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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Yu Darvish wins in return to Major Leagues | MLB.com

Darvish showed up before a sellout crowd and pitched like he had never been away. The only tangible difference was that the outing was a little shorter than normal, but other than that, Darvish looked to be at his best in holding the Pirates to one run in five innings. He walked one, struck out seven and left after 81 pitches.

“Physically I could go more innings, but mentally I was done,” Darvish said.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Texas Rangers: Grant: How can Rangers ensure Yu Darvish is still pitching in October? | SportsDay

Bubble wrap and a large protective glass case?

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Monday, May 23, 2016

Yu Darvish set to join Cole Hamels in rotation | texasrangers.com

Daniels also had a broader vision. He looked ahead to a time this season when Texas would have two aces—Hamels and Yu Darvish—at the top of its rotation. That one-two punch might compare favorably with any in the game and potentially make the Rangers a formidable October team.

That vision is about to become reality. Darvish, fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, made his final Minor League rehab start on Sunday, and he likely will return to the rotation next Saturday against the Pirates in Arlington.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 23, 2016 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sources: Rangers, City of Arlington will announce plans for new retractable-roof stadium

What?

The Rangers appear destined for a new stadium.

And sooner than you think.

According to two major league sources, the Rangers and City of Arlington are about to announce plans for a new retractable-roof stadium that is expected to come on line earlier than the current lease expires following the 2023 season. An announcement could come as soon as Friday.

It is uncertain how far ahead of the 2024 season the new stadium could be opened—or how it would be financed—but getting into a new retractable-roof stadium ahead of time is likely to significantly increase the value of the club and add multiple years of new revenue streams.

Construction of a new stadium likely would be subject to an election by Arlington voters—probably to dedicate sales tax and potentially parking and ticket taxes to the construction effort.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, stadiums

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Report: Rangers’ Rougned Odor suspended 8 games by MLB for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista

OAKLAND, Calif.—Major League Baseball gave Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor an eight-game suspension on Tuesday for his role in a weekend brawl with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Heyman, citing an unnamed source, said Odor plans to appeal the suspension.

Without naming sources, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported that Odor will also face a $5,000 fine.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Blue Jays, Rangers throw punches during game | MLB.com

I usually don’t care about this kind of stuff. This fracas was pretty stupid though.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2016 at 05:41 AM | 282 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, brawls, jose bautista, rangers, rougned odor

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MiLB: Rangers call up former top pick Bush

Nearly 12 years since being drafted, Matt Bush is finally getting the call he’s dreamed of.

The former No. 1 overall pick was promoted to the Majors on Friday by Texas after starting the season with Double-A Frisco, where he was 0-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander will join the Rangers after signing with the team this past December following a three-year prison sentence from a nearly fatal DUI incident in 2012.

The Rangers optioned outfielder Delino DeShields to Triple-A Round Rock to make space on the roster.

“Sooo excited for my boy Matt Bush to get his shot in the show,” tweeted Orioles All-Star outfielder Adam Jones. “Overcame some mistakes but that never took away from his passion of baseball.”

According to the RoughRiders, Bush has consistently been hitting 98-99 mph with his fastball in the Texas League. He was clocked throwing 100 mph on April 23. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save on April 7 in his first appearance since 2011.

Had no idea he was still in the game. Well, back in the game, anyway.


Thursday, May 05, 2016


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Texas Rangers: Nomar Mazara had best first month by a Rangers rookie—ever | SportsDay

He certainly looked good yesterday.

Watch the homer first, then the throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Monday, May 02, 2016

Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish breezes through his first rehab start since Tommy John surgery with Frisco RoughRiders | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Taking a cautious approach into his first outing in almost 21 months, Yu Darvish emerged with a sense of relief on Sunday.

“I hoped I’m not going to blow (out) my elbow,” the three-time American League All-Star told reporters through an interpreter. “That’s what I was thinking.”

Darvish had no trouble of the sort and breezed through a pair of hitless frames for Double-A Frisco in his first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. He fanned two, allowed one walk and threw 18 of 32 pitches for strikes to Corpus Christi hitters at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Ultimately, the Hooks edged the RoughRiders, 4-3.

“It’s been a while since I pitched in a game situation,’’ Darvish said. “I felt like I was pitching with the bases loaded in a big league game every pitch. I’m very happy about today’s outing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 11:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Astros, Rangers Exploring Carolina League Teams

Well, the cat is out of the bag: The Houston Astros are looking at placing a High A team at a new Fayetteville ballpark, while the Texas Rangers are still eying a team in Kinston, as work progresses on moving two teams from the California League to the Carolina League.

Astros owner Jim Crane was in Fayetteville today to look at ballpark sites, in a move originally scheduled for last Monday (the trip was delayed due to flooding in Houston). And while the whole Cal to Carolina move for the High Desert Mavericks and Bakersfield Blaze franchises — as well as a new downtown Fayetteville ballpark, something we discussed in the past, as well as a potential Astros High-A farm team at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches — has been hush-hush, it’s out in the open now after Crane’s rather public visit to Fayetteville, per the Fayetteville Observer:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2016 at 06:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, california league, carolina league, rangers

Friday, April 22, 2016

White Sox turn 9-3-2-6-2-5 triple play

Worst TOOTBLAN ever?

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 22, 2016 at 11:54 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fundamentals, rangers, tootblan, white sox

Texas Rangers: Grant: How will Jurickson Profar situation play out? I see two scenarios | SportsDay

How much trade value does Profar have at this point?

Question: How has Profar been playing in the minors? With the way Elvis and Odor are playing, do you you think we’ll see Profar before September?
Evan Grant: He enters Thursday hitting .293 with a .412 OBP. I’ve heard from some evaluators that there is still some concern about his arm strength, but ain’t nothing wrong with the bat. My gut tells me this: Either Profar will be part of a big trade for a starting pitcher this summer or, over the winter, the Rangers will pursue a deal with the New York Yankees that would send Andrus there and create a spot for Profar. I don’t see him playing a significant role on the 2016 big league team.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jurickson profar, rangers

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Players Honor Prince by Changing Walkup Music.

Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.

As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM | 670 comment(s)
  Beats: death, music, orioles, rangers, reds, twins, yankees

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Rise and Fall of Rafael Palmeiro

At the far end of the Mexican restaurant just off the highway in a Dallas suburb, he slides into a booth.

“I could still do it,” Rafael Palmeiro says. “If I had to play a full season, I could probably hit .270, with 25 home runs. It’s between the ears, man.”

The restaurant is half-full for lunch, and the pop music on the speakers drowns out any noise. A lanky, 30-something waiter comes by every five minutes, pauses and asks if he wants water, or if he’s OK. Each time the waiter leaves, he glances back at Palmeiro.

It’s awkward, but it’s not quite celebrity gawking—he doesn’t want a photo. His curiosity is more academic. He studies him. He knows this man, of course. We all do. He was once a sure-fire baseball Hall of Famer. Now the waiter is attempting to fold together the two defining points in this man’s life and make sense of it—the 500th home run followed by his name stamped onto the wall in what was then called the Ballpark in Arlington a few miles down the road, and the announcement he was a cheater two years later.

Palmeiro smiles politely. For nearly 11 years, besides the occasional phone interview and a documentary produced about his college baseball team, he’s disappeared from public life. But now he wants to empty his soul. When the waiter leaves he turns his shoulders to face me.

“This isn’t how I envisioned my life to be.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, peds, rafael palmeiro, rangers

Monday, April 18, 2016

The future is now as MLB pushes real-time data technology | The Star-Telegram

The guys in the control room need to get out and watch a ballgame once in a while.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, technology

Friday, April 15, 2016

Report: Adrian Beltre to stick with Rangers through 2018

The Texas Rangers and Adrian Beltre have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $18 million per year, according to MLB.com.

Beltre, 37, was set to become a free agent at the end of this season, when the six-year contract he signed in January 2011 expires.

Beltre has long been a priority for Texas.

“We would like Adrian to finish his career as a Ranger,” general manager Jon Daniels said last year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2016 at 09:52 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, rangers

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo slugs two more homers for Round Rock Express | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

What kind of hitter will Joey Gallo be? Following his track record of second year adjustments at each level, we might have to wait until 2008 to find out.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:25 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rangers Shin-Soo Choo to DL; Mazara called up | MLB.com

The Mazara Era has begun.

The Rangers have called up outfielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list.

Choo is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a strained right calf muscle, while Chirinos is expected to be out 10-12 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Chirinos was placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Mazara, a left-handed hitter, is coming up to be the everyday right fielder while Choo is sidelined. He was in the lineup batting second on Sunday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 04:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers, robinson chirinos, shin-soo choo

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Potential Rejuvenation of Matt Bush | FanGraphs Baseball

Hopefully, he keeps his life in order.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:30 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: matt bush, rangers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Surprise Five: Thoughts from Monday at Rangers camp | The Star-Telegram

Some good Rangers news.

Ian Desmond was back on the highlight reel Monday with a sizzling one-hop throw to the plate to easily get Nolan Arenado early on. Arenado should have never been sent, but he was and Desmond’s throw was what manager Jeff Banister was talking about last week when he said that Desmond already has one of the best arms in left field in the game.

The Rangers continue to be infatuated with Desmond’s defense, which continues to be a work in progress. It seems as though the Rangers believe he has left field figured out, and Banister remains committed to giving him chances in center field.

Ryan Rua got a chance in right field against the Rockies, and Hanser Alberto got a chance at first base. A bench of Chris Gimenez, Alberto and Rua seems like a good bet if the Rangers go with an eight-man bullpen.

If they have a traditional seven-man bullpen, outfielder Drew Stubbs could be the fourth player over James Jones. The Rangers seem to like Stubbs’ defense a tad more. The Rangers would be without a left-handed hitter on the bench should Stubbs prevail over Jones, but that would be alleviated when/if Josh Hamilton comes off the disabled list in early May.

If.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo hits third home run in four games as Rangers beat Cleveland | SportsDay

Joey Gallo is making an impression.

At it again: Something appears to be working with Joey Gallo’s approach. He homered Tuesday over the right field berm and nearly clearing a party tent that sat behind it. It was his third homer in his last four games and a span of 10 at-bats. Perhaps more impressive: It came off funky lefty Tom Gorzelanny on the first pitch Gallo saw. Gallo singled in his next at-bat, too, and has reached base in 10 of his last 17 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers

Texas Rangers: Sources: Rangers are surveying catching market and Lucroy may not be top target | SportsDay

The Rangers are happy with Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, but they are thin behind him. It is one area in which general manager Jon Daniels recently acknowledged a lack of depth. The Rangers are currently deciding between Chris Gimenez, Michael McKenry and Bobby Wilson for the backup spot.

If the club were to add Norris, who started a career-high 116 games behind the plate last year, it would give them the ability to plan on keeping Chirinos in the 70-80 game range.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 07:56 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: derek norris., rangers

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Rangers’ Joey Gallo hits first spring homer | MLB.com

“I’m trying to be more patient than last year,” said Gallo, the Rangers’ top prospect. “That’s the biggest difference from last year. It wasn’t that I couldn’t hit, I just wasn’t patient. I’m going up there with a different feeling. Early in spring I was trying to see more pitches. Now I’m being more aggressive.”

Gallo, called to the big leagues when Adrian Beltre went on the disabled list in June, played in 36 games for the Rangers as a rookie last season and hit .204 with six home runs, 14 RBIs and 57 strikeouts in 108 at-bats.
He also struggled in the second half after being sent to Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .195 with 14 home runs, 32 RBIs and 90 strikeouts in 200 at-bats. That’s why the Rangers want Gallo to have a quietly productive spring and then go to Round Rock to re-establish his confidence.

“I liked his approach early on,” manager Jeff Banister said. “He was seeing pitches and staying patient. He’s seeing pitches and getting his timing down. I have not seen the [chasing of pitches]. Today he unlocked it and let the bat go. Eventually he is going to get to the point where he is swinging at pitches he can hit.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

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