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Texas Rangers lineup for September 24, 2020

Texas Rangers lineup for September 24, 2020

Photo by Norm Hall/ The Rangers start a series against the Astros tonight Texas Rangers lineup for September 24, 2020: starting pitchers are Lance Lynn for the Rangers and Cristian Javier for the Astros. Remember how we said that, with the expanded playoffs, a .500 Rangers team could end up sneaking in? Well, the Astros are currently are .500, and appear to be set to claim a playoff spot. Alas... The lineup: Taveras — CF Calhoun — DH IKF — 3B Gallo — RF Solak — LF Odor — 2B Tejeda — SS Guzman — 1B Mathis — C 7:05 Central start time
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Game 57 Game Day Thread - Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers

Photo by Dustin Bradford/ One last evening with Lance Lynn’s beard Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7:05 PM CT The Shed RHP Lance Lynn vs. RHP Cristian Javier Today's Lineups ASTROS RANGERS George Springer - CF Leody Taveras - CF Jose Altuve - 2B Willie Calhoun...
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Apostel leaves game with back issue

Apostel leaves game with back issue

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Sherten Apostel has left tonight’s game after diving for a ball in the second inning Texas Rangers third baseman Sherten Apostel left tonight’s game after diving for a ground ball in the second inning. The Rangers have said it was due to back spasms. Taking his place was Austin Romine, who was signed to a minor league deal a little over a week ago, and who was added to the major league roster today, after Anderson Tejeda was scratched with a skin infection. With just three games remaining in the season after today, I’m not sure the Rangers would make...

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Texas Rangers Final Series Preview vs Houston Astros

Texas Rangers Final Series Preview vs Houston Astros

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The last one. The Rangers close out their 2020 season with four games against the Houston Astros at home. And they have the opportunity to play spoiler. Houston has not yet clinched a playoff spot and the Angels are 2.5 games back for second place in the division. They’re 5-5 for their last 10 and just lost a series against Seattle. So if Texas can just pull off some magic and win a four game series, just pretend we’re back in 2015 or 2016, it would truly be a great way to end a crapy season. Houston is setting up their rotation for their playoff...
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2021 MLB mock draft: Rangers go college bat

2021 MLB mock draft: Rangers go college bat

Matt McLain of UCLA is a potential top pick in the 2021 draft | Photo by Scott Varley/MediaNews Group/Torrance Daily Breeze via Jim Callis does a very, very early mock of the top ten spots in the 2021 MLB Draft 2021 MLB Mock Draft: Jim Callis has a projection of the top 10 picks in the 2021 MLB Draft, based on the current draft standings, and while he acknowledges that it is way, way too early for such an exercise to be meaningful, its still interesting to see how things would be thought to shake out as of right now. Assuming that 2020 standings are used (which Jeff Passan said earlier...
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Thursday morning Rangers things

Thursday morning Rangers things

Photo by Norm Hall/ Thursday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... The Texas Rangers were beaten by the Arizona Diamondbacks last night by a score of 7-3. Jeff Wilson writes that Wes Benjamin is making the most of his audition for a rotation spot in 2021. Sam Blum’s game story talks about Wes Benjamin’s latest encouraging outing. Levi Weaver drills down on Nick Solak’s performance this year to figure out how much of his underwhelming offensive results have been a product of random variation and bad luck, versus how much is Solak not hitting well. Kevin Sherrington...
Lone Star Ball Sep 23, 2020
19-37 - Rangers close road slate with 7-3 loss to Diamondbacks

19-37 - Rangers close road slate with 7-3 loss to Diamondbacks

Photo by Norm Hall/ Now this is tankin’! The Texas Rangers scored three runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored seven runs. That’s a wrap on away baseball for the Rangers in 2020. Blowing a three-run lead by allowing a six-run bottom of the sixth inning to rob Wes Benjamin of a victory in what was technically his first career start seems like a fitting way to go out on the road for this traveling circus. Player of the Game: Even though Benjamin joined the rotation a couple of weeks ago, today was his actual first big league start as he had come in after an opener to pitch the...
Lone Star Ball Sep 23, 2020
Game 56 Game Day Thread - Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Game 56 Game Day Thread - Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Photo by Epics/ Au revoir, the road Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 5:10 PM CT Chase Field LHP Wes Benjamin vs. LHP Alex Young Today's Lineups RANGERS DIAMONDBACKS Leody Taveras - CF Tim Locastro - LF Nick Solak - 2B Ketel Marte - DH Isiah Kiner-Falefa - 3B Christian Walker - 1B Joey Gallo - RF Eduardo Escobar - 2B Sam Huff - C Kole Calhoun - RF Willie Calhoun - DH Nick Ahmed - SS Anderson Tejeda - SS Carson Kelly - C Sherten Apostel - 1B Daulton Varsho - CF Eli White - LF Wyatt Mathisen - 3B Wes Benjamin - LHP Alex Young...
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Texas Rangers lineup for September 23, 2020

Texas Rangers lineup for September 23, 2020

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The Rangers play their final road game of the year tonight Texas Rangers lineup for September 23, 2020 against the Arizona Diamondbacks: starting pitchers are Wes Benjamin for the Rangers and Alex Young for the D-Backs. The Rangers have their final road game of the season today, finishing things out against the Arizona Diamondbacks as they look to split the two game series in Phoenix. The Rangers have a very young lineup out there once again, with Joey Gallo as the old man in the lineup, and Rougned Odor on the bench. Taveras — CF Solak — 2B IKF —...
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Rangers v. Chalk draft review, Part IV: 2015

Rangers v. Chalk draft review, Part IV: 2015

Photo by Will Newton/ Part IV of a series comparing the Rangers’ actual draft choices to who the top player on the BA board was when they picked One of the ongoing debates that we have had on Lone Star Ball since...well, probably since its inception is about drafting. Specifically, the Texas Rangers draft success (or lack thereof), and whether they would be better off simply drafting based on the general publicly available consensus of who the top player on the board. You frequently see the suggestion that the Rangers are trying to “get cute” by passing on whoever is perceived to...
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19-36 - Rangers get a little breathing room in reverse standings, lose 7-0 to Diamondbacks

19-36 - Rangers get a little breathing room in reverse standings, lose 7-0 to Diamondbacks

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Texas didn’t score in a game for the first time in over a year The Texas Rangers scored zero runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored seven runs. Believe it or not, this was the first time since September 20, 2019 that the Rangers were shut out. It’s not exactly a one to one scenario — because of circumstances — but the Rangers went 366 days without laying a goose egg. For a team like the 2020 Rangers that are in the same company among some of the worst hitting squads of the last century, it is a surprise that it took so long for them to be held...
Lone Star Ball Sep 22, 2020
Game 55 Game Day Thread - Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Game 55 Game Day Thread - Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Go armoured fighting vehicle designed for front-line combat! Texas Rangers @ Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 8:10 PM CT Chase Field RHP Jordan Lyles vs. RHP Taylor Clarke Today's Lineups RANGERS DIAMONDBACKS Leody Taveras - CF Daulton Varsho - CF Nick Solak - DH Ketel Marte - 2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa - 3B Christian Walker - DH Joey Gallo - RF Kole Calhoun - RF Rougned Odor - 2B Eduardo Escobar - 3B Anderson Tejeda - SS David Peralta - LF Sam Huff - C Nick Ahmed - SS Sherten Apostel - 1B Pavin Smith - 1B Eli White -...
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Texas Rangers lineup for September 22, 2020

Texas Rangers lineup for September 22, 2020

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ An evening in the desert with the Snakes Texas Rangers lineup for September 22, 2020 against the Arizona Diamondbacks: starting pitchers are Jordan Lyles for the Rangers and Caleb Smith for the D-Backs. We have the final road series of the season, a two game set in Phoenix before the Rangers return home to finish out the year against the Astros. Its a lineup chock full o young-uns, as we have come to expect of late. The lineup: Taveras — CF Solak — DH IKF — 3B Gallo — RF Odor — 2B Tejeda — SS Huff — C Apostel — 1B White — LF 8:10 p.m....
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Texas Rangers Week Nine Recap

Texas Rangers Week Nine Recap

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ The last week of the season is nigh Season record: 19-35 Week 9 record: 2-5 Series record: 4-11, 2 split The Rangers had yet another losing week, while there was a few close games, they only managed a win per series against the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels. Luckily, there are only six more games to get through before the end of this short but awful season. The highlight of the week was the Rangers 1-0 win against Houston, with Kyle Gibson pitching a complete game. Unfortunately, he could not continue that good command and great pitching into...
Lone Star Ball Sep 21, 2020
Thoughts on an 8-5 Rangers loss

Thoughts on an 8-5 Rangers loss

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ Angels 8, Rangers 5 Angels 8, Rangers 5 I don’t feel like talking about Kyle Gibson today. Stupid sexy grand slams. If we don’t talk about Kyle Gibson, and the 8 runs he gave up in his four innings of work, including a grand slam, the pitching was pretty positive. Jimmy Herget, Demarcus Evans, Nick Goody and Jesse Chavez each worked one scoreless inning. That’s good. Gibson will, presumably, have one more start this year. Hopefully it is better than this one was. Only seven hits today for the Rangers, though one was an Isiah Kiner-Falefa home run,...
Lone Star Ball Sep 21, 2020
19-35 - Rangers slammed by Angels 8-5 in series finale

19-35 - Rangers slammed by Angels 8-5 in series finale

Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/ That was not quite as good as a complete game shutout The Texas Rangers scored five runs and the Anaheim Angels scored eight runs. The last time Kyle Gibson took the mound — last Wednesday in Houston — he tossed a complete game shutout against the reigning American League champion Astros. Today, against a team the Rangers are battling for the cellar in the American League West, Gibson, uh, did not throw a complete game shutout. The outing was still notable for Gibson, however, as he allowed what is probably the 846th grand slam that Texas has given up this...

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