Neftali Feliz and Joakim Soria, the leading candidates to replace Joe Nathan as the Texas closer, had contrasting results as the Rangers lost 9-7 to the White Sox on Sunday.
Winning the AL West is out of the question for the Rangers. Now, the Wild Card is slipping away as well.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland had a solo shot, and the Rangers beat the Mariners 8-3 on Monday night for their sixth win in eight games.
Aging Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman felt a twinge in his side, and rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch complained of a sore elbow.
Soria was recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery when the Rangers signed the two-time All-Star to an $8 million, two-year contract last winter with a team option for 2015.
Joakim Soria can’t wait to get back on the mound. And he can’t wait to win. The injured reliever and the Rangers finalized their $8 million, two-year contract on Tuesday.
While waiting to find out whether there will be more talks with Josh Hamilton, the Texas Rangers agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent reliever Joakim Soria and reached a deal to keep catcher Geovany Soto.
Speed isn’t part of Mike Napoli’s game. Still, the Texas Rangers catcher was fast enough to score from first on Elvis Andrus’ ninth-inning single.