Alex Rodriguez said his admitted use of steroids during his playing career cost him millions of dollars and a potential spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. But chronic pain in his hip and the desire to put up big numbers drove Rodriguez to take PEDs.
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O'Neill carries momentum into AFL
Rangers outfield prospect Michael O'Neill went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base while batting leadoff in his first action of the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. The nephew of former Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill slashed .266/.336/.445 with 15 homers and 28 stolen bases in 119 games between high-A Down East and Double-A Frisco this past season.
Rangers purchase Hickory Crawdads
The Texas Rangers have purchased the Hickory Crawdads of the low-A South Atlantic League. The team has been the Rangers' low-A affiliate since 2009. The Rangers also own their high-A affiliate, the Down East Wood Ducks of the Carolina League.
After declining outright assignments to Triple-A, Rangers infielders Phil Gosselin and Will Middlebrooks have become free agents.
The Hank Aaron Award recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Finalists for all 30 teams were revealed Monday.
Will the drought end soon?
Cleveland and Houston both have the chance to alter their postseason resumes this season. Though they were close in 2016, it has been 68 years since the Indians last won a World Series title. Meanwhile, the Astros are aiming to capture their first title in franchise history.
The Rangers reportedly have talked to reliever Matt Bush about moving to the rotation in 2018.
The Rangers picked up manager Jeff Banister's option for 2019 but won't bring back bullpen coach Brad Holman.
Bronx bombers led the way in 2017
Aaron Judge hit two of the four longest home runs in MLB this regular season, while teammate Gary Sanchez claimed the No. 2 spot. Rounding out the top five were Joey Gallo (third) and Kennys Vargas and Matt Olson, who tied for fifth.
Can the Rangers field a winner in 2018, or will their future be defined by slugfests and sporadic solo shots (and more frequent strikeouts) from Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor?
Daniel Mengden struck out eight, Khris Davis hit his career-best 43rd homer and the last-place Oakland Athletics ended the season with a 5-2 win at Texas on Sunday.
Familiar names atop Saturday's longest homers
Aaron Judge led the way by nearly 50 feet with his record-breaking bomb on Saturday. He wasn't the only big name with a big bat near the top, as Kyle Schwarber and Joey Gallo were next. A.J. Pollock and Domingo Santana rounded out the top five.
Joey Gallo hit his 40th and 41st home runs, Andrew Cashner pitched six solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Saturday night.
Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Friday night.
Bruce Maxwell was booed by a portion of the crowd in Arlington before and after the national anthem Friday night.
Ryon Healy hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night.
The Texas Rangers hope to be playing in a new, retractable-roof stadium in 2020 after holding a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday. The new venue is to be across the street from their current stadium in Arlington, where the Rangers have played since 1994.
The Rangers might decline the $11 million option on Mike Napoli, who will not play in the weekend series against Oakland.
Justin Verlander struck out 11 to win his fifth straight start since getting traded to Houston, major league batting leader Jose Altuve reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row and the Astros routed the Texas Rangers 12-2 on Wednesday.
Carlos Correa, Brian McCann and Cameron Maybin had three RBIs each and Dallas Keuchel allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings as the Houston Astros routed the Texas Rangers 14-3 on Tuesday night.
Boom, bust or walk for Gallo, Judge
With the regular season nearly over, Joey Gallo is on pace to set the record for highest percentage of plate appearances (min. 500) ending in a home run, walk or strikeout. Not too far behind is Aaron Judge, who will become the sixth player in history to lead his respective league in all three categories, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Trout's bomb leads the way Monday
Mike Trout left no doubt on his 30th homer of the season, which paced the league Monday. Marwin Gonzalez and Joey Gallo were each within three feet, while Jonathan Lucroy and Josh Donaldson rounded out the top five.
Marwin Gonzalez had four hits and three RBI as the AL West champion Houston Astros beat Texas 11-2 on Monday night, putting the Rangers on the brink of elimination in the wild-card race.