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Levine withdraws from Arizona GM search

September, 16, 2014
Sep 16
12:25
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Thad Levine, the Texas Rangers' assistant general manager, has withdrawn his name for the vacant GM job with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Levine, who has been the No. 2 man to Jon Daniels the last nine seasons, spoke with Arizona's chief baseball officer Tony La Russa about his desire to remain in Texas.

The Diamondbacks, who have a 66-88 mark entering Tuesday's play, are trying to replace Kevin Towers, who was fired Sept. 5.

According to CBS Sports'Jon Heyman, former big league pitcher and current agent, Dave Stewart will interview for the job soon. Stewart was also an assistant GM with the Toronto Blue Jays.

St. Louis Cardinals executive Gary LaRocque, Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson, Boston Red Sox executive Allard Baird, New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler among others are under consideration for the Arizona job.

W2W4: Rangers at Fenway Park

April, 7, 2014
Apr 7
1:00
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After salvaging the final game of a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays, thanks to Yu Darvish's sterling performance Sunday, the Texas Rangers head to Fenway Park for their only visit of the season. A few things to keep your eye on:

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  • Tanner Scheppers. He made his first career start Opening Day, the first pitcher to do since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981, but he didn't pitch like Fernando. He allowed seven runs on eight hits with three walks in four innings. And he got a no-decision. Can he bounce back in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox? Scheppers said all the right things after his start and he has seemed relaxed since then. It will be interesting to watch him Monday night.

  • Prince Fielder. The slugger did not have a productive first week. Will being in Boston change that around? He's 21-for-57 (.368) with five home runs and 12 RBIs in his career there.

  • Beard talk. The Red Sox, famous for their beards during the title run in 2013, will get an up-close look at Elvis Andrus' Abe Lincoln beard. For those hoping he'd cut it off, the shortstop is hitting the ball well so far this season, so that isn't likely to happen. He's a career .275 hitter at Fenway Park with a .407 on-base percentage, the second-highest of any road park for him (Progressive Field is first).

  • Robbie Ross. He pitched out of trouble for much of his first start of the season and now pitches in a park where his last appearance -- June of last year -- wasn't a memorable one. He gave up a run on two hits with a walk in one-third of an inning in a 6-3 loss. Ross was pleased with how he hung in during his season debut. Let's see if he can build on that.

  • Patience. Shin-Soo Choo is turning it into an art. Heading into Sunday's game in Tampa, he was averaging 4.22 pitches per plate appearance, which was leading the Rangers and 30th in the American League. He saw 21 pitches in four appearances Sunday and 26 in five appearances Saturday. He has establishing the tone that he'll fight a pitcher deep into counts and see what he can do to get on base. And he's doing that, too.
  • Saltalamacchia pokes fun at Ian Kinsler, Sox

    March, 7, 2014
    Mar 7
    8:17
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    New Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s comments about the Boston Red Sox, his former team, sounded familiar Thursday. But there was nothing serious about them.

    “I hope they go 0-162,” Saltalamacchia told reporters during spring training yesterday. “Now they're all sleazeballs."

    Saltalamacchia, of course, was joking and had a smile on his face as he said it.

    The comments were taken from the ESPN The Magazine story on Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who made the statements in regards to the Texas Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels in a story published earlier this week.

    Kinsler said he hoped the Rangers went “0-162” and called Daniels a “sleazeball,” blaming him for pushing Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan out of the organization. Kinsler has said the comments were “taken a little bit out of context,” but that he had no plans to reach out to Daniels.

    Saltalamacchia, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins this offseason, is a former teammate of Kinsler’s as the catcher came over to the Rangers as part of the Mark Teixeira deal at the trade deadline in 2007.

    Saltalamacchia was part of the world champion Red Sox last year and is close to many of his former teammates there.

    Mike Napoli one game from title (again)

    October, 29, 2013
    10/29/13
    2:26
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    For several former Texas Rangers, Game 6 on Wednesday night is a chance at redemption. Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia battled a case of the yips (he couldn't throw the ball back to the pitcher's mound consistently) and had to go to Triple-A with the Rangers to get it sorted out. Closer Koji Uehara (and his splitter) has made getting the final three outs look much easier than it should.

    But Napoli, who would have likely been the 2011 World Series MVP had the Rangers finished the job, told the Boston Herald last week prior to the World Series, that it's motivated him ever since he left St. Louis after a loss in Game 7.

    "I think about it all the time," Napoli told the newspaper. "I'll be home, sitting on the couch watching baseball, and you always play the what-ifs. What if I called a slider there (to Freese)? Or what if Nelly caught that ball? You go through that all the time. It hurts to this day. It was so close. That's the closest you could possibly be, and I was right there -- twice. For me, it took a while to get over. I don't think I'll ever get over it."

    Now, he has an opportunity. Again. Napoli had to watch most of the three games in St. Louis without the DH in play. But with David Ortiz shifting back to DH, Napoli should be at first base Wednesday night as the Red Sox try to win the World Series at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918.

    Napoli is easy to pull for. He's a good guy, a hard worker and someone who constantly supports his teammates. Perhaps in the next few days, he'll also win a title.

    Kirkman can't change luck against Big Papi

    June, 6, 2013
    6/06/13
    10:38
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    BOSTON -- Michael Kirkman's run of bad luck or poor pitching, whichever way you choose to see it, met up with David Ortiz on Thursday night at Fenway Park.

    It didn't go well.

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    Boston's favorite son, aka Big Papi, wasted no time with two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the ninth, ripping the first pitch he saw from Kirkman for a walk-off three-run home run and a 6-3 loss for the Texas Rangers, giving the Boston Red Sox a series victory.

    And giving Kirkman more to think about as he tries to break out of a season-long funk that saw his ERA balloon to 8.18 after Thursday's loss.

    Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked if Kirkman is stuck in a situation in which he can't do anything right. The skipper gave an honest answer.

    "Certainly seems that way," Washington said, who was then asked if he still has confidence in Kirkman.

    "He's still here, isn't he?" Washington said. "I'm confident he can come in and get the job done."

    Washington was down to two options in the ninth -- long reliever Ross Wolf or Kirkman. He went with the latter.

    The bottom of the ninth started with Jonny Gomes getting his fourth hit of the game (he had one hit in his previous 18 at-bats entering Thursday). That gave Washington a decision: pitch to Dustin Pedroia, or intentionally walk the Red Sox second baseman and set up a double-play opportunity with Ortiz.

    "You're hoping you can get Ortiz to hit a ground ball," Washington said.

    Kirkman went after Ortiz with an inside fastball, and threw the ball where he wanted it, he said after the game. Ortiz, a good low-ball hitter, went down and lined the 93-mph pitch into the bullpen in right field. Kirkman said Ortiz was ready.

    "He was sitting on the pitch," Kirkman said.

    Kirkman has allowed 10 hits in six runs in his past three games. He admitted after the game that he is thinking about his struggles. He's out of options, meaning the Rangers have to let him work out of this or make a more difficult decision. The Rangers appear to be steadfast behind their left-handed reliever.

    Kirkman did say that his mind is clear when he takes the mound. And his willingness to go inside on Ortiz backs that up.

    "When I get out there, I am ready to go," Kirkman said. "I am focusing on the next pitch."

    The good news is the next one all but likely won't be to Ortiz.

    Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Rangers 3

    June, 6, 2013
    6/06/13
    9:32
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    BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit a walk-off three-run home run off Michael Kirkman in the bottom of the ninth as Boston rallied for a 6-3 victory on Thursday night at Fenway Park.

    No clutch hits: The Rangers were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and scored all three of their runs off home runs. They left nine men on base. The top of the ninth was painful: Jurickson Profar led off with a single and went to second on Elvis Andrus' sacrifice bunt, but with two chances to plate the go-ahead run, the Rangers didn't come close against Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey. David Murphy popped up to third base and Lance Berkman, stuck in a 2-for-20 slump, struck out to end the inning.

    Frasor gets call: After Robbie Ross loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, Rangers manager Ron Washington turned to Jason Frasor, who had pitched once in 10 days, and that coming in the 17-5 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night. Frasor pitched the best he has all season, even though he allowed the tying run to score on a fielder's choice that was a possible double-play ball off the bat of Mike Napoli. Frasor's fastball was hitting 95-96 mph as he struck out switch hitter Daniel Nava to end the seventh, keeping the score at 3-3.

    Holland grinds it out: Derek Holland allowed a baserunner in every inning and still left with a 3-2 lead after six innings. It was a hard-working start for Holland, who threw 115 pitches. The only damage against him came on a two-out, two-run double by Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the third. Holland had four more innings in which he allowed at least two baserunners. A pair of double plays started by shortstop Andrus saved him.

    Beltre again: Adrian Beltre hit a home run for the second straight night after missing the opening game of the series. It came on a 0-1 pitch from Jon Lester for Beltre's 13th homer of the season. Beltre also had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and up his season-best batting average to .311.

    Home run Baker: Jeff Baker did it again, belting a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Baker, in the lineup as the designated hitter, has 10 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, in 65 at-bats.

    Up next: The Rangers head north of the border for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Friday night's series opener features Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-4, 3.44) against Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.77) at 6:07 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM. On Saturday, Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.77) goes for his first win in four starts against left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42). The series finale Sunday pits right-hander Justin Grimm (5-4, 5.13) against Jays righty Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.40). Saturday and Sunday's games start at 12:07 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.

    Lineups: Berkman at 1B, Baker is DH

    June, 6, 2013
    6/06/13
    2:13
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    BOSTON -- Mitch Moreland's trip to the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring has Lance Berkman playing first base with Jeff Baker as the designated hitter for Thursday night's game against Boston at Fenway Park. Here are the lineups:

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    RANGERS
    SS Elvis Andrus
    LF David Murphy
    1B Lance Berkman
    3B Adrian Beltre
    RF Nelson Cruz
    C A.J. Pierzynski
    DH Jeff Baker
    CF Craig Gentry
    2B Jurickson Profar

    RED SOX
    CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    LF Jonny Gomes
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    DH David Ortiz
    1B Mike Napoli
    RF Daniel Nava
    C David Ross
    SS Jose Iglesias
    3B Pedro Ciriaco

    Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Jon Lester

    June, 6, 2013
    6/06/13
    12:30
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    BOSTON -- The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox finish off a three-game series Thursday night with a showdown of left-handers as Derek Holland takes the mound against Jon Lester at 6:10 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540-AM in Spanish).

    Holland (5-2, 2.81 ERA): Holland has won a season-high four straight decisions, his longest personal streak since he won five straight decisions toward the end of the 2012 season. … Holland was 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA in May, and the Rangers won all six of his starts. … He has seven quality starts, one behind Yu Darvish for the team lead. … Holland has made seven of the Rangers' 17 starts that have gone seven innings or more. … Holland currently ranks 10th in the American League in ERA and 12th in strikeouts with 72. … He is allowing only .49 home runs per nine innings and hasn't given up a home run to a left-handed hitter since Seattle's Dustin Ackley took him deep May 30, 2012. … Holland has a five-game winning streak against the Red Sox, matching Gavin Floyd as the only active pitchers to have won five straight starts versus Boston. … He is 5-1 with 2.41 ERA in six starts overall against the Red Sox.

    Lester (6-2, 3.53 ERA): Lester has lost his past two decisions after opening the season with a 6-0 record. … He has 6.05 ERA over his past three starts, allowing 13 runs in 19 ⅓ innings and walking nine during the stretch. … Lester's ERA was 2.72 before his recent slide. … He has thrown at least 100 pitches in each of his past 11 starts and is averaging 109.6 pitches per start, which leads all AL pitchers and is just ahead of Darvish, who is averaging 108.4 pitches per game. … Lester lost to the New York Yankees in his last start Friday, allowing four runs in six innings. He allowed four walks, his second-highest total of the season. … Lester took a no-decision in his only start against the Rangers this season, allowing three runs in six innings on May 5. … Lester is 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA at Fenway Park this season and is 3-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 11 career starts versus the Rangers.

    Hitters: Rangers right-fielder Nelson Cruz (10-for-19, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) has dominated Lester, and Adrian Beltre (7-for-22, 3 RBIs) has put up solid numbers against him. Pedro Ciriaco (3-for-7) and former Ranger Mike Napoli (3-for-9, 1 HR, 2 RBIs) have hit well against Holland.

    Alexi Ogando gives Rangers a huge lift

    June, 5, 2013
    6/05/13
    10:53
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    BOSTON -- It's safe to say everyone in the Texas Rangers' dugout was happy to have Alexi Ogando back on the mound Wednesday night.

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    Ogando delivered one of the most important starts of the team's season, stopping the Boston Red Sox's momentum cold after they put a 17-5 pounding on the Rangers on Tuesday night.

    Ogando wasn't around to benefit from Elvis Andrus' two-run double in the seventh inning that sparked a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. But there's no doubt it was Ogando who gave the Rangers a chance on this night at Fenway Park.

    "We needed that," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He gave us exactly what we needed."

    Ogando, who had missed three weeks with right biceps tendinitis, came out strong against the Red Sox. While Boston starter John Lackey held down the Rangers' bats for the first three innings, so did Ogando against the Sox, allowing a single but facing the minimum in the first three innings.

    Adrian Beltre gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a home run in the fourth inning and Ogando kept on dominating.

    Ogando struck out the side in the fourth inning, working around two base runners. He fanned David Ortiz on a full count, blowing a 96-mph fastball by him. Ogando then went to another full count against former teammate Mike Napoli. On his eighth pitch of the at-bat, Ogando locked up Napoli with a slider for a called third strike.

    "That was a great moment,” Ogando said. “That was a big inning. I had to focus on every pitch. I had to concentrate and not throw any mistake pitches.”

    Ogando struck out two more batters looking in the fifth inning. Four of Ogando's six strikeouts were looking as he had great life on his fastball and mixed in his slider and changeup.

    The only downer was a solo home run that Dustin Pedroia blooped over the Green Monster with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 1-1. For Ogando, it was a cutter that missed and it cost him a chance at a win. He was lifted with 92 pitches thrown.

    The fact that Ogando didn't get his fifth win of the season didn't lessen his impact on the game.

    "We need him back in the rotation," said Rangers closer Joe Nathan, who had a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save. "We need him feeling good about himself, feeling confident and knowing that he's going to be a stable member of that rotation."

    Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

    June, 5, 2013
    6/05/13
    9:30
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    BOSTON -- Elvis Andrus had a clutch two-run double in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers' bullpen held on tight for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

    Elvis comes through: Mired in a big slump, Andrus provided the big blow for the Rangers in the top of the seventh. With runners at first and second and one out, Andrus ripped a line drive off the Green Monster in left-center field to score both runners for a 3-1 lead. Andrus was one for 18 and eight for his past 52 before a two-out single in the fifth and his game-winning double in the seventh.

    Moreland hurt: First baseman Mitch Moreland set up the top-of-the-seventh rally with a double down the right-field line but pulled up lame going into second base with a right hamstring strain. He left the game and is listed as day-to-day. Jeff Baker replaced him.

    Scheppers survives: Setup man Tanner Scheppers had not allowed a run since May 16, but he ran into two-out trouble in the bottom of the eighth. Holding a 3-1 lead, he allowed a walk to Mike Napoli. Then, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a double down the right-field line on which Napoli scored all the way from first base to make it 3-2. Scheppers was able to get Stephen Drew to ground out to second as he kept the lead.

    Nathan dominates: Closer Joe Nathan continued his hot stretch, getting three ground-ball outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for his 18th save.

    Ross escapes jam: Robbie Ross, who took the loss in his previous outing on Saturday, came into Wednesday's game with a runner on first base and promptly gave up a soft single to right field by rookie Jose Iglesias. Ross came back with a fury. He retired the next three batters, striking out Jackie Bradley Jr., getting Daniel Nava to ground out and then pinch hitter Jonny Gomes to fly out softly to center field.

    Cotts struggles: Neal Cotts might have dropped a notch on manager Ron Washington's trust-o-meter. Cotts faced four batters and walked three. He did strike out Saltalamacchia looking to end the sixth inning with two runners on to keep the game tied at one.

    Ogando comes back strong: Alexi Ogando pitched well after being on the disabled list for three weeks with right biceps tendinitis. He allowed a run in 5⅔ innings and had six strikeouts. He threw 92 pitches, which is right around the number the Rangers had in mind for his first start back. The only depressing moment came when Ogando gave up a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to Dustin Pedroia. It came on a 3-1 cutter from Ogando.

    Beltre back strong, too: Adrian Beltre, out for two games with a strained left hamstring, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth with a long home run to straight away center field. It was his 12th of the season and came on a 1-2 cutter from Boston starter John Lackey.

    Up next: A nice battle of left-handers is on tap as the Rangers' Derek Holland (5-2, 2.81 ERA) faces Boston's Jon Lester (6-2, 3.53 ERA) at 6:10 p.m. Thursday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

    Mitch Moreland exits, hamstring trouble

    June, 5, 2013
    6/05/13
    8:53
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    BOSTON -- Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland left Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox with tightness in his right hamstring and will fly home Thursday morning to have an MRI.

    Moreland started the Rangers' two-run seventh-inning rally with a double to start the inning. He slowed down between first and second base.

    Jeff Baker replaced Moreland. The Rangers later took a 3-1 lead on a two-run double by Elvis Andrus.

    Moreland is batting .288 with 12 home runs and 29 RBIs.

    Lineup: Beltre hits cleanup; Ogando returns

    June, 5, 2013
    6/05/13
    2:31
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    BOSTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is back in the starting lineup and batting cleanup after missing two games with a strained left hamstring.

    Also, reliever Joseph Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for right-hander Alexi Ogando, who will start tonight's game against the Boston Red Sox.

    Ortiz allowed six runs, three of them earned, pitching in relief Tuesday night in the Rangers' 17-5 loss to Boston. Ortiz allowed a home run in three consecutive innings, the first Texas reliever to do that since Mike Adams last season.

    Ogando is 4-2 with a 3.08 ERA for nine starts this season.

    RANGERS
    SS Elvis Andrus
    LF David Murphy
    DH Lance Berkman
    3B Adrian Beltre
    RF Nelson Cruz
    C A.J. Pierzynski
    1B Mitch Moreland
    2B Jurickson Profar
    CF Leonys Martin
    P Alexi Ogando

    RED SOX
    RF Daniel Nava
    LF Mike Carp
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    DH David Ortiz
    1B Mike Napoli
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    SS Stephen Drew
    3B Jose Iglesias
    CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
    P John Lackey

    Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. John Lackey

    June, 5, 2013
    6/05/13
    1:30
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    BOSTON -- The Rangers and Red Sox play Game 2 of a three-game series at Fenway Park with a pair of right-handers on the mound. Alexi Ogando comes back from an injury to face the resurgent John Lackey at 6:10 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

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    Ogando (4-2, 3.08): Ogando returns after spending three weeks on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. ... He pitched six innings with four strikeouts and no walks and allowed two runs (none earned) while throwing 60 pitches in a rehab start Friday for Double-A Frisco. ... Ogando is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA for his last five starts. That included a win over Boston on May 4 in which he pitched six innings and allowed a run on six hits. The Red Sox were only 1-for-9 with runners on base. ... Ogando is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA in nine games (two starts) against Boston. ... This will be his first career start at Fenway Park. He is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five innings in Boston. ... Ogando has been a road warrior for the Rangers, making seven of his nine starts away from Arlington, and is 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA with a .238 opponents batting average.

    Lackey (3-5, 2.96): Lackey is having a bounce-back season. The Texas native has turned things around since his ERA peaked at 4.05 after 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay. In three starts since, Lackey has allowed three earned runs in 19 innings. ... He didn't allow an earned run in two starts against Minnesota and Cleveland before allowing three earned runs in six innings in a 4-3 loss to Philadelphia that ended a personal two-game winning streak. ... Lackey has allowed a .229 opponents batting average and has walked only 14 in 45 2/3 innings. ... He has nine consecutive double-digit win seasons, including 19 victories in 2007. ... He has been lethal at Fenway Park this season with a 2-1 record and a 0.90 ERA. ... Lackey is 12-15 with a 6.14 ERA for his career against the Rangers.

    Hitters: David Murphy (7-for-16, RBI) has been the Rangers' best hitter against Lackey with Ian Kinsler (.429/4 HRs/9 RBIs) on the disabled list. Adrian Beltre (12-for-58) has two home runs and 12 RBIs against Lackey. David Ortiz (2-for-7, 1 HR, 1 RBI) has had the most success of Red Sox hitters against Ogando.

    Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 17, Rangers 5

    June, 4, 2013
    6/04/13
    9:22
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    BOSTON -- Justin Grimm matched the shortest outing of the season for a Texas Rangers starter as the Boston Red Sox clobbered him for eight runs in a 17-5 loss on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

    Grimm's brief night: Nick Tepesch went only 1⅔ innings earlier this season because he was grazed on the wrist by a line drive. Grimm's night ended with the Red Sox ripping another extra-base hit against him. Grimm faced 15 batters and allowed eight hits, five of them for extra bases. David Ortiz had an RBI double and a three-run triple in a six-run second inning that chased Grimm. He also had three walks, matching the total in his previous four starts combined. With the Rangers facing 20 games in 20 days, this was not the way they wanted things to begin with Grimm.

    Home run fest for Ortiz: Left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz, who last pitched on May 27, wishes Grimm had gone more than 1⅔ innings. Ortiz entered the game in the fourth inning and allowed a home run in three consecutive innings -- Stephen Drew in the fourth, Mike Carp in the fifth and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, all solo shots. With Alexi Ogando coming off the disabled list to start on Wednesday, Ortiz is likely to be optioned back to the minor leagues.

    Cruz's bizarre night: Right fielder Nelson Cruz slugged his 14th home run in the sixth inning. It's the only positive memory he'll take from a nightmarish Tuesday. Cruz crashed over the short right-field fence in an attempt to steal a home run away from Carp in the fifth inning. Cruz came out of it fine, but he later made a three-base error on a fly ball in the bottom of the sixth, which added to his strange night. But that's nothing compared to him possibly being one of 20 players under scrutiny and facing a possible suspension from Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement with the Miami-area clinic, as reported by ESPN's "Outside The Lines" on Tuesday night.

    Berkman beats shift: Designated hitter Lance Berkman provided one of the few highlights on Tuesday when he beat the Red Sox's shift in the first inning with a push bunt to third base. The Rangers had two runners on with one out and had a chance for an early advantage for Grimm, but Cruz grounded into a fielder's choice and Mitch Moreland bounced out to second.

    Iglesias beats Profar: Rangers phenom Jurickson Profar lost the in-game battle with Red Sox top shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias. Profar was 0-for-3 against Ryan Dempster. Iglesias was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs.

    Dempster gets ex-teammates: Dempster, who won seven games last season for the Rangers after a trade but didn't help much as the American League West slipped away, survived his old team on Tuesday. Dempster wasn't great, allowing two home runs. He did have six strikeouts.

    Murphy pitches: David Murphy became the sixth Rangers position player to pitch in a regular-season game when he entered as a reliever in the bottom of the eighth. Jeff Kunkel holds the position-player record with two appearances in relief. The most-famous case was, of course, Jose Canseco in 1993. Murphy allowed a double but worked a scoreless inning with Carp getting called out on strikes and getting ejected.

    Up next: The Rangers will try to even the series when right-hander Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.08 ERA) faces Red Sox right-hander John Lackey (3-5, 2.96 ERA) on Wednesday night at 6:10 p.m. on ESPN2, Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

    Adrian Beltre (hamstring) held out vs. Red Sox

    June, 4, 2013
    6/04/13
    4:09
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    BOSTON -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was held out of Tuesday's series opener against Boston as he continues to deal with a tight left hamstring.

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    Beltre said the hamstring issue has lingered throughout this season. He expects to play Wednesday against the Red Sox.

    He jogged on the outside part of the infield before the game and said the hamstring felt "good enough." When asked if he needed a stint on the 15-day disabled list, Beltre said no.

    "Not for this just now, no," Beltre said. "They're trying to be cautious by giving me the day off."

    Beltre tried to talk his way into Tuesday's lineup, manager Ron Washington said, but it didn't work this time.

    "He's ready to go," Washington said. "But we decided to give him an extra day."

    The Rangers have a weekend series at Toronto, and Beltre likely will be limited to DH duties in two games because of the artificial turf at the Rogers Centre.

    Beltre, who hit .376 for May with six home runs and 23 RBIs, came out of the game after the ninth inning of Saturday's 4-1 loss in 10 innings to Kansas City. Beltre said he tweaked the injury in the fourth inning running the bases.

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    RBIA. Beltre 73
    RA. Beltre 77
    OPSA. Beltre .876
    WC. Lewis 10
    ERAC. Lewis 5.12
    SOY. Darvish 182