4-14-14: The Texas offense was supposed to carry the team with the slew of injuries that hit the pitching staff early on, but it’s been a rough go at the plate thus far for the Rangers. They rank 24th in the league in runs (45), and the Royals are the only team in the majors with fewer home runs than Texas’ five. Prince Fielder, the off-season’s biggest pick-up, is off to a .149 start without a home run and just three RBI’s. Their 6-6 start has them tied with the Angels for third place in the AL West.
4-7-14: Following back-to-back walk-off wins over the Philadelphia Phillies to close out their season-opening series, the Texas Rangers had a rough time in Florida, dropping two of their three games against the Tampa Bay Rays. On the bright side, ace pitcher Yu Darvish returned to the hill Sunday afternoon after a brief stint on the DL to open the season. He looked strong, hurling seven innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts as Texas beat the Rays, 3-0. The 3-3 Rangers continue their road trip Monday in Boston where they’ll take on the Red Sox.
4-1-14: Texas came into the regular season with significant injury concerns already, with the likes of Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Jurickson Profar all beginning the year on the DL. Opening day did little to quell the fears of the fanbase, as they fell in a high-scoring affair to the Phillies 14-10 at Globe Life Park. Tanner Scheppers, making his first career start, was far from impressive, allowing seven runs in four innings, including a Grand Slam to Jimmy Rollins in the 2nd.
3-27-14: The Texas Rangers got some terrible news in this final week before Spring Training ends as their catcher Geovany Soto tore his meniscus in his knee and will miss the next 10-12 weeks after knee surgery. Recent free agent acquisition J.P Arencibia is likely to get the bulk of the catching duties until Soto returns and Robinson Chirinos looks to be the backup when Opening Day comes and goes. Now the Rangers are looking for depth at second base and the catcher position and were interested in acquiring George Kottaras from the Chicago Cubs before he was released. It now seems likely that before Opening Day 2014 Kottaras, or another catcher, will be on the 25 mand roster for the Rangers. Texas also solidified the starting rotation with the signing of Scott Baker, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, as the Rangers are struggling with injuries across the board to the pitching staff, even to Yu Darvish their Opening Day starter. Instead Tanner Scheppers will start Game One for the Rangers as they get their 2014 season underway.
3-20-14: The Texas Rangers have "failed" twice in the World Series and now two more times in the playoffs and it may cost Ron Washington his job, as farfetched as that sounds. If Washington's job is on the line like some of the reports suggest than the health and performance of Neftali Feliz coming back from Tommy John surgery mixed in with the loss of Joe Nathan may seal the deal either way. The Rangers are worried for Feliz specifically not because of his stats, which have been solid, but more so with his declining velocity which has gone down a MPH three straight seasons now including this spring. Texas has the worst record in the Cactus League this year which does not help the concern around Arlington. Speaking of Arlington, the Ballpark in Arlington specifically, the Rangers announced that Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux will throw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Rangers open their season on March 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
3-13-14: The Texas Rangers are an exciting team and will be once again in 2014. The Rangers started off the offseason by trading longtime second basemen Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder, severely boosting their offense. The Rangers also acquired OBP king Shin-Soo Choo to play the outfield and essentially replace Josh Hamilton in the lineup. The Rangers have one of the worst records in the Cactus League but we were all humored by Yu Darvish clearing out the dugout with a certain essential bodily function. That alone is worth a ticket on a day that Darvish is starting. Rangers fans should not be worried about their less than stellar spring record, the team will be there when it matters and when the games count.
3-5-14: The Texas Rangers were involved in what was probably the biggest trade of the off-season which landed them Prince Fielder the former power hitter of the Detroit Tigers. After stating that Neftali Feliz's mechanics were out of work early March he was then clocked between 90 and 92 mph during his cactus league debut. Stepping into the vacated role of second baseman will be the highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar.
1-24-14: The Texas Rangers made a splash this offseason when they traded for the powerful first baseman Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers this past fall. The Rangers had to give up the ultra talented second baseman Ian Kinsler and take on a lot of Fielder’s contract in order to make this trade but believe that Fielder’s power will be well worth the money.
1-7-14: The Texas Rangers have so far been quiet on the free-agent market and it is likely because of their quiet pursuit of Japanese picture Tanaka. Still unsigned is the Rangers long time outfielder Nelson Cruz who is seeking a large contract but has not gotten an offer yet from Texas as they await the news on Tanaka. There have been rumors that there will be room for both Cruz and Tanaka under the budget of the Texas rangers. Cruises been an all-star outfielder for Texas over the last 3 to 4 seasons.
12-9-13: With a blockbuster deal with the Detroit Tigers the Texas Rangers have acquired Prince Fielder in exchange for Ian Kinsler. Last year the Texas Rangers missed out on the playoffs partly because of poor play in the second half of the season as well as the Oakland A's becoming extremely hot at the right time. 91 wins is nothing to shake a stick at but it wasn't enough to get them into the postseason. The Rangers are already dealing with the loss of closer Joe Nathan and may also have to deal with the loss of their starting right fielder Nelson Cruz who is in talks with several teams as a free agent. Joe Nathan signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Tigers. Despite missing the playoffs last year the Rangers still have one of the most potent lineups and a solid pitching staff heading into the 2014 season.
8/20/13 - The Texas Rangers lead the American League West division with a record of 72 – 53. The Rangers have been extremely consistent both at home and on the road notching 36 wins in each venue. In the last 10 games the Texas Rangers have a record of seven – three. The Texas Rangers are +69 in terms of run differential on the season. This week the Texas Rangers will host their neighbors the Houston Astros. Third baseman Adrian Beltran is having a great year offensively batting .324 25 home runs and 76 RBIs. The Rangers opened up their series with the Astros last night, with a big 16-5 win. A.J. Pierzynski led the way, going 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 RBI.
8/6/13 - At 13 games over .500 the Texas Rangers are in second place in the American League West division. As winners of two straight games the Texas Rangers will head to Los Angeles to face their division rivals LA Angels.
In some bad news for the Rangers, outfielder Nelson Cruz was suspended for 50 games for PEDs as part of the Biogenesis investigation.
7/23/13 - The Rangers have traded for Matt Garza. In return, the White Sox will received Mike Olt, pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards and a player to be named later.
7/18/13 - The second place Texas Rangers are tied for the wild card lead along with the Tampa Bay Rays. After losing Josh Hamilton to free agency, the Rangers haven’t seemed to miss a beat with a record of 54-41. After the break the Rangers will take on the Baltimore Orioles at home, which should turn out to be a good series. The Rangers are 7th overall in slugging percentage at .418. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish is 8-4 with a 3.02 ERA. Offensively, Texas is led by Nelson Cruz and Adrien Beltre. Last year Texas lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the one game playoff for the American League wild card spot.
7/7/13 - Three Texas Rangers were chosen to be reserves on the 2013 American League all-star team. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish and outfielder Nelson Cruz will each be making their second ASG appearance, closer Joe Nathan makes the squad for the 6th time. RHP Tanner Scheppers can also make the team as part of MLB's Final Vote.
6/12/13 - The Texas Rangers are in first place and 13 games over .500. During their 11 game homestand they will face the Cleveland Indians the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland A's. Offensively, the Rangers are led by the Dominican-born pair of Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. Beltre is hitting .304 and Nelson Cruz leads the team with 15 homeruns and 43 RBIs. Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish has struck out 118 batters in just 88 1/3 innings. He has an ERA of 2.75. Last year Texas was a wildcard team in the MLB playoffs.