Then, there have been days like Saturday when the Rangers dropped to one game under .500 with an 8-3 loss to the Athletics. "We put 14-15 baserunners on, I'll take our chances with that," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. Manaea also allowed seven hits, a walk and a hit batter through five but held the Rangers to 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. He had to manage his way through the game." Pinder has change for home run: Pinder's second home run came off a changeup from Hamels in the third inning. This was only the third time Hamels has given up a home run on a changeup and the first time since the All-Star break. Rangers: Right-hander A.J. "We were taking good swings," Pujols said. "It seemed like every inning we got guys on base. Cashner is 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA over his last seven starts, logging quality starts in six of the outings.. Angels: The Angels will send left-hander Andrew Heaney to the mound on Wednesday night as they continue their four-game set with the Rangers at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium.
OKC Thunder Roster Fill-In Project: second chance youngster – Adreian Payne. With NBA free agent lists dwindling should OKC Thunder give youngster Adreian Payne a fresh start and second chance under a new regime? Thunderous Intentions examines remaining available NBA free agents with a view to adding valuable assets to the OKC Thunder. Knowing Sam Presti his tweaks to the team will continue through training camp. If a better fit exists you can be sure Presti will make the move. At what point does he decide to move on from Singler and more importantly can he move Singler and get something back in return? Two options who could fulfill the teams 3-point shooting needs are Doug McDermott and Alex Abrines. Entering the day the OKC Thunder have 16 guaranteed contracts on the roster. Heading into that camp additional players will be brought in to compete for the final roster spots. Next up TI looks at Adreian Payne.
In front of family, 'Petey' hits key home run. ANAHEIM -- Drew Robinson (aka "Petey" for Players Weekend) delivered in a big way for the second consecutive game, belting a 431-foot, two-run homer (per Statcast™) in the third inning of the Rangers' 3-0 victory over the Angels on Thursday at Angel Stadium. Robinson was born in Las Vegas, but most of his family resides in Southern California. And many of them were in attendance to watch his homer off Angels starter Troy Scribner that sailed well into the right-center-field seats. "I'm sure they had a good time with it, too." Robinson's homer, which followed a double from Brett Nicholas, was the only support Rangers starter Martin Perez and the bullpen needed, as the team recorded its sixth shutout of the season. He had the hometown crowd, being in front of his family -- special night for him." The Rangers lead the Majors with 200 home runs, two more than the Astros. They also pulled within one game of the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Chirinos comes up big for Rangers in win. An inning removed from being thrown out at home plate as the go-ahead run by Mike Trout, Chirinos delivered an RBI single that proved to be the deciding run in the victory as the Rangers pulled to within two games of the Twins for the second American League Wild Card. That's why we didn't take him out of the game … We want his decision-making behind the plate in games like this. The 26-year-old, who will be making his team-high 25th start, has allowed 24 runs in the first inning, five more than any other inning this season. Scribner, 26, is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA through his first his first four Major League outings (two starts). Perez allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings to take a loss against the Angels on April 30. • Mike Trout's 28 career plate appearances against Perez are third-most of any player in the Majors. "We were taking good swings," Pujols said. "I hit some balls hard in Seattle and unfortunately they didn't fall for hits," Cowart said. -- Banister, on reliever Gardewine's Major League debut
One day Joe Marchese, a scout out of Chicago who would spend the spring evaluating talent in Florida, showed up at the Rangers Minor League complex in Plant City, Fla., and told Klein he had to go with him to check out a high school pitcher. Marchese assured Klein it was no big deal. Marchese told him to check out the shortstop. And Klein? Scott was a third-round Draft choice out of Kankakee, Ill., in June of 1972, when Klein was managing in the Rangers system, and two years later he played for Klein at Double-A Pittsfield, the start of a relationship that saw Scott work with Klein in scouting and player development for the Rangers and Indians, and more recently in the independent Atlantic League, where Klein had been the executive director since the league was formed 20 years ago. Klein was a baseball lifer, who seemed to find challenges wherever he went. And it was Grieve, who eventually replaced Klein as the Rangers general manager. I was fortunate to have had him in my life. "If that trade had gone through I might have still been the general manager in Texas," Klein said decades later. It wasn't Klein's way.
OKC Thunder Roster Fill-In Project: 3-point, playmaker Jason Terry. With NBA free agent lists dwindling should OKC take a chance on Jason Terry to bolster their roster? The remaining NBA free agent list offers some intriguing options for the OKC Thunder to consider, one who checks a bunch of boxes is Jason Terry. But, if the OKC brain trust determined there were a better fit, moves could be made. Specifically, a contract could be waived or a player could be traded to make room. The most logical players on this bubble are Semaj Christon and Kyle Singler. But, for the purposes of this exercise let’s assume a trade could be made or player waived to accommodate the addition of a serviceable asset. Per usual, additional players will be brought in to compete for the final spots. This so Billy Donovan and his coaching staff can decipher who’ll take those precious final seats at the end of the bench and determine the G-League players. With a view to filling specific areas needing bolstering let’s look at some NBA Free Agents who fit a specific need: Jason Terry the Jet: 2016-17 Stats: Points: 4.1 Assists: 1.3 Rebounds: 1.4 Field Goal Percent: 43.2% 3-Point Field Goal Percent: 42.7% Minutes Per Game: 18.4 Terry like Vince Carter seems to defy aging and given a limited role could be a productive contributor.
Why has Jerry Jones been quiet about Ezekiel Elliott's suspension?. Elliott's appeal is scheduled for Aug. 29 with Harold Henderson, who was designated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to serve as the arbitrator after the league handed down its discipline for violating the personal-conduct policy. "Because I have said I just want to get my thoughts together, see some more cards played and just see kind of how this thing turns out," Jones said Saturday after the Cowboys beat the Indianapolis Colts in a preseason game. "I know that they've got a real important date set and want that to have every opportunity it can to have things in its best light. Elliott did not play against the Colts and has yet to play in the preseason. Elliott played in only one preseason game last year and had seven carries. "Wouldn't surprise me at all if he would get a few snaps," Jones said. On Saturday, the Cowboys ran 32 times for 160 yards, showing their ability to control the game with the run even without Elliott. "Of course I'm hopeful we'll have Zeke back in there pretty quick, too, as far as looking at it like you might an injury or something like that," Jones said. So I like our running back depth, yes."
All eyes on Dak Prescott, Jaylon Smith in expected preseason debuts. This will be the Cowboys’ third preseason game. Quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to play against the Colts. Prescott had an impressive training camp. He’ll see his first game action of the season and is expected to play a couple of series. Smith will be in game action for the first time in almost 19 months, and plenty of eyes will be on him. Signs point to running back Ezekiel Elliott being held out of this game. Injury woes Linebacker Sean Lee is dealing with a hamstring injury and isn’t expected to play. Related stories from Star-Telegram ‘Time out’ long overdue for Zeke Without Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys facing some of NFL’s best run defenses Will Frisco draw 12,000 fans a day to see the Cowboys practice? Drew Davison email@example.com Dallas Cowboys 2017 schedule Preseason Cowboys 20, Arizona 18 Los Angeles Rams 13, Cowboys 10 Saturday vs. Indianapolis (KTVT/11, NFL Network), 6 p.m. Aug. 26 vs. Oakland, 7 p.m. Aug. 31 at Houston, 7 p.m.