Texas Rangers: Target Field

Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Scott Diamond

April, 26, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two starters both coming off their first win of the season will square off as the Texas RangersJustin Grimm opposes the Minnesota TwinsScott Diamond. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. CT on TXA21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, with the Spanish broadcast on 1540 AM.

Justin Grimm (1-0, 2.70 ERA): Grimm, 24, struck out a career-high nine batters his last time out and walked just one en route to earning his second career win in Texas’ 11-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. … The right-hander allowed two runs -- one earned -- while logging six innings for just the second time in his brief major league tenure. … Sunday’s win was Grimm’s first since his major league debut, when he pitched six innings of three-run ball in the Rangers’ 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros on June 16, 2012. … Friday will mark Grimm’s first appearance at Target Field and just his third appearance against an American League Central opponent. Grimm went 0-1 with a 20.25 ERA in two outings (one start) versus the AL Central in 2012.

Scott Diamond (1-1, 4.35 ERA): The 26-year-old left-hander will face Texas for the second time in his career. Diamond was ejected in the third inning of his previous outing versus the Rangers on Aug. 24, 2012, for throwing a pitch behind the head of Josh Hamilton. Texas starter Roy Oswalt hit Twins catcher Joe Mauer in the back in the preceding half-inning. … Diamond got off to a late start this spring after offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow, and began the season on the disabled list. … He allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, striking out five. Diamond has five or more strikeouts in a game just eight times in 36 career starts. … He was a pleasant surprise for Minnesota last season, finishing 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA.

Hitters: Eduardo Escobar (1-for-2) is the only Twins hitter with at-bats against Grimm. Current Rangers are a combined 5-for-17 with a walk against Diamond, including doubles from A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto.

Up Next:

Saturday at Minnesota: LHP Derek Holland (1-1, 3.25) vs. Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 3.86), 3:10 p.m. CT, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM/Fox Sports Southwest

Sunday at Minnesota: RHP Alexi Ogando (2-1, 3.12) vs. RHP Kevin Correia (2-1, 2.86), 1:10 p.m. CT, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/Fox Sports Southwest

Rangers Ballpark takes aim at Target

June, 19, 2012
Target Field vs. Rangers BallparkESPN.com IllustrationRangers Ballpark in Arlington advanced to the second round, where it faces Minnesota's Target Field.

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington provided the second-biggest upset in the first round of ESPN.com's Battle of the Ballparks bracket, knocking off Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium by less than one percent.

Milwaukee's Miller Park, the No. 24 seed, was the only stadium seeded lower than No. 21 Rangers Ballpark to reach the second round. More than 56,000 votes were cast in the RBIA-Kauffman matchup.

Rangers Ballpark now sets its sights on Minnesota's Target Field, the No. 5 seed, in the second round.

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Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Twins 3

April, 15, 2012

The Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and improve to 8-2 on the season. Josh Hamilton hit the game-changing home run in the top of the eighth inning. After an Ian Kinsler lead-off walk and Elvis Andrus triple, Hamilton hit his fourth home run of the season and did so off lefty Glen Perkins. That gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead.

Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for the second consecutive game, and this was a save opportunity. He worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save.

On the mound: Starter Neftali Feliz was perfect through 10 batters. Jamey Carroll singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Twins' first hit. As a major league starting pitcher, Feliz pitched 11 2/3 scoreless before allowing his first runs on Clete Thomas' home run. Feliz lasted just three batters into the sixth inning, the shortest outing of the season for a Rangers starting pitcher. He did not factor in the decision.

Taking a chance: The Rangers, trailing 2-1, had a chance to tie the game in the sixth, but Adrian Beltre was thrown out at home plate trying to score from first base on Michael Young's third hit of the day. Right fielder Thomas to second baseman Alexi Casilla to catcher Joe Mauer was a perfect play.

Nails: For the second consecutive day, lefty Robbie Ross impressed. He relieved Feliz with two on and no outs in the sixth inning. He struck out Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham before getting Chris Parmalee to fly out to left. Ross also pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

Hold on: RHP Mike Adams pitched the eighth inning. It was his seventh appearance in 10 games. He entered this game tied for the American League lead in appearances and with four holds.

Young season: Young has hit safely in eight of 10 games this season, and he has hit safely in five straight. Young was 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles on Sunday.

Superman: Hamilton began the day as the American League’s leader with 14 hits. He singled in his first at-bat, which meant he has hit safely in nine of the Rangers' 10 games. Hamilton has hit a home run in two straight games.

On a good run: Kinsler has scored 11 runs in 10 games.

The backstop: Yorvit Torrealba made his fifth start of the season. The Rangers are 4-1 when he is the starting catcher.

Missing the dome? On a rainy day in Minnesota, it’s easy to say one misses the Metrodome. Mike Napoli might miss it a little more than others because he was a career .395 hitter (15-for-38) in the Metrodome. He is now 6-for-31 at Target Field after going 1-for-4 on Sunday with his first homer of the season. Napoli was 1-for-8 in this series before hitting connecting in the fifth inning.

What’s in a name? According to www.baseball-reference.com, the Rangers faced the first player ever in Major League Baseball with the first name of Liam. Eric Nadel pointed this out at the beginning of the radio broadcast on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network. Liam Hendrik allowed just one run Rangers run in six innings.



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