Posted on: June 12, 2010 9:21 pm

Rangers in the market for starter

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers, who entered the night a half-game ahead of the Angels for the American League West lead, are looking to land a starting pitcher. Rich Harden went on the disabled list Saturday, where he joins starter Derek Holland.

Texas also wants a right-handed bat, though that's a lower priority. The Rangers have told the Red Sox they are interested in Mike Lowell if the price is right (teams seem to be holding out and hoping Boston gives Lowell away for nothing).

The Rangers are still hamstrung by their ownership situation. To sum up a complicated scenario: Owner Tom Hicks' group is in bankruptcy, a group that includes Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is in line to buy the team, but Houston rich guy Jim Crane is trying to muscle in on it. All parties hope a bankruptcy court hearing on Tuesday will clear things up. For a more detailed explanation of the situation, check out this report from bizofbaseball.com.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 1:22 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 5:21 pm

Ogando on way for Rangers?

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the Rangers will neither confirm nor deny reports that right-hander Alexi Ogando has been sent to join the team in Milwaukee.

Ogando, a 26-year-old Dominican, was one of 30 players banned from the U.S. for five years due to involvement in a visa scam. He and fellow Rangers prospect Omar Beltre are the only ones who have been allowed back into the country.

Reliever Ogando is a major talent, with a 2.05 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 30 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. It's not clear whose spot he would take on the roster, but Grant speculates that the Rangers might put struggling starter Rich Harden on the disabled list. Dustin Nippert or Matt Harrison could spot start with Harden gone.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Move now official, Ogando up and Harden to DL.

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:46 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

Lowell's last days in Boston?

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, via Twitter , reports that the Red Sox are talking to the Twins, Angels and Rangers are talking to the Red Sox about Mike Lowell.

Lowell, 36, is hitting .225/.313/.338 in limited time with the Red Sox. Lowell finds himself behind new third baseman Andre Beltre and Kevin Youklis at first. Lowell has 80 plate appareances in 27 games for the Red Sox and is in the lineup tonight, just his third game this month.

However, Lowell may be needed. Kevin Youkilis is out of tonight's game after leaving Thursday night's game with back spasms. Manager Terry Francona said Youlilis should be available to pnch hit Friday and would be back in the lineup Saturday, according to MASN .

UPDATE: Rosenthal adds that the Red Sox may be looking to add outfield depth with the injuries to Jeremy Hermida and Jacoby Ellsbury, but Mike Cameron playing hurt. How about David DeJesus?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?

Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:47 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:19 am

Rangers sign first-round pick

The Texas Rangers win the race to sign their first-round pick, as Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein reports via Twitter that the Rangers have agreed to a contract with Canadian catcher Kellin Deglan for $1 million.

The Rangers took Deglan with the 22nd overall pick.

Deglan had signed a scholarship with Florida International.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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