June 28, 2010 |
Vladimir Guerrero returns to the scene of his prime, wondering whether he will be vilified in the place where he created so many special memories. Guerrero, the American League's most valuable player in 2004, hit 173 home runs in six seasons with the Angels but now wears the blue (and occasionally red) of the rival Texas Rangers. "I don't know what the reaction will be when I'm back for the first time," Guerrero, speaking through an interpreter, told reporters in Texas on Sunday as the Rangers prepared for a series against the Angels that starts Tuesday in Anaheim.
October 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Detroit — Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters and racked up a major league-high 5,714 strikeouts in his 27-year Hall-of-Fame career, but pitching is nowhere near as nerve-racking as watching his Texas Rangers in a postseason brimming with nail-biting moments. 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. "It's hard being a fan," Ryan said.
October 21, 2011 |
Whenever the Yankees don't make the World Series and, hey, it happens, those who pay attention to baseball's television ratings have a sort of doomsday feeling, as if the entire world will all be watching "Dancing With the Stars" or any NFL game instead. And it's true. The Yankees get the ratings. In 2009, when the Yankees played the Phillies, the World Series averaged over 19 million viewers for the six-game series including just over 22 million viewers for the final game.
March 8, 2010 |
If new Texas designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero is bitter about the way his distinguished six-year career with the Angels came to an end, he hid those feelings well on Monday, when he faced his former team for the first time. Though there were conversations between the Angels and Guerrero's agent this winter, the Angels did not make a formal contract offer to the 35-year-old slugger, opting instead to sign Hideki Matsui to a one-year, $6-million deal to be their DH. Guerrero's one-year, $6.5-million deal with the Rangers includes a $9-million mutual option for 2011.
October 29, 2010 |
It's only fitting for a World Series being played amid a high-stakes political campaign. Major League Baseball announced Friday that not one but two former presidents -- George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush -- will throw out the ceremonial first pitches Sunday before Game 4 of the 2010 Fall Classic at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Many had suspected that the younger Bush could be called on for the honors, but it seems baseball opted for a Texas two-step by inviting both former commanders-in-chief.
November 23, 1989 |
At high noon, as Texas Ranger Lee Roy Young considers the Case of the Trash Can Bandit, he frowns down Farm Road 688 at the herd of Black Angus cattle grazing in a grove of mesquite and scrub oak. That's where the outlaw buried his loot. The Ranger says the bandit broke into a bank one night and lugged away $1,000 in quarters. And now the cops can't prove he did it. "The guy says the money is his life's savings," Young says. "Life savings, my foot."
November 20, 2013 |
Shawn Tolleson, one day the Dodgers' great pitching prospect - the next claimed off waivers? It's true, the latter certainly on the surprising side. The Dodgers announced Wednesday that Tolleson had been claimed on waivers by the Texas Rangers. Tolleson is only 25 and was the Dodgers' 2011 minor league pitcher of the year after going 7-2 with 25 saves and a 1.17 ERA. A close friend of Clayton Kershaw's from their youth days in Texas, the right-hander made his major-league debut in 2012 and went 3-1 with a 4.83 ERA in 40 games.
May 10, 1989 |
Rain forced the postponement of tonight's game between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.