Texas Rangers: Ricky Romero

Matchup: Matt Harrison vs. Ricky Romero

May, 2, 2012
5/02/12
10:15
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Matt Harrison looks to get back to his winning ways after getting shelled by Tampa Bay in his last start. Here's the matchup:

Harrison (3-1, 3.38 ERA): The Rays rocked Harrison so bad in his last start that concerns arose about whether he was tipping off his pitches. He gave up six earned runs off 14 hits, the most in his career.

Romero (3-0, 3.18 ERA): The young lefty is off to a hot start this season. Batters are hitting just .193 against him, but he has been prone to walks and high pitch counts.

Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 6-12 with four doubles but he is not in the lineup. Neither is Josh Hamilton, who is 0-4 -- all strikeouts. ... David Murphy is 5-12. ... Bad news for the Rangers is this Toronto lineup is hitting .393 against him in his career. ... Rajai Davis is 2-10.

Up next:

Friday at Cleveland: RHP Colby Lewis (3-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. RHP Jeanmar Gomez (1-1, 2.35 ERA), 6:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/TXA-21.
Saturday at Cleveland: LHP Derek Holland (2-2, 5.13 ERA) vs. RHP Derek Lowe (4-1, 2.27 ERA), 6:05 p.m., KSKY 660 AM/FSSW.
Sunday at Cleveland: RHP Yu Darvish (4-0, 2.19 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1, 4.50 ERA), 12:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3/FSSW.

Rangers drop series opener in Toronto

September, 6, 2010
9/06/10
2:42
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The Blue Jays lived up to its billing as a power-hitting team with three home runs off Tommy Hunter (12-3) en route to a 7-2 drubbing of the Rangers Monday in Toronto.

Both starting pitchers, Hunter and Ricky Romero (12-8), went seven innings. Romero, who has historically pitched well against Texas, gave up only one run against Hunter's seven.

The Rangers hoped Hunter would right the ship after the team suffered a series sweep at the hands of the Twins. Hunter pitched a few solid innings, but the damage was done in the third when Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill drove in five runs off two homers. Yunel Escobar also got in the act with a solo shot in the seventh.

Michael Young, one of the few bright spots in the Rangers' lineup, went 3-for-3 with a RBI, a walk and also added some nice defensive plays at third base. Vladimir Guerrero swung the bat well, knocking in a couple of extra-base hits and scoring one of the Rangers' runs.

Elvis Andrus is expected to sit out until Wednesday with a sore hamstring, and Josh Hamilton's bruised ribs could keep the major league batting leader out of the lineup longer than anticipated.

Scott Feldman is currently the leading candidate to start Game 2 of the four-game series as the Rangers "err on the side of caution" in regards to Cliff Lee's back pain.

Alyssa Milano of "Who's the Boss?" fame was in attendance for the Rangers' Labor Day loss.

Jays complete sweep of Rangers, 5-2

May, 16, 2010
5/16/10
3:04
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The Rangers outhit Toronto, 9-3, on Sunday, but the Blue Jays made the most of their hits to complete a three-game home sweep with a 5-2 victory.

On the bright side, the Rangers will return home with no worse than a one-game lead over the Oakland Athletics. The A's lost the first two of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, with Game 3 on Sunday afternoon. The third-place Angels, who trailed the Rangers by three games pending the result of their third game against the A's, come to Arlington for a quick two-game series Monday and Tuesday. (UPDATE: The Angels completed the sweep and come to Texas 2 1/2 games behind the Rangers and a half-game behind Oakland.)

* The efficient Blue Jays went 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position and stranded four runners. The Rangers didn't take advantage of their chances, going 2-for-8 with RISP and stranding five. The Rangers hit into three double plays and had a runner caught stealing.

* Each team loaded the bases once. When the Jays did it with two outs in the sixth, John Buck's double plated three runs. Texas did it with no outs in the seventh, but pinch hitter Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a double play and the Rangers only mustered one run in the inning.

* The Blue Jays' pitching staff pumped up its strikeout totals during the three-game sweep with 11 more. The Rangers struck out six times Friday and 12 more times during Saturday's shutout by Ricky Romero. Nelson Cruz (four strikeouts in four at-bats) and Josh Hamilton (three) had the toughest time making contact for the Rangers on Sunday. That's seven strikeouts in his last eight at-bats for Hamilton.

* The Rangers' relievers did their job, with 2 1/3 hitless innings. Chris Ray walked the first batter he faced, but the bullpen retired the next seven hitters, five by strikeout, to finish up. Darren Oliver and Frank Francisco each struck out two in an inning of work.

Rangers won't be shut out again

May, 16, 2010
5/16/10
12:47
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A day after getting shut out by Toronto's Ricky Romero, the Rangers didn't take long to get on the board Sunday against Brandon Morrow.

Ian Kinsler led off the second with a double, moved to third on Justin Smoak's single and scored on Matt Treanor's sacrifice fly to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

The Rangers had first and third with no out in the first, too, but couldn't cash in. Michael Young was nailed trying to steal second on a strike-out, throw-out with Josh Hamilton at the plate, and Nelson Cruz whiffed to strand David Murphy at third.

Lewis takes aim at AL strikeout lead

May, 16, 2010
5/16/10
12:37
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With his 12 K's against the Rangers on Saturday, Toronto's Ricky Romero moved into a tie for the American League lead in strikeouts. At 59, he was tied with Tampa Bay's James Shields and the L.A. Angels' Jered Weaver.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who began the day 10 strikeouts behind the leaders, notched two in the first inning against the Blue Jays. Lewis has hit the 10-strikeout mark three times in seven starts this season.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .326
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 67
RA. Beltre 66
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182