2012 Rangers timeline: April-May
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 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.
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.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.