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  1. Joakim Soria finally cleared to join Rangers bullpen

    Jul 7, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    soria getty

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

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

    Feb 11, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    soria getty wide

    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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Rangers clinch postseason berths for themselves, Orioles and Yankees

    Sep 30, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    After a rare Joe Nathan blown save and a rough loss in the opener, the Rangers came back to beat the Angels 8-7 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader and clinch at least a wild card berth. Mike Napoli again made some noise against his former team, homering twice and matching his career high with…

  15. No, Jayson Stark, Craig Kimbrel is not the NL Cy Young

    Sep 22, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Craig Kimbrel

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark built his Cy Young case for Craig Kimbrel in Friday’s column. It’s chock full of some delicious statistics that demonstrate Kimbrel’s unprecedented accomplishments, and it’s well worth reading. It’s actually a really good column. I just totally disagree with the premise. Now, I’m not one to say relievers don’t deserve consideration for…

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

    Sep 14, 2012, 3:46 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1: A must-win for both teams if they wanted to stop the bleeding, but a muster-win for L.A. since they’re behind in the standings. Just didn’t happen, though. Lance Lynn, back in the rotation in a spot start, allowed one run in six innings and struck out seven to give the Cardinals a…

  17. Joe Nathan lost a bet to Mike Adams and had to dress up like Tony Romo

    Sep 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    joe nathan as tony romo

    Rangers bullpen-mates Joe Nathan (who grew up in New York) and Mike Adams (who grew up in Texas) made a bet on Wednesday night’s Giants-Cowboys game. Nathan took the Giants, Adams took the Cowboys, and the loser had to dress up like Tony Romo and wear a full football uniform for all of batting yesterday…

  18. Justin Verlander gets lit up, puts AL All-Stars in 5-0 hole

    Jul 10, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Justin Verlander had made 13 career starts at Kauffman Stadium and never given up more than four runs. Of course, he was facing the Royals in those outings. The NL All-Stars roughed up Verlander in the first inning Tuesday, scoring five runs on four hits and two walks. Ryan Braun started the scoring with an…

  19. Ron Washington picks Fernando Rodney as All-Star closer

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney

    Fernando Rodney simply making the All-Star team at age 35 and after five consecutive seasons with an ERA higher than 4.00 is amazing enough, but apparently he’ll also be asked to close out the game if the American League has a ninth-inning lead. Rodney told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that AL manager…

  20. Austin Jackson, Bryce Harper lead All-Star snubs

    Jul 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    You knew it was coming. In truth, I think those in charge did a better job of picking this season’s All-Stars than they have in recent years. Still, I have some disagreements, even if none of them are quite as vehement as last season’s. Austin Jackson (OF Tigers) – Jackson’s DL stint probably cost him…

  21. Selection Sunday: Your 2012 All-Star rosters are revealed…

    Jul 1, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    mlb all-star patch

    Major League Baseball is announcing the All-Star rosters for each league this afternoon during an hour-long special on TBS. We’ll update this post as the names come in: The 2012 MLB All-Star Game is next Tuesday, July 10, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. AMERICAN LEAGUE Starters C Mike Napoli 1B Prince Fielder 2B…

  22. Alexi Ogando moving back into Rangers’ rotation to replace injured Derek Holland

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    Texas’ rotation took another hit today, as the Rangers placed Derek Holland on the disabled list with “left shoulder fatigue.” He’s also lost 15 pounds in the past two weeks while dealing with a stomach virus. To replace Holland on the roster they called up hard-throwing relief prospect Tanner Scheppers from Triple-A, where the 2009…

  23. Rangers unsure which role Neftali Feliz will fill once healthy

    May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Neftali Feliz Getty

    Neftali Feliz is expected to miss the remainder of the first half with a sprained elbow, so whenever Roy Oswalt is ready to join the Rangers there will be an open spot in the rotation waiting for him. As for what happens when Oswalt is starting every fifth day and Feliz is ready to return…

  24. Rangers beat Tigers thanks to blown call

    Apr 22, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton, Michael Young

    Aided by a blown call that gave Texas a run in the top of the 11th, the Rangers edged the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday to claim the four-game series and maintain the game’s best record at 13-3. The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the 11th versus reliever Thad Weber, who was making…

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

    Apr 12, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Oakland Athletics

    Athletics 5, Royals 4: Jonathan Broxton walked two batters and hit two batters to blow the game in the 12th inning. That, my friends, is how you blow a save. Without doubt and with authority. None of this pussyfooting around with grounders that just get past an infielder. Decisive action brings order to a world full…

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