Texas Rangers Roundup – June 27, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Tex. — After dropping a 3-game series against the Detroit Tigers the Texas Rangers begin a 3-game series against the Minnesota Twins tonight. The weekend series will be the last season series against the Twins. The Texas Rangers took 3 of 4 from the Minnesota Twins during their 4-game series at Target Field in May. The Rangers lead all-time series 259-255 and have the home-field advantage with a 57-45 lead at Globe Life Park. Here is your Texas Rangers Roundup.

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  • TEXAS RANGERS: (35-43, .449)

    • Texas has lost a season-high 8 straight games and is the longest active streak in MLB
    • The current 8-game losing streak is the longest by the Texas Rangers since losing 8 consecutive games from 8/8-16/2005
    • The last longer streak was from 5/30/2003-6/8/2003 when the Rangers dropped 9 in a row
    • The Texas Rangers still sit in 4th place in the American League West and are +2.0 games ahead of 5th-place Houston Astros (That is NOT a typo!)
    • Texas is currently 13.0 games behind first place Oakland Athletics and 6.5 GB third place Seattle Mariners
    • Texas’ 16-22 (.421) home record is lowest winning percentage in A.L. and 2nd-lowest in the majors

    WELL BLANK:

    • Texas was shut out for the fourth time last night, all of which have been individual complete blankings
    • The Texas Rangers were blanked on 4/28 versus Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray), 5/13 at Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) and 5/16 versus Toronto Blue Jays (Drew Hutchison)
    • Texas is still one of only 9 MLB clubs to be shut out4 times-or-less in 2014 (individual or combined shutout)

    BAKER’S RELIEF:

    • Scott Baker pitched 6.2 relief innings last night to finish the game and allowing only 2 runs, posting numbers that would qualify as a quality start for a starting pitcher
    • The last pitcher to have a quality start line by a reliever was the Minnesota Twins’ Liam Hendriks on 9/21/2013 at Oakland Athletics
    • Baker was the longest relief outing in MLB this season and the longest by a Ranger since Ross Wolf (6.2 IP, 1 R-0ER) in an 18-inning loss at Toronto Blue Jays on 6/8/13
    • Scott Baker’s outing marks the 4th relief outing of 6.2+ innings by a Ranger in the last 18 seasons (1997-2014)
    • Baker has just 2 starts and 10 appearances since his Texas Rangers debut on May 7 and ranks 6th on the staff with 39.1 innings this season

    NUMBERS DON’T LIE:

    • The Texas Rangers’ have used an MLB-high 42 players this season, and 23 pitchers (including Mitch Moreland) ranks T2nd in MLB (Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros each at 23), and have used 11 rookies
    • For the ENTIRE 2013 season Texas used: 46 players, 24 pitchers and 13 rookies
    • The Texas Rangers lead MLB in both overall disabled list uses (20) and current players on the DL (14)
    • The 20 DL uses are already most by the Rangers since 25 in 2010 (I think we finished that year in a good place)
    • The club record for DL use is 29 from 2004

    MINOR MOVES:

    • Brad Snyder was designated for assignment on Tuesday and cleared waivers on Thursday elected to decline an outright assignment to Round Rock (AAA) today and elected free agency

    INJURY UPDATE:

    • Engel Beltre has been on the DL all season with a fractured right fibia began an injury rehab assignment with Round Rock (AAA) last night and went 0-for-4 with an RBI
    • Derek Holland went through pitcher’s fielding practice June 26; scheduled to throw simulated game June 29
    • Geovany Soto caught pitches June 20-21

    TONIGHT’S LINEUP:

    TEXAS RANGERS: RHP Nick Tepesch (2-3, 4.38)

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

    MINNESOTA TWINS: RHP Kevin Correia (4-8, 5.02)

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

    ON DECK FOR TOMORROW:

    • RHP Yu Darvish (7-4, 2.62) versus Minnesota Twins’ RHP Phil Hughes (8-3, 3.40)
    • You can tune in to Fox Sports 1/ 103.3 FM/ 1270 AM at 3:05 (CDT)
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