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G27: Rangers lose to Angels, 10-9

I got a bit behind with Spring Training Updates, and I’m taking a pass on the dozen or so I missed.  Got way too busy with actual work (which is good).  Will be with it for the regular season.  :)

 

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G26: Rangers lose to Cubs again, 5-4

I got a bit behind with Spring Training Updates, and I’m taking a pass on the dozen or so I missed.  Got way too busy with actual work (which is good).  Will be with it for the regular season.  :)

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G25: Rangers beat KC, 8-2

I got a bit behind with Spring Training Updates, and I’m taking a pass on the dozen or so I missed.  Got way too busy with actual work (which is good).  Will be with it for the regular season.  :)

Home run for Kinsler.

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G24: Rangers lose to Mariners, 4-3

I got a bit behind with Spring Training Updates, and I’m taking a pass on the dozen or so I missed.  Got way too busy with actual work (which is good).  Will be with it for the regular season.  :)

Our old buddy Kameron Loe won this one for the Mariners.  Nice to see him still around.  I liked him when he was here.

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G23: Rangers beat Cubs, 8-5

I got a bit behind with Spring Training Updates, and I’m taking a pass on the dozen or so I missed.  Got way too busy with actual work (which is good).  Will be with it for the regular season.  :)

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G22: Harrison shuts out Dodgers, 4-0

Matt Harrison had a great start here, leading the Rangers to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers.  He went five innings, allowed just a single hit.  No walks.  Struck out three.   Only 57 pitches over five innings – he looked middle of the season strong.  Would have liked to have seen how much more he could have done, but it is just March 16th.   That’s good for me, as I have him on all four of my Fantasy baseball teams.  :)

Overall, Rangers pitchers had a combined awesome game.  9 innings pitched, just two hits, ZERO walks, and eight strikeouts.  Bloody awesome pitching job in this game.  The kind of thing that I’d love to see going into the season – hope this kind of outing happens more.

David Murphy led the offense with a single and a double.   Beyond that, it was a scatted pile of singles amongst everyone else.    Murph had one of the RBI’s, as did Jeff Baker, Jim Adducci, and Greg Miclat.

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G21: Rangers drop game to Cubs, 5-1

This was the first of two split squad games today.  This one was started by Nick Tepesch, a guy getting a lot of notice this spring.    His line wasn’t great, but he went five innings.   He gave up three hits and a walk, and three earned runs.  One of the runs was a solo home run.   I didn’t see this game, so I can’t comment on what his pitching looked like.  The stories from people who were there said he was decent, but his line didn’t bear that out.  Will have to take their word for it.

Craig Gentry got a triple this game, something I hope to see from home a lot this year – that guy can FLY!    We had a scattered offense, nobody had more than one hit.    AJ had his third double of the season.  Still think the guy’s a jerk, but so far this spring, he’s doing well offensively.

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G20: Rangers lose to Giants again, 5-2

Starting to not like seeing the Giants, they’re starting to annoy me.    Matt Cain looked good.   Thing that was more annoying is there isn’t one pitcher that gave up like four runs in 2/3 of an inning – the damage was kind of spread out over several pitchers, so it was a combined loss.   Rangers threw 7 pitchers out there, with nobody pitching more than two innings (only Lowe did that).    Rangers offense managed a bunch of singles, and one double.

Getting close to not wanting to write about the Giants anymore like I don’t write about losses to the Yankees.

 

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G19: Rangers Top A’s, 6-2

In a theme that might become a recurring one for me – “Where was this win against the A’s last September?”…

Randy Wells started for the Rangers, and had a few wobbles, but held his ground.  Went 5 innings (first Ranger to do that this spring I think), and gave up three hits, and four walks.  Struck out four.  The only run he gave up was a solo home run.   The rest of the Rangers pitchers are guys who won’t be around (well, maybe the first one).  The releivers were Nate Robertson, Yoshi Tateyama, Jeff Beliveau, & Coty Woods.

Offensively, we had three doubles, and six singles.   The RBI’s came from guys we will need a lot of them from once the season starts: Berkman, Beltre, Kinsler, Andrus, Moreland, and well, not the last one as I don’t think Solarte will make the club.

But it was a good, solid mid spring training game.  Guys are starting to get stretched out a bit, some regular names are showing up, we’re about halfway through at this point.  :)

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G18: Rangers bomb Brewers, 12-3

The Rangers scored early, often, and through the whole game.   We scored in all the innings except the 5th & 6th.  2,4,1,1,0,0,2,2 are the innings the Rangers scored in.   In all the Rangers had 12 hits and 6 walks, which makes it easier.  We had just two doubles, and two home runs, and a pile of singles.    This is a game where our power came from some newer sources.  Double by Leonys Martin, and a Home run by Mike Olt.  We also had a home run by spring surprise Jeff Baker, and a double by Jared Hoying.

Pitching wise, Alexi Ogando pitched well in his start, getting four shutout innings.  They weren’t without incident as he did walk too many for four innings (three), but he didn’t give up any runs, which is the bottom line.  The three runs the Brewers got all came from Tanner Scheppers, who did NOT have a good outing at all.

We were also helped by three Brewer errors.

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ST17: Darvish hard luck loser to Giants, 2-1

I remember when we played the Giants in the series a couple of years ago thinking that Madison Bumgarner was going to be the soft touch after the first few guys.  I was wrong then.  He also did it do us again this game.  Granted, it’s spring training, so he’s not going eight innings, but…  In the four that he did pitch, giving up just one hit and a walk.  Struck out four.   Threw 63 pitches.  Overall, that set the tone. [Read more...]

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ST16: Tex eeks out win over Indians, 7-6

The Rangers survived this game, really.  Four of the five Rangers pitchers gave up runs, but our offense stepped in and saved the day.   Jeff Baker, who is tearing it up this spring doubled.  Craig Gentry homered (his second), and is showing some surprising pop this spring.  If he can sustain that, it will help an awful lot going forward.

Not a ton to write about this one, the pitching was “meh” from what I can see.  :)

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ST15: Rangers take Padres game too, 5-2

…and this was the second of the two split squad games Saturday.  This is the road game, managed by Ron Washington with a starting lineup that featured only Craig Gentry & Geovany Soto (maybe Mike Olt) from the expected opening day roster.   This was borne out in the pitching staff too, as the Rangers used nine different pitchers, each throwing one inning.   All but one of them threw a scoreless inning.   The only one who didn’t was Tateyama, who gave up the two Padres runs.  It was a two run home run, as well.   Tateyama actually only faced five batters!

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ST14: Rangers top A’s 4-3

This was the first of two games today as the Rangers did the split squad thing, also playing against the Padres in another game.   But before we get to that..

Where was this game in the final series of last season?  Gah!   Could have saved ourselves from that mess that was the Orioles game in the playoffs!   Barf.   Anyway…

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Game Against Brewers Cancelled

Friday’s game against the Brewers was rained out, but as is the custom in the spring, it wasn’t rescheduled, it was just lost.

They actually played – four innings, but nothing counted, as the game was called off.   Given it was cancelled, I can’t find a log of what happened, as the gameday for this game is gone from mlb.com.  Oh well.

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ST13: Rangers tie Dodgers at 11

Well, a second tie in the first baker’s dozen of games wipes out the odd “-1″ from the end of the spring training record.  Now we had two of them.  Not a really uncommon occurrence during the spring, but it’s a tad eyebrow raising to have two of them in the first dozen or so games.  :)

Josh Lindblom, the big “name” we got in return for the Michael Young trade was the last pitcher on the mound for the Rangers, and he served it up.  Gave up a three run home run to cap a Dodgers rally, that made the score 11-11.  Was hoping this guy would be more dominant, but from what I’ve heard from my friends back home, this is about par for the course. [Read more...]

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ST12: Rangers beat Cubs, 3-2

Texas got down early, when they gave up a run to the Cubs in the first, but turned it around quickly with a two spot of their own in the second.  They added a run in the third, to go up 3-1, but that was the end of the scoring for the Rangers.  They hung on for the win despite the Cubs getting another run in the top of the sixth to make it 3-2.  But that was the final score for this one.  Close game against the Northsiders. [Read more...]

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ST11: Rangers top San Diego, 5-4

Yu Darvish started this game, and pitched like he’s supposed to.  Three scoreless innings were his tally.   He did walk two, but that was it.  Also threw just 39 pitches, so under average, and no runs.  I’ll take that from any of our pitchers any day.  Great way to get rolling during early March play.

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ST10: Another loss; this time to M’s 7-6

Another spring first.  Joe Nathan makes his spring debut.   But before they got to him, Justin Grimm continues to show that his debut last year was his best game, as he got knocked around a lot in this one.  Which seems to be the story every time I write about him anymore.   Let’s put it this way.  This early in the spring, pitchers don’t get taken out mid inning.  Grimm did.  2.1 IP, 6H, 2BB, 6ER, 4K, 2HR.  Not good.  His ERA is 18.69. [Read more...]

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ST9: Rangers beat Arizona, 7-1

The Rangers are now 1-1 in March, which seems much better than their overall crappy record so far this spring. :)

Matt Harrison took the hill, which was no surprise. Lance Berkman led off for the Rangers, which WAS a surprise. I know, it’s early in spring, and people do different things. It’s early for Lance, and he needs to test his battle worn body to see if ti will hold up. It’s not like a rehab game where he gets to lead off every inning, but putting him at the #1 spot will get him some more action than his likely normal spot. [Read more...]

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ST8: Rangers lose again, 8-6 to M’s

In a game that featured a home run and four doubles, the Rangers managed a total of nine hits for six runs.  Not a bad efficiency rating.  However, our usual spring training nemesis came back to bit us.  That’s the “Guys who have no chance of actually making the club do us in”.   That happens a lot in Spring Training.  It happened here this game, too.

Mitch Moreland’s home run was a highlight.  I liked that.   Michael Kirkman’s outing was quite nice – I say he has a good chance to make the club when we break.   Beyond that, not a ton to write about.   Plus I’m a dozen or so games behind in writing these anyway.  :)

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ST7: Topes Win! Topes Win! W: 10-0

The last game of February brought the first win of the Rangers young season.   They’re now 1-5-1.   What a powerhouse!

Seriously though – the Rangers pitching was pretty good here.  The Rangers used six pitchers in all, and combined, they only allowed five total hits.  And all five of those came with the first two pitchers.  The remaining guys (Robertson, Woods, Beliveau, & Yan) all threw scoreless frames.  [Read more...]

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ST6: Rangers lose again, 8-4 to White Sox

That’s two games in two days against the White Sox.  Two losses in a row to the White Sox.  While this one wasn’t as bad as yesterday’s game, we still gave up eight runs, and well, LOST.

Alexi Ogando technically got the loss, but he wasn’t awful.  He gave up just two runs, but both were unearned.  Robbie Ross gave up two earned runs, and Colin Balester gave up FOUR in his inning.  So yeah, bleargh on pitching for the most part.

The Rangers had eight hits in all.  A good game for the slugging percentage, that’s for sure.   Four doubles and a triple.   That will help that stat.  :)   Only Jeff Baker had more than one hit (two, one was a double).

It’s Feb 27th, but man – enough with the losses already.

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ST5: Rangers lose again, 14-8 to ChiSox

Well, this can be summed up quickly.  Yu Darvish was good.  Not much else was.

Darvish went two innings, throwing perfect ball.  Struck out two, throwing just 28 pitches.

By contrast, Cody Buckel had a bizarre line.  0.1 IP, 0H, 5BB, 6R, 4ER.     Evan Meek also gave up five earned runs in his fraction of an inning.

Olt had a home run, but that’s the most exciting thing to talk about offensively.

Next, please.

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ST4: Rangers now 0-3-1 with 9-1 loss to Rockies

The Rangers are still winless this spring with a record of 0-3-1 after a big loss to the Rockies on Monday.   In other news, the Cleveland Indians are 5-0.  Guess those big signings of Nick Swisher & Michael Bourn are paying off.  Or it’s Tito.  But I digress.  I’m also tired and pumped full of decongestant, so my head is a bit weird tonight.   :)    Back to the Rangers.   When you have a loss like 9-1, you have to go digging for the positives usually.   Which means trawling the box score and the beat writers’ coverage as again this was a no broadcast game. [Read more...]