Tickets going fast for Yankees, Red Sox
The Rangers have just over 4,000 tickets remaining for their two games with the Yankees.
The Rangers face the defending world champions on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Ballpark in Arlington. C.J. Wilson faces A.J. Burnett on Tuesday and Cliff Lee will pitch against Javier Vazquez on Wednesday.
Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Josh Hamilton will be honored as the American League June Player of the Month while Nelson Cruz, Colby Lewis, and Benji Molina will join Hamilton in receiving awards for being selected as the A.L. Player of the Week in 2010.
The Rangers are off on Thursday before taking on the Red Sox in a three-game series this weekend at the Ballpark. There are 6,000 tickets remaining for Friday’s game and 5,250 for Saturday’s game.
* Martin Perez, one of the Rangers top pitching prospects, has been placed on the disabled list at Double A Frisco with a strained lower back.
* Ian Kinsler’s MRI has been pushed back to Tuesday. Kinsler is sidelined with a strained groin muscle and the Rangers are hoping a good report will allow him to resume baseball activities. He is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday but no word yet if that will happen.
* The Rangers announced today the club’s minor league award winners for July. Left-handed pitcher Miguel De Los Santos was named Pitcher of the Month, outfielder Jared Hoying was named Player of the Month, and right-hander Mark Hamburger was named Reliever of the Month.
* RHP John Kukuruda, the club’s 28th round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, has agreed to terms with the club. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound right-hander broke a California state record, tossing 4 straight no-hitters as a senior at East Nicolaus High School in Roseville, CA. With Kukuruda’s signing, the Rangers now have 32 of the club’s 53 draft selections under contract, including the top 2, 6 of the top 7, and 14 of the top 16. An updated draft list is attached to this release.
* Oklahoma City will host Bobby Jones Day on August 20 at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, honoring the RedHawks’ manager for the past 10 seasons. In his 23rd season as a coach or manager in the Texas organization, Jones has amassed the most victories of any manager in the history of the Texas organization and his 1,415 wins rank 8th among active managers. The Vietnam veteran has won 699 of those games with the RedHawks/89ers, more than any other manager in the history of the franchise.
* The RedHawks will present Jones with a plaque commemorating his 10 years as Oklahoma City’s manager, and a duplicate plaque will be installed at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. “Bobby Jones Day” T-shirts also will be available at the game, with his 2009 RedHawks baseball card photo on the front. This season Jones has guided the RedHawks to the top of the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division with a record of 61-53.
* Hickory trainer Jeff Bodenhamer has been named the Athletic Trainer of the Year in the South Atlantic League. Bodenhamer also served on manager Bill Richardson’s staff at the South Atlantic League All-Star Game this past June. The North Carolina native is currently in his 6th year with the Texas organization and 2nd as Hickory’s trainer. Bodenhamer previously served in the same role with Bakersfield (2008) and Clinton (2005-07).
* RHP Joe Wieland has been named the California League Pitcher of the Week for August 2-8. Wieland, 20, recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts over 7.0 shutout innings on August 3 at Visalia in his lone start of the week. The 14 strikeout effort by Wieland was just the 6th game with 14-or-more strikeouts by a Texas farmhand since 2005 and was the most since Clinton’s Michael Ballard also recorded 14 strikeouts on May 9, 2007 vs. Burlington.
* LHP Michael Kirkman has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for August 2-8. The 23-year-old lefty was 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA (2 ER/12.0 IP) with 10 strikeouts against just 2 walks in a pair of starts last week. Kirkman also won the award for June 7-13. The Florida native leads the PCL with 121 strikeouts, while also ranking among the league leaders in wins (2nd, 12) and ERA (3rd, 3.00). Kirkman’s 12 victories also lead all Texas minor leaguers.