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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 . . .

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 .

Josh Hamilton Returns To Tampa

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has a lot of fans back in Tampa.  Despite letting the organization down with his admitted use of crack cocaine, he was never looked at as a bad guy.

Tonigtht he returns to Tropican Field in St. Pete, Florida.   Hamilton was drafted #1 overall by the Rays in 1999.  Former teammate Carl Crawford is happy to see him tearing it up in a Rangers uniform.

The Tampa Tribune picks it up from here:

ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay LF Carl Crawford and Texas Rangers OF Josh Hamilton are forever linked in Rays history as the franchise’s top two picks in the 1999 draft.

Hamilton, the No. 1 overall pick, is set to play today against the Rays for the first time since he was selected by the Cubs and traded to the Reds in the 2006 Rule 5 draft. It will be Hamilton’s first game as a major-leaguer at Tropicana Field.

Crawford, the Rays’ second-round pick in ’99, is glad to see Hamilton, 27, excel after an offseason trade sent him to Texas. Having apparently overcome the drug and alcohol problems that cost him most of the 2002-06 seasons, Hamilton leads the majors in RBIs with 53 and is among the AL leaders in batting average at .333 and home runs with 12.

“It’s refreshing to see,” Crawford said. “Everybody’s happy for him. Wish he was over here.”

Crawford and Hamilton were minor-league teammates from 1999-01 at rookie ball Princeton, Single-A Charleston and Double-A Orlando. Injuries and the aforementioned substance-abuse problems derailed Hamilton, even as Crawford became a major-league All-Star and the face of the Rays franchise.

Still, Crawford said he’s not entirely surprised Hamilton has begun to fulfill the massive potential he showed in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

“I didn’t never really count him out, because I knew the talent that he had,” Crawford said. “I figured if he could ever get clean, if there was a person that could do it, he definitely was the one that you think could get it done, that could do it. You just always said that if he could get clean, who knows what could happen?”

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