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

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:22 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Angels 4, Tigers 3: Watched most of this one as I painted a couple of rooms in my house. Two highlights of the game for me were (1) overhearing my girlfriend use some really bad language the second or third time the Tigers left the bases loaded; and (2) Tigers color commentator Rod Allen, when describing…

  2. Jered Weaver falls on left arm, leaves start

    Apr 7, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Jered Weaver

    Forced to dodge a Mitch Moreland liner back through the box, Jered Weaver twisted oddly and fell on his left (non-pitching) arm in Sunday’s game against the Rangers. The Angels are calling the injury a strained left elbow. X-rays were negative. They won’t know about his availability for his next start for a couple of…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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,…

  5. Mitch Moreland is in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    moreland getty

    Add another name to the “Best Shape Of His Life” list, via Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: Mitch Moreland showed up for one of his few public appearances with the Texas Rangers this offseason (at a Winter Caravan event on Tuesday night) looking fit and ready for spring training. Moreland said he’s lost 10 pounds…

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

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    nelson cruz reuters wide

    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,…

  7. 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. —…

  8. Adrian Beltre homers three times in rout of Orioles

    Aug 22, 2012, 11:01 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Adrian Beltre went yard three times, including twice in a nine-run fourth inning, in the Rangers’ 12-3 defeat of the Orioles on Wednesday. Beltre and Mitch Moreland both knocked in five runs in the game. Moreland had a grand slam as part of the huge fourth inning. It was the first career three-homer game for…

  9. Ryan Dempster gets bombed, Rangers win anyway

    Aug 3, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    Making his Rangers debut, Ryan Dempster surrendered eight runs Thursday against the Angels, yet opposing starter C.J. Wilson was just as bad and Texas won a shootout 15-9. Dempster gave up his eight runs in 4 2/3 innings, while Wilson, an ex-Ranger who left for Anaheim in free agency last winter,yielded eight runs in 5…

  10. Rangers’ struggling lineup gets Mitch Moreland back

    Jul 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Texas’ lineup has been brutally bad this month, averaging an AL-worst 3.4 runs per game, so the Rangers will hope that Mitch Moreland‘s return from the disabled list can provide a spark. Moreland has been out since mid-June with a strained hamstring, but hit .272 with 10 homers and an .838 OPS in 55 games…

  11. Mitch Moreland out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

    Jun 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    moreland getty

    As soon as Mitch Moreland injured his hamstring Tuesday the Rangers were pretty convinced he’d need a disabled list stint. That became official today and the team announced that he’s expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Obviously the Rangers’ lineup is deep enough to withstand the loss–Moreland has been hitting near the bottom of the batting…

  12. Mitch Moreland expected to go on DL with hamstring injury

    Jun 20, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    moreland getty

    Mitch Moreland exited last night’s game after injuring his hamstring and it sounds like the Rangers expect him to need a disabled list stint. Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star Telegram reports that he’ll undergo an MRI exam today, so an official move may wait until Thursday. Moreland has quietly been very productive at…

  13. Mitch Moreland rejoins Rangers lineup, but Michael Young sits out with back injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    Mitch Moreland returns to the Rangers’ lineup tonight after missing three games following oral surgery for an abscessed tooth, but Michael Young will be on the bench with a back injury. Moreland is set to play Young’s usual spot, designated hitter, while Brandon Snyder is getting the start at first base. Young exited last night’s…

  14. Mitch Moreland misses two games with abscessed tooth

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    moreland getty

    Mitch Moreland was out of the Rangers’ lineup yesterday for the second straight game because of an abscessed tooth and will use today’s break in the schedule to undergo oral surgery, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Mike Napoli came out from behind the plate to start at first base in Moreland’s absence yesterday, but…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  16. Rangers should grab Brandon Allen off waivers from A’s

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Left-handed hitting first basemen/designated hitters certainly aren’t in popular demand at the moment, and there’s a good chance Brandon Allen will clear waivers after being designated for assignment by the A’s on Monday. Still, there are a few teams that might want to take a chance on him, including Oakland’s division rival in Texas. The…

  17. Buster Posey makes it through his first play at the plate

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey was involved in a play at the plate last night for the first time since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus singled into center field and center fielder Angel Pagan made a strong throw to…

  18. Mitch Moreland “feeling great” after November wrist surgery

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    moreland getty

    Mitch Moreland underwent wrist surgery in November that was expected to sideline him for 8-12 weeks, but yesterday the Rangers first baseman told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’s “feeling great” and has been taking swings four times per week with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. Moreland might be slightly behind everyone else at the beginning…

  19. The case of the Texas Rangers and the incredibly shrinking strikeout rates

    Jan 23, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli

    One of things that really stood out when I was doing projections over the last month was how the 2011 Rangers had a bunch of guys that didn’t strike out anywhere near as much as usual. In fact, seven of their nine veterans with at least 400 plate appearances last season set new career-lows when…

  20. Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Brad Hawpe was a bust for the Padres last season, earning $3 million while hitting just .231 with a .645 OPS in his first full season away from Coors Field, and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers. Hawpe’s numbers were always inflated by playing half…

  21. Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the…

  22. UPDATE: Rangers among teams interested in Brad Hawpe

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Eric Patterson, Brad Hawpe

    UPDATE: According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are interested in Hawpe. They are considering him as insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland is slow coming back from wrist surgery. 9:31 PM: Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu news on the very same night? This Hot Stove is a-burnin’. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com…

  23. Will the Rangers try to keep up with the Angels?

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    The Rangers can come close to matching their AL West rivals; all they’d need to do is commit $150 million-$200 million to free agent Prince Fielder and then another $80 million-$100 million in the form of a posting fee and a contract for Yu Darvish. What’s the big deal? As things stand now, the Rangers are currently…

  24. Deducing Albert Pujols’ mystery team

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:28 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark surmises that the mystery team chasing Albert Pujols is a club with an established first baseman that it would need to trade in order to make room for a shiny new three-time MVP. So, let’s run through the league to see who might qualify. I’ll exclude the Cardinals and Angels — the known…

  25. Mitch Moreland undergoes surgery on right wrist

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    moreland getty

    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing right wrist. Rangers doctors say Moreland will need 8-12 weeks of recovery time, meaning he should be mostly done healing by the start of spring training in February and should be back to 100 percent health by…

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