Texas Rangers: Justin Germano

HOUSTON -- The Texas Rangers’ 10-game wining streak at Minute Maid Park ended Tuesday night.

It was the Rangers’ first loss in Houston since the 2013 season opener.

Houston thumped the Rangers 8-0, but that didn’t matter much in the big picture.

The Rangers are much more concerned about the health of starter Matt Harrison, who left the game with back stiffness after just 1 2/3 innings.

Harrison, who missed virtually all of last season after having surgery to repair a herniated disk, started the season on the disabled list.

He struggled from the onset against Houston, allowing four hits and walking three batters on a cool 66-degree evening at Minute Maid Park -- the roof was open -- before leaving the game.

The weak-hitting Astros battered reliever Justin Germano, Harrison’s replacement. Germano allowed six hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings as Houston took an 8-0 lead after a four-run fifth inning.

A few observations:

Mowed down: Houston starter Dallas Keuchel struck out the side on 10 pitches in the second. Alex Rios, Michael Choice and Leonys Martin were the victims.

Princely review: Prince Fielder poked a pitch down the left-field line and hustled into second with an apparent double after a head-first slide. Houston manager Bo Porter requested a review of the play, and after a 2-minute, 40-second examination of the play, Fielder was ruled out.

Platinum sombrero:Rios, the Rangers’ leading hitter, struck out for the fifth consecutive time when he went down on strikes in the second inning. The streak ended when he singled in the fourth.

Ouch: Shin-Soo Choo took over the AL lead when he was hit by a pitch for the seventh time this season in the third inning. He took a fastball just above his right elbow. Luckily, Choo was wearing an elbow guard. If not, he might have been doing a lot more than wincing as he trotted down to first base.

Streak ends: Elvis Andrus extends his hitting streak to 10 with single to right to lead off the ninth inning.

Up Next The Rangers will play the final game of their three-game series against Houston, with Nick Tepesch (0-0, 0.00 ERA) facing Scott Feldman (2–1, 1.93 ERA) in Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. start on ESPN's 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.

Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 8, Rangers 3

May, 10, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Boston Red Sox built an early six-run lead for Jon Lester and the veteran left-hander made it stand up for an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night before the second Globe Life Park sellout crowd of the season.

Six of Lester’s eight strikeouts came on called third strikes, and three ended innings with a Ranger in scoring position.

The loss stopped a two-game Texas winning streak and evened the series with the Red Sox at one win apiece. A few observations:

Off target: The strike zone at times was an elusive target for Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. He issued four walks and hit a batter in a start that was over after 3 2/3 innings. In all, Perez faced 23 Red Sox hitters; 14 reached base, and six scored. Perez’s pitches consistently dropped below the strike zone, even though the raw numbers -- 52 strikes in 86 pitches -- might not seem alarming. In Perez’s defense, a good number of the nine hits he allowed were soft, including a two-run, looping fourth-inning single by Shane Victorino with the Texas infield playing on the infield grass.

Making tracks: The long legs of Alex Rios seemed to need only a couple of strides to complete the final 90 feet of his fourth-inning RBI triple. Rios slid into third well ahead of the relay throw.

Bullpen strength: Down 6-0 when summoned in the fourth, the Rangers bullpen held the line with hitless work from Shawn Tolleson and Aaron Poreda. Third reliever Justin Germano, just up from Round Rock, was touched for two runs in his two-inning debut.

Hot bat: Elvis Andrus extended his hitting streak to seven games with an RBI double in the left-center gap in the fifth. It was the second double in two nights for the Texas shortstop, and he added a single in the eighth. Andrus' batting average has climbed more than 30 points in his streak.

Caught stealing: Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos spoiled two Red Sox stolen base attempts with strong throws. He shot down David Ross in the second and Dustin Pedroia in the sixth. Chirinos has thrown out seven of 17 base stealers.

Good things must end: The Rangers pitchers’ scoreless streak ended at 23 innings on Victorino’s single to center field with the bases loaded and two out in the second inning. The shutout streak began in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 9-2 loss to Colorado.

Laser throw: The word is out about the strong throwing arm of Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin. Fewer baserunners are challenging him. Jackie Bradley Jr. saw the danger of running on Martin firsthand when he was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a two-out single by Victorino in the second inning.

Challenge denied: The Rangers unsuccessfully challenged an out call at first base on Adrian Beltre in the eighth inning that completed a double play.

Heave-ho: Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux was tossed in the eighth inning by first-base umpire Vic Carapazza.

Up next: About 6,000 reserved-seat tickets remain for Sunday’s 2:05 p.m. series finale matching left-hander Robbie Ross (1-3, 4.74 ERA) and right-hander John Lackey (4-2, 3.72 ERA) on ESPN 103.3 FM and Fox Sports Southwest.

Odor one of three Rangers roster moves

May, 8, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers made several roster moves prior to Thursday’s game with the Colorado Rockies at Globe Life Park.

Texas purchased the contracts of infielder Rougned Odor from Double-A Frisco along with infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed reliever Justin Germano from Triple-A Round Rock.

To make room, the Rangers placed infielder Donnie Murphy on the 15-day disabled list with a neck strain and designated for assignment infielder Josh Wilson and right-handed relief pitcher Scott Baker.

Manager Ron Washington said he plans to use Odor, batting .279 with seven home runs at Frisco, as his regular season baseman. The 20-year-old Venezuelan is in the lineup tonight.

“Right now, he’s the hottest thing in Double A,’’ Washington said.

The manager said he has no plans on platooning the left-handed hitting Odor. “We’ll let him face them all starting out and go from there.’’

Washington expects to use Sardinas, who spent eight days with the club in April, for infield depth.

Germano is needed for insurance in a bullpen that has been used heavily in the previous three games.

Baker pitched well in relief in Wednesday’s 9-2 loss to the Rockies, but Washington said the Rangers needed a fresh arm.

“It’s very tough for Scott Baker,’’ the manager said. “He did a heck of job putting four zeros up against those guys.’’

Notes: Rangers sign RHP Justin Germano

December, 18, 2013
The Rangers announced on Wednesday that the club has agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Justin Germano on a minor-league deal with an invitation to big league spring training.

Here's some information about Germano according to the club's release:

Germano, 31, spent last season in the Toronto organization, making one appearance for the Blue Jays on May 1 vs. Boston (2.0 IP, 2 R-ER). He spent the rest of the year at Buffalo (AAA), going 8-9 with a 4.47 ERA (75 ER/151.0 IP) in 25 games/24 starts. He had 2 complete games, 27 walks, and 103 strikeouts. Originally drafted by the Padres in 2000, Germano has gone 10-30 with a 5.29 ERA over 94 games/48 starts in his major league career with San Diego (2004, 2007-08), Cincinnati (2006), Cleveland (2010-11), Boston (2012), Chicago-NL (2012), and Toronto (2013). He pitched for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball in 2009, going 5-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 14 games/13 starts. One of his starts that year came against Hokkaido’s Yu Darvish on July 31, 2009, a game in which Germano took the loss.

The Rangers now have 11 nonroster invitees to camp: pitchers Nate Adcock, Jose Contreras, Germano, Colby Lewis, Aaron Poreda, and Armando Rodriguez, infielders Kevin Kouzmanoff, Brent Lillibridge, and Josh Wilson, and outfielders Bryan Petersen and Brad Snyder.

Darren Oliver wins 2014 Mark Holtz Alumni Award: Oliver, who retired after last season, played 20 years in the big leagues, including three different stints with the Texas Rangers (1993-98; 2000-01; 2010-11). Oliver will receive the award as part of the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine.

Oliver was 118-98 in 766 appearances/229 starts in his big league career with Texas, St. Louis, Boston, Colorado, Florida, Houston, New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, and Toronto. He was 3-4, 4.08 in 50 games with the Blue Jays in 2013. Oliver pitched in 30 career postseason games.



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