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April 23, 2009 | JIM PELTZ
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.
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December 5, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
NASHVILLE -- The Detroit Tigers say they have no interest in closer Rafael Soriano. The agent for Soriano refuses to believe it. Soriano opted out of a contract with the New York Yankees that would have guaranteed him $14 million next season. With major-market teams either set for a closer or reluctant to spend big money to sign one, Boras has not yet found a team to give Soriano the expected multiyear contract. The Tigers, who bid farewell to Jose Valverde after his disastrous postseason, say their closer will be 21-year-old rookie Bruce Rondon.
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June 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who has been on the disabled list seven weeks because of a herniated disk in his back, began a rehabilitation assignment Sunday at Class A Port Charlotte. Rodriguez caught four innings and struck out in his only at-bat Sunday against the Vero Beach Dodgers. The 10-time All-Star said he didn't have any problems with his back.
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April 24, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Ivan Rodriguez returned to Rangers Ballpark on Monday to throw out a ceremonial first pitch after earlier in the day announcing his retirement following a 21-year career. But as the public address announcer told the crowd, "It doesn't seem right, ladies and gentlemen. " So instead of tossing a pitch, the player known as "Pudge" walked from the mound to a much more familiar spot -- behind home plate. The 14-time All-Star catcher sent Michael Young out to second base and fired one last throw across the diamond, much to the delight of the crowd.
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April 24, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Ivan Rodriguez returned to Rangers Ballpark on Monday to throw out a ceremonial first pitch after earlier in the day announcing his retirement following a 21-year career. But as the public address announcer told the crowd, "It doesn't seem right, ladies and gentlemen. " So instead of tossing a pitch, the player known as "Pudge" walked from the mound to a much more familiar spot -- behind home plate. The 14-time All-Star catcher sent Michael Young out to second base and fired one last throw across the diamond, much to the delight of the crowd.
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January 23, 2003 | From Wire Reports
The cost-conscious Florida Marlins expanded their payroll Wednesday by signing 10-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez to a $10-million, one-year contract. "When you're dealing with a great and special opportunity and a special player, there are no parameters," Marlin owner Jeffrey Loria said. Rodriguez, 31, played 1,479 games with the Texas Rangers, batting .303 with 215 home runs and 829 runs batted in, and developing a reputation as one of the best catchers.
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May 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
Tom Hicks, owner of the Texas Rangers, said Sunday that he assured catcher Ivan Rodriguez that the nine-time All-Star won't be traded. Speculation that Rodriguez was on the trading block had been growing with the approach of June 2, when Rodriguez becomes a 10-year veteran with five seasons with his current team, meaning he can veto any deal. Rodriguez's $42-million, five-year contract runs through the end of the 2002 season.
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May 18, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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July 2, 2004
"Those are PlayStation or Xbox numbers." Rondell White, on Detroit Tiger teammate Ivan Rodriguez, who batted .500 in July and is now hitting .384
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June 17, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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August 19, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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June 17, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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May 18, 2009 | Associated Press
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.
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April 23, 2009 | JIM PELTZ
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.
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September 9, 2008 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 4, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
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September 24, 2006 | Tim Brown
A month ago, a veteran National League executive held a copy of the day's American League standings. He poked a finger at the top of the Central Division. "Can a manager make that much of a difference?" he asked. Working on a half-a-game lead and about three hours of sleep Thursday morning, Jim Leyland has most of a slice of lemon cake in his mouth, a cooling cup of coffee at his right elbow and a Marlboro on the way.
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July 2, 2004
"Those are PlayStation or Xbox numbers." Rondell White, on Detroit Tiger teammate Ivan Rodriguez, who batted .500 in July and is now hitting .384
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