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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. Yu Darvish is getting his own museum

    Jan 7, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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:…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Orioles take early lead thanks to Michael Young error

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EDT

    JJ Hardy Getty

    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…

  18. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    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.…

  19. 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…

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

    Oct 5, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Orioles Rangers Baseball

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda, Derek Jeter

    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…

  23. Yu Darvish will start Rangers’ playoff opener

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Getty Yu Darvish

    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…

  24. 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,…

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

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    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…

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