Jun 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez (60) congratulates relief pitcher Joakim Soria (right) following their win against the Minnesota Twins during a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Roundup – June 28, 2014


ARLINGTON, Tex. — The Texas Rangers ended their 8-game losing streak last night when they defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-4. With a win tonight, the Texas Rangers could win a series for the second time in last 9 tries. Here’s your Texas Rangers Roundup.

TEXAS RANGERS: (36-43, .456)

  • After the Rangers win last night they are still in 4th place and remain 13.0 games behind first place Oakland Athletics
  • The Texas Rangers have dropped 6.0 games in the standings the last 11 days to nearly double their deficit from 7.0 to a season-high 13.0 GB the A’s

SORIA SAVES:

  • Joakim Soria allowed 4 runs in the 9th inning last night
  • Soria became the first pitcher in MLB this season to finish a win for his club while allowing 4+ runs AND recording 3-outs-or-less
  • He has 2nd-lowest .073 (3-41) opposing average vs. right-handed batters (min. 30 at-bats by RHB)

RIOS GRANDE:

  • Alex Rios has started in all 126 games for the Rangers since being added to club’s active roster on 8/10/2013
  • Rios has made 119 starts in right field and 7 as the designated hitter
  • He has a .481 (13-27) career average against Hughes, the highest figure by any opposing batter with at least 20 plat appearances against the Minnesota Twins’ starter
  • Alex Rios has a home run, 4 doubles and 5 RBI versus Hughes
  • Alex Rios is not in today’s lineup as of this posting

ELIAS KNOWS YU:

  • According to Elias Sports Bureau Yu Darvish‘s 616 career strikouts thru 75 career starts area MLB record (Dwight Gooden is 2nd at 596)
  • Darvish’s 3.20 ERA thru first 75 career starts in MLB is 5th-lowest by ANY active player (Elias Sports Bureau)
  • Yu Darvish has won each of his last 2 starts in Arlington, including his first career complete game shutout at Globe Life Park on June 11, 2014 versus Miami Marlins
  • Darvish enters today’s game seeking his first win against the Minnesota Twins

BIG TEP:

  • Nick Tepesch pitched 7.1 shutout innings earning the win last night
  • His 7.1 IP matched his career-high for innings in a game
  • The only other Texas starters with at least 7.1 SCORELESS innings this season are: Yu Darvish (4x), Martin Perez (3x) and Robbie Ross Jr. (once)
  • Since April 23 at Oakland Athletics no other starter other than Darvish has pitched 7.1 + innings, whether allowing any runs or not

YO ADRIAN:

  • Adrian Beltre‘s errorless streak ended at 29 games in Thursday’s game
  • Beltre leads the American League with .361 (39-108) home average
  • He recorded 3 RBI in yesterday’s game and now has team-high 41 RBI this season
  • Adrian Beltre has team-high 10 multi-RBI games this season and is 4-for-his-last-4 with runners in scoring position (RISP)
  • Entering today’s game Beltre’s numbers in June are: .379 (33-87), 4 HR, 7 doubles, 21 RBI in 23 games

CHOO LEADS:

  • Shin-Soo Choo hit leadoff yesterday for the first time since June 6 and matched his season-high with 3 hits (3rd time)
  • Hitting in the leadoff spot Choo has a .416 OBP in 50 games (49 starts)
  • In his other 23 starts (all in the 3-hole) Choo has .268 OBP

THIS AND THAT:

  • Elvis Andrus has a current 30-game errorless streak, spanning 119 errorless chances sine 5/23
  • Texas Rangers have played 12 straight games lasting longer than 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Engel Beltre went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored last night for Round Rock (AAA)
  • Derek Holland threw a 3-inning simulated game (67 pitches) on the field today in Arlington, he will stay in Arlington during team’s road trip next week and be evaluated when the club returns

TODAY’S LINEUP:

TEXAS RANGERS: RHP Yu Darvish (7-4, 2.62)

  1. Shin-Soo Choo LF
  2. Elvis Andrus SS
  3. Carlos Pena 1B
  4. Adrian Beltre 3B
  5. Donnie Murphy DH
  6. Leonys Martin CF
  7. Chris Gimenez C
  8. Michael Choice RF
  9. Rougned Odor 2B

MINNESOTA TWINS: RHP Phil Hughes (8-3, 3.40)

  1. Sam Fuld CF
  2. Brian Dozier 2B
  3. Joe Mauer DH
  4. Kendrys Morales 1B
  5. Oswaldo Arcia LF
  6. Kurt Suzuki C
  7. Chris Parmelee RF
  8. Eduardo Escobar 3B
  9. Pedro Florimon SS

ON DECK FOR TOMORROW:

  • RHP Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.94) vs. Minnesota Twins’ RHP Kyle Gibson (6-6, 3.92)
  • You can tune in to FSSW/ 103.3 FM/ 1270 AM at 2:05 (CDT)

Tags: Featured Popular Texas Rangers