There’s an old saying in baseball that you can’t win a division in April, but you sure can lose one. However, in the Rangers case, there’s a history here that says the month of June can become this team’s albatross.
Yu Darvish was tagged for five runs, the Texas Rangers offense was limited to three hits and the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics defeated the Rangers 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs, and the Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the division-leading Athletics on Monday night.
The Texas Rangers are having a memorable June, but for all the wrong reasons. Following the team’s 7-2 loss to Toronto on Sunday, Rangers’ manager Ron Washington held a closed door meeting with players.
Former Rangers slugger Milton Bradley has been convicted of abusing his estranged wife. He faces more than seven years in jail at his sentencing, scheduled for July 2.
The Rangers were able to salvage the final game of their three-game series with Oakland, winning 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon behind unknown starter Ross Wolf.
The Texas Rangers have optioned right-handed reliever Cory Burns to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Ross Wolf for a spot start Wednesday against Oakland.
Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings and Yoenis Cespedes homered as the Athletics won their fifth straight game, 1-0 over the Rangers and Yu Darvish on Tuesday night.
Adrian Beltre hit a tiebreaking home run in the 10th inning, Mitch Moreland followed with his second of the game, and the Rangers held off the Athletics 6-5 Tuesday night.
It was Texas’ first trip to Oakland since being swept in the final three games of the 2012 regular season and coughing up the AL West title to the surprising A’s.
If the A’s are going to make the playoffs again, it will be on the strength of their pitching. A.J. Griffin will be a big part of that.
Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Washington’s won big right away and were chosen as managers of the year Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons.