Texas Rangers: Chris McGuiness

Rangers trade McGuiness for RHP Mikolas

December, 30, 2013
The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas from the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for first baseman Chris McGuiness on Monday.

McGuiness was designated for assignment on Friday when Shin-Soo Choo was officially added to the roster. Mikloas goes on the 40-man roster, meaning outfielder Rafael Ortega has been DFA'd.

Mikolas, 25, spent most of the 2013 season with Triple-A Tuscon (San Diego Padres organization) and was 4-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 54 games. He was third in the Pacific Coast League with 26 saves. He had four brief stints in the big leagues with the Padres and put up 1 2/3 scoreless innings in two appearances in 2013. He made his big league debut in 2011 and was 2-1 with a 3.62 ERA in 25 games. He was taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft and has only pitched in relief in his four pro seasons.

Buzz: Berkman makes return at first base

June, 18, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Lance Berkman is back in the Rangers' lineup Tuesday night after two days off. Berkman is playing first base, where he could start until Mitch Moreland returns Friday in St. Louis.

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Berkman, who has started three games at first base and 54 as the designated hitter, will be a "day-to-day" option until Moreland returns. First baseman Chris McGuiness was optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

The Rangers' other option at first base, Jeff Baker, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 13 with a sprained right thumb suffered when a high-five went wrong with an unidentified teammate.

Berkman was dropped out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the first time this season. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is batting third while Berkman was dropped to fifth behind third baseman Adrian Beltre.

"I decided I was going to give Berkman less stress right now," manager Ron Washington said. Berkman is batting .192 in his last 21 games.

Washington said he'll make a daily call with Berkman at first base, and if he doesn't use him there, Robinson Chirinos, called up Tuesday, will get a game.

Triple-A Round Rock infielder Mike Olt was not discussed as an option at first base. General manager Jon Daniels said this weekend that Olt is where he needs to be right now as he works his way back from an early season funk and vision issues.

"We're trying to get Mike Olt comfortable," Washington said.

Andrus gets night off: Shortstop Elvis Andrus is the latest to get a day off as the Rangers try to get Jurickson Profar in the lineup. Andrus is 0-for-12 in the last three games and batting .167 the last 25 games.

"He's struggling," Washington said. "That's it."

Andrus said that his energy level could be off. He has played in a team-high 68 of the Rangers' 70 games. Beltre will be the club leader in games played if Andrus doesn't enter Tuesday's game.

"I have to take it," Andrus said of the day off. "My energy level, I don't feet like I'm doing it. I need to sit down and watch a game."

Tepesch will get another start: Struggling rookie starter Nick Tepesch will start Saturday at St. Louis despite a third straight poor start in Monday's 8-7 win over the A's.

Tepesch has allowed 17 earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in his last three starts. He lasted 3 2/3 innings Monday, allowing six runs in the fourth inning.

"He needs to start getting outs a little deeper in the ball game," Washington said. "That's what I want them all to do. He needs to starts executing a little better. He will."

Tepesch's downfall has been commanding his best pitch, his sinker. But he also made mistakes Monday with his slider and curve ball. He also has a changeup as an option, which he's used up to 10 times in a game this season, but he said his other pitches are better.

"You have your ups and downs," Tepesch said. "It's all about making better pitches."

Extra left in pen: Left-hander reliever Joseph Ortiz was one of two players recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday -- Chirinos is the other -- as the club wanted an extra southpaw available in the bullpen. The Oakland lineup is stocked with left-handed hitters -- there were seven of them in Monday's lineup -- and lefty relievers Robbie Ross and Neal Cotts have been pitching a lot.

Cotts tossed three 2 1/3 scoreless innings and picked up his third win in six appearances in Monday's 8-7 victory over Oakland. Ross has pitched 2 2/3 innings in the last three days.

No Perez yet: The Rangers haven't committed to giving left-handed starter Martin Perez another start in the big leagues even though he's 4-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his last four starts.

"He threw well again last night," said Washington, who didn't add anything further.

Perez could be an option soon with Tepesch and fellow rotation rookie Justin Grimm struggling, and Josh Lindblom just up from Triple-A Round Rock to fill in for the injured Alexi Ogando.

Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1

June, 15, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers extended their season-long losing streak to five games with a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers have scored six runs in five games. It's the first time the Rangers have scored two or less runs in five straight games since Sept. 2009.

June swoon: The Rangers are 4-10 in June after winning 17 games each in April and May. The Rangers have the second-worst record in the majors this month behind the New York Mets, who are 2-9 in June. Texas needs to go 11-3 for the rest of June to have a winning month.

Finally: The Rangers ended a 21-inning scoreless streak by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut Toronto's lead to 4-1. Nelson Cruz and David Murphy had bloop singles with one out to start the rally. Chris McGuiness followed with a solid single to right field to load the bases and gave the Rangers three consecutive hits for the first time in six games. Leonys Martin followed with a fielder's choice groundout to second that scored Cruz. The Rangers' chance to add runs in the inning fell apart on Ian Kinsler's fly ball to center field for the third out.

Back to stranding runners: The Rangers didn't have many chances with runners in scoring position for the first two games of this series -- they had three at-bats -- but they made up for that on Saturday by leaving 10 runners on base. That included leaving the bases loaded in the fourth inning when McGuiness struck out on three pitches. The Rangers are 16-for-100 with runners in scoring position for their past 14 games. That's a paltry .160 batting average.

Homers bury Rangers: Starting pitcher Josh Lindblom allowed only four hits in six innings. Not bad, except two of them were home runs. The way the Rangers are swinging the bats these days, Lindblom had to keep the ball in the park. Adam Lind gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-out, two-run homer to right field, forcing the Rangers to come from behind again. Lindblom's second homer allowed, a two-run shot by Colby Rasmus with one out in the fourth inning, gave Toronto a 4-0 lead.

Ross shines: Left-handed reliever Robbie Ross continued to bounce back from a rough stretch out of the bullpen with 1⅔ shutout innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the eighth inning that showed to be a strike on pitch tracker.

Up next: The Rangers try to avoid a four-game sweep by Toronto on Sunday afternoon when left-hander Derek Holland (5-3, 3.11 ERA) faces Blue Jays right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (0-0, 6.14 ERA) at 2:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Buzz: Ian Kinsler works out again

June, 11, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, out since May 18 with bruised ribs, went through a workout session for the second consecutive day and fielded ground balls.

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Manager Ron Washington said the plan is for Kinsler to back off on Wednesday and then go through a session of turning double plays on Thursday. The last test will be live hitting before the Rangers decide if Kinsler is ready for a rehab assignment.

“If he gets through that, we’ll make a decision," Washington said.

Bobblehead night: It's Yu Darvish bobblehead night with the first 20,000 fans entering the gates for the Rangers-Indians game receiving a Darvish K-Counter bobblehead.

In a pregame news conference, Darvish inspected the bobblehead and said he was very satisfied with the product and that it was very good-looking.

Since May 16, Darvish is 0-1 with three no-decisions, but neither Darvish nor Washington voiced concern.

“We haven’t scored a lot of runs for him," Washington said. “He can’t control that. The offense controls that. He’s pitching well. He’s just hit a dry spell."

Said Darvish: “I think I’m doing my job. I'm trying to go deep in games."

Leak fixed: A water pipe broke behind the mound at Rangers Ballpark and forced batting practice for the Rangers and Indians indoors.

A hose is connected to the water outlet to wet down the infield before games.

The Rangers' ground crew worked feverishly, digging into the soggy area to try to stop the leak. Two hours later -- about an hour before game time -- the job was complete. But it might be a little slippery if a pitcher steps that way.

Notes: Craig Gentry, a right-handed hitter, is starting in center field tonight instead of lefty-hitting Leonys MartinCorey Kluber is starting for the Indians.

Recently promoted Chris McGuiness, a left-handed hitter, will be at first base, making his third start.

“We didn’t bring him up to have him sit around," Washington said.

Jeff Baker, who has four homers and seven RBIs in his last six games, is not in the lineup.

Lineups: Jurickson Profar gets night off

June, 11, 2013

Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. Leury Garcia is starting at second in his place and batting ninth. Chris McGuiness is playing first base and Craig Gentry is manning center field. Here are the lineups:

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SS Elvis Andrus
LF David Murphy
DH Lance Berkman
3B Adrian Beltre
C A.J. Pierzynski
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Chris McGuiness
CF Craig Gentry
2B Leury Garcia

CF Drew Stubbs
2B Jason Kipnis
1B Nick Swisher
RF Ryan Raburn
DH Carlos Santana
3B Mark Reynolds
LF Michael Brantley
C Yan Gomes
SS Mike Aviles

Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 6, Rangers 1

June, 7, 2013

The Texas Rangers led early, but the Toronto Blue Jays exploded for six unanswered runs to win 6-1 on Friday night at the Rogers Centre in the opener of a three-game series.

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Rangers score first: The Rangers have lost back-to-back games when scoring first after losing only five times when taking an early lead before these past two games. Adrian Beltre produced the Rangers' only run in the game in the first inning with an RBI single to score Jurickson Profar.

Sixth inning gets Tepesch: Rookie Nick Tepesch had the Rangers locked in a 1-1 game going into the bottom of the sixth when everything fell apart. Tepesch hit Munenori Kawasaki with a pitch and he lost his groove from there. Melky Cabrera followed with a soft single and Jose Bautista walked to load the bases. Edwin Encarnacion then ripped a sinker for a two-run double for a 3-1 lead. The Jays picked up a pair of sacrifice flies from Adam Lind and J.P. Arencibia for a 5-1 lead.

Rangers whiff a lot: Rangers hitters combined for 13 strikeouts against a Toronto pitching staff that started Esmil Rogers, who was making his second start and had thrown a season-high 62 pitches. Rogers had six strikeouts in four innings. The Rangers had three at-bats with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.

Berkman, Cruz sit: Designated hitter Lance Berkman, mired in a 2-for-20 slump, received a much-needed night off. Right fielder Nelson Cruz had a 10-game hitting streak snapped in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Boston and got a night off on the bad turf in Toronto.

McGuiness debuts: First baseman Chris McGuiness made his major league debut in place of the injured Mitch Moreland and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

At least it went fast: The Rangers and Blue Jays didn't waste any time getting Friday's game in, playing in 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Up next: The Rangers and Toronto move to daytime baseball with a 12:07 p.m. start. Right-hander Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.77 ERA) goes to the mound trying to end the Rangers' two-game losing streak while Toronto will counter with left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42 ERA). The game is on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.

Buzz: McGuiness to get most of starts at 1B

June, 6, 2013
BOSTON -- The Rangers can use Lance Berkman, Jeff Baker and newcomer Chris McGuiness at first base while they wait for Mitch Moreland to return from the disabled list, which could be 15 days from Thursday, or maybe longer.

The left-handed hitting McGuiness, called up from Triple-A Round Rock, will get most of the starts while Moreland is out with a strained right hamstring, manager Ron Washington said. General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are hopeful this will only be a two-week injury for Moreland.

In the meantime, it's all about McGuiness.

"McGuiness is going to get the majority of the time, the same time Moreland was getting," Washington said. "I'll pick and choose with him on lefties."

Berkman started Thursday's game against Boston at Fenway Park. McGuiness arrived at the ballpark about an hour before game time.

Washington said he will determine Friday who will get the start in Toronto against Blue Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers. The Rangers will see one left-hander against the Jays, quick worker and change-up man Mark Buehrle. That could mean a Baker or Berkman start.

The turf at Toronto will also factor into Washington's decisions. He said he'll do everything he can to keep Berkman and third baseman Adrian Beltre off the poor playing surface. Beltre will not play in the field during the series, which impacts how Berkman will be used at designated hitter.

"I hate the turf in Toronto," Washington said.

The Rangers want to give McGuiness every opportunity to play so it won't disrupt other parts of the team. Plus, Washington wants to avoid wear and tear on Berkman's surgically repaired knees, though he said he's not filling out his lineup card for the next two weeks to protect anyone.

McGuiness is batting .275 with six home runs and 34 RBIs with a .382 on-base percentage for Round Rock. The 25-year-old, acquired in the Jarrod Saltalamacchia trade with the Red Sox in 2010, will be making his major league debut.

Washington has only seen McGuiness play in person once this season -- in an exhibition game in San Antonio on March 30. McGuiness was a Rule 5 Draft pick by Cleveland in December and spent all of spring training with the Indians before being sent back to the Rangers on May 27.

"Chris is a good defender at first," Daniels said. "He gives you a good at-bat and he's earned the opportunity."

Baker, the Rangers' super utilityman, said he'll do whatever he can to help. He'll also play third base, as will Leury Garcia, this weekend in place of Beltre.

"I'm always prepared and ready for whatever we have to weather through," Baker said. "I hope we get Mitch, Kinsler and Adrian Beltre healthy. All of the guys are happy with the way we've battled through this."

Berkman said he's not concerned for now about his knees or playing first base, but he will have to see how he feels with each new day. When the Rangers signed Berkman as a free agent in the offseason, he said they didn't discuss how much he'd play in the field.

He played first base in one game against Arizona on May 25 and came out of it OK.

"It was fine," Berkman said.

The bigger concern for Berkman is his slump at the plate. He has one hit and six strikeouts in his last 16 at-bats.

"I'm not getting any hits," Berkman said. "It's a bad stretch."

Other notes:

Olt not an option yet: The Rangers decided against bringing up infielder Mike Olt, who made eight starts at first base last season.

Olt is just now seeing regular playing time after missing a month because of vision issues. He's 4-for-8 with a home run in two games for Triple-A Round Rock after playing in three games for Frisco, where he also had a homer.

“He’s recovered from the vision issue and is doing well," Daniels said. "He needs more at-bats to catch up, but reports are he hasn’t missed a beat.”

Cotts not concerned: Reliever Neal Cotts, who has taken on an important role in the Rangers' bullpen, said he's not concerned about walking three of the four batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings of Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Red Sox.

"I didn't miss by much," Cotts said. "I need to get in the strike zone and be more aggressive. It wasn't a good outing."

Cotts did pick up the win Wednesday, his first victory since July 1, 2006 with the Chicago White Sox. He has allowed one run in 8 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers on May 21.

Nathan dominates Sox: Joe Nathan has converted all 16 career save opportunities against the Red Sox after Wednesday's perfect inning. Boston is one of three American Leagues teams he hasn't blown a save against, along with Detroit (36-for-36) and Baltimore 10-for-10).

That doesn't mean they've all come as easy as Wednesday's when Nathan recorded three routine groundball outs to hang onto a 3-2 lead.

"This place is always tough, every time we're here," Nathan said. "Every time I'm out there it seems like it's a one-run game. This is a tough place to get three outs."

Rapid Reaction: Angels 6, Rangers 3

March, 27, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Texas Rangers (15-16-2) saw their losing streak extend to three games after dropping a 6-3 decision to the Los Angeles Angels (9-18-4) on Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

What it means: Texas dropped below .500 and lost three in a row (not counting split-squad games) for the first time since Feb. 25-27.

Rotation rounds out: Manager Ron Washington announced after Wednesday's game that Alexi Ogando is his No. 3 starter and Derek Holland is the No. 4. Holland will start the home opener April 5 against the Angels, but Washington said that did not play into his decision at all.

Mills thrills: Newcomer Brad Mills pitched well in his Rangers debut, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout in four innings against his former team. The left-hander was added Sunday as a waiver claim from the Angels.

Life after Hamilton: Washington had a good quote today when asked about the Rangers' future without Josh Hamilton, who left the team as a free agent during the offseason.

"Reggie Jackson left the New York Yankees, and they went on to win a World Series. Roger Clemens left Boston, and they went on to win a World Series," Washington said. "Hamilton is in Jackson's class for what he did for us and with what Clemens did for the Red Sox. This [Hamilton's departure] doesn't stop what we have to do between the lines."

Tepesch outing: Fifth starter Nick Tepesch pitched well in a minor league game for Round Rock (Triple-A) against Tucson (Padres Triple-A) today in Surprise. In six innings, Tepesch allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts, and threw 92 pitches. He gave up a home run to lead off the game; the other run scored after an error in the second inning. Tepesch handled being named the Rangers' fifth starter with the same poise he showed all spring. "It feels good, but I've still got a lot of hard work ahead of me," Tepesch said. "I still have a couple more starts to do my thing. It's just the beginning of the hard work. I've got to keep after it."

Speed threat: A.J. Pierzynski put up a good outing in his final Arizona spring game of 2013 by going 2-for-2 with a single and double. He added a stolen base, which is a rarity for the catcher. During his 15-year MLB career (12 full seasons), Pierzynski has 13 career stolen bases. His last one came during the 2010 season when he tied a career high with three.

Rule 5 updates: RHP Coty Woods, whom the Rangers acquired in the Rule 5 draft Dec. 6, was returned to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Texas had a 72-hour window beginning Tuesday to work out a trade with Colorado to keep him but couldn't get a deal done. Woods owned a 2.61 ERA (3 ER in 10 1/3 IP) with 10 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances.

The Cleveland Indians returned first baseman Chris McGuiness to Texas on Wednesday after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft in December. McGuiness has been assigned outright to Round Rock (Triple-A). Both players had to be on the major league Opening Day roster of the drafting teams or be offered back to their former organizations.

Kirkman update: RHP Michael Kirkman, who was the original starter for today's game, pitched just one inning of relief after allowing three runs on three hits and walking one. He was slated to go two or three innings but compiled a high pitch count after facing seven batters during the sixth inning.

Texas red: Forbes released its annual list of valuations for Major League Baseball's franchises. The report also listed the six teams believed to have lost money, including the Rangers. They join the New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Florida Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. If teams such as Texas, Toronto and Los Angeles, which all have lucrative local television deals, are losing money, the rest of the league is sunk. Of course, the report should be looked at with a wary eye, as creative accounting is always a consideration.

Baker is back: Utility man Jeff Baker returned after missing three games with a sinus infection. Baker, who earned a bench spot with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee, went 1-for-3.

Najera first pitch: Former NBA forward Eduardo Najera will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Thursday’s exhibition game between the Rangers and the Mexico City Red Devils of the Triple-A Mexican League at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Najera was just the second native of Mexico to ever play in the NBA when he made his debut with the Mavericks in 2000. He played from 2000 to '12 with five teams, including two stints with the Mavericks (2000-04; 2010). Najera currently is the coach of the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League.

What's next? Texas has a pair of games scheduled for Thursday. One contest will see the Rangers play the Arizona Diamondbacks at 3:05 p.m. CT at Surprise Stadium. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1st A outing) will start for Texas. RHP Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.63 ERA) will start for Arizona. Texas will play only minor leaguers in the game.

In the other game, Texas will host the Mexico City Red Devils for an exhibition contest at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at 7:05 p.m. CT. RHP Yu Darvish (1-1, 1.98) will start for Texas. RHP David Reyes will take the mound for Mexico City.

Texas will wrap up its spring training schedule with games Friday and Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

1B Chris McGuiness is AFL MVP

November, 17, 2012
First baseman Chris McGuiness, playing for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League, has been named the 2012 MVP of the league.

The 24-year-old Rangers' prospect led the league with 27 RBIs and hit .283 with four home runs in 25 games. The left-handed hitter also had a .370 on-base percentage and a .467 slugging percentage.

McGuiness had six three-RBI games and seven multi-hit games, with his best one coming Oct. 10, when he was 4-for-5 with a double and a home run. McGuiness was also the AFL's week one player of the week.

McGuiness was taken in the 13th round by Boston in the 2009 draft and was dealt to Texas at the trade deadline in 2010 in a deal for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. He hit .268 with 23 home runs and 77 RBIs in 123 games for Double-A Frisco last season.

Rangers prospect in AFL Rising Stars Game

November, 1, 2012
Infielder Chris McGuiness will represent the Texas Rangers in the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars Game on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick at 7 p.m. Dallas time. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.

McGuiness, 24, is hitting .278 with three homers and 13 RBIs. He's a left-handed hitting first baseman playing for Surprise right now.

He played 2012 for Double-A Frisco and batted .268 with 23 homers and 77 RBIs in 123 games (456 at-bats). He had 107 strikeouts and 69 walks.

McGuiness was co-player of the week in the AFL in early October, going 7-for-16 with two homers and a 1.078 OPS. He came to Texas as part of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia deal with the Boston Red Sox at the trade deadline in 2010.



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182