Rays Vs. Rangers: Harrison, Texas Can't Recover After Giving Up 6 Runs In 2 Innings

The Texas Rangers come up short of the sweep against Tampa Bay, giving up four home runs and losing 8-4 on Wednesday night.

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Rangers Vs. Rays Game Recap: Texas Loses 8-4 In Series Finale

The Texas Rangers fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 on Wednesday night. They started the game looking for a series sweep and their seventh victory in eight games, but couldn't recover after giving up an early lead.

The Rays scored the night's first six runs. In the first inning, Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double, and then scored on an Evan Longoria home run in the next at-bat. B.J. Upton hit a three-run home run in the second.

Texas came back to make it 6-4 after five innings, with Mitch Moreland and Josh Hamilton hitting home runs. It was Hamilton's 36th of the year, but that was the closest his team would get.

Elliot Johnson's solo home run in the sixth pushed the lead to 7-4 and Longoria added another homer in the ninth.

Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb pitched 4.2 innings and gave up eight hits and four runs (three earned).

The Rangers' Matt Harrison (15-8) pitched 5.1 innings and gave up seven runs and 12 hits, including three home runs.

Texas has Thursday off and will begin a three-game set in Cleveland on Friday.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rangers Vs. Rays Score Update: Texas Trails, 7-4, After 6 Innings

The Texas Rangers headed into Wednesday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays looking to finish off a three-game series sweep, but after six innings they trail, 7-4.

Tampa Bay had a 6-0 lead early on. Ben Zobrist hit an RBI double in the first, then Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run in the next at-bat. In the second inning, B.J. Upton hit a three-run home run.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-run home run to make it 6-2 after two innings, Elvis Andrus scored on a fielder's choice in the third and Josh Hamilton hit a solo home run in the fifth to cut the deficit to 6-4. It was Hamilton's 36th homer of the season.

The Rays' Elliot Johnson hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to make it 7-4.

Koji Uehara replaced Texas starter Matt Harrison in the sixth. Harrison gave up seven runs, 12 hits and struck out five in 5.1 innings. The three home runs he allowed were a season-high for Harrison.

Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb pitched 4.2 innings and gave up four runs and eight hits, striking out three. Burke Badenhop retired one batter to end the fifth inning, and was replaced by Jake McGee in the sixth.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rangers Vs. Rays: Preview, TV Schedule And Starting Lineups

The Texas Rangers look to sweep away the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night in Arlington, as the two teams conclude a three-game series in what could be a playoff preview.

Matt Harrison gets the start for the Rangers, looking for his 16th win of the season. Harrison has pitched very well this year, with a 15-7 record, 3.04 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Harrison has struck out 101 batters in 169 innings of work on the season, while walking 48.

Texas's offense will face off against Alex Cobb. Cobb has pitched well for the Rays this year, to the tune of an 8-8 record, 4.32 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. In 102 innings, Cobb has struck out 76 while walking just 28.

Both Joe Maddon and Ron Washington have announced the starting lineups for the game, and they are as follows:

Tampa Bay Rays

LF Desmond Jennings
CF B.J. Upton
SS Ben Zobrist
DH Evan Longoria
1B Jeff Keppinger
2B Ryan Roberts
3B Elliot Johnson
C Jose Molina
RF Sam Fuld

SP Alex Cobb

Texas Rangers

DH Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
2B Michael Young
LF David Murphy
1B Mitch Moreland
C Luis Martinez

SP Matt Harrison

Rangers fans will notice that, once again, Young starts at second base, despite the fact that he has no business starting in the field for the Rangers. We'll see how this affects Harrison and his 51.3% ground ball rate tonight.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Southwest.

For more on the Rangers, check out Lone Star Ball.

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Rays Vs. Rangers Final Score: Kinsler's Home Run, Darvish's 10 Strikeouts Get Rangers By Rays, 1-0

The Texas Rangers only notched four hits against the Tampa Bay Rays but got the one that counted, winning 1-0 on Tuesday night.

Texas was paced by starting pitcher Yu Darvish, who earned his 13th victory of the season after throwing seven shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out 10 with only two walks. Relievers Mike Adams and Joe Nathan preserved the blanking, pitching a scoreless inning apiece with Nathan getting his 27th save of the season.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler provided the game's lone run on a fourth-inning home run to left field. It was his 16th of the year, coming off of Rays starting pitcher James Shields, who took the loss after surrendering only three hits and striking out eight in seven innings of work. His record fell to 12-8.

Tampa Bay scattered seven hits, getting runners to second and third on two separate occasions yet failing to drive one home.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rays Vs. Rangers: Tampa Bay Has Task Of Slowing Hot Adrian Beltre

In the first of a three-game series, the Rangers managed to snag the win over the Tampa Bay Rays with a 6-5 victory. The win kept the Texas stranglehold over the AL West firmly in place and a third consecutive loss for Tampa Bay dropped the Rays behind the Oakland A's and Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card standings.

On Tuesday, the Rangers will look to make it back-to-back victories when Yu Darvish takes to the mound. Darvish, in his first season with the Rangers, has a 12-9 record, though he lost his last start when he allowed three runs in seven innings to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Taking the mound for the Rays will be James Shields, who has won his last two starts, including allowing three runs to the Royals into the eighth in his last appearance. Shields will have the tough task of slowing down Adrian Beltre, who has had multiple hits in five of his last seven games, including a 3-for-3 performance that featured a solo home run against the Rays on Monday night.

The first pitch of the game at Rangers Ballpark is scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest as well as Sun Sports.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rangers Vs. Rays: Texas Takes Down Tampa Bay 6-5

The Texas Rangers took down the Tampa Bay Rays in a close match on Monday, with tons of offense in the first half of the game and solid bullpen work in the second en route to a 6-5 victory.

Neither starting pitcher put together his best performance, with all 11 runs in the game coming by the time the fifth inning had ended.

Tampa Bay's David Price lasted only four of those innings, being pulled after giving up 10 hits and six runs. Adrian Beltre hit him the hardest, with four RBI on a home run, a double and a single. Nelson Cruz and Mike Olt provided the other runs for the Rangers, which proved to be enough.

Derek Holland managed to stay in the game for six innings after allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out five Rays. The bullpen led by Joe Nathan kept the Rays at bay for the rest of the evening, enough to seal Holland's ninth win of the season.

Game 2 of the series on Tuesday will see a strong pitching match-up as Yu Darvish faces James Shields.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rangers Vs. Rays Score Update: Texas Leads 6-5 After 5

The Texas Rangers are facing the Tampa Bay Rays in the first game of a possible playoff preview, looking to continue a hot streak that's seen them win seven of their last 10 games. After five innings, The Rangers lead 6-5 on Monday night.

Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria started the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning. The Rangers took the lead back in the second, with back-to-back solo home runs from Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz followed by a run-scoring groundout by Mike Olt.

A sac fly from B.J. Upton tied it at 3 in the top of the third, before Beltre hit a two-run double in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-3 for Texas.

Upton hit an RBI-triple in the fifth, then scored on a single from Ben Zobrist. Beltre again gave the Rangers the lead in the sixth with an RBI-single. This means he is a triple away from the cycle.

Immediately after that, the Rays pulled starter David Price after just 69 pitches. He gave up 10 hits and six runs.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bayfor more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Mike Napoli Injury: Rangers Catcher Not Ready To Return From DL

Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, placed on the DL with a quad strain on Aug. 11, says that he's not yet ready to return after running the bases on Monday afternoon. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, Napoli had hoped to return on Saturday, but is "not quite there" as he rehabs from a troubling left quad strain suffered earlier this month.

Napoli was eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 26, and had originally stated there was no reason he wouldn't be ready by that date, yet he has yet to feel comfortable after various rehab exercises. Napoli caught Derek Holland's bullpen session last week and has been running the bases during the Rangers' warmups during the current homestand, but is still fighting through tightness in the muscle.

The catcher enjoyed a career year in 2011, yet has struggled for most of the 2012 season, dealing with various ailments before finally landing on the DL. The Rangers have stated there's no hurry for Napoli to return after the acquisition of Geovany Soto at the trade deadline.

The Rangers travel to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Indians on Friday, before heading to Kansas City for four games on Sept. 3.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rangers Vs. Rays: Starting Lineups For Monday's Series Opener

Michael Young returns from the Paternity List and Mike Olt finds himself back in the lineup, as the Texas Rangers open a three-game series against the surging Tampa Bay Rays. David Murphy, who has been one of the hottest hitters in the MLB in August, will also get the day off against LHP David Price.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:

Rays:

1. Desmond Jennings - LF
2. B.J. Upton - CF
3. Ben Zobrist - SS
4. Evan Longoria - DH
5. Jeff Keppinger - 1B
6. Ryan Roberts - 2B
7. Sam Fuld - RF
8. Jose Molina - C
9. Elliot Johnson - 3B

David Price - SP

Rangers:

1. Ian Kinsler - 2B
2. Elvis Andrus - SS
3. Josh Hamilton - LF
4. Adrian Beltre - 3B
5. Nelson Cruz - RF
6. Michael Young - DH
7. Geovany Soto - C
8. Craig Gentry - CF
9. Mike Olt - 1B

Derek Holland - SP

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT.

Be sure to visit Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and head over to DRays Bay for more on the Rays. Also visit Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Rays Vs. Rangers Series Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The first-place Texas Rangers end a 10-game homestand by welcoming the charging Tampa Bay Rays to Arlington.

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