The Texas Rangers follow up a victory in the 2nd of a three game stand against the defending champion Boston Red Sox today at 3 pm. Last night, the Rangers pounded out a 10-7 win over the Sox who took game one 1-5 on Monday.
Pitcher Martin Perez collected his first victory after going 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, three walks and three strikeouts. The most impressive thing was that he was able to ground five double plays, the second most behind Matt Harrison.
“A pitcher’s best friend and he was able to use it tonight,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said of the double plays. “You don’t want it to happen all the time like that, but he was able to take advantage of it tonight. He really threw the ball well.”
The Rangers come back home to face the Houston Astros in a three game home stand. Great seats and tickets are still available so get yours now!
Newly signed Prince Fielder is looking to make an impact for the Texas Rangers and Manager Ron Washington is banking on Fielder this season so much so that he now has Fielder slotted to bat third in the rotation this season.
Rangers management are hoping that the numbers Fielder put up last season (career lows in home runs and slugging percentage) were a fluke and that with him in a new environment, will thrive in the Rangers organization. They are betting 7-years at $20 million a year on it.
The Rangers open the regular season at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. Great tickets and seats are still available. Be sure to get yours now!
The way things currently stand with the Texas Rangers of the American League West, Manager Ron Washington does not have a contract extending past 2014 and, Washington does not seem to be bothered by that fact.
“I’m not worried about that,” Washington said after working at a week-long winter camp at Rangers Ballpark. “That will take care of itself.”
In other Rangers news, the franchise came to terms with LHP Rafael Perez on a minor league contract with a spot at Spring Training. Perez underwent shoulder surgery in 2012 and has not played in the majors since.
The Rangers open the season against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31st and Spring Training kicks off February 27th. Great tickets and seats are still available for both.
Ron Washington and his Texas Rangers opened the 2013 season with an 8-2 loss against new rivals the Houston Astros. The Rangers brought in Derek Lowe to relieve lefty Matt Harrisson but the move backfired as Lowe gave a up a 3-run pinch home run to Rick Ankiel.
“You have to tip your hat. (The Astros) played good baseball over there,” Washington said after the game. “That’s all you can say. They pitched. They hit. They did everything. We were fired up, too, but you have to give (Houston RHP) Norris credit. He did a good job.”
The Rangers close out the series against the Astros on Wednesday then face their former AL MVP Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels.