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Texas Rangers Stars Of The Week: 4/14-4/20

Texas Rangers Stars Of The Week: 4/14-4/20

Star of the WeekEvery Monday, this space names the Texas Rangers Stars of the Week. These are the guys who went above and beyond during the previous week. Each week two position players and one pitcher get special mentions. For position players, there’s a Star of the Week for a full week’s performance and one recognizing an outstanding single game. The pitching Star of the Week could be either.

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What A Pleasant Surprise

What A Pleasant Surprise

It had to wait until 16 games into the season, but the Texas Rangers finally have a winning streak. Sure, it’s just three games. But when you consider the Rangers are putting out a daily starting line-up with no Adrian Beltre; guys at the bottom of the order like Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson and J.P. Arencibia; a slow-starting Prince…

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Texas Rangers Stars Of The Week: 4/7-4/13

Texas Rangers Stars Of The Week: 4/7-4/13

Star of the WeekEvery Monday, this space names the Texas Rangers Stars of the Week. These are the guys who went above and beyond during the previous week. Each week two position players and one pitcher get special mentions. For position players, there’s a Star of the Week for a full week’s performance and one recognizing an outstanding single game. The pitching Star of the Week could be either.

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The Friday/Saturday Sundry: 4/11/14

The Friday/Saturday Sundry: 4/11/14

BaseballMinor-League-BaseballDOWN ON THE FARM

The Rangers’ minor league teams uniformly got off to slow starts but Thursday’s games saw all four full-season teams secure wins, the first time all four have won in the same day. Even then, there was good and bad news. On the good side, last year’s first-round pick, second baseman Travis Demeritte, cranked his second and third home runs of the season for the Hickory Crawdads.…

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Bad Moon Rising

Adrian Beltre 2Just when it looked like things were settling down for the Texas Rangers, Adrian Beltre shakes everything up again. As Michael Corleone famously said, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”

Everything was going swimmingly well for the Rangers Tuesday night. The offense was churning out hits and scoring runs at will against the Red Sox, even with a different type of line-up for Ron…

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Texas Rangers Stars Of The Week: 3/31-4/6

Texas Rangers Stars Of The Week: 3/31-4/6

Star of the Week
Every Monday, this space names the Texas Rangers Stars of the Week. These are the guys who went above and beyond during the previous week. Each week two position players and one pitcher get special mentions. For position players, there’s a Star of the Week for a full week’s performance and one recognizing an outstanding single game. The pitching Star of the Week could be either.

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The Friday/Saturday Sundry: 4/4/14

The Friday/Saturday Sundry: 4/4/14

Not much to discuss today, but here are a couple of links worth the look.

TR Sullivan did a great piece on Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington for MLB.com. As big as statistics are to baseball fans, Wash shares his food for thought on what it takes to compile those stats. Basically, he believes if you play the game right the stats will come instead of the opposite.

There’s also this: The…

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The Sign Of Things To Come?

The Sign Of Things To Come?

In the middle of last night’s series closer with the Phillies, I tweeted about the first two games indicating what the Texas Rangers offense potential is while Game 3 was a sign that they’re not consistently there yet. Then the bottom of the ninth came up.

Rangers trailed 3-1. A lead-off single by Adrian Beltre on a pitch out of the strike zone. A strikeout by Alex Rios. Mitch Morelandthen laced…

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The Good & The Bad Of Replay Reviews

The Good & The Bad Of Replay Reviews

Sorry, Ian Kinsler. The Texas Rangers won’t go 0-162 in 2014. They ensured that with a walk-off 3-2 win over the Phillies Tuesday night in Arlington.

The Call? Safe. The Appeal? Call Reversed

The Call? Safe. The Appeal? Call Reversed.

Among the highlights of the Rangers first win was Ron Washington winning his first challenge of a call. In the 6th inning of the scoreless game, the Phils had runners on first and second when Martin Perezwh…

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Opening Day: Who Are These Guys?

Opening Day: Who Are These Guys?

BaseballEvan Grant of the Dallas Morning News passed along this interesting tidbit yesterday.

When the Texas Rangers take on the Philadelphia Phillies today in the season opener for both teams, the Rangers Opening Day 25-man roster includes 17 players who were NOT on the Rangers Opening Day roster just one year ago today. The only holdovers? Tanner Scheppers, Robbie Ross, Jason Frasor, Alexi Ogando, Elvi…

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