Coming to work is harder than it usual these days for Alex Claudio and A.J. Jimenez of the Rangers. They’re the two players on the team who were born in Puerto Rico, and after Hurricane Maria ravaged their home, it’s tough for them to not think about what’s going on.
The Rangers have informed pitcher Martin Perez they intend to pick up his $6 million option for next season. That’s hardly a surprise, considering the Rangers’ great need for pitching.
Left-hander Martin Perez will make his last start for the Rangers this season when he faces right-hander Raul Alcantara and the A’s on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
After not being in Thursday’s starting lineup, Rougned Odor was used as a pinch-hitter and grounded out in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 4-1 loss to the A’s.
The A’s continued their recent mastery against the Rangers with a 4-1 victory in the opener of a four-game, season-ending series at Globe Life Park on Thursday night. Texas lost its seventh game in a row.
Commissioner Rob Manfred was among those in attendance on Thursday for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Rangers’ new ballpark. Globe Life Field, complete with a retractable roof and climate control, is expected to be completed in time for Opening Day 2020.
The A’s and Rangers will open the final series of the season for each team on Thursday when Sean Manaea and Miguel Gonzalez square off at Globe Life Park.
The Astros capped off a huge offensive series against the Rangers, getting a grand slam from George Springer and two homers from Carlos Correa en route to a 12-2 win Wednesday afternoon that polished off a lopsided three-game sweep at Globe Life Park.
When the Rangers wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Mariners in Seattle last week, the postseason looked like a distinct possibility. But that waned quickly after Texas was swept in Oakland.
The first two players the Rangers have to make calls on in the offseason are pitchers Martin Perez and Tony Barnette. The Rangers have a $6 million option on Perez for next season and a $4 million option on Barnette.
The Rangers will be holding their official groundbreaking ceremonies for the new ballpark at 1 p.m. CT Thursday. Globe Life Field is expected to open in 2020. Commissioner Rob Manfred and Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez are among those who are expected to attend the invitation-only event.
The Astros and Rangers wrap up their season series on Wednesday when Justin Verlander will make his final tuneup for the postseason, opposite Texas right-hander Nick Martinez at Globe Life Park.