The Rangers have optioned infielder Rougned Odor to Triple A and called up infielder Thomas Field from Triple A Round Rock. Odor was hitting .144 with a .252 on-base percentage and a .233 slugging percentage.
Field is in the lineup tonight
— Yovani Gallardo on the start to his season: “The only thing I have struggled with a little bit is finding a good rhythm. I find it for one inning and then it gets away from me. If I’m able to do that from the first pitch on, it is going to be a good one.”
— Gallardo has a three-game losing streak. He has had only one four-game losing streak in his career. That was with the Brewers in 2013.
— Shin-Soo Choo has an extra basehit in seven consecutive games. That’s the longest active streak in the Majors.
— Adam Rosales on getting more playing time while Rougned Odor fights out of his slump: “He is going to be all right. He is going to be fine. I just look at this as an opportunity to get 4-5 at-bats every day, play solid defense and look for us to keep winning.”
— Delino DeShields is only the second rookie with three walks and three stolen bases in the last 23 years. The other was Andrew McCutcheon with the Pirates on Aug. 11, 2009.
— Adrian Beltre has played in 168 straight games for the Rangers. Now that Evan Longoria missed Thursday’s game for the Rays, Beltre has the second longest streak in the Majors. The longest is Freddie Freeman of the Braves with 196 straight games.
— The Rangers have hit at least one double in 27 straight games, second longest streak in club history. They hit in 34 straight in 1996.
— The Rangers hit 77 doubles in those 34 games in 1996. Ivan Rodriguez hit 12, Juan Gonzalez hit 11, Rusty Greer had 10, Kevin Elster and Dean Palmer both had nine.
— Streak ended on July 27, 1996. Rangers won in ten innings, 6-4. The big hit in the inning was a triple by Lee Stevens.
— Speaking of doubles: Ernie Lombardi once hit four doubles in four consecutive innings. That was for the Reds in 1935. Came off of four different pitchers in the sixth, seventh, eighth and nine innings.
— Alex Rodriguez is on pace for 39 home runs and 101 RBI.
— On May 8, 1926, a three-alarm fire burned down the left-field bleachers and grandstand at Fenway Park. The Red Sox had to use the insurance money to pay for operating expenses. The bleachers were never rebuilt and now there is a wall there.
— Nick Martinez is now second in the American League with a 1.47 ERA. Dallas Keuchel of the Astros leads with a 0.80 ERA. Martinez was ahead of him until he allowed three runs in the fifth inning on Thursday night.
— Former Rangers pitcher Chris Young was a free agent in the 2013-14 off-season. Didn’t sign a contract until March 27 with the Mariners. Went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners. Became a free agent again. This time he signed with the Royals. He is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in one start and six relief appearances.
— Of course Young only throws 87 miles per hour.
Arlington, Texas–The Texas Rangers today announced that outfielder Josh Hamilton and infielder Mitch Moreland will begin minor league rehab assignments with Triple-A Round Rock this weekend.
Moreland, who went on the 15-day disabled list on April 29 (retroactive to April 28) and underwent surgery by Dr. Keith Meister to remove a loose body from his elbow that day, will join Round Rock on Saturday when the Express play at Nashville at 6:35 CT. He is batting .304 with one homer and 9 RBI in 16 games for the Rangers this season.
Hamilton, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations on April 27, is expected to debut with Round Rock on Sunday, when the Express play at Nashville at 2:05 p.m. CT. Round Rock also plays in Nashville on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. CT before opening a four game series with Omaha at Dell Diamond on Tuesday evening.
The 34-year-old Hamilton has spent the entire 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list as he continued to undergo rehab from right shoulder surgery on February 4. Hamilton’s AC joint was repaired during the surgery performed by Dr. Meister in Arlington.
Following his trade to Texas, Hamilton has been working out in the Rangers’ extended spring program in Surprise, Arizona since April 28. He played in Rangers’ extended spring games on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with 13 total at bats and one walk in the three games. In his final Arizona action today against Seattle’s extended spring team, he was 1-for-5 with a 3-run home run while playing 5 innings in left field.
The Rangers have released LHP Kevin Matthews, their 33rd overall pick from the 2011 draft. Matthews was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving while impaired on Wednesday morning in Hickory.
The Rangers released a statement saying, “The Texas Rangers are very disappointed in the Wednesday morning incident involving Kevin Matthews, and we certainly do not condone this behavior. We cannot comment any further on this situation since it is a police matter.”
Matthews had a 6.48 ERA in six games at Hickory. His career never took off after starting out with arm problems and the Rangers were likely to let him go at some point anyway.
P Ferguson Jenkins – He was always a No. 1 starter.
P Kenny Rogers – His third tour with the Rangers yielded 32 wins in 2004-05. The Rangers were so thrilled with what he did for the franchise that they put him in the club’s Hall of Fame.
P Darren Oliver – He also had three tours with the Rangers. Two as a starter and the last as setup reliever on World Series teams.
P Danny Darwin – Quick stop in Texas in 1995 was unremarkable
P Rick Honeycutt – A No. 1 starter in 1982, left-handed setup in 1994
P Colby Lewis – Failed prospect, tremendous comeback after two years in Japan.
P Paul Lindblad – Left-handed setup reliever before they were in vogue
P Jeff Russell – All-Star as a starter and reliever in 1988-89. Solid as setup in 1996.
C Ivan Rodriguez – He had a 28-game cameo for the Rangers in 2009, then signed with the Nationals. The Rangers used the compensation pick to draft Luke Jackson.
C Jim Sundberg – He played more than expected in 1988-89 before retiring
1B Rafael Palmeiro – His second tour was tremendous. Then he went back to Baltimore and it all fell apart.
2B Frank Catalanotto – Always a solid player, especially with the bat.
SS Toby Harrah – He had two good seasons in 1985-86 before retiring.
SS Kevin Elster – He could not repeat his magical 1996 again in 1998
3B Buddy Bell – He came back in 1989 but a knee injury cut his final season short.
3B Steve Buechele – A cameo in 1995 did not work out.
OF Juan Gonzalez – He was supposed to be part of an explosive offense in 2002-03 but his second tour was marred by injuries.
OF Sammy Sosa – He gave the Rangers a little offense in 2007 in the start of the great rebuilding program.
OF Ruben Sierra – Mainly a designated hitter in the twilight of his career.
The Rangers are close to acquiring outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Angels. A deal will be announced most likely on Monday. There are still legal proceedings that need to be cleared including the Players Association. Hamilton is still rehabbing from shoulder surgery and there is no word when he will be ready to play.
No word yet on what the Rangers will have to give up
Nelson Cruz has hit a home run in five straight games for the Mariners. He had a total of six in the streak but all five games were on the road. He is 1-for-11 so far this season in Safeco Field.
Cruz has two home runs in his only two career at-bats against Ranges starter Yovani Gallardo, coming last year.
The Major League record for consecutive home runs is eight by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long.
Robinson Chirinos hit a home run on Tuesday and Carlos Corporan did the same on Wednesday. It’s the first time two different Rangers catcher have hit home runs in back-to-back games since Geovany Soto and A.J. Pierzynski on July 6-7, 2013.
Elvis Andrus on having more home runs than Prince Fielder, “I’ve already talked a lot about that. It might not end that way. But right now I’ve got more than Prince and that makes me happy.”
Fielder on the chances of Andrus having more home runs than him at the end of the year: “Not good. Very low.”
Fielder is hitting .400 for the Rangers with 16 hits in 40 at-bats. The rest of the team is hitting .185.
Manager Jeff Banister on Fielder, “I couldn’t be happier where he is at. You look at how tough he has been pitched, to be hitting .400 is a testament to what kind of hitter he is. The power will show up. He is building himself back into the player he was and I’m confident he will be that player. The bottom line is we have to get guys on in front of him.”
The Rangers went into Friday’s game hitting .186 against left-handers and Banister said, “There has been some chase. There have been games where left-handers haven’t throw us strikes, they have needed to throw strikes. It comes back to being bullish about what you swing at.”
The Rangers and the Royals both had 13 hit by pitches in their first ten games. First time a club has had that has happened since 1914.
Rougned Odor has been hit by a pitch five times in the first ten games. That has only happened four times in Major League Baseball since 1914: Shin-Soo Choo in 2013 with the Reds, Nick Johnson in 2002 with the Yankees and Tony Oliva in 1975 with the Twins.
Banister on 6-foot-5 Carlos Peguero: “I’m glad he didn’t grow up in Texas. He wouldn’t be playing baseball.”
Adrian Beltre has appeared in 150 straight games, fourth longest streak going in the Majors. The current leader is Evan Longoria with 252 straight games.
The Rangers have been outscored 45-10 in their six losses. They outscored their opponent 27-6 in the four victories. The Rangers are 4-1 when they score first and 0-5 when the opponent does so.
It all started on this date in 1869. The Cincinnati Red Stocks beat the Amateurs, 24-15, in the first professional game. Also in 1912, the New York Giants beat the Yankees, 11-2, in an exhibition game to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic.