Texas Rangers: Carlos Santana

Rapid Reaction: Indians 8, Rangers 3

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
6:34
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A two-run home run by Carlos Santana in the seventh inning off Tanner Scheppers capped a four-run Cleveland rally, turning a close game into an 8-3 rout for the Cleveland Indians over the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon in front of 34,633 at Globe Life Park. The loss dropped the Rangers to 2-3 on the homestand and 31-31 overall.

Santana came into the game batting .162, but reached base all four times. Both of the runners inherited by Scheppers in the seventh scored. Scheppers, who was activated from the disabled list just two days, surrendered a home run to Adam Jones on Thursday in his first relief appearance of the season.

Cleveland winner Josh Tomlin (4-2) needed just more than 100 pitches on a warm afternoon to complete eight innings while limiting the Rangers to seven hits.

Former Rangers outfielder David Murphy had three hits and drove in a run. Some observations:

Playing with fire: Texas starter Nick Tepesch wiggled out of trouble in the second inning and again in the fourth by retiring Indians No. 9 hitter Yan Gomes. Tepesch faced Gomes again in the sixth with two on, and this time the outcome was a lot different. Gomes banged a 404-foot home run to center field, turning a 1-1 tie into a 4-1 Cleveland lead. Tepesch dropped to 2-2 after allowing eight hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Good idea: With speedy Michael Bourn at first and no outs in the fifth inning, Asdrubal Cabrera got under a pitch and sent a high infield popup to Adrian Beltre. The Rangers third baseman made the catch, much to the apparent chagrin of shortstop Elvis Andrus and second baseman Luis Sardinas, judging by their reaction. Had Beltre allowed the ball to fall to the grass and then flip to Andrus covering second, Cabrera would replace Bourn as the base runner. Bourn did steal second a few pitches later but was stranded at third.

Scratching for a run: The Rangers played some very nice fundamental baseball in the third inning for the game’s first run. Leonys Martin led off by legging out a bunt single. On a hit-and-run play, Sardinas served a soft single to left field, sending Martin to third. Andrus brought in the run with a sacrifice fly to right.

Sneaky play: The Rangers' defensive shift for left-handed hitters typically has Beltre practically playing shortstop. That allows a base runner at third to get a big lead. But catcher Robinson Chirinos and Beltre combined to pick off Lonnie Chisenhall in the fourth inning, saving a run in the process. Chisenhall was caught too far down the line and Beltre snuck behind him and after taking Chirinos' throw applied the tag.

Game of inches: Beltre narrowly missed his ninth home run of the year in the sixth inning. His drive down the line in left hit the top of the padded wall. Beltre settled for an RBI double and eventually scored the third Rangers run on a wild pitch.

Milking it: Fate conspired against Rangers reliever Robbie Ross Jr. in a pregame cow-milking contest when his bucket was kicked over by the cow, making a winner out of Indians catcher George Kottaras. Kottaras also held the upper hand over Ross in the competition last year when Kottaras was a member of the Royals.

Up next: The Rangers and Indians tangle in Game 3 of the four-game series set for a 2:05 p.m. start on Sunday at Globe Life Park with Rangers left-hander Joe Saunders (0-1, 3.68 ERA) opposed by Tribe right-hander Justin Masterson (3-4, 4.72 ERA) on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Corey Kluber

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
1:13
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers go for two wins in a row over Cleveland and three straight overall when Derek Holland faces Corey Kluber at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

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Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, the mistakes the team has been making and possible trades.

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Holland (5-2, 2.82): Holland has been a dominant starter for the Rangers with a 4-0 record and a 2.40 ERA in seven starts since the beginning of May. ... He has lowered his ERA from 3.38 to 2.82. ... Holland has been even better in his last three starts, going 2-0 with a 1.37 ERA. ... He will pitch on four days' rest. ... Holland threw 115 pitches in six innings for a no-decision in a 6-3 walk-off loss to Boston. ... Holland has allowed one or less walks in seven of his 12 starts. ... He has not allowed a run in the first two innings in any start this season. ... Holland is ninth in the American League in ERA. ... He has given up four home runs in 79 2/3 innings. ... He has a 2.34 ERA at home. ... Holland is 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA in six starts against the Indians. ... He has five starts of seven-plus innings where he allowed two runs or less. ... The Rangers are 5-1 in his starts vs. Cleveland.

Kluber (3-4, 4.56): Kluber, who hails from Coppell, will start for the first time against the Rangers. ... Kluber is making his ninth start and 11 appearance overall this season. ... He'll be working on five days' rest after allowing four earned runs in six innings in a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees. ... The 26-year-old right-hander allowed two home runs in the first two innings and gave up all six runs in the first two frames. ... Then, he settled down and retired 13 of the next 16 batters. ... He finished with eight strikeouts and a walk. ... Kluber is 3-2 with a 4.72 ERA on the road this season. ... He has a 1.65 ERA in four appearances, including two starts, against AL West opponents. ... Kluber throws a mid-90s fastball and his slider is his out pitch.

Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski is the only Ranger who has faced Kluber in a major league game and the catcher has a hit in five at-bats. Carlos Santana (6-for-16, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) has been very tough on Holland.

Up next: The Rangers send right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-5, 3.92) to the mound to face Cleveland right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4, 5.03) at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Zach McAllister

September, 2, 2012
9/02/12
9:00
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The final game of the Rangers' series in Cleveland is an afternoon affair at 12:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. Let's take a look at the matchup between LHP Derek Holland and RHP Zach McAllister:

Holland (9-6, 4.90 ERA): He's looking to win three straight decisions for the first time this season. ... In his last start, Holland gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings in a win over Tampa Bay. ... Holland pitched better than David Price, despite losing leads twice. Once the Rangers got six runs, the bullpen finished the job. ... He's allowed a homer in seven of his last eight starts. ... Holland is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA in his last eight starts. ... He's had 10 starts since coming off the DL and is 4-2 with a 4.70 ERA with six quality starts. ... Opponents are hitting .198 in his last four starts. ... Holland is an Ohio native and is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts against the Indians in his career.

McAllister (5-5, 3.82 ERA): August was his worst month this season, going 1-3 with a 5.06 ERA. ... His last start, Aug. 28 vs. Oakland, was one of his shortest of the season. He gave up five runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in 4 1/3 innings in a 7-0 loss. ... He has one win in his last eight starts, though he has four quality starts in that span. ... McAllister has never faced the Rangers.

Hitters: The current Cleveland hitters are batting .247 against Holland. ... Asdrubal Cabrera is 4-for-12 and Carlos Santana is 4-for-10. ... Shin-Soo Choo is 0-for-3, Jason Donald is 1-for-5.

Up next:

Mon at KC: RHP Yu Darvish (13-9, 4.31) vs. LHP Bruce Chen (10-10, 5.13), 1:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Tue at KC: LHP Matt Harrison (15-8, 3.30) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-12, 5.48 NL/AL), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Wed at KC: RHP Ryan Dempster (9-6, 2.87 NL/AL) vs. LHP Will Smith (4-6, 5.55 + today), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Thur at KC: RHP Scott Feldman vs. RHP Luke Hochevar (7-12, 4.93 + today), 7:10 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Indians 3

August, 31, 2012
8/31/12
9:18
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Texas Rangers reliever Koji Uehara allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a Casey Kotchman home run before closer Joe Nathan came in and shut the door on the Cleveland Indians for a 5-3 Rangers' win.

Since the trade: Ryan Dempster made his sixth start with the Rangers since being traded from the Chicago Cubs. He kept the Indians hitless for 3.2 innings. Dempster pitched six innings of two-hit ball, allowing one unearned run with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Stolen away: Ian Kinsler stole second base in the first inning. It’s his first stolen base since August 8.

Running home: One batter after stealing that base, Kinsler scored his 91st run of the season on Adrian Beltre’s RBI single. Kinsler is second in the American League in runs scored.

Walk this way: Josh Hamilton saw 15 pitches in his first two plate appearances. He preceded Beltre’s 82nd RBI with a seven-pitch first-inning walk. Hamilton looked at eight pitches for a one-out walk in the third. He later scored on Michael Young’s infield RBI single.

RISP reward: David Murphy entered Friday’s game batting .389 (28-for-72) with runners in scoring position and 39 RBIs. He drove in the Rangers' third run with a third inning single hit the opposite way to left field.

Extra outs: Shortstop Elvis Andrus was charged with two errors in the fourth inning. He has 15 errors this season. The first was a throwing error on what could have been a double play, but his throw was wild of Dempster covering first base and the ball went out of play. That baserunner wound up scoring on Carlos Santana’s RBI single for a 3-1 Rangers' lead. Elvis mishandled a grounder off the bat of the next batter, Kotchman. This is the first multi-error game for Andrus in his career. Young in 2007 was the last Rangers shortstop to have a two-error game.

More RISP and reward: Kinsler hit his 36th double of the season with two outs in the sixth inning. Murphy had tripled to begin the inning. That Kinsler hit ended a stretch where the Rangers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers went up 4-1, and that was the end of the night for Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

Frustration: Nelson Cruz was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. When Esmil Rogers struck him out in the seventh inning, Cruz hammered the barrel of his bat to the ground, and home plate umpire Bill Welke promptly ejected Cruz. The ejection resulted in Hamilton moving from center field to right, and Craig Gentry entered the game to play center.

Four for Friday: For the second consecutive Friday, Beltre had a four-hit game. Those are his only four-hit games of the season. Beltre was 4-for-5 against the Indians with two singles, two doubles and two runs scored. He also drove in one run.

Streaking: Andrus had a single in the ninth inning that extended his hitting streak to 27 games versus the Indians. He tied Ivan Rodriguez for the longest hitting streak by a Ranger against a single opponent. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 27-game streak for Andrus is the first career-opening hit streak against one opponent since Vladimir Guerrero hit in his first 44 games against the Rangers.

The last time: Prior to tonight’s start, Dempster last faced the Indians in 2006.

Road trip: The Rangers have begun a 10-game road trip which features three at Cleveland, four at Kansas City and three at Tampa Bay.

On deck: The Rangers meet the Indians for the second game of this three-game series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. RHP Scott Feldman (6-10, 4.95) and RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53) are the starting pitchers. Hernandez is the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Rangers Insider begins on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM at 5 p.m., and Rangers Baseball Tonight is at 5:30 on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182