9:34 PM EDT, Sat May 26, 2018
8 mins ago
Better than Beltre? That's right -- Computers say Isiah Kiner-Falefa's defense tops five-time Gold Glover

Better than Beltre? That's right -- Computers say Isiah Kiner-Falefa's defense tops five-time Gold Glover

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are getting better defense at third base from rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa than decorated veteran Adrian Beltre, according to analytical sources.The Total Zone Total Fielding Runs Above Average, from baseballreference.com, on Saturday listed Kiner-Falefa as tied for eighth at plus-3. Beltre, a five-time Gold Glove winner, was next to last at minus-7.The Fielding Bible, from Baseball Info Solutions, had Kiner-Falefa tied for seventh in runs saved at plus-3. Beltre was at plus-1.The Rangers drafted Kiner-Falefa as a shortstop and also used him at second, third and catcher...
22 mins ago
Some like it hot: 97-degree day can't rattle Bartolo Colon in pursuit of Latin American greats

Some like it hot: 97-degree day can't rattle Bartolo Colon in pursuit of Latin American greats

ARLINGTON -- Bartolo Colon made career start No. 537 on Saturday at Globe Life Park. It had never been as hot in the previous starts as it was on this day.The first-pitch temperature was 97 degrees. It had dropped all the way to 95 for the last of his 102 pitches.The ageless Colon, two days past his 45th birthday, held up well. He kept the game under control after allowing three runs in the third inning and lasted seven innings in a gallant no-decision.Too late to reward Colon, the Rangers defeated Kansas City, 4-3, on Shin-Soo Choo's homer in the 10th inning."The most important thing is that...
28 mins ago
Sunday's pitching matchup: Rangers go for series win behind Hamels

Sunday's pitching matchup: Rangers go for series win behind Hamels

On deckSunday's pitching matchupRANGERS STARTER LHP COLE HAMELS (3-4, 3.38) is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA for his last four starts. In that span, Hamels has held opponents to a .159 average with a .284 slugging percentage for 88 at-bats. Hamels has a 25.1 percent strikeout rate, which would be his highest over a full season since he was at 26 percent as a rookie with Philadelphia in 2006.LOVES TO FACE: Salvador Perez is hitless for 11 career at-bats against Hamels.HATES TO FACE: No one on this club. The active Royals position players have combined to hit .125 with 29 strikeouts in 88 at-bats against...
32 mins ago
10 things we learned from Cowboys OTAs this week, including the latest on Zack Martin and the national anthem

10 things we learned from Cowboys OTAs this week, including the latest on Zack Martin and the national anthem

Here are 10 things we learned about the Cowboys after Week 1 of OTAs. Below is a full list if you'd like to jump to a specific section.1 Where's Zack Martin?2. Terrance Williams' arrest3. New national anthem developments4. Tavon Austin's role5. Rico Gathers is ready6. Zeke's vocal role7. Rookies signed8. Dez still unsigned9. Sean Lee's health10. Excitement on offensive line1. Where's Zack Martin?Perhaps the biggest storyline of OTAs was the absence of right guard Zack Martin. The Cowboys and the Pro Bowler still have not reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension. But SportsDay's...
1 hour ago
Choo new top HR hitter from Asia, lifts Texas over KC in 10

Choo new top HR hitter from Asia, lifts Texas over KC in 10

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo became the top major league home run hitter born in Asia, connecting for a leadoff drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Saturday.Choo's 176th career homer moved him past Hideki Matsui for the most by an Asian player.Choo hit a 3-1 pitch from Kevin McCarthy (3-2) for his eight home run this year. It was his third career walk-off homer and first in five seasons with the Rangers.Alex Claudio (3-2) got the win by working the 10th.Bartolo Colon, pitching two days after his 45th birthday, gave up five hits in...
3 hours ago
Is expansion still possible for Big 12? Why incoming president thinks conference's current size is positive

Is expansion still possible for Big 12? Why incoming president thinks conference's current size is positive

Oklahoma President David Boren made no secret about his agenda when he became chairman of the Big 12 board of directors two years ago.Boren's Big 12 successor, West Virginia President E. Gordon Gee, has his own checklist as he heads into the conference's spring meetings next week in Irving. It's not as ambitious as Boren's foray into expansion and a football title game and a conference network but something that Gee sees as important for the conference's next step."I think what David really wanted to do is make sure we had a voice and we had a clarity in terms of who we are," Gee said during...
4 hours ago

An in-depth review of the Rangers' 2011 draft: Poor class easy to judge based on its most productive player

Editor's note: This is an ongoing series examining recent Rangers drafts.An in-depth look at the Texas Rangers' performance in the 2011 major-league draft:STORY LINE: Before the 2011 season, the Rangers signed a premier free agent, third baseman Adrian Beltre, and lost a premier free agent, left-hander Cliff Lee.Boston received picks No. 26 and 40 as compensation for Beltre departing. The Rangers made up for that by getting picks No. 32 and 37 because Lee went to Philadelphia.The swap did not turn out well for the Rangers.Boston's selections have appeared in the majors: catcher Blake Swihart...
5 hours ago
Texas picks up third commitment of weekend in TE Jared Wiley

Texas picks up third commitment of weekend in TE Jared Wiley

Texas is on a roll on the recruiting trail.The Longhorns picked up their third commit of the weekend in three-star Temple tight end Jared Wiley.He announced his decision via Twitter.Wiley committed to Texas over offers from Houston, Missouri, SMU and Texas State.Wiley recorded 25 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns as a junior at Temple last season.Texas now has eight commits in its 2019 class.
5 hours ago
Dirk Nowitzki doesn't want his kids playing football: 'I feel like the injuries to the head are real.'

Dirk Nowitzki doesn't want his kids playing football: 'I feel like the injuries to the head are real.'

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki recently joined The Ben & Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] recently to talk about his latest season and the upcoming draft. Here are some highlights:Best part of being a dad/worst part of being a dad...Dirk: "The worst part has got to be the early mornings. Especially during the season. Sometimes we fly home, I don't get to bed until 2-2:30. And then in the morning, I try to get up and help mom out a little bit trying to get them all ready to go to their day care thing, school thing. That's tough. I'm not really a morning guy, even though I've...
7 hours ago
The Dallas Cowboy who's flying under the radar right now

The Dallas Cowboy who's flying under the radar right now

Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights:Question: Is this a make-or-break year for Rico Gathers?Jon Machota: With the Cowboys, sure. I don't think it's a lock that he makes the Cowboys' roster just yet. He'll have to have a strong training camp and another good preseason. I do believe if the Cowboys and Gathers part ways, he'll end up on someone's 53-man roster. There's just too much raw talent there for him not to find a job with someone. He'll certainly be one to...
7 hours ago
Stars coach Jim Montgomery on what made Dallas the job to pull him away from the college ranks

Stars coach Jim Montgomery on what made Dallas the job to pull him away from the college ranks

After the retirement of head coach Ken Hitchcock, the Dallas Stars named Jim Montgomery as his replacement in early May.Montgomery, 48, served the past five seasons as head coach at Denver University, winning the NCAA championship in 2017. He is just the fifth coach in history to jump straight from the college ranks to head coach in the NHL.Montgomery recently answered questions from ESPN's Emily Kaplan on a variety of hockey-related topics. Here are some highlights:You've had interest from NHL teams before but stayed at Denver. What's one thing you wanted to know specifically from Jim Nill...
7 hours ago
MLB draft central: Everything you need to know about the Texas Rangers' picks, draft history

MLB draft central: Everything you need to know about the Texas Rangers' picks, draft history

The one-stop shop for Texas Rangers fans on the upcoming MLB draft...MLB draft days (Time/TV TBD)Day 1: Monday, June 4Day 2: Tuesday, June 5Day 3: Wednesday, June 6(*draft will be shown on MLB Network/MLB.com)Rangers' picksRound 1: Pick 15Round 2: Pick 55Round 3: Pick 91Rounds 4-40: No. 15 pick of roundBonus pool moneyEach pick in the first 10 rounds of the draft has an assigned signing bonus value, and the total for each of a club's selections equals what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. Any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds...
10 hours ago
Anton Nedyalkov to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a broken collarbone

Anton Nedyalkov to miss 6 to 8 weeks with a broken collarbone

Bad news on the injury front for FC Dallas as Anton Nedyalkv will miss 6 to 8 weeks following surgery to repair a broken collarbone. FC Dallas announced on Saturday that defender Anton Nedyalkov had successful surgery to repair the broken collarbone.Nedyalkov broke the collarbone in a training incident on Tuesday and was missing from training the rest of the week. Nedyalkov didn't travel with the team to Toronto for Friday's match.The delay in the announcement was likely due to the usual FC Dallas desire to not announce player injuries that require a surgical procedure until after the...
10 hours ago
Mosley: 'The rushing title will come down to Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley.'

Mosley: 'The rushing title will come down to Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley.'

Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answered your questions about the Cowboys in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:Is Terrance Williams worth retaining? Wouldn't it make more sense for Dallas to keep a promising young receiver rather than a receiver who seems to have reached a ceiling and may be on the decline? It's not as if Terrance Williams stepped up to a No. 1 level when Dez Bryant was out of the lineup.Mosley: He's guaranteed $3.5 million. You don't normally send that sort of money packing for nothing, unless you're an NBA GM. It's...
18 hours ago
The Breakdown: FC Dallas at Toronto FC

The Breakdown: FC Dallas at Toronto FC

FC Dallas did on Friday night something that has been very difficult for them to do in the past, go to Toronto and win. For whatever reason, this was only FCD's 3rd win up north in 13 tries. The Huntsmen's last win at BMO Field came back in 2011.Let's break it down.Formation and TacticsFC Dallas in a 4-3-3 that compressed into a 4-5-1 on defense (which was a lot of the time). That's a formation we haven't seen FCD start a game in this year. Although they did use it for part of the game at LAFC a couple of weeks back and for about 30 minutes against Vancouver last week.The surprise was Victor...