Texas Rangers: Carlos Lee

HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers Nelson Cruz was credited with a single in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-1 victory over the Astros.

With Michael Young at first and one out, Cruz hit a ball that was caught, then dropped by center fielder Justin Maxwell. The third base umpire, Tim McClelland ruled Maxwell dropped the ball.

It appeared Cruz and Young didn't know the ball was dropped in center field. The relay throw to the infield got a little crazy. Cruz passed Young between first and second base. So first baseman Carlos Lee tagged Cruz. Young was also tagged, but he stood on first base when it happened.

The ruling on the field was Cruz was out but Young was safe because he got back to the bag at first and didn't touch second base. The thinking is Young was OK because he was standing on a bag and Cruz wasn't.

Houston Astros officials called Elias Sports Bureau to determine if should Cruz get a hit. He was credited with one, his third of the day, but he was tagged out 3 unassisted.

It was Cruz's seventh three-hit game of the season.

Lineups: Nelson Cruz starts in right

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
11:29
AM CT
HOUSTON -- Good morning. Or is it good afternoon. Either way the first leg of the Silver Boot series ends today at Minute Maid Park. Nelson Cruz, who was taken out of Saturday night's contest with a tight quad, is in the lineup today. Also, Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer is out of the lineup after spraining an ankle Saturday night.

Here we go.

Rangers

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
LF David Murphy
RF Nelson Cruz
C Yorvit Torrealba
P Colby Lewis

Astros

2B Jose Altuve
SS Jed Lowrie
RF Brian Bogusevic
1B Carlos Lee
LF Travis Buck
3B Chris Johnson
CF Justin Maxwell
C Jason Castro
P Jordan Lyles

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Jordan Lyles

May, 20, 2012
5/20/12
10:00
AM CT
HOUSTON -- The first leg of the Silver Boot series concludes Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park and the Texas Rangers will have righty Colby Lewis, their opening day starter, facing Jordan Lyles.

Here's a preview:

Lewis (3-3, 3.63): The right-hander has lost his last three starts and hasn't earned a victory since April 28. He's given up 14 earned runs in the last three starts after just giving up a total of seven earned runs in five April starts. During this tough stretch, Lewis' ERA has risen from 1.93 to 3.63. Lewis' last start resulted in him committing two throwing errors, leading to five unearned runs. Lewis said he didn't do anything differently between starts, just two bullpen sessions and feels he will get out of this funk.

Lyles (0-0, 3.00 ERA): In his last start, May 15, he drew a no-decision against Philadelphia, a 4-3 loss. Lyles gave up one run on six hits in six innings of work. He was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make that start. Last year he pitched in two games against the Rangers, going 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA. The last time he faced them was June 28, 2011, when he was credited with the loss after allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Hitters vs. Lewis: Carlos Lee 5-for-19, Jed Lowrie 3-for-5 and Matt Downs 1-for-3.

Hitters vs. Lyles: Josh Hamilton 3-for-6, Nelson Cruz 2-for-6 and Ian Kinsler 2-for-4.

Up next:
Mon at Seattle: RHP Yu Darvish (6-1, 2.60) vs. RHP Feliz Hernandez (3-3, 3:02), 9:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Tue at Seattle: LHP Matt Harrison (4-3, 5.21) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.61), 9:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Wed at Seattle: RHP Neftali Feliz (3-1, 3.16): vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (2-4, 4.17), 2:40 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
HOUSTON -- Derek Holland said he was frustrated but everything he tried failed.

The Texas Rangers left-handed starter lost a four-run lead, gave up a season-high three home runs and was taken out after just five innings.

He took the loss in a 6-5 victory for the Houston Astros on Saturday night.

It was Holland's first start since May 10, but he pitched one inning of relief Monday against Kansas City and had one bullpen session before the team arrived here.

So with all the rest, what happened?

"The first two innings, he was real sharp," manager Ron Washington said. "Then all of a sudden he couldn't get the ball to his arm side, which means he had to come to the middle of the plate or inside, and he didn't get there and those right-handed hitters just turned him around. When the first two innings started, I thought he was on his way to having a pretty good game, it just didn't turn out that way. He got the ball up and got into some wrong spots and those right-handed hitters didn't miss it."

Holland (3-3) allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out six while throwing 100 pitches. In the first three innings, Holland struck out three and only allowed two hits, an infield single by Jed Lowrie and a home run to the No. 8 hitter Chris Snyder.

It unraveled in the fourth when he walked Justin Maxwell to start things and gave up a home run to cleanup hitter Carlos Lee to cut a 4-1 deficit to one. In the fifth, he gave up a two-out single to Jose Altuve and Maxwell hit what Washington called a "bomb" to left that gave the Astros a 5-4 lead.

Washington said his young starter has to finish the deal when given a lead.

"It's obvious I was supposed to put that away," Holland said. "But I couldn't get my fastball down and a couple of pitches got away and they hit them."

Holland said he didn't really know what was going on with his lack of command after the second inning.

"To be honest, I couldn't really tell you exactly what it was," he said. "I just know my fastball command went erratic all of a sudden. I couldn't locate down, everything was up. Just fell behind a lot so it made it predictable what to sit on, too."

Rapid Reaction: Astros 6, Rangers 5

May, 19, 2012
5/19/12
9:16
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HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers blew an early four-run lead and had a rally fall just a run short in a 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Lefty Derek Holland, in his first starting appearance in eight days, had a four-run lead, but gave up a season-high three home runs and took the loss. The Rangers' biggest highlight was a David Murphy inside-the-park home run in the third that drove in three runs to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead.

Holland loses lead: Holland last started May 10 at Baltimore. He then pitched one inning in relief May 14 and had a bullpen session a few days later. Holland said he wasn't working on anything specifically and the extended rest shouldn't bother him. He pitched well early until the middle innings. With a 4-1 lead, Holland walked Justin Maxwell to start the fourth inning. Carlos Lee hammered a fastball to left for a home run to cut the deficit to 4-3. In the fifth, Holland gave up a two-out single to Jose Altuve and Maxwell hit a homer off a belt-high pitch to left, giving the Astros a 5-4 lead. Holland left after five innings. He gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out six.

Late rally shut down: The Rangers cut a two-run deficit to one when Josh Hamilton drove in Elvis Andrus on a sacrifice fly to right in the seventh inning. The Rangers tried to get a rally going in the eighth. Michael Young and Brandon Snyder reached on singles to start the inning. Reliever Brandon Lyon was brought in to minimize the damage. He got Nelson Cruz to fly out to right and Mike Napoli hit into what was almost a 4-6-3 double play. Instead, Napoli was ruled out at first but Snyder was safe at second when shortstop Jed Lowrie came off the bag too early on the relay throw from second baseman Altuve. Pinch hitter Craig Gentry ended the inning with a flyout to center.

The bullpen: Closer Joe Nathan appeared to be unavailable after pitching four consecutive days for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010. Setup man Mike Adams was also unavailable because he's still recovering from a respiratory infection. It left manager Ron Washington to use Alexi Ogando, Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara as the setup men. Robbie Ross was available for at least one hitter after pitching Friday night. Ogando appeared in the sixth inning, relieving Holland. He allowed one run on two hits in two innings of work. Lowe pitched a scoreless eighth. He's allowed just one run the last nine games.

Hamilton in homerless string: Hamilton hasn't hit a home run the last seven games, his longest drought of the season. No biggie. Hamilton still leads the majors with 18 home runs. Hamilton had a six-game stretch where he hit nine home runs. When his night was over, Hamilton was 0-3.

Murphy hits inside-the-park home run: Murphy's third-inning inside-the-park home run was the first of his career and the 23rd in franchise history. Murphy sent a shot to right-center field where right fielder Maxwell missed a diving catch. Murphy beat the throw home easily. It was Murphy's first inside-the-park homer of his career and first for the Rangers since Gentry did it Sept. 23, 2011.

Notes: The Rangers started the season 15-4 but since then have gone just 10-12, including a 8-10 mark in May. ... Because of pinch hitters, the Rangers moved Hamilton to right field in the ninth inning.

Next: The Rangers and Astros play the finale of the Silver Boot series at Minute Maid Park. Colby Lewis takes on Jordan Lyles at 1:05 p.m.

Lineups: David Murphy in left field

May, 19, 2012
5/19/12
4:24
PM CT
HOUSTON -- David Murphy is in left field for Game 2 of the Silver Boot series at Minute Maid Park after not playing Friday night. Murphy has a three-game hitting streak going. Here are the lineups:

Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
LF David Murphy
C Mike Napoli
P Derek Holland

Astros
CF Jordan Schafer
2B Jose Altuve
RF Justin Maxwell
1B Carlos Lee
SS Jed Lowrie
3B Matt Downs
LF J.D. Martinez
C Chris Snyder
P Lucas Harrell

Lineups: Josh Hamilton returns

May, 18, 2012
5/18/12
5:57
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HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers begin their defense of the Silver Boot, taking on the Houston Astros in a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. After getting the day off Thursday, the sizzling Josh Hamilton returns to the lineup.

Here are the lineups:

Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
C Mike Napoli
CF Craig Gentry
P Neftali Feliz

Astros
CF Jordan Schafer
2B Jose Altuve
LF J.D. Martinez
1B Carlos Lee
SS Jed Lowrie
RF Brian Bogusevic
3B Chris Johnson
C Jason Castro
P Wandy Rodriguez

Lineups: Andrus returns, Cruz sits out

June, 30, 2011
6/30/11
4:52
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HOUSTON -- The finale of this three-game series between the Rangers and Astros at Minute Maid Park tonight features two major lineup changes: Elvis Andrus (wrist) returns to the lineup for the first time in the last four games, and Nelson Cruz gets the day off. We'll have more with Ron Washington on the moves.

For now, here's the lineups for the last game of the Lone Star Series:

Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
RF David Murphy
C Yorvit Torrealba
CF Craig Gentry
P Matt Harrison

Astros
CF Michael Bourn
2B Jeff Keppinger
RF Hunter Pence
1B Carlos Lee
LF Jason Michaels
3B Chris Johnson
SS Clint Barmes
C J.R. Towles
P Wandy Rodriguez

Rapid reaction: Rangers 3, Astros 2

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
9:35
PM CT
HOUSTON -- After the Rangers took a commanding three-run lead with help from two Ian Kinsler home runs at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday night, it seemed as if the bats decided to let starter Colby Lewis do the rest of the work against the lowly Astros. Lewis did until the seventh inning, when he allowed two runs. But the Rangers' bullpen ended any more drama as Darren Oliver, Mark Lowe and Neftali Feliz closed the show on the Astros in a 3-2 victory.

The Rangers clinched the Lone Star series for the sixth consecutive time with the win. Texas has won four of five games against Houston this season, with the series finale coming Thursday night. The Rangers have also won eight consecutive games in this ballpark.

Bullpen saves the day:Before the game, Nolan Ryan was asked if he was concerned about the bullpen. Ryan said he wasn't worried bacause a few pitchers might be coming back from injury to help out and the current group was doing a pretty good job. The Rangers made Ryan's comments look good Wednesday night. Oliver relieved Lewis with one out in the seventh. With two on and two out, Oliver retired right-handed pinch-hitter Jason Michaels on a grounder to short. Oliver was brought in to pitch to left-handed Brian Bogusevic, but after he was announced, Astros manager Brad Mills went with Michaels. Oliver got himself out of a jam in the eighth. A leadoff single by Michael Bourn started things, but Oliver picked him off. One out later, manager Ron Washington asked right-hander Mark Lowe to seal the deal. Lowe struck out Hunter Pence on a pitch out of the strike zone to end the inning. When Lowe walked back to the dugout, Washington was on the top step clapping and gave his reliever a high-five and a slap on the chest. Feliz struck out the last two hitters he faced after walking Carlos Lee to start the ninth to earn his 16th save of the season. Feliz struck out Brett Wallace and catcher Yorvit Torrealba threw out Lee trying to steal second base to end the game.

Kinsler on a tear:Yes, it's only two games, but leadoff man Ian Kinsler has been hitting the ball well here. On Wednesday night, Kinsler went 2-for-4 with home runs in his first two at-bats (he homered in his last at-bat Tuesday). Kinsler got the offense going with a homer in the first, the fourth time this season he's done that and the 17th leadoff shot of his career. His third-inning homer, a rocket to left, gave him his eighth career two-homer game. Kinsler's second blast gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead. The second baseman came into the series with four hits in his last 22 at-bats, but through the first two games is 4-for-7 with five RBIs, three home runs, a triple and one walk.

Lewis with solid outing:Colby Lewis (7-7) put forth another strong outing and retired the Astros in order until a two-out single by Hunter Pence in the fourth inning. But Lewis retired eight of the next nine hitters he faced until Carlos Lee homered to left in the seventh to cut the Rangers' lead to 3-1. It was Lee's first homer since June 7. Lewis went 6 2/3 innings and left with a 3-2 lead. He gave up two runs -- both earned -- on six hits and struck out six. It was the third consecutive start Lewis left with the lead.

Probables for Florida Marlins series:
Friday: Alexi Ogando vs. Anibal Sanchez
Saturday: Derek Holland vs. TBA
Sunday: C.J. Wilson vs. Javier Vazquez.

Lineups: Elvis Andrus sits out again

June, 29, 2011
6/29/11
4:34
PM CT
HOUSTON -- Game 2 of the Silver Boot Series is at Minute Maid Park and no real major changes to the Rangers lineups tonight. Elvis Andrus is out again for the fourth consecutive game with a sprained left wrist.

Now the lineups:

Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Andres Blanco
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
LF Nelson Cruz
RF Mitch Moreland
C Yorvit Torrealba
P Colby Lewis

Astros
CF Michael Bourn
2B Jeff Keppinger
RF Hunter Pence
LF Carlos Lee
3B Matt Downs
1B Brett Wallace
SS Clint Barmes
C Carlos Corporan
P Brett Myers

Lineups: Hamilton back, Andrus not

June, 28, 2011
6/28/11
6:54
PM CT
HOUSTON -- The battle for the Silver Boot continues as the Rangers and Astros start a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. Josh Hamilton is back after getting a Sunday off for the day game, and Elvis Andrus is out with a sprained left wrist. He is available to pinch run and play some defense. He could also hit in a pinch, though manager Ron Washington isn't trying to do that unless he's forced to. Andrus hopes to return Thursday.

Now the lineups:

Rangers
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Andres Blanco
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
LF Nelson Cruz
RF Mitch Moreland
C Yorvit Torrealba
P C.J. Wilson

Astros
LF Jason Bourgeois
CF Michael Bourn
RF Hunter Pence
1B Carlos Lee
2B Jeff Keppinger
3B Chris Johnson
SS Clint Barmes
C Carlos Corporan
P Jordan Lyles
ARLINGTON, Texas -- No surprises with the Rangers lineup for the first game of a three-game set with the Astros for the right to hold the Silver Boot. Yes, this is the Lone Star Series showdown here at the ballpark. The Rangers swept the Astros last weekend in Houston. Josh Hamilton is in the lineup trying to extend his career-high 18 game-hitting streak. He leads the majors with a .488 batting average in June. We've got some rain, which prompted the grounds crew to put the tarp on the infield. So no batting practice -- well, no outdoor BP. Before the rain came, the Rangers did some bunting drills. Now, to the lineup and some news:

Rangers

SS Elvis Andrus
3B Michael Young
2B Ian Kinsler
DH Vladimir Guerrero
LF Josh Hamilton
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Justin Smoak
C Max Ramirez
CF Julio Borbon
P Colby Lewis

Astros

CF Michael Bourn
2B Jeff Keppinger
1B Lance Berkman
DH Carlos Lee
RF Hunter Pence
SS Geoff Blum
3B Chris Johnson
C Humberto Quintero
LF Jason Bourgeois
P Brian Moehler

Notes:Ron Washington said Scott Feldman will move up in the rotation and pitch Tuesday night's game against the Angels. ... The players were filling out their All-Star ballots, which were due today, and a World Cup bracket. ... Washington said his club is focused despite the team's ownership issues in court. "It's simple you only control yourself with something that you can control," Washington said. "They can't control that, their focus should be exactly on what they get paid to do on the field and they're doing a great job of that."

Colby Lewis turning into an ace

June, 19, 2010
6/19/10
10:15
PM CT
HOUSTON -- Yes, the Rangers are still looking for more pitching.

But Colby Lewis is making sure the organization doesn't have to worry about him. He threw his first complete game of his major league career in a 5-1 win over the Astros on Saturday night. He threw 101 pitches, striking out nine while allowing just two hits and one earned run for the victory.

Over the last 10 games, Lewis is 3-4 with a 2.87 ERA. During this stretch, he's got 62 strikeouts in 69 innings of work. He has also won his last three starts and attributes a strong outing on against Seattle on June 8 as the beginning of something special for him.

" It was a similar situation with the Seattle start where I was able to throw my breaking ball whenever I needed to, wherever I wanted to," Lewis said. "That's the big difference where I can get that breaking ball over for strikes and keeps them off the slider and the changeup."

The two hits he allowed -- an infield hit by Hunter Pence in the fifth and a hard hit double to right by Michael Bourn -- weren't on bad pitches. Pence hit a slider down and away and Bourn was waiting on his fastball, which surprised Lewis.

So what was the bad pitch of the night?

After Bourn scored on a wild pitch, in the seventh, Lewis struck out Carlos Lee on a 3-2 slider at the letters to end the inning.

"That was the only pitch I felt like I really didn’t hit my spot on," he said, adding that he felt as if he got away with one.

Lewis threw a total of six complete games the last two seasons for Hiroshima of the NPB Central League in Japan. Of course, Lewis was hoping to take the success he had in Japan, 26-17 with 2.82 ERA, to the majors.

"It is nice, but when I look at the last two years, yeah I pitched a complete game here, [but] I want to be able to translate what I've been able to do over there here," Lewis said. "I've been kind of doing what I've been wanting to do."
HOUSTON -- Game 2 of the Lone Star Series between the Rangers and Astros has two regulars getting a night off for the vistors in Vladimir Guerrero and Matt Treanor. David Murphy moves to right field and Max Ramirez is the catcher. With no DH, Guerrero gets to play the field more, but not tonight. Now, to the lineups and pregame notes.

Rangers

SS Elvis Andrus
3B Michael Young
2B Ian Kinsler
LF Josh Hamilton
RF David Murphy
1B Justin Smoak
C Max Ramirez
CF Julio Borbon
P Colby Lewis

Astros

CF Michael Bourn
2B Jeff Keppinger
1B Lance Berkman
LF Carlos Lee
RF Hunter Pence
3B Pedro Feliz
C Kevin Cash
SS Tommy Manzella
P Brian Moehler

Notes: Rangers team doctor Keith Meister determined RHP Derek Holland suffered a right kneecap subluxation and will undergo an MRI on Monday in Surprise, Ariz. Holland was rehabbing his left shoulder (rotator cuff inflammation) when he injured his knee during a fielding drill Friday. Holland suffered the same injury during the first week of spring training. Holland won't throw for about three-to-five days. ... RHP Tommy Hunter threw 45 pitches in a Saturday bullpen session and said things "felt good, no problems." He expects to start on Tuesday against Pittsburgh. Also, pitching coach Mike Maddux said the plan is for RHP Dustin Nippert to start Wednesday after he had a good bullpen session. ... Manager Ron Washington said closer Neftali Feliz is available for tonight's game. Feliz, the AL leader in saves with 18, pitched three consecutive days before getting shut down for a day on Friday. ... On the Rangers' clubhouse TV was the TCU-Florida State College World Series game. ... Saturday is Nolan Ryan Bobblehead night. ... Ryan was scheduled to attend an autograph signing prior to the game, as was Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin.

Mound matchup: Lewis vs. Moehler

June, 19, 2010
6/19/10
9:30
AM CT
HOUSTON -- The Rangers and Astros continue this three-game series for the right to hold the Silver Boot when a pair of right handers, Colby Lewis and Brian Moehler take the hill. Moehler, who will pitch for the struggling Astros (26-42), makes his fifth start of the season. Lewis will be pitching on five-days rest. By the way, it's Nolan Ryan Bobblehead night at Minute Maid Park.

RHP Colby Lewis (6-4, 3.30): Due to the off day, Lewis, the team-leader in wins, will go on five days rest. In his last start, Sunday at Milwaukee, he earned the victory after allowing just two earned runs on three hits in eight innings. He did give up two home runs, but he struck out 10 and threw 119 pitches. It was Lewis' fourth 10 strikeout game of the season and he became the first Rangers pitcher to do that at least four times since yes, the great Nolan Ryan did it in 1991. Ryan did it four times. ... Lewis has an ERA of 2.70 in his last five starts, where he's 3-2. ... Opponents are hitting just .197 against him, lowest in the AL and third lowest in the majors.

RHP Brian Moehler (0-3, 6.32): Moehler started the season in the bullpen and he's struggled. Yet, the Astros have won two of his last four starts, which were no-decisions for him. In his last start, June 13 at the New York Yankees, Moehler allowed four runs on four hits in just 4 2/3 innings. He tied his career-high in yielding five walks. It was the most walks of his career since 1998. ... He's faced the Rangers 13 times, including 11 starts. In seven of those starts, he's given up fewer than three earned runs. ... When it comes to interleague games, Moehler is 9-12 with a 4.21 ERA in 37 games, with 30 starts. Houston is 4-2 in his last six interleague games.

Hitters:
Rangers: Josh Hamilton is on a tear. He's got the longest hit streak going in the majors, 14 games, right now and on this nine-game road trip, he's got 14 hits with five extra base hits. ... Ian Kinsler has reached base the last four games. ... It seems Justin Smoak has broken out of his funk. He was in a 2-for-22 slide until Friday night. He went 2-for-5 with a a career-high four RBI. He had a home run and a double.

Astros:
Hunter Pence's two-doubles on Friday night, tied a career-high. ... Jeff Keppinger had his 22nd multi-hit game of the season on Friday. ... Carlos Lee has 13 career home runs against Rangers pitching and nine RBI his last 10 games. ... Since May 8, Lance Berkman has reached safely via hit or walk in 31 of hs last 37 games.

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BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182