August 19, 2009 |
Ivan Rodriguez is coming home to the Texas Rangers. The 14-time All-Star catcher who started his career with the Rangers at age 19 was acquired in a trade Tuesday with the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Matt Nevarez and two players to be named. "He brings experience," Rangers President Nolan Ryan said. "He's a veteran, and he brings us a lot of things." The 37-year-old Rodriguez, one of the most popular players in Rangers history, signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract with the Astros in March and went on to hit .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 93 games.
June 17, 2009 |
Ian Kinsler homered twice and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros, 6-1, on Tuesday night, when Ivan Rodriguez matched the major league record for games caught. Rodriguez, who began his career at age 19 in 1991 and played 12 seasons in Texas, homered for the Astros. It was his 2,226th career game behind the plate to tie Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. Kevin Millwood (7-4) worked seven innings, despite deflecting two grounders with his throwing hand, to win his third straight start.
May 18, 2009 |
Ivan Rodriguez hit his 300th home run, Lance Berkman had two hits and a run batted in and the Houston Astros snapped the Chicago Cubs' five-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory Sunday. "I was telling my father last night I would love to hit it here because I know the fans are going to throw it," said Rodriguez, who got his wish when a fan tossed the ball back on the field. Houston starter Brian Moehler pitched five innings to get his first victory since Sept. 10, 2008, against Pittsburgh.
April 23, 2009 |
When the Dodgers arrived in Houston with a full head of steam to play the struggling Astros, Dodgers starter Randy Wolf warned that his former teammates shouldn't be shortchanged. Much to Wolf's chagrin, he was right. The Dodgers lost, 6-5, to Houston on Wednesday night, their second consecutive loss to the Astros, when Ivan Rodriguez singled home the winning run against reliever Ronald Belisario at Minute Maid Park.
September 9, 2008 |
The New York Yankees -- the fourth-place New York Yankees -- might have to watch the Angels celebrate another American League West championship tonight. The Angels beating up on the Yankees, that's nothing new. This part of their 12-1 victory Monday night at Angel Stadium rubbed it in a little bit, though: An infielder named Rodriguez hit a home run -- not $300-million man Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees, but rookie Sean Rodriguez for the Angels. Brandon Wood, another rookie infielder, hit two home runs.
July 4, 2008 |
Boston 7, at New York 0: Jon Lester pitched a five-hitter and the Red Sox roughed up Andy Pettitte to end a five-game losing streak. Lester (7-3) made his most impressive start since pitching a no-hitter against Kansas City on May 19. He struck out eight, walked two and won his fourth decision in a row. New York lost for the fourth time in five games. Pettitte (9-6) lasted 4 2/3 innings as his six-game winning streak ended. Oakland 3, at Chicago 2: Justin Duchscherer pitched seven solid innings, Jack Cust and Donnie Murphy homered and the Athletics stopped the White Sox's seven-game winning streak.