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  • Jose Leclerc was the best pitcher in Rangers’ walk-off win. Is it time for him to close again?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Two things happened Sunday at Globe Life Park that might convince the Rangers that Jose Leclerc is ready to again stake his claim as the club’s closer. One was Leclerc, who struck out five of the six batters in the heart of the Cardinals’ order in the fifth and sixth..." May 20

  • Former major league pitcher Koji Uehara to retire

    Japan Times "Former major league pitcher Koji Uehara has told the Yomiuri Giants he is calling time on his playing career, baseball sources said Monday. The 44-year-old right hander, who made his professional debut with the Giants in 1999 and rejoined the Tokyo-based Central League club in March..." May 20

  • Rangers’ Shawn Kelley trying to keep medical scare out of his mind as he awaits biopsy results

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The “infection” that put Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list could be something far more severe. The right-hander revealed Saturday morning that he underwent surgery Thursday to have at least two lumps removed from his vocal cords. Doctors are performing a..." May 18

  • Tigers Designate Reed Garrett For Assignment

    Detroit Free Press "There was one roster casualty after the Detroit Tigers' blowout loss to the Athletics on Thursday afternoon, one that was a long time coming: Right-hander reliever Reed Garrett, the Tigers’ Rule 5 Draft pick in December , was designated for assignment. Garrett allowed four..." May 17

  • Rangers call up Willie Calhoun

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers are calling up outfielder Willie Calhoun to the big leagues, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Calhoun, 24, was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2017 and ’18 seasons and has now graduated from prospect lists. He struggled in 48 major..." May 15

  • How Hunter Pence Has Rebounded from $90M Bust to Shocking 2019 Star

    Bleacher Report "Last season, Hunter Pence looked like the definition of done. He slashed .226/.258/.332 in 97 games with the San Francisco Giants and posted a career-worst .590 OPS. On April 13 this season, he turned 36—not generally an age at which players crank back the..." May 15

  • Texas Rangers sign Josh Fields to minor league deal

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers have signed relief pitcher Josh Fields to a minor league deal, the team has announced. Fields was signed by the Brewers in late spring, and had an 8.22 ERA in 7.2 IP over 8 outings for AAA San Antonio. The 33 year old Fields is a righthander who originally was a 1st..." May 11

  • Hunter Pence now has this in common with Lou Gehrig

    The Sports Daily "Hunter Pence has experienced a nice MLB career, but he’s probably never heard his name mentioned in the same breath as Lou Gehrig. Until now, that is. The veteran outfielder’s last two years with the San Francisco Giants were painful to watch, and it wouldn’t have..." May 11

  • Rangers Option Delino DeShields To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced following today’s game that they’ve optioned center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. to Triple-A Nashville. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets that first baseman Ronald Guzman will be returning from the injured list in place of DeShields, though the..." May 08

  • Joey Gallo becomes 1st player to hit 100 HRs before 100 singles

    The Score "Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo launched his 100th home run Wednesday afternoon, and he reached the milestone before achieving a relatively standard feat. The 443-foot homer made Gallo the first player in MLB history to reach 100 career home runs before 100 singles, according to..." May 08

  • Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers scouting free agent James Shields

    Lone Star Ball "James Shields’ throwing sessions have been watched by representatives from the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians, according to Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi says that Shields isn’t close to signing, but is throwing and keeping in shape in order to be ready to join a..." May 07

  • Despite Rougned Odor’s prolonged slump to open season, Rangers not considering demotion to minors

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "One of the quietest places in a major league ballpark on a Sunday morning is the field, outside of the work being done by the grounds crew. Ballplayers are a rare sight. There are always exceptions, though, as was the case some four hours before the Texas Rangers and Toronto..." May 06

  • How did we get here? Reevaluating the Cole Hamels trade four years later...

    The Good Phight "July 31, 2015 — a day in which the Philadelphia Phillies fully recognized the idea of “rebuilding” a struggling ball club, shipping their home-grown ace of 10 years to the Texas Rangers in exchange for six players. The full trade looked like..." May 03

  • Rangers Sign Seth Maness

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have agreed to a deal with righty Seth Maness, the club announced. It’s a minor-league arrangement. Maness, 30, carries a 3.21 ERA in 247 career relief innings at the game’s highest level. Though he managed only 5.7 K/9 in that span, he succeeded by carrying a..." May 02

  • Rangers consider removing Jose Leclerc from closer role after second blown save

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers have a closer problem. Jose Leclerc blew his second save Tuesday night after allowing three runs in the ninth as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 6-4 win in 11 innings. Leclerc started the ninth with a 3-0 lead but allowed..." May 01

  • Could Elvis Andrus Opt Out This Fall?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When MLBTR’s Steve Adams recently laid out the opt-out decisions that will await several players at the end of the season, he was only willing to go so far as to give Elvis Andrus “an actual chance” at holding enough value to punt the three years..." May 01

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Rangers calling up LHP Taylor Hearn: 'He's throwing the ball really well'

    Dallas Morning News "The first focus of the Rangers' rebuild for this season was to use a handful of veteran starters and relievers to eat up innings early in the season while the next wave of pitching prospects polished off their development. The hope was those prospects would pitch in the majors..." April 25

  • Drew Smyly to the injured list, Wei-Chieh Huang up

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers have placed lefthanded pitcher Drew Smyly on the injured list with nerve irritation in his left arm. To take his place on the active roster, the Rangers have called up righthanded reliever Wei-Chieh Huang. This is troubling news on Smyly, who..." April 24

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Rangers' Joey Gallo records 1st career sac fly in 1,337th plate appearance

    The Score "Joey Gallo made history without reaching base. The Texas Rangers slugger recorded his first career sacrifice fly in his 1,337th plate appearance during Sunday's game against the Houston Astros. April 22

  • Rangers Sign Jen-Ho Tseng To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced Wednesday that they’ve signed right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng to a minor league contract. The former Cubs righty, who was designated for assignment released recently, will head to extended Spring Training begin a throwing program, per Rangers executive vice president of..." April 17

  • Mets, Phillies reportedly interested in trading for Rangers starter Mike Minor

    Philly Voice "The Phillies could use some pitching help, especially in the starting rotation — the team pretty much made that clear earlier on Wednesday when they optioned Nick Pivetta to the minors and added Jerad Eickhoff to their rotation.  And while the Phillies are looking..." April 17

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Rangers Place Rougned Odor On 10-Day IL, Select Danny Santana

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Rangers have placed 2B Rougned Odor on the 10-Day IL with a right knee sprain. IF/OF Danny Santana was selected to the 40-man from AAA-Nashville and will join the club in his place. To make room for Santana, the club moved righty Edinson Volquez to the 60-day IL. Per..." April 13

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • MLB's Joey Gallo & Nomar Mazara Celebrate Home Run With Double Crotch Grab

    TMZ "How did Texas Rangers superstars Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara celebrate a home run Sunday?? WITH A DOUBLE CROTCH GRAB, BABY!!! It all went down in the second inning in Anaheim this past weekend ... when Gallo hit a bomb to deep right field against the..." April 08

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Ronald Guzmán exits game with hamstring tightness

    Hardball Talk "Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzmán lasted just three innings during Saturday’s game against the Angels. The infielder smacked a double off of the right field wall at the top of the third, but appeared to injure his leg while running the bases and was quickly removed from the..." April 07

  • Ronald Guzman Placed On IL With Hamstring Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "After suffering a right hamstring strain, the Rangers have placed first baseman Ronald Guzman on the 10-day injured list, per a team announcement. To fill his roster spot, the team has recalled infielder Patrick Wisdom from Triple-A.   " April 07

  • Rangers, Angels game delayed by swarm of bees in bullpen

    Sportsnaut "Midway through Sunday’s game in Anaheim between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels, a swarm of bees interrupted things and caused players to scamper. The bees invaded the bullpen area and started attacking the pitchers and catchers inside. This prompted a delay..." April 07

  • Mike Trout giving Rangers’ manager ‘nightmares’

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout so thoroughly dominated the Texas Rangers in the first three games of their weekend series that manager Chris Woodward will be seeing him in his nightmares. Trout has homered in every game against Texas so far. On Friday, he homered twice, and..." April 07

  • Edinson Vólquez headed to injured list with elbow sprain

    Hardball Talk "Rangers right-hander Edinson Vólquez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow sprain, MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reports. In a corresponding move, rookie left-handed reliever Kyle Bird will assume Vólquez’s roster spot. While no official..." April 06

  • Edinson Volquez Facing Retirement Decision

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rangers right-hander Edinson Volquez will consider retirement if the injury that recently landed him on the IL turns out to be another UCL tear, per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Volquez underwent Tommy John to repair the UCL in his throwing elbow in August of..." April 06

  • Umpire Ron Kulpa threw a tantrum in the Astros-Rangers game

    Hardball Talk "Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa didn’t take too kindly to complaining from the Astros’ dugout after missing a couple of calls early in Wednesday’s game between the Astros and Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Kulpa first missed a very obvious strike from..." April 04

  • MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on MLB.com. For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • Adrian Sampson up, Kyle Bird optioned

    Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers transactions: Adrian Sampson, righthanded pitcher, has had his contract purchased by the Texas Rangers today, the team announced. To make room for him on the 25 man roster, the Rangers optioned lefthanded reliever Kyle Bird to AAA Nashville. To make room for..." April 02

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Mariners acquire reliever Connor Sadzeck in trade with Texas Rangers

    Seattle Times "With their bullpen and relief pitching depth riddled with injuries and inconsistency, the Mariners picked up another pitcher to add some organizational depth. On Monday, the team announced it had acquired right-handed pitcher Connor Sadzeck from the Texas Rangers in exchange for..." April 02

  • Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland indicted on 3 child sex charges

    Dallas Morning News "Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was indicted Thursday on three charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Wetteland, 52, was arrested in mid-January after a relative accused him of forcing them to perform sex acts on him three times beginning in 2004, when..." March 29

  • This Stat Shows How Utterly Out Of Control Defensive Shifts In MLB Are

    NESN "Defensive shifts used to be rare occurrences reserved for only the most-notable left-handed pull hitters in Major League Baseball. Oh, how times have changed. As advanced stats have taken a larger role in the day-to-day workings of baseball, and every manager in the game has..." March 28

  • MLBPA just another union currently being crushed by technology

    Sportsnet "We are not witnessing the death of the Major League Baseball Players Association. But on the 50th anniversary of Curt Flood’s challenge on the reserve clause that opened the door for free agency, we are bystanders to its gelding. It’s debatable who, if anybody, gets the..." March 25

  • Rangers Release Zach McAllister

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced that they’ve given right-hander Zach McAllister his unconditional release. It’s a somewhat surprising development given that McAllister had signed a Major League contract with Texas in the offseason and enjoyed a solid Spring Training to date. In a dozen Cactus..." March 25

  • Rangers Return Rule 5 Pick Jordan Romano To Blue Jays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have returned Rule 5 selection Jordan Romano to the Blue Jays after the right-hander cleared waivers, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Having been placed on waivers Thursday, the 25-year-old Romano was offered to his previous club today and will rejoin the Blue Jays after failing to..." March 24

  • Jason Hammel retires, Jeanmar Gomez makes the roster

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers told Jason Hammel yesterday that he had made the team’s Opening Day roster and would be the long man. Jason Hammel told the Rangers today, thanks, but I’ve decided to retire, per the beat guys on Twitter. Hammel reportedly indicated that he wanted to..." March 23