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  1. Nice slide, Ian Kinsler

    May 17, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Darvish vs. Verlander was the draw, but neither of them were all that sharp. As such, this first inning slide from Ian Kinsler, given the GIF treatment by Drew Sheppard, was easily the highlight of last night’s Tigers-Ranger ballgame: If I had the skills I’d insert audio over that with Kinsler saying “My face! My…

  2. April leaders: MLB’s best after one month

    May 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Touring a handful of first-month leaderboards, with Matt Harvey leading the way.

  3. Hisashi Iwakuma prevails in duel with Yu Darvish

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Pitching on his 32nd birthday, Hisashi Iwakuma outdueled Yu Darvish in a battle of Japanese starters Friday as the Mariners beat the Rangers 3-1. Darvish opened the bottom of the first by hitting Jason Bay with one out and then giving up three singles, putting the Rangers in the early 3-0 hole. He was stellar…

  4. Josh Hamilton rebounds, but Rangers beat Angels 7-3

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Even though Josh Hamilton finished his return to Texas by going 3-for-5, the Rangers claimed the series Sunday night, beating the Angels 7-3. Unfortunately, Hamilton failed to come through when it would have made the biggest difference. After Yu Darvish opened the top of the first with a walk, a hit by pitch and another…

  5. Josh Hamilton has miserable return to Texas in Angels’ loss

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers fans hold signs mocking Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton in Arlington, Texas

    Josh Hamilton had no answer for the boos that rained down in his return to Arlington on Friday; the former AL MVP went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a couple of misplays in right field as the Angels lost to the Rangers 3-2. Adrian Beltre hit a game-tying homer for Texas in the seventh, and…

  6. Quote of the Day: Ian Kinsler on Darvish’s near-perfecto

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Hey Ian Kinsler: did you think, with two out in the ninth, that Yu Darvish was gonna nail down that perfect game? “I’ve learned not to think that, ‘This is it,’” second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “I was definitely thinking what the celebration would be like. If there’s one team that’s not going to take…

  7. What does Elvis Andrus’ extension mean for Ian Kinsler and Jurickson Profar?

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Elvis Andrus‘ eight-year, $120 million contract extension puts an end to any speculation that the Rangers would trade him to clear shortstop for stud prospect Jurickson Profar, but in doing so it opens up another can of worms involving Ian Kinsler. Profar is arguably the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, so presuming that the…

  8. UPDATE: Rangers, Elvis Andrus reach an agreement on a $120 million extension

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the deal is done. 2:42 AM: Despite the presence of Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings, the Rangers have decided to lock up Elvis Andrus to an eight-year, $120 million deal, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. Rosenthal reports that the contract would supersede Andrus’…

  9. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  10. Astros kick off the 2013 season with a victory

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

    The Houston Astros, playing their inaugural game as a member of the American League, defeated the Texas Rangers 8-2 on Opening Day in Major League Baseball. The Astros got on the board first in the fourth inning when Justin Maxwell tripled to left field on a fly ball that bounced high off of the wall…

  11. Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    minute maid park getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s season-opening game between the Rangers and Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s on ESPN. TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Brett Wallace, 1B 3. Lance Berkman,…

  12. Jurickson Profar likely to begin season at Triple-A

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Roadblocked by Ian Kinsler at second base and Elvis Andrus at shortstop, Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar will likely begin the season with Triple-A Round Rock, according to T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are leaning heavily on keeping Leury Garcia as their utility infielder so that Profar can play every day at Triple-A Round Rock. The…

  13. 2013 Preview: Texas Rangers

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers overcome the loss of Josh Hamilton to free agency? Hamilton was,…

  14. Yankees have talked to Robinson Cano about extension

    Feb 8, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    New York Yankees infielder Robinson Cano gestures during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Tampa

    Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner told reporters today that “there’s been a conversation or two” with Robinson Cano about a long-term contract extension. Cano is entering the final season of a deal signed in February of 2008 and will make $15 million before hitting the open market as a free agent. Cano is a Scott Boras…

  15. Ian Kinsler will be the Rangers’ second baseman, Jurickson Profar in the minors

    Jan 8, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    profar getty

    There was a brief period in the early offseason when it was thought that perhaps prospect Jurickson Profar would be given the Rangers’ second base job, moving Ian Kinsler to first base.  But that’s out the window: #Rangers approaching 2013 as Ian Kinsler as the second baseman and Mitch Moreland at first, says Jon Daniels. —…

  16. Amid reports of unhappiness Ian Kinsler repeats willingness to change positions for Rangers

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Andrus and Kinsler celebrate after defeating Los Angeles Angels during their MLB baseball game in Anaheim

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writing yesterday that Ian Kinsler “is not thrilled with the idea of changing positions less than a year after signing a five-year, $75 million contract extension” led to Kinsler being asked about the situation last night and he reiterated the willingness to play wherever the Rangers want him: My feeling is…

  17. Ian Kinsler “not thrilled with the idea of changing positions”

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Last month amid questions about how top prospect Jurickson Profar will fit into the Rangers’ lineup Ian Kinsler said he’d be willing to play wherever the team wants him: I’m paid to be a Texas Ranger. Where I play on the field is not my decision. I’m going to do whatever I can to help…

  18. Ian Kinsler would switch positions if asked by Rangers

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Jurickson Profar is regarded as one of the top position prospects in the game, but there’s no room for him in the Rangers’ infield as long as Elvis Andrus is at shortstop and Ian Kinsler is at second base. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is reluctant to part with either Profar or Andrus, at least…

  19. 2012 projections review: second base

    Oct 26, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This is the third entry in a position-by-position review of my 2012 projections. Along with looking at my top preseason top 10 (for fantasy purposes) from each spot, I’m highlighting some other interesting players. Any requests for players not covered can be made in the comments. 1. Robinson Cano – Yankees Projection: .309/.362/.520, 30 HR,…

  20. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  21. Joe Saunders escapes jam to preserve 1-1 tie vs. Rangers through four innings

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders Getty

    Most didn’t give Joe Saunders much of a chance against the Rangers in this game, especially after seeing how Ron Washington stacked his lineup with right-handed batters, but he has allowed one run through four innings to preserve a 1-1 tie. It hasn’t been easy, though. Saunders walked Ian Kinsler to begin the game. Elvis…

  22. Orioles take early lead thanks to Michael Young error

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    JJ Hardy Getty

    The Orioles have jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in their do-or-die Wild Card matchup against the Rangers in Arlington. Nate McLouth led off the game by smacking a hard-hit ball to Michael Young at first base, who was unable to get a handle on it. McLouth then stole second base before he was…

  23. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  24. A’s hit five homers, lose to Rangers anyway

    Sep 27, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Josh Reddick, Mike Gallego

    Rangers setup man Mike Adams had allowed one homer in 51 2/3 innings this season until suddenly giving up three to the five A’s hitters he faced today. Fortunately for Adams, the Rangers had a 9-4 cushion when he entered and they went on to win 9-7 to split a four-game series with the A’s.…

  25. MRI shows no damage, so Adrian Beltre returns to lineup

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    adrian beltre getty

    UPDATE: Change of plans, as Beltre apparently talked manager Ron Washington into letting him be the Rangers’ designated hitter tonight. ========== Adrian Beltre is not in the Rangers’ lineup tonight after leaving last night’s game with a shoulder injury, but the good news is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage. Jeff Wilson of…

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