ARLINGTON -- Led by Adrian Beltre's record-tying cycle, the Rangers opened a three-game series with the Astros by outslugging them, 12-9, on Monday night. The Rangers have won five of their last six games.
"It was a good night, a good win for the team," Beltre said. "We came out swinging the bats and got some big hits."
ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre had a perfectly plausible explanation as to why he was able to hit for the cycle for the third time in his career in the Rangers' 12-9 victory over the Astros on Monday night.
"When you're fast like me, it's not that difficult," Beltre said.
Rangers veteran posting numbers reminiscent of all-time great third basemen
By Richard Justice
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's greatest strength also happens to be his greatest weakness, at least in terms of assessing his Hall of Fame credentials. He plays the game so smoothly, so efficiently that he's occasionally easy to overlook even after 18 seasons of playing at such a high level.
That's why what happened in Arlington on Monday night was so outside the norm. If it prompts people to pause and put his greatness in context, even better. It was one of those games that will resonate through an entire sport.
ARLINGTON -- It started with a walk, then a single, then another single.
Before you knew it, the Rangers had put up six runs and knocked Astros starter Lance McCullers out of the game in the first inning. And there was more to come en route to Monday's 12-9 win in the opener of a three-game series.
The veteran third baseman went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, tripling in the first inning, doubling in the second, singling in the third and capping it off with a homer in the fifth. He became the third player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Brock Holt of the Red Sox and Rangers teammate Shin-Soo Choo.
Yovani Gallardo's name was involved in talks leading up to last Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, but nothing came to fruition.
He remains with the Rangers, but he is still searching for the form that allowed him to throw 33 1/3 scoreless innings from June 10 to July 7. He will attempt to get back on track on Tuesday against the Astros at Globe Life Park.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' new arrangement of Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson sharing the catching duties could last for an extended period of time.
Robinson Chirinos has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, and it could be some time before catcher Carlos Corporan returns. Corporan has been on the DL since July 13 with a sprained left thumb, and his recovery is taking longer than initially expected.
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton shattered the offensive silence Sunday at Globe Life Park with a sixth-inning home run that complemented Martin Perez's dominant performance as the Texas Rangers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1.
Perez limited San Francisco, which entered the afternoon ranked second in the National League in batting, to one hit in eight innings -- Justin Maxwell's infield single with two outs in the fifth -- and exited after allowing a one-out double to Angel Pagan in the ninth.
Rangers starter dominates Giants for first win since Tommy John surgery
By Cody Stavenhagen
ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez, only a little more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, had pitched a dominant 8 1/3 innings before he left a changeup high and allowed a ninth-inning double to Angel Pagan.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister came to the mound to pull Perez in what became a 2-1 Rangers win Sunday against the Giants.
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Left-hander pitches into eighth inning before bullpen blows lead
By Cody Stavenhagen
ARLINGTON -- The Cole Hamels era in Texas began Saturday with high expectations, plenty of publicity and even some history on the line. Could he immediately prove to be the Rangers' saving grace? Could he become only the second pitcher in Major League history to throw back-to-back no-hitters?
Well, not exactly. In a 9-7 loss against the Giants, Hamels delivered a workman-like 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. He was efficient, and he was good. He left the game in line for the win before the Rangers' bullpen blew the lead.
ARLINGTON -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth and then hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th, providing the force behind a 9-7 Giants win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.
Pence helped the Giants spoil the Rangers debut of Cole Hamels, who threw 7 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing five earned runs in a no-decision. The Rangers were up, 7-4, when Hamels left the game, but the Giants rallied in the eighth to tie the game. Buster Posey helped lead the charge with three hits, including a home run, and Brandon Belt hit a pair of shots to record his second career multi-homer game.
Scheppers relieved Cole Hamels with two outs in the seventh inning and the Rangers up, 7-4. He faced three batters, allowing two doubles and a single. He was charged with two earned runs and allowed an inherited runner to score as the Giants tied the game.
Addition of Diekman, Dyson bolsters Rangers' hard-working bullpen
By Cody Stavenhagen
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers took advantage of their recent bullpen additions Saturday by optioning right-hander Keone Kela to Double-A Frisco before a 9-7 loss to the Giants.
Kela is expected to get a short rest period in the Minors, and the club was able to make that happen after acquiring needed reinforcements in left-hander Jake Diekman and right-hander Sam Dyson on Friday.
ARLINGTON -- Bobby Wilson didn't know for sure Friday night that he would spend Saturday catching Cole Hamels' Rangers debut, but he wanted to be prepared. Turns out it was a wise decision.
Wilson was in the starting lineup for the 9-7 loss to the Giants after the Rangers placed catcher Robinson Chirinos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Chirinos said he hurt his shoulder in his eighth-inning at-bat Thursday against the Yankees. Chirinos, who was hitting .226 with nine home runs, will likely need at least two weeks to recover, leaving the Rangers in limbo at catcher.
Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Fielder pulls another belly flop on slide into second
By Chris Landers |
Prince Fielder is a large man. As such, he's got a whole bunch of force to apply to whatever direction he happens to be moving. (We're no physics majors, but this is what we've been told.) And so, when Prince Fielder falls, Prince Fielder gets his money's worth.
Martinez started slow, allowing runs in each of the first two innings, but he had the benefit of run support. The Rangers scored twice in the first against Bumgarner on a two-run home run from Beltre and added four more in the second, two coming on Andrus's two-run blast.
ARLINGTON -- Three-time All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels was hoping to be traded to a contending team before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He believes that is what happened when the Phillies traded him to the Rangers in a deal that was finally announced on Friday.
Hamels' previous experience with the Phillies reinforces that. The Phillies were seven games out of first place on Aug. 25, 2007, and still won the National League East title. In 2008, they were 3 1/2 games out with 16 to play and ended up winning not only the division title but the World Series as well.
ARLINGTON -- Nick Martinez found his command working the inside fastball, and it helped him find the win column for the first time since June 9.
Martinez pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits Friday night in the Rangers' 6-3 win over the Giants. And possibly thanks to the spark that comes with pulling off a trade for Cole Hamels, the Rangers played as if they were rejuvenated across the board.
ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels, in his final moments in Philadelphia before boarding a plane that would take him to a new team and a new start, recounted the memories.
There were the early days in Philadelphia, when he was young and unsure. Then there was the magical 2008 championship parade down Broad Street that solidified his place as a Philly sports hero. There were some bad times, but the good stuck out -- from the Four Aces to the no-hitter in his last start, Saturday in Chicago.
ARLINGTON -- In addition to acquiring left-handed starter Cole Hamels, the Rangers made two significant additions to their bullpen this week.
They picked up left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies in the same trade, and they acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins just before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Both Diekman and Dyson are experienced power relievers with fastballs that are clocked around 95-96 mph.
Rangers top prospect's performance is lone bright spot in Triple-A Round Rock's loss
By Alex M. Smith
Joey Gallo has been hovering around the Mendoza line since being demoted to Triple-A Round Rock on July 1, but the Rangers' No. 1 prospect has not been lacking power.
Baseball's No. 8 overall prospect, Gallo went 2-for-3 with a walk and two solo homers in the Express' 10-3 loss to Omaha. That gives him a total of 20 roundtrippers and 60 RBIs across three levels -- including the big leagues -- this year. While he's hitting just .194 for Round Rock, he's hit seven homers and recorded 16 RBIs in 25 games.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired relief pitcher Sam Dyson from the Marlins for catcher Tomas Telis and Minor League reliever Cody Ege on Friday. The move comes after the Rangers claimed catcher Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Rays.
Dyson is a veteran righty who was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 games for the Marlins this season. He is a hard thrower with a fastball that averages 95.6 mph.
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton hit a single through the right side with two outs in the ninth off reliever Andrew Miller to bring home Leonys Martin with the winning run in the Rangers' 7-6 walk-off victory over the Yankees on Thursday night.
Hamilton, who had a three-run home run in the first inning, was mobbed at first base after the Rangers celebrated their second straight win over the Yankees.
ARLINGTON -- When the trade is announced, the Rangers will certainly welcome the addition of a three-time All-Star pitcher who has won a World Series MVP Award and also threw a no-hitter less than a week ago.
At the same time, while waiting for the official arrival of Cole Hamels, Rangers players also spoke from the heart on Thursday about what Matt Harrison meant to the team. Harrison is one of six players -- the only Major Leaguer -- who is being sent by the Rangers to the Phillies for Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman.
ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
Lewis allowed two runs and got the win to snap the Rangers' three-game losing streak. Masahiro Tanaka exited after allowing four runs in six innings as the Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped.