Tommy John surgery—which Angels pitcher/DH Shohei Ohtani is supposed to receive, per a team announcement today—will steal a whole year from a dominant hurler in his prime. But UCL damage won’t necessarily hold back a good hitter. And luckily for all of us, what could be devastating news for any other pitcher in…
The 39-year-old version of Adrian Beltre has more hamstring injuries and isn’t as powerful as his previous iterations, but when he connects on a pitch, it sounds lovely. And regardless of his age, the Rangers third baseman will always have the same reaction when someone tries to touch his head.
Triple plays are always cool, but the best instances are the ones that leave everyone—fielders, runners, fans, broadcasters—kind of confused about what exactly just happened. Last night’s Angels-Rangers game gave us one of those.
King Félix has some of the nastier stuff in baseball. Tuesday night he K’d up his old nemesis Adrián Beltré on a wicked 78-mph breaking pitch, drawing a hilarious truncated swing out of Beltré, followed by a look of pure bafflement. It was more than Hernández could handle:
Top of the sixth, tie game, men on second and third, and the lights went out in Phoenix:
The Royals’ Whit Merrifield has 15 stolen bases on the year, and Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon had yet to pick off a baserunner this season heading into tonight. In this case, one would think that the 29-year-old on first base would have the clear advantage over the 45-year-old on the mound. But that’s the problem…
We’ve got ourselves a near donnybrook! Hands nearly thrown! Faces nearly smashed! Scores nearly settled!
Benches cleared for a bustling group therapy session after Rougned Odor tried and failed to break up a game-ending double play Friday night by sliding in wide and with his spikes up on the relay from Andrelton Simmons:
A team of what appeared to be adult major league athletes suited up for the Texas Rangers on Thursday night. They were playing the third-worst team in baseball, the currently skipper-less Royals. To look at them, and to look at their opponents, you had to think they at least had a chance. What could go wrong?
In the middle of his seven-plus scoreless innings in the Texas Rangers’ 5-1 win Wednesday, pitcher Bartolo Colon had to deal with a comebacker from Mariners shortstop Jean Segura. While Colon wasn’t quick enough with his glove, his tummy more or less did the job, and he got the out in time. You can’t teach density.
In the top of the first inning of today’s Rangers-Blue Jays game, with Delino DeShields Jr. on second base, Rangers second-baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa slapped a flare to shallow right field, where Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk came charging in to make a heroic play. And make a play he sure did, after stumbling to…
The impressive wingspan of Texas Rangers rookie Ronald Guzmán has earned him the nickname The Condor, which doesn’t exactly conjure up an image of flexibility or litheness, but the first baseman embodied just those qualities during tonight’s sixth inning with a picture-perfect split:
It wasn’t quite as iconic as the absolutely perfect time he moved the on-deck circle last year. But Adrián Beltré continues to be the best in the world at turning otherwise mundane baseball plays into bursts of fun. In this case, it didn’t amount to anything tangible for his team, but you have to admire the…
God, I feel so bad for Jurickson Profar. Once the consensus top overall prospect in baseball, Profar has spent the last few years sustaining and sort-of-recovering-from a series of increasingly strange injuries. That bad luck has reduced him from a franchise cornerstone to a guy who, at 25, mostly seems like someone…
The coolest and most fun to watch baseball players are consistently the guys who look like they have no business in any kind of athletic contest, yet still manage to dominate. Baseball is a sport for all shapes and sizes, and no one has illustrated that better than Bartolo Colon.
He didn’t start the game, but anyone who stuck with tonight’s Angels-Rangers blowout was treated with a glimpse of baseball’s most fascinating, awe-inspiring marvel. And Bartolo Colón did not disappoint. The pitcher that does what no one else in MLB can do—that is, strike people out at age 44—helped with mop-up duty…
One of the stranger injuries of baseball’s offseason was Texas Rangers pitcher Martín Pérez’s broken elbow, the result of a bull that startled him and caused him to fall on his ranch in Venezuela.
Tim Lincecum’s showcase for major-league scouts went well—or well enough, anyway—and he looked pretty healthy. So now he has a contract with the chance to mount his comeback.
The New York Yankees acquired Texas Rangers prospect Russell Wilson for “future considerations” today. Wilson has long wanted to be a Yankee, per ESPN, and the two organizations got the trade done to accommodate Wilson’s wishes.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez had surgery yesterday to repair a fracture in his right (non-pitching) elbow on Monday. Perez needed it, team GM Jon Daniels said, because he was startled by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela.