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  1. Rangers won’t make pre-free agency offer to Josh Hamilton

    Oct 9, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    This afternoon the Rangers held their season-ending press conference with reporters and among the interesting tidbits passed along by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is that they won’t make Josh Hamilton an offer before he hits the open market. Obviously it’s unlikely that Hamilton would have passed up free agency anyway and Nolan Ryan did not…

  2. Josh Hamilton hints at moving on after loss to Orioles

    Oct 6, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    If last night was Josh Hamilton‘s final game in a Rangers’ uniform, it ended pretty ugly. After Hamilton dropped a fly ball during the final game of the regular season against the Athletics, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a double-play ground ball last night. He saw a total of eight pitches. Fans directed…

  3. Josh Hamilton, Ron Washington draw blame for the Rangers’ early exit

    Oct 6, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    I maintain that the Rangers are baseball’s most talented team. That they’re done after one wild card game falls mostly on the shoulders of Josh Hamilton and the shortcomings of manager Ron Washington. Hamilton’s struggles are well chronicled. In the Rangers’ final nine games — seven of which proved to be losses — he went…

  4. Adam Jones gives Orioles lead with sacrifice fly

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

    Adam Jones Getty

    The Orioles have pulled ahead again in Arlington. Adam Jones delivered a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead over the Rangers. J.J. Hardy led off the sixth by dumping a single into shallow right field before Chris Davis singled to right to move him to…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  8. Rangers GM: Josh Hamilton hasn’t been at his best

    Oct 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    While the Rangers downplayed the idea that anything happened between manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton in the dugout during Wednesday’s season finale, GM Jon Daniels admitted that his former MVP is struggling some at the moment. Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com has the quotes: “It’s easy to pick out one guy, but it’s…

  9. Orioles pick Joe Saunders as Wild Card playoff game starter

    Oct 4, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: Sure enough, the Orioles just announced that they’re going with Saunders over Johnson against the Rangers. Showalter indicated that Johnson’s knee injury played a factor in the decision. ========= Yu Darvish will start the Wild Card playoff game for the Rangers, but the Orioles remain undecided on who they’ll have on the mound. Or…

  10. Miguel Cabrera wins first Triple Crown since 1967

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    miguel cabrera triple crown getty

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera entered tonight’s season finale against the Royals ranking first in the American League in batting average, homers and runs batted in. And that’s right where he’ll finish. Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Wednesday night in Kansas City, but he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Kauffman…

  11. Evan Longoria hits three homers in Rays’ finale

    Oct 3, 2012, 9:53 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria

    Evan Longoria hit solo homers his first three times up against the Orioles before grounding out in his fourth and final at-bat in the Rays’ 4-1 victory Wednesday. Longoria entered with 14 homers in 73 games this season. He took Chris Tillman deep in the first and fourth innings tonight and then delivered again versus…

  12. A’s finish sweep of Rangers, win AL West

    Oct 3, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Ryan Cook

    The A’s finished off their incredible comeback in style Wednesday, overcoming a 5-1 deficit to pound the Rangers 12-5 and win the AL West. Today marks the first time all year the A’s have been alone in first place in the AL West. They were as many as 13 games behind Texas on June 30.…

  13. What’s left to play for in Game 162?

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour celebrates after the Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers during their MLB baseball game in Oakland

    We’ve played 161 games and still not everything is decided. What’s left? American League The Yankees hold a one-game lead over the Orioles. A New York win or an Orioles loss gives the division to the Yankees.  If the Bombers lose and the O’s win, we have a one-game playoff tomorrow, in Baltimore, to see who…

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

    Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Don’t you love the word “penultimate?” Me too! Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: It took twelve innings, but Raul Ibanez‘s heroics won the day. He homered off Boston closer/arsonist Andrew Bailey to bring the Yankees back from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth and then he singled in the improbably-in-the-game Frankie Cervelli to walk it…

  15. A’s beat Rangers again, AL West still up for grabs

    Oct 3, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Brandon Moss

    One imagines the A’s would have been perfectly happy with the wild card a few weeks ago. Now they’re one game away from winning the AL West. Travis Blackley allowed one run and three hits in six innings and the bullpen came through one more time Tuesday as the A’s topped the Rangers 3-1 to…

  16. Mariners trying to attract bats, fans with Safeco changes

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Safeco new dimensions

    Let’s face it, there’s one very big reason the Mariners are pulling in the fences at Safeco Field next year: Attendance/game 2007: 32,588 2008: 28,762 2009: 27,105 2010: 25,749 2011: 23,411 2012: 21,417 The Mariners peaked at more than 43,000 fans per game while leading the AL in attendance in 2001 and ’02. They ranked…

  17. Two days left: here’s where it stands

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    For those of you too busy watching football or something silly like that last night, here’s where we stand with two days left in the regular season. Nine of the ten playoff teams are known: the Yankees, Orioles, Tigers, Rangers and Athletics will represent the American League. The Nationals, Braves, Reds and Giants will represent…

  18. Triple Crown Watch

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The latest on Miguel Cabrera‘s chase for the Triple Crown: Batting Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera   .329 2. Mike Trout   .325 3. Joe Mauer   .322 Home Run Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  44 2. Josh Hamilton  43 3. Edwin Encarnacion  42 RBI Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  137 2. Josh Hamilton  127 Among those leaders,…

  19. Derek Jeter led MLB in jersey sales for third straight year

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Jeters-Girl

    MLB released its annual list of top-selling jerseys and Derek Jeter topped the list for the third consecutive season. Here’s the complete top 10 since the All-Star break: 1. Derek Jeter, Yankees 2. Josh Hamilton, Rangers 3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 4. Bryce Harper, Nationals 5. Mike Trout, Angels 6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 7. Yu Darvish,…

  20. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  21. Tigers win, White Sox fall three back with three to play

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    The Tigers bested the Twins 2-1 in Minnesota on Sunday, but the White Sox failed to keep pace,  losing 6-2 to the Rays to fall three games back in the AL Central with three to play. B.J. Upton hit his 27th and 28th homers for Tampa Bay, and David Price was in control, yielding two…

  22. Miguel Cabrera is currently in Triple Crown position

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    miguel cabrera getty

    Baseball’s Triple Crown is sort of cool because it’s been celebrated for close to a century and because 12 of the 13 players to accomplish the feat went on to join the Hall of Fame. It’s also outdated, as new stats have emerged that do a better job of evaluating offensive production. But enough of…

  23. Irritated eyes are the new strained obliques

    Sep 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Baseball injuries seem to come in bunches and the latest “trend” has shifted from oblique strains to irritated eyes. Coco Crisp has missed most of the past two weeks with pink eye. Josh Hamilton missed a week with dried out corneas from too much caffeine. And now Twins starter Samuel Deduno left this afternoon’s game…

  24. Joe Mauer closes batting title gap on Miguel Cabrera with MLB-leading 22nd three-hit game

    Sep 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Mauer AP

    For a while it looked like Miguel Cabrera‘s biggest hurdle in claiming the triple crown would be topping Josh Hamilton in homers, but Joe Mauer has been on fire this month to close the gap in the batting average race. Mauer had his MLB-leading 22nd three-hit game of the season last night and is now…

  25. Josh Hamilton homers in return from latest “weird” injury

    Sep 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton returned to the Rangers’ lineup last night after missing five games with what was initially called a sinus infection and later diagnosed as ocular keratitis. Either way the former MVP had vision problems, which are now being blamed on too much caffeine and sports drinks drying out his corneas. Or as Hamilton joked…

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