Just a few weeks ago, the Rangers thought their rotation was at full strength with all five starters appearing to be 100 percent healthy.
Cole Hamels will square off against Dan Straily on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park in the finale of the two-game set.
The hottest team in baseball was stopped on Tuesday night. Behind four RBIs from Jay Bruce and three from Zack Cozart, the Reds marched to an 8-2 victory over the Rangers that snapped their seven-game winning streak.
The Rangers signed veteran left-handed reliever Neal Cotts to a Minor League deal on Monday. He will report to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
The Rangers are an example of how the best teams, many times, are the deepest teams.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers dedicated Oates Field presented by Papa Johns at the site of the team’s new MLB Youth Academy in West Dallas, honoring the most beloved manager in franchise history, Johnny Oates, who died of a brain tumor in 2004 at age 58.
The Rangers have the best record in the American League, and second best in the Majors behind the Cubs, but they do not have a single position player in line to start the 2016 All-Star Game, being held on July 12 at San Diego’s Petco Park, after the latest ballot update was released on Tuesday.
The Rangers on Tuesday acquired Kyle Kubitza. Kubitza will take Tom Wilhelmsen’s spot on the 40-man roster and report to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Reds start up the final series of a 10-game road trip in Arlington against the Rangers on Tuesday. Texas is the hottest team in baseball, winning its last nine series, while Cincinnati is playing well with a June record above .500.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister has not officially named a starting pitcher for Friday night’s game against the Red Sox, but right-hander A.J. Griffin seems to be the leading candidate.
If there’s been one theme that characterizes the Rangers’ season-high seven-game winning streak, it’s that the team is going to scratch and claw its way to earn victory.