Texas Rangers: 2012 Timeline

2012 Rangers timeline: Final two months

October, 15, 2012
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Here's a look at the final month of the Rangers' season, one that didn't end as they hoped it would.

Aug. 1: The Rangers get a season-defining win over the Angels, coming back from an early six-run deficit to pull out an 11-10 victory in 10 innings. Elvis Andrus’ one-out, two run double is the difference and touches off a huge celebration on the field. Instead of being just two games ahead, the win puts Texas four games up on the Angels. … After the game, Texas announces it has purchased the contract of prospect Mike Olt.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireRyan Dempster lasted only 4 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in his Rangers debut.
Aug. 2: In another sign that the offense -- stagnant for much of June and July -- is coming to life, the club pounds out a 15-9 win over the Angels. It was Ryan Dempster’s debut, and though he didn’t pitch well, he got plenty of run support. … Olt got his first start and singled on the second pitch he saw in the game.

Aug. 3: Josh Hamilton reveals that what has been bothering him was “discipline” in regards to quitting chewing tobacco. Part of his statement: “The issue is 'discipline'. Professionally, it's been plate discipline. Personally, it's been being obedient to the Lord in quitting chewing tobacco. I was hesitant to address the tobacco once again because it's an area that I've struggled with trying to quit in the past.”

Aug. 8: After winning a series in Kansas City, the Rangers drop the first game of a three-games series in Boston but come back to win the next two to win the series. … The club also puts catcher Yorvit Torrealba on waivers.

Aug. 11: The Rangers win a game started by Justin Verlander, with Olt providing the heroics in walk-off fashion in a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Olt’s two-strike single scored Nelson Cruz in the ninth. … Eric Nadel is inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

Aug. 12: Not long after a talk with manager Ron Washington while the club was in Boston, Yu Darvish has a solid performance to help the Rangers win the series against Detroit.

Aug. 15: Josh Hamilton hits two solo home runs in New York, but the Rangers fall 3-2 to the Yankees.

Aug. 16: A 10-6 victory ends a three-game losing streak and allows the Rangers to avoid a sweep in New York. Texas then went on to win the next six straight series.

Aug. 18: The Rangers win 2-1 in Toronto, but the game is remembered more for how upset Roy Oswalt looked in the dugout after he was taken out of the game one out away from qualifying for a win. With a runner at second in a one-run game, manager Ron Washington made the change to get what he felt was the better matchup. Texas got out of the inning and eventually got the win.

Aug. 22: Adrian Beltre hit three home runs against the Orioles in Texas’ 12-3 win. … Darvish is scratched from his next scheduled start with a tight quadriceps muscle. The injury only costs him one start.

Aug. 24: Matt Harrison takes a no-hitter into the seventh and ends up with eight shutout innings in an 8-0 Rangers win over Minnesota. … Beltre hit for the cycle just a few days after his three-homer game. He was named AL player of the week for his efforts.

Aug. 27: The Rangers jump on Rays ace David Price and win 6-5 to start a three-game set with Tampa Bay.

Aug. 28: Darvish struck out 10 Rays in seven innings as the Rangers won, 1-0. It was Darvish’s first start in 10 days after skipping a start because of a tight quad.

Sept. 2: Jurickson Profar, 19, homers in his first big league at-bat, becoming the second-youngest player to homer in his first at-bat in MLB history. He also doubled in his second at-bat. It was a memorable debut in the Rangers’ 8-3 win over the Indians.

Sept. 3: Darvish was perfect through 5 2/3 innings and ended up allowing three runs in seven innings in a win over the Royals.

Sept. 9: The Rangers fall 6-0 to the Rays and lose two out of three in Tampa. It’s the first series loss since Aug. 13-16 when Texas lost three of four in Yankee Stadium.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesAdrian Beltre hit three home runs and became just the second Ranger to hit two in one inning in a win over the Orioles.
Sept. 11: Closer Joe Nathan turns heads when he comes onto the field for batting practice wearing a full Tony Romo uniform. He lost a bet with teammate Mike Adams on the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game.

Sept. 13: Rangers reach 3 million in attendance for the first time in club history, hitting that mark in the 71st home date of the season. … Nathan blows his first save in five months as the Rangers fall 5-4 to the Indians.

Sept. 14: Darvish turns in a masterful performance at home against the Mariners, giving up one run on two hits with nine strikeouts in a 9-3 win.

Sept. 17: Colby Lewis signs a one-year deal that will allow him to rehab with the Rangers and attempt to come back from his season-ending surgery around the middle of 2013. Lewis has been an anchor for the rotation and could provide a boost next year.

Sept. 18: Hamilton exits the Rangers’ game in Anaheim with what is first termed sinus issues. He’s later diagnosed with ocular kerotitis and misses the remaining five games of the road trip. The Angels win the game, 11-3.

Sept. 20: Beltre, who talked himself into the lineup despite abdominal pain, hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Rangers a series win in Anaheim. The victory keeps the Rangers four games up.

Sept. 22: Despite a great outing by Harrison, the Rangers lost 1-0, as the offense couldn’t do much. It was the club’s second consecutive loss to the Mariners in the series.

Sept. 24: The Rangers beat the A’s, 5-4, as Beltre hits the game-tying home run and gets the walk-off single to put Texas up five games in the AL West with nine to play.

Sept. 27: Texas salvages a split in its four-game series with the A’s by winning 9-7, which means they lead by four games with six to play in the AL West. The magic number dropped to three, as well.

Sept. 28: The Angels beat the Rangers and the A’s win the first of three games in Seattle, meaning the lead drops to three games in the AL West. Jered Weaver got the best of Dempster in Arlington.

Sept. 29: Rain postpones Saturday’s game with the Angels while the A’s make a big comeback against Seattle to close the AL West gap to 2 games.

Sept. 30: The Rangers split a doubleheader with the Angels, losing the first game by a run after Nathan blows his third save of the season, but winning the nightcap. Oakland sweeps the Mariners, but the Rangers’ win means the lead is two games and Texas needs just one win in Oakland to win the AL West for a third consecutive season. … Texas has a brief toast to celebrate clinching a playoff spot.

Oct. 1: Starter Martin Perez gave up four runs, and that was enough for the A’s, who mobbed the field after a 4-3 win that clinched at least a wild card spot. … Oakland had a wild celebration in the clubhouse after staying on the field for a while to take in the moment with fans.

Oct. 2: Oakland won its fifth straight while the Rangers lost their sixth in the last eight. The loss allowed the A’s to pull even. It’s was the first Texas didn’t have sole possession of the division lead since April 9.

Oct. 3: With the division on the line in Game No. 162, Dempster struggled and the Rangers blew a 5-1 lead. The lasting image of the game was Josh Hamilton’s error in shallow center field. Hamilton missed a routine fly ball that would have ended the fourth inning with a 5-5 score. Instead, the ball went off his glove and the A’s took a 7-5 advantage on their way to the AL West title. It was their second wild celebration in three days and sent the Rangers to the AL wild-card game.

Oct. 5: The Rangers’ offense, absent for much of the club’s collapse the last few weeks, couldn’t get anything done against the Baltimore Orioles in a 5-1 loss in the AL wild-card game. Despite a great performance by Darvish, the Rangers were not able to extend their season. So after having a five-game lead with nine to play, Texas did not even make the ALDS.

2012 Rangers timeline: June-July

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Rangers All StarsJim Cowsert/US PresswireA club-record eight Rangers players wore All-Star uniforms for Ron Washington's AL squad in Kansas City.
We've now hit the middle of the summer in the 2012 season in our Texas Rangers timeline. Here's a look at some of the highlights from those two months:

June 2: After the Rangers' sloppy 3-2 loss to the Angels in Anaheim, manager Ron Washington called a rare team meeting. He reminded his squad to make the fundamental plays and that they weren’t playing to their capabilities.

June 3: Hamilton is named AL player of the month for May after a league-high 12 homers and 32 RBIs. He also hit .344 for the month. Nelson Cruz hit the longest homer hit in the big leagues at that point, 484 feet way up the hill in left-center in Anaheim.

June 4: The MLB draft begins and the Rangers take Lewis Brinson and Joey Gallo with their first two picks. The club signs all of its first 10 picks.

June 7: Derek Holland is placed on the DL with left shoulder fatigue and Alexi Ogando is tabbed to take his place in the rotation. The A’s beat Yu Darvish and take three of four from the Rangers in Oakland.

June 10: Ogando injures his groin trying to beat out a hit in a start against San Francisco and has to come out of the game after three perfect innings. He ends up on the DL. The Rangers take two of three from the Giants.

June 12: Colby Lewis pitches a complete game in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks for Texas, giving the bullpen much-needed rest.

June 16: Justin Grimm, called up from Double-A Frisco with all the injuries, makes his big league debut and pitches a quality start against the Houston Astros.

June 19: TV broadcaster Dave Barnett undergoes tests after an on-air issue the previous night in San Diego. He does not return to the booth in 2012. Steve Busby takes his place with Matt Hicks joining Eric Nadel on radio.

June 23: Roy Oswalt makes his Rangers debut. He gives up one run in six innings in a 4-1 Texas win.

June 24: Texas gets its 22nd sellout of the season, breaking the club record for sellouts set in 1994.

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Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/GettyImagesColby Lewis scored a complete-game win over Arizona in June, but a torn flexor tendon in his elbow ended his season before August.
June 26: Lewis is placed on the disabled list with forearm tendinitis. Martin Perez is called up in his place.

July 1: Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli are voted into the All-Star game as starters for the AL squad, leading a club-record eight players into the game (Darvish would get voted in by fans a few days later). It’s the fifth straight All-Star Game start for Hamilton. LHP Matt Harrison, closer Joe Nathan, second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus also make the team.

July 2: Harrison is named AL pitcher of the month for June after going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts. He had 24 strikeouts and 10 walks and opponents hit .224 against him.

July 3: Roy Oswalt gives up 11 runs (nine of them earned) on 13 hits -- both career-highs -- in a 19-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

July 7: Derek Holland returns from the disabled list and gets a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings in a 4-3 Rangers win in 10 innings over the Twins. Nelson Cruz’s walkoff double ended a five-game losing streak.

July 8: Jurickson Profar hit a home run and Mike Olt had an RBI double in the Futures Game as part of All-Star week festivities. Later that night, Ian Kinsler hit a walkoff single in the 13th to give the Rangers a win over the Twins right before the All-Star break.

July 10: The NL beats the AL, 8-0. All of the Rangers play except for Darvish.

July 18: Lewis is activated off the DL to start against the Oakland A’s. After three weeks on the DL with forearm tendinitis, Lewis allowed one run in five innings.

July 22: The Rangers lose to the Angels in the final game of a three-game series and are five games up in the AL West as they leave Anaheim.

July 23: Lewis has a torn flexor tendon in his elbow that will require surgery, ending his season. It’s a huge blow to the club. Lewis was the team’s best postseason pitcher in 2010 and 2011. Perez is called up to pitch in his place.

July 27: One of the bigger fish in the trade deadline pond landed in Los Angeles with the Angels as Zack Greinke was dealt to the Rangers’ AL West rival. Josh Hamilton was 0-for-4 against the White Sox and his average dipped to .145 in July. Some of the fans in Arlington booed the slugger after he struck out in the game.

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Matthew Emmons/US PresswireLongtime Cubs teammates Geovany Soto (left) and Ryan Dempster became Rangers before the non-waiver trade deadline.
July 29: The Rangers beat the White Sox, 2-0, but lose the series. The offense is struggling to score runs consistently as the Angels get set to arrive for a big four-game series.

July 30: Texas falls, 15-8, to the Angels and see their lead in the AL West drop to four games. The club acquires catcher Geovany Soto and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for minor-league pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash.

July 31: About 10 minutes before the trade deadline, the Rangers acquire Ryan Dempster from the Cubs for minor leaguers Christian Villanueva (third baseman) and RHP Kyle Hendricks. Dempster gives the Rangers a veteran in the rotation that posted a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts in the NL in 2012. The Rangers announce that Neftali Feliz, scratched from his rehab start two days ago, will have Tommy John surgery. The Angels beat the Rangers, 6-2, to climb to within three games of the AL West lead.

2012 Rangers timeline: April-May

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We now move into the regular season and go through the first two months as part of our 2012 Texas Rangers timeline:

April 6: The Rangers win their fourth-straight Opening Day game. Michael Young’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and the Rangers beat the White Sox, 3-2.

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AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyJosh Hamilton became the 16th player to belt four homers in a May win in Baltimore. He tallied 18 total bases on the night -- one shy of the MLB record.
April 9: Yu Darvish makes his big league debut and struggles early but ends up with a victory in an 11-5 win over Seattle. Darvish gave up four runs on four hits with three walks in the first inning but then settled down.

April 11: Texas holds a news conference to make official Ian Kinsler’s long-term deal. He signs for five years at $70 million with a $5 million buyout or a $10 million club option for the sixth year.

April 12: Joe Nathan can’t close out the game and the Rangers lose to the Mariners. Nathan goes on a streak of perfect save opportunities after that.

April 21: The Rangers beat Detroit, 10-4, in the first game of a doubleheader to go 7-0 on the road and 12-2 on the season.

April 23: Ivan Rodriguez announces his retirement at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and is honored by his former team.

April 24: Darvish dazzles the Yankees, striking out 10 in 8 1/3 shutout innings against one of the top lineups in the game in a 2-0 Rangers win.

April 30: Josh Hamilton doesn’t play on the final day of the month, held out with a sore back. But he finishes April with a .395 batting average, nine homers, 25 RBIs, 64 total bases and a .744 slugging percentage.

May 5: Adrian Beltre hits a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the 11th to give the Rangers a 5-2 win in Cleveland.

May 8: Hamilton makes history, belting four home runs at Camden Yards in Baltimore. He becomes the 16th player to hit four in a game and the first since 2003. His 18 total bases are one shy of Shawn Green’s big-league record set in 2002.

May 11: The Rangers defeat the Los Angeles Angels in the first meeting between the two teams in 2012. The win pushes Texas eight games ahead of the Los Angeles.

May 13: Texas beats the Angels, 13-6, to take two of three in the series. They end the series five games up on Oakland and eight ahead of Los Angeles.

May 15: The club announces that longtime broadcaster Eric Nadel will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in August.

May 18: Nolan Ryan said he believes it’s unlikely anything would happen on a long-term deal for Hamilton during the season.

May 19: David Murphy hits the first inside-the-park home run of his career and the 23rd in franchise history in a 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

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Brendan Maloney/US PresswireRoy Oswalt warmed up in Round Rock after signing a $5 million deal for the season with the Rangers.
May 21: Neftali Feliz is placed on the disabled list with an elbow strain. After attempting a comeback, he ends up missing the rest of the season.

May 26: Hamilton, not feeling well and needing an IV and oxygen after the game, hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning to help the Rangers to a come-from-behind win over Toronto.

May 29: Roy Oswalt agrees on a contract with the Rangers for $5 million plus incentives for the rest of the season. He heads to the minors to get some work in before he’s ready to come to the big leagues.

May 30: The Mariners beat the Rangers 21-8 in a score that looks more like one you’d find across the street at Cowboys Stadium.

2012 Rangers timeline: Spring training

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Our timeline takes us to February and March, as the Texas Rangers spent time getting ready for the season at spring training:

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Layne Murdoch/Getty ImagesJosh Hamilton holds a news conference to apologize for a reported alcohol relapse in February, putting negotiations for a long-term deal with the Rangers on hold.
Feb. 3: Josh Hamilton apologizes publicly for his reported relapse with alcohol earlier in the week. The club and Hamilton decide to put negotiations on a long-term deal on the backburner so he can focus on his family and preparing for the season.

Feb. 8: The Rangers sign Elvis Andrus to a three-year deal, tying him up through his arbitration years. The deal is worth $14.4 million.

Feb. 21: Yu Darvish arrives in Surprise, Ariz., with plenty of television cameras and Japanese media in attendance. He threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session to catcher Luis Martinez, who was impressed (and became a famous face in Japan).

Feb. 24: Hamilton, speaking for the first time at spring training, says he doesn’t feel like he owes the Rangers a hometown discount. He later clarifies his remarks, saying he wants to stay in Texas if a deal can be worked out and that the Rangers will get the first crack at him in free agency.

Feb. 29: MLB announces it will investigate the Rangers’ agreement with Dominican teenager Jairo Beras amid concerns about his age. The Rangers believe he’s 17 years old and can be signed. Rival teams and MLB thought he was 16.

March 2: Darvish makes first appearance in a game environment in an intrasquad game. It had to be the most well-attended intrasquad game ever on a back field in Surprise.

March 7: Darvish makes his first Cactus League start, throwing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts while allowing two doubles. He pitched in front of about 100 media members.

March 15: Minor league games begin in Surprise, but even before that Jurickson Profar turns heads with his play in the field and with his bat.

March 16: Mike Napoli, who was sidelined with tightness in his groin, was back in the lineup in Cactus League games.

March 20: Derek Holland and the Rangers agree to a five-year, $28.5 million deal with two option years that should make him a part of the rotation for the long haul. Signing up Holland for seven years shows the faith the club has in the young left-hander, and Holland’s willingness to put two club options shows how badly he wants to be in Texas.

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Rick Scuteri/US PresswireRookie Robbie Ross outperformed the other left-handers at spring training and earned a spot on the Rangers' bullpen.
March 21: Neftali Feliz comes out of his start after just three innings with a tight shoulder. The right-hander backs off the shoulder and ends up throwing in some minor league games before eventually returning to the rotation.

March 25: Robbie Ross continues a strong spring training and pushes for a spot on the club. He didn’t allow a run on one hit in two innings of work against the Angels.

March 29: The club announces its rotation and puts Darvish fourth, against the Seattle Mariners in Arlington. The rotation: Colby Lewis, Holland, Matt Harrison, Darvish, Feliz.

March 30: Darvish dominates the Colorado Rockies, throwing 98 pitches in six innings and allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts in his final spring start.

April 1: Ross makes the club as the rookie ends up out-pitching the other left-handed candidates in camp.

2012 Rangers timeline: Late offseason

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We move on to December and January in the offseason, a period dominated with news of Yu Darvish's posting bid and signing.

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AP Photo/Alex GallardoArte Moreno and the Angels served notice in the AL West with the offseason additions of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the final day of the winter meetings.
Dec. 1: Taylor Teagarden is traded to Baltimore for two prospects.

Dec. 2: Tim Purpura, former Astros GM, is named the Rangers’ director of player development.

Dec. 6: The Rangers meet with Bob Garber, C.J. Wilson’s agent, during the winter meetings.

Dec. 8: The Los Angeles Angels sign Wilson and Albert Pujols on the final day of the winter meetings, making the AL West even more competitive.

Dec. 14: The Rangers place a bid for Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish through the posting process. They wait to find out if it was enough.

Dec. 19: Around 10 p.m. Texas time, the Rangers find out their bid of $51,703,411 was enough to give them a 30-day negotiating window with Darvish.

Jan. 1: The Rangers host Darvish, his father and his agents for a few days. They get a tour of the ballpark and look at areas where Darvish could live if a deal is worked out. The Rangers treat it like a recruiting visit, wanting to impress Darvish in the hopes of getting a contract done.

Jan. 3: The Rangers send cash considerations to Baltimore for Brandon Snyder, who makes the club out of spring training.

Jan. 4: Mike Adams has offseason hernia surgery. He begins spring training behind but catches up.

Jan. 13: Club officials meet with Prince Fielder and his representatives at a Dallas-area hotel. Both sides want to gauge interest and figure out where each is as Fielder looks for a new team.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesThe Ranger reeled in Yu Darvish just before the negotiating window deadline with a six-year deal worth a guaranteed $56 million.
Jan. 18: Just before the 4 p.m. deadline, the Rangers sign Yu Darvish to a six-year deal worth a guaranteed $56 million.

Jan. 20: Darvish is officially introduced in a crowded news conference with plenty of reporters. He said he wants to do his best and help the team. He also poses for pictures on the mound at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Jan. 24: Reports surface that Fielder is going to sign a nine-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Jan. 30: A few Rangers officials meet with Roy Oswalt over lunch to discuss potentially signing the free agent.

2012 Rangers timeline: Early offseason

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Now that the Texas Rangers have ended the 2012 season, let's take a look back at the past 11 months, starting with the moment the 2011 season ended in late October. Here is October and November, 2011:

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Oct. 30: Rangers players clean out their lockers in Arlington and try to move on after difficult GameS 6 and 7 of the World Series in St. Louis.

"We appreciate what we've done and we're happy and blessed, but at the same time it's a letdown to lose," Rangers left-hander Derek Holland said. "We made it for a second year in a row and we didn't get the job done. We feel like we let ourselves down, our fans down, Texas down. We had the team to do it."

Oct. 31: The club exercises the option on Colby Lewis’ contract, meaning the veteran returns for the 2012 season at $3.25 million. He has been the club’s top postseason pitcher the last two years. The club also picks up the 2012 option on Yoshinori Tateyama’s contract.

Nov. 1: Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre wins a Gold Glove for his work defensively. It’s his third Gold Glove.

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireMike Maddux (center) drew interest from the Cubs and Red Sox about their managerial vacancies following the Rangers' second straight World Series appearance.
Nov. 3: Rangers announce plans to make renovations to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, including reconfiguring the visitor’s bullpen and building a new area in the outfield. The club grants the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs permission to talk to pitching coach Mike Maddux about their managerial openings. Michael Young wins the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

Nov. 4: Scott Servais leaves the Rangers to become assistant GM, scouting and player development, with the Angels.

Nov. 7: The Rangers say they are investigating a leak of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series. They eventually find out who leaked the recording; that employee is no longer with the club. Maddux withdraws from the Red Sox search.

Nov. 10: The club announces that the broadcast teams that finished the 2011 season will be back for 2012 -- Dave Barnett and Tom Grieve in the TV booth and Eric Nadel and Steve Busby in the radio booth.

Nov. 11: Josh Hamilton has hernia surgery. He had torn adductors and played through the pain during the postseason.

Nov. 15: C.J. Wilson finishes sixth in the Cy Young voting, which was won unanimously by Justin Verlander.

Nov. 18: Maddux announces he’s staying in Texas, saying his family is comfortable and loves it here.

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AP Photo/ Richard W. RodriguezCloser Joe Nathan's two-year deal with the Rangers moved Neftali Feliz to the rotation.
Nov. 21: Rangers sign closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal worth $14.5 million with a club option for a third season. The move means Neftali Feliz is headed to the starting rotation. Young finishes eighth in the AL MVP voting, which is won by Verlander.

Nov. 22: Nathan is introduced in a news conference in Arlington and says he’s healthy and excited about having a full offseason with no injury issues. He is also pleased to be closing for the two-time defending AL champs.

Nov. 28: The Milwaukee Brewers hire Johnny Narron has hitting coach. Narron was a big part of Hamilton’s support system, and the club begins a search for his replacement.

Nov. 29: The Astros ask for and are granted permission to talk to Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine about their GM opening. Greg Maddux decides to join his brother, Mike, as a consultant with the Rangers.

Nov. 30: Levine decides to stay with the Rangers. Young and Wilson win Rangers player of the year and pitcher of the year as voted by the local chapter of the BBWAA.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182