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TB 3 - TEX 0: Glas(now) not just half full, but overflowing

Glasnow and Rays pen completely stymie the Rangers offense. This one was quick. Rays pitching was almost unhittable. Whether it was the tall righty, the prize of the Chris Archer trade, dealing straight fire and filthy 12-6 action breaking balls. Or the Rays bullpen, consistently one of the best in the majors, throwing out tricky lefties like Adam Kolarek, unreal dominant relief ace Jose Alverado, or the wiley vet Sergio Romo with his swiss army knife Slider. Rangers bats had no chance, looked lost and overwhelmed, and were two infield hits away from being no-hit. The Future is...

Lone Star Ball

64-85 - A Minor rebellion by young Rangers quashed by stern Padres

Imagine acquiring a Francisco Mejia at the deadline. Must be nice. It was fun when Willie Calhoun and Jurickson Profar were homering but less so when the Rangers lost on a walkoff grand slam hit by an actual good prospect a team acquired at the trade deadline. Player of the Game: Mike Minor went 6 1⁄3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Minor lowered his second half era to 2.38 over 53 innings pitched. Oh, yeah, he also hit a double. Up Next: The Rangers open up a series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night with Adrian Sampson set to face...

SportsDay

Why rebuilding the catching position is the last thing the Rangers need to worry about

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The starting rotation has arguably been the worst in the majors this season. The bullpen was decimated by trade deadline moves. There is a whole lot of demolition and rebuilding to be done on the pitching staff alone.The last thing the Rangers need to do this winter is start rebuilding the catching position from the floor up.And it sounds like they won’t.It appears the Rangers will exercise the option in starter Robinson Chirinos’ contract for 2019 and are willing to expand Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s role from super utility rookie.“I think that’s a good starting...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles notes: Luis Ortiz to make first big league start Friday

Orioles rookie right-hander Luis Ortiz, one of the three players the club acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Jonathan Schoop trade, will receive his first major league start in Friday’s home series opener against the Chicago White Sox. Ortiz, a former first-round pick of the Texas Rangers...

Lone Star Ball

Happy birthday, Frankie Francisco

Former Ranger reliever Frankie Francisco turns 39 years old today Frankie Francisco — remember him? The big, hard-throwing righthanded reliever who was a closer for the Texas Rangers for a while? Today is his birthday, I just discovered...and he’s still just 39 years old. I wouldn’t have guessed that. Frank Francisco, you may recall, came to the Texas Rangers in the Carl Everett to the Chicago White Sox trade. In July, 2003, Everett, who had been acquired prior to the 2002 season from Boston in exchange for Darren Oliver, was a relatively hot commodity. He was slashing...

SportsDay

Rangers minor-league report (9-9): Whiff-prone Spokane drops opener of Northwest League title series

Spokane hitters had 11 strikeouts, three each by CF Julio Pablo Martinez and C Isaias Quiroz, during a 3-2 loss to Eugene (Chicago Cubs) in the in the opener of the best-of-five Short-season A Northwest League championship series on Sunday.Eugene has won three consecutive post-season games by one run.Spokane scored on homers by their Cuban free-agent additions: Martinez and 2B Diosbel Arias.LF Tanner Gardner, of Frisco Centennial, reached on a one-out single in the ninth inning and advanced to third with two outs. 1B Hasuan Vierra grounded out to end the game.Spokane manager Kenny Holmberg...

Twinkie Town

Were the Twins wrong to sell at the trade deadline?

Cleveland is leading the AL Central, but they aren’t even that good. Should the Twins tried to catch them? If you’ve been watching the Twins anytime lately, you know things have not been good. The team has only won three of their past 14 games, making for an abysmal .272 winning percentage. Perhaps the lowest point of this recent skid was last Sunday, when the Twins lost to the Rangers in an 18-2 blowout. In case you were wondering, the Rangers are playing below .500 and in last place ion the AL West — a.k.a., not good. What makes the Twins even harder to watch during this period is...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles select contract of right-hander Luis Ortiz, who was acquired in Schoop trade

The Orioles added another young arm to their major league roster Tuesday, promoting right-hander Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk. Ortiz, a 2014 first-round draft pick of the Texas Rangers, was acquired at July’s nonwaiver trade deadline from the Milwaukee Brewers in the Jonathan Schoop trade. ...

SportsDay

Rangers minor-league report (9-3): Hickory slugger drives in one last run

Worth noting from the Texas Rangers' minor-league system on Monday:TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (65-73): Did not play at Iowa (Chicago Cubs) because of rain. INF Hanser Alberto finished fourth in the Pacific Coast League for batting at .330.DOUBLE-A FRISCO (36-34, 60-80): RHP Wei-Chieh Huang allowed two runs in two innings during a 5-1 loss at Midland (Oakland). Huang gave up multiple runs in six of his nine outings after being obtained from Arizona in the Jake Diekman trade.HIGH-A DOWN EAST (24-46, 59-81): CF Leody Taveras reached base three times in five plate appearances during a 5-3 loss to...

SportsDay

Why Adrian Beltre chose to remain a Ranger rather than become a postseason mercenary

ARLINGTON - He will spend the month playing some third base, DH'ing on occasion and joking around as only he can do.In the end, Adrian Beltre liked the idea of doing that for a team he has spent nearly eight years with than pursuing a World Series as temp; an occasional fill-in.Rangers GM Jon Daniels confirmed Monday the Rangers presented Beltre with a potential trade partner shortly before the August 31 waiver trade deadline expired. Neither Daniels nor Beltre confirmed the team that made the overture, though both Cleveland (Josh Donaldson) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (David Freese) traded...

SFGate

Reliever Cory Gearrin: Giants to A’s by way of Texas

Cory Gearrin joined the A’s on Saturday six weeks after the Giants traded him to Texas. “I shouldn’t have given up my apartment,” quipped the reliever, who had a place in downtown San Francisco and now can find something closer to the Coliseum. The A’s and Giants don’t make trades anymore — nothing since Dec. 4, 1990 (Ernie Riles for Darren Lewis) — so an intermediary was necessary for Gearrin to cross the bay. With the Rangers, Gearrin turned his season around and posted a 2.53 ERA in 21 outings and looked especially effective against the Giants last weekend when he struck...

SportsDay

Trade deadline passes, Adrian Beltre to remain with Rangers through end of 2018

ARLINGTON - Whether it is his last season or not remains to be determined, but Adrian Beltre will at least finish the current year with the Rangers.The waiver deadline trade period passed at 11 p.m. CT on Friday and while third baseman Josh Donaldson moved from Toronto to Cleveland, Beltre stayed with the Rangers. Technically, he could still be traded, but he would not be eligible for the postseason. Beltre, who has full no-trade protection, would not approve a trade that does not give him a chance at being on the field to win a World Series.Instead, Beltre grounded out in the ninth inning to...

Twinkie Town

Game 135: Twins at Rangers

Welcome to September baseball! First Pitch: 7:05 PM CDT TV: FSN Radio: WCCO 830, TIBN The calendar has officially turned to Month No. 9, and as the postseason looms, teams across the league are making frantic waiver trades and calling up specialists in an effort to bolster their last mad dashes into finalized playoff positions. Unfortunately for you dedicated viewers, neither the Twins nor the Rangers will be playing deep into the October this year. Despite a near-inevitable second-place finish, Minnesota has struggled to even sniff an even record all season. On the other hand, Texas is...

SFGate

A’s acquire former Giants right-hander Cory Gearrin from Rangers

Just when you thought the A’s bullpen was filled to the brim — particularly with right-handers — Oakland has added another right-handed reliever. On Friday, the A’s acquired former Giant Cory Gearrin from Texas for two minor-league pitchers. The Giants traded Gearrin to the Rangers on July 8. He had a 4.20 ERA in 30 innings with San Francisco this season. With Texas, Gearrin had a 2.53 ERA in 211/3 innings. He allowed only 13 hits in his Texas stint. Gearrin, 32, began his big-league career with Atlanta in 2011. He joins a bullpen that has been bolstered by trades for right-handers...

SportsDay

Rangers call up flame-throwing Connor Sadzeck to make major league debut; other roster news

ARLINGTON - Connor Sadzeck will finally get his chance.The 26-year-old right-hander, who regularly tops 100 mph with his fastball, was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock Friday when a spot on the roster opened up due to the trade of Cory Gearrin to Oakland. Sadzeck was expected to arrive around the first pitch of the Rangers game with Minnesota. Sadzeck is out of minor league options after this season, so it is imperative the team get a look at him."I've been intrigued since the first time I saw him in the Arizona Fall League," manager Jeff Banister said. "The fastball and his curveball play...

SportsDay

Rangers minor-league report (8-30): Spokane infielder locks up Northwest League batting title

Worth noting from the Texas Rangers' minor-league system on Thursday:TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (63-73): RHP Chris Tillman had his best start since joining the organization, allowing two runs in four innings during a 9-3 win against Memphis (St. Louis). Tillman, Baltimore's former No. 1 starter, has a 9.00 ERA with 19 base-runners allowed in nine innings during four starts in the Pacific Coast League.DOUBLE-A FRISCO (35-31, 59-77): RHP Wei-Chieh Huang worked two scoreless innings in a 3-1 loss to Corpus Christi (Houston). Huang, acquired from Arizona in the Jake Diekman trade, had allowed 12 runs in...

Lone Star Ball

Texas Rangers declining Martin Perez 2019 option

Per the beat guys, the Rangers have informed Martin Perez they are declining his 2019 option The Texas Rangers have informed Martin Perez that they will be declining his 2019 team option, per the beat guys on Twitter. Perez will, as a result, be a free agent after the season. The Rangers have also announced that Perez will be working out of the bullpen the rest of the year. Perez was once the Rangers top pitching prospect, and after a good 2013 and a great start to 2014 he appeared poised to break through. He was hit with a torn UCL in early 2014, however, had Tommy John surgery, and...

SportsDay

Rangers relievers head delegation assigned to Arizona Fall League

Powerful relievers Joe Barlow, Demarcus Evans and C. D. Pelham head the Rangers' delegation that will play for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.The Rangers also assigned infielder Charles Leblanc, Cuban free-agent outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez and catcher-infielder Josh Morgan to the club. Outfielder Yanio Perez will be on the taxi squad.Barlow, Evans and Pelham have combined to convert all 30 save chances this season. They have 241 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings. The AFL opens on Oct. 9. Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Toronto will also supply players for Surprise.

SportsDay

How Derek Holland finally got the best of the Rangers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Derek Holland did what the Rangers wanted him to do.Two years ago.The former Ranger showed a usable changeup effectively against his old team Sunday to beat Texas for the first time in three starts since he was made a free agent after the 2016 season. Holland allowed three hits and pitched into the seventh inning to get the win in San Francisco's 3-1 victory over the Rangers.A year ago, while with the Chicago White Sox, Holland took a pair of beatings at the hands of the Rangers. He allowed 12 runs in eight innings, allowing a pair of homers and six walks along the way. It...

SportsDay

After missing out on Dereck Rodriguez, the Rangers must find their own 20-something buried treasure

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants on Friday started perhaps the majors' best rookie pitcher against the Rangers.He was born in Arlington. He is the son of a Rangers employee and legend. And he was a minor league free agent last fall.All of which begs this question: Why is 26-year-old Dereck Rodriguez dominating hitters for the Giants this season instead of the Rangers, who, in case you haven't noticed, have a rather large crater where the starting rotation is supposed to be?"I don't know," his father, Ivan Rodriguez, said with a bit of a nervous laugh Friday afternoon. "I don't know....

SportsDay

Rangers' rotation won't be fixed in one offseason, but here are some arms they could target to get started

The latest installment of #EvanHelpUs...ME: In total, the Rangers acquired eight players for the quartet of Jesse Chavez (to the Cubs), Cole Hamels (Cubs), Keone Kela (Pittsburgh) and Jake Diekman (Arizona). Six of them are pitchers.The roll call: Pitcher Tyler Thomas for Chavez; pitchers Rollie Lacy, Eddie Butler and outfielder Alexander Ovalles (the PTBNL) for Hamels and cash; pitcher Taylor Hearn and third baseman Sherten Apostel (the PTBNL) for Kela; pitchers Wei-Chieh Huang and Joshua Javier (the PTBNL) for Diekman.One other thing to note about the July trades: The Rangers agreed to send...

SportsDay

Rangers minor-league report (8-20): Two-hit debut for addition in Kela trade

Worth noting from the Texas Rangers' minor-league system on Monday:TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (57-69): Did not play. INF Hanser Alberto is tied for sixth in the Pacific Coast League in batting at .323.DOUBLE-A FRISCO (29-27, 53-73): Did not play. OF Eliezer Alvarez has 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts.HIGH-A DOWN EAST (19-38, 54-73): 1B Andretty Cordero had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs during a 5-1 win at Wilmington (Kansas City). CF Leody Taveras matched a season-high with three walks. Taveras had one walk in his previous 17 games.LOW-A HICKORY (34-23, 64-61): 1B Tyreque...

Lone Star Ball

Yu Darvish out for the year

Former Ranger and current Cub pitcher Yu Darvish will miss the rest of the season due to elbow and triceps issues Yu Darvish, the former Texas Rangers ace who is now a member of the Chicago Cubs, will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed as a stress reaction in his elbow and a triceps strain. Darvish removed himself from a rehab start this weekend after feeling pain, and requested an MRI. It’s a sad ending to what has been a disappointing season for Darvish, who signed with the Cubs this past offseason as a free agent. Darvish ends the year with a 4.95 ERA over 40 innings...

DRaysBay

20 years of Rays Baseball: 2011, Impossible. Improbable. Magical.

If Rays baseball was a movie... After losing to the Texas Rangers in the 2010 AL division series, the most talented Rays team ever broke apart. Once the World Series concluded, several key Rays players became free agents. Carl Crawford ended his nine-year run with the team, the longest of any player in franchise history. Joining him in free agency were other key components of the 2010 Rays, including Carlos Pena, Rafael Soriano, and Joaquin Benoit and several others. Carl Crawford would twist the knife even more once he signed nine-figure deal with the Rays’ arch-rival Boston Red...

SportsDay

There's a chance that Cole Hamels' resurgence in Chicago could benefit the Rangers. Here's how...

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamel's post-trade rejuvenation could still be of benefit to the Rangers.It could save them $6 million.On Friday, in his fourth start for the Chicago Cubs since a July 27 trade, Hamels lowered his NL ERA to 0.72 with seven shutout innings against Pittsburgh. He is 3-0 with the Cubs and the team has won all four of his starts.If it makes the Cubs more willing to pick up the $20 million option for 2019 in Hamels' contract, it could take the Rangers off the hook for some lingering financial responsibilities. The trade agreement for the clubs calls for the Rangers to send...