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  1. 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:…

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

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Adam Jones gives Orioles lead with sacrifice fly

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Orioles take early lead thanks to Michael Young error

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

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    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

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    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. Braves and Rangers are favored in Wild Card playoff games

    Oct 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    I’d never recommend using betting lines for actual betting, but the Las Vegas odds do provide a clear picture of which teams are the favorites and which teams are the underdogs. And that can be valuable come playoff time, when every player on every team loves to say stuff like “no one thought we would…

  9. AL Wild Card Game Preview: Can the Rangers snap out of it?

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

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    The Matchup: Baltimore Orioles (93-69) at Texas Rangers (93-69) The Time: Friday, 8:37 PM Eastern The Starting Pitchers:  Joe Saunders (3-3, 3.63 ERA) vs. Yu Darvish (16-9, 3.90 ERA) The Breakdown:  Watching the Rangers melt down these past couple of weeks — especially in game 162 vs. the A’s on Wednesday — one is tempted…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Yankees claim AL East, home field; A’s to take on Tigers

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

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    By losing 4-1 to the Rays, the Orioles settled things in the American League playoff picture this evening. The Yankees will face the wild card winner, either the Orioles or Rangers, in one ALDS and the A’s will get the Tigers in the other. The Orioles will travel to Texas to play a one-game playoff…

  12. Yu Darvish will start Rangers’ playoff opener

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Ron Washington announced that Yu Darvish will start the Rangers’ first playoff game whether it’s the one-game Wild Card matchup or Game 1 of the ALDS. Matt Harrison pitched last night and Ryan Dempster starts Game 162 this afternoon, so Darvish was the obvious choice. Darvish’s overall 3.90 ERA isn’t great and he’s struggled to…

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

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    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,…

  14. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  15. Yu Darvish on track to start Sunday against Angels

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a stiff neck, but the Rangers won’t be without him for long. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Rangers officials said Darvish’s neck felt better after a long-toss session earlier today. He’s currently scheduled to throw off a mound tomorrow, which sets up…

  16. Yu Darvish scratched with stiff neck

    Sep 25, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish won’t be on the mound as the Rangers try to put more distance between themselves and the A’s tonight. He’s been scratched due to a stiff neck, the team announced. Scott Feldman will pitch in his place. Darvish has been on a terrific roll of late, having gone 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

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    Nationals 4, Dodgers 1: Congrats to the Nats for clinching the first postseason birth for a D.C. team since 1933. Pour one out for Joe Cronin, Moe Berg, Lefty Stewart and Heinie Manush. Reds 5, Cubs 3: And congratulations to the Reds too, who clinched their spot hours before the Nats did.  The Reds are…

  18. Yu Darvish becomes first rookie since Daisuke Matsuzaka to reach 200 strikeouts

    Sep 15, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

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    Yu Darvish outdueled fellow countryman Hisashi Iwakuma last night by holding the Mariners to just one run on two hits over seven innings as part of a 9-3 victory. He struck out nine en route to his 15th win and now has 205 strikeouts over 176 2/3 innings this season. Darvish is the 16th rookie…

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

    Sep 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

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    Orioles 4, Blues Jays 0; Rays 4, Yankees 3:  As mentioned yesterday, this combo brings the Yankees lead over the O’s down to one game in the AL East, with the Rays only two and a half back themselves. I don’t suppose we’re so lucky to have a Yankees collapse come a year after the…

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

    Aug 29, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

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    Major League Baseball celebrated Otherwise Good Teams Get Shut Out Night last night. It was quite festive. Marlins 9, Nationals 0: Look, maybe this will start a conversation no one thinks we’d ever have about an ace pitcher on a first place team, but maybe the Nationals should consider shutting Stephen Strasburg down (5 IP,…

  21. Yu Darvish fans 10 Rays in Rangers’ 1-0 victory

    Aug 29, 2012, 1:14 AM EDT

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    Yu Darvish turned in his best start since April on Tuesday, blanking the Rays for seven innings and striking out 10 as the Rangers won 1-0. It was Darvish’s third straight quality start, but also the first time since July 21 that he’s ended a start without allowing at least three runs. Darvish went without…

  22. Yu Darvish cleared to return to Rangers’ rotation after bout with right quadriceps tightness

    Aug 26, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

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    From Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News: Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish passed the final tests on Sunday and will return to the rotation for this week’s series against Tampa Bay. Darvish threw 40 pitches in the bullpen and went through a series of agility drills without difficulty. The 26-year-old native of Japan was…

  23. Rangers scratch Yu Darvish from Thursday start

    Aug 22, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the Rangers have scratched right-handed starter Yu Darvish from his scheduled outing Thursday night against the Twins because of a tight right quad. Darvish first felt the upper leg discomfort in the middle of his between-starts bullpen session Tuesday afternoon at the Ballpark in Arlington. He…

  24. Max Scherzer takes over major league lead in strikeouts

    Aug 15, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It’ll be a short-lived lead, but Max Scherzer fanned 10 Twins over seven shutout innings Wednesday to move past teammate Justin Verlander for the major league lead with 178 strikeouts. He’s gotten there in just 140 2/3 innings, while Verlander has racked up his 174 strikeouts in 175 2/3 innings. If Scherzer maintains his current…

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

    Aug 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

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    Blue Jays 10, Yankees 7: Holy frijole, did you see Rajai Davis’ catch, robbing Casey McGehee of a home run in the seventh? The guy is like 5”9″ and the wall is like ten feet and he went Spud Webb on that bad boy. Or Spiderman. Or something. Just wow. Otherwise, the Jays beat the tar out…

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