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Jon Daniels doesn’t see realistic starting pitching trade options

The Rangers are rumored to be looking for starting pitching but general manager Jon Daniels doesn’t see that happening.

“I don’t know od there are any realistic fits we are going to pursue,” Daniels said Sunday morning.

Daniels won’t address specific rumors – Cole Hamels being the most mentioned – but said he sees the Rangers five starters coming out of camp.

“Yes I do,” Daniels said. “In addition to the five we will break with, we’ll have several guys at Round Rock who are a phone call away.”

According to sources – Hamel would cost too much money and too many prospects. The prospects are what concern them the most.

Shawn Tolleson was scratched from pitching on Sunday because of some fore arm soreness. Not considered serious.

Shin-Soo Choo is also still out with some tightness in his left triceps muscle.

Rangers Cubs to play Minor League Charity Game

MESA, ARIZ. – The Chicago Cubs today announced details for a 2015 Futures Game featuring the Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, Monday, March 30, at Sloan Park. The best prospects and young players from each organization will showcase their talents when they take the field at 7 p.m. MST, after the Cubs host the San Francisco Giants at 1:05 p.m. MST.

Fans looking to catch the action can purchase general admission tickets in the reserved seating bowl for $6 at the Sloan Park Ticket Office or online at

A portion of the net proceeds from the game will benefit the Cubs Charities Diamond Project, which expands opportunities for children to play baseball in the Mesa community. Over the last four years, working with the Mesa Hohokam Foundation, Cubs Charities has raised funds to support youth sports, including the Mesa Little League.

The Diamond Project, one of Cubs Charities’ signature programs launched in 2014, aims to provide funds to nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations to support capital improvement projects and improve the quality, safety and accessibility of local baseball fields. In addition, the program is intended to build an infrastructure through partnerships and resident involvement that will sustain these open spaces for the community.

The Texas Rangers will donate their portion of the game’s proceeds to the Dane McDonald Safe at Home Foundation, an Arizona nonprofit started by AZL Rangers’ Hitting Coach Donzell McDonald in honor of his son; also nephew of Cubs Mental Skills Program Coordinator Darnell McDonald.

Gates will open an hour before the start of the game. Parking in the general lots, located east of the ballpark, is complimentary.

Arizona the Beautiful….Photos on the Road from Payson to Apache Junction

No this is not the Grand Canyon...In the mountains east of Phoenix

No this is not the Grand Canyon…In the mountains east of Phoenix

Apache Lake in the mountains east of Phoenix

Apache Lake in the mountains east of Phoenix

Theodore Roosevelt Lake

Theodore Roosevelt Lake

The Road through the mountains.... a 22 mile dirt road from the dam at Roosevelt Lake to the edge of the National Forest

The Road through the mountains…. a 22 mile dirt road from the dam at Roosevelt Lake to the edge of the National Forest

Darvish press conference after leaving Thursday’s game

Yu Darvish held a short press conference in Japanese after leaving Thursday’s game after just one inning.

The press conference was held in one of the many tents that have sprouted up at Surprise Stadium. The press conference was almost impossible to hear for many reasons but this is the most reliable translation.

Q, Can you explain what was going on in the first inning?
I just had some (normal) tightness in my triceps, so I was throwing without putting too much effort, I was only focusing on my command.

Q,When did you start feeling the tightness?

Today,when I was throwing in the bullpen, it started to feel like it was tightening up, so from then on I started to throw without putting to much effort.

Q.So it wasn’t serious enough to stop throwing?
No it wasn’t that bad, so I just took the mound as normal.

Q.Did you have any experience like this in the past?

Q.Was it getting tighter as you threw in the first?

No, it felt like it was constant.

Q.You couldn’t loosen it up?
No, it didn’t change much,so after that I did not throw with might (with a lot of effort).

Q.So fans don’t need to be worried?
No, there’s no need to worry.

Q,Do you think you will need to skip your next side session?

Can somebody ask me about my pitching today,

Q.Are you disappointed?

No, it’s not,,,, if I was disappointed I wouldn’t be joking around.

Q.You had been working on your slide step and are able to throw some good balls this camp, how was it today?

I was able to control the ball overall today,it made me really realize that command is important and pitching is not just about velocity.

Q.Was your last pitch a change up?

Q,did you not think about throwing the slider?
Just one, one time.

Q.did it hurt more?
No didn’t feel anything(different) good.

Q.How was your silder?

Darvish leaves with arm tightness

Yu Darvish was pulled from Thursday’s start with tightness in his right triceps. It is not considered serious. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Thursday lineups


8 Nate Schierholtz (L) RF

19 Ed Lucas SS

70 Joey Gallo (L) 3B

15 Michael Choice LF

71 Jared Hoying (L) CF

16 Ryan Rua DH

9 Adam Rosales 1B

61 Robinson Chirinos C

78 Elliot Johnson (S) 2B

11 Yu Darvish RHP

65 Ross Wolf RHP

55 Roman Mendez RHP

36 Jon Edwards RHP

44 Spencer Patton RHP

73 Alec Asher RHP


2 Alcides Escobar SS

1 Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

35 Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

25 Kendrys Morales (S) DH

60 Hunter Dozier 3B

7 Jorge Bonifacio RF

26 Francisco Pena C

24 Christian Colon 2B

34 Reymond Fuentes (L) LF

33 Brian Flynn LHP

50 Miguel Almonte RHP

59 Brian Broderick RHP

37 Chris Dwyer LHP

48 Michael Mariot RHP

77 Clayton Mortensen# RHP

83 Daniel Stumpf# LHP

Lineups for the Cactus League opener


2 Leonys Martin (L) CF

17 Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF

29 Adrian Beltre 3B

84 Prince Fielder (L) 1B

41 Ryan Ludwick DH

16 Ryan Rua LF

12 Rougned Odor (L) 2B

3 Carlos Corporan (S) C

68 Hanser Alberto SS

48 Colby Lewis RHP

49 Yovani Gallardo RHP

59 Lisalverto Bonilla RHP

72 Chi Chi Gonzalez RHP

76 Martire Garcia LHP


2 Alcides Escobar SS

1 Jarrod Dyson (L) LF

6 Lorenzo Cain CF

35 Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

25 Kendrys Morales (S) DH

15 Alex Rios RF

8 Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

19 Erik Kratz C

24 Christian Colon 2B

62 Aaron Brooks RHP

63 Yohan Pino RHP

55 Tim Collins LHP

31 Louis Coleman RHP

64 Jandel Gustave RHP

73 Scott Alexander LHP

74 Buddy Baumann LHP

47 Joe Paterson LHP

83 Daniel Stumpf* LHP

77 Clayton Mortensen* RHP

*-minor league camp


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