August 2, 2015 |
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.
April 4, 2014 |
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.
April 3, 2013 |
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.
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.
October 26, 2011 |
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.
October 25, 2011 |
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.
October 23, 2011 |
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.
October 21, 2011 |
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.
October 2, 2011 |
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.
August 8, 2011 |
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.