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    July 30, 2012

    Why (and How) the Rangers Should Go All In as the Trade Deadline Looms

    What a week for Your Texas Rangers. Nolan Ryan and Ron Washington took turns publicly ripping Josh Hamilton for the alarming lack of discipline he's displayed at the plate, increasing the likelihood that he'll be headed elsewhere this offseason. Fans booed the slumping slugger at home for the firs ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Best Part About the Rangers Inking Roy Oswalt? Low Expectations and a Big Upside.

    Heading into Tuesday night's 10-3 ass-kicking by the Seattle Mariners, the Rangers and their fans had very little to complain about the 2012 season. Name an offensive stat -- batting average, runs scored, hits, home runs, total bases, on-base-plus-slugging percentage (my personal fave) -- and the Ra ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Final Gut Check: Rangers-Cardinals World Series Game 7 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsTrying to forget this happened won't be easy for Texas, but they have to find a way if they want to salvage the championship.​As I've written before, I fell in love with the game of baseball in 1986 -- the first year I watched every inning of the World Series. Although I ha ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Guts, Not Gaffes Give Texas an Opportunity for the Kill Shot: Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersMike Napoli celebrates his game-winning double in the eighth inning of Game 5.​The intellect of one of the best managers and greatest players in baseball history short-circuited at the worst possible times for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series, but Monday night ... More >>

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    October 23, 2011

    Forgetting About Last Night and Entering Must-Win Mode: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 4 Preview and Open Thread

    St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game. He also became the third player to have six RBI and the second player to have five hits in a World Series game. Oh, and he set a record for total bases as well with ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Refusing to Let Championship Dreams Wash Away: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 2 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas Rangers​Sometimes the worst managerial moves are the ones that weren't made, but the focus tends to be on the ones that were. The vast majority of media and fans across the country agree that Tony La Russa out-managed Ron Washington in Game 1 of the World Series last night, which is har ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Albert Pujols Better Than Joltin' Joe? Say It Ain't So!: Texas Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Preview and Game 1 Open Thread

    Texas RangersGives you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside, doesn't it?​It's finally here. Pinch yourself. Your Texas Rangers are back in the World Series, and this time feels much different than last year's playoff run. There's a confidence flowing through my body that just wasn't there before, a ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Memo to Ron Washington: It's the, Um, Postseason, Just In Case You Forgot

    Photos by Sam MertenPerhaps more than any of his players, Ron Washington needs to break out of his postseason slump.​After the Texas Rangers fired Buck Showalter following the 2006 season, general manager Jon Daniels interviewed five candidates. Of course, there was Ron Washington, a longtime ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    The Curious Case of Alexi Ogando

    ​I know it's dangerous to knee-jerk in baseball, but suddenly Rangers' pitcher Alexi Ogando is disappearing faster than Benjamin Button. And from what we've seen the last two night I'd lean more toward giving the ball to Scott Feldman than the team's early-season ace. Thanks to the lowl ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Is Rangers' Pitcher Colby Lewis This Year's Version of Scott Feldman?

    ​Let me start off by saying I'm making zero correlation between Colby Lewis' rough 5th inning last night and his recent sojourn to California to attend the birth of his second child. But let me continue by saying I'm starting to get worried. Why? Because -- even though it's early -- the tenor ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Texas Rangers Set Opening Day Pitching Staff and Who the Heck is Mason Tobin?

    Don't laugh, we'll actually see this jersey on the mound for the Rangers this season​A year ago today we were dissecting the depth of a Texas Rangers' pitching staff anchored by No. 1 and 2 starters named Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. Hopefully that perspective will soften the blow of ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Texas Rangers Spring Training: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Pitchers and catchers report today. Means backyard pool parties and bikinis can't be far behind. 9. Whatever happens the first week of camp, it can't be more shocking than a year ago when manager Ron Washington announced that he had snorted cocaine the previous season. 8. Last year' ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Texas Rangers Swear They're Not Trading Michael Young

    ​Wanted answers as to yesterday's item about where Michael Young might fit into the Texas Rangers' plan in the wake of the recent acquisitions of Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli. Young is slated for utility infielder duty, maybe some first base and, of course, DH. But he says DHing is ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Stop it. Ron Washington Did Not Get Hosed.

    ​Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington deserves credit. But not a trophy. I was neither surprised nor disappointed yesterday when Minnesota Twins' skipper Ron Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year. While he led his team to 94 wins and a division championship despi ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 5: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Even for cup-runneth-over-in-red-flavored-optimism fans, this ain't good. Your Texas Rangers have lost five in a row (outscored 37-19) and eight of 10, and in the last two nights in Toronto have surrendered a whopping seven homers. Looks more like a slow-pitch softball game with all the ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Rangers Reeling, But We're Not Worried. Yet. Right?

    ​The Texas Rangers haven't won a game since last Wednesday. They've dropped four in a row - including a 7-2 Labor Day thrashing at the hands of the Blue Jays in Toronto and one of the wildest, worst endings to a game you ever did see on Sunday in Minnesota - and seven of their last nine. Pitc ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Rangers' Pains Now Will Bear Gains Later

    ​Cliff Lee received a trigger-point injection for the knot in his back. Josh Hamilton got a shot of jelly in his knee. And to this, Texas Rangers fans, I say "rejoice." Better now than later. The Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, to extend their lead in the AL West to 9 ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Ready to Get Rich? Down the Stretch You Want Feldman or Harden?

    ​Scott Feldman has been bad this year. He's 5-9 with an ERA of 5.46. Feels like every game he's staked to an early 3-0 lead only to give up five runs in 5.1 innings and walk off the mound tied or behind. Frust. Rating. He's scheduled to get the ball again Friday when the Rangers op ... More >>

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    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 8, 2010

    As Rangers Look to Add Another Game to Division Lead Tonight, a Reminder of the Architect of This Surprising Bunch

    Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus​As Richie mentions in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, the Texas Rangers could be headed toward their winningest season in franchise history, as they nabbed their 50th win of the season last night and increased their lead to ... More >>

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    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 5, 2010

    This is the Problem I Have With Rangers' Manager Ron Washington

    ​I like Ron Washington. Really do. I don't necessarily trust his relentless optimism about everything and I lost a lot of respect for him for using cocaine in the middle of last season, but I like him. There is a part of him, however, that I don't like. His in-game decisions as a basebal ... 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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    April 28, 2010

    Texas Rangers: It Could Be Worse?

    ​You look at the Rangers' 9-11 start through 20 games and mumble "meh", same old Rangers. Right? But, believe it or not, this could be a lot worse. Consider: *Supposed ace Rich Harden is yet to make a quality start, issuing 18 walks in 17 innings. *Taylor Teagarden is 1 for 27. *Chris Da ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Rangers 5, Blue Jays 4: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Nothing better than seeing Roger Staubach and Nolan Ryan interacting before the game. Kind of gives us hope that - Ron Washington and Tiger Woods be damned - there are great role models who don't, in fact, make mistakes. 9. Typical Scott Feldman, huh? Made a couple of mistakes, but for t ... More >>

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    April 5, 2010

    Texas Rangers About to Take the First Steps of a Championship Journey

    ​This is no longer the year before the year. This, finally, is the year. After Neal McCoy's National Anthem and the obligatory military flyover and Roger Staubach's ceremonial first pitch, Texas Rangers' starter Scott Feldman will at 1:07 p.m. officially launch against the Toronto Blue Jays&n ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.26.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *While Donovan McNabb is dangled by the Philadelphia Eagles and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers conveniently avoids talking to the police about possible rape charges, isn't it nice th ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Day "Off": My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. Decided to take a day off today. At least from 105.3 The Fan. I'm working on a cover story for next week's Dallas Observer, plus I've contracted some ornery strand of the common cold that has me so congested that diced jalapenos taste like nothing but texture.  Seeing that I spent ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010
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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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    October 8, 2009
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    October 2, 2009

    Whitt's End: 10.2.09

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Former Carter High School star Michael Crabtree may not be a bad guy, but he's following some horrible advice. Friend of a friend of Crabtree tells me that he and the 49ers remain $10 million ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Sorry Rangers Fans, You Don't Deserve the Playoffs

    ​I raised the white flag a while back. Apparently you guys finally gave up, um, last night. With the Texas Rangers in the middle of a pennant race for only the fourth time in their 37-year history and Cy Young candidate Scott Feldman pitching against a very beatable opponent, a ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009
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    September 9, 2009

    The Resilient Rangers: Episode XLV

    This Rangers' playoff run has had more twists and turns than a ... well, you know.​At this point don't fear the valleys, just enjoy the roller-coaster. Just when - yet again - it seemed your Texas Rangers were going to fall out of playoff contention by not scoring a single run in their last ... 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 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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    June 5, 2009

    Whitt's End: 6.5.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Might Michael Irvin's days at ESPN Radio be numbered? This isn't sourced "breaking news", but more so a simple putting two-and-two together and arriving at a common sense conclusion. And, no, it has ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    New-Look Rangers!

    Kris Benson made the Rangers' roster. Safe to say his wife will show up on a couple of lists in the very near future.Okay, now I'm intrigued. For all the Texas Rangers' promise of a better future, yesterday they made moves geared at providing fans an improved today. I squawked last week about ... 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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    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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    August 19, 2008

    Guess We Can’t Blame Mark Connor After All

    It wasn't your fault, dude. Smile. Or not. Not that the Rangers made him out to be a scapegoat. And not that the move shouldn’t have been made. But since firing pitching coach Mark Connor the Rangers’ pitching is somehow even worse than terrible. Connor was canned Aug. 1. In the 16 games ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008
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    July 1, 2008
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    May 24, 2007

    Actually, Yes, These Are Your Father’s Rangers

    A fool opined about how these new Texas Rangers would be constructed, and instructed, to win games not only by scores of 13-2 but also 3-2. Fool, meet gold. Er, copper. The teasing peep show we’ve seen the last eight years -- eye-popping blowouts negated by numerous close losses; gaudy offensive ... More >>

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