Texas Rangers: Jose Bautista

Rapid Reaction: Blue Jays 4, Rangers 2

May, 17, 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Toronto Blue Jays got the lead three separate times Saturday night and finally kept it for good after scoring in the eighth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 4-2. Some quick thoughts:

How it happened: Toronto got typically solid starting pitching from Mark Buehrle, who got a no-decision after going 6⅔ innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The Rangers tied the game twice but couldn't ever get the lead. A two-out double by Jose Reyes off Rangers reliever Neal Cotts in the eighth drove in the eventual winning run.

What it means: The Rangers have lost six of their past seven and are 5-10 in May. The Oakland A's beat Cleveland on Saturday, so Texas is seven games back of Oakland in the American League West at 20-23 overall. … The Rangers are now 0-3-1 in their past four home series and have lost six consecutive home games to the Blue Jays, which includes a four-game sweep last season.

Big arm: Leonys Martin showed off his impressive arm in center field again Saturday, firing a strike to catcher Robinson Chirinos to end the fifth inning and keep the score tied. Edwin Encarnacion hit what he hoped would be a sacrifice fly to center, but Reyes was thrown out at home thanks to Martin's throw and a nice play by Chirinos. The catcher waited to block the plate as he was catching it, tagging Reyes before he could get there.

High pitch count: Robbie Ross allowed only one run in his start Saturday -- but the lefty was working out of jams most of the night, needing 91 pitches to get through 4⅓ innings. He also got a rare early-game visit from manager Ron Washington himself, probably to get him refocused. Ross walked four batters and gave up a home run -- a solo shot off the bat of Jose Bautista with two out in the first.

Missed challenge: The Rangers are 4-for-9 on replay challenges this season. In the seventh, Anthony Gose stole third base with one out. The throw by Chirinos was on time and on the bag, but Adrian Beltre's tag was late. Third-base umpire Hal Gibson called him safe, and the replay confirmed that call, meaning the Rangers lost the challenge.

Speed helps Jays: Gose's speed was crucial to giving Toronto the lead in the seventh. Gose hit a double to lead things off, then stole third base. On a dribbler down the third-base line by Melky Cabrera, Gose didn't hesitate and Beltre was forced to throw to first instead of home. The run likely wouldn't have happened without Gose's speed.

RISP lead: Michael Choice drove in the Rangers' first run with a third-inning single. He is hitting .416 with runners in scoring this season, tops on the team among those with at least four at-bats. Luis Sardinas plated the second Texas run, in the seventh, with a two-out RBI single. He's now 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Finger issue: Alexi Ogando's fingers saved a run in the seventh inning, but he was forced to leave after Brett Lawrie's ball nicked off those fingers, on his pitching hand, and landed in front Elvis Andrus. Ogando ended up pitching to three batters, allowing a hit and two walks (with a wild pitch). Ogando was diagnosed with a bruised hand, and X-rays were negative. The ball hit him above the palm.

Insurance run: The Blue Jays increased their lead to two runs thanks to an error by Mitch Moreland in the ninth. Moreland dropped the relay throw on what looked like a routine double play. A double and a sac fly later, Toronto had a 4-2 lead.

Up next: Nick Martinez (0-1, 2.38 ERA) goes up against fellow right-hander R.A. Dickey (4-3, 4.53 ERA) at 2:05 p.m. CT in the finale of this three-game series.

Hot Stove Talk: Jose Bautista

November, 19, 2013
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Note: This is part of our Hot Stove Talk series, which profiles free agents and looks at possible trades the Texas Rangers could make this offseason.

Today's player: Jose Bautista

Bautista, 33, is not a free agent. He's not even "officially" on the trade market. But there's been some buzz lately regarding the possibility of Toronto Blue Jays at least listening to what's out there. There was this nugget from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo over the weekend:

Rumors that Bautista could be dealt for pitching have persisted for a couple of offseasons but the Blue Jays haven’t wanted to break up the Bautista-Edwin Encarnacion dynamic in the middle of the order. The Jays are desperate for at least two starting pitchers and dealing Bautista may land them one. “It’s a name we’re hearing through backchannels right now, but wouldn’t be surprised if he’s available” said an NL general manager. Bautista was one of Farrell’s personal favorites in Toronto, however it’s doubtful the Blue Jays would deal within the division -- even though the Red Sox have extra pitching.


The Rangers need power. Bautista certainly has that. He had 28 homers and 73 RBIs in 118 games last season. Over the past four years, Bautista has 152 homers in 520 games. The right-handed hitter is a proven commodity and if he does indeed hit the market (in a year when there aren't a ton of power-hitting free agents), the Blue Jays could get a nice return.

Bautista is signed through 2015 with a club option for 2016. He'll make $28 million the next two seasons combined and the club option is worth $14 million for 2016 or a $1 million buyout.

You may remember that reports surfaced the Rangers took a look at Bautista at the trade deadline, when there was talk the Blue Jays might make him available. And there's one young Texas fan that would like to see Bautista here.

Why he makes sense: This club wants a right-handed power hitter who can drive in runs. That's Bautista. He's a corner outfielder, but has played a little first base too. It obviously wouldn't be difficult to find a spot in the middle of the lineup for Bautista. The $14 million per year isn't cheap, but Bautista does produce.

Why he doesn't make sense: The Blue Jays are going to want a huge haul, probably starting with young pitching. The Rangers want to be careful about how much of their farm system they unload and they'll have to pick and choose which "major" deals they look at in terms of unloading some of that talent. Plus, Bautista could also require some major-league pieces depending on what the Blue Jays want.

Bottom line: This may be one way to get a power hitter in the lineup as opposed to getting into a bidding war with a free agent. But the Rangers are careful with how many prospects and when they decide to deal them. I'm interested (you have to be, don't you?), but like anything else, it will depend on what kind of package it takes to get him. He's 33, so that has to factor into the decision. Still, he's a solid power hitter with a prove track record.

Young Rangers fan recruiting Jose Bautista

November, 14, 2013
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Jose Bautista certainly gets plenty of fan mail. But the Toronto slugger got an interesting letter from a young Rangers fan recently and shared it with his Twitter and Instagram followers.



Part of the letter reads:

"You are a good player if you could stay healthy, maybe you just need another city to play in, you should try the Rangers, they need another big bat and you could be that man."

The fan -- the letter is signed Billy Cantrell -- goes on to even suggest a new contract for Bautista, who is signed through 2015 and would have to be obtained via trade. Cantrell says "maybe 4 years and $80 million" and then adds: "At least think about it."

I thought it was neat that Cantrell wrote it and that Bautista shared it. No word on whether general manager Jon Daniels is currently recruiting Cantrell to join the front office.

No bat, but trade deadline not a failure

August, 1, 2013
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I get it. You wanted a bat. You expected a bat. And when general manager Jon Daniels didn't go and get a bat, you weren't happy about it.

But just because the Rangers didn't get a bat doesn't make the trade deadline a failure. First, this team is better thanks to the acquisition of Matt Garza, who has pitched well in his two Texas starts. I disagree with the notion that Garza had to be the first step and that if the Rangers didn't acquire a bat, it was a pointless deal.

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Garza strengthens this team. His presence in the rotation should, in the long run, take a little pressure off the offense. Do they have to score as many runs for Garza as they would have for Nick Tepesch or Justin Grimm, for instance? But this lack of offensive firepower, those three exciting games against the Angels not withstanding, had Daniels searching far and wide to get a bat with some impact in Arlington. One problem: That impact bat wasn't available at even a moderate price.

Want proof of that? Look at the names that didn't go anywhere. We heard whispers of Alex Rios, Hunter Pence, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and even Michael Young. Which GM swooped in with the right offer to grab one of those bats? Nobody. The Pirates could have used a hitter. They weren't willing to pay the price. The Red Sox certainly could have used Young. The right deal wasn't there.

With way more buyers than sellers, the sellers decided they could hike the price with limited inventory out there. That's fine. But if the inventory doesn't come close to the asking price, you just can't buy it. Daniels had to save his prospects for another time, perhaps this offseason. Imagine if he'd dealt a Luis Sardinas or Luke Jackson, two prospects you may not know, but two that would likely come up in discussions for someone like a Giancarlo Stanton and a David Price. Sure, everyone knows Jurickson Profar. But Profar alone doesn't get you either one of those two players. And if they're made available this offseason -- and you never know, they could be -- the Rangers are in better position than most teams to make a big run at them.

Besides, one bat wasn't going to cure an offense that was struggling and could be without Nelson Cruz, assuming that suspension comes down in the next few days and he doesn't appeal it. So the Rangers did the only thing they could -- they reluctantly stood pat. Come August, maybe there's something out there.

But don't say the Rangers failed at the deadline because they didn't overpay for a bat that wasn't of high impact. Blame part of it on the offseason, if you want. That's at least fair. But with no true impact bat available, cashing in your chips on a mid-level hitter would have been the bigger failure.

Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Mark Buehrle

June, 14, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers try to even their series with Toronto when Justin Grimm faces Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle at 7:05 p.m. Friday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM (1540 AM in Spanish).

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Grimm (5-4, 5.25 ERA): Grimm makes his second straight start against the Blue Jays. He took a no-decision in the Rangers' 6-4 comeback victory at Toronto on Sunday. He allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings, with all four runs coming in the third inning. He got two outs before allowing a walk and later a three-run home run by Adam Lind. ... He has a 14.73 ERA for his two starts in June to raise his ERA from 3.93 to 5.25. ... Grimm has three wins since May 17, more than any other Rangers pitcher. ... Grimm leads American League rookie pitchers with five wins and 51 strikeouts.

Buehrle (2-4, 5.06 ERA): Buehrle dominated the Rangers in his last start, allowing one run in seven innings, but didn't get a decision in the Jays' 4-3 victory. ... He has four consecutive starts where he was allowed three earned runs or less. ... The changeup specialist works quickly and throws strikes. ... Opponents are batting .273 against him. ... Buehrle is 12-5 with a 3.31 ERA in his career against the Rangers.

Hitters: Jeff Baker (6-for-14, 1 HR, 1 RBI) and A.J. Pierzynski (8-for-20, 2 RBIs) have had success against Buehrle. Jose Bautista had hits in both of his at-bats against Grimm on Sunday.

The Week Ahead: Indians, Blue Jays

June, 10, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are still in first place after rallying to win Sunday in Toronto while Oakland lost to the White Sox in Chicago.

There's no place like home for the Rangers, who will begin an 11-game homestand Monday night with a three-game series against Cleveland. Then comes four games against Toronto and four more against the A's, who start Monday a half-game behind the Rangers in the American League West standings.

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The Rangers have the second-best home record in the majors at 18-8. They have played 10 more games on the road than at home this season.

Here's what to watch for as the Indians and Blue Jays come to town:

Dealing with injuries: The Rangers have to grind through this 11-game homestand with a short roster. Chances are they'll play this stretch without Ian Kinsler (fractured rib) and Mitch Moreland (strained right hamstring). The Rangers are for sure without starting pitcher Alexi Ogando (shoulder pain) and reliever Michael Kirkman (skin cancer). And it's still not getting close on Colby Lewis, Joakim Soria and Neftali Feliz, who are all recovering from major injuries.

Brutal on the road: The Indians have an 11-game road losing streak, the club's second poor road stretch in two seasons. Cleveland lost 10 straight road games during a span last July and August. This is Tribe's longest road losing streak since they dropped 12 straight away from home in 1991. Cleveland started the season playing well on the road with a 12-9 record. But the offense has gone cold with the Indians averaging 3.4 runs per game and being outscored 67-35 during their road losing streak.

Indians' starters slumping: Cleveland's losing streak begins with its starting pitching. Indians starters have a 7.85 ERA and a .319 opponents batting average during the skid. The long ball has killed Cleveland with 17 of those 37 runs coming off of home runs. Indians starters are struggling to get past the fifth inning, putting a lot of pressure on the bullpen which has responded with a 3.10 ERA.

Jays again: The Rangers will jump right back in and play the Blue Jays again for four games after losing two out of three in Toronto over the weekend. The Rangers need to turn things around against Toronto. The Rangers have a 14-18 record against the Jays going back to the 2010 season. It's been better at home during that stretch where the Rangers hold a 7-6 advantage over their Canadian rivals. Texas swept a three-game home series from the Jays last season.

Joey Bats: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was ejected from Sunday's game in Toronto after a tirade with home plate umpire Gary Darling over a called first strike that was well within the strike zone. Bautista then got himself out by swinging at two pitches out of the zone. Bautista was 4-for-15 in the series -- three of the hits came Sunday -- and he didn't have a home run or an RBI.

Mike Napoli finds success deep in counts

July, 24, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli stepped into the batter's box in the sixth inning Monday against the Boston Red Sox with two strikeouts on his ledger. Nelson Cruz was standing on first when Napoli dug in and fouled off the first two pitches he saw. After the second foul ball, Napoli glanced in the dugout and found David Murphy smiling.

"It's not like we talked about it (or) anything, but he looked at me and I was smiling because I knew that he had just missed that pitch," Murphy said after the Rangers' 9-1 win. "He was looking at me and it was like we were both thinking the same thing. In my head, I'm thinking he's going to hit a home run that at-bat. I had a feeling."

Napoli was in a prime position to strike out again, but instead he battled. He fouled off two pitches and worked himself into a 3-2 count. Then he got another fastball, but this time he didn't miss it. Instead, he hit a towering shot over the left-field wall that was a no-doubter right off the bat.

"I didn't call it, so I can't take credit for it because I kept it inside," Murphy said. "(Josh) Hamilton called it though."

Although he's had his struggles at the plate this season, Napoli has a history of producing when reaching a full count. According to Mark Simon of ESPN Stats and Information, Napoli hit .279 in 3-2 counts in 2011. What's more impressive is that he was 11-for-37 (.297) with four home runs in that situation in the second half of last season.

"He does a great job with battling, especially for a guy that strikes out a lot," Murphy said. "He's a catcher that hits for power and he'll have your strikeouts, and I think everyone is fine with that. But he works deep into counts, and he has plenty of good at-bats where he gets to 3-2. Sometimes when you battle all the way back, you get the hits. And tonight he got the big hit."

Going into Monday's matchup, Napoli was hitting just .167 in full counts. But Monday's home run may be a sign that Napoli is seeing the ball better.

"I'm feeling better. I'm just trying to go up there and have a tough at-bat every time and just try to stay consistent throughout the game," Napoli said. "... It's been a work in progress in the cages, and I'm just trying to carry it over to the game. The last couple of games it's been feeling better, and I'm going to keep working to carry it over."

Napoli certainly carried it over on Monday. The sixth-inning home run was his third home run of the season in a 3-2 count. Last year, Napoli tallied six home runs in full counts, which was tied for third behind Jose Bautista's eight home runs and Joey Votto's seven.

"I'm the type of guy that likes to take a lot of pitches," Napoli said. "I like to get involved in the at-bat and see what a guy has and try to zone up and get a pitch that I can hit. That's how I've always been in my career, and I'm starting to feel better as it comes along."

Another interesting trend is Napoli's success against the Red Sox. He is hitting .300 (36-120) with 15 home runs and 33 RBIs in 36 career games versus Boston, including a .538 mark with four home runs and 10 RBIs in three games this season.

The 30-year-old has hit a home run in four consecutive games against the Red Sox. It is the second time in his career he has achieved that feat. According to Elias, the only two other players that have at least two streaks of four home runs against Boston are Lou Gehrig and Harmon Killebrew. That's some pretty good company.

"Players have teams that they hit well against," Napoli said. "It just happens that I'm hitting kind of good against (Boston). I try to do the same thing every day. It just happens that way."

Napoli has now faced two teams in a row that he swings the bat well against in the Los Angeles Angels and the Red Sox. Will this get him going in the second half of the season like it did a year ago?
ARLINGTON, Texas – Rangers veteran Colby Lewis faces Blue Jays kid Henderson Alvarez. A look at the matchup:

Lewis (4-3, 3.30): Lewis snapped a three-game losing streak with an outstanding outing in his last start. He threw a season-high eight innings in the win over the Astros, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. … Lewis had allowed at least six runs in each of his previous three starts after allowing a total of seven runs in his five April starts. … Lewis has given up 13 homers, the most in the majors. That includes at least one long ball allowed in each start. … He gave up one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings in his last start against the Blue Jays.

Alvarez (3-4, 3.30): The 22-year-old Alvarez has seven quality starts in nine outings, but he’s coming off his worst performance of the season. He gave up six earned runs on nine hits and two walks in a loss to the Mets. … He is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts on the road. That includes a six-hit shutout of the Angels. … Alvarez isn’t a power pitcher. He has only 18 strikeouts in 60 innings.

Hitters: Current Blue Jays are hitting .247 (18-for-73) with 16 strikeouts against Lewis. Jose Bautista is 3-for-8 with two homers against Lewis. J.P. Arencibia is 1-for-2 with a homer. Rajai Davis is 6-for-16 with a double and two RBIs. Yunel Escobar is 1-for-9. … Alvarez has never faced the Rangers.

Up Next:
Sun. vs. Tor.: RHP Yu Darvish (6-2, 3.05) vs. RHP Kyle Drabek (4-4, 3.27), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Brandon Morrow

May, 24, 2012
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Following a day off, the Texas Rangers begin a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. LHP Derek Holland will face RHP Brandon Morrow. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and TXA-21. Here’s a closer look at the pitchers:

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Holland (3-3, 4.27 ERA): Holland looks to bounce back from his last start Saturday against the Houston Astros. He allowed five runs on five hits -- three of them were home runs -- in five innings during the 6-5 loss. …Holland is 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in his last three starts, dropping his ERA from 5.13 to 4.27. … He pitched a complete game shutout on 95 pitches last season in his last matchup against the Blue Jays on July 30 at the Rogers Centre. … Holland is 2-1 with a 5.55 ERA in five games against the Blue Jays.

Morrow (5-2, 2.63 ERA): Morrow is off to an impressive start this season. In his last outing, he had a complete game shutout against the New York Mets on Saturday. … He’s 3-0 with a 0.63 ERA on the road in four starts with a .156 opponent batting average. … Morrow picked up a win in his last start against the Rangers on July 31 last season. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings and struck out 11. … In seven games against the Rangers, Morrow is 3-3 with a 5.46 ERA. … He’s 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in four appearances at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. … Morrow’s ERA ranks sixth in the American League and his 0.96 WHIP is fourth best in the AL.

Hitters: Ian Kinsler (6-for-16), Michael Young (6-for-15), David Murphy (4-for-11) and Elvis Andrus (3-for-7) have been the most successful against Morrow. Nelson Cruz (1-for-13), Mike Napoli (2-for-14) and Josh Hamilton (2-for-9) have struggled. … The Blue jays have a .256 batting average and .329 slugging percentage against Holland. … The Blue Jays’ No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and J.P Arencibia are 6-for-23 against Holland with zero home runs and five strikeouts. … Adam Lind has the most hits on the Blue Jays off Holland (4-for-12).

Up Next:

Sat. vs. Tor.: RHP Colby Lewis (4-3, 3.30) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 3.30), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540/FSSW
Sun. vs. Tor.: RHP Yu Darvish (6-2, 3.05) vs. RHP Kyle Drabek (4-4, 3.27), 2:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW
Mon. vs. Sea.: LHP Matt Harrison (5-3, 4.72) vs. RHP Kevin Millwood (3-4, 3.72), 7:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/1540/FSSW/MLB Network

Four Rangers receive MVP recognition

November, 21, 2011
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Michael Young finished eighth in voting for the American League MVP award and was one of four Texas Rangers to receive votes.

Detroit Tigers pitcher and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander completed the rare double-double by winning the AL MVP on Monday afternoon, beating out Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. Verlander garnered 13 first-place votes, nine more than Ellsbury and eight more than third-place finisher Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

For the complete MVP voting, click here.

Young, who recorded career bests with a .338 average and 106 RBIs as the designated hitter and super-utility infielder, got one first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth-place vote, plus four seventh-place votes, seven votes for eighth, four for ninth and two 10th-place votes. He was the only player to receive at least one vote in slots one through 10.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who completed the second 30-30 season of his career, finished 11th in the voting. He received two sixth-place votes and one fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth-place vote.

Adrian Beltre placed 15th with two eighth-place votes and one ninth and 10th-place vote. Despite missing five weeks with a hamstring injury, Beltre hit .296 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs.

The 2010 AL MVP, Josh Hamilton, received one 10th place vote.

The Rangers' four players to receive votes was tied for second with the Tigers behind the New York Yankees' five.

Mike Napoli, who notched career-bests with a .320 batting average, 30 home runs and 75 RBI, did not receive any votes, likely because he managed all that damage in just 369 at-bats and 113 games.

Will Michael Young garner MVP votes?

November, 21, 2011
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The American League MVP will be announced at 1 p.m. today and unlike last season when Josh Hamilton was the runaway favorite -- and landslide winner -- a handful of players are in the running this season.

Will Texas Rangers super-utility man Michael Young, who hit a career-high .338 with a career-best 106 RBIs from the five-hole and cleanup, register on the voters' scorecards? Young served as the club's designated hitter for the first time in his career, but also played extensively at third base during Adrian Beltre's injury and at first base, especially late in the season as Mitch Moreland struggled.

The big issue with Young is that he might not be the MVP on his own team. Catcher-first baseman Mike Napoli, who would have been the World Series MVP had Texas wrapped it up, just might have seized that honor with an amazing post-All-Star Game run.

Still, it will be interesting to see how Young, respected around the league by the voting baseball writers, stands up to a loaded field that includes Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and even New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson.
ARLINGTON - Memo to St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan and the Cardinals' pitching staff: Quit throwing high fastballs to Mike Napoli.

He destroys them.

He did it again on Sunday night, providing a three-run blast in the pivotal sixth inning as the Rangers beat St. Louis, 4-0, in Game 4 of the World Series.

Only Toronto's Jose Bautista hit more high fastballs (15) for homers than Napoli.

"I was looking for something up," Napoli said. "I was looking for something that I could drive."

And that's just what he did to Mitchell Boggs' first pitch after the reliever replaced Edwin Jackson with two on and none out in the sixth inning.

Of Napoli's 30 regular-season home runs, three came on the first pitch. That shouldn't surprise you considering Napoli is hitting .556 on first-pitch fastballs from right-handers this season. Just so you know, he hits. 403 against high fastballs and .400 against high inside fastballs.

If Duncan is smart, and he is, Napoli shouldn't see another high fastball this series. He has two homers and seven RBI. The rest of the Rangers' lineup? two homers and eight RBI.

Matchup: Derek Holland-Jo-Jo Reyes

April, 27, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The third game of this four-game series features a pair of left-handed pitchers in Derek Holland and Jo-Jo Reyes. A look at the matchup:

Holland (3-1, 4.39 ERA): The 24-year-old beat the Royals in his last start despite allowing five runs on seven hits in seven innings. He had nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high, and did a nice job of grinding through some rough patches to get the club through seven innings. ...Holland has pitched at least six innings in all four of his starts in 2011. ...Holland is 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA in 10 1/3 innings (three games, two starts) in his career against Toronto. The Blue Jays have hit .295 against him.

Reyes (0-2, 6.20 ERA): It's been all or nothing for Reyes so far this year, with two starts of at least seven innings and two where he hasn't pitched longer than 3 1/3 innings. ...His last start was a no-decision in a Toronto win over Tampa Bay. He gave up four runs on six hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk. ...Opponents are hitting .329 off Reyes this season. ...He's made one appearance against Texas in his career -- June 18, 2008 as a member of the Braves -- and went seven innings and gave up two runs (one earned) with four walks and three strikeouts.

Hitters: Only three Rangers not on the disabled list have ever faced Reyes, and none has a hit: Michael Young (0-for-3), Ian Kinsler (0-for-2) and Yorvit Torrealba (0-for-1). ...Juan Rivera is 3-for-15 with a homer and two RBIs off Holland. ...Adam Lind is 3-for-6 with a homer and five RBIs versus Holland. ...Jose Bautista doesn't have a hit against Holland in five at-bats.

Upcoming matchups:

Thursday vs. Toronto: RHP Alexi Ogando (3-0, 2.13) vs. RHP Brandon Morrow (0-1, 5.06), 1:05 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM/FSSW
Friday at Oakland: LHP C.J. Wilson (3-0, 3.51) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (3-0, 2.30), 9:07 p.m. on ESPN 103.3 FM/TXA 21
Saturday at Oakland: RHP Colby Lewis (1-3, 6.95) vs. LHP Brett Anderson (2-1, 1.56), 3:07 p.m. ESPN 103.3FM/FSSW
Sunday at Oakland: LHP Matt Harrison vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (2-2, 2.70), 3:07 p.m. ESPN 103.3 FM/FSSW
Monday at Oakland: LHP Derek Holland vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (1-2, 3.57), 2:37 p.m. ESPN 103.3 FM/FSSW

NOTE: All of the Oakland games will also include live in-game chats here on the Rangers blog.

Ray takes over for Lewis in sixth

May, 16, 2010
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The good news was that Colby Lewis only allowed three hits Sunday. The bad news is that one of them was a bases-loaded double and another was the home run by Jose Bautista that finished Lewis off with two outs in the sixth.

Chris Ray came in and finished the sixth inning. The Rangers have three innings to overcome a 5-1 deficit if they want to avoid being swept Toronto.

Bautista's homer came on Lewis' 111th pitch. Lewis' final line: 5 2/3 innings, three hits, five runs (all earned), five strikeouts and four walks.

He has 54 strikeouts for the season, which ties him for fourth in the AL with Boston's Jon Lester.

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Colby Lewis
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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