Staying above .500 has been a struggle this season for the Marlins, who will close out their homestand and their short series with the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon. But with Nathan Eovaldi taking the mound, Miami a chance to be two games over the break-even mark for the first time since June 17. Eovaldi will oppose Nick Martinez, a Miami native who hasn't been nearly as sharp this month.
When it was over Tuesday night, the Rangers went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, left 12 men on base and ended up losing, 4-3, in 10 innings. On a night when Mike Carp was going 0-for-5, Marlins No. 3 hitter Giancarlo Stanton brought the game to an end with a two-out RBI single to right off reliever Neftali Feliz.
The Rangers are backing off the idea of Yu Darvish returning to the rotation and pitching next Tuesday against the Mariners. Darvish is on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, and he has not thrown a baseball since he tried to play catch a week ago in Arlington. Darvish did not travel with the Rangers for their two-game series with the Marlins.
Ice bucket mania is sweeping through the Rangers' clubhouse. Rangers outfielders Leonys Martin, Alex Rios and Shin-Soo Choo were the latest to get doused by ice water on Tuesday in the dugout at Marlins Park. They were challenged by none other than Choo's 9-year-old son, Alan.
Outfielder Alex Rios was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after batting practice because of a bruised right thumb. Rios has already been dealing with a sprained right ankle, but apparently the thumb has been bothering him as well.
The Rangers are shutting down right-handed reliever Corey Knebel for the remainder of the season because of a sprained right elbow. Knebel will be down for six weeks and be re-examined at the beginning of October. If all goes well, he will begin throwing in November.
The Rangers have used 36 pitchers this year. Some are prominent, some may have bright futures, some are doomed to Rangers obscurity like Travis Hughes, Jose Cecena, Sam Narron, Duff Brumley and Danilo Leon. The Rangers task during this cattle call is to figure who is who.
Something clicked for the Rangers on Sunday afternoon against the Angels. With no outs, Alex Rios, Adrian Beltre and Mike Carp each singled, the last base hit tying the game. Adam Rosales followed with a walk-off single to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory at Globe Life Park.
The Rangers lost a replay challenge in the fifth inning Sunday, when second baseman Rougned Odor drove home the Rangers' first run of the game but was thrown out trying to take second base on an RBI single.
With a lefty on the mound for the Angels on Sunday, Rangers manager Ron Washington chose to leave Leonys Martin out of the lineup for the first time since Aug. 5.
With three perfect innings in Saturday night's loss to the Angels, the Rangers' mostly inexperienced bullpen continued its recent hot streak -- and continued to give manager Ron Washington something to smile about. Phil Klein, Neal Cotts and Roman Mendez needed only 30 pitches between them to retire all nine batters they faced.
Alex Rios has been slowed lately with a sprained ankle, but he showed Saturday that he can still impress with his arm and his bat.
In four outings since blowing a save at Cleveland on Aug. 3, Rangers righty Neftali Feliz has continued to improve his velocity and retired 12 out of 14 batters faced, including a strikeout of Josh Hamilton for the Rangers' final out in Friday's loss against the Angels.
Still nursing a sprained right ankle, Alex Rios started in right field Saturday for the second consecutive game after a successful test the night before.
The Rangers' bullpen is not exactly loaded with experience these days. Right now, it has three extremely green rookies, with Phil Klein, Alex Claudio and Jon Edwards all making their Major League debuts this month. And though Roman Mendez has already made 16 appearances, his debut came in early July.