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

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  2. Josh Hamilton rebounds, but Rangers beat Angels 7-3

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Even though Josh Hamilton finished his return to Texas by going 3-for-5, the Rangers claimed the series Sunday night, beating the Angels 7-3. Unfortunately, Hamilton failed to come through when it would have made the biggest difference. After Yu Darvish opened the top of the first with a walk, a hit by pitch and another…

  3. Yu Darvish forced from start against Angels by finger blister

    Apr 7, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    It’s safe to say that part of the reason Yu Darvish didn’t threaten another perfect game on Sunday night is because he wasn’t facing the Astros. The other reason is that the finger blister, that developed during Tuesday’s masterpiece, continued to bother him tonight and forced him from the game after five innings, Darvish opened…

  4. Oakland’s Dan Straily strikes out 11, wins and then gets demoted

    Apr 6, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Dan Straily

    Dan Straily knew he was only a member of Oakland’s rotation because Bartolo Colon had a handful of games left on his 2012 PED suspension. So, it didn’t come as any surprise when he was optioned to Triple-A after striking out 11 Astros and picking up his third big-league victory Friday. Casey Pratt of CSNBayArea.com…

  5. 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…

  6. Yu Darvish pitched near-perfect game with a finger blister

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    While Yu Darvish was dispatching of Astros with ease Tuesday night, a blister was popping up on his right ring finger, he Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson reports. Fortunately, it was just a small one, and the Rangers don’t seem concerned about it at all. Darvish played catch in the outfield today and is expected to make…

  7. Quote of the Day: Ian Kinsler on Darvish’s near-perfecto

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Hey Ian Kinsler: did you think, with two out in the ninth, that Yu Darvish was gonna nail down that perfect game? “I’ve learned not to think that, ‘This is it,’” second baseman Ian Kinsler said. “I was definitely thinking what the celebration would be like. If there’s one team that’s not going to take…

  8. Yu Darvish not quite perfect, but plenty close enough

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:18 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    It looked like destiny was on his side when Yu Darvish made such quick work of Jason Castro and Carlos Corporan to start the ninth inning Tuesday against Astros. Seconds later, destiny rolled right between his legs into center field. In the end, the pitch count may have gotten to Darvish. Not that he seemed…

  9. Yu Darvish loses perfect game with two outs in ninth inning

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish is making it look easy in Houston. The 26-year-old right-hander has retired the first 21 batters he’s faced, and will carry a perfect game into the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. He has his entire arsenal working against a weak Astros lineup — seriously, look at this slider – and boasts a career-high 12 strikeouts through seven…

  10. Rangers tab Matt Harrison as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    The 2013 season will begin next Sunday night when the Rangers face the Astros at Minute Maid Park at 8:05 p.m. ET. And now we have the pitching matchup locked in. According to Richard Durrett and Ron Matejko of ESPN Dallas, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced this evening that Matt Harrison will be the club’s…

  11. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  12. Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list is out

    Feb 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Baseball America released its annual “Top 100 Prospects” list today and as always it’s a must-read, especially since it includes for every player scouting grades for each of the five tools. Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar tops the list, followed by Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Rays outfielder Wil Myers, and Marlins right-hander…

  13. Rangers give Matt Harrison five-year, $55 million contract

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    Matt Harrison

    32 wins over the last two years was enough to convince the Rangers to bet heavily on Matt Harrison. They gave the 27-year-old left-hander a five-year, $55 million extension with a vesting option for 2018, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson. Harrison, part of the Mark Teixeira deal with the Braves that also…

  14. Rangers talking contract extension with left-hander Matt Harrison

    Jan 12, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Matt Harrison Getty

    The Rangers and Matt Harrison have already had some preliminary discussions about a contract extension, but the left-hander told Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest yesterday that he’s hoping to have more talks this weekend while he’s in town for the team’s Fan Fest. “We’re definitely still talking,” said Harrison. “We’ll see where that goes.…

  15. Snark does not translate well into Japanese

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:29 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty MLB debut

    Yesterday I put up a short post about the plans in Japan to build a Yu Darvish museum. In it I made a few jokes playing off the idea that Darvish, for all of his success in Japan, has yet to create a museum-worthy track record in the United States, so it may be amusing…

  16. Yu Darvish is getting his own museum

    Jan 7, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    yu darvish reuters

    After reading this, one wonders when the Tuffy Rhodes museum is going to be built in the United States … Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is only 26 years old, but he apparently has accomplished enough in that short time to be immortalized in his homeland of Japan. According to Japanese media reports, planning is underway…

  17. Ichiro, Kuroda the latest Japanese players to bail on the WBC

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Ichiro

    First Yu Darvish, then Hisashi Iwakuma, then Norichika Aoki and now Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda are giving the WBC a miss: Ichiro Suzuki has told Japanese baseball officials he has decided not to take part in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Suzuki said Monday, “I appreciate being asked to play for Japan again at the WBC, but after…

  18. Norichika Aoki to sit out the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 14, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki has told Japan manager Koji Yamamoto that he will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic because he wants to prepare for the 2013 season. Not playing in the WBC is the new black. Aoki joins Yu Darvish and Hisashi Iwakuma as no-shows for Japan and Shin-Soo Choo as a no-show for…

  19. Mike Trout is unanimous AL Rookie of the Year winner

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    There’s plenty of room for debate when it comes to this year’s BBWAA awards, but there was one certainly; despite an historically awesome crop of competitors, Mike Trout would win American League Rookie of the Year honors in a landslide. The official announcement came Monday, with Trout claiming the top spot on all 28 ballots.…

  20. Hisashi Iwakuma won’t participate in World Baseball Classic

    Nov 11, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish isn’t the only Japanese starting pitcher planning to skip the 2013 World Baseball Classic. From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that Hisashi Iwakuma has decided not to pitch for Japan and “will instead focus on preparing for his second season with the Seattle Mariners.” Iwakuma inked a two-year, $14 million contract…

  21. Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

    Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in… Rookie of the Year American League:…

  22. Yu Darvish will not participate in the World Baseball Classic

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    darvish getty

    Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish announced through an official press release on Tuesday evening that he will not be pitching for Team Japan in next spring’s 2013 World Baseball Classic: After much deliberation, which has included a lot of consultation with my coaches and trainers, I have decided that I will not play in the upcoming World…

  23. Shohei Otani to sign with major league team

    Oct 21, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Shohei Otani, an 18-year-old right-hander, was expected to be one of the top picks in Thursday’s Nippon Professional Baseball Draft. But he has suddenly decided to take a different route. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, Otani “will pursue a career in Major League Baseball instead of turning professional in Japan.” He has already caught…

  24. Alexi Ogando wants starting rotation spot in 2013

    Oct 7, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando spent nearly the entire 2012 campaign in the bullpen and had a great deal of success, finishing with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP and a 66/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings. But he is not satisfied with that setup role. According to beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Ogando…

  25. 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…

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