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Eaton's sophomore surge leads RedHawks - Dayton Daily News
By Pete Conrad OXFORD — Adam Eaton has turned into the perfect leadoff hitter for the Miami University baseball team and a big reason the RedHawks are back in the Mid-American Conference tournament for the first time since 2007....
Lincecum, Greinke due to dominate - ESPN
And then there's our bottom-feeder, Adam Eaton, who got lit up in a 12-5 loss to the Yankees just a few weeks ago. We expect no better this time around. … Nick Blackburn is never good at US Cellular, as his 0-4 lifetime record with a 5.27 ERA indicates...
Can Guthrie break a trend? - MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network)
By Roch Kubatko on May 20, 2009 1:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) Hill's win was only the fourth by a member of the rotation in the last 24 games, and the much-maligned Adam Eaton owns two of them. Uehara has posted the last quality start in a May 10...
That's not good Eaton - MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network)
Adam Eaton allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. He lost me in the fourth, when he surrendered four runs and I reached for the remote. I would have been better off watching the wet tarp. Then again, I'm easily entertained....
Tonight's pitchers: Eaton vs. Greinke - MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network)
By Steve Melewski on May 15, 2009 6:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) RHP Adam Eaton (2-3, 7.18) tonight will make his 7th start of this season, his 3rd on the road and the 2nd of his career vs. the KC Royals. Eaton got the win last Friday vs. the...
Orioles MVP of the week had a big Hill to climb -
Veterans Hendrickson and Adam Eaton have a proven track record—of losing. When the team takes the field with either player on the mound, they know they face long odds of winning. A healthy Rich Hill gives the club a chance, and that's all they can ask...
Eaton stumbles, O's fall again -
The Baltimore Orioles jumped out to another early lead and couldn't hold it yet again as starter Adam Eaton fell back to earth after an excellent performance in his past outing. The Los Angeles Angels jumped on Eaton and eventually the O's bullpen en...
Weekend previews and predictions: Hello Hill, goodbye Eaton? -
Friday, May15 8:10pm: Adam Eaton (2-3, 7.18 ERA) vs. Zach Greinke (6-1, 0.51 ERA) Dude, not good, bro. Not good. Greinke's ERA is a half a run. Eaton's is over 7. Greinke's only loss came in a 1-0 game against the Angels. He's been virtually unhittable...
Adam Eaton Joke of the Day - Blinq
Driving into Baltimore for the Preakness, the sports-talk radio station announcer delivered a perfect summation of the problem with Adam Eaton. There are several other problems, of course, most of which have to do with Eaton's inability to retire...
Eaton so far - MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network)
Bonus question: How smart is it to be on drugs while going 200 mph? Adam Eaton threw 22 pitches in the first inning, allowing a leadoff single to Derek Jeter before retiring the next three batters. Eaton struck out Johnny Damon for the first out....

Adam Eaton

Adam Thomas Eaton (born November 23, 1977 in Seattle, Washington) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

Eaton graduated from Snohomish High School in 1996 where he went 8–0 with a 0.67 earned run average (ERA) as a senior, and earned second team High School All-America honors from Baseball America. Ranked the No. 1 prospect in the Pacific Northwest by Baseball America, Eaton was scheduled to attend the University of Washington, but was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 11th pick in the first round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft.

After signing, the Phillies assigned Eaton to their team in the A-level South Atlantic League, the Piedmont Boll Weevils. Though he spent a month on the disabled list during the 1997 season, he posted a 5–6 record with a 4.18 ERA. Though his ERA went up a quarter of a point to 4.43 in 1998, his record was 9–8 as he struck out 89 batters in 132 innings at Clearwater. He was also named a mid-season All-Star in the Florida State League. 1999 saw Eaton climbing his way up the rungs of the Phillies' farm system, starting the year at Clearwater, then earning promotions to Reading and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Between the three levels, Eaton posted a 11–10 record and a combined 3.34 ERA, striking out 127 in 167 innings. For his accomplishments, Eaton was honored as the recipient of the Paul Owens Award, given to the top Phillies' minor league pitcher each season. At the end of the season, before his first major league appearance, Eaton was traded with Carlton Loewer and Steve Montgomery by the Phillies to the San Diego Padres for Andy Ashby. He posted a 4–1 record in ten starts for the Mobile BayBears.

Eaton made his major league debut for the Padres on May 30, 2000, against the Milwaukee Brewers, and won his first major league game. He went 7–4 in the 2000 season, striking out 90 in 135 innings, and posting a 4.13 ERA. Eaton did not lose in his first eight starts as a Padre, posting a 1–0 record with a 3.02 ERA. He posted the best day game ERA in the National League (2.34), and became the third Padres pitcher, after Juan Eichelberger and Doug Brocail, to steal two bases in a single season. His batting average (.289) led all major league pitchers. Eaton's first full season in the major leagues, 2001, produced mixed results. Eaton suffered a bizarre injury when he accidentally stabbed himself in the stomach while trying to open a DVD package with a paring knife, and underwent season-ending "Tommy John" surgery on August 21. Before his injuries, Eaton posted an 8–5 record with a 4.32 ERA. This season also produced his first two career complete games, and he posted two ten-strikeout games against the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants.

After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Eaton made six appearances at the end of the 2002 season for San Diego, finishing his season with a 1–1 record and posting a 1.71 ERA over his last three starts. He pitched each of his six starts against National League West opponents. Eaton's 2003 ERA was a career low (4.08), but he only managed a 9–12 record over his second full season. He pitched at least seven innings in ten of his 31 starts, including a season-high eight innings to earn his third complete game of his career against the Cleveland Indians. Though he started the season weakly, July was Eaton's top month; he posted a 4–0 record and a 2.81 ERA in the month. His nine wins were a career high.

2004 was a career year for Eaton, as he reached new levels in wins, with 11; starts, with 33; innings pitched, with 199⅓; and strikeouts, with 153. He beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, a San Diego rival, four times during the season, posting a 4–1 record and a 2.87 ERA against them. He also won eight games on the road, posting a 2.66 ERA during his seven-game winning streak away from new PETCO Park. He also became the eighth different Padre to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Royals in July, but was unable to complete the task. In his last year as a Padre, Eaton posted a 9–1 record over his first 13 starts. He pitched his way to a 10–5 record with an ERA of 4.27, but he went on the disabled list in the middle of June with a strained finger. He came back at the end of the season and won his final start against the Dodgers, striking out 11. This win also matched his career high from the previous season.

On December 20, 2005, Eaton was traded, along with Akinori Otsuka and Billy Killian to the Texas Rangers for Chris Young, Terrmel Sledge, and Adrian Gonzalez.

After the trade, Eaton was penciled in as the number two starter for the Rangers going into the 2006 season. However, during a spring training game on March 29, Eaton injured his right middle finger, causing him to go on the 60-day DL and miss the first half of the season. Eaton made his first start as a Ranger against the New York Yankees on July 25, going 3⅔ innings and giving up one hit and three earned runs.

On November 27, 2006, Eaton signed a three-year deal worth $24 million to re-join the team that drafted him, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Eaton made his debut for the Phillies on April 5, 2007 against the Atlanta Braves. He pitched 4⅔ innings giving up 7 earned runs and took the loss. Eaton was the losing pitcher of record when the Phillies lost their 10,000th game in franchise-history on July 15, 2007 to the St. Louis Cardinals, 10–2, marking the first time a professional sports franchise reached that plateau. Eaton was 10–10 with an earned run average of 6.29, one of the worst in the league; despite this, the Phillies won the National League Eastern Division for the first time since 1993. However, Eaton was not included in the postseason roster.

Eaton's performance with the Phillies in the first half of the 2008 season was also decidedly poor; through July 12, he notched a 3–8 record in 19 starts with an earned run average of 5.71. His last two outings before the All-Star break were a prime example; he yielded a combined 17 hits and 14 runs in 6 1/3 innings against the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks. It was announced on July 18 that Eaton would lose his spot in the Phillies' rotation to newly acquired Joe Blanton. Eaton was optioned to the minor leagues on July 28, 2008. He did not return to the majors until he was added to the September callups as a bullpen pitcher.

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List of Philadelphia Phillies first-round draft picks

Cole Hamels, the Phillies' first-round pick in 2002

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They play in the National League East division. Since the institution of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft, the Phillies have selected 45 players in its first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.

Of the 45 players picked in the first round by the Phillies, 22 have been pitchers, the most by far; 17 of these were right-handed, while 5 were left-handed. Eight players picked in the initial round were outfielders, while six catchers, four first basemen, and three shortstops were selected. The team also selected one player each at second base and third base. Thirteen of the forty-five players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while Texas and Florida follow, with six and five players, respectively.

Eight Phillies first-round picks have won a championship with the franchise. Greg Luzinski (1968), Larry Christenson (1972), and Lonnie Smith (1974) were on the roster when the team won the 1980 World Series. Third baseman (later left fielder) Pat Burrell (1998), pitchers Adam Eaton (1996), Brett Myers (1999) and Cole Hamels (2002), and second baseman Chase Utley (2000) were all members of the team during the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship.

The Phillies have had five compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Phillies have failed to sign their first-round pick twice. The first occurrence was in 1965 (Mike Adamson); however, compensatory picks were not awarded at that time. The second occurrence was in 1997, when outfielder J. D. Drew, at the advice of agent Scott Boras, refused to sign a contract worth less than $10 million. Drew sat out of affiliated baseball in 1997, playing instead for the independent St. Paul Saints of the Northern League, and re-entered the 1998 Draft the following year. The Phillies were awarded an additional pick in that draft, with which they selected outfielder Eric Valent. Four other supplementary picks have been awarded to the Phillies for the loss of free agents. Dave Coggin was the first, selected in 1995 with the 30th pick, which was provided for the loss of Danny Jackson. Adrian Cardenas was selected in 2006 (37th overall), Travis d'Arnaud was picked in 2007 (37th overall), and Zach Collier was taken in 2008 (34th overall), using picks awarded for the losses of free agents Billy Wagner, David Dellucci, and Aaron Rowand, respectively.

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Texas Rangers (baseball)

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The Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team based in Texas representing the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. The Rangers are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1994 to the present, the Rangers have played in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The "Rangers" name originates from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.

An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1961 and was called the Washington Senators (not to be confused with the Washington Senators that left D.C. after 1960 to become the Minnesota Twins). The team then moved to Arlington in 1972 and became the Rangers. The Rangers are one of the least successful teams in MLB history, being one of three teams (the others being the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals) to have never played in a World Series. They are also the only franchise to have never won a playoff series since the franchise's inception in 1961.

When the original Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1960 as the Twins, Major League Baseball decided to expand a year earlier than planned to stave off threats of losing its' antitrust exemption. At the winter meetings that year, it awarded a new team to Los Angeles (the Angels, now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) as well as a new team in the nation's capitol. This new team adopted the old Senators name, but was (and still is) considered an expansion team since the Twins retain the old Senators' records and history. The Senators and Angels began to fill their rosters with American League players in an expansion draft.

The team played the 1961 season at old Griffith Stadium before moving to District of Columbia Stadium (renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969) on East Capitol Street and the Anacostia River.

For most of their existence, the new Washington Senators were the definition of futility, losing an average of 90 games a season. Frank Howard, known for his towering home runs, was the team's most accomplished player, winning two home run titles.

FAA administrator Elwood Richard Quesada led the 10-man group that bought the Washington franchise. Quesada knew very little about baseball; he once wondered why he needed to pay players who didn't belong in the Majors. He also agreed to a mere 10-year lease at D.C. Stadium--something that would come back to haunt the Senators later. In 1963, Quesada sold his 10% stake in the club and resigned. Washington stockbrokers James Johnson and James Lemon took over as chairman and vice president respectively; they bought out the remaining owners two years later. Johnson took the team's massive financial losses philosophically. However, he died in 1967 and Lemon sold the team a year later to hotel and trucking executive Bob Short, who outbid a group headed by Bob Hope. Short named himself general manager and hired Hall of Famer Ted Williams as manager.

This seemed to work at first. Although Williams had never coached--let alone managed--at any level of baseball, he seemed to light a spark under the once moribund Senators. Williams kept them in contention for most of the season; their 86–76 record was the only winning record in the franchise's first 12 years. What no one knew at the time was that this record would not be approached again until 1977--the franchise's 6th year in Texas. The year also saw the second-best recorded attendance in the history of baseball in Washington; 918,000 fans flocked to RFK Stadium.

By the end of the 1970 season, Short had issued an ultimatum--unless someone was willing to buy the Senators for $12 million, he would not renew his lease at RFK Stadium and move elsewhere. Several parties offered to buy the team, but all failed to match Short's asking price.

Short was especially receptive to an offer from Arlington, Texas, Mayor Tom Vandergriff, who had been trying to get a Major League team to play in the Metroplex for over a decade. Years earlier, Charles O. Finley, the owner of the Kansas City Athletics, sought to move his team to Dallas, but the idea was rebuffed by the other AL team owners.

Arlington's hole card was Turnpike Stadium, a 10,000-seat park which had been built in 1965 to house the AA Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs of the Texas League. However, it had been built to Major League specifications. It was also located in a natural bowl; only minor excavations would be necessary to expand the park to major-league size.

After Vandergriff offered a multi-million dollar up-front payment, Short finally decided to pull up stakes and move. On September 21, 1971, by a vote of 10 to 2 (the Orioles' Jerold Hoffberger and John Allyn of the Chicago White Sox registered the dissenting votes), he received approval from AL owners to move the franchise to Arlington for the 1972 season.

Washington fans were outraged, leaving public relations director Ted Rodgers with the unenviable task of putting a positive spin on such events as fans unfurling a giant banner saying "Short Stinks." A photo of the banner appeared on the front page of a DC newspaper the following day.

Fan enmity came to a head in the team's last game in Washington, on September 30. Thousands of fans simply walked in without paying because the security guards left early in the game, swelling the paid attendance of 14,460 to around 25,000. With the Senators leading 7–5 and two outs in the top of the ninth inning, several hundred youths stormed the field, raiding it for souvenirs. With the grass ripped up and first base pilfered, umpire crew chief Jim Honochick forfeited the game to the New York Yankees 9–0.

During the off-season, additions were made to Turnpike Stadium to increase its seating capacity, and it was officially renamed Arlington Stadium. Bob Short also announced that the franchise would be called the Texas Rangers. The team played its first game on April 15, 1972, a 1–0 loss at the California Angels. The next day, the Rangers defeated the Angels 5–1 for the team's first victory. The first home game was also against the Angels on April 21. After the season, Ted Williams retired as manager; he had made no secret of his distaste with the new city. Whitey Herzog was named the new manager, but he was replaced near the end of the 1973 season by Billy Martin, although Del Wilber managed the team as interim manager for one game between Herzog and Martin's tenures.

In 1974, the Rangers began to come into their own as a team. They finished the season 84–76 and in second place behind the eventual World Series champion Oakland Athletics. The 1974 Rangers are still the only MLB team to finish above .500 after two consecutive 100-loss seasons. Mike Hargrove was named AL Rookie of the Year, Billy Martin was named Manager of the Year, Jeff Burroughs was named AL Most Valuable Player, and Ferguson Jenkins was named the Comeback Player of the Year after winning a (still) club record 25 games. However, the following season, after a 44–51 start, Martin was fired as the Rangers manager and was replaced by Frank Lucchesi.

The Rangers' first four seasons would set what has become a pattern for the franchise--cycles of poor to mediocre seasons, followed by an occasional year of near-success, followed by disappointment the following year, then reverting to poor to mediocre seasons.

After excellent seasons between 1977–79, the Rangers came very close in clinching a playoff spot in the first half of 1981. However, Texas lost the game before the strike hit; the Oakland A's led the first-half Western Division by a half-game. After 1981, the Rangers would not post a winning record for another five seasons. During this stretch, the Rangers made one of their most unpopular trades ever, sending multi-Gold Glove catcher Jim Sundberg to the Milwaukee Brewers for future Brewers' manager Ned Yost.

The Rangers faced attendance problems for a few years after moving to Texas, in part due to the team's uneven performance and in part due to the oppressive heat that can overtake the area in the summer. Until the Florida Marlins arrived in 1993, Arlington Stadium was the hottest stadium in the Majors, with temperatures frequently topping 100 degrees during the day. In part because of this, the Rangers began playing most of their games between May and September at night--a tradition that continues to this day. They usually get a waiver from ESPN to play Sunday night games.

Bobby Valentine, who would eventually become the Rangers' longest-serving manager at 1,186 games, became steward over an influx of talent in the team in the late 1980s and 1990s. The 1986 winning season was possible with the help of rookies Rubén Sierra and Pete Incaviglia. However, the Rangers finished 5 games behind division-winning California. The signing of 41-year-old star pitcher Nolan Ryan prior to the 1989 season allowed Ryan to reach his 5,000th strikeout, 300th win, and sixth and seventh no-hitters with the Rangers. Coupled with powerful batters like Juan González, Rubén Sierra, Julio Franco, Harold Baines, and Rafael Palmeiro and a pitching staff that also included Charlie Hough, Bobby Witt, Kevin Brown, and Kenny Rogers, fans expected much from the team. However, the team never improved over second place, and Valentine was let go during the 1992 season.

In April 1989, the Rangers' owner, oil tycoon Eddie Chiles, sold the team to an investment group that included the future President of the United States George W. Bush. Bush would serve as the Rangers' managing general partner until he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994. Chiles was a friend of the Bush family. After hearing Chiles planned to sell the team, Bush headed a group of investors that bought the team. He secured his share of the Rangers, less than 2-percent equity, by borrowing $500,000.

During his tenure, the Rangers and the City of Arlington decided to construct a new stadium to replace the aging Arlington Stadium. Ground was broken on October 30, 1991 on what would become The Ballpark in Arlington (now named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington). Stadium construction was financed by Arlington residents, through a sales tax increase. The city also authorized the seizure of land, through eminent domain.

In 1998, Tom Hicks bought the team. Bush received nearly $15 million from the sale, mostly due to a generous 10-percent bonus of the purchases price, which was $250 million.

In 1993, Kevin Kennedy took over managerial duties, helming the team for two seasons. The 1993 squad was the first since the 1974 team to be in serious contention for a playoff berth into mid-September. Kennedy was let go in 1994, although the team led the AL West prior to the players' strike. The strike wiped out what could have been the Rangers' first division championship when commissioner Bud Selig canceled the remainder of the season. The 1994 season featured a perfect game by Kenny Rogers.

The year 1995 saw the beginnings of the most promise for the Rangers. With a brand new ballpark that hosted its first All-Star Game, Johnny Oates was hired as the Rangers' manager and promptly led them to an AL West division title in 1996. The first Rangers' playoff series in history, 24 years after the franchise came to Texas, saw the Rangers lose to the New York Yankees, though they did win Game 1 for their first, and to date only, playoff victory. Oates was named AL Manager of the Year and Juan González was named AL MVP. The team featured a powerful lineup of hitters with Iván Rodríguez, Will Clark, Mark McLemore, Dean Palmer, Rusty Greer, Juan González, and Mickey Tettleton but continued to struggle with pitching – a reputation that dogs the Rangers to this day – despite having Rick Helling, and Aaron Sele on their roster. Oates again led the team to AL West championships in 1998 and 1999, but en route to a second straight last place finish, Oates resigned 28 games into the 2001 season.

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Prior to the 2001 season, star free-agent shortstop Alex Rodriguez, previously of the Seattle Mariners, was signed by the Rangers in the most lucrative deal in baseball history: a 10-year, US$252 million contract. The move was considered controversial and was frequently maligned by the media who thought that Hicks was placing too much emphasis on one player instead of spreading out money among many players, especially for a team that lacked significant pitching talent. Although Rodriguez's individual performance was outstanding, the Rangers continued to struggle, and manager Jerry Narron was fired following the 2002 season. He was replaced by seasoned manager Buck Showalter.

In the 2003 season, the Rangers finished in last place for the fourth straight year, and after a post-season fallout between Rodriguez and team management, the then-reigning AL MVP and new Rangers captain, Alex Rodriguez, was traded to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano and Joaquin Arias.

Prior to the 2004 season, little hope was held out for the Rangers to improve on their losing ways. However, the Rangers battled with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland Athletics for first place in the AL West for much of the season. Mark Teixeira, Alfonso Soriano, Michael Young, and Hank Blalock became one of the better tandems of batting infielders in the league, and Young, Blalock, and Soriano were named to the 2004 All-Star Game. Soriano was named the All-Star MVP after going 2 for 3 with a three-run home run. The Rangers remained in contention until the last week of the season, eventually finishing in third place behind the Angels and A's, but they finished the season only 3 games out of first place. By comparison, the fourth-place team, the Seattle Mariners, were 29 games out of first.

In 2005 the Rangers struggled to find consistency amid controversy and injuries. Frank Francisco and Carlos Almanzar, two key members of the bullpen, were sidelined for Tommy John surgery. Kenny Rogers, the team's ace pitcher, received a 20 game suspension from commissioner Bud Selig for attacking a cameraman at Ameriquest Field. Rogers signed with the Tigers for the 2006 season after the Rangers declined to offer him a contract. Also, shortly after a spectacular homestand where the Rangers swept all three series (the first time in Rangers history that they ever swept an entire homestand involving more than one team), management unexpectedly placed opening-day starter Ryan Drese on waivers, where he was claimed by the Washington Nationals. After Drese's release and Rogers' suspension, the Rangers struggled to find consistency on the mound, and a disastrous road trip in August in which the Rangers went 1-12 all but assured that the Rangers would not make the playoffs in 2005.

On October 4, 2005, the Rangers announced that John Hart was stepping aside as general manager of the franchise, and that Jon Daniels was being promoted from assistant general manager to general manager. Daniels, at 28 years and one month, was the youngest general manager in Major League history. However, Hart remained with the club as a "special consultant", thus giving rise to media speculation that Daniels would be little more than a "yes man" for Hart.

In any case, Daniels and the Rangers front office were very active in the 2005–2006 offseason. Alfonso Soriano, who had often been mentioned in trade speculation, was finally dealt to the Nationals for outfielders Brad Wilkerson and Terrmel Sledge. The Rangers then began making moves to acquire the pitching help that they have long sought. The Rangers acquired starter Vicente Padilla from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Ricardo Rodriguez and acquired San Diego Padres pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka in exchange for Chris Young, Adrian Gonzalez, and Sledge. Finally, they signed free agent starter Kevin Millwood to a five-year contract worth US$60 million. The Rangers were also mentioned in speculation as a possible destination for Roger Clemens, who was not offered salary arbitration by the Houston Astros. However, Clemens eventually decided to sign with the Astros and appeared in his first game for Houston on June 22.

The Rangers 2006 season ended with a disappointing 80–82 record and a third-place finish in the American League West. The team contended for the first half of the season with the pitching staff showing some improvement. However, the team proved unable to keep pace with the surging Oakland Athletics in the second half of the year, and fell out of contention in September.

To some extent the Rangers were the victims of bad luck, as their won-lost record was worse than their +51 run differential for the season would indicate. The pitching staff, anchored by Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla, improved to a ninth-place finish in the AL in combined ERA compared to 2005's twelfth-place record, despite Ameriquest Field's deserved reputation as a hitter's park. Although the offense was inconsistent for much of the season, with outfielder Brad Wilkerson, third baseman Hank Blalock and catcher Rod Barajas particularly disappointing, the team still finished fourth in the AL in runs scored.

Significant player moves included the July 28 deal acquiring outfielders Carlos Lee and Nelson Cruz from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Kevin Mench, Francisco Cordero, Laynce Nix and a prospect pitcher. Cordero became expendable after early season problems led to his replacement as closer by Akinori Otsuka. Although Otsuka pitched well in the closer's role, fellow pitching acquisition Adam Eaton proved of little help to the club after injury wiped out most of his season. Rangers shortstop Michael Young was named the MVP of the 2006 All-Star game, played on July 11 in Pittsburgh, for his game-winning two-run triple in the ninth. Center fielder Gary Matthews, Jr. also played in the All-Star game.

As a result of the third-place finish, on October 4 the Rangers dismissed Buck Showalter as manager with three years left on his contract. On November 6, the team announced that Oakland Athletics third base coach Ron Washington had accepted their offer to manage the team. Washington beat out four other candidates for the job: Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu, New York Mets third base coach Manny Acta, Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, and former Rangers catcher John Russell.

Gary Matthews, Jr., Mark DeRosa, Carlos Lee, and Adam Eaton all signed with other clubs as free agents. Vicente Padilla has accepted a three-year, US$33 million offer with an option for a fourth year at US$12 million. The Rangers also signed Frank Catalanotto from the Toronto Blue Jays to a multi-year deal. Catalanotto will likely bat second and play left field, similar to his first tour with the Rangers. He is also expected to be a regular DH, switching duties with the newly acquired Sammy Sosa. The Rangers subsequently signed reliever Éric Gagné and center fielder Kenny Lofton to one-year deals. In a sign that GM Jon Daniels is looking for results in 2007, the Rangers' top pitching prospect John Danks was traded to the Chicago White Sox, along with reliever Nick Masset and low-A pitching prospect Jacob Rasner for 23-year-old starter Brandon McCarthy and 18-year-old outfielder David Paisano. Also new to the roster this year is veteran Sammy Sosa. Initially, the media and fans took this purely as a publicity stunt. However, Sammy quieted the critics with his hot bat during spring training. He has made the 25 man roster, and is expected to bat fifth behind Teixeira.

On March 19, 2007 the Rangers announced the termination of the agreement with Ameriquest Mortgage Company on ballpark naming rights. The team's stadium will now be known as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers negotiated a 30-year, US$75 million naming rights agreement with Ameriquest three years ago. Although Ameriquest has since experienced financial difficulties from the 2007 mortgage crisis, club president Jeff Cogen said the Rangers were more concerned about getting their name back on the ballpark rather than what was happening with Ameriquest. "It's all about the brand," Cogen said. The Rangers lose US$2.5 million per year from the naming rights but get back a number of advertising outlets at the ballpark that were included in the Ameriquest deal.

Although key hitters such as Michael Young and Mark Teixeira have rebounded after poor starts, the team overall ranks only seventh in the AL in runs scored despite playing in a good hitters park. On June 20, Sammy Sosa hit his 600th career home run against the Chicago Cubs at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Hank Blalock, the starting 3rd baseman who had been enjoying a good season, was placed on the 60-day disabled list on the 19th of May due to thoracic outlet syndrome, and Teixeira followed him onto the disabled list on June 9 (for the first time in his career) with a strained left quadriceps muscle. Although the team holds the highest ERA in the Majors there may be a few promising signs for the future with relief pitchers such as Willie Eyre doing a good job from the bullpen. With a record of 46-59 at the July 31st trade deadline, the team traded Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay to the Atlanta Braves in a deal that would eventually bring 5 prospects to the Rangers organization, including three of Atlanta's top prospects Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus and Matt Harrison (baseball pitcher). At the trade deadline of 4:00 CST, the team also traded closer Éric Gagné to the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Kason Gabbard and Minor League outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre in what can only be seen as an attempt to re-tool the team for the 2008 season. On August 19 at the Metrodome, the Minnesota Twins logged 19 strikeouts against the Rangers, one short of the Major League record. Three days later, the 22nd, in the first game of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Rangers' bats came alive with a modern record for runs by one team, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 30–3. Their 27-run margin of victory is also a modern day MLB record. Wes Littleton gained probably the easiest save in Major League history. Entering the game in the last of the seventh, with his team already ahead 14-3, Littleton gave up just two hits and a walk, earning a save because he finished the game and pitched at least three innings. The Rangers scored 16 of their 30 runs in the final two innings, giving Littleton a 27-run cushion in the last of the ninth. That raises the unanswerable question of how many runs Littleon would have had to yield before the Texas manager might have decided he was "in trouble". As it was, the O's were 3-up, 3-down in the ninth. The Rangers cooled off a bit in the nightcap, winning 9–7.

The Rangers started off their season in Seattle winning the second game of the three game set. They then moved to Los Angeles where they won two out of three against the Angels of Anaheim to move to .500 for the first time since late 2006. They then took a doubleheader against the Orioles after losing the first game to move over .500 for the first time this year. The Rangers then lost seven straight due to being swept in a four game series in Boston and then a three game series in Detroit to move out of the race in the division and into the cellar at 7–16. However, the month of May proved better for the team as they won a franchise high 19 games in the month. As of July 13, 2008 the Rangers record was 50 wins and 46 loses, placing them 4 games over .500. During the All Star break Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton crushed a first round home run record in the 2008 Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. The previous record was twenty-four by Bobby Abreu. Hamilton hit twenty-eight home runs in the first round, four in the second round and three during the final round, for a total of thirty-five home runs. Four Texas Rangers played in the 2008 All Star Game, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Milton Bradley, and Michael Young, who would repeat his 2006 All Star Game feat by driving in the winning run via a sac fly.

Through the 2008 season, the Rangers have won 3,570 games and lost 4,059 over their history, equating to a .468 lifetime average winning percentage. The team is 1–9 in individual playoff games, and 0-3 overall for postseason series.

Chuck Hinton and Frank Howard, who played for the franchise in Washington (although Howard played for the Rangers in 1972), are listed on the Washington Hall of Stars display at Nationals Park in Washington. So are Gil Hodges and Mickey Vernon, who managed the "New Senators". Vernon also played for the "Old Senators", who became the Minnesota Twins.

The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to honor the careers of former Texas Rangers players, managers, executives and broadcasters. There are currently ten members.

The Hall is located in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

As of 2008, the Rangers' flagship radio station is KRLD, 1080AM. Eric Nadel and Dave Barnett alternate play-by-play duties. As part of the contract that landed the team's broadcast rights, KRLD moved its studios to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, although KRLD has since moved to a location in North Dallas. Rangers games are also available in Spanish on KFLC 1270AM.

Television rights are held by FSN Southwest (FSRANGERS). Josh Lewin, also of Fox Sports and the National Football League's San Diego Chargers, calls the action alongside Tom Grieve; Jim Knox provides field reports. Some games produced by FSN are shown over-the-air on KDFW, "Fox 4" and KDFI, "My 27." Coincidentally, KDFW was once known as KRLD-TV.

In addition to Fox Sports, Rangers games may occasionally air on either ESPN or TBS.

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Scott Feldman (baseball)


Scott Wynne Feldman (born February 7, 1983, in Kailua, Hawaii) is a 6' 5" relief pitcher who plays for the Texas Rangers.

Feldman attended Burlingame High School in Burlingame, California. A left-handed hitter, Feldman led the Peninsula Athletic League in batting average as a Burlingame junior, and nearly matched the feat as a senior.

Feldman attended the College of San Mateo. There, in two seasons he went 25-2 (his only losses were in the state final four), had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8 to 1, and a 1.30 ERA. He earned Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year honors both as a freshman in 2002 and sophomore in 2003, and was an All American both years.

Feldman was a 41st round pick of the Houston Astros in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, and then a 30th round pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.

Feldman underwent reconstructive elbow surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in October 2003, which limited him to four appearances in 2004 in the Arizona League.

Feldman began the 2005 season with the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze, but was quickly promoted to the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. With the RoughRiders, he allowed a .202 average in 46 relief appearances, leading the team with 14 saves, and had a 2.36 ERA.

In 2007, he pitched in the Arizona Fall League, to work on a new three-quarters delivery.

Feldman was a late-season call-up that year, making his debut against the Chicago White Sox on August 31, 2005. Feldman made 8 appearances with the Rangers, compiling a record of 0-1 in 9.1 innings of work, with an ERA of 0.91.

2006 saw Feldman bounce back and forth between the Rangers and their Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma RedHawks.

The national spotlight shone briefly on Feldman on August 16, 2006, when he sparked a bench-clearing brawl in the ninth inning of a game between the Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Tensions between the two division rivals were already high, as two Rangers starting pitchers — Adam Eaton and Vicente Padilla — had been ejected in previous games that month for throwing at Angels batters. Prior to Feldman taking the mound, two Angels hurlers (Kevin Gregg and Brendan Donnelly) had been thrown out of the game for hitting batsmen, as well as manager Mike Scioscia and bench coach Ron Roenicke. Feldman hit Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy with a pitch with only one out remaining in the game, and his team up 9-3. Kennedy charged the mound, and a fight between the 6' 5" Feldman and the light-hitting 6' 1" Kennedy ensued. Feldman was suspended for six games for ignoring the warnings of umpire Sam Holbrook.

In 36 games, he had an ERA of 3.92. In games that were late and close, he did not give up any hits in 16 at-bats.

Feldman was in the Rangers' 2007 spring training camp, and in 6.2 innings had a 4.05 ERA, with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He won the final spot in the Texas bullpen. While he broke camp with the Rangers, he was sent down on May 1. That began a trend as he was called up five more times during the season. He was 1-2 with a 5.77 ERA in 29 games. He held the first batter he faced in each game to a .160 batting average.

In spring training in 2008, Feldman changed his release point and was using a three-quarter delivery that he started using in 2007. Manager Ron Washington said: "It makes his ball heavier and his movement a little more pronounced." In late March, he was considered one of three pitchers vying for one long relief spot with the team. On March 22, 2008, despite Feldman's success with his new, higher arm angle, the Rangers optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma, where he was a starter. In April he bounced back and forth between Texas and AA Frisco.

On June 13, Feldman recorded his first major league base hit against Oliver Perez of the New York Mets.

On August 13, against the Boston Red Sox, Feldman became the first major league pitcher in 90 years to give up at least 12 runs in a game and not take the loss.

Feldman is a sidearm pitcher with a low-90's fastball, a hard slider with extreme downward movement, and a changeup. He is more effective against right-handed hitters.

Feldman is Jewish and was given the nickname "Scooter" by former KTCK radio host Greg "The Hammer" Williams.

His father is an FBI agent who grew up in a Pennsylvania coal mining town, played college baseball at Duquesne, coached Feldman in youth baseball in North California, and survived brain surgery.

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J. A. Happ


Happ was born in Spring Valley, Illinois and raised in nearby Peru, Illinois. He attended high school at St. Bede Academy, where he was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and basketball. He was named Bureau County Athlete of the Year during his senior season.

After graduating high school in 2001, Happ enrolled in Northwestern University, where he majored in history. He was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons, during which he compiled a 16–11 win-loss record, an ERA of 2.88, and a 251/90 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 228.1 innings pitched. Happ chose to forego his senior season and entered Major League Baseball's 2004 First-Year Player Draft, where he was selected in the third round (92nd overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Immediately after agreeing to terms with the Phillies on June 16, 2004, Happ was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs of the short-season A-level New York-Penn League, where he posted a 2.02 ERA in eleven starts, averaging more than one strikeout per inning pitched. Happ again impressed in 2005 with the low-A Lakewood BlueClaws. While Happ played for only half of the season, he compiled a 2.36 ERA in 72⅓ innings. He was promoted to Double-A for a single game at the end of the season, in which he gave up only one earned run in six innings and struck out eight.

After pitching in the Arizona Fall League in the fall of 2006, Happ moved with the Red Barons to Ottawa for the 2007 season.

On June 30, 2007, while suffering from a spate of injuries to their starting rotation, the Phillies purchased Happ's contract from the Lynx. At the time, Happ's record in Triple-A was 1–2 with a 4.02 ERA. Happ made his major league debut against the New York Mets and allowed five runs, three earned, in four innings. He was then returned to the Lynx and did not pitch at the major league level again that season, thus ending the year with a 11.25 major league ERA.

Happ struggled upon his return to Ottawa. Despite striking out 36 batters over five starts in the months of July and August, Happ's ERA ballooned to 5.02 by the end of the season. It was later revealed that he had been pitching that season with elbow fatigue. As a result, Happ did not participate in any fall or winter leagues during the following offseason.

Happ began the 2008 season with the Phillies' new Triple-A affiliate in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He went 5–6 with a 3.54 ERA in his first seventeen starts, striking out 104 batters in 101⅔ innings.

On July 4, 2008, Happ was called up to take the place of Brett Myers in the Phillies' starting rotation, after the struggling Myers went to the minors in an effort to regain his form. That same night, Happ made his 2008 debut against Johan Santana and the Mets. He fared better in his second major league start, pitching 4⅔ innings, giving up three hits, two earned runs, four walks while striking out three. He earned a no-decision as the Phillies went on to win the game, 3–2. Happ's was also awarded a no-decision in his third career start (second of the season), in which he pitched 6⅓ innings and gave up only two runs, but the Phillies went on to defeat the Cardinals by a 4–2 score. He was then optioned back to Lehigh Valley, as the Phillies would not need a fifth starter for two weeks. Myers regained his place in the rotation on July 23.

Happ was recalled to the major leagues on July 29 when the struggling Adam Eaton was demoted to Lakewood. However, Happ never took Eaton's spot in the rotation, as the Phillies had already acquired starter Joe Blanton from the Oakland Athletics on July 17. Happ instead pitched out of the bullpen, appearing in two games (in which he struggled), and was then sent to AAA once again. He ended the Triple-A season at 8–7, with a 3.60 ERA. He led all International League pitchers with 151 strikeouts in 135 innings. He walked 48 batters.

Happ joined the Phillies for the third time in 2008 on September 1 when the rosters expanded. On September 16, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced that Happ would start on the following night against the Atlanta Braves, replacing the struggling Kyle Kendrick. Happ pitched six shutout innings in the game, earning his first major league win in a 6–1 Phillies victory. Happ was named to the postseason roster, and pitched in one game in the National League Championship Series.

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Jon Daniels

Jon Daniels (born August 24, 1977) is the current general manager (GM) of the U.S. baseball club the Texas Rangers. He is a 1999 graduate of Cornell University, joining Boston's Theo Epstein as one of the two youngest GMs in major league baseball .

His baseball career began in 2001, when he landed an internship with the Colorado Rockies. After the baseball season concluded that year, Daniels was informed of an opening in the Rangers organization. He applied and was hired by then GM John Hart as assistant director of baseball operations. In July 2004, Grady Fuson left the organization and Daniels was promoted to assistant GM.

On October 4, 2005, Hart announced he was stepping down as GM and the Rangers replaced him with Daniels. At the age of 28 years and 41 days, Jon Daniels became the youngest GM in baseball history.

Daniels' first major deal as general manager was trading Alfonso Soriano to the Washington Nationals for Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and Armando Galarraga, a move that perplexed many Rangers fans in the DFW area at the time. The move had many pros and cons. Soriano hit 46 homers and went on to steal 41 bases the next season and Wilkerson played most of the season injured and ended with a .222 batting average. On the other hand, trading Soriano opened up a spot for rookie Ian Kinsler and freed up money that would have been spent on Soriano's salary to be more flexible in offering Kevin Millwood a large contract. Still, Millwood's subsequent performance has been unspectacular, and Kinsler's position could have been opened up just as easily by moving Soriano to the outfield. Nevertheless, Soriano signed one of baseball's most expensive contracts with the Chicago Cubs where he has been somewhat prone to injury and experienced mixed success. That the team received no players of lasting note in return for Soriano is indicative that trade was largely unsuccessful.

Another move that still upsets many Rangers fans was a trade that Daniels made in December of 2005, sending pitcher Chris Young, oufielder Sledge and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres for pitchers Adam Eaton and Akinori Otsuka, and catcher Billy Killian. While Otsuka filled a valuable role as the Rangers closer, the oft-injured Eaton only pitched 65 innings with an ERA of 5.12. Dallas-native Chris Young pitched 180 innings for the Padres, racking up 164 K's and posting an ERA of 3.46. Adrian Gonzalez (considered a prized prospect) batted .304 for the Padres while hitting 24 home runs. Many Rangers fans consider this deal even worse than the Soriano deal.

Some of Daniels' other moves have been better received. On the eve of the 2006 season, after losing #2 starter Eaton to injury, Daniels made a three-way deal, sending Juan Dominguez to the Oakland Athletics for John Rheinecker and Freddie Bynum, the latter of which he turned and traded to the Chicago Cubs for John Koronka. Koronka and Rheinecker helped shore up the Rangers rotation in April and May, while Dominguez stayed at Oakland's AAA affiliate for the entire year.

Another trade Daniels made was sending Laynce Nix, Kevin Mench, and Francisco Cordero to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Nelson Cruz, and All-star left fielder Carlos Lee. The trade was completed just before the trade deadline of the 2006 season. Lee was the most sought after trade target during the season and was supposed to provide the Rangers with a strong bat in the middle of the lineup. Lee was only in a Ranger uniform for a couple of months before the season ended, and did not live up to the high expectations of Rangers fans. Lee then signed a $100 million free agent contract with the Houston Astros, giving the Rangers the #17 and #35 draft picks in 2007 as compensation. Cordero had a career resurgence with the Brewers, making the All-star team in 2007 before signing a four year contract averaging more than 10 million annually with the Cincinnati Reds.

In late December, 2006, Daniels collaborated with White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams, engineering a trade that caught many within baseball's inner circles off guard. The Rangers acquired young starter Brandon McCarthy in exchange for the even younger John Danks. This may be one of the worst trades in the Daniels era. Danks proved to be one of the key pieces for the White Sox rotation in 2008, while McCarthy has been an injury-riddled right-hander who hasn't lived up to expectations.

The Texas Rangers received a total of 5 First and supplemental round draft picks for the 2007 draft. The Rangers would have had an additional pick (#18) which they forfeited to Toronto by signing Frank Catalanotto.

On July 31, 2007 Daniels' made two possibly career defining trades, one with the Atlanta Braves, the other with Boston Red Sox. Daniels first agreed with Atlanta Braves General Manager John Schuerholz to trade coveted slugger Mark Teixeira and relief pitcher Ron Mahay for the up and coming prospect, Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Rangers were also able to obtain four minor leaguers in the trade. In the second trade of the day, which occurred just before the trade deadline, Daniels agreed to send closer Eric Gagné to the Boston Red Sox for the young starting pitcher Kason Gabbard, Triple-A prospectDavid Murphy and rookie-level outfielder Engel Beltre.

Not receiving as much attention at the time, Daniels also made a third trade prior to the deadline sending CF Kenny Lofton to the Indians for catching prospect Max Ramirez.

As a result of the 2007 draft, trades, and Latin America free agent signings, the Rangers jumped to the #4 system in Baseball America organization rankings. This represented the biggest jump since Baseball America began ranking MLB farm systems.

Before the 2008 Season, Daniels traded the 2nd member of what was once dubbed the "DVD trio," sending Edison Volquez to the Reds for Outfielder Josh Hamilton. This trade has received mixed reviews among baseball fans as both Volquez and Hamilton were both voted in as starters in the 2008 MLB All-Star Game. The Rangers lack dominant pitching and the Reds lack dominant offensive power, which either player could provide his former team according to this year's statistics. It is worth noting that the Rangers are more respectable than they have been of late (with the help of other additions such as Milton Bradley) and the Reds have not improved as much as a team to this point (even with the addition of 2007 All-Star closer Francisco Cordero).

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