Slumping Rangers Lose to Yankees 3-1

New York Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi had a no hitter in the seventh when Texas Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara led off the inning with a single. The Yankees won 3-1 at Texas against the slumping Rangers. Eovaldi (1-2) got the victory.

Texas started Triple-A call-up Cesar Ramos in place of ace Cole Hamels, who has a sore groin injury believed to be minor. Ramos (0-1) took the loss, giving up sole homers to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and second baseman Starlin Castro, and finished with a line of six innings pitched, nine hits and three earned runs.

The only Rangers run was on a eighth-inning homer by catcher Brett Nicholas, his second of the season. New York pitchers Eovaldi, Dellin Betances and closer Andrew Miller held Texas to three hits.

Rangers relievers Phil Klein, Jake Diekman and Tom Wilhelmsen threw three innings without giving up a run, with one hit, four strikeouts and no walks.

Hamels threw 26 pitches in training Monday and could return to the rotation on Saturday.

Texas (10-10) has lost four games in a row, dropping a half-game out of first in the A.L. West behind the Seattle Mariners (10-9).

On Tuesday, the Rangers pitch A.J. Griffin (2-0) against Luis Severino (0-2). Severino, 22, is the youngest starter thus far in the Major League season.

Rangers Call Up Cesar Ramos from Triple-A

After their ace Cole Hamels suffered a strained left groin muscle, the Texas Rangers called up left-handed pitcher Cesar Ramos from their Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas, to start in Hamels’ place Monday against the New York Yankees.

To make room, Texas sent pitcher Nick Martinez to Round Rock after a week with the parent club.

Ramos, 31, has 11 career starts in the majors. He is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 10 strikeouts over 11 innings in three starts at Triple-A. A first-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2005, Ramos was signed by Texas to a minor-league contract as a free agent in January after he appeared in 65 games as a reliever for the Los Angeles Angels last year. The Rangers announced at the signing the plan to use him as a starter.

Martinez, sent to Round Rock during spring training, is a long reliever and spot starter. He made one appearance for Texas, taking the mound in the 11th inning Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. He took a 4-3 loss, walking two, hitting a batter, and giving up a walk-off single.

He’s a 2011 draft pick of the Rangers from the 18th round who pitched for the team the past two seasons. In 2014, he started 29 games and went 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA, 1.461 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 55 walks. Last year he started 24 games, finishing 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA, 1.448 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 46 walks.

Chicago Sweeps Texas as Latos Gets 4th Win

Starting pitcher Mat Latos got his fourth win of the young season, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers Sunday that completes a three-game sweep.

Latos pitched six innings for the victory. He’s allowed just two earned runs in his four starts and has already won as many games as he did last season.

This is the first sweep of three or more games against Texas since last July.

Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara hit his first Major League home run in the first inning, a blast to right that cleared the Texas bullpen. Dioner Navarro tied the game at 1 with a home run in the third.

Chicago took the lead in the fifth when Melky Cabrera walked, Brett Lawrie doubled and Texas starter Derek Holland threw a wild pitch.

On Monday, the Rangers return home for a three-game series against the New York Yankees. Cole Hamels was slated to start, but he was scratched due to a strained left groin muscle. Cesar Ramos (0-0) will be called up from the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock to make the start. The Yankees will start Nathan Eovaldi (0-2).

Rangers Lose in Extra Innings to White Sox

An RBI single by slugger Jose Abreu in the 11th inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers Saturday night. Reliever Nick Martinez had loaded the bases with no outs when he walked Dioner Navarro, hit Austin Jackson with a pitch and walked Adam Eaton. Martinez got Jimmy Rollins to hit a forceout at home plate, but Abreu got the walk-off hit.

After Chicago came back from a 2-1 deficit in the eighth to lead 3-2, Texas tied the game in the ninth when shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a sacrifice fly.

Texas starting pitcher Colby Lewis gave up one run and six hits in six innings. His Chicago counterpart Carlos Rodon left in the seventh after only allowing two hits, but the Rangers had two on the bases when Andrus hit a triple to score two runs and give his team the lead.

On Sunday, the White Sox go for a sweep with Mat Latos (3-0) taking the mound. He faces Rangers starter Derek Holland (2-0).

Triple Play Helps White Sox Shut Out Rangers

The Chicago White Sox got their first triple play in nearly a decade in a 5-0 shutout victory over the Texas Rangers Friday night.

Texas loaded the bases on Chicago starting pitcher Jose Quintana in the sixth inning when designated hitter Prince Fielder doubled, third baseman Adrian Beltre singled and left fielder Ian Desmond walked.

First baseman Mitch Moreland hit a ball sharply down the right field line which Adam Eaton caught. He threw to first and Desmond was tagged out after he overran the base in a mad scramble. First baseman Jose Abreu threw home to catcher Dioner Navarro, who was walking Fielder back towards third when he saw Beltre caught between second and third. He threw to shortstop Tyler Saladino, who began a rundown until he saw Fielder head home. He threw to Navarro, who tossed the ball to third baseman Todd Frazier. He tagged Fielder out.

Score it 9-3-2-6-2-5.

Quintana rose to 2-1 with the win. Rangers starter Martin Perez fell to 0-2 with the loss.

The last time Texas was caught in a triple play was June 1, 1991.

Eaton said, “Besides marrying my wife and the birth of my kid, that’s high up there. I’ve never had that much fun on a ballfield.”

The game was Beltre’s 2,500th at third base, second on the all-time list. He has another 370 to catch Brooks Robinson.

Saturday, the Rangers send Colby Lewis (1-0) to the mound to face White Sox starter Carlos Rodon (1-2).

Rangers Sweep Astros Again with 7-4 Win

The Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 7-4 win Thursday night, continuing their dominance at home of their in-state rival. The Astros have lost 10 straight games to the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Texas leads the AL West at 10-6.

Texas starter A.J. Griffin outpitched 2016 AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

New Ranger outfielder Ian Desmond hit a three-run home run in the first inning after third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Prince Fielder both singled with two outs. Beltre got a homer in the seventh and finished with three hits.

Griffin got the win, allowing two runs over six innings. He called it “awesome” to feel healthy again after missing an entire season following Tommy John surgery. Keuchel fell to 2-2 after a season-worst performance giving up six runs on 13 hits in six innings.

Colby Rasmus hit two home runs for Houston and drove in three.

Desmond went four for 11 in the series, digging out from a season-opening slump that had his batting average at .109. He’s currently at .158. He said, “April’s never been my month. I’m believing in my swing. That’s the stuff that I’m looking for. I’m not necessarily worried about hits.”

Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus has a hit in eight straight games.

The Rangers go on the road to play the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Martin Perez (0-1) takes the mound for Texas against Jose Quintana (1-1) for Chicago.

Hamels Extends Streak in Rangers Win Over Astros

After a shaky start in which he hit the first two batters he faced, Texas Rangers ace Cole Hamels gave up only one run over 6 2/3  innings in a 2-1 victory at Globe Life Park over the Houston Astros.

The Rangers have won 14 straight games with Hamels on the mound, the best such run since posting 14 straight wins with Bobby Witt in 1990. Hamels has a 10-game winning streak, the best of his career.

It wasn’t an easy game for Hamels, who hit a third batter, gave up five hits and three walks and struck out seven. He left the game in the seventh after allowing a home run to Houston rookie Tyler White. Sam Dyson relieved Hamels with one out and the tying run at third and stranded him there.

Jake Diekman pitched the eighth and kept a runner on second from scoring. Shawn Tolleson closed the game by pitching the ninth and earned his fifth save.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the second when second baseman Roughned Odor hit a 398-foot home run to right with left fielder Ian Desmond on base.

Texas goes for the series sweep over Houston Thursday night. AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel (2-1) pitches for Houston against A.J. Griffin (1-0) of Texas.

Rangers Beat Astros 7-5 in First Battle of Texas

The Texas Rangers won a 7-5 home victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night in the 2016 season’s first game between the division and state rivals. Designated hitter Prince Fielder and first baseman Mitch Moreland hit homers and left fielder Ian Desmond returned from a few games’ rest with a two-hit slump buster.

The Rangers improve to 8-6 and keep their one-game lead over the Oakland A’s in the American League West.

The Rangers got off to a fast start against Astros pitcher (and former Ranger) Scott Feldman. Fielder hit a two-run homer and Desmond knocked in a third run with a single.

On Desmond’s next at bat, he was one foot shy of a homer, reaching second on a double. He scored when second baseman Roughned Odor singled.

The game tightened in the seventh when Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and right fielder George Springer hit back-to-back homers off Rangers reliever Keone Kela, reducing the Texas lead to 6-4.

Texas starter Derek Holland got his second victory of the season and Shawn Tolleson closed it out in the ninth to earn his fourth save. Feldman (0-2) took the loss.

On Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., Rangers ace Cole Hamels (2-0) goes against Astros pitcher Doug Fister (1-1) in the second game of the series at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

How Texas Rangers Blogs Rank on Google

This site has made its first appearance in Google search results for the query “Rangers blog.” It appears way down on the sixth page, which is much too low to attract any visitors.

This is a good time to check how other blogs devoted to the Texas Rangers rank on the same search:

  1. Lone Star Ball, SB Nation network
  2. Red Fever, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth
  3. Texas Rangers Blog, independent
  4. Rangers Rundown, independent
  5. Newberg Report, independent
  6. Nolan Writin’, FanSided network
  7. One Strike Away, ESPN network
  8. Foul Territory, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  9. RangersBlog.Com, independent
  10. Postcards from Elysium Fields, MLB.Com network

Two of the 10 blogs are currently inactive. Rangers Rundown and Postcards from Elysium Fields last updated in January. The author of the latter is longtime Texas Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan, who posts his stories elsewhere.

A lot of blogs for the NHL’s New York Rangers rank ahead of these baseball sites in the search. The first page of results has four blogs for the NHL team above Lone Star Ball. The top ranking blog overall is Blueshirt Banter, a New York Rangers blog at SB Nation.

The search also found blogs for the Rangers F.C. soccer club in Scotland and Kitchener Rangers junior hockey team in Canada. They would have been 7.5 and 8.5 in the above list, respectively.

Rangers Send Down Faulkner, Recall Martinez

The Texas Rangers sent middle-inning reliever Andrew Faulkner to the team’s Triple-A Round Rock affiliate on Saturday and called up Nick Martinez from the same squad.

Faulkner, 23, was rocked by two home runs and gave up another run to Baltimore on Friday. An inherited runner also scored. Overall this season, he tossed 4.3 innings of relief and gave up four runs on five hits with a 8.31 ERA and 1.846 WHIP.

After an August 31 call up last season, Faulkner appeared in 11 games for Texas and threw 9.2 innings with a 2.79 ERA, 1.138 WHIP, 10 strikeouts and four walks. This season began with much less success for the pitcher, drafted in the 14th round by the team in 2011. Texas manager Jeff Banister said, “He seemed to be a little bit out of rhythm.”

Alex Claudio takes Faulkner’s role in the bullpen.

Martinez, sent to Round Rock during spring training, will be a long reliever and spot starter. He is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts at Triple-A.

He’s another 2011 draft pick of the Rangers — an 18th rounder — who played for the team in the past two seasons. In 2014 he started 29 games, going 5-12 with a 4.55 ERA, 1.461 WHIP, 77 strikeouts and 55 walks. Last year he started 24 games, finishing 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA, 1.448 WHIP, 77 strikeouts (again) and 46 walks.