It’s official. The first week of baseball has come and gone. I don’t know about you, but this has been one heck of a week. The Texas Rangers have kept fans on a rollercoaster in the first two series of the season. Both Texas minor league affiliates dropped their season-series openers. With so much happening around the American League West I thought I’d help you get up-to-speed before the Rangers host the Halos this week.
One of the nicest former Texas Rangers player is J.P. Arencibia. After starting for Texas last season, JPA is now out of work this season. Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News writes, “Baltimore released Arencibia from his minor-league contract.” I know Arencibia never hit above .180, but when you get pictures like this, you know he’s a great guy and is missed in the clubhouse.
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Been a long time since I’ve done that,” Feliz said. “But it felt good.” (via Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News)
Fraley also points to the fact the Texas Rangers bullpen have made appearances in all three games against the Houston Astros over the weekend, pitching a total of 18 innings. The upside though is Neftali Feliz made appearances and that is a huge accomplishment.
Yovani Gallardo earned his first of the season on Saturday going 5.2 innings allowing only 2 runs, one of which was a home run by Marwin Gonzalez. That’s enough to make any Rangers fan aggravated, but this fan might be entitled to more than that as the blasted ball hit her in the head and FOX Sports Southwest has the video.
Texas Rangers skipper Jeff Banister is already seeing the kinks at the plate. Randy Jennings of ESPN.com writes of Banny, “The problem, he believes, is not overswinging, but the pitches the Rangers are going after.” He also quotes Banister of not being too worried about it, yet.
"As a whole, we need to be better at that,” he said. “There are times when we’ve got to cut our swing down and drive in a run. Right now, I have no problem with aggressive swings."
In other American League West news, the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics even after losing Felix Hernandez who left the game after the 5th due to “tightness in his right quadriceps.”
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The Kansas City Royals completed their three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, but something quite bizarre happened. Yordano Ventura stares down Mike Trout after he singles and is at first base. In fact, he stares at Trout so long that he gestures at Ventura. Then, after scoring on Albert Pujols‘ hit Trout said something to Matt Joyce, which appeared to upset Ventura even more, and then both benches cleared. It was truly a spectacle that made no sense at the time, and to be honest it still doesn’t.
The Texas Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game series beginning Monday. Let’s hope neither Ross Detwiler or Nick Martinez stare at the AL MVP for too long, I’d hate to see anything happen to his money-maker.
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