Texas Rangers: Cleveland Indians

Rangers claim LHP Scott Barnes

December, 8, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- The Rangers made their first move of the winter meetings, claiming left-handed reliever Scott Barnes off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Barnes, 27, was designated for assignment by Cleveland in late November and was traded to Baltimore for cash considerations Nov. 26. In 2014, Barnes went 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 25 games for Triple-A Columbus.

Opponents hit just .193 against him and left-handed hitters compiled a .191 batting average with just two extra-base hits.

Barnes didn't pitch in the big leagues last season, but over a two-year span in 2012-2013, he pitched in 22 games for Cleveland with a 5.20 ERA.

By adding Barnes, the Rangers have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

Rapid Reaction: Indians 3, Rangers 2

June, 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Sunday. Some brief thoughts:

How it happened: The Indians scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth to grab a 3-1 lead and held on for a one-run victory. The Rangers had a chance to tie the score in the sixth inning with a runner at third and one out, but Chris Gimenez hit a ground ball with the infield in and Leonys Martin grounded out to second to end the threat.

What it means: Texas drops to 31-32 on the season and eight games back of the Oakland A's, who crushed Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers must win Monday night to earn a split in this four-game series.

Not missing bats: Joe Saunders' line shows a pitcher who gave up three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings on seven hits. But Saunders teetered on the brink of danger constantly and had four walks with 12 of the 25 batters he faced getting on base. He did not have a strikeout. Shawn Tolleson came in to relieve him and allowed an RBI single and a sacrifice fly to give the Indians the lead.

Forgettable homestand: With three games left on this nine-game homestand, outfielder Shin-Soo Choo may be counting the days until the next road trip. Choo is now 1-for-20 on this homestand and 8-for-55 in his past 15 games as he searches for some better results. Choo is likely to bat third for a while now with Mitch Moreland set to undergo surgery on Wednesday and miss three months.

Another triple: Alex Rios hit his seventh triple of the season, which leads the AL. It came with Adrian Beltre at second base in the sixth inning and cut the Rangers' deficit to one run. Rios' career high in triples is eight, achieved in 2008 in Toronto and 2012 in Chicago.

Long at-bat: Beltre's at-bat helped the Rangers score in the sixth. He had a 10-pitch plate appearance, fouling off pitches and getting the count full before hitting a sinker for a double. He scored on Rios' triple.

Inherited issues: Tolleson allowed both of the runners he inherited in the sixth inning to score, though he didn't get any help from an error by Martin. Tolleson has now permitted eight of the 17 runners he's inherited to score.

Costly throw: Martin's throw after Ryan Raburn's single in the sixth inning allowed Lonnie Chisenhall to go to third. That meant that David Murphy's fly ball could score him. That error ended up helping the winning run to score.

Odor hurt: Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor sprained his right shoulder diving back to the bag on a pickoff attempt in the fifth. He held his shoulder and was tagged out before he walked off the field under his own power. He'll be examined further on Monday. More here.

Key overturn: In a one-run game, Rios tried to steal second base with two outs. He was called safe, but Indians manager Terry Francona challenged the call and after 2:35, it was determined he was out. It was not an easy call to make, but the replay guys in New York called him out to end the inning. That eliminated a chance for Gimenez to come up with a runner in scoring position and get an opportunity to tie the score.

Up next: RHP Nick Martinez (1-3, 3.22 ERA) goes up against the Indians and LHP T.J. House (0-1, 3.79 ERA) in the final game of this four-game series at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

Rapid Reaction: Indians 8, Rangers 3

June, 7, 2014
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.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 6, Indians 4

June, 6, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 in front of 38,348 at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Friday. Some thoughts:

How it happened: Michael Choice hit the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning, breaking a 4-4 tie. Yu Darvish gave up four runs on a season-high nine hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. He wasn't at his best and blew a four-run lead but still got his sixth win of the season.

What it means: Texas has won two straight and is over .500 once again. The Rangers take the first game in this four-game series.

Gives up 1st HR at home: Darvish turned and watched as Lonnie Chisenhall hit a 3-2 pitch with two outs off the foul pole in right field for a three-run homer. It was the first home run Darvish has allowed at home and just the fourth this season. It also was rare to see Darvish give up something other than a solo shot. That was the first home run with a runner on base that Darvish has allowed since Sept. 29, 2013.

Blown lead: Darvish was handed a 4-0 lead heading into the third inning, and by the time the top of the fourth was over, it was all gone. All four runs came on home runs. Darvish gave up four runs in his past four starts combined prior to Friday. He had allowed as many as four runs in an outing just once in his 10 starts coming into the game (April 28 vs. Oakland).

Jam out: Darvish got himself into a jam in the sixth, giving up singles to the first two batters he faced -- Yan Gomes and Carlos Santana -- in a tie game. But he struck out Mike Aviles on a cutter that was framed nicely by catcher Chris Gimenez. Darvish then got Michael Bourn looking on a well-located fastball. He recorded the final out on a ground ball to first. Darvish smacked his glove, fired up that he kept the score tied.

(Another) Choice cut: For the second time in as many nights, Choice hit a home run. This one was hit to right field -- the opposite way -- off left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski. (Remember him from the 2011 Cardinals?) With Rougned Odor on deck, the Indians stuck with Rzepczynski, who came in with right-handed batters hitting .359 against him this season. Choice made sure that trend continued with the go-ahead homer.

Odor reaches upper deck: Odor crushed a 95 mph fastball an estimated 405 feet into the upper deck for a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead in the second. It was Odor's second home run of the season.

Still streaking: Elvis Andrus came into the eighth inning needing a hit to continue his ridiculous stretch against the Indians. His ground-ball single to right means he has a hit in 38 career games versus Cleveland. That's tied for the second-longest streak against one opponent since 1900. Jacoby Ellsbury hit safely in 38 games against the Baltimore Orioles, and Vladimir Guerrero had a hit in 44 games against Texas from April 9, 2004, to Aug. 4, 2006.

Still streaking II: Gimenez extended his hitting streak to eight games and has reached base safely in all nine games he's started with Texas. He doubled in the second inning and scored a run. Gimenez is hitting .454 (15-for-33) with five extra-base hits in that span.

Web gem: Andrus made a great play to turn an inning-ending double play in the eighth. Despite a good slide by Santana, Andrus was able to step on the bag, turn, start to fall down over Santana and get the throw to first in time for the out anyway. Follow that? Trust me, it was a terrific (but odd) play.

Up next: Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch (2-1, 4.43 ERA) is on the mound for Texas, while RHP Josh Tomlin (3-2, 3.06 ERA) is slated to start for Cleveland. The game begins at 3:05 p.m. CT on FS1 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

David Murphy: 'I had a lot of great years here'

June, 6, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- David Murphy didn't make a wrong turn to the visiting clubhouse on Friday. He knew he wasn't walking into Globe Life Park as a member of the Texas Rangers anymore. Perhaps the fact that he met the media in the visiting dugout was another reminder.

But he admitted that it was going to feel odd playing against the team that was his home squad for so long.

"I had a lot of great years here and a lot of great memories," Murphy said prior to Friday's opener of a four-game set between the Rangers and Indians. "Walking out of the clubhouse and down the tunnel is weird. Change is pretty much inevitable in this game. There are some superstars that are fortunate enough to stay with one club for a long time, but most guys are going to at least play for a few teams over the course of their careers. It was going to happen eventually, and I'm very happy where I'm at. I know I'm in the right place."

Murphy said he had no hard feelings about the way things ended in Texas. He said general manager Jon Daniels called him as the offseason got going and while he didn't fully close the door, it was clear the club was headed in a different direction.

"I play a position as a corner outfielder where you need to be productive offensively," Murphy said. "Coming off a bad year, they needed to upgrade the offense, and our offense was pretty inconsistent last year. They went out and made some moves. I wasn't surprised I wasn't back. I would have obviously welcomed it."

It was an honest assessment from a player who hit just .220 in 2013 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs in 142 games (476 plate appearances). Things have improved dramatically for Murphy this year in an Indians uniform. He's batting .280 with five homers and 34 RBIs for a team that is, like Texas, 30-30 on the season.

Murphy must now face Yu Darvish rather than play behind him, something he knows will be a challenge.

"You know everything is going to be plus-plus coming out of his hand tonight," Murphy said. "You study the scouting report, but at the same time once you step in the box, things are completely different. You have to go through a game plan and adjust on the fly.

"I think you could tell he was the real deal pretty quickly into his major league career and he's got a chance to be a great major league pitcher for a long time as long as he stays healthy."

Remember 10-cent beer night?

June, 2, 2014

Bob Golic recounts the 1974 "10-Cent Beer Night" promotion that ended with a riot when the Cleveland Indians hosted the Texas Rangers.

David Murphy thankful for time in Texas

November, 25, 2013
David Murphy was officially introduced as the newest outfielder for the Cleveland Indians on Monday and heaped praise on the Indians organization, but also on his time in Texas.

Murphy said he was not offered any kind of firm contract from the Rangers prior to the 2013 season, though the two sides discussed the possibility. Murphy said that once he had a phone conversation with general manager Jon Daniels after the season, he got the sense that his best course of action was to try to find work with another team.

Murphy said Texas was the "perfect" opportunity for him to show he could be a reliable outfielder at the big-league level.

"I'm extremely thankful and feel extremely blessed every day I wore a Texas uniform," Murphy said. "I was trying to get my foot in the door and earn a full-time big-league job. At the time, the Rangers weren't a great team and there was a lot of opportunity for young guys. We only got better and better each year. The only thing that would have made my time in Texas completely perfect is winning those World Series or winning one of those World Series. But most players don't have the chance to play in one World Series, let along two."

Murphy struggled in 2013, hitting .220 with a .282 on-base percentage and .374 slugging percentage. All three of those were career lows. He said he tried to add power to his game instead of "being himself" and that it impacted his season.

He also admitted that he learned a lot about social media in that his daughter, Faith, broke the news at her daycare and when Murphy confirmed to some parents and teachers, it hit Twitter. Murphy said Faith was talking about Pilgrims and Indians as part of Thanksgiving and that's when his daughter mentioned her dad was going to play for the Indians.

MLB announces wild-card tiebreakers

September, 27, 2013
MLB announced Friday the tiebreaker sequence that will be played if the regular-season ends in a three-way tie between the Cleveland Indians, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers for the two American League wild-card playoff berths.

If the three clubs are tied after Sunday’s games, then the tie will be broken by two games based on the teams' combined winning percentages in head-to-head competition against one another in the regular season.

The Indians would host the Rays on Monday, with the winner earning an AL wild-card berth.

The losing club in Monday’s game would play against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday, with the winner earning the other AL wild-card spot.

In the event of a two-team tie for one wild-card berth, the tiebreaker game would be played Monday and hosted by the club that won the season series.

TBS and ESPN Radio will provide exclusive coverage of tiebreaker and wild-card games.

Wild-card race: Extra baseball on tap?

September, 27, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas -- And then there were three.

The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays are fighting for two wild-card spots in the American League and go into a weekend where scoreboard watching will be unavoidable.

The Rangers, of course, are in the most precarious position, needing to win and get help to make it to the postseason. Tampa Bay, winners of seven straight, is on the verge of clinching a wild-card spot, standing one game ahead of the Indians and two ahead of the Rangers with three games left to go.

The Indians, also on a seven-game winning streak, are a game ahead of the Rangers.

Here's how the weekend sets up for all of the contenders:


Which two teams will reach the AL wild-card playoff game?


Discuss (Total votes: 8,919)

Rangers (88-71, .553, 1 game out of second wild card)
Next up: Friday-Sunday vs. Los Angeles Angels
Opponents' record: The Angels are 78-81.
The latest: The Rangers have won four straight games and picked up no ground in the wild card race. They couldn't ask for more with the three starters they send to the mound this weekend -- Alexi Ogando, Derek Holland and Yu Darvish.
Forecast: The key game is Friday night. If Ogando can beat C.J. Wilson -- and his record against the Angels is tremendous and Wilson's against the Rangers is awful -- then look for Texas to win the last three games and get to 91 wins. Will it be enough?

Rays (90-69, .566, in lead for first wild-card spot)
Next up: Friday-Sunday at Toronto Blue Jays
Opponents' record: The Blue Jays are 72-87 and have lost two straight games.
The latest: The Rays swept a three-game series against the lifeless New York Yankees. Tampa Bay has won at least 90 games in four straight season and five of the last six, both the most in the majors.
Forecast: The Rays got back to .500 on the road at 39-39 with the sweep of the Yankees. Friday's game against Toronto will be interesting. Unpredictable knuckleballer R.A. Dickey could send the Rays' suspect offense into a bad place. The Blue Jays will startle the Rays and win two out of three games as Tampa Bay ends up with 91 wins, same as the Rangers.

Indians (89-70, .560, in lead for second wild-card spot)
Next up: Friday-Sunday at Minnesota
Opponents' record: The Twins are 66-93 and have lost three straight.
The latest: The Indians roll on as veterans such as Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi have had crucial hits this week. Michael Brantley also has been red hot for the Indians.
Forecast: The Cleveland bullpen could be in shambles, at least for Friday night. Closer Chris Perez allowed four runs and got only two outs before being pulled for Joe Smith, who finished off a 6-5 win over the Twins. Look for a carryover. The Indians will still win two out of three games and end up with 91 wins, just like the Rangers and Indians, forcing a three-way tie for the wild cards.

Rapid Reaction: Indians 6, Rangers 0

July, 28, 2013

The already struggling Texas offense completely bottomed out on Sunday in Cleveland as the Rangers were shut out for the second consecutive game, losing 6-0 at Jacobs Field.

Offense in a trance: The Rangers come home having not scored in 21 consecutive innings. They have eight hits in 68 at-bats during that span. The slump runs throughout the lineup and the club comes home with a lot of questions to answer with the trade deadline three days away.

And the hitters were... Elvis Andrus had a one-out double in the first inning, extending his hitting streak against the Indians to 37 games, the third-longest streak against one team since 1945. Andrus was stranded at second after Nelson Cruz walked and Adrian Beltre grounded into a double play. A.J. Pierzynski had the other hit, a single to lead off the fifth inning.

Top of the 5th: The Rangers had a great chance to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Pierzynski had a single and David Murphy had a walk. Jurickson Profar followed with a sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position. The inning fizzled. Mitch Moreland popped up to shortstop. Moreland is a disastrous 2-for-36 since the All-Star break. Leonys Martin grounded out to first base to end the inning. Martin has nine hits in his past 46 at-bats.

Ogando is OK: Alexi Ogando allowed a run in 4 2/3 innings in his second game since coming off the disabled list. He left with the Rangers trailing 1-0. Still, Ogando needs to be able to pitch deeper into games to be a starter. He threw 92 pitches and was lifted in the fifth inning on a day where the bullpen didn't have it. Ogando has gone past six innings twice in 12 starts this season. That's not going to get it done.

Terrible route: The Rangers probably had no chance to overcome a 1-0 deficit the way their offense is going. But having already allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth, Martin misplayed a drive to center field by the Indians' Michael Bourn that turned into a two-run double and a 4-0 deficit for the Rangers.

Ross doesn't have it: Robbie Ross allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was hurt by another left-handed hitter as Bourn broke the game open with his double.

Up next: The Rangers come home for a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, who put first baseman Albert Pujols on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. The starters for the Rangers-Angels series are on Monday night, right-hander Matt Garza (1-0, 0.00) versus right-hander Jered Weaver (5-5, 2.98) at 6:05 p.m. on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM; on Tuesday, left-hander Derek Holland (8-6, 3.06) against left-hander C.J. Wilson (11-6, 3.08); and on Wednesday, left-hander Martin Perez (3-3, 4.37) against right-hander Jerome Williams (5-7, 4.85).

Matchup: Alexi Ogando vs. Ubaldo Jimenez

July, 28, 2013
The Rangers try to avoid a sweep in Cleveland when right-hander Alexi Ogando faces right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez at 12:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Field.

Ogando (4-2, 3.13): Ogando makes his second starts since coming off the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation ... He'll pitched on four days rest after throwing 78 pitches in a start against the Yankees ... Ogando allowed three runs in five innings ... Ogando has allowed more than two earned runs only twice in his 11 starts ... He's pitched more than six innings only twice this season ... He has made eight road starts, going 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA ... He has limited left-handed hitters to a career-low .188 batting average ... Ogando has received one more or less of run support in six starts ... He is 3-0 with a 0.84 in eight games/two starts, his lowest ERA in the American League.

Jimenez (7-5, 4.49): Jimenez makes his 200th career start ... He had a three-game winning streak snapped on Monday at Safeco Field, allowing two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings ... He has allowed three earned runs or less in 10 of his last 11 starts ... Cleveland is 13-7 in his starts, winning six of eight and seven of the last 10 games he's started ... Jimenez will face the Rangers for the second time this season ... He allowed one earned run but needed 100 pitches to get through five innings.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre (6-for-14, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (4-for-11, 3 2Bs, 2 RBIs) have had success against Jimenez. The current Indians are batting .143 against Ogando. Asdrubal Cabrera has two hits in three at-bats against him.

Rapid Reaction: Indians 1, Rangers 0

July, 27, 2013

Yu Darvish and Neal Cotts combined to allow three hits, but the Texas Rangers offense was once again nonexistent in a 1-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night at Jacobs Field.

Texas fell to five games out of first place in the American League West. The Rangers are 2-7 since the All-Star break. They have scored three or fewer runs in six of the nine games.

Darvish on K binge: Darvish allowed a leadoff home run to Michael Bourn, then went on a strikeout binge that drove up his pitch count and his season strikeout total. Darvish had 11 strikeouts in six innings. It's his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season, most in the majors. He also retook the major league lead in strikeouts from the New York Mets' Matt Harvey with 172.

Pitch count police: Darvish threw 123 pitches, the most he's thrown in a game since the controversial 130 he threw on May 16 against Detroit. The most Darvish had thrown in a game since then was 117 pitches on June 30 against Cincinnati.

Masterson dominates: Indians starter Justin Masterson was 0-4 against the Rangers before Saturday night. He changed that with a dominating effort. Masterson allowed five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings. Texas didn't have an extra-base hit against a pitcher who had a 6.49 ERA against the team entering the game.

Almost doesn't count: The Rangers put together a rally in the top of the fifth when Geovany Soto had a one-out single and Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch with two outs. That brought up rookie Engel Beltre, who hit a smash into left field for a base hit. The only problem is Beltre hit it too well, and with Soto not a fast runner and Indians right fielder Drew Stubbs possessing a strong throwing arm, the Rangers' catcher had to stop at third base. Nelson Cruz ended the threat with a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop.

Not in the first: Cruz and Adrian Beltre both got ahead in the count 3-0 against Masterson and didn't get on base with Engel Beltre already on base. Cruz grounded out and Adrian Beltre struck out as the Rangers again didn't score in the first inning. With Cleveland scoring its only run in the first, Texas has been outscored in the opening inning, 50-26.

Up next: The Rangers finish up a three-game road series in Cleveland when right-hander Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.13) faces right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 4.49) at 12:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM. Texas opens a three-game series at home Monday against the Los Angeles Angels with an early start of 6:05 p.m.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Justin Masterson

July, 27, 2013
The Rangers try to rebound from an 11-inning loss to Cleveland when ace right-hander Yu Darvish faces Indians right-hander Justin Masterson at 6:05 p.m. Saturday on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

Darvish (9-4, 2.86): Darvish came off the disabled list and picked up his ninth win of the season as the Rangers beat the Yankees 3-0 ... Darvish didn't allow a run in 6 1/3 innings, finishing with four strikeouts and two walks ... He threw 90 pitches, 60 for strikes ... Darvish took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, allowing a single to Lyle Overbay ... Darvish's two hits allowed were the least he's allowed since his near-perfect game in his first start of the season in Houston ... Darvish has an American League-best eight starts with six innings pitched while allowing three hits or fewer ... Darvish has allowed 15 home runs, one more than he allowed last season ... Darvish suffered his first major league loss at Progressive Field on May 6, 2012 in which all 28 batters he faced hit left-handed ... He is 3-1 with a 2.83 in seven road starts this season.

Masterson (11-7, 3.60): Masterson will make his 22nd start of the season and will have an extra day of rest ... He won his 11th game on Sunday at Minnesota, allowing a run in seven innings ... Masterson allowed a hit, had eight strikeouts and no walks while throwing 93 pitches ... He had a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Twins' Brian Dozier broke it up with a leadoff double ... According to Elias Sports Bereau, Masterson was the first American League pitcher to allow no more than one hit with no walks and at least eight strikeouts since Darvish did it in the start against the Astros ... Masterson has never beaten the Rangers, going 0-4 with a 6.49 ERA.

Hitters: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a home run and two walks in his three plate appearances against Darvish. David Murphy is 4-for-4 with two home runs against Masterson.

Rapid Reaction: Indians 11, Rangers 8 (11)

July, 26, 2013

The Texas Rangers made a spirited comeback Friday night in Cleveland. They also lost.

Texas rallied from a seven-run deficit to tie the game, but Ryan Raburn crushed a three-run home run off Jason Frasor in the bottom of the 11th as the Indians prevailed 11-8 at Progressive Field.

Stunning finish: Frasor had pitched very well for two innings, but manager Ron Washington elected to use him for a third inning and the veteran right-handed reliever didn't get an out in the inning. He allowed singles to Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, setting up Raburn's walk-off homer down the left-field line.

Huge comeback: The Rangers trailed 7-1 in the fifth inning and came all the way back to tie the game in the top of the eighth. They scored in four straight innings, starting with an RBI single by Ian Kinsler in the fifth and ending with his two-run single in the eighth to tie the score at 8-8.

Keeping the pressure on: The Rangers cut the Indians' lead to 8-6 in the top of the seventh and actually brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the person of A.J. Pierzynski. Elvis Andrus chopped a single and Leonys Martin followed with a base hit to start the inning. They pulled off a double steal to put runners in scoring position. Kinsler followed with a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it 8-5. Engel Beltre made it 8-6 with a single down the left-field line, but made a crucial baserunning mistake getting thrown out at second -- especially when Cruz walked and Adrian Beltre singled. Pierzynski lined out to first base to end the threat.

Tying the game: Kinsler's game-tying two-run single in the top of the eighth was set up when David Murphy had a single and Andrus was hit by a pitch with one out. Martin tried to bunt his way on base but was out at first, moving the tying runs to second and third. Kinsler came through with his big hit to right field.

Elvis a Tribe killer: Andrus continued his amazing run against Cleveland, extending his hitting streak against the Indians to 35 games with his single in the seventh. It's the third longest streak against one team dating back to 1945. Andrus is tied with Ken Griffey Jr, who had a 35-game hitting streak against Cleveland from May 1992 to August 1996.

Perez gets hit hard: Martin Perez didn't have it from the start Friday night, allowing eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Nick Swisher got it started with a home run in the first inning. Perez unraveled in the fourth inning. The first five Indians reached base on four singles and a walk. The Rangers also played shoddy defense in the inning with two errors. Perez allowed six earned runs and had two walks and two wild pitches.

Lack of execution: The Rangers had a chance make it a one-run game at 3-2 in the top of the fourth. After Mitch Moreland had barreled into Indians catcher Carlos Santana to cut the lead to 3-1 on Leonys Martin's sacrifice fly, Andrus got to third base when the ball got away from Santana. With one out, Kinsler didn't get the job done, popping up to second base and leaving Andrus at third. It continued a trend of brutal execution by the Rangers.

Cruz unleashed: Nelson Cruz, who slumped on the seven-game homestand, crushed his team-leading 24th home run of the season in the top of the sixth. It was Cruz's second home run since the All-Star break.

Rough night for A.J.: Pierzynski let three wild pitches get past him, at least two of which he had a chance to block. He also let a throw from the outfield get away from him. Pierzynski was 1-for-5 at the plate.

Up next: The Rangers will try to even the three-game series when right-hander Yu Darvish (9-4, 2.86) faces Tribe right-hander Justin Masterson (11-7, 3.60) at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, right-hander Alexi Ogando (4-2, 3.13) versus right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez (7-4, 4.49) at 12:05 p.m. Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest and broadcast on the radio on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.

W2W4: Rangers-Indians

July, 26, 2013
The Rangers try to get their offense revived with a short three-game trip to Cleveland before returning home to play the Los Angeles Angels.

The Rangers-Yankees series -- which ended in a split of four games -- had very little offense with the teams combining for 18 runs.

Texas-Cleveland could be a low-scoring weekend series. The Rangers have scored 17 runs since the All-Star break. The Tribe had scored 14 runs in five games before routing Seattle 10-1 on Wednesday.

Here's what to watch for:

Out for revenge: The Rangers lost two of three to Cleveland on June 10-12 in Arlington, so they'll have a chance for revenge at Jacobs Field. The Rangers lost both games 5-2, beginning a six-game losing streak in which they scored two or fewer runs in every game. The Rangers go to Cleveland back in offensive-futility mode again. They've scored two or fewer runs in seven of their last 12 games.

Tribe struggling too: Cleveland lost four out of six games on its road trip after the All-Star break, winning the series finales against Seattle and Minnesota. Defense was a big problem. The Indians made nine errors on the trip. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has made four errors in four games.

Indians are pitching: Cleveland's pitching has been solid over a long stretch with a 3.60 ERA for the last 37 games going back to the June 11, when they beat the Rangers. Only Tampa Bay and Oakland have better staff ERA's during that span. Cleveland pitchers have allowed three home runs in the last 13 games.

Dominating the AL West: Cleveland is making an impact on the American League West race. The Indians are 13-4 against the West, including that 2-1 record against the Rangers. That's the best winning percentage against a division in the majors. All four losses have come on the road.

Kipnis stays hot: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has come out of the break still hot, with five hits in 19 at-bats. He has two home runs, five RBIs and four runs since the All-Star break. Kipnis was the American League Player of the Month for June, batting .419 with four home runs, 25 RBIs and a .517 on-base percentage.



Adrian Beltre
.324 19 77 79
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182