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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. C.J. Wilson ready for boos in showdown with Yu Darvish

    May 11, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    C.J. Wilson didn’t leave the Texas Rangers on the best of terms last winter. The then-free agent left-hander was perturbed about the lack of interest from the Rangers, left to sign with their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, then watched his former team dump $107 million on highly-touted Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. Then Wilson…

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

    May 7, 2012, 5:44 AM EDT

    Chris Davis

    Orioles 9, Red Sox 6: Just your standard seventeen inning affair in which a first baseman is the winning pitcher, after throwing two shutout innings and and outfielder is the losing pitcher after giving up a three-run homer . Chris Davis shut out the Red Sox for the 16th and 17th innings, striking out two.…

  10. Matt Moore isn’t looking like Rookie of the Year material

    May 6, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore was expected to excel right away for the Rays. He would have been the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year honors if not for Yu Darvish‘s presence on the Rangers, and many thought he had a good shot at the award anyway. Some thought he might quickly overtake CC Sabathia, David Price and Jon…

  11. Yu Darvish strikes out 11, takes first loss versus Indians

    May 6, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    The Rangers hadn’t lost with Yu Darvish on the mound this season, but the Indians dropped them 4-2 on Sunday, with Darvish taking his first defeat. Darvish struggled with his command early, but he pitched out of jams after giving up a single and a walk to start the first and a walk to start…

  12. Way to kill the “baseball is dead” narrative: local broadcast ratings are up

    May 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    old TV

    I know this will all be ignored the next time a national game of the week gets lower ratings than a broadcast of Aaron Rodgers riding his bicycle or something, but it is probably worth noting that broadcast ratings for baseball are up this year. At least the local ones which, as I’ve argued at length…

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

    May 1, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish gestures to fans during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Rangers 4, Blue Jays 1: I think it’s safe to say that, after a couple of rocky starts to begin the year, Yu Darvish is starting to get comfortable. He struck out nine Blue Jays while giving up a single run in seven innings. The homer was by the incredibly hot Edwin Encarnacion, who has…

  14. Yu Darvish lives up to the hype

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers

    When I saw Yu Darvish make his debut in spring training last month I watched a guy who pounded the zone and showed a good 4-5 pitches with insane movement.  In his first couple of regular season starts, however, he seemed tentative and nibbling and an altogether different guy. That changed in a major way…

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

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  16. Stephen Strasburg, David Price are this year’s hardest throwers

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Among starting pitchers anyway. Here’s the top 10 for fastball velocity among ERA qualifiers this season (data taken from Fangraphs): 1. Stephen Strasburg (Was) – 95.4 mph 2. David Price (TB) – 95.2 3. Danny Duffy (KC) – 95.0 4. Jeff Samardzija (ChC) – 94.7 5. Juan Nicasio (Col) – 94.1 6. Matt Garza (ChC)…

  17. What is Yu Darvish throwing and how fast is he throwing it?

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty MLB debut

    Yu Darvish picked up his second victory last night, holding the Tigers to one run in 6.1 innings, but it wasn’t especially pretty. He handed out five walks, needed 121 pitches to record 19 outs, and left with a pair of runners on base before the bullpen bailed him out. And overall through his first…

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

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees

    Yankees 7, Twins 6: Curtis Granderson hit three bombs and went 5 for 5. If you just followed this game on Twitter, though, you’d think the storyline of the game was Phil Hughes stinking. The Yankees fans I follow are a surprisingly neurotic bunch despite following the most dominant team in American sports history. But…

  19. Yu Darvish limits Tigers to one run in third major league start

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    After giving up a total of seven runs (six earned) on 17 hits and eight walks over 11 1/3 innings against the Twins and Mariners in his first two major league starts, Yu Darvish had the best outing of his brief career tonight against the powerhouse Tigers. Go figure. Darvish limited the Tigers to just…

  20. Yu Darvish dances around trouble in second major league start

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Getty Yu Darvish

    The results were better in Yu Darvish‘s second major league start this afternoon against the Twins, but he was still pretty shaky. Darvish allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings before being pulled after 102 pitches. Not too bad, right? Well, he also allowed 14 baserunners (nine hits, four walks and a hit…

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

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:56 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rangers 11, Mariners 5: According to Google Translate, a literal translation of “run support” in Japanese is サポートを実行する.  I have no idea if that covers the actual concept of run support, but I bet after last night Yu Darvish knows. He started out his major league debut by giving up four runs in the first inning…

  22. Yu Darvish uneven in major league debut

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish AP MLB debut

    Yu Darvish‘s major league debut didn’t go exactly as planned tonight against the Mariners, but he certainly showed flashes of why the Rangers broke the bank to bring him into the fold. In what was likely a case of the nerves, Darvish allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in a 42-pitch first…

  23. Happy Darvish Day!

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    darvish getty

    Yu Darvish makes his major league debut tonight. Not a bad opponent for it either: the Seattle Mariners. I have this feeling the first Darvish-Ichiro matchup is gonna get a little press in Japan. Just a hunch. Darvish was 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 15 innings in spring training. He’s not…

  24. Yu Darvish is pretty good, you guys

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    Yu Darvish had his latest tuneup for his official major league debut last night against the Rockies and boy was he impressive. Darvish threw 97 pitches and allowed three runs over six innings while striking out 11, walking one, throwing one wild pitch and hitting a batter. And this wasn’t some B-lineup the Rockies were…

  25. Yu Darvish scheduled to make MLB debut on April 9

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

    darvish getty

    As noted by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his first MLB start on April 9 at home against the Mariners. The Rangers revealed their season-opening rotation on Thursday, pegging Colby Lewis for Opening Day (April 6) against the White Sox. He will be followed by Derek Holland and…

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