|TEXAS ( ROSS )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|927||TEXAS||+110||Ov 10.5,-120||+105||Ov 10.5,-105|
|928||COLORADO||-120||Un 10.5,+100||-115||Un 10.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-10||-0.6||8-11||3.3||0.245||0.314||4.3||0.253||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||3-3||4.0||0.242||0.301||6.1||0.313||0.378|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-5||+0||5-4||4.5||0.292||0.353||4.8||0.299||0.364|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||6.6||0.317||0.357||4.7||0.280||0.343|
|4/22/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||5-4||W||155||7.5 un||O||9||6||1||9||8||0|
|4/23/2014||PEREZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||3-0||W||155||7 un||U||7||8||0||3||3||1|
|4/25/2014||ROSS(L)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||5-6||L||-110||7 ev||O||8||7||1||10||7||0|
|4/26/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-3||W||160||7 un||O||11||8||1||6||8||0|
|4/27/2014||HARRISON(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||5-6||L||-110||7.5 un||O||8||6||0||7||6||1|
|5/2/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||5-2||W||120||9 un||U||9||6||0||8||9||0|
|5/3/2014||HARRISON(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-5||L||125||8 ov||P||10||8||1||14||13||1|
|5/4/2014||DARVISH(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||14-3||W||-110||7.5 un||O||14||11||0||9||7||1|
|5/5/2014||PEREZ(L)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||2-8||L||100||10.5 ov||U||9||6||1||13||8||2|
|5/6/2014||ROSS(L)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||LEWIS(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/12/2014||LEWIS(R)||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|5/13/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|4/22/2014||MORALES(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||+105||10.5 un||U||9||7||0||8||9||1|
|4/23/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||10-12||L||-105||9.5 un||O||16||9||0||14||8||1|
|4/25/2014||LYLES(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-4||W||130||7 un||O||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|4/26/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAHOLM(L)||3-6||L||100||7 ev||O||7||7||0||12||9||0|
|4/27/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||6-1||W||140||7 un||P||11||6||0||8||10||3|
|4/28/2014||MORALES(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||8-5||W||120||8.5 un||O||12||5||0||10||6||2|
|4/29/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ARIZONA||BOLSINGER(R)||5-4||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||7||1||10||11||0|
|4/30/2014||LYLES(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||4-5||L||105||8.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||8||0|
|5/1/2014||NICASIO(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||7-4||W||-135||9.5 un||O||11||5||0||7||4||1|
|5/2/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||10-3||W||-130||9.5 ev||O||13||4||0||9||8||1|
|5/3/2014||MORALES(L)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)||11-10||W||-130||10.5 un||O||13||6||2||17||12||1|
|5/4/2014||CHACIN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||1-5||L||-120||11 un||U||8||7||0||10||9||0|
|5/7/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|5/8/2014||MORALES(L)||@ TEXAS||HARRISON(L)|| |
|5/9/2014||CHACIN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||LYLES(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|5/13/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|TEXAS: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers are already hurting significantly even before the start of a new season.|
In a span of three days the week before opening day, the Rangers scratched ace Yu Darvish from that scheduled start because of neck stiffness, and found out they would be without second baseman Jurickson Profar and catcher Geovany Soto for 10 to 12 weeks each because of injuries.
Sure, the Rangers know there are going to be injuries during the season.
''We just didn't expect it to be all at this point,'' general manager Jon Daniels said.
The Rangers, after missing the playoffs last year for the first time in four seasons, already knew they would be missing lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland to start the season.
At least Harrison, who had a mild setback early in camp after his back issues last season, should return within the first month. Holland could miss at least half the season because of left knee surgery after being tripped by his dog on stairs in his home in January.
The only three position players remaining from the Rangers' last World Series in 2011 also missed games this spring with lesser nagging issues. But shortstop Elvis Andrus, third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Mitch Moreland should all be in the lineup Monday against Philadelphia.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years and scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992, the Rangers' two most significant offseason moves were to improve their offense.
They got durable slugger Prince Fielder from Detroit by trading Ian Kinsler, a move that cleared the way Profar to be an everyday player. Free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was signed to a seven-year deal - the same time left on Fielder's contract - to take over the leadoff spot.
Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more the past two season than Choo (556) and Fielder (542), who has the longest active streak in the majors playing in 505 consecutive regular-season games - and 809 of 810 the past five years.
''I just want Prince to be Prince,'' said manager Ron Washington, starting his eighth season in Texas. ''I just want him to do what he does, and let everyone else does what they do, and everything will work out.''
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TEXAS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Rockies Preview* =========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Texas (17-14) at Colorado (19-14), 8:40 p.m. EDT
Troy Tulowitzki is on a torrid pace this season at Coors Field and that has led to the highest batting average in the majors.
The same holds true for the Colorado Rockies.
Tulowitzki and the Rockies go for another offensive onslaught against the struggling Texas Rangers on Tuesday night before this series shifts venues.
Tulowitzki's .408 average is the highest in baseball by 48 points over AL-leader Shin-Soo Choo of Texas.
The All-Star shortstop has done the vast majority of his damage at home, where he's batting .596 with six of his nine homers and 21 of 29 RBIs.
While those numbers would seem more accustomed to appearing in a video game, Tulowitzki's recent production has been even better. He's 13 for 20 with 10 RBIs in his past five home games.
He connected for a pair of two-run homers Monday, leading the Rockies (20-14) to an 8-2 victory over the Rangers in the first of two meetings at Coors Field. The four-game set switches to Arlington on Wednesday for the first of two games.
"If there was a good pitch to hit I was definitely going to offer," Tulowitzki said after walking in his final plate appearance. "You do think about three home runs but it's not like I was trying to go deep, I was trying to put together a good at-bat."
Colorado is also pounding the ball at home, leading baseball with a .344 average, 31 homers and 7.4 runs per game. Those numbers are in stark contrast to the team's .254 average on the road, where it's hit 16 homers and averaged 4.0 runs.
Tulowitzki is getting ample help from Nolan Arenado, who homered Monday to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, the longest in the majors this season and the second-longest in franchise history. He is batting .354 with four home runs and 16 RBIs during the run.
The Rockies' red-hot offense will face Robbie Ross Jr. (1-2, 3.86 ERA) on Tuesday. The left-hander is coming of the worst start of his career, allowing seven runs in the third inning before yielding three more in the fourth and leaving with one out in Wednesday's 12-1 loss to Oakland.
"Obviously, it's not what I wanted to happen," Ross told the team's official website. "Obviously, I'm trying to make good pitches. It's on me. I've still got to go out and battle."
Ross will try to help prevent Texas (17-15) from losing for the seventh time in nine games. The Rangers have scored 33 runs during that span but 14 came in Sunday's rout of the Angels.
Colorado, which has won seven of eight at home against Texas, is slated to send Juan Nicasio (3-1, 4.19) to the mound.
The right-hander yielded three hits in seven scoreless innings of a 7-4 home win over the New York Mets on Thursday. That was a dramatic improvement after he allowed 10 runs and 15 hits - four homers - in 9 1-3 innings over his previous two outings.
"All my breaking balls worked and I had good command of my fastball, too," Nicasio said. "That's why I was good. I threw a lot of sliders for strikes, my fastball was down in the zone."
That hasn't been the case over his last three interleague starts at home, going 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA.
He'll have to contend with Choo, who is 9 for 13 in his last four games overall and 9 for 17 with four doubles and a homer over his last four in Denver.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:03:27 PM EST|