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Matt Harrison Throws A Gem For Texas

Rookie pitcher Matt Harrison was dealing tonight in Arlington.  The kid mowed down 8 Tampa Bay Rays in 8 innings and only gave up 3 hits Saturday night.


Harrison did it on 109 pitches.  The Rangers needed that.

Everyday Eddie Guardado closed it out and Harrison improved his record to 5-2.

Here’s the take on his night from the Newberg Report:

Tonight Matt Harrison:

a. Struck out more batters (eight) than he had in his other seven big league
starts combined (seven).

b. Allowed three singles — two of which came in the first inning — and no

c. Retired the final 18 batters he faced.

d. Threw one of the best games any Rangers pitcher has thrown this season.

e. Threw one of the best games of his pro career, at any level.

f. Earned his fifth win in eight starts, one victory less than Kevin
has in 21 starts.

g. Became just the sixth Rangers starter this season to complete at least
eight innings (and the first Rangers rookie to do so in more than two

h. Needed only 109 pitches — 72 percent of which were strikes and a greater
percentage of which looked absolutely aggressive — to get his 24 outs.

i. Gave the bullpen a badly, badly, badly needed break.

j. Got an eighth-inning hug in the dugout from Ron Washington . . .

Only The Rangers Can Score 17 Runs And Lose

The Rangers were down 10-zip in the 1st inning thanks to Scott Feldman in Boston.  He gave up 12 runs and did not get the loss.

So what, the Rangers banged out 20 hits and scored 17 runs…and lost.

Frankie Francisco gave up a 3-run bomb to Kevin Youkilius in the 8th inning.  The Rangers choked away what would have been a great comeback win.

Poor Ron Washington.  His bullpen is not very good.

Josh Hamilton Is The Man

I wanted to be apart of the dogpile at home plate last night when Josh Hamilton hit a 2-run walk off homer last night to beat the 1st place Angels.

I have never cared that much about Rangers baseball.  I like Josh personally and I marvel at his talent.

I was watching him battle K-Rod of the Angels and holding my kid.  Josh got a hold of it and and I was yelling “Go…go.  He did.  Home run.”    Hey, this is what you do on staycation…watch lots of TV.

I have said it before, Hamilton makes me want to watch Rangers baseball and I never felt that way when Pudge, Igor, or A-Rod played in Arlington.

The Rangers need a guy fans can cheer for who also mashes home runs.  Hamliton fits the bill.  Last night he was electrifying.

4 Texas Rangers Make All Star Team

Michael Young is going back for the 5th straight year.  Josh Hamilton will start in center.  Milton Bradley will start at DH.  Ian Kinsler will make his first trip as a reserve second baseman.

Here’s more a more indepth take about their All Star selection and why players think more of the Rangers fantastic four than baseball fans.  This is from Jamey Newberg of

The Rangers will be represented by four players in the All-Star Game: Josh
Hamilton — the only one voted in as a starter — and Ian Kinsler, Michael
Young, and Milton Bradley, each of whom led the player vote.  Notably, it’s
the first time the Rangers will have four position players go.

The significant thing about the player vote with regard to Kinsler, Young,
and Bradley is that they actually received more votes from their peers than
the players who will start received.  Kinsler earned 389 player votes,
Dustin Pedroia 215; Young 470, Derek Jeter 463; Bradley 481, nobody else

Stated another way, if the players voted for the lineups rather than the
fans, Texas would have four players in the starting nine.

Manager Terry Francona has already said that Bradley will start at DH in
place of the injured David Ortiz. 

It’s the first All-Star Game for all but Young, who will make his fifth
straight trip.

Hamilton outdistanced Manny Ramirez late to end up with the lead in the
outfielders’ vote, and only Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter received more
votes than Hamilton among American League players.

As for Kinsler, he finished a very slim 34,243 votes behind Pedroia.
Kinsler received 98.6 percent as many fan votes as Pedroia. 

Rangers medical director and head trainer Jamie Reed will go to the All-Star
Game as well.  It will be his second appearance.


Sidney Ponson Faces Rangers Today

Sir Drink A Lot, Sidney Ponson, pitches for the Yankees tonight against the Texas Rangers.

Ponson was told to leave town after being a first class jerk according to Rangers GM Jon Daniels.  Now he takes the ball tonight against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

This is from the the New York Daily News:

Less than a month after being cut by Texas, Sidney Ponson will have a chance to get a little payback Wednesday, when he takes the mound against the Rangers.

Although Ponson didn’t speak to New York media Tuesday – claiming that he doesn’t talk the day before he pitches – he did offer these comments to the Dallas Morning News:

“Look, they are just another team,” Ponson said. “I’ve got to try to get them out, and they are going to try to beat my brains in. I have no problem. If there is any problem, it’s for (Rangers GM) Jon Daniels or (Rangers manager) Ron Washington to answer. I’m not going to sit here and talk about what happened in Texas. That’s the past.”

I hope the Rangers light him up tonight.

A No Hitter For Rangers Minor Leaguer

For the second time this year a Texas Rangers minor league pitcher has thrown a no hitter.

Dustin Nippert threw a seven-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Oklahoma today. Nippert walked two and struck out five. He is now 6-2 on the season with a 3.98 ERA.

Maybe they really do have some arms down on the farm.  I hope they don’t trade them away.


Today’s Newberg Report Will Make A Ranger Fan Sad

Just read it and weep.  And curse then assistant GM Grady Fuson who loved Drew Meyer and drafted him.


You can’t win ’em all on Draft Day – nobody does – but yeah, June 4, 2002 wasn’t a real good day in Rangersland. 


(Or in Exposland, where Montreal hung out at the correct high school field but chose the wrong guy . . . or in the war rooms of nearly half the teams who had the chance to name their player before the Mets came up):


1. Pittsburgh , Bryan Bullington, rhp, Ball State

2. Tampa Bay , B.J. Upton, ss, Greenbrier Christian Academy , Chesapeake , Va.

3. Cincinnati , Chris Gruler, rhp, Liberty HS, Brentwood , Calif.

4. Baltimore , Adam Loewen, lhp, Fraser Valley Christian, Surrey , B.C.

5. Montreal , Clint Everts, rhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston.

6. Kansas City , Zack Greinke, rhp, Apopka ( Fla. ) HS.

7. Milwaukee , Prince Fielder, 1b, Eau Gallie HS, Melbourne , Fla.

8. Detroit , Scott Moore, ss, Cypress ( Calif. ) HS.

9. Colorado , Jeff Francis, lhp, U. of British Columbia .

10. Texas , Drew Meyer, ss, South Carolina .

11. Florida , Jeremy Hermida, of, Wheeler HS, Marietta , Ga.

12. Anaheim , Joe Saunders, lhp, Virginia Tech.

13. San Diego , Khalil Greene, ss, Clemson.

14. Toronto , Russ Adams, ss, North Carolina .

15. N.Y. Mets, Scott Kazmir, lhp, Cypress Falls HS, Houston .

16. Oakland (from Boston for Johnny Damon), Nick Swisher, 1b-of, Ohio State .

17. Philadelphia , Cole Hamels, lhp, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego .

18. Chicago White Sox, Roger Ring, lhp, San Diego State .

19. Los Angeles , James Loney, 1b, Lawrence Elkins HS, Missouri City , Texas .

20. Minnesota , Denard Span, of, Catholic HS, Tampa , Fla.

21. Chicago Cubs, Bobby Brownlie, rhp, Rutgers .

22. Cleveland, Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, Stanford.

23. Atlanta , Jeff Francoeur, of, Parkview HS, Lilburn , Ga.

24. Oakland (from N.Y. Yankees; Jason Giambi), Joseph Blanton, rhp, Kentucky .

25. San Francisco , Matt Cain, rhp, Houston HS, Germantown , Tenn.

26. Oakland , John McCurdy, ss, Maryland .

27. Arizona , Sergio Santos, ss, Mater Dei HS, Hacienda Heights , Calif.

28. Seattle , John Mayberry, Jr., 1b, Rockhurst HS, Kansas City , Mo.

29. Houston , Derick Grigsby, rhp, Northeast Texas CC.

30. Oakland (from St. Louis ; Jason Isringhausen), Ben Fritz, rhp, Fresno State .

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