July 24, 2010 |
Ervin Santana was on top of his game in eight solid innings on the hill, as the Angels pulled out a much-needed 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers in the third meeting of a four-game series between the American League West rivals. Santana (9-7) came in with a 6.06 earned-run average in 16 career starts against the Rangers but silenced the division leaders to two runs on five hits and two walks, finishing with eight strikeouts. Erick Aybar went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, Jeff Mathis went 2- for-4 with a solo homer and Alberto Callaspo drove in two runs for the Angels, who recorded 13 hits to help snap a three-game slide.
August 30, 2009 |
at New York 10, Chicago 0: Sergio Mitre shook off the rust and pitched sharply before getting struck by a line drive in the seventh inning, combining with Chad Gaudin on a one-hitter to lead the Yankees. at Boston 3, Toronto 2: Clay Buchholz gave up only three singles in 8 1/3 innings, and run-scoring singles by Alex Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia made up for a Red Sox offense that sputtered in the early innings. Texas 3, at Minnesota 0: Scott Feldman gave the Rangers another strong start, holding the Twins scoreless into the sixth inning and helping Texas keep pace in the wild-card chase.
October 14, 2011 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- No Texas starter has made it past the sixth inning in the Rangers' nine postseason games, and that's left the bullpen sagging under a heavy workload. "When you ask the bullpen to pitch stressful innings like we've been doing, that definitely takes a lot more out of you," said former Angels left-hander Darren Oliver , who has made five playoff appearances. So far the Rangers relievers have managed to pick up the slack, posting a 2.37 earned-run average and holding opponents to a .194 batting average in 38 innings.
September 20, 2009 |
Style points were of no concern to the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. They did not care that two of their runs scored on weak ground balls that barely reached the outfield grass, or that they nearly blew the game in the ninth inning because of an error and some carelessness on the part of their closer. When you've lost five games in a row, scoring a grand total of one run in those games, and you're on the verge of irrelevancy in the American League West race, victories, especially against the team you're chasing, are all that matter.
October 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Detroit — Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters and racked up a major league-high 5,714 strikeouts during his distinguished 27-year, Hall-of-Fame career, but nothing, it seems, is more nerve-wracking than watching his Texas Rangers in the playoffs. Several times this month, television cameras have caught the Rangers' CEO and president in his seat near the dugout gripping a baseball so tight it looks like he could squeeze the cover off of it. "It's hard being a fan," Ryan said.
October 10, 2011 |
Reporting from Arlington, Texas -- A fly ball to the outfield would have done it. So would a grounder through a drawn-in infield. Nelson Cruz would have none of that. History was there for the taking, and the Texas slugger seized it, wrapping his meaty hands around it like it was a bat handle. In yet another dramatic finish that would have left the late, great broadcaster Jack Buck not believing what he just saw, Cruz blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning Monday to lift the Rangers to a 7-3 walk-off victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.