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Monday, October 4, 2010
Season in review: April-May

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The 2010 season timeline continues with a look at the start of the regular season. Here are the highlights from April and May:

April 5: The Rangers win a thriller on Opening Day as Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to win it, 5-4.

April 8: Texas puts Saltalamacchia on the disabled list with back stiffness. He ends up having trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher and works through that at Triple-A before being traded just before the non-waiver deadline to Boston. Treanor is called up. That same day, C.J. Wilson returns to the Rangers rotation with nine strikeouts in seven innings, but gets a no-decision when Frank Francisco blows the lead in the ninth.

April 12: Rookie Neftali Feliz got his first save in a 4-3 victory over the Indians, taking over the closer job for Frank Francisco after he struggled the first week of the season. The Rangers were led offensively by Nelson Cruz, who hit a home run and hit .435 in the first seven games of the season. He ended up with seven homers and 15 RBI in the first 11 games of the season.

April 18: Rangers fall 5-2 at Yankee Stadium as they are swept by the Yankees to fall three games back and in last place in the AL West.

April 20: Texas steals nine bases and draws nine walks, but the bullpen allows four runs in a 7-6 loss to the Red Sox.

April 21: Owner Tom Hicks says sale is at an impasse because Hicks Sports Group’s creditors aren’t happy with the deal. MLB issues statement that it is in control of the sale.

April 22: C.J. Wilson pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Red Sox in a 3-0 win at Fenway Park that ended a 6-game losing streak. It came one night after the Rangers’ fell, 8-7 in 12 innings and two nights after they blew a lead in the eighth inning to fall, 7-6.

April 22: Justin Smoak was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take the place of struggling Chris Davis at first base.

April 27: Nelson Cruz is placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

April 30: Colby Lewis outpitches Mariners ace Cliff Lee as the Rangers get a memorable 2-0 win in 12 innings in Seattle. The win means they finish April 11-12 and within a game of first in the AL West. It was a 0-0 game in the 12th before the Rangers scored twice.

May 2: David Murphy hit a single to tie the score with the Mariners in the ninth and a sacrifice fly for a go-ahead run in the 11th as the Rangers won 3-1 and swept the series, taking first place in the AL West by themselves for the first time in 2010.

May 6: The Rangers win a wild one against Kansas City, 13-12, as Hamilton and Guerrero hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning as the Rangers recovered from blowing an 8-0 lead. Texas got back into first place and relinquished it for only four days the rest of the year.

May 10: The creditors reject a plan to approve the sale of the club to Rangers Baseball Express.

May 12: Rangers manager Ron Washington takes the blame for not having Neftali Feliz warmed up in time in a 7-6 loss to the A’s. The Rangers took the lead in the eighth, but gave it away in the ninth and lost in the 13th.

May 24: Owner Tom Hicks, alongside prospective owners Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, announce plan to put team into Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the hopes of speeding up the transition to new ownership.