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2015 season preview: Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers would like to forget 2014 ever happened. Coming into last season with big expectations based on the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, Texas was decimated by injuries throughout the lineup and starting rotation, and it was too much to overcome. New manager Jeff Banister could be the new voice this team needs, and his analytical approach meshes better...
Via Bloguin Best
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish busts out a ‘bulls–t’ during his first English-only presser

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish for the first time Sunday held a press conference in which he answered all the questions in English. And given that his commitment to the team last season was called into question, perhaps it wasn’t surprising to hear the Japanese phenom sprinkle his comments with a minor dose of profanity....Read More The post Yu Darvish busts out a ‘bull-s–t’...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Yu Darvish is working on his English, in part so he can convey his feelings as accurately as possible. He already has the curse words down. Darvish on Sunday gave his first press conference in English since joining the Rangers in 2012, and his top priority was to emphasize that he did not quit on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rangers scratch Holland, but it's 'no biggie,' he says

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Left-hander Derek Holland was scratched from the Texas Rangers' intrasquad game Sunday with a sore shoulder. ''This was not an alarm-bell one,'' Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. ''We'll push him back a day or two.'' Daniels says ''hopefully it is not anything outside of the normal spring soreness for a pitcher. He wants to throw, but we're going to take it from...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Three Quietly Key Players for the Texas Rangers

If the Texas Rangers are going to have a successful 2015 season, Neftali Feliz and two other quietly key members will play a huge role. (Mandatory Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images) The Texas Rangers’ most notable players include Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish. If Texas has any hopes of contention, let alone playoff aspirations, these stars will have to deliver...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Lewis starting Cactus opener for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. –€“ The Texas Rangers will use a six-man rotation early in spring with Colby Lewis getting the start in Wednesday's exhibition opener against Kansas City. Texas will use Lewis, Derek Holland, Yovani Gallardo, Nick Tepesch, Ross Detwiler and Yu Darvish as its starters early. Both Lewis and Gallardo are pitching in Wednesday's game against the Royals with Lisaverto...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Elvis Andrus Rebound in 2015?

(Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) In the midst of the Texas Rangers’ abysmal 2014 that saw them go just 67-95, shortstop Elvis Andrus slumped to his worst season as a pro. The Rangers number two hitter hit just .263 with an on-base percentage of .314, both career lows. He provided little power, but perhaps the most disappointing thing was the severe drop in steals, down...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

NU's Carlos Pena On 'Effective Velocity'

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Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers have plenty of options for No. 5 starter

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Sniper focus. It's a phrase new Texas manager Jeff Banister has used with his team already this spring about how they should approach the game. It's no more fitting for any position than the competition for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. Nick Tepesch has to focus on what he does and not worry about how Nick Martinez performs. Or Ross Detwiler. Or Lisalverto...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Prospect Profile: Luke Jackson

A few weeks ago, ESPN’s Senior Baseball Writer Keith Law released his 2015 Minor League rankings for each Major League franchise. The Texas Rangers ended up 11th on Law’s rankings. Among some of Texas’ top prospects, starting pitcher Luke Jackson is one of the more fascinating players to keep an eye on throughout the season. Jackson was a supplemental first round pick by Texas...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers reach deals with 16 players

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers agreed to deals with 16 of their pre-arbitration eligible players Friday, leaving just seven players on the major-league roster unsigned. The highest-paid player among those agreeing to deals was right-hander Nick Tepesch, who will earn $517,760 on his split major-league contract. Second baseman Rougned Odor will make $513,850. Also agreeing to...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rougned Odor’s Future Looks Bright

Rougned Odor isn’t largely known outside of Texas. With the 21-year-old poised for MLB success, that reality might change. (Mandatory Credit: Getty Images/Mike Ehrman) Rougned Odor, unknown second baseman of the Texas Rangers, has a bright future. Despite FanGraphs’ disappointment in his 2014 numbers and that ghastly .297 on-base percentage, Odor should have a productive MLB...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers' Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

  Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. ''I was able to do some things I'd worked on in the bullpen,'' Darvish said through a translator. ''My command was very good and there was...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Scheppers drops creepy photobomb on Shawn Tolleson (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Texas Rangers pitcher Tanner Scheppers dropped a photobomb on fellow pitcher Shawn Tolleson as he gave an interview in the team's spring training complex in Arizona.Scheppers snuck in and out of the camera shot without disturbing the interview, but the face he was making was mildly creepy.Video via MLB. This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #42: Prince Fielder | 1B | TEX

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Fielder ranked 45th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 42 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). One year into the Prince Fielder-Ian Kinsler swap, Detroit seems to have gotten the better end of the deal. One year from now, we could...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Texas Rangers projected batting order for 2015

The Texas Rangers projected Opening Day lineup for 2015: Yu Darvish the projected opening day starter for the Rangers Shin-Soo Choo OF Elvis Andrus SS Prince Fielder 1B Adrian Beltre 3B Mitch Moreland DH Michael Choice OF Leonys Martin OF Robinson Chirinos C Rougned Odor 2B Pitching Yu Darvish Shin-Soo Choo is coming off an injury-riddled year. His ankle seemed to bother him all...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Adrian Beltre Has Defied Father Time

This is it. This is the year Adrian Beltre finally declines. Yep, you heard it here first, folks. Adrian Beltre is donezo. I mean, come on — dude’s about to be 36 years old. He’s logged 10,001 plate appearances since he entered the league in 1998, a number topped by only Derek Jeter. His defense […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Top Prospect: Joey Gallo

With pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training over the weekend, it is time to finally start getting excited for the on-field production of young invitees as they mix and mingle with the veterans. In this case, the spotlight shines brightest on Joey Gallo, the Texas Rangers‘ top prospect and Baseball America’s No. 6 overall prospect heading into spring training. It...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Extend Adrian Beltre Through 2016

Earlier on Monday the Texas Rangers announced that the club had exercised their club option on third baseman Adrian Beltre ensuring Beltre will remain with the club through the 2016 season. Beltre will turn 36 on April 7th and has told the Fort Worth Star- Telegram that he would like to stay with Texas for the remainder of his career as long as the Rangers stay competitive. Ultimately...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jurickson Profar: Former top prospect to miss second-straight season

The Texas Rangers once looked like a team with an absolutely stocked farm system and the jewel of that system was Curacaoan middle infielder Jurickson Profar. Well, two years later Profar looks like a guy who just can’t catch a break, as he is now set to miss his second season in a row. On Monday it was announced that Profar had a torn labrum in his right shoulder and would miss...
Via Rumors and Rants
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers pick up option on Adrian Beltre

The Texas Rangers have removed any uncertainty about the status of third baseman Adrian Beltre beyond the 2015 season. On Monday the club picked up his $16 million vesting option for the 2016 season. Beltre, 35, would have had to reach 586 pate appearances in order for the option to vest but now the Rangers are going to remove those requirements and bring him back. The Rangers have...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Rougned Odor’s brother, Rougned Odor

Oakland Coliseum is known for raw sewage backing up into its dugouts, but the strangest Odor in the American League West this year emanates from Texas. On Thursday, the Texas Rangers announced that they have signed the younger brother of second baseman Rougned Odor… Rougned Odor. That’s right, the Odor Brothers have the same first name. The elder Odor, who already gives the...
Via Rumors and Rants
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers: Countdown to Opening Day

Opening day (April 6th) is right around the corner and the Texas Rangers will get a chance to right the wrongs of last year. The season in which the Rangers ended up 67-95, last in the American League, 3rd to last in the entire MLB, and in search of a new manager. This coming just a few seasons after being within one out of winning the World Series. Rangers’ fans should have some...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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