With the threat of inclement weather, the Texas Rangers have moved Saturday's game up to 11:05 a.m. First pitch was originally scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The game will be televised with plans to be announced later today.
The latest weather forecast for Saturday calls for moderate showers and thundershowers to move into Dallas-Fort Worth area by early afternoon and to increase in intensity throughout the day.
Tickets for the 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday will be good only for admission to the 11:05 a.m. contest Saturday. The Rangers Ballpark parking lots will open at 9 a.m. with the Ballpark gates opening at 9:30 a.m.
“With the possibility of heavy rain affecting Saturday night’s game, we feel it is prudent to start earlier in the day,” Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan said in a statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for our fans, but we believe this is the best alternative given the circumstances and the fact it is the last weekend of the regular season.”
-- Drew Davison
Jurickson Profar has had a few memorable home runs in his
young career. After all, he started his big-league career by going deep in his
But his pinch-hit solo homer in the ninth on Thursday to
keep the Texas Rangers’ playoff hopes alive tops them all. Profar sent a 1-1
fastball from Michael Kohn into the right-field seats, and was the hero after
the Rangers’ 6-5 walk-off victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers remain one game back of the Indians for the
second wild card in the American League with three games left. Tampa Bay
still has a two-game lead for the top spot on Texas.
“I was just looking to have a good AB and try to get on
base,” Profar said. “Made the perfect swing and it went out. That was big for
“We’re in the race and to get that one was pretty big. The
best one [in my career] I think.”
Profar hasn’t played too often in the final month, and his
pinch-hit at-bat was his first appearance of the homestand. Profar, though,
said he’s been able to stay in his routine and is ready for whenever he is
“My confidence is always high and I’m always ready,” he
said. “This is October baseball, we’re almost there. It’s just about winning.
Right now, everybody is focused on winning and you have to be ready to do
whatever it takes.”
Profar, at 20 years, 218 days, is the youngest player to hit a walk-off homer since Florida's Miguel Cabrera (20.063) did it on June 20, 2003 vs. Tampa Bay.
Here are a few other postgame notes:
* Thursday marked the seventh walk-off of the season for the
Rangers, including the fourth against the Angels. They had three consecutive
walk-off victories on July 29, 30 and 31. Those three walk-offs ended in home
runs, as well, by Geovany Soto, Leonys Martin and Adrian Beltre.
* The Rangers have won four straight games, but have not
made up any ground in the wild-card standings. Said A.J. Pierzynski: “All we can
do is try to win games. We can’t control other games. If we win our games and
they win every game, there’s nothing you can do about it. As long as we keep
winning, that’s all we’re really worried about.”
* The Rangers, after taking a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the
first, committed four errors in the second inning that led to three Angels
runs. It marked the first four-error inning in club history.
Said starter Matt Garza: “We made a couple mistakes on the
field, but my job is to keep going. Keep your team in the game as long as you can.”
* Garza took a no-decision after allowing four runs (one
earned) on 11 hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. The
11 hits marked a season high.
* Leonys Martin came through with a two-out, two-run double
in the sixth inning, his second consecutive night with a key two-out hit. …
Elvis Andrus singled in his first at-bat to extend his hitting streak to 13
games against the Angels. … Ian Kinsler is on an eight-game hitting streak
after going 2-for-4.
* The Rangers passed the 3 million mark in attendance for
the second consecutive season. The Rangers have had a total attendance of
3,019,430 so far this season.
ARLINGTON -- Jurickson Profar played the hero on Thursday night, keeping
the Texas Rangers playoff hopes alive for another night.
Profar, making his first appearance of the homestand as a
pinch-hitter, delivered a walk-off solo homer in the ninth, sending a 1-1 Michael Kohn fastball over the right-field fence.
The Rangers dugout erupted as they pulled out an improbable
6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers remain two games back of the Rays, and one-game
back of the Indians in the wild-card race with three to play.
It didn’t seem to be the Rangers night at first, though.
They committed four errors in the second, and grounded into
double plays during prime scoring opportunities in the fourth and fifth. But
they battled back to keep their postseason dreams alive.
Trailing 4-3 going into the sixth, the Rangers rallied to
regain the lead with two outs. Craig Gentry singled and pinch-hitter Jeff Baker
drew a walk. Then, for the second time in as many nights, Leonys Martin
delivered a two-run double to right-center field for a 5-4 lead.
The Angels tied it at 5-5 in the seventh when Kole Calhoun
led off with a triple against Tanner Scheppers, and scored on a single by Mark
The Angels and Rangers each got 1-2-3 innings from their
relievers in the eighth.
In the ninth, the Angels threatened when Josh Hamilton
turned an 0-2 count into a walk against Neal Cotts. Joe Nathan entered and got
the Rangers out of the jam, however, to set up the walk-off heroics.
A right-hander is pitching for the Angels on Thursday to open a four-game season-ending series, so the left-handed-hitting David Murphy will be the Rangers' designated hitter a day after the righty-hitting Jeff Baker started against Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel. It's not necessarily just a left-right thing with Murphy, who is 5 for 16 (.313) in his career against Jerome Williams. But that pales in comparison to Adrian Beltre (.417, 10 for 24, 2 HR) against Williams.
Angels lineup vs. RHP Matt Garza: J.B. Shuck, lf; Erick Aybar, ss; Mike Trout, cf; Josh Hamilton, dh; Howie Kendrick, 2b; Kole Calhoun, rf; Mark Trumbo, 1b; Chris Iannetta, c; Andrew Romine, 3b.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP Jerome Williams: Ian Kinsler, 2b; Elvis Andrus, ss; Alex Rios, rf; Adrian Beltre, 3b; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Mitch Moreland, 1b; Craig Gentry, lf; David Murphy, dh; Leonys Martin, cf.
The Texas Rangers are on the outside looking in right now. If the season ended today, they would fall one game short of making a fourth consecutive postseason. Tampa Bay is two games ahead in the wild card standings, and Cleveland is a game ahead.
But there are four games left and the Rangers still have a chance to extend their season. They open a season-ending four-game series against the Angels tonight.
Here's a look at how MLB would handle various tiebreak scenarios for the Rangers, Indians and Rays.
All three tie for both wild card spots: The teams would be seeded based on their cumulative records against each other, which means the No. 1 seed would go to the Indians (7-5); the No. 2 seed to the Rays (7-6) and the No. 3 seed to the Rangers (5-8).
Cleveland would have the choice to choose an A, B or C designation. In this scenario, Club A would host Club B for one wild card spot, and the loser would travel to play Club C. So, of course, the Indians would take the 'A' designation.
The Rays would have an interesting decision -- try to win one of two games on the road, or sit back at home and wait for the loser to come to town for a one-game showdown? The Rangers are left with the final route.
Once the two wild cards are decided, they would meet in the one-game wild card round. The home team would be determined by the season series. If the Rangers and Rays are the two wild card teams, Texas would host the wild card game after going 4-3 against Tampa Bay this season. If it's the Rangers and Indians, Texas would be at Cleveland after the Tribe went 5-1.
Two teams tie for second wild card: Again, the home team would be determined by season series. The Rangers would be at home against the Rays, and on the road against the Indians. The winner, of course, would be on the road for the wild card round.
Leonys Martin was looking for a slider from Dallas Keuchel.
That’s the pitch Keuchel struck him out with in the third inning, and had a
feeling he’d start him with it in the fourth.
Instead of swinging through it, Martin lined it to right
field for a two-out, three-run double to put the Rangers back in the lead and
spark a five-run fourth. That proved to be the key hit on the night, too, as
the Rangers went on to a 7-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday
“I was ready for that pitch and thank God I didn’t miss it,”
Said Ian Kinsler: “We were able to build an inning and
Leonys got a big hit there to give us a lead. It was a big inning for us.”
Martin Perez threw three scoreless innings after that, and
Jason Frasor and Joakim Soria closed out the game with two scoreless innings.
Texas held its ground for
another night in the American League wild card race, remaining one-game back of
Cleveland for the second wild card and two games
back of Tampa Bay for the top spot.
The Rangers wrap up the regular season with a four-game
series against the Angels on Thursday.
“There’s nothing we can do right now but win our games,”
Kinsler said. “Everyone knows the position we’re in, it’s no secret here. We
have to win games and we have to have someone else help us.”
Here are a few other postgame notes:
* Texas finished the season
series against Houston
by going 17-2. That sets a franchise record for most wins against an opponent
in a single season. It’s not surprising, of course, as the Astros are the worst
team in the majors and on a 12-game losing streak.
* Martin Perez won his 10th game after allowing
three runs over seven innings. That’s the most ever by a Rangers left-hander in
their rookie season, and Perez is now tied with Dan Straily of the A’s for most
wins among AL
* The Rangers’ rotation is now 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA over the last
* The Rangers are expected to pass the 3-million mark in attendance
Thursday for the second consecutive season. They have a total attendance of 2,993,232
with four home games remaining.
– The Texas Rangers are still waiting to get help, but haven’t gotten any as
the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays continue to win.
But the Rangers are winning, too, and holding their ground
in the American League wild card race. Texas
completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros on Wednesday night with a
7-3 victory at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers remain one-game back of the Indians for the second
wild card, and two games back of the Rays for the top wild card. They welcome
the Angels to town for a season-ending four-game series beginning Thursday, and
seemingly need to win out to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Rangers finished their season series against the Astros
with an impressive 17-2 record against them. That, however, shouldn’t come as a
surprise as the Astros are the worst team in the majors and in the midst of a
12-game losing streak.
Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed three runs over seven
innings, and the offense broke loose for five runs in the fourth to pull away
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning without
getting a hit. Craig Gentry reached on an error, stole second, advanced to
third on a passed ball and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Elvis
The Astros, though, responded by scoring three runs in the
top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Chris Carter had an RBI single, and
Brandon Laird sent a two-run homer over the center-field wall and past Leonys
Martin’s outstretched glove.
The Rangers answered with five runs in the home half of the
fourth. Martin had a three-run double, and Ian Kinsler and Alex Rios added RBI
extended its lead to 7-3 in the sixth on a solo shot by Kinsler.
Perez earned his 10th victory of the season. Jason
Frasor and Joakim Soria pitched the final two innings for the Rangers.
The Rangers have told senior director of player development Tim Purpura that he will be reassigned within the organization before next season, according to two baseball sources.
Purpura was hired in 2011 to head the farm system after Scott Servais left to become an assistant general manager with the Angels. Purpura previously was the general manager for Astros from 2004 to 2007.
The Rangers have not made an announcement on the reassignment or announced a replacement, and typically announce any shuffling within the organization in the off-season. General manager Jon Daniels declined to comment on the Purpura move, but said that the evaluation process for 2014 is under way.
"It's the time of year when we're evalutating everything," Daniels said. "We're always looking to improve. Scouting and development is the lifeblood of the organization."
C.J. Wilson believes the Texas Rangers have struggled because of their pitching performances, not because of the offense that suffered a blow when Nelson Cruz accepted a suspension.
"They're trying to pin it on Cruz not being there, but they're scoring plenty of runs," Wilson told MLB.com. "They're scoring more runs than they did on average the rest of the season. I think the pitching has been the big question mark for them because a lot of the relievers that they had got used up so much the first half of the year that some of those dudes might be breaking down.
"They're kind of grasping for how to get that rhythm back, I think, in the bullpen. And I don't know how their starters have been throwing, I just know that a lot of them don't have the win totals that you would expect for a playoff rotation. Like you don't have three 15-game winners. [Yu] Darvish is obviously a really good pitcher, and has great stuff, but he and [Derek] Holland, either they haven't been getting the run support or aren't pitching as well as they should."
The Rangers have averaged 4.87 runs per game since Cruz was suspended, but have only scored 3.58 runs per game in their last 24. The starters, meanwhile, did go through a rough stretch recently but went into Wednesday's game 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA over the past eight games.
The bullpen, meanwhile, has a 2.36 ERA over the past eight games, and have allowed runs in 11 of their last 27 games.
Wilson and the Angels come to Arlington for a season-ending four-game series beginning on Thursday. Wilson is scheduled to start Friday.
Wilson, who played with the Rangers from 2005-11, was a key member of the rotation during the 2010 and 2011 World Series runs. In 2010, he was the only member of the rotation to win 15 games while Tommy Hunter won 13 and Colby Lewis won 12. In 2011, Wilson and Derek Holland each won 16 games; Matt Harrison and Lewis won 14 games; and Alexi Ogando won 13.
This year, Darvish leads the team with 13 wins and Holland has 10. Martin Perez has nine, and Alexi Ogando and Justin Grimm have seven wins.
Yu Darvish confirmed Tuesday night that he is dealing with a
physical issue, although Darvish and the Texas Rangers don’t seem overly
concerned about it. It’s been classified as more normal wear and tear of a
“Well, it’s no more than what’s already out there,” manager
Ron Washington said Wednesday afternoon. “Everybody has issues that they’re
dealing with and he’s no different. I always try to tell you guys he’s not
Superman. This grind in the major league season in the United States
is like no grind anywhere they play baseball because every night you’re facing
“His issues are no more than what you already know. That’s
where the grind comes in. You’ve got to go beyond the call of duty. It becomes
mind over matter.”
Darvish has not gone at least six innings in consecutive
starts for the first time this season. He lasted only 5 1/3 innings against Houston on Tuesday,
allowing two runs on four hits with four walks and nine strikeouts over a 101-pitch
In his previous start last Thursday in Tampa Bay,
Darvish went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits with six walks and
Still, Darvish has passed the 200-inning mark for the first
time in his young career, and is leading the major leagues with 269 strikeouts.
“Every one has something and I have something going on, too," Darvish said after Tuesday's start. "But the bottom line is I threw 200 innings. I think I did the minimum of my job and there are still games ahead of
us. I’d like to throw as many innings as possible.”