Tag:Yorvit Torrealba
Posted on: September 24, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Wilson to start Game 1 of ALDS for Texas

C.J. WilsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Not that there was much of a question, but Rangers manager Ron Washington made it official on Saturday, announcing that C.J. Wilson would start Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series, no matter who the Rangers face in the first round of the playoffs.

Washington didn't announce the rest of his rotation, but the Rangers currently have Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison following the left-hander.

The Rangers will keep Wilson in the rotation and have him start Monday against the Angels, but plan on cutting his putting short so that he can start Game 1 on three days' rest on Friday in the start of the playoffs.

Wilson had a blister pop up on the middle finger of his left hand in his last start, Wednesday against Oakland, but he told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that his finger is "completely healed." A blister forced him from Game 2 of the World Series last year, his lone start in the World Series. Wilson went 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in four playoff starts last season. The Rangers, of course, had Cliff Lee as their top starter a year ago.

Washington also said he would keep eight relievers on his playoff roster, meaning he'll take just two catchers, Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli, leaving Matt Treanor at home.

Texas enters Saturday's game tied with Detroit for the second-best record in the American League. Whichever team finishes with the worse record will open the ALDS in New York against the Yankees.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:53 am
 

Pepper: Pirates' pursuit of Beltran a positive

PNC Park

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Beltran refused a deal that would send him to the Pirates, but just the fact that I can write that is pretty darn cool. Yep, the Pittsburgh Pirates were seeking a rental player at the deadline from the New York Mets.

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the Pirates had made an "aggressive push" to get Beltran and were willing to pick up the $6.5 million left on his contract for this season.

Beltran's now with the defending champs and that's probably the best fit for him, which is the beauty of having a no-trade clause. Instead of finishing the season in Pittsburgh, he'll be in San Francisco, good for Beltran.

But it's also a sign of where the Pirates are and how they're planning on trying to win now. Last year we heard about the Pirates hoarding their luxury tax disbursement, this year we're hearing about them trying to improve.

Is it a new world order? Maybe not, but it is an indication that the Pirates' ownership is behind its team and serious about a winner. It also may end up helping the Pirates, who don't give up young talent and can contend for more years with a player that could develop into something special. Even if Beltran had accepted a trade to Pittsburgh, he wouldn't have stayed.

The Pirates have shown their commitment and that's something that was needed after last year's fiasco.

What to expect in Toronto: The folks at the Hardball Times take a look at what to expect from Colby Rasmus in Toronto. The move from Busch Stadium to the Rogers Center should help his power numbers a little bit, but not as much as it would if he were a right-hander. Meanwhile Rasmus' new manager said he'll play every day, replacing Rajai Davis. [The Globe and Mail]

La Liar?: Rasmus' father, Tony, says Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is incorrect in his assertion that his son was listening to him instead of his coaches. Rasmus said La Russa is "made that stuff up" and bullied general manager John Mozeliak into trading Rasmus for pitching. "Tony would like to have 25 pitchers," Tony Rasmus told the Toronto Sun, "like he thinks he has to put his stamp on every ball game. They had nothing else to trade. I think everyone is better off now." In a TV interview, Colby Rasmus was asked about his relationship with La Russa after the trade and the younger Rasmus said, "I hope he's happy." Tony Rasmus said La Rusa blames Rasmus for leading to Walt Jocketty leaving the Cardinals.

Winner, loser: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! says the two big deals on Wednesday showed the way to make deadline deals and the way not to make deadline deals. Let's just say the defending champs are doing something right, while another team panicked.

Oswalt strong in rehab start: Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt allowed just one hit in four innings for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Oswalt said after the start that he would probably need at least one, if not two more rehab starts before he's ready to re-join the Phillies rotation. [Delaware County Times]

Washington wants 'fire': Rangers closer Neftali Feliz can bring the heat, but his manager Ron Washington wants to see more "fire" from him on the mound. Washington said he doesn't see the urgency from his closer. Feliz has blown five saves this season after blowing just three last year. His strikeout rate is also down from a year ago. [MLB.com]

Wily Mo's back: The Mariners -- a team desperate for offense -- has signed outfielder/DH Wily Mo Pena to a minor-league contract on Wednesday. Pena hit five homers in 17 games for the Diamondbacks. Pena is expected to start at Triple-A Tacoma. [MLB.com]

Left is right: It's never a good thing for a pitcher to hear he'll have to undergo surgery to repair a loose capsule and torn labrum in his shoulder, but for Padres' right-hander Dustin Mosley, at least the surgery he'll undergo this offseason will be in his left shoulder. Mosley said he's hurt the shoulder twice this season and one more time earlier in his career, all while batting. Moseley may have to swing one-handed, bat left-handed or just bunt a whole lot more to keep his shoulder from popping out of joint when he swings. [North County Times]

Replay resistance: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly saw the play in Atlanta Tuesday night, but he's still not in favor of expanding replay. Mattingly's two issues -- the time and the human element. My response would be the time could be helped with technology and a dedicated umpire off the field for replay and the human factor isn't as important as the correct call factor. [MLB.com]

Papi's milestone: David Ortiz's grand slam on Wednesday gave him 1,000 career RBI with the Red Sox, just the sixth player to achieve that feat in Boston. He joins Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and Bobby Doerr -- not bad company. [Boston Herald]

Stability behind the plate helps Rangers: Having the same catchers all season -- Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli -- has helped Rangers pitchers. Torrealba has started 71 games behind the plate this season. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

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Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:29 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 11:32 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Walk-off homer edition



By Matt Snyder

Cord Phelps, Indians. The home town fans had to wait through a nearly two hour rain delay and then until the 11th inning, but the rookie second baseman sent them home happy. Phelps launched a Tim Wood pitch into the right-center field seats for a game-winning, three-run home run. It was the first home run of his career, so perhaps he has a flair for the dramatic. He also doubled and scored in the second inning. The win kept the Indians in first place, a game ahead of the Tigers, and helped them to complete a series sweep for the first time since taking three from the Reds May 20-22.

Skip Schumaker, Cardinals. Like Phelps, Schumaker's walk-off home run was a first. While it was the 22nd home run of his career, it was the first against a left-handed pitcher. The shot came a half-inning after Cardinals closer Fernando Salas blew a save -- by allowing Alcides Escobar to hit his first homer of the season -- and one batter after Daniel Descalso was hosed at second when he tried to stretch a single into a double against Jeff Francoeur. Schumaker also had a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth, when he entered as a pinch hitter. The win marks the Cardinals' second in a row after a seven-game losing streak and moved them back into a tie with the Brewers atop the NL Central.

Jason Vargas, Mariners. All he did was go out and spin the best start of his career against the MLB-best Phillies Sunday. Vargas threw a three-hit shutout while walking two and striking out six. He really settled in late, as the only baserunner for the Phillies after the fourth inning was Ryan Howard, who singled in the ninth. Don't look now, but the Mariners -- who almost everyone pegged to finish last this season -- are only a half-game out of first place in the AL West.




Brewers pitching staff. The Brewers have coughed up at least 10 runs in three of their past four games. Worse yet, Shaun Marcum left after the first inning with an injury Friday night and Yovani Gallardo was touched up for nine hits and five earned runs in three innings Sunday. The bullpen wasn't much better, giving up five hits, two walks and four earned runs in five innings. The Brewers have now lost five of seven since sweeping the Cardinals and are tied for first place with those same Cardinals -- despite the Cards recently having lost seven straight.

Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers. The Rangers' backstop had a rough third inning. He committed two errors and probably should have prevented Alexi Ogando's wild pitch from getting by him. The Braves plated two unearned runs that inning, which ended up being the difference in a 4-2 Rangers loss. Torrealba was then pulled from the game, though it was reportedly because he was "out of gas" instead of being pulled for the poor defense.

The Florida Marlins. Manager resigns. Club loses 10th straight game. Club is 1-18 in June. Not that there's any shame in this one, but James Shields has started twice against the Marlins and pitched 18 innings without allowing a single earned run. Logan Morrison tweeted "uncle" after the game. Hanley Ramirez still can't hit. We could go on and on, but it's unnecessary. It's just an all-around mess. Jack McKeon must really love managing baseball teams -- of course, in his defense, things can't get any worse.

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Posted on: June 8, 2011 6:13 pm
Edited on: June 8, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Rangers fire hitting coach

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Thad BosleyForget the fact that the Rangers came into Wednesday's game with the fourth-best on-base plus slugging in the majors at .760 or have scored more runs than all but three American League teams. Rangers hitting coach Thad Bosley "has been relieved of his duties," according to a team press release.

Bosley was in his first year as the team's hitting coach, replacing Clint Hurdle, who left to take the manager spot in Pittsburgh.

Bosley will be replaced by Scott Coolbaugh, who was the hitting coach at the team's Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, Texas.

I'm interested to see where this story goes from here, because it wouldn't seem on-field performance was the problem for Bosley and first-place Rangers.

Here's what Josh Hamilton had to say about the move, via Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

"Thad was a good guy," Hamilton said. "He had a good heart. He just didn't fit with us. He's professional the way he approaches the game and the way he approaches teaching the game. It just didn't mesh with our clubhouse."

Hamilton said the biggest difference in Bosley and the other hitting coaches the Rangers have had was in his style of communication.

"A lot of it was communication," Hamilton said. "There was not a lot there. You'd like to have somebody that knows when to back off, when to approach, gets what they want to get across to you but find out your personality and how to get it across to you. Those things just didn't happen the way it needed to."

A source tells CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler that Bosley's attempts to change Hamilton's approach at the plate played a part in the dismissal.

According to the Dallas Morning News's Evan Grant, it wasn't just Hamilton who had problems with Bosley. From Grant's blog:

The problem, however, may be more over communication than philosophy. While the Rangers last two hitting coaches - Rudy Jaramillo and Hurdle - were eager to communicate with players, Bosley was much more reserved. That quietness could be perceived as being aloof or disconnected.

And there had been some recent confrontations with players. Perhaps the most serious of those was an incident between Bosley and struggling catcher Yorvit Torrealba. According to multiple sources, Torrealba asked in Philadelphia if he could take some extra batting practice swings since pitcher Colby Lewis declined to participate in batting practice on the day he was pitching. It was, according to sources, agreed upon that Torrealba could hit in two different groups. But when he stepped in with the second group, sources said, Bosley told him he was not supposed to take the additional swings. Torrealba then left the field. An argument between the two ensued in the clubhouse.

It was, according to club sources, one of a number of disagreements with other players, ranging from veterans to young players.

Coolbaugh is in his fifth season in the Rangers system. He was drafted by Texas in 1987 out of the University of Texas and played for the Rangers, Padres and Cardinals, as well as teams in Japan in Korea.

Bosley was the A's hitting coach from 1999-2003, serving on the same staff as Rangers manager Ron Washington in Oakland.

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Posted on: May 8, 2011 11:33 pm
 

3 up, 3 down: Here's Johnny



By Matt Snyder


Johnny Cueto, Reds. For the second time in a week, a member of the Reds starting rotation returned from injury to make a solid season debut. Cueto's was even better than Homer Bailey's, as he worked six shutout innings, striking out four while only allowing five hits and a walk. He got in trouble a few times, but worked his way out. In a division that is clearly wide open, getting both Bailey and Cueto back will be a big shot in the arm for the defending Central champs.

Paul Konerko, White Sox. For the third time in his career, "Paulie" -- as homerific White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson calls him -- collected five hits in a game. Yes, that's his career high. One of those hits was a double and Konerko added a run scored as the White Sox put togther two straight victories for the first time since April 25-26. Maybe it's what they need to get on track. There is certainly far too much talent to be playing sub-.400 ball.

Ryan Doumit, Pirates. The offensive-minded catcher entered an at-bat in the eighth inning having gone 0-2, but with one crack of the bat Doumit changed everything. A three-run jack put the Pirates up 5-4 and the lead held. The Pirates are now .500 on the season, which might not mean much to many teams, but the Pirates are still in the midst of a historically futile run of sub-.500 seasons. It's really early in the season, but being .500 after 34 games is a testament to the good young talent the Pirates are bringing along. They aren't going to make a playoff run this year or next, but they are on the road to respectability.




Cody Eppley/Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers. Yes, it appears the Rangers got jobbed on a call at first base to allow Nick Swisher an infield single in the Yankees' half of the eighth. First baseman Mike Napoli crossed over the bag and may have nipped it with the ends of his toes and the umpire called Swisher safe, saying Napoli completely missed the bag. It may have been a bad call, but it wasn't blatant. After that call, Eppley unraveled. The blow-by-blow following the play reads: single, single, home run (a grand slam by Francisco Cervelli), ground out, walk, home run by Mark Teixeira. Mercifully, Eppley was finally removed after that. A 6-5 deficit was now 12-5. To lead off the following inning, Torrealba was retired and made a fool of himself going nuts on the first base umpire, getting tossed in the process. So apparently he thought it was the umpire's fault? Give me a break.

Rockies' offense. The Rox were held to seven runs in a three-game series against the Giants, which normally would be forgiveable, but they didn't face Tim Lincecum in the stretch and were handcuffed by Ryan Vogelsong Sunday. Yes, the same Vogelsong who entered Sunday with a career ERA of 5.79 and could only get through four innings against the Mets last time out. He even had a perfect game through five against the now-punchless Colorado offense. The Rockies have lost four in a row and six of seven. There are several problems on the team -- such as late-inning relief pitching -- but they've got to hit the ball better than this. Of course, things could be worse ... see below.

Brewers' offense. The Brewers just concluded a 10-game road trip where they were shut out three times and scored only once three other times (like Sunday in a 3-1 loss). Kyle McClellan might have a 5-0 record, but he entered the game having allowed 14 hits, four walks and nine earned runs (7.59 ERA) in his past two starts. One of those bad outings came against the Astros, too. And he took a shutout into the ninth against these Brewers, who are supposed to have a strong offense. Of course, Yuniesky Betancourt hitting sixth should tell you all you need to know. It's not a deep lineup. And Prince Fielder is gone after this season. Meanwhile they've traded away virtually every decent prospect to make a run this season and are 14-20. Things need to turn around. Fortunately the Brewers return home -- where they're 8-5 -- for a six-game homestand against the Padres and Pirates. It could make them right. We'll see.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Jays, Rangers swap Napoli, Francisco

Frank Francisco
As confirmed by both teams, the Blue Jays and Rangers have pulled the trigger on a deal that sends catcher/DH/first baseman Mike Napoli to Texas in exchange for reliever Frank Francisco and cash.

On its surface, it's tough to see what the Rangers' motivation is here. Francisco's presence was going to allow them to give closer Neftali Feliz a chance to test the waters as a starter. Napoli (who has been a Jay for all of four days after being traded from the Angels) seems to duplicate what the Rangers already had -- the arrival of Adrian Beltre displaced Michael Young, who is going to make $16 million to DH and spell at first and around the infield.

What is Napoli's role? He can catch, but the Rangers already signed Yorvit Torrealba as the starter and have Matt Treanor as the backup. Napoli apparently will play first in place of Mitch Moreland against left-handers and DH when Young is in the field. Napoli, who led the Angels with 26 homers last year, also gives them a power boost. On one level, you could say the Rangers have traded a potentially valuable starter (Feliz) for a backup infielder/DH. Maybe this is a sign the Rangers weren't serious/confident about Feliz as a starter.

It seems like a nice move for the Jays, who not only get the closer they needed (assuming he can beat out Octavio Dotel) but save money in the process. Continuing the momentum of his fleecing of the Angels, it's been a nice week for general manager Alex Anthopoulos.

Both players have arbitration hearings pending. Napoli is asking for $6.1 million while the Angels set the team number at $5.3 million. Francisco asked for $4.875 million with the Rangers offering $3.5 million.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:04 am
 

Rangers may not be done yet

Jon Daniels Coming off a World Series appearance, the Rangers have been anything but content this offseason. Few teams have been as active in the free agent market as Texas.

General manager Jon Daniels has reached high -- Cliff Lee -- and missed, but also reacted by signing the likes of Adrian Beltre and Yorvit Torrealba along with reliever Arthur Rhodes and took a risk on former Cy Young Award-winner Brandon Webb. The team was also in on trades for Zack Greinke and Matt Garza.

Under new ownership, the Rangers have been aggressive and shown they aren't content with what they've done. That hasn't stopped even after an offseason spending spree.

"There are still some things we're going to look into," Daniels told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "This may be the club we go to camp with. We're confident if it is.

"But there's a chance we'll try to improve as well."

Wilson notes the team could still be interested in other "risk-reward types" such as Jeff Francis and Bartolo Colon.

There's also the off chance the team could go after the top remaining free agent, Rafael Soriano, and move Neftali Feliz to the rotation. It may be a long-shot, but with the Rangers, it seems anything's possible.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:54 am
 

Rangers sign a free agent, but not that one

Matt Treanor The Rangers have re-signed catcher Matt Treanor to a one-year deal worth $850,000 according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan .

Treanor played in 82 games for the Rangers last season, hitting .211/.287/.308 with five home runs and 27 RBI.

With Treanor in the fold, the Rangers have completed their catcher position, as he'll team with free-agent signee Yorvit Torrealba.

"We appreciated the qualities that Matt brought to our club in 2010, both on the field and the presence he had in our clubhouse," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a press release. "He stepped into a challenging situation and helped lead the club. We're happy to have him back to solidify our catching situation."

The Rangers picked up Treanor, 34, from the Brewers in a spring training trade, and actually started the most games of all Rangers catchers (67).

To make room for Traenor on the 40-man roster, the team outright pitcher Ryan Trucker, who was picked up on waivers from Florida in October.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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