Boston Red Sox
The mysterious Josh Hamilton market gets murkier by the day. Folks around the game are wondering where the market is for easily the most talented player available as a free agent.
The Red Sox, Brewers and Angels are all pursuing free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, according to a report. Dempster had a good 2012 season, but struggled after moving to Texas.
Dave Magadan has been hired to replace Scott Coolbaugh as the Texas Rangers hitting coach, only weeks after the team collapsed down the stretch and lost the AL West title.
Josh Hamilton had three hits, a homer and four RBIs for Texas, which couldn’t hold a 9-5 edge before pulling out its sixth win in eight games.
Ryan Dempster rebounded from a rough debut with Texas, and the Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Yu Darvish struck out the first two batters he faced Monday night, but struggled the rest of the way, allowing a career-high 11 hits in a 9-2 loss to the Red Sox.
The Rangers view deals for both Cliff Lee and Josh Beckett as “long shots” at the moment, sources suggest.
The Red Sox have called at least the Rangers and Braves to gauge interest in pitcher Josh Beckett. His reputation and attitude will have to be considered by any interested team.
Derek Holland struck out seven batters as the Rangers took advantage of wild throws by Josh Beckett in a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
Boston drew consecutive walks from Joe Nathan in the ninth inning, then Mike Aviles blooped a tiebreaking single that lifted the Red Sox over the Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Scott Feldman, starting after Roy Oswalt was scratched with back tightness, threw seven strong innings to lead the Rangers to a 9-1 win over the Red Sox on Monday night.
Roy Oswalt has been scratched from his scheduled Monday start against the Rex Sox due to lower back tightness, the Rangers reported. Scott Feldman will replace him in the rotation.