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Photos From Tropicana Field writer Christina DeNicola took these pictures before Rangers batting practice Tuesday morning at Tropicana:




Arthur Rhodes Designated For Assignment

The Rangers have designated LHP Arthur Rhodes for assignment and added newly acquired  RHP Mike Adams to the roster.

Rhodes appeared in 32 games for the Rangers, pitched 24 1/3 innings, giving up 28 hits, 13 earned runs, 6 HRs, 8BB, 15K with a 4.81 ERA.

More on the website later.

LHP Ross Promoted to AA Frisco

LHP Robbie Ross has been promoted to AA to fill one of the open spots on the roster after the trade of Rob Erlin and Joe Wieland to San Diego.

The 22 year old Ross was the Rangers 2nd round draft pick in 2008 out of the Christian Academy in Lexington KY.   At Advanced A Myrtle Beach he has a 9-4 record, 2.26 ERA,  123 1/3 IP, 101 Hits, 28 BB, 98K, opponents are batting .227 against him.  For the month of July, he had an ERA of 1.38, 39 IP, 28 Hits, 7BB, 30 K.  He is scheduled to start Thursday night for the Roughriders when they play in Midland.

Sunday Morning In Toronto

The Rangers may not be done making moves just yet. 

Indications are that they are still talking to other teams, and Heath Bell remains a possibility.  It’s likely that if the Rangers make any more trades, it will go down to the deadline at 3:00 pm EDT today.

Yesterday’s acquisition Koji Uehara is in Toronto.

Stay tuned to the blog and TR’s twitter for updates.


Hamilton, Cruz And Andrus Not In Saturday’s Lineup

Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus are not in the Rangers starting lineup vs. the Blue Jays today.  Cruz is out due the tight left quad from Friday, today was a planned day off for Elvis Andrus.

Yorvit Torrealba is the DH, Mike Napoli is catching,  and Omar Quintanilla is making his first start for Texas.

More on the website later.

Weekends With Toby: Trade Deadline Edition

Toby’s busy sniffing around for trade intel – it’s taking up most of him time this weekend, so we’ll skip the usual blog entry this morning.

You can check out MLB Blogs Trade Buzz Blog with contributions from all of its MLB beat reporters.

Watch this space for Ranger trade updates.   TR will post them as needed. Keep up with his twitter at Sullivan_Ranger – his “tweets” also appear on the right hand column of this blog.

Last Call

“From Cy Young to sayonara in one year.” —- Graig Nettles, on Sparky Lyle going from being the Cy Young Award winner to being traded by the Yankees

Sniff, Sniff, Dig, Dig, Woof! — Toby

Weekends With Toby: Almost Too Hot To Write

Toby says: Be Cool!

Toby’s Crystal Ball

Nice job by the Angels. They could have been easily swept but instead they took two of three from the Rangers. They are within three games of first place. They are now about to hit the road: three in Baltimore, three in Cleveland and four in Detroit. They are in for an interesting stretch.

Toby’s Honor Roll

1. C.J. Wilson – Nice job of deflecting Thursday’s blame away from Endy Chavez by pointing out he was the one who hit Howie Kendrick. That’s being a good teammate.

2. Mike Maddux and Andy Hawkins – The Rangers pitching coach and bullpen coach do a fabulous job of putting together a game plan for their pitchers.

3. Gary Pettis and Dave Anderson – The Rangers outfield and infield coach likewise do a fabulous job of positioning their defensive players properly

Toby’s Fun Names

They are household names in Arlington and North Texas, but not everywhere. In other places, these names are remembered otherwise:

Michael Young – businessman who helped bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa. He said he resolved conflicts by: “Having an analytical set of propositions” and “Taking the process away from the theatre – removing the potential for playing to the gallery.”

Christopher Wilson – British General who was big into artillery, ordinance and blowing things up.

David Murphy – CIA station chief in Berlin during the 1961 Berlin Wall crisis. He helped President Kennedy manage the crisis. He and his KGB counterpart later wrote a book together.

Josh Hamilton – Broadway director of the play “Fat Pig”. Also won an Emmy in 1984 for the CBS Schoolbreak Special.

Matthew Harrison – Film director for such classics as “Rhythm Thief” and “Kicked in the Head”.

David Anderson – Cattle rustler who rode with Billy the Kid. He was known as Buffalo Billy as opposed to William F. Cody who was known as Buffalo Bill.

Scott Feldman – Long Island television news anchor.

Arthur Rhodes – Star cricket player for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club. A right arm fast medium bowler. Took 107 wickets.

Chris Davis – Guitarist for the British band Spotlight Kid and drummer for Six by Seven.

Andy Hawkins – Bassist in the British punk rock band Midget.

Nelson Cruz – Long distance runner from Cape Verde who won a gold medal in the 2006 Lusophony Games in Macau.

Andres Blanco – Venezuelan poet of significant national repute.

Thomas Hunter – Irish patriot who was a captain in the 1916 famous Easter Rising. His battalion captured a biscuit factory. Not sure what they did with it.

Toby’s Puppies

1B Andrew Clark (Low A Hickory) was named South Atlantic Player of the Week.  Clark (13th round draft pick in 2010) hit .391 with 4 HRs and 12 RBI.

OF Jared Bolden (Advanced A Myrtle Beach) is the Carolina League player of the week.  He hit .583 with 2 Doubles, 3 HRs and 8 RBI.   Bolden was drafted in 2008 (9th round).

The Hickory Crawdads Bullpen – if you are one of those tweeters – (as Toby is) we suggest that you follow  CrawdadsBullpen.  We’re not sure who writes their tweets, but they are entertaining – as minor league baseball should be.

Toby Barks: Never, ever underestimate a Mike Scioscia managed team –Growl!

Birthdays:  In honor of the HOF inductions this weekend, it’s all HOF birthdays this week

Cardinals RHP Jessie Haines:  born July 22,  1893, inducted to the HOF 1984

Dodgers IF Harold Henry “Pee Wee” Reese: born July 23,  1918,  inducted to the HOF 1984

Dodgers RHP Don Drysdale: born July 23, 1936,  inducted to the HOF 1984

Beaneaters, Bridegrooms, Quakers OF Tommy McCarthy: Born July 24, 1863, inducted to the HOF 1946

He played for everyone.  Knuckleballer extraordinaire Hoyt Wilhem: Born July 26, 1922, inducted to the HOF 1985

Dodgers, Giants, Cubs, Astros manager Leo “The Lip” Durocher: Born July 27, 1905, inducted to the HOF (as manager) 1994

HOF Birthday of the Week: “These are the saddest possible words: ‘Tinkers to Evers to Chance’ “ SS Joe Tinker born July 27, 1880, inducted to the HOF 1946.

Toby’s Reading List

At Peter Gammons likes the Rangers.

Toby’s never seen “A Christmas Story” but is sure many readers have and will get the reference in this story from Yahoo’s Big League Stew.

Roy Halladay leaves game with heat exhaustion at Wrigley Field – you mean there are stadiums other than the Ballpark in Arlington where it’s too hot for ace pitchers? Really?

Last Call

“They can play just like we can play. They took two of three. We’ll move on. The season is not over.” –Manager Ron Washington on the Angels

Woof! Pant! Woof! – Toby