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    November 6, 2012

    Five Key Holes the Rangers Need to Fill This Winter, and How They Should Fill Them

    Just a few days after the 2012 MLB season kicked off in Japan, one of the elite players scheduled to become a free agent in the coming offseason took himself off the market. The Giants enticed Matt Cain to stay in San Francisco, signing him to a six-year, $127.5 million contract extension -- the mos ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    A Texas Rangers Midseason Report: It's Time to Go All In

    With the baseball season at the symbolic halfway point, we asked former Unfair Parker Sam Merten to root around in his beard and see if he could come up with anything to say. He obliged ... and obliged ... and ... Sports are unpredictable. That's why we watch. And there's no greater evidence than t ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    If Signing Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder Are Mutually Exclusive, The Texas Rangers Might Be Better Off If Darvish Returns to Japan

    As Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline nears in the negotiations between the Texas Rangers and Yu Darvish, the most significant hang-up is reportedly the 25-year-old's request for a five-year contract and the team's preference for a six-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Understandably, Dar ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Hell of a Day to Be a Texas Rangers Fan as Angels Snap up Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

    ​What you see at right is the artwork currently decorating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's website: side-by-side pics of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, both of whom are now Angels. The now-former Cardinal's deal is for 10 years and worth between $250 and $260 million, and is said to include a ... More >>

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    September 23, 2011

    Whitt's End: 9.23.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Doomsday scenario for Monday Night Football: Quarterback Jon Kitna. Running back DeMarco Murray. Receivers Kevin Ogletree, Jesse Holley and Dwayne Harris. Center Kevin Kowalski. Left guard ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    The Real Rangers' Race is in Detroit, Not Anaheim

    ​Nothing like a good baseball pennant race. Too bad this year there ain't one. No divisional "race" is closer than 5 games in the season's last week and even the Wild Card is producing nothing more dramatic than a two-game edge. With another Angels' loss Monday the Rangers inched closer to a ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

    ​Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13. Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    Moneyball My Ass. The Oakland A's are Flat-Out Embarrassing.

    ​The much-anticipated movie Moneyball opens in theaters next week. Perhaps the Oakland A's should insert Brad Pitt into their give-a-shit lineup, because he can't be any worse than what they're currently trotting out there. Didn't see a lot of Texas 8, Oakland 1 Sunday because I was fixated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Rangers-Angels Take Baseball's Center Stage. Or at Least They Should.

    ​There are only two division races in baseball. And only one with playoff implications. As we play the regular season's final month the Tigers, Phillies, Brewers and Braves each have leads of at least 7 games with only 20 remaining. In the AL East the Yankees lead the Red Sox by 2.5, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Whitt's End: 8.19.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:Talked to the family of Shannon Stone for next week's Observer column. Wait until you hear their other sad story involving a souvenir ball from a Rangers' game. Sorry, you have to wait.Not ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Rangers Take Another Step Toward Peaking ... and October

    ​Seven games up with 38 games remaining. Magic number down to 32 (smallest in baseball along with the Brewers and Phillies). Three of the first four in the bag already in Anaheim, with a chance to sweep tonight. For those of us who make a living bitchin' and moanin' about this or that with ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Being Pummeled by the Rangers, Angels Look Ready to Tap Out

    ​It's August. But after watching the Rangers clobber the second-place Angels the last two nights it sure feels like October. As in, the West is all but won. On to the playoffs already. For the second consecutive night the Rangers' offense pounced on an overwhelmed Anaheim starter and sta ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Rangers 8, Angels 4: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Eerie. On July 19 the red-hot Rangers went into Anaheim with a 4-game lead and -- with Alexi Ogando on the mound -- got back-to-back homers (from Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre) in a series-opening rout. And on August 15 the red-hot Rangers went into Anaheim with a 4-game lead and -- wi ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Rangers-Angels: Weren't We Just Here?

    ​We know the Rangers are better than the crappy Mariners and A's. Now can they put away the AL West's second-best team, the Angels? Fresh off a sweep in Oakland that improved them to 19-7 against the division's two cellar-dwellers, the Rangers tonight can begin winning the West. But, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    It's Never Too Early For Playoff Baseball

    Josh Hamilton just before he drove in Ian Kinsler to win last night's ballgame​Took the boy to the ballpark last night, where, Chuck Morgan told us, we were joined by a little more than 25,000 others -- not bad for a 193-degree start-timer against the lowly Mariners, but not great either. Not now, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Rangers Partying Like it's, well, June 2010

    ​Your Rangers have done what good, potentially great teams do: Beat shitty opponents. When the Rangers begin their series in Anaheim against the second-place Angels Tuesday night, it will be their first opponent with a winning record in a month. Amazing. Since playing the Brav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Welcome Back to Earth, Texas Rangers. Welcome Back, Colby Lewis?

    So Alexi Ogando is human. The Rangers' bullpen is shaky. Julio Borbon's center-to-home throws look like Mat McBriar's punts. And Nos. 1-2 hitters are cooler than a New York night. Admit it, right now Texas' 10-5 feels more like 5-10. After Ogando gave up three homers last night, A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Whitt's End: 4.1.11

    Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: Plaaaaaay baaalllllll! My prediction: Your Texas Rangers will finish second to the Anaheim Angels in the AL West and miss the playoffs. Hey, repeatin' ain't easy. For most teams in baseball lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    The Texas Rangers Are a Great Team. Or Just a Good Team with Great Timing?

    ​With a little help from Andres Blanco, your Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, Tuesday night. They are now 71-54, their lead in the American League West is 8.5 games and their magic number to clinch their first division title this millennium dwindled to 27 over the Anahei ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    Rangers 4, Yankees 3: My Top 10 Observations

    Yeah, but the Rangers' left fielder has reversed the curse. ​10. It's rare that Yankees' Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera surrenders three hits in an inning. And you usually don't win when you commit three errors against the best team in baseball. But each happened last night during the ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Texas Rangers' Bats Go Cold; You Growing Uneasy?

    ​I know the big news of the day regarding your Texas Rangers will be this deal about the new owner and all - Mark Cuban vs.Nolan Ryan - but quietly the baseball team is tip-toeing close to a slump. For now it's a funk, and when you build a nine-game cushion you can absorb a bump in ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    Fat Lady May Be Warming Up, But Rangers Haven't Won The West ... Yet

    ​I'll say it, Texas Rangers' fever is at an all-time high. Sunday night's 6-4 win improved Tommy Hunter to 8-0, allowed the Rangers to win three of four from the Anaheim Angels and pushed their lead to seven games with 63 remaining. More than 160,000 fans went to Arlington Thursday-Sunday. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Okay Cliff Lee, Show Us Your Stuff

    ​The Texas Rangers have a five-game lead in the American League West. Tonight they begin a four-game series with the second-place Anaheim Angels in Arlington. (And over the next 11 days they'll face the Angels seven times. How the West was won, anyone?) In other words, time for new pitching a ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    An All-Star Game Tradition: The Rangers Make 'Fake-Baseball' News

    ​The Texas Rangers are frequently at their very best when real baseball is not being played. Last night's All-Star Game in Anaheim isn't "real baseball.'' In a sport where nothing much ever changes (I swear some of the Lords of Baseball would just as soon not have bothered getting the flannel u ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010
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    July 8, 2010

    Are the Texas Rangers Good Enough to Dare Get Better?

    ​Let's don't talk too loud - might wake them up - but your Texas Rangers are suddenly 5.5 games ahead of the Anaheim Angels in the American League West. Another good start by Colby Lewis, another pivotal hit by Michael Young, another save by Neftali Feliz and, presto, a 4-3 win over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Sorry, But Michael Young Isn't an All-Star in 2010

    ​While June begat nothing but good news and great play for your Texas Rangers, July so far is about as much fun as a Roman Candle to the belly button. They were thumped by the lowly Cleveland Indians Monday night and have now lost five of seven after that 13-1 stretch. Out of n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Rangers Win a Big Game and an Even Bigger Catcher

    ​Your Texas Rangers enter July with the best record in baseball. And a new starting catcher. While rookie pitcher Omar Beltre surrendered a homer to the first Major League hitter he faced and lasted only four innings, Vladimir Guerrero turned a game, a series - and perhaps a season - &nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Angels 6, Rangers 5. Uh-oh?

    We trust in ... Omar Beltre?​For the first time in a long time, Darren Oliver sucked. For the first time since June 11, the Texas Rangers lost a road game. Not to panic, but a lot of things that have gone right lately for Texas went wrong in Tuesday night's 6-5 loss to the Angels in Anaheim ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    Rangers-Angels: Expectations For the Season's Biggest Series

    ​The Texas Rangers lead the Anaheim Angels by 4.5 games. They also owe them a biiiiiiig thank you. Where would the Rangers be without former Angels Darren Oliver and Vladimir Guerrero? Tonight in California the Rangers try to validate their unprecedented hot start in a three-game series again ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Atta Boy, Jon Daniels

    ​Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took a lot of crap early in his career. Altogether now ...    Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres for who?! If you remember the answer is Adam Eaton, you have an idea of just how far Daniels has progressed. As if sque ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    With a 22-Game Taste, Let's Circle the Bases: Last-Place Rangers Have First-Place Potential

    Ian Kinsler makes his season debut tonight against the Mariners and lefthander Cliff Lee, who's also making his first appearance of the year. ​While Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has cryptically blamed the refs yet again for his team's fourth first-round exit from the playoffs in the last seven y ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010
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    October 8, 2009

    American Baseball, the European Way

    ​Even if European soccer owner Tom Hicks convinced Major League Baseball to inject the same screwy tables that govern soccer into America's pasttime your Texas Rangers wouldn't be a playoff team. But, alas, they wouldn't be relegated, either. If baseball were run according to European soccer ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Rangers 7-0, Mariners 2-5

    C'mon Mr. Sunshine, we need you more than ever.​Uh-oh, another faceplant by Derek Holland. After a doubleheader split the Rangers trail Boston by 4 in the Wild Card and Anaheim by 6 in the West with 20 games remaining. If the Red Sox (who swept a doubleheader) and Angels (w ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Rangers 2, Angels 1

    ​How you get shut down by Gio Gonzalez and then light up John Lackey I'll never know, but your Texas Rangers deflected the dirt from their coffin in Anaheim this weekend. I still don't think they'll catch the Angels or make the playoffs, but taking two of three in Californ ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009
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    July 23, 2009

    Yeah, But What If Baseball Went To The European Football Table?

    I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    Rangers Win Again; Chris Davis Finally Loses

    Who will we see in Arlington next: Him or Justin Smoak?Let's play three strikes with your Texas Rangers. Your first-place Texas Rangers. Yes, I am surprised. And impressed. Steeeriiiike One - Chris Davis demoted. Davis is a good guy with a great glove, but the Rangers could afford to be patie ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009

    Hank Blalock Saves Frankie Francisco's Ass/Texas Rangers' Season

    Bacon saved. Barely.The Rangers tip-toed perilously close to a lost season last night. Instead, they wound up jumping all over a won game. I know we're only two days into July, but coughing up a 7-1 lead and losing to the AL West division leaders last night might have been a kick to ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Will Your Texas Rangers Ever See First Place Again?

    Maybe we starting celebrating singles?Notable deaths in the last week: Ed McMahon. Farrah Fawcett. Michael Jackson. Billy Mays. The Texas Rangers? After getting 1-hit last night by someone named Chad Gaudin and losing two of three to a San Diego Padres outfit that hadn't won a serie ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    A Christmas List for Jon Daniels

    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who spent most of last week his colleagues in Las Vegas for baseball's Winter Meetings, has been relatively quiet as the offseason reaches the halfway point. Thus far, he has dealt Gerald Laird to the Detroit Tigers and Wes Littleton to the Boston Red Sox f ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2008

    Status Woe

    Insane Rangers again take similar path to identical destination

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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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    January 11, 2007

    Tom Hicks' California Gold Rush

    It took Tom Hicks long enough to develop the land around the Ballpark in Arlington -- about a decade, more or less, and I do mean less if you've seen the unimpressive torn-up parking lots out in Arlington. But you can't say Hicks is slow on the draw elsewhere -- say, in the Los Angeles area, where h ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 7, 2005

    Home Show

    Rangers' Angelic home opener

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    July 1, 1999

    Strolling Illusions

    Angels in the Park blesses with ambience rather than food

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    January 1, 1998

    Rock and roll over

    In today's music business, tomorrow's revolution is yesterday's fad

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