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August 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels' final magical moment in a Phillies uniform last week was closely watched more than 2,000 miles away in Anaheim, Calif. As the players, coaches and manager of the Texas Rangers awaited the start of their Saturday night game against the Los Angeles Angels, they got caught up in what was going down at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Many of the Rangers knew that the trade talks between their general manager Jon Daniels and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had heated up again.
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October 2, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Napoli had a game-tying, two-run single before Tampa Bay starter James Shields threw two wild pitches to the same batter, and the Texas Rangers went on to an 8-6 victory over the Rays in Game 2 of the AL division series Saturday night. After Napoli's two-run single tied it at 3, one of the wild pitches by Shields was a strikeout pitch that sent home the tiebreaking run in a five-run outburst in the fourth inning that put Texas ahead to stay. The best-of-five series is even at a game apiece.
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March 2, 2013
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was all smiles after throwing 18 pitches Thursday in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring. "I feel good," Rivera said in Tampa., Fla. "I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger. " The 43-year old pitched one inning against Yankees' minor leaguers. He also fielded and covered first base. "That's what I wanted to do, field some bunts, go after some balls in between first and the mound," Rivera said. The 12-time all-star pitched in nine games last year, his season ending when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. He had surgery June 12. "He's throwing the ball right where he wants to, and to be able to do that in February is amazing," Yankees ace CC Sabathia said.
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September 28, 2009 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Changing of the (shin) guard in Boston Red Sox fans took note of a sad but much needed move Wednesday when manager Terry Francona used Victor Martinez to catch starter Josh Beckett. Martinez, acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline, probably has replaced Boston captain Jason Varitek behind the plate for good. Varitek is batting .129 with only five extra-base hits since Aug. 1, the lowest batting average of any major-leaguer with at least 75 at-bats in that span. Martinez has hit .332 since his trade from Cleveland, and he had a 25-game hitting streak that ended yesterday.
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September 3, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Pat Burrell snapped an eighth-inning tie with a RBI single and Evan Longoria followed with a two-run homer last night to help Tampa Bay avoid falling farther back in the AL playoff race with an 8-5 victory over Boston. A night after playing poorly in the opener of a series crucial to their hopes of returning to the postseason, the defending AL champions rebounded with a solid effort to nudge back within five games of the wild card-leading Red Sox. J.P. Howell (7-4) pitched one inning to earn the victory, despite allowing Boston to tie the game at 5-5 in the eighth on his wild pitch with the bases loaded.
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May 7, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Carl Pavano pitched his third strong game in 3 weeks, Victor Martinez homered and drove in four runs and Cleveland ended Boston's nine-game home winning streak with last night's 9-2 victory. The righthander allowed two runs in six innings and lowered his ERA in his last four games to 3.75. It was 16.71 after his other two starts. Cleveland's beleaguered bullpen got a boost from its newest member, Aaron Laffey. He had been scheduled to start tonight, but the Indians moved him to a relief role and he allowed two hits in three scoreless innings for his first career save.
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July 29, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Chicago White Sox ace Mark Buehrle set a major league record by retiring 45 straight batters. Coming off a perfect game in his last start against Tampa Bay, Buehrle retired the first 17 Minnesota batters last night before the Twins rallied for a 5-3 victory. Beuhrle (11-4) surpassed the record of 41 straight set by San Francisco's Jim Barr in 1972 and tied by teammate Bobby Jenks, a reliever, in 2007. Buehrle retired 27 in a row against the Rays in his last start, the 18th perfect game in baseball history, then breezed through the first five innings against the Twins to break the record.
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October 22, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - One of Texas' hottest hitters will return to the lineup when the Rangers try to close out their American League Championship Series in Game 6 Friday against the visiting New York Yankees. The Rangers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two. Texas manager Ron Washington said that Nelson Cruz will play. The outfielder left Wednesday's 7-2 loss in Game 5 with tightness in his left hamstring in the bottom of the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. "Nelly had a little tightness yesterday, and the way the weather was, I didn't take any chances," Washington said Thursday before his team held a workout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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August 26, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Billy Wagner is on his way to the Boston Red Sox, leaving the Mets for the chance to pitch in a pennant race as a setup man for All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon. After a few days of back-and-forth talks, the Mets traded the lefthanded reliever yesterday for two players-to-be-named. The AL wild-card leaders had claimed Wagner on waivers, and the teams worked out a deal that persuaded the former Phillies closer to waive his no-trade clause. Wagner's main motivation, according to agent Bean Stringfellow, was his "overwhelming desire to pitch in a pennant race.
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August 2, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cole Hamels' final magical moment in a Phillies uniform last week was closely watched more than 2,000 miles away in Anaheim, Calif. As the players, coaches and manager of the Texas Rangers awaited the start of their Saturday night game against the Los Angeles Angels, they got caught up in what was going down at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Many of the Rangers knew that the trade talks between their general manager Jon Daniels and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had heated up again.
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April 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The ball skipped past Chase Utley, drawn in because the tying run stood on third base, and Jonathan Papelbon raised his arms in disgust. The richest closer in baseball blew his first save opportunity of 2014, and with it the chance at a season-opening series victory vanished. Minutes after a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, Papelbon sat with his left leg crossed over his right and stared into his empty locker. Pitching coach Bob McClure consoled him. "It's just one of those weird innings, man," Papelbon said.
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April 3, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
YU DARVISH was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher's legs, and the visiting Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros, 7-0, on Tuesday night. The celebrated righthander from Japan struck out 14 and appeared to be in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time and the ball skittered into centerfield well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.
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March 2, 2013
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was all smiles after throwing 18 pitches Thursday in his first simulated game since knee surgery last spring. "I feel good," Rivera said in Tampa., Fla. "I feel real good. Getting stronger and stronger. " The 43-year old pitched one inning against Yankees' minor leaguers. He also fielded and covered first base. "That's what I wanted to do, field some bunts, go after some balls in between first and the mound," Rivera said. The 12-time all-star pitched in nine games last year, his season ending when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. He had surgery June 12. "He's throwing the ball right where he wants to, and to be able to do that in February is amazing," Yankees ace CC Sabathia said.
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October 26, 2011 | By Kevin Sherrington, DALLAS MORNING NEWS
ST. LOUIS - On the eve of the World Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch celebrated 10 world titles, 18 pennants, and a century or more as a bona-fide baseball town by rolling out a fat special section under the theme, "Tradition. " Meanwhile, if you had piled up all the Rangers highlights from four decades in Texas, it wouldn't have filled a pamphlet. And yet here the Rangers are in St. Louis, baseball mecca, only one win away from a championship. They come back from an embarrassing, record-setting loss to win two straight and take the Series lead.
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October 25, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth off Marc Rzepczynski, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, on Monday night and take a three-games-to-two World Series lead. Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth. Darren Oliver got the win in relief of C.J. Wilson, and Neftali Feliz finished for his sixth save of the postseason, striking out Albert Pujols as part of a double play when Allen Craig was thrown out by Napoli trying to steal second.
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October 23, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Albert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game, tying records with five hits and six RBIs that led the Cardinals to a 16-7 rout of the Texas Rangers on Saturday night that gave them a 2-1 Series lead. Pujols hit a long three-run homer that helped the Cardinals open a 12-6 lead over after six innings. He added a two-run shot in the seventh and a solo one in the ninth. Following two crisp games during a split in St. Louis, the teams played a messy Texas shootout that saw the fourth and fifth innings alone drag on for 1 hour, 22 minutes and the game take 4:04.
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October 21, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. LOUIS - Josh Hamilton and the Texas hitters looked lost. They chased pitches that bounced, broke their bats and seemed totally overmatched. Until the ninth inning, that is. Down to their last three outs, and in danger of dropping into a serious World Series deficit, the Rangers rallied against St. Louis' vaunted bullpen. Hamilton and Michael Young lifted sacrifice flies in the ninth and Texas startled the Cardinals, 2-1, last night to even the Series at 1-all.
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October 2, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Mike Napoli had a game-tying, two-run single before Tampa Bay starter James Shields threw two wild pitches to the same batter, and the Texas Rangers went on to an 8-6 victory over the Rays in Game 2 of the AL division series Saturday night. After Napoli's two-run single tied it at 3, one of the wild pitches by Shields was a strikeout pitch that sent home the tiebreaking run in a five-run outburst in the fourth inning that put Texas ahead to stay. The best-of-five series is even at a game apiece.
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August 8, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
IT WASN'T a great night for longtime Yankees stars last night in Boston. First, slumping designated hitter Jorge Posada was benched, and manager Joe Girardi said the five-time All-Star might stay there for a while. Then Mariano Rivera blew a save in the ninth inning and the Red Sox went on to win in the 10th, 3-2, and take sole possession of first place in the AL East by taking two of three from New York, which now is one game back. David Ortiz set up the winning run when he hit a ground-rule double off Phil Hughes with one out and gave way to pinch-runner Darnell McDonald.
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