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  1. 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…

  2. Joe Nathan can void option for 2014, hopes to land multi-year deal

    Sep 21, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that when Rangers closer Joe Nathan reached 55 games finished on Thursday, it triggered a clause which allows him to void a $9.5 million club option for 2014 and test free agency. While the veteran right-hander would like to stay with Texas, his first priority is to get a multi-year…

  3. This is one of the worst strike calls you will see this year

    Sep 14, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    The scene: Nationals trail the Phillies 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh. They had just scored three to get back in the game. Bryce Harper represents the tying run on third base. Wilson Ramos steps to the plate against Phillies reliever B.J. Rosenberg. He trails 1-2 in the count but has fouled off four…

  4. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  5. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 19, 2013, 6:31 AM EDT

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    Yankees 9, Red Sox 6: All of the fireworks. All of the intrigue. All of the A-Rod. But this game really came down to the bullpens. The Yankees’ was fresh and effective, the Red Sox’ wasn’t. Our more thorough write-up can be read here. For now the Red Sox probably need to think less about…

  6. Ron Washington wins 582nd game to become Rangers all-time winningest manager

    Aug 4, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians

    Behind starter Derek Holland, the Rangers shut out the Athletics 4-0 to take a series win and cut their deficit in the AL West to 2.5 games. The victory was Ron Washington’s 582nd as Rangers manager, moving into first place for the most in Rangers history. Bobby Valentine had been in the lead with 581,…

  7. 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…

  8. Cops, witness say Tanner Scheppers ‘lost a bar fight’

    Jul 28, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    tanner scheppers getty

    Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers told reporters he was sucker-punched by a group of males after having dinner on Thursday night in Cleveland, thus explaining his suddenly-bruised left eye and the cuts on his face. But that might not be the actual story. A witness to Scheppers’ supposed sucker punch told Clevescene.com that the incident happened…

  9. Rangers open to trading closer Joe Nathan

    Jul 28, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

    nathan getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal shares this big scoop: Teams in need of a closer soon may have a stunning new possibility to consider. The Texas Rangers have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander Joe Nathan, according to major league sources. If the Rangers proceed, it would be with the idea of dealing from strength and exploiting…

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners

    Mariners 4, Indians 3: The M’s just keep on winning. That’s eight in a row, with this one ending interestingly. The Indians had runners on the corners with no one out in the ninth. Then Drew Stubbs got caught in a rundown he probably shouldn’t have gotten caught in between third and home, ending the…

  11. Mariano Rivera is amazing, but Joe Nathan is great too

    Jul 17, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Yankees pitcher Rivera hugs Rangers pitcher Nathan after the American League defeated the National League in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York

    In order to guarantee that Mariano Rivera could make an appearance in his final All-Star game manager Jim Leyland used him in the eighth inning, which led to Joe Nathan closing out the win for the American League in the ninth. That wasn’t quite ideal, although it didn’t seem to take away from the spectacular…

  12. The American League wins the 2013 All-Star Game 3-0

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    84th MLB All-Star Game

    Another Midsummer Classic in the bag. Another scoresheet which looks like a train wreck, but that’s how the All-Star Game rolls. And the American League rolled to victory here at Citi Field, beating the National League 3 to 0. As with most All-Star Games it was the small moments which were the most memorable. Here…

  13. Joakim Soria finally cleared to join Rangers bullpen

    Jul 7, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria agreed to a two-year, $8 million free agent contract with the Rangers in December 2012. And he is finally ready to begin contributing. Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that the right-hander was activated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning and will be in the Rangers’ bullpen for Sunday afternoon’s…

  14. Joakim Soria close to joining Rangers

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joakim Soria AP

    Joakim Soria has thrown five scoreless innings while rehabbing in the minors and Master Tesfatsion of MLB.com reports that the once-dominant reliever “could join the Rangers next week.” Soria is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery last spring and has a 7/1 K/BB ratio while allowing just one hit in five appearances. He’d likely…

  15. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2013, 6:26 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura

    Pirates 4, Brewers 3: Andrew McCutchen with a walkoff bomb in the 12th. John Axford surrendered the lead in the eighth. He’s got a nifty 9.20 ERA now. Dodgers 2, Nationals 0: Clayton Kershaw stuck out 11 in eight and two-thirds shutout innings. He tossed 132 pitches: the most in his career and the most…

  16. Joakim Soria has strained pectoral muscle, not expected to pitch for Rangers until July

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria AP

    When the Rangers signed reliever Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million contract during the offseason, they were hoping that he would make it back from Tommy John surgery in late May or early June. It turns out that they’ll be waiting a bit longer. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soria…

  17. Joe Nathan picks up 300th career save

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Lost in the terrible strike call that ended yesterday’s Rangers-Rays game is that the pitch closed out the 300th save of Joe Nathan‘s career, moving him into a tie for 22nd place on the all-time list with Bruce Sutter and Jason Isringhausen. What makes Nathan’s save total especially impressive is that he didn’t become a…

  18. You’re not going to believe the call that ended the Rays-Rangers game

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan strike 2

    Rangers closer Joe Nathan picked up his 300th career save Monday on a pitch that not even he fathomed was a strike. Rays manager Joe Maddon tweeted immediately afterwards: “That can’t happen in a major league game.” But it can and did in the Rangers’ 5-4 win over the Rays. In truth, it wasn’t nearly…

  19. Rangers strike out 15 Astros in second straight shutout

    Apr 3, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    Alexi Ogando wasn’t quite Yu Darvish today, but he did surrender just four hits and strike out 10 Astros over 6 1/3 innings in the Rangers’ 4-0 win. Michael Kirkman and Joe Nathan combined to fan five in relief, giving the Rangers their second straight 15-strikeout game. Darvish racked up that many all by himself…

  20. Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    soria getty

    Via Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return. “I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything…

  21. Joakim Soria throws off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Joakim Soria may not be ready to join the Rangers’ bullpen until late May or early June, but he took a major step today in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Soria threw off a mound today for the first time since going under the knife last April.…

  22. Joe Nathan declines World Baseball Classic invite

    Jan 16, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers

    Matt Harrison turned down an offer to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic and now his teammate Joe Nathan has done the same, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. Nathan is 38 years old and just two seasons removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, so at this point in his…

  23. Joakim Soria targeting June return from elbow surgery

    Jan 10, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Texas signed Joakim Soria to a two-year, $8 million deal to serve as Joe Nathan‘s setup man, but it won’t be for a while. Soria told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s targeting late May or early June for his return from Tommy John elbow surgery. Soria underwent the surgery last April and many…

  24. Joakim Soria agrees to two-year contract with Rangers

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    Joakim Soria, who had his $8 million option declined by the Royals, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Soria missed all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery, but was among the elite closers in baseball from 2007-2011, saving 160 games with a 2.40 ERA in…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Yankees 9, Blue Jays 6: 159 games and NOTHING has been decided in the AL East. And, say what you want about the new playoff setup, but the fact that it matters so much who wins the division makes this a fantastic final three days. The Yankees close things out with…

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