RANGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Jose Bautista: Rougned Odor 'was looking for a fight' that day

Just over two weeks ago, Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor landed the biggest punch of 2016. His haymaker caught Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista square in the chin, causing him to stumble backwards before the benches cleared and a brawl was started.Bautista hasn't discussed the punch much since it happened -- besides acknowledging that it'll take a "bigger man" to...
Via Fox Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Sherrington: What I didn't like about Rangers' ballpark plans and what I'd like to see

SportsDay's Kevin Sherrington answered questions in a live chat Wednesday. Here are some highlights. Question: What do you want in a new Rangers ballpark? Kevin Sherrington: Not what I saw in those preliminary sketches the other day. Frankly, I couldn't even tell what that was. Looked like a mess. They're trying too hard to tie it to the Texas Live! project, where you walk out the...
Via SportsDay
16 hours ago

Fraley: Rangers 'losing' Kinsler-Fielder trade, but here's why I don't second guess the deal

SportsDay's Gerry Fraley answered questions in a live chat Thursday. Here are some highlights. Question: Is Tolleson's fall from grace all in his head? I don't get what's led to this. Gerry Fraley: For me, it's about poor command of the fastball and a loss of confidence in the changeup, an out pitch for him. It happens. Could be related to his workload the last two years. 144 innings...
Via SportsDay
17 hours ago

Rangers strike fast as Holland cruises past Tribe

A perfect combination of superb pitching and an offensive onslaught led the Rangers to a 9-2 win over the Indians in Monday's series opener at Progressive Field. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin took his first defeat of the season.
Via Rangers.com
17 hours ago

Rangers notebook: Key returning players could face off with Shawn Tolleson in simulated at-bats in Frisco

A few notes on the Texas Rangers from Memorial Day in Cleveland.-- Veteran RHP Kyle Lohse will likely have to decide between extending his minor league contract with Triple-A Round Rock or taking his release to seek a big league job elsewhere. Lohse has a 4.08 ERA in 17.1 innings after signing on May 13. The Rangers would like to keep him as both an option for the rotation and the...
Via SportsDay
18 hours ago

Rua gets chance to play in hometown of Cleveland

Ryan Rua was first up for the two Rangers outfielders from Ohio in their three-game series at Progressive Field. Rua, who is from nearby Amherst, was in left field Monday night even with right-hander Josh Tomlin on the mound for the Indians. Rua, a right-handed hitter, has been platooning with Jared Hoying, a left-handed hitter, since Shin-Soo Choo has been on the disabled list.
Via Rangers.com
21 hours ago

Yu Darvish doppelganger 'Minivish' comes to Rangers game

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish returned for his first start since 2014 and picked up a win Saturday in five solid innings of work - and on Sunday, "Minivish" watched the Rangers beat the Pirates in Arlington. Minivish, who is a bit smaller than the 6-foot-5 pitcher, has been a regular sight at Rangers games for years.
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Fielder, Moreland lead Rangers past Pirates

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Struggling sluggers Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland homered during Texas' four-run fourth inning, and the Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 on Sunday for their eighth straight series victory at home. Texas starter Martin Perez (3-4), with a history of getting rattled in jams, escaped an inning with a runner at third and no outs for the second consecutive...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre reaches RBI milestone

In a game in which many people were focused on Yu Darvish’s dazzling return to the Texas Rangers rotation, there was another defining moment in a career full of so many defining moments, that went somewhat unnoticed. In the bottom of the first inning Saturday night, Adrian Beltre fought through a nine pitch at bat against Juan Nicasio, which resulted in two-run homer to straightaway...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rangers honor cause close to Desmond's heart

Ian Desmond created his Twitter account in 2012, and shortly after connected with a then-17-year-old boy named Ethan Brown, who had been asking for prayers.
Via Rangers.com
1 day ago

Jeff Banister is Hurting the Rangers in Year 2

 First, a disclaimer: Yes, I realize the Rangers are 28-21, and within a game of first place in the AL West. This isn't about that. It's about a baseball club that could probably afford to play a little better in order for the positive results to continue. If you're wrapped up in things like pitcher-batter matchups or Manager of the Year awards, this isn't for you. If that rubs...
Via One Strike Away
2 days ago

Rangers' Yu Darvish wins his first start since 2014 with 5 strong innings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Yu Darvish struck out seven in five strong innings in his first start in the majors in almost 22 months, and the Texas Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Saturday night.The Japanese right-hander allowed three singles with a walk in his return from last year's Tommy John surgery, ending Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak.Adrian Beltre had a two...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers activate Darvish from DL for return from Tommy John

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas right-hander Yu Darvish has been activated from the disabled list to make his first major league start in nearly 22 months.The Rangers reinstated Darvish before Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room on the active roster for Darvish, who last pitched in...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpen Report, Week 8 – Thumb In The Diekman

The change in Texas has reverbed into the Holds ranks as well.  Tolley was the guy, now Frank Perdue’s arch-nemesis Sam Dyson is all comfy in the save bird seat.  The best part of this whole deal is that Jake Diekman is reaping all the benefits from a fantasy hold perspective.   Please, blog, may I have some more?
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nomar Mazara becoming Rookie of the Year candidate for Texas Rangers

On a warm Wednesday afternoon in Arlington, a Texas Rangers rookie, the youngest player in the big leagues so far this season at 21, stepped to the plate in the second inning to face Hector Santiago of the Angels. His six foot, four inch frame filled out the left handed batter’s box. In an open stance, swaying back and forth he doesn’t look like a rookie who’s played less than...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers OF Nomar Mazara Crushes Longest Home Run Of The Season In Win Over Angels

This is one of the reasons why I love baseball. Not because home runs are cool or anything like that, but because every year there are players that the average fan has never heard of that comes out of nowhere to become an absolute beast. With just 38 games under his belt, it looks like the Texas Rangers may have a beast in rookie outfielder Nomar Mazara.Here he is hitting his eighth...
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara belts 491-foot HR, longest in MLB this season

The Texas Rangers have been without starting right fielder Shin-Soo Choo for most of the season due to a hamstring injury, but they've been just fine. That's because rookie Nomar Mazara has been nothing but spectacular in his place.Mazara is hitting .322 with eight home runs in his first 163 career plate appearances, and he also owns the longest home run in the majors this season...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

An Improved Joey Gallo Joins the Rangers

The Rangers lost both Drew Stubbs and Shin-Soo Choo to injury over the weekend, leaving them relatively bare in the outfield. To fill the void, they’ve called up top prospect Joey Gallo, who’s perhaps one of the most exciting prospect in baseball due to his exceptional power. We’ve been here before. The Rangers called Gallo up last summer, too, but thanks to a .204/.301/...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Hamilton needs knee surgery, is out for season

Normally, news about a part-time player who hasn’t yet appeared in a game during the 2016 MLB season might not be worth a story. But when that player is a former American League MVP and five-time All-Star who once signed a five-year, $125 million contract, it’s probably worth noting when his season is over. For Josh Hamilton, the 2016 season never really began. The outfielder...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Rougned Odor’s Big Adjustment

After the scrum was gone, after he’d answered all the difficult questions about his punch heard around the baseball world, after he’d deflected and postponed and shrugged, after he slumped into his seat and sighed, Rougned Odor looked up and saw me coming. To his credit, he raised his eyebrows for the coming question, ready for another round. He was relieved when I asked him...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Yu Darvish could make season debut next weekend

In the thick of a bitter race with the Seattle Mariners for supremacy in the AL West, the Texas Rangers are about to get a big boost to their pitching rotation. According to a report by Jon Morosi of FOX Sports on Saturday, the Rangers are planning for three-time MLB All-Star Yu Darvish to make his season debut next Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. #Rangers plan for Yu...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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