Professional golfer Shawn Stefani is currently in his rookie year on the PGA Tour. He is not only a good golfer, but also a big fan of baseball. So why not have MLB represented on the golf course?
Nolan Ryan spoke as a proud parent. He spoke as a baseball man, too. He thought Astros owner Jim Crane got it right in naming his oldest son, Reid Ryan, 41, the team's president of business operations on Friday.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup on Friday night because of a bruised right rib cage. Kinsler said the issue was not the result of his awkward headfirst slide in the first inning of Thursday's 10-4 win over the Tigers, but reacting to getting hit by a pitch from Justin Verlander.
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who has been sidelined with triceps tendinitis, threw approximately 35-38 pitches in a bullpen session without any problems and is scheduled to resume his medical rehabilitation assignment on Monday for Double-A Frisco.
The Rangers are expected to face Felix Hernandez during their three-game series with the Mariners next weekend in Seattle. Hernandez is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Indians. That means his next start will be either next Friday or Saturday at Safeco Field.
Alexi Ogando, who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday because of biceps tendinitis, said he has had this problem before. Ogando said the recent flareup occurred during his six-inning outing on Wednesday against the Athletics.
Right-hander Nick Tepesch battled for five innings and Geovany Soto homered, but the Rangers' inability to hit with runners in scoring position cost them in a 2-1 loss to the Tigers on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Rangers right-hander Justin Grimm, who has struggled over his last three starts, must face the team that handed him the worst outing of his short Major League career, when he opposes Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers on Saturday night in Arlington.
The Rangers knocked out Justin Verlander with a seven-run third inning and Yu Darvish earned his seventh win of the season with 10-4 victory over the Tigers.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski, on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle in his right rib cage, took batting practice on Thursday and should be ready to play for Double-A Frisco on Sunday.
The Rangers' chartered flight from Oakland to Dallas on Wednesday evening took an unexpected detour to Albuquerque, N.M., because of the terrible weather in North Texas.
The Rangers acquired Josh Lindblom from the Phillies this winter as a reliever, but when he did not make the team in Spring Training, the club sent him to Triple-A Round Rock to become a starter.
The Rangers placed right-hander Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis on Thursday.
Rangers closer Joe Nathan has been perfect in every save situation this season, but the last two have been precarious.
Tanner Scheppers earned his third win of the season on Tuesday night by pitching two scoreless innings, but manager Ron Washington said he still wants to stay away from using Scheppers more than one inning at a time.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been taking swings off soft-toss pitching the past two days, and he will progress to normal batting practice when the Rangers return to Arlington this week. Pierzynski could go on a medical rehab assignment Sunday.
Mitch Moreland is on a hot streak with a .347 batting average and a .796 slugging percentage in May, but he is attempting to improve on his run production.
Alexi Ogando had a no-hitter through five on the 30th anniversary of Nolan Ryan's first career no-no, and Nelson Cruz launched a three-run homer and made a spectacular catch in the Rangers' 6-2 win on Wednesday.
Since the Rangers and Cardinals went toe-to-toe for seven tense, wonderful games in the 2011 World Series, plenty has happened to both franchises. Yet, in a lot of ways, nothing at all has happened. In many respects, these two organizations that exchanged punches for 10 days are mirror images of one another.
Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland homered off reliever Chris Resop in the 10th inning, and Joe Nathan converted a tense save to give the Rangers a 6-5 victory over the A's on Tuesday night in Oakland.
A trip to Oakland is extra special for Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin. It gives him a chance to hang out with Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. They are close friends and part of a wider fraternity of Major League players who defected from Cuba.
Lance Berkman tried to beat the A's shift against his left-handed at-bat with a bunt in the fourth inning on Monday. It was unsuccessful, but he has three bunt hits in his career and manager Ron Washington said it was good to give the defense something else to think about.
The Rangers are encouraged about the possibility of catcher A.J. Pierzynski being able to come off the disabled list on May 21. That's the first day he's eligible after being sidelined since May 5 with a strained oblique muscle in his right rib cage.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who felt his hamstring stiffen up on a ninth-inning stolen base on Monday, was fine on Tuesday, but the question remained as to was why he attempted the steal with the Rangers down four runs in the final inning in the first place.
The Rangers' recent troubles at the O.co Coliseum continued on Monday night, as Justin Grimm was outpitched by A's right-hander A.J. Griffin in Texas' fifth straight loss in Oakland.
Rangers outfielder David Murphy was back in the lineup on Monday night against the Athletics even though he wasn't fully recovered from a collision with the left-field wall on Saturday in Houston.
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who is in the final stages of recovering from flexor tendon surgery, has been diagnosed with a mild case of tendinitis in his right triceps muscle. Lewis was given an anti-inflammatory injection and temporarily recalled from his 30-day medical rehabilitation assignment.
Rangers reliever Michael Kirkman bounced back from a rough outing on Saturday, when he allowed two hits in two batters and was removed, with a 1-2-3 inning on Sunday.
The Rangers added pink trimmings to their usually blue-and-red uniforms on Sunday. Hitters were wielding pink bats, pitchers were wearing pink sweat bands and injured catcher A.J. Pierzynski was passing out pink sunglasses to teammates.
With the cavalry temporarily stalled in the Minor Leagues, Rangers starter Nick Tepesch pointed himself back in the right direction on Sunday afternoon. A major outburst by his offensive teammates helped him do that.