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

    Jul 3, 2014, 7:23 AM EDT

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    Edwin Encarnacion: “He hanged it, I banged it.” He actually said that.

  2. Tim Hudson’s fountain of youth keeps flowing

    May 28, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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    It should be obvious now which medieval helmet Michael Morse and Hunter Pence should order for Tim Hudson.

  3. Theo vs. Evil Empire: How the Cubs move on from the Tanaka fallout

    May 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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    The urban legend had Theo Epstein destroying a hotel room after he found out Jose Contreras decided on the New York Yankees.

  4. Cubs’ trade forces lining up with Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    May 16, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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    How much longer will Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel be in Chicago?

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

    May 9, 2014, 6:31 AM EDT

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    Getting Shemped: That moment when you decide to stay up late and watch the Dodgers and found out you got stuck with a Josh Beckett start.

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

    Apr 23, 2014, 6:35 AM EDT

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    Pitching porn in Atlanta. Graphic, hard core pitching porn.

  7. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

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    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…

  8. 2013 Preview: The American League West

    Mar 27, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    For the past few days we’ve been previewing the 2013 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West. For the second straight year the Los Angeles Angels have signed the biggest slugger on the free agent market. This time, however, we feel like it’s going to finally work.…

  9. Rangers send top prospect Mike Olt to Triple-A

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    For many and probably even most teams a 24-year-old prospect as good as Mike Olt would be set for an everyday role, but the Rangers’ third base and corner outfield depth means he’s headed back to the minors. Today the Rangers assigned Olt to Triple-A, which he skipped in jumping from Double-A to the majors…

  10. 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,…

  11. Even if Nelson Cruz is suspended, the Rangers are not going after Michael Bourn

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, there are players besides Alex Rodriguez subject to MLB’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic. Players like Nelson Cruz, whose loss due to a suspension would be a way more significant to the Rangers than A-Rod’s would be to the Yankees (heck, A-Rod could serve his suspension while on the disabled list,…

  12. MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo. We’ll share with you their Top 25: 1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX) 2…

  13. Diamondbacks and Padres have discussed Justin Upton-for-Chase Headley deal

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Justin Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors for a long time now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new one. And it’s pretty juicy. Justin Upton for Chase Headley? The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have…

  14. Rangers in talks with Mets about R.A. Dickey trade, but an extension now seems more likely

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Couple of developments on the R.A. Dickey front. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Rangers “expressed willingness” to include prospect Mike Olt in a trade for the 38-year-old knuckleballer but were told by the Mets front office that it’s going to take more. In related news, Martino writes that the…

  15. Report: Justin Upton talks ongoing, this time without the Indians

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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    3:20 p.m. EST update: Rosenthal is quoting an official involved in the talks as saying they’re “not dead,” but that things are no further along than they were going into the winter meetings. 3:00 p.m. EST update: Speaking with reporters about a half hour ago, Rangers GM Jon Daniels aid he was packed and ready…

  16. No progress on Justin Upton four-team trade talks

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Both CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal are reporting that talks between the Diamondbacks, Rangers, Indians and maybe the Rays on a Justin Upton deal have failed to progress. Heyman reports that talks are at a standstill and that the Diamondbacks need more in return for Upton than Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. Other than…

  17. Rosenthal: the Rangers, Diamondbacks, Indians and Rays are discussing a potential mega deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that a potential blockbuster is brewing. Specifically, a mutli-team, multi-player trade that could involve Arizona, Cleveland, Texas and Tampa Bay with Justin Upton, James Shields and Asdrubal Cabrera being the biggest names involved. Rosenthal — while cautioning that a deal is not imminent or even particularly likely at the moment — reports…

  18. The Rangers tried to pry Andrelton Simmons away from the Braves

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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    In the same story that mentioned the Dodgers’ interest in Torii Hunter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today also noted that the Rangers recently tried to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Why would the Rangers do this? Well, general manager Jon Daniels isn’t interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson…

  19. Rangers won’t give up Elvis Andrus or Jurickson Profar for Justin Upton

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    With Justin Upton circulating in trade rumors once again, many have speculated that the Rangers could be a perfect fit. We’re still in the early days of the Hot Stove, so things could change in a hurry, but a deal appears unlikely right now. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Rangers aren’t willing to…

  20. Previewing Saturday’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 3, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Bored without some baseball games in your life? Well, I have good news for you. Some of the game’s top prospects will be featured in tonight’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 p.m. ET. The annual Rising Stars Game has proven…

  21. This just isn’t the time for Yankees to trade Alex Rodriguez

    Oct 19, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

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    As far as I can tell, Alex Rodriguez committed two crimes this month. He played pretty horribly in the playoffs, which hardly put him among the minority of Yankees hitters, and he embarrassed his team by reportedly trying to get a woman’s digits from the dugout. In the case of the latter, absolutely no one…

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

    Sep 13, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    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…

  23. Adrian Beltre departs game vs. Indians with strained left shoulder, will undergo MRI

    Sep 12, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Some potentially awful news here for the Rangers. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, third baseman Adrian Beltre was lifted in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Indians after feeling  discomfort in his left shoulder following a stellar defensive play at the hot corner in the second. Beltre dove hard to his…

  24. The Rangers call up top prospect Jurickson Profar

    Sep 1, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    Today is September 1, which means rosters can be expanded to include anyone on a team’s 40-man roster. With that in mind, we should see plenty of prospects and minor league veterans added to rosters over the next couple of days. We likely aren’t going to see big names like Dylan Bundy, Billy Hamilton and…

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