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.
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 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.