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Final thoughts from Texas Rangers’ fifth straight loss: A light at the end of the tunnel?

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ARLINGTON – Buried deep beneath the rubble of their fifth straight loss, perhaps the heartbeat of the Rangers’ offense started to beat once again Tuesday.

Adolis García’s bat has been located.

García homered and doubled in the Rangers’ 7-4 loss to Cleveland. It was double his previous total for the first two weeks of May in which he had a lone double. He hadn’t homered since April 28. He was in a bad way with 11 strikeouts in 21 at-bats over the previous five games. As he is prone to do, García was in a stretch of chasing fastballs out of the zone. And the deeper the funk of the Rangers’ offense became, the more García tried to do, which only exacerbated the problem.

“He’s been trying too hard,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy had said before the game. “And when things aren’t going well, he can get a little down on himself because he wants to help the team. He’s set the bar pretty high for who he is.”

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Though García is so physically imposing, he is at his best when he doesn’t try to overpower fastballs, particularly those above the strike zone. When he falls into that habit, an extended slump can follow. He went through a stretch like this late last year. He does his most damage on secondary stuff. Both his homer and double came on sliders from Ben Lively and Scott Barlow. On the homer, it’s worth noting that Lively had tried to get García to chase with three straight fastballs either wide of or above the zone. García did not swing.

It’s also worth noting that with García’s homer in the second and Corey Seager’s in the third, it marked the first time this year the Rangers’ best homer-hitting duo both homered in the same game. If Seager and García get hot at the same time, the offense becomes exponentially better.

Alright, that said, here are some other VERY IMPORTANT observations from the Rangers’ loss Tuesday:

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Best silver lining: Jack Leiter’s loss was a chance for others to gain, namely Jonathan Hernández and Yerry Rodriguez, both of whom were called on to pitch multiple innings. Both have struggled with command and to come out of the gate firing their best stuff. Bruce Bochy has all but begged for them to step up.

Granted, coming in with a big deficit is the definition of low leverage, but both were very effective. Rodriguez especially so. He entered the game throwing 97 mph, compared to 95 mph over the weekend in Denver. Bochy had mentioned the need for him to bring his max velocity with him rather than needing a hitter or two to ramp up.

Pitched four hitless innings, allowing only a hit batter who was then erased on a double play. Even made a nice reaction on a hard-hit comebacker off his glove that knocked his hat clean off his head.

“When you are aggressive and attack the zone, good things happen,” Bochy said. “We need these guys to step up. And they did.”

Worst prediction: The Rangers are going to need a relief arm to boost the bullpen on Wednesday. There is only one healthy reliever on the 40-man roster, lefty Antoine Kelly. Put those factors together and it’s easy to believe Kelly will be the callup. He might be, but here’s why he might not: Kelly, who returned from a three-week stint on the IL just 10 days ago, still hasn’t pitched two full innings and hasn’t pitched on consecutive days.

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Think the Rangers either need somebody who can go two-plus innings or somebody who can pitch on consecutive days. Think it makes it just as likely that either veteran Shaun Anderson or Gerson Garabito, signed to a minor league contract this winter after pitching the last two seasons in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, would be added. It would force the Rangers to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Reliever Austin Pruitt (knee) would seemingly be easy enough to move to the 60-day IL since he’s not even around the team right.

So, if I’m making a prediction for who replaces Jack Leiter in the short-term on the 26-man roster, I’m as inclined to go with Anderson or Garabito as I am with Kelly.

Worst collision: The collision between Cleveland shortstop Brayan Rocchio and center fielder Ty Freeman was hard to watch. From the summit of the Globe, you could see the two converging on Adolis García’s pop to shallow center in the fifth and you kept thinking ‘’uh, nobody’s slowing down.”

Rocchio hit Freeman in the face with his extended glove and also in the elbow with his own face. Both crumpled to the ground. I was sure somebody had a broken jaw. Honestly, was also amazed that Freeman held on to the ball. And more amazed that after being visited by athletic trainers, both stayed in the game. It was scary and about as solid contact between two players as I’ve seen in some time.

Freeman took a beating Tuesday, getting hit twice by pitches and also making a diving catch in center field.

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Worst stretch: Final score from Colorado this week: Stars 9, Rangers 6. Which tells you something about both teams, just how well the Stars played in Denver and just how poorly the Rangers did.

Worst sign of the apocalypse: When I got home from the ballpark, did another check of Ebay, just to see what people were seeking for Corey Seager World Series replica rings. Mind you: This is a replica. The stones are not real. The metal is not gold. It is a replica. It says so on the box. There were people on Ebay asking for $800 and $1,200 for their rings. Granted, they included “or best offer” in their ads. The going rate appeared to be about $125 a pop from what I saw. This was two hours after the game ended. What a racket.

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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Special Olympics Texas held the 2024 West Regional Basketball Competition on Saturday at Courtside Sports Complex.

There were 214 athletes competing in a basketball competition that consisted of round robin and bracket play.

It was a day filled with basketball, friendships and just a whole lot of fun.

“Well I don’t know that anybody could be any happier than the athletes that are on the court competing,” Special Olympics West Texas Region Executive Director, J’nette Thorne said. “We have some that are just super excited just to be here and then we have some that are super competitive.”

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“Different athletes can come out and play and enjoy it and win. If they don’t win, they are still winner in every sense,” basketball player Tommy German said.

“All of us are playing good sportsmanship. All of these teams are all that and like I always say to my team, it doesn’t matter if we win or lose, it’s how we play the game,” basketball player Heather Handley said.

The next Special Olympics Texas event is coming up on June 15. It is the Bubba’s 33 4th annual kickball tournament. Thorne says they invite the community to come out and get on a team with the athletes.



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Texas Softball Falls to Texas A&M in first game of Austin Super Regional

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A four-run sixth inning was not enough for No. 1 Texas Softball.

The game that could have been a dominating win for the Aggies ended in a thriller separated by a single run and two assistant coach ejections, as the Longhorns fell 6-5 in Austin.

When Texas A&M led 6-0 at the top of the sixth inning, Texas assistant coach Steve Singleton and A&M’s Russ Heffley got heated in the diamond. Heffley walked into the diamond yelling after Texas first baseman Katie Stewart had her foot on the bag as Aggie third baseman Kennedy Powell tripped over Stewart’s shin and sent her tumbling. Singleton immediately went to confront him.

“Following the final out of the top of the sixth inning, Texas inquired about the contact ruled incidental at first base,” said Austin Super Regional Crew Chief Paul Edds. “An assistant coach from each team met the umpires at home plate. At the conclusion of the discussion, the umpires were trying to escort the coaches to return to their respective dugouts to continue the game when inappropriate comments were exchanged and both coaches were given a behavioral ejection.”

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Texas A&M pitcher Emiley Kennedy was key for the Aggie victory and held the Longhorns to no runs until the sixth inning. At the bottom of the sixth, freshman pinch hitter Vic Hunter brought Texas back in the game with a grand slam, and in the seventh, catcher Reese Atwood got herself a solo homer.

“Yeah, the late-game success against Kennedy is definitely momentum going into tomorrow’s game,” Atwood said. “I think we now know that we can do it now. The first few innings were a struggle against Kennedy, she’s a great pitcher, so seeing the fight at the end shows what we are going to come in and do tomorrow.”

Texas must win the second game of the series to survive an early tournament elimination.

 



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Linfield Wildcats head to Texas for NCAA World Series after double home wins

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MCMINNVILLE Ore. (KPTV) – The top-seeded Linfield softball program did it again Friday in McMinnville as the Wildcats keep dancing in the Division III tournament.

You gotta win one to win two and these Wildcats did just that with emphasis: 11-0 in game two, 13-to-1, mercy rules in five innings, both times out.

Coach Jackson Vaughan’s club of Catballers is now 48-and-2, Super-Regional champs with a ticket for the Division III World Series in back-to-back years.

“Literally if we would have lost, we’d just be going home tomorrow, and the team just dissipates and now at least we get to end it on the road together and end it win or lose in Texas,” Vaughan said.

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Junior second baseman Brynn Nelson went 6-for-8 at the plate and bopped a pair of homers against the Central College Dutch from Iowa as the ‘Cats keep scratching for the ultimate prize together.

“Getting back there and pushing for all three of our seniors and give them another game and extend our season one more week was our why. It was my personal why and it was a lot of our whys to keep playing together and getting a second chance on where we think we can do better,” Nelson said. “I do wear a lot of pride wearing Linfield and I’m so proud to be part of this team.”

Myrtle Point’s Tayah Kelley came back from throwing 196 pitches in 11 innings on Thursday to allowing just four hits combined in both five innings affairs on Friday for the senior All-American’s final game at home.

“It’s kind of surreal just because I have been here so long and now, I know that I won’t be playing again on this field, but I couldn’t have left it any happier than I could today, so it was worth it all,” Kelley said.

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Sunday is graduation and on Tuesday, Linfield boards the bird ahead of their first game in the double-elimination eight-team tourney where the mercury will hover around 90 to 100 degrees on the Texas turf.

“Just because you make it there doesn’t mean anything once you get there,” Kelley said. “So it’s kind of about keeping your skill levels up and staying in the moment because we worked so hard to get here so why not just enjoy it while we’re there and play our butts off?”

These Wildcats last won it all in 2007 and 2011 and now they’ll head down to Marshall, Texas next week in the Elite Eight to become No. 1 as they are also seeded No. 1 here in this Division III tournament at Del Smith Stadium in McMinnville.



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