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  1. Yu Darvish: that’s not what an ace looks like

    Aug 7, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    The Rangers have a decent lead on the Angels in the AL West, but their putative ace has some issues. Indeed, Yu Darvish has stunk on ice lately. Darvish allowed six runs on 11 hits and walked four in six and two-thirds last night, losing to the Sox. In five starts since the All-Star break,…

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

    Aug 7, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Tigers 7, Yankees 2: Justin Verlander was amazing, striking out 14. I’m not sure why Jim Leyland kept him in there for 132 pitches given that the Tigers had a five run lead by the sixth inning, but I guess the fans liked it. And heck, he was still throwing 100 miles per hour, so…

  3. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 2, 2012, 6:19 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus,Robbie Ross,Adrian Beltre,Michael Young,Joe Nathan

    Rangers 11, Angels 10: Holy schnikes! The Angels jumped out to a 6-0 lead and the fans were booing Yu Darvish and the local nine. Then the comeback. Make that the comebacks. Four runs in the fifth and then single runs in the eighth and ninth to force extras. Then, down by three in the…

  4. The Rangers are preparing to move Alexi Ogando back into the rotation

    Jul 28, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Alexi Ogando Reuters

    We heard earlier this week that the Rangers were considering moving Alexi Ogando back in the starting rotation. Well, they got the ball rolling in last night’s loss to the White Sox. Last night’s starter, Yu Darvish, was knocked out of the ballgame after 6 1/3 innings, so Ogando ended up pitching the final 2…

  5. What to watch for in tonight’s All-Star Game

    Jul 10, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Tonight’s 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will officially open with Detroit’s Justin Verlander throwing to Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez. Still, my favorite part will take place before that. The Midsummer Classic isn’t the must-see event it was before Baseball Tonight, MLB Extra Innings and MLB.tv made seeing the league’s stars in action so much easier.…

  6. Dispatches from Kansas City: “Have you seen George Brett around?”

    Jul 9, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    downtown fountain

    HardballTalk’s Drew Silva is filing regular stories from this year’s MLB All-Star festivities in Kansas City. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. The Royals haven’t won a division title since 1985 and have finished with a winning record just three times since since 1992, which has translated into over 20 years of bad attendance totals at…

  7. Bryce Harper replaces Giancarlo Stanton in All-Star Game

    Jul 7, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper missed out when the original NL roster was announced, again on the Final Vote and again as the first two NL All-Stars went down, but he will go to Kansas City after all. He was chosen as the injured Giancarlo Stanton‘s replacement on the NL roster Saturday, making him the youngest position player…

  8. Yu Darvish and David Freese win The Final Vote, and now baseball needs to fix the All-Star Game

    Jul 5, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

    All Star Game Logo

    The suspense was killing you, I’m sure: And the #FinalVote winners are … Yu Darvish and David Freese! Watch them in the #ASG on FOX on July 10. And thanks again for voting! — MLB (@MLB) July 5, 2012 Good for them. Even better for Bryce Harper when, inevitably, a member of the NL squad…

  9. Yu Darvish will be skipped from his final first-half start

    Jul 4, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    yu darvish reuters

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com provides the scoop: The Rangers have decided to not pitch Yu Darvish until after the All-Star break. The Rangers have decided that Martin Perez will pitch on Friday and Derek Holland will pitch on Saturday against the Twins. Holland will be activated off the disabled list. The Rangers haven’t decided their…

  10. Yu Darvish, David Freese lead “Final Vote” balloting

    Jul 4, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    With one day remaining in the “Final Vote” contest for All-Star spots Rangers starter Yu Darvish leads the AL balloting and Cardinals third baseman David Freese leads the NL balloting. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been leading in the NL, but yesterday he was removed from the “Final Vote” ballot after being named the…

  11. 2012 midseason awards: AL Rookie of the Year

    Jul 4, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Thanks to a league ruling restoring a certain Angel’s eligibility, the AL Rookie of the Year race is pretty much a batter for second place. But what a battle it might be. The candidates: Mike Trout (LAA): .340/.396/.552, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 22 SB in 241 AB Will Middlebrooks (Bos): .298/.335/.538, 10 HR, 37 RBI,…

  12. Chipper Jones is leading the NL Final Vote thing; Bryce Harper third

    Jul 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Major League Baseball announced the in-progress Final Vote totals a little while ago and the fans are going with history over the future: Chipper Jones leads the thing with David Freese second and Bryce Harper third. Can’t really blame this on homer ballot box-stuffing given that, as so many of you remind me when I…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and higlights

    Jul 2, 2012, 5:30 AM EDT

    Ramon Santiago, Austin Jackson

    It was a really rough weekend for people in Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Storms, trees down, power outages and intense heat made it for a really crappy weekend. We were fairly lucky here at Chez Craigy. The power was out for only about 24 hours before coming back Saturday evening.…

  14. “Final Vote” balloting now open for 2012 All-Star Game

    Jul 1, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    final vote

    Major League Baseball revealed its 2012 All-Star rosters Sunday on TBS. But not everything is set for next Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City. Over the next week, online ballots can be cast to send one additional player from each league to participate in this year’s Midsummer Classic. MLB calls it the “Final Vote,” and…

  15. Yu Darvish doesn’t think he’s an All-Star

    Jun 29, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Even though he’s tied for the AL lead in victories with 10, Rangers import Yu Darvish doesn’t feel he’s done enough to represent the league in next month’s All-Star Game. “But personally do I feel like I’m an All-Star? I don’t think so,” Darvish said through an interpreter Friday. “I’m also hearing that there’s a…

  16. Trevor Bauer shaky in major league debut

    Jun 28, 2012, 9:46 PM EDT

    Trevor Bauer Getty

    The Trevor Bauer experience got off to a bit of a shaky start tonight in Atlanta. In the most hyped debut for a starting pitcher since Yu Darvish in April, the 2011 No. 3 overall pick allowed two runs over four innings as part of a no-decision against the Braves. Bauer struck out Michael Bourn…

  17. Bobby Valentine: Japanese pitchers want to go 3-2

    Jun 27, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Why is it that Daisuke Matsuzaka and now Yu Darvish have walked so many more batters in the U.S. than they did back in Japan? Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine, who previously managed the Chiba Lotte Mariners for seven years,  has an idea that Japanese pitchers actually strive to get to the 3-2 count before…

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

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  19. Roy Oswalt impresses in Rangers’ debut

    Jun 23, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    Roy Oswalt was a little shaky in his recent minor league tuneup starts, posting a 5.87 ERA over 15 1/3 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, but he rendered any concerns meaningless last night. Oswalt was very impressive in his Rangers’ debut, allowing just one run over 6 1/3 innings as part of…

  20. NBC SportsTalk: One-on-one with Ian Kinsler

    Jun 22, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler Getty

    Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler was interviewed on NBC SportsTalk this evening. He discussed a wide variety of topics, including how Yu Darvish is adjusting to the United States, his battle with asthma and how four of his high school teammates have reached the majors. By the way, Kinsler went to Canyon del Oro High…

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

    Jun 8, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Norichika Aoki

    Brewers 4, Cubs 3: Norichika Aoki hit two homers including the walkoff. Overall, he’s kicking some major butt. Mets 3, Nationals 1: As I said yesterday: Dickey beats Wang. I’m still giggling, by the way. Pirates 5, Reds 4: Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run. You see? You see? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man!  Someone alert…

  22. Rangers considered heavy favorites to sign Roy Oswalt

    May 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    oswalt face getty

    Roy Oswalt is reportedly close to choosing his new team and returning to the mound, and according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Rangers are heavy favorites to sign the 34-year-old right-hander. In fact, an unnamed “baseball official” told Crasnick that he “would be shocked” if Oswalt doesn’t end up in Texas. Along with the…

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

    May 22, 2012, 6:10 AM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Marlins 7, Rockies 4: Jamie Moyer pitched in his 50th different major league park. But he may have given up his longest most hellacious homer ever. Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam that went 438 feet in basically a straight line and broke the friggin’ scoreboard. Roy Hobbs stuff, there. Gave the Marlins the lead and,…

  24. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    May 17, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies 6, Diamondbacks 1: I took my bike out for a spin for the first time in a while last evening. It was a nice ride on a nice night. At least apart from the crazy, over-the-handlebars wreck I got into at the corner of Alpath and Johnston Road. There were no apparent injuries at…

  25. Josh Hamilton third ever with 17 homers in 33 games

    May 12, 2012, 12:55 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton hits a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in Arlington, Texas

    Josh Hamilton stole the show from the Yu Darvish-C.J. Wilson matchup on Friday, hitting two more homers as part of the Rangers’ 10-3 win over the Angels. He now has 17 homers on the season. Thanks in part to a lengthy rain delay in the first, the much anticipated pitching showdown was largely a dud.…

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