In the pouring rain, Joe Nathan closed out the Rangers’ 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels to give Texas its sixth straight win. With the win and the Tampa Bay’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers are now tied with the Rays for the second wild-card spot and a half game behind the Cleveland Indians, who played later Saturday, heading into the final day of the regular season. (Photos: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
So close: Yu Darvish almost pitched a no-hitter on Tuesday night.
Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs, and Texas beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night.
A screen shot of the play showed the ball sail what looked to be less than a foot below the pitcher’s glove and into the outfield.
“That was impossible to catch,” Darvish said through a translator. (Photos: Houston Chronicle/Cody Duty/The Associated Press)
This is Yu Darvish wearing a speedo. Luis Martinez had to wear one too. The Rangers rookies were forced to wear a costume as part of rookie hazing as the team heads to the bus after playing the Angels on Sunday. At least they booked a spot in the MLB playoffs?
One, two, three, four: Josh Hamilton made history last night, hitting four home runs against the Baltimore Orioles.
And he does appreciate how fortunate he was to be playing baseball at Camden Yards on Tuesday night as a member of the Texas Rangers. Because, before his epic performance against the Baltimore Orioles, Hamilton had to do something even harder than launching a quartet of two-run homers.
He needed to save himself from personal ruin.
Hamilton went from first-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 1999 to out of baseball altogether because of drug and alcohol addiction.
He recovered and returned to the majors in 2007 with Cincinnati, and was traded to the Texas, where he has become a star – the AL MVP in 2010 – while still battling his addiction. He had a relapse before this season, but is off to a torrid start.
Pitching, running, sweating, and riding off into the sunset on a golf cart. Yu Darvish: He’s just like us.