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July 12, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
I've got this old college buddy, stable guy, family man, conservative, churchgoing, careful. Several years ago at a major league baseball game, the danged fool fell out of the stands trying to grab a foul ball. Barry McCoy leaned far over the railing along the third base line at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, in hopes of grabbing a foul grounder. He missed the ball and tumbled four feet down to the grass, landing on his back, lucky he didn't hit his head. I still don't understand why he would take that chance.
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February 5, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, now a television analyst, announced that he is battling cancer. The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the majors before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Schilling is taking a leave of absence. He recently signed a multiyear contract extension with the network and was to be part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, Soltys said.
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October 21, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals combined to hit .195 with one home run and eight runs scored in the first two games of the World Series. But with the Series tied at a win apiece, the offense is likely to pick up considerably Saturday when the Series moves from frigid St. Louis to the warmth of Texas and the launching pad the Rangers call home. Batters hit .276 with 228 homers and scored an average of 11 runs a game at Rangers Ballpark this season.
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July 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The greatest closer in baseball history brought his farewell tour to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this week. And once again Mariano Rivera arranged to meet quietly with ordinary fans and stadium workers, as he has done in every city the New York Yankees have visited this season. “What I'm getting from these tours is being able to say thank you," Rivera said Tuesday. "To people that work in the stadium, thanks. And that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to make sure that I said thank you for all those people behind the scenes that I can touch and be able to spend a little time with them.
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February 5, 2014 | Staff and wire reports
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, now a television analyst, announced that he is battling cancer. The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the majors before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Schilling is taking a leave of absence. He recently signed a multiyear contract extension with the network and was to be part of the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, Soltys said.
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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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October 24, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Mike Napoli's game-winning double came off left-hander Marc Rzepczynski . But that wasn't the matchup St. Louis wanted. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa said he wanted hard-throwing right-hander Jason Motte to pitch to Texas' right-hand-hitting catcher, but when he called down to the bullpen, coach Derek Lilliquist misunderstood his instructions. "They heard Rzepczynski and they didn't hear Motte," La Russa said. "And when I called back I said Motte, they heard [ Lance ]
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July 23, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Five years after the Angels went younger, cheaper and faster with their starting catcher, Bengie Molina has returned to the American League West to help the Texas Rangers try to lap his former team. And, in an ironic twist, the Rangers' pursuit of their first division title since 1999 picked up speed this month when Molina pulled into third base with a standup eighth-inning triple against the Boston Red Sox, completing perhaps the most unlikely cycle in baseball history. "I've been criticized so long about my speed, that I can't run and I'm the slowest guy," Molina said Friday before Rangers beat the Angels, 1-0, at Rangers Ballpark.
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October 28, 2010 | By Bill Shaikin
Aubrey Huff does not have to search far or wide to find his boyhood hero. He is right there, across the field. He is Nolan Ryan, the president of the Texas Rangers, a hero to two generations of Texans. Huff, the first baseman for the San Francisco Giants, grew up in Fort Worth rooting for Ryan and the Rangers. Now, the team that Ryan put together is the one standing between Huff and a World Series championship, and yet Huff offers nothing but admiration for Ryan. The Rangers, after all, are in their first World Series.
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July 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The greatest closer in baseball history brought his farewell tour to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this week. And once again Mariano Rivera arranged to meet quietly with ordinary fans and stadium workers, as he has done in every city the New York Yankees have visited this season. “What I'm getting from these tours is being able to say thank you," Rivera said Tuesday. "To people that work in the stadium, thanks. And that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to make sure that I said thank you for all those people behind the scenes that I can touch and be able to spend a little time with them.
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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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March 31, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
Used to be that baseball's sun rose — and set — in the East. The Yankees annually dominated the winter free-agent market and whatever table scraps were left were scooped up by the Red Sox or Phillies. What happened in the wilderness beyond the Rocky Mountains generally was considered inconsequential. But that's all changed this year. With the signing of Albert Pujols, the top free-agent slugger, and C.J. Wilson, the top free-agent pitcher, the Angels may now be baseball's best team.
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October 25, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- Mike Napoli's game-winning double came off left-hander Marc Rzepczynski . But that wasn't the matchup St. Louis wanted. Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa said he wanted hard-throwing right-hander Jason Motte to pitch to Texas' right-hand-hitting catcher, but when he called down to the bullpen, coach Derek Lilliquist misunderstood his instructions. "They heard Rzepczynski and they didn't hear Motte," La Russa said. "And when I called back I said Motte, they heard [ Lance ]
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October 23, 2011 | By Phil Rogers
From Arlington, Texas -- Was Derek Holland hypnotized? Did someone convince him that this 68-degree night was in April or May, not October? Who knows? All that matters to Ron Washington and the Texas Rangers' fans is that the 25-year-old left-hander pitched a masterpiece when one was badly needed. Holland's 8 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington carried Texas to a 4-0 victory that evened the World Series at two games apiece. There was almost no margin for error against the St. Louis Cardinals, who had scored 16 runs Saturday and averaged 5.8 runs during their playoff run. And the Rangers had to count on Holland, who has shown that he can be either very good (four 2011 shutouts)
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October 21, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals combined to hit .195 with one home run and eight runs scored in the first two games of the World Series. But with the Series tied at a win apiece, the offense is likely to pick up considerably Saturday when the Series moves from frigid St. Louis to the warmth of Texas and the launching pad the Rangers call home. Batters hit .276 with 228 homers and scored an average of 11 runs a game at Rangers Ballpark this season.
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July 12, 2011 | Bill Plaschke
I've got this old college buddy, stable guy, family man, conservative, churchgoing, careful. Several years ago at a major league baseball game, the danged fool fell out of the stands trying to grab a foul ball. Barry McCoy leaned far over the railing along the third base line at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, in hopes of grabbing a foul grounder. He missed the ball and tumbled four feet down to the grass, landing on his back, lucky he didn't hit his head. I still don't understand why he would take that chance.
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July 22, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — Forgive the Texas Rangers for not shaking in their spikes Thursday when they heard that the Angels had acquired Kansas City third baseman Alberto Callaspo, who has two extra-base hits in his last 25 games yet was described by Manager Mike Scioscia as a hitter with "the potential to be something special." The Rangers made their big summer splash July 9, acquiring left-hander Cliff Lee from the Seattle Mariners, and they're pretty confident that Angels General Manager Tony Reagins won't be able to trump that move.
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July 8, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Whenever he threw a baseball into the stands, Angels outfielder Vernon Wells said he tried to place it beyond the front row so it wouldn't fall back onto the field. Now major leaguers are confronted with more grave fears than whether play will be disrupted. A fan trying to catch a ball tossed by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton fell over a railing and plunged 20 feet to his death Thursday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, raising concerns about stadium safety regulations and the time-honored tradition of throwing balls to fans.
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