Kevin Millwood

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    October 10, 2011

    Fear the 'Stache: Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers ALCS Game 2 Preview and Open Thread

    Back in February 2009, I penned a cover story about the Texas Rangers' new philosophy of relying on kiddos from their farm system instead of throwing big money at the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Chan Ho Park and Kevin Millwood. The youth movement was in full swing that spring as Elvis Andrus took over ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Colby Lewis: Another One of JD's Genius Moves

    Sam MertenJon Daniels​Back on July 11, I spent a couple innings with Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels inside a luxury suite at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the team finished a lousy four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles. His team would lose that day and limped into the All-S ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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    January 11, 2010

    Your Texas Rangers Have Money! And Vladimir Guerrero!!

    ​If you can't beat 'em, sign 'em? For years Vladimir Guerrero tormented the Texas Rangers. Now, in a sign that new owner Chuck Greenberg has money and moxy and motivation, the Rangers will this week sign the free-agent slugger to a one-year contract. While Tom Hicks, Jr. has some fun wit ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Whitt's End: 12.11.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *You heard it here first back in October as a sorta be-on-the-lookout rumor. Now it's more solid, as in, Michael Irvin's days on 103.3 FM ESPN are numbered. Radio industry sources keep telling me h ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Moves by Rangers at Winter Meetings Has Our Baseball Weenie Harden-ing

    Meet the Rangers' new ace: Rich Harden​Despite the financial restraints stemming from the team's unresolved ownership situation, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels skillfully inked the most dominant free-agent starter at this week's Winter Meetings in Indianapolis without adding payroll ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    And the Dumbest Move of the Day Goes To ...

    Danny Bollinger​1. The Texas Rangers trading Kevin Millwood for Chris Ray, then pursuing Rich Harden and Mike Lowell. 2. Dallas Mavericks' forward Tim Thomas getting involved in a debacle at Denny's. 3. Your Dallas Cowboys considering Tony Romo as their new/old holder.

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    December 9, 2009

    The Texas Rangers May Trade Kevin Millwood, But They're Giving Away Holiday Cheer

    Danny FulgencioCraig Gentry was called up to the bigs in September, and now he's spreading major-league cheer at Children's.​Our Danny Fulgencio trailed some of Your Texas Rangers -- among them, Chris Davis, David Murphy, Ian Kinsler, Derek Holland and new hitting coach Clint Hurdle -- as they mad ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    What's Next, Kevin Millwood on Waivers?

    ​Buddy of mine took his 9-year-old to the Rangers game Monday night in Arlington. Kid, not surprisingly, wanted some ice cream. In one of those cool, plastic Rangers helmet cups. One problem: "They didn't have any Rangers helmet cups," my buddy tells me. "They had run out. They told us they o ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    Texas Rangers: The Hits Keep a Comin'

    Neftali Feliz likes him. So should you.​I have no idea who or what Omega El Fuerte is. But if it's good enough for Texas Rangers' fireballin' phenom Neftali Feliz, it's good enough for me. When the ridiculous rookie enters a game over the weekend in a crucial series against the Seattle Mari ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Rangers 10, Yankees 9. Frank(ie)ly, That Was Too Close For Comfort.

    ​Random thoughts after a roller-coaster, thrilling, frustrating, sweat-stained best game of the Rangers' season: *From 0-4 to 2-4 to 7-4 to 7-5 to 10-5 to 10-9, seriously, what a damn entertaining baseball game. *Elvis Andrus turns 21 today. His baseball IQ turns 219. *I watched the game ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Whitt's End: 8.14.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Lots of you asking for a breakdown of the latest Arbitron PPM radio ratings for July. Not worth a separate item these days because - yawn - The Ticket's dynasty just rolls on. Dunham & Miller ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Glass Halfway Full? Or Empty?

    Well, that sucked.With one All-Star back in the lineup and another shoulda-been All-Star on the mound, the Texas Rangers began their crucial three-game series in Anaheim last night by promptly taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The next time there was good news for Josh Hamilto ... More >>

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    June 17, 2009

    The Top 10 All-Time Texas Rangers in the History of Ever

    Very cool moment last night: The greatest player in Texas Rangers history - now a Houston Astro - smacks a 5th-inning homer and receives a standing ovation. Stay classy, Arlington. On a day when Toby Harrah and Ruben Sierra were elected into the Rangers' Hall of Fame, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez rem ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    So, Which Are They: Real or Fake?

    Two weeks ago I said that on June 15 - hello! - we'd know if the 2009 Texas Rangers were authentic or artificial. A pinch here. A jiggle there. Couple of healthy squeezes. And, of course, the taste test of a 5-7 stretch against some of of baseball's best teams and the verdict is ... R ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Mowed Down in Motown

    I Millwould've yanked Kevin in the 8th. You? Well, you were warned. Actually, the Texas Rangers played decent baseball in Detroit this week despite a three-game sweep. Just not so sure they played smart baseball. Especially in this afternoon's 4-3 loss to the Tigers, their franchise-record 11 ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.01.09

    And then one day, just to keep his readers on their toes, the demented blogger stood Whitt's End on its head ... *For those inclined toward auditory masochism, I'll again be the analyst for Time Warner Cable/Metro Sports Channel 185's upcoming telecasts of the Texas Brahmas minor-league hockey ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Who Ruined Your Easter?

    Aside from the Almighty He/She/It having the audacity to conjure up a downpour and wash out sunrise services across the Metroplex, which Texas culprit laid an egg Sunday and did the leaster for your Easter? 1. Dallas Mavericks 2. Texas Rangers 3. Chad Campbell The evidence:

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    April 9, 2009

    After a Dynamic Season Opener, Rangers Fans are Seeing Red

    The Rangers' debut was shockingly accessorized by pitching, defense and, don't look now, relevance.

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    April 6, 2009

    Steeeeerrrrriiiiiiiiike One!

    Minutes after two jets shook our loins with a flyover, the 43rd President of the United States strode to the mound - the mound, not the rubber - and fired a ceremonial first-pitch strike to Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton. The Prez, who somehow received nary a boo, then autographed the ball f ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    We Have an Elvis Sighting!

    How's this for Elvis Andrus' Major League debut? A two-out double down the right-field line, with reigning American League Cy Young winner Cliff Lee on the mound and former President George W. Bush in the TV booth offering his thoughts on Fox4. Not bad, I say. Especially for a 20-year ... More >>

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    April 6, 2009

    Strangers 9, Indians 1

    Seriously, who are these guys decked out in red? *The starting pitcher (Kevin Millwood) throws six shutout innings, the first Ranger to do so since Charlie Hough in 1989. *The 20-year-old shortstop (Elvis Andrus) gets a hit in his first at-bat and ranges on the first-base side of second, turning sin ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    The 2009 Starting Pitcher for Your Texas Rangers: Dubya

      This is not the time to talk politics. It's the time to talk baseball. I'll put my liberal left leaning on hold today because the Texas Rangers have announced - no surprise - that former Prez and former co-owner George W. Bush will throw out the first pitch before next Monday's season op ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    New Park. Old Rangers?

    Went out and toured "new" Rangers Ballpark last month. Well, not exactly new, but how about refurbished? New video scoreboard in left field. Information ribbons wrapping the place. A fashion-forward brick wall behind home plate. My thumbs-up review is here. With a heralded youth movement playin ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Play Ball! 5 Players the Rangers Need to Have a Good Spring Training

    Spring has sprung. Look out your window. And turn on your radio. Not only is it supposed to hit 80 degrees here today, but the Texas Rangers make their Spring Training debut on new weekday home 105.3 The Fan in, oh, about three hours. I know yesterday was the unofficial official opene ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    January 22, 2009

    Bad Rangers' Pitching News and it's Only Friggin' January

    From the same team that lost Adam Eaton in spring training 2006 just hours after general manager Jon Daniels announced his starting rotation comes news that top pitching prospect Eric Hurley has undergone rotator cuff surgery and is out for the 2009 season. In news that will surprise no one: Ranger ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008
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    July 3, 2008

    Past the Halfway Mark, the Texas Rangers Look Like Contenders and Pretenders

    While the All-Star Game is two weeks away, Your Texas Rangers are officially past the halfway point in the season and sit seven and a half games back of Los Angeles in the American League West following last night's drubbing at the hands of the New York Yankees. Which means it's that time of year wh ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    Ron Washington for Manager of the Year

    Owner Tom Hicks admits he almost asked for Ron Washington's jersey back There’s a contingency list for if and when the Texas Rangers’ season goes south. General manager Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan admit the team might revisit Ron Washington’s job status in July. And, as if the ma ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008
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    April 25, 2008

    Arm-Chair Managing in the Hours Before Ron Washington's Fired

    It's less than a month into the baseball season, and the Texas Rangers have already hit rock bottom. Texas is tied with the Washington Nationals for the worst record in the bigs at 7-19, and team president Nolan Ryan is scheduled to meet this weekend with a different Washington (Ron) and general man ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008

    Anaheimlich Maneuver

    Well, that was fun. We spent Tuesday getting our asses handed to us by Southern California, by a combined score of 11-6. First, the Texas Rangers bumbled their way to a 7-4 loss, followed by the Dallas Stars' humbling 4-2 defeat at the wings of the Mighty Ducks. The good news: The Mavs finish the r ... More >>

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    March 31, 2008

    Now That Basketball Season's Almost Over, Guess It's Time For Baseball. Joy.

    Kevin Millwood, the Rangers' ... um ... ace? Sure, we'll go with "ace." One season commencing and another, um, crashing? Tonight on Fox Sports Net Southwest you can watch Your Texas Rangers begin another march toward mediocrity in their season opener against the Seattle Mariners at 5:40, followed b ... More >>

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    February 27, 2008

    Play Ball! Notes from Texas Rangers Spring Training, Thus Far. The Pride of North Texas: Charley Pride, that is, an annual fixture at Rangers spring training SURPRISE, Arizona -- Eight months from now we’ll either remember this as the day your Texas Rangers commenced a stunning turnaround. Or, more likely, the day they unofficially officiall ... More >>

  • News

    October 4, 2007

    Rangers: The Texas Treadmills

    Your Rangers yet again perfect the art of going nowhere fast

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    October 2, 2007

    The Texas Rangers Provided Us With Yet Another Season in Hell

    Another season, another last-place finish, another shrug, another yawn. In the wake of an obscure 75-87 disappointment that has already camouflaged itself alongside the other 22 losing seasons in franchise history, you’d like to hear something drastic or at least different from the Texas Rangers. ... More >>

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    July 12, 2007

    Boy Blunder

    Is baseball's youngest general manager man enough to rebuild the Rangers?

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    June 18, 2007

    Sosa What

    Quite the Father’s Day. Tiger Woods, all mondo buffed (how long till the steroid whispers arise?), gets bested by Angel (ahn-HELL) Cabrera, a pudgy, chain-smoking Argentine known as “The Duck." The Texas Rangers actually win a series, when supposed ace Kevin Millwood wins his first start in two ... More >>

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    April 5, 2007
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    March 29, 2007

    Welcome Wagon

    Tony Blei Sammy Sosa was more than so-so this spring. Which doesn't mean anything, we know. Less'n he can pitch. The Texas Rangers invite you to show up tonight as the team returns from spring training. Especially if you can pitch. I praise the Rangers' pitching staff one day, and next thing you k ... More >>

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    March 26, 2007

    So Here's To You, Mr. Robinson

    Robinson Tejeda will pitch Your Texas Rangers' home opener in a few days. The Rangers' pitching staff looks decent -- which, putting it in perspective, means it's as good as any time since the late 1990s. Kevin Millwood's a workhorse ace. Vicente Padilla is a bulldog. And newcomer Brandon ... More >>

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    February 8, 2007

    Washington Monument

    New Rangers manager injects hope and, yep, even optimism in Arlington

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    December 13, 2006
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    September 25, 2006

    The Hunt for Dead October

    The Rangers will probaby finish the season below .500. For that, you have these two men to thank, among many. And, no, that's Jon Daniels at left, not Tom Hicks' bat boy. Alas, another fall without baseball has arrived in the metroplex. I took a masochistic field trip to the Texas Rangers' home fina ... More >>

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    August 24, 2006

    How the West Was Lost (Hint: It Rhymes With "Suck")

    Tom Hicks needs to fire Buck Showalter. Never gonna happen. Which is why the Rangers suck. OK, one reason. Being the Texas Rangers and all, they never really had a chance. But by losing three consecutive games to the gawdawful Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Arlington's baseball team has officially given up e ... More >>

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    June 29, 2006
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    April 17, 2006

    Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

    The Texas Rangers have played 13 games. It's the equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys having just gone into overtime in their season opener. So should those of us who care about the local baseball team be as miserable after the 5-8 start, especially before the just-concluded trip to Oakland, as the loca ... More >>

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    March 30, 2006

    Rangers Get the Finger. Again.

    You gotta love the Texas Rangers. No, seriously, you have to. They need your affection, because going on 35 years of misery and misfortune, someone up there in the most exclusive luxury suite has it in for them. Since 1972 we've been screaming for the Rangers to get some pitching. New general manag ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Doogie Howser, G.M.

    A young dog teaches the Rangers to forget old tricks

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