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13 hours ago
10-8 - Rangers bats can’t overcome pitching woes in 7-2 series-opening loss to Astros

10-8 - Rangers bats can’t overcome pitching woes in 7-2 series-opening loss to Astros

The comeback we’ve grown accustomed to just wasn’t in the cards tonight When every starting pitcher who isn’t Mike Minor — and to a lesser extent Lance Lynn —gives you 3 2⁄3 innings and it feels like a miracle that they only allowed four runs, such as was the case for Drew Smyly tonight and practically every outing from the starters, then eventually you’re going to to run into a game where the offense doesn’t score a billion late-inning runs and you’re not going to witness yet another “How’d they pull that one off?” wild affair. The Rangers couldn’t get to Justin...
17 hours ago
Blake Swihart traded to Arizona Diamondbacks

Blake Swihart traded to Arizona Diamondbacks

The Red Sox have dealt DFA’d catcher Blake Swihart to Arizona The Boston Red Sox have traded catcher Blake Swihart and international bonus pool money to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Marcus Wilson, it was announced today. This puts an end to the dreams harbored by some Rangers fans that Texas would acquire the 27 year old switch hitting catcher who they had expressed interest in in the past. Swihart was a first round pick in 2011 by Boston, but hasn’t hit above AA and isn’t considered a good defensive catcher. Nevertheless, Boston stuck it out with him even...
17 hours ago
Game 18 Game Day Thread - Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers

Game 18 Game Day Thread - Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers

Boot goofin’ Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:05 PM CT The Ballpark Justin Verlander vs. Drew Smyly Today's Lineups ASTROS RANGERS George Springer - RF Shin-Soo Choo - DH Jose Altuve - 2B Danny Santana - 2B Alex Bregman - 3B Elvis Andrus - SS Michael Brantley - LF Nomar Mazara - RF Carlos Correa - SS Joey Gallo - DH Yuli Gurriel - 1B Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B Tyler White - DH Logan Forsythe - 1B Robinson Chirinos - C Jeff Mathis - C Jake Marisnick - CF Delino DeShields - CF Go Rangers!
20 hours ago
Texas Rangers lineup for April 19, 2019

Texas Rangers lineup for April 19, 2019

Asdrubal Cabrera is in the lineup, and Jeff Mathis is behind the plate Texas Rangers lineup for April 19, 2019 against the Houston Astros: Starting pitchers are Drew Smyly for the Rangers and Justin Verlander for the Astros. Asdrubal Cabrera left Wednesday night’s game early after jamming his fingers diving into first base, but he is back in the lineup today, and Jeff Mathis is handling catching duties. The lineup: Choo — DH Santana — 2B Elvis — SS Mazara — RF Gallo — LF Cabrera — 3B Forsythe — 1B Mathis — C DeShields — CF
22 hours ago
Texas Rangers recall Brett Martin

Texas Rangers recall Brett Martin

Lefthanded pitcher Brett Martin has been recalled from AAA Nashville Texas Rangers transactions: Brett Martin has been officially recalled from AAA Nashville, the team announced today. Martin is taking the place of Kyle Bird, who was optioned after the game on Wednesday, on the active roster. As we discussed yesterday when Bird was sent down, Martin appeared to be the likely pick to replace him on the active roster. The 23 year old lefthander was a camp sensation, garnering rave reviews this spring after having a dismal 2018 season in Frisco. Martin appears to have taken to a reliever...
Apr 19, 2019
Gio Gonzalez switches agents ahead of Saturday opt-out

Gio Gonzalez switches agents ahead of Saturday opt-out

Gio Gonzalez, who signed a minor league deal with the Yankees, has fired Scott Boras and hired CAA MLB Rumors: Gio Gonzalez and the New York Yankees agreed to a minor league deal late in the spring that gives Gonzalez the right to opt out if he is not added to the Yankees’ 25 man roster by tomorrow. According to Mark Feinsand, in advance of that opt-out date, Gonzalez has fired Scott Boras as his agent and retained CAA as his representatives. That’s an interesting move, and may be a signal that Gonzalez believes he may not be added and could be back on the free agent market. Gonzalez...
Apr 19, 2019
Friday Morning Links

Friday Morning Links

Links! Jeff Wilson thinks Chris Woodward and certain key players should be credited with the unexpectedly good start to the season. Danny Santana is making the most of Rougned Odor’s time on the DL and that doesn’t surprise his former managers and teammates. The Astros have only lost one game since dropping the series to the Rangers. Kyle Bird has been optioned to Nashville and will most likely be replaced by Brett Martin. The Rangers hosted a screening of a documentary about the Negro Leagues at their youth academy.
Apr 18, 2019
Kyle Bird optioned to AAA Nashville

Kyle Bird optioned to AAA Nashville

The Rangers have optioned lefty reliever Kyle Bird to AAA Nashville Texas Rangers transactions: Kyle Bird has been optioned to AAA Nashville as of yesterday, the Rangers announced today. No corresponding move has been announced, although the beat guys are saying Brett Martin is expected to be recalled. The 26 year old lefthander was acquired from Tampa in the three way deal that sent Jurickson Profar to Oakland, and won a bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster. He has struggled with his command, however — out of 29 batters faced this year, he has walked 7, hit 2, and allowed 2 home runs...
Apr 18, 2019
Oakland A’s, Khris Davis agree to two year extension

Oakland A’s, Khris Davis agree to two year extension

Texas Rangers nemesis Khris Davis has an extension with Oakland through 2021 Khris Davis and the Oakland A’s have agreed to a two year contract extension that will be officially announced tomorrow, per reports. Davis was slated to hit the free agent market at the end of the 2019 season. Jeff Passan says it is a 2 year, $33.5M deal, which seems pretty reasonable to me. Davis, a 31 year old DH/LF, was acquired by the A’s from the Milwaukee Brewers for Bubba Derby and Jacob Nottingham in February, 2016. He’s been a 2.5-3 win per year player during his time in Oakland, and is off to a...
Apr 18, 2019
92% of Rangers fans confident in their direction

92% of Rangers fans confident in their direction

This weeks’ FanPulse results show Rangers fans are still feeling good about their manager and the direction of the club Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Rangers fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse. The Rangers are at 10-7 three weeks into the season, and Rangers fans are still having a positive vibe about the state of the team. 92% of Rangers fans are like the direction of the team right now, while 97% are like the job Chris Woodward is doing. Since player extensions...
Apr 18, 2019
Ronny Henriquez Promoted to Hickory

Ronny Henriquez Promoted to Hickory

Diminutive Hard Throwin’ Dominican Skips a Couple Levels. 18 year-old Ronny Henriquez has been promoted to Hickory. This is pretty significant. It means having played his first season of pro ball in the Dominican Summer League last year, he skips 2 levels: Arizona Rookie ball and short-season Spokane. I missed Ronny in Surprise this year and I was pretty bummed about it because scouts I’ve spoken to light up when he’s mentioned. There ain’t much to him and he’s listed at 5’10” and 155lbs. While I didn’t see him pitch, I did see him and I’d be (pleasantly) surprised if he...
Apr 18, 2019
Thursday morning Rangers things

Thursday morning Rangers things

Thursday morning Rangers news and links Good morning, folks... The Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 5-4 last night. Evan Grant’s game story talks about Shin-Soo Choo’s on base skills helping drive the team’s early success. Jeff Wilson has his Rangers Reaction from the win. Mike Minor is pitching like a #1 starter, writes Evan Grant. Jeff Wilson writes about Minor’s shutout, and looks at how close Minor was to getting pulled, and also talks about how the Rangers might extend Minor rather than trade him. Levi Weaver talked to some Rangers about whether...
Apr 18, 2019
Thoughts on a 5-4 Rangers win

Thoughts on a 5-4 Rangers win

Rangers 5, Angels 4 Rangers 5, Angels 4 A sweep of the hated Angels. That’s always something that warms the cockles of the heart, particularly after having an unpleasant 1-3 series against them in Anaheim in the not too distant past. Lance Lynn wasn’t particularly sharp today, having trouble with his command and seeming to leave some pitches in hittable parts of the zone too often, but he battled through it and put Texas in a position to win. The Angels put a run on the board in the second and another in the third, and seemed to kind of be perpetually on the verge of a big inning,...
Apr 17, 2019
10-7 - Break out the brooms! Rangers sweep Angels in 5-4 finale win

10-7 - Break out the brooms! Rangers sweep Angels in 5-4 finale win

Make it a season-high four straight for the surging Rangers The Texas Rangers offered a classic brand of 2019 Rangers tonight as they saw the Angels score twice in the early innings, as tonight’s starter Lance Lynn tried to get his feet under him. After Lynn settled in, however, Texas mounted its increasingly expected rally with a run in the fourth and four in the fifth to slowly snuff the life out of Anaheim. Texas didn’t score another run on the night but those five proved to be enough as Lynn ultimately went 5 2⁄3 innings and was able to work around seven hits and three walks while...
Apr 17, 2019
Game 17 Game Day Thread - Anaheim Angels @ Texas Rangers

Game 17 Game Day Thread - Anaheim Angels @ Texas Rangers

Rain, rain go away I want to see the Rangers sweep the Angels Anaheim Angels @ Texas Rangers Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:05 PM CT (Rain is forecasted for the area so we might see a delay) The Ballpark Matt Harvey vs. Lance Lynn Today's Lineups ANGELS RANGERS Kole Calhoun - RF Shin-Soo Choo - LF Mike Trout - DH Danny Santana - 2B Justin Bour - 1B Elvis Andrus - SS Andrelton Simmons - SS Nomar Mazara - RF Brian Goodwin - CF Joey Gallo - DH Jonathan Lucroy - C Asdrubal Cabrera - 3B Tommy La Stella - 2B Logan Forsythe - 1B Zack Cozart - 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa - C David...