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  1. Trout? Cabrera? Doesn’t matter much. They both had MVP seasons

    Nov 15, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    A quick thought on the Miguel Cabrera-Mike Trout MVP race. As you might know, I had a vote this year. And I voted for Trout. I suppose that won’t be a shocker for anyone on this site. I’ve never hidden my strong opinion that while Cabrera’s the best hitter in the game, Trout is the best…

  2. Manny Machado and Andrelton Simmons win Platinum Glove Awards

    Nov 8, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    platinum glove award

    The third-annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards were announced earlier this evening, recognizing the best defensive player in each league. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won the award for the American League while Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons took home the honors for the National League. Only those who won Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were eligible for…

  3. Voting now open for Platinum Glove Awards

    Oct 29, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    platinum glove award

    The 2013 Gold Glove Award winners have been announced. Now you can help determine which of those recipients deserves a Platinum Glove — given each year (since 2011) to one player in each league. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has won it both times in the NL and has to be considered the favorite again given…

  4. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  5. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  6. So, what’s the market for Billy Butler anyway?

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Josh Phegley, Jerry Meals, Billy Butler

    This kind of doubles as a “what’s the market for Kendrys Morales?” post, too. Anyway, the Royals have let it be known that Billy Butler is available, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Had they done this a year ago, they would have been in line for a nice return. Now? Probably not so much. Butler…

  7. Four years later, 2009 free-agent pair comes up big in LCSs

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Headlined by three players, the post-2009 season MLB free agent class was undoubtedly the weakest seen in at least a decade. The prizes: Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday (acquired from the A’s earlier that summer), Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay and Angels right-hander John Lackey. The field was so bad that the fourth biggest contract went…

  8. Ron Washington will be back as Rangers manager in 2014

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

    ron washington getty

    The Rangers won two pennants under Ron Washington, but after a division title-costing late-season fade two years in row and after last night’s loss to the Rays, some folks may have suspected that his job was in jeopardy. Not so: Just spoke to Rangers GM Jon Daniels. He said there is “not a question” Ron…

  9. Pouliot’s postseason award picks: American League

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Evan Longoria made his case for moving up the MVP ballot with his big game Monday, but while it’s safe to say the Rays wouldn’t have reached the postseason without him, he was still no better than the AL’s third best third baseman. It was, in fact, the year of the third baseman in the…

  10. Rays add insurance run thanks to errant throw, last licks for Rangers

    Sep 30, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers

    The Rays were denied an insurance run due to a blown call in the seventh inning, but they got one in the ninth inning thanks to a wild throw from catcher A.J. Pierzynski. After Sam Fuld led off the top of the ninth inning with a single against Tanner Scheppers, he moved over to second…

  11. Alex Rios cuts Rays’ lead to 4-2 with RBI double

    Sep 30, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rios AP

    The Rays added a run in the top of the sixth inning with an RBI double by David DeJesus, but the Rangers fought right back in the bottom-half of the frame. After Elvis Andrus reached on a one-out single and stole second base, Alex Rios delivered a double off the left field wall to cut…

  12. The lineups for Game 163 have been posted

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz, Gary Pettis

    Rays vs. Rangers for the right to play on. Here are the lineups: RANGERS 2B Ian Kinsler SS Elvis Andrus RF Alex Rios 3B Adrian Beltre C A.J. Pierzynski DH Nelson Cruz 1B Mitch Moreland LF Craig Gentry CF Leonys Martin P Martin Perez Cruz in the lineup will cause some moralists to get the vapors, but maybe they can fan themselves with the CBA…

  13. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2013, 6:32 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 6, Angels 5: They were up then down then bang! Jurickson Profar with the walkoff blast. This one would’ve been way easier, however, if Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre all hadn’t committed errors in the second inning, allowing three unearned runs. But it was a must-win game and the Rangers won. Indians 6, Twins 5: A win,…

  14. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  15. Alex Rios hits for the cycle against the Astros

    Sep 23, 2013, 10:26 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Rios is congratulated by teammate Andrus and manager Washington after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during their MLB American League baseball game in Arlington

    Rangers outfielder Alex Rios became the third player this year to hit for the cycle Monday, doing so in just six innings against the hapless Astros. Oddly enough, all three cycles this year have been contained entirely within the AL West. The Angels’ Mike Trout had one in May against the Mariners, and the Astros’…

  16. Matt Garza dominates Royals, keeps the Rangers in the hunt

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The once-strong Rangers have had a miserable September, entering tonight’s affair against the Royals with 14 losses in 18 games during the month. With recently-acquired starter Matt Garza on the hill, the Rangers made a strong effort in reversing their fortunes tonight. The Rangers went up 3-0 early on Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie, scoring once…

  17. Adam Jones reaches 30 homers, 100 RBI… and 20 walks!

    Sep 5, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Adam Jones

    Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones hit a solo homer in the first inning Thursday against the White Sox, giving him 30 homers and 100 RBI on the season. Three innings later, he reached another little milestone: he walked for the 20th time in 567 at-bats. Barring a stunning turn of events, Jones is about…

  18. Rangers sac bunt in third, score 11 runs

    Aug 19, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin

    It was just the way Ron Washington drew it up. Ian Kinsler, the Rangers’ No. 3 hitter, bunted two runners with none out in the bottom of the third with Texas up 2-1 on Houston tonight. An intentional walk to Adrian Beltre followed. Then came the 11 runs. 11! Here’s the whole gory inning: -…

  19. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 8, 2013, 5:17 AM EDT

    Alejandro De Aza,

    All kinds of comebacks on Wednesday. Let’s call it “Comeback Wednesday!” — wait, what? Really? OK, sorry folks. The people in the marketing department said that’s impossibly lame. They’re working on something centering around the idea of “Extreme Comebacks” but they want to focus group it first. We’ll let you know. White Sox 6, Yankees…

  20. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 6, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals

    Royals 13, Twins 0: Hard to envision any more of a domination than this. A four hit shutout for Jeremy Guthrie while the Royals offense puts up a baker’s dozen. Jamey Carroll was literally the most effective pitcher of the game for the Twins. Eric Hosmer drove in five. Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: Fifteen straight…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 1, 2013, 7:05 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 6, White Sox 5: Living with a Tigers fan is kinda hard sometimes. Like, when you have the Indians-White Sox game on the TV, she wants the Indians to lose, the White Sox blow a two-run lead in the ninth and then Carlos Santana hits a walkoff homer in extras. It’s even more complicated…

  22. The Rangers are even open to trading Matt Garza

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    That’s according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers will consider just about anything as they attempt to improve before the deadline. That means Elvis Andrus. It means Joe Nathan. And it means the newly acquired Matt Garza, who was just picked up from the Cubs for four prospects nine days ago. Garza is 1-0 with…

  23. Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the same inning last night

    Jul 27, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    There was a fun baseball rarity in last night’s game between the Astros and Blue Jays, as Edwin Encarnacion homered twice in the very same inning. Encarnacion took Paul Clemens deep for a solo shot to lead off the seventh inning and later hit a grand slam off Hector Ambriz to put the exclamation point…

  24. Cubs make out well in trading Matt Garza to Rangers

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The new rules that took effect last year made trading quality free-agents-to-be to be trickier than ever. That’s because the deal itself makes a supplemental first-round pick just disappear into the ether. The acquiring team is forced to offer extra compensation for something it’s not going to get back in return, while the seller knows…

  25. Max Scherzer loses for the first time in 2013

    Jul 13, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Max Scherzer Getty

    Tigers starter Max Scherzer entered his final start of the first half a sterling 13-0 with a 3.06 ERA. With a victory over the Rangers tonight, he could have improved to 14-0, matching Roger Clemens’ historic start in 1986. The Rangers, however, had other ideas. Scherzer allowed three runs in the top of the third…

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