting with perfection

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Bartolo Colon's superb performance against Houston, the reigning World Series champion, did not earn him a guaranteed, full-time spot in the Rangers' rotation.Manager Jeff Banister said on Monday that Colon will remain in the rotation as the replacement for injured right-hander Doug Fister, on the disabled list because of a strained right hip. Colon's next start is scheduled for Saturday against Seattle at Globe Life Park.Banister would not commit to having Colon in the rotation for an extended period solely because of his performance.Colon on Sunday retired the first...
Lookout Landing Apr 16, 2018
Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/16/18: Mike Zunino, Shohei Ohtani, and Bartolo Colon

Mariners Moose Tracks, 4/16/18: Mike Zunino, Shohei Ohtani, and Bartolo Colon

Some links to get your Monday started. Hello and happy Monday! The M’s have a big series against the Astros starting today. It should be a good barometer of where the Mariners are right now. While you wait for first pitch, here are some links for your reading pleasure. In Mariners news... Corey Brock at The Athletic discussed Daniel Vogelbach’s mammoth home runs. Yay Hisashi! Iwakuma has been throwing regular bullpens. Chance he could face hitters in a sim game situation next week. #Mariners— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) April 15, 2018 And here’s an update on Mike...
Call to the Pen Apr 16, 2018

Texas Rangers: Bartolo Colon flirts with history against the Houston Astros

Texas Rangers veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon took a perfect game late in the game against the Houston Astros Sunday night, flirting with MLB history in the process. 44-year old Bartolo Colon appeared in the form of his 24-year old self, when he took the mound for the Texas Rangers against the defending World Series Champion […] Texas Rangers: Bartolo Colon flirts with history against the Houston Astros - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
SportsDay Apr 16, 2018
Let's list the reasons why Bartolo Colon, Rangers' win over Astros were magical

Let's list the reasons why Bartolo Colon, Rangers' win over Astros were magical

HOUSTON -- Whatever happens the rest of the way, the Rangers will always have Sunday.It was, well, magical.How else do you explain a soon-to-be 45-year-old, who throws basically one pitch, flirting with a perfect game? How else do you explain a team that hadn't won consecutive games since the start of spring training putting together back-to-back road wins over the defending world champions with a lineup full of kids? How else do you explain the Rangers' 3-1 win over Houston?"It was one of the top three games I've ever been involved in," said Rangers manager Jeff Banister, who is not a man...
Lone Star Ball Apr 15, 2018
6-11 - Bartolo Colon was nearly perfect as Rangers take series with 3-1 win

6-11 - Bartolo Colon was nearly perfect as Rangers take series with 3-1 win

Baseball is fun again thanks to Bartolo Colon! Bartolo Colon was on his way to throwing the most hilarious, unlikely Perfect Game in baseball history but the Rangers will have to settle for a series win in Houston instead. I thought the Astros were supposed to be good? The Rangers had just one hit themselves while Colon was rolling along in front of the national TV audience. At the time, the offensive struggles didn’t look like they would matter because that lone hit was a solo home run off the bat of Robinson Chirinos against a nearly-equally as dominant Justin Verlander. Up 1-0, and...
SportsDay Apr 15, 2018
10 things to know about 'Big Sexy' Bartolo Colon, baseball's age-defying, donkey-riding enigma

10 things to know about 'Big Sexy' Bartolo Colon, baseball's age-defying, donkey-riding enigma

When news broke in February that the Rangers signed 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal, Rangers fans (probably) reacted one of two ways:1. Why'd they do that?Or...2. This is a dream come true.Both of those reactions were valid. After all, Colon finished last season with a 7-14 record and an ERA of 6.48, the highest of his career.When Doug Fister headed to the DL last week, things got more real for Colon's time with the Rangers.Why would the Rangers want a pitcher under six weeks away from his 45th birthday?Well, for one, Colon can still pitch incredibly well for someone...
SportsDay Apr 14, 2018
Sunday's pitching matchup: Colon tries to stop Verlander's winning streak

Sunday's pitching matchup: Colon tries to stop Verlander's winning streak

On deckSunday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER RHP BARTOLO COLON (0-0, 1.64) has one walk with 10 strikeouts in 11 innings. Left-handed hitters are 3 for 15 against him. Colon has faced Houston only once since opening day 2015. He allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings during a loss last season.LOVES TO FACE: Evan Gattis has one hit, a single, in six career at-bats against Colon.HATES TO FACE: Josh Reddick has reached base five times in eight career plate appearances against Colon.HOUSTON RHP JUSTIN VERLANDER (2-0, 1.45) is 7-0 with a 1.20 ERA in eight starts with the Astros, dating back to...

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