2012 Rangers timeline: April-May

October, 11, 2012
10/11/12
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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.

[+] EnlargeJosh Hamilton
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.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
9 2.92 159 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .880
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159