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  1. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    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 2012 season. Up next: the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  2. Rangers don’t want Yu Darvish facing the Angels in a spring training game

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    This certainly isn’t unheard of, but it’s still interesting. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday instead of facing the Angels in a big-league game because the Rangers want to avoid giving their AL West rivals a look at their new ace. Manager Ron Washington told Sullivan…

  3. Shoulder stiffness leads to Neftali Feliz’s early exit

    Mar 20, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz, who is making the switch from the closer’s role to the rotation this spring, came out of his start Tuesday against the Cubs after three innings due to right shoulder stiffness. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has some details: Feliz had pitched three scoreless innings on 49 pitches against the Cubs…

  4. Wild Yu Darvish gives up two runs in second start

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Making his second start of the spring, Yu Darvish walked four batters on his way to giving up two runs in three innings against the Indians on Tuesday. Darvish started the game with back-to-back walks, only to have both Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera get thrown out attempting steals of second base. A better second…

  5. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  6. NBC SportsTalk: Impressions of Yu

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Diego Padres

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking to Russ about the Yu Darvish debut. If you read my reports from the ballpark you got the general gist. But this time you get it from a parking lot in front of a ballpark while holding a mic, so there’s that.  

  7. Yu Darvish impresses in his first major league action

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Months of anticipation of Yu Darvish‘s debut led up to less than a half hour of baseball action, but it was exciting baseball action all the same. The tale of the tape: two innings, 36 pitches, 26 strikes, no runs, a couple of hits, three strikeouts, a spiffy defensive play and the beginning of what’s…

  8. Scenes from Spring Training: Yu Darvish Mania

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Auxilliary Press Box

    I’m not gonna say that there’s a lot of interest in Yu Darvish‘s first start, but the Padres’ PR staff has roped off 100 seats in a section along the third base line as an auxiliary media section.  Yeah, this is not your usual Wednesday morning in the Cactus League. I got here super early and made…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:51 AM EDT

    TT Roadhoue

    After I left the ballpark yesterday afternoon I came back to my hotel and placed my health first among all other things. First, I moved into my new non-smoking room, which was good for my lungs. Then I went to the fitness center and ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes which was good for…

  10. Off to Spring Training

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    I’m hopping on an airplane here shortly and heading for Arizona. That’s right, kids, a week in the Valley of the Sun, taking in Cactus League action.  I assure you, though, I won’t be enjoying myself at all. It’ll be all work. Really. Truly! OK, maybe I’ll enjoy it a little. But I will be…

  11. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Weekend

    Haven’t done one of these in a while, but a lot of stuff happened over the weekend for once. And I know a lot of you knuckleheads are too lazy to scroll back, so here’s what you missed: MLB released a statement on the Ryan Braun testing and stuff.  Oh, and the identity of the…

  13. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    mini darvish

    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  14. Yu Darvish plays catch with his left hand? OK.

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    See anything wrong with this picture? Like, say, the righty Yu Darvish playing catch with the glove on his right hand? According to Evan Grant, Darvish does that sometimes to keep balance. Or something. Looks cool. But remember, Meat: If you win 20 in the show, you can throw with your left hand and the press’ll think…

  15. Derek Holland is playing the “nobody believes in us” card

    Feb 20, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland pitches for the two-time defending American League champions. A team which won its division by ten games last season and which signed the most sought-after pitcher on the market in Yu Darvish. When 2012 season previews start appearing soon, you’ll see many people pick the Rangers to win the AL West.  Most gambling…

  16. The Yankees may get in on the Jorge Soler action

    Feb 14, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    Yankees_logo-thumb-125x139-1687

    This morning we learned that the Cubs were going to sign Jorge Soler.  Apparently the fat lady hasn’t sung on that one yet: Sources: Yankees have serious interest on OFer Jorge Soler, among many teams. Cubs are not close to signing Soler, as has been reported. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 14, 2012   After…

  17. Running down the rosters: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has made a bunch of smart moves since taking over after the 2009 season and he was presented with one of the greatest gifts in major league history when the Angels took Vernon Wells‘ contract off his hands and sent back Mike Napoli in return, yet his Blue Jays are still…

  18. Ranking the rotations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    Last year’s attempt was quite a hit, so let’s try it again, with a somewhat different methodology. Here’s how the 30 rotations stack up, according to my projections. I’ll go strictly by ERA here, taking the top five pitchers on the staff. Along with the ERA totals are the combined inning projections for the five…

  19. Brad Penny is drawing interest from the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: My guess was way off. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Penny is “weighing an opportunity” with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. 7:15 PM: Brad Penny was pretty awful with the Tigers last season. In addition to his 5.33 ERA over 31 starts, his strikeout rate of 3.67 K/9 was the lowest in…

  20. Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman. Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even…

  21. Darvish wants to become “the best pitcher in the world”

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Reason I was out the past few days: trip to Texas. Reason for the trip to Texas: none of your beeswax, frankly, but know this: the entire time I was there I barely heard a single word about the Rangers. Maybe that’s because I was doing way too much of this. Hard to say. All…

  22. Yu Darvish’s father is not a fan of the posting system

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    After securing exclusive negotiating rights for Yu Darvish with a record $51,703,411 posting fee last month, the Rangers signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a six-year contract this week which guarantees him $56 million. While everyone appears to be pleased with the outcome, Yu’s father, Farsad Darvish, told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com following the press conference last…

  23. Rangers’ co-owner would rather keep Josh Hamilton than sign Prince Fielder

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Now that Yu Darvish is officially in the fold as a member of the Texas Rangers, much of the attention will shift to whether the club should also sign Prince Fielder. The Rangers will soon have plenty of money coming in thanks to their new television contract, but the reality is that they might not…

  24. Picture of the Day: Yu Darvish, Texas Ranger

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a member of the Texas Rangers during a press conference earlier this evening in the “Hall of Fame room” at the Ballpark in Arlington. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media were on hand for the occasion. Below is a picture of…

  25. Norichika Aoki took a big pay cut to leave Japan for Brewers

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aoki

    For most Japanese players coming to America the amount a team bids to secure their exclusive negotiating rights through the posting process ends up being similar to the amount they sign for during the 30-day window. For instance, the Rangers bid $51.7 million for Yu Darvish and then signed him to a six-year, $60 million…

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