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Gallo's big blast starts Double-A tenure

June, 10, 2014
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Joey GalloBrian Westerholt/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesAt 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Joey Gallo certainly looks the part of a big league star.
FRISCO, Texas -- Texas Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo is just 20 and has exactly one Double-A game under his belt, and already the exploits and expectations when it comes to his big bat are spreading like, well, injuries in Arlington.

OK, bad analogy.

But the point is that every coach, scout or player you talk to has a story to tell about the 6-foot-5, 235-pound infielder -- he’s listed at 205, but Gallo admits that was probably from his high school years -- selected in the supplemental first round (39th overall) of the 2012 draft. The same guy who leads all of minor league baseball with 62 home runs the past two seasons.

That’s why, when Gallo pummeled a fastball over a tree deep in foul territory at Dr Pepper Ballpark in his first at-bat Monday, you could imagine it one-hopping and hitting the apartment complex. If anyone is home and on the deck over there during batting practice, they'd better have a glove handy.

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AP Photo/Brian Westerholt"I don't care about the stats too much right now," Joey Gallo said. "I just want to continue to develop."
And it's why, when Gallo stepped up to the plate with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game, the fans still in attendance thought something could happen, despite the fact that he was 0-for-4 with three consecutive strikeouts.

Jayce Tingler, the Rangers' minor league field coordinator, asked him a simple question as he grabbed his bat to head to the on-deck circle: "You going to do this, big boy?"

Gallo answered in the affirmative, then used his big bat for emphasis and crushed a 2-0 changeup high into the Texas sky, just shy of the scoreboard in left-center. It was an opposite-field shot that signaled his arrival in Double-A.

“It’s pretty huge," Gallo said of his first Double-A game. "I kind of knew going up to the plate. I said before I was taking pretty good swings. I ended up having a good opening debut.”

The walk-off start is only the latest ridiculous feat from the 20-year-old, who can't even celebrate it with a beer yet.

Joe Mikulik, who managed Gallo in Class A Myrtle Beach, talks about another opposite-field home run, this one hit over the scoreboard at what scouts call a pitcher’s park at the Pelicans’ home in South Carolina.

“That scoreboard is in left-center and is 400-plus [feet from home plate], and he hit it over that going the opposite way,” Mikulik said. “Other guys are smoking balls with everything they have, and it’s caught at the warning track.”

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Joey Gallo eager to learn at the right pace

June, 9, 2014
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FRISCO, Texas -- Joey Gallo isn’t itching to work his way southwest toward Arlington any time soon.

For a 20-year-old prospect on the fast track toward the big leagues -- he’s already at Double-A Frisco before the halfway point of his second year in professional baseball -- he’s quick to point out he doesn’t have it all figured out yet.

“Obviously, I shouldn’t be in Arlington right now,” Gallo said to a handful of media in Frisco to see his Double-A debut. “I have a lot to work on and that’s why I’m here still and we’ll see how I handle Double-A. I have a lot of adjustments to make up here and hopefully I can make them quick.”

If the Rangers injuries have Gallo readjusting his timetable for arriving in the big leagues, he’s not letting on.

“Maybe some time next year,” Gallo said.

Gallo will start at third base and bat fifth in the lineup tonight, his first action in Frisco. He hit .323 for Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League and had 21 homers, tied for the most in all of professional baseball. He led the league in RBIs (50), runs scored (53), on-base percentage (.463), slugging (.735) and walks (51).

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Joe Nathan avoids disaster vs. Rockies

June, 25, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Joe Nathan narrowly escaped a rare collapse in Sunday night's 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Nathan entered the ninth inning to preserve a 4-0 shutout that had been kept alive collectively by Matt Harrison, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Mike Adams. But after a leadoff single, a walk and a hit batter, Nathan found himself in a bases-loaded jam. Then an RBI single from Marco Scutaro and RBI sac fly with no outs from Carlos Gonzalez -- a laser that only needed a few more feet to clear Josh Hamilton and the left-center field wall for a go-ahead grand slam -- put the Rangers in danger of choking the game away.

Nathan got more help when Scutaro was caught in a 2-3-6 rundown and was called out at second, but only after Scutaro was initially waved safe as he slid in under the tag of shortstop Elvis Andrus. However, Scutaro, apparently thinking he was out, popped up off the bag and Andrus tagged him to officially record the second out.

Nathan then was able to get Jason Giambi swinging on a 1-2 slider.

"I've always said it’s not going to be sharp all the time," Nathan said. "You’re going to have to go out there and fight and tonight was definitely a dog fight against very good hitters."

Nathan may not be sharp all the time, but he certainly has been most of the time. Before Sunday, Nathan had not allowed a run in the ninth inning since May 13 against the Los Angeles Angels (16 games). It was only the second time that he has allowed two runs all season -- the only other time coming when he allowed three runs against Seattle on April 11.

Nathan, who didn't get the save because it was a four-run lead when he entered, isn't stressing about Sunday's performance, his worse in a long time. He saw his streak of 16 scoreless innings in his last 16 appearances come to an end.

"I’m happy with what we were able to do," Nathan said. "We were able to walk away with the win, keep our lead where it is and we’ll come back tomorrow and start with Detroit.”

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Josh Outman

June, 23, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The second game of this three-game series against the Colorado Rockies features Texas Rangers' right-hander Colby Lewis vs. left-hander Josh Outman at 2:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/ FSSW. A quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (6-5, 3.00): The 32-year-old is making his 15th start of the year. ... Has never faced the Rockies. ... He is 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA in his last six starts. ... Has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his four starts in June. ... He has thrown complete games in two of his last three starts. ... Has had seven consecutive quality starts in interleague play. ... Leads the American League with an average of 1.1 walks per nine innings pitched. ... Also ranks in the top-10 in innings (6th, 96.0), strikeouts (9th, 84) and opponents average (9th, .231). ... He holds a 2.17 ERA at home this season in seven starts. ... Also has a 2.70 ERA in day games this year.

Outman (0-3, 8.41): The 27-year-old is making just his fifth start of the season. ... Made his first start of the season June 1 after making eight appearances out of the bullpen. ... He has 29 career starts spread out over four seasons. ... Has 15 quality starts in his career to go along with a 8-9 record and a 4.22 ERA. ... He is making his fifth career start against the Rangers. ... In his previous four starts against Texas, he is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA. ... Allowed three runs or less in three of the four starts against the Rangers. ... All of his losses have come on the road where he holds a 13.50 ERA.

Hitters: Current Rangers are 16-of-52 against Outman (.308). ... Nelson Cruz is 4-for-7 with three RBIs and three doubles. ... Michael Young is 3-for-11. ... Adrian Beltre is 2-for-8 with two RBIs, a home run and a double. ... Current Rockies are 10-for-35 off Lewis (.286). ... Jason Giambi is 5-for-7 with two RBIs, a home run and two doubles. ... Michael Cuddyer is 4-for-13 with five RBIs, a home run and a double. ... Marco Scutaro is 1-for-14 with an RBI.

Up Next:

Sun. vs. Col.: LHP Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41) vs. RHP Alex White (2-5, 6.06), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW

Lineup: Adrian Beltre at DH

June, 22, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers will have Adrian Beltre as the designated hitter in Friday's series opener against the Colorado Rockies. Manager Ron Washington said he was going to rotate the DH to give guys rest over the next few days, and today that guy is Beltre with Michael Young taking over for him on the field.

Here are the lineups:

RANGERS

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton (L)
DH Adrian Beltre
3B Michael Young
RF Nelson Cruz
1B Mike Napoli
C Yorvit Torrealba
CF Craig Gentry

ROCKIES
CF Dexter Fowler (S)
2B Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
DH Jason Giambi (L)
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Todd Helton (L)
3B Chris Nelson
C Wilin Rosario
SS Jonathan Herrera

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.323 18 75 77
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .876
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182