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2007 Texas Rangers
Major league affiliations
Location
2007 information
Owner(s) Tom Hicks
Manager(s) Ron Washington
Local television FSN Southwest
KDFI (MY 27)
KDFW (Fox 4)
Local radio KRLD
KFLC (Spanish)

The Texas Rangers' 2007 season began with the team trying to win an AL West title for the first time since 1999, when they were swept by the New York Yankees in the ALDS.

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Roster changes

The AL West is becoming more competitive with the Rangers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, and Seattle Mariners making several key offseason acquisitions to compete in the division. The Rangers started the 2006-07 offseason by firing manager Buck Showalter, who still had three years remaining on his contract, and hiring former Oakland Athletics third base coach Ron Washington as their new manager.

During the offseason, they lost several key players. Gary Matthews, Jr. (to the Los Angeles Angels), Mark DeRosa (to the Chicago Cubs), Carlos Lee (to the Houston Astros), and Adam Eaton (to the Philadelphia Phillies) were free agents signed by other teams. They filled those holes in their lineup with left fielder Frank Catalanotto, whom the Rangers signed to a multi-year contract, as well as closer Éric Gagné and center fielder Kenny Lofton each to a one-year deal. Right fielder Sammy Sosa[1] also signed a one-year contract with the team that drafted him in 1985, expected to be the Rangers' right fielder.

The team entered the season with only one spot in the pitching rotation to fill, with Jamey Wright beating out Kameron Loe and Bruce Chen (both of whom moved to bullpen roles). Two other new players won roster spots in spring training: backup catcher Chris Stewart and utility player Matt Kata.

Regular season

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Season summary

April

April saw the club get to a slow start. Several of the club's offensive threats had poor starts, notably Michael Young and Mark Teixeira. One of the few players who was swinging the bat well was sophomore second baseman Ian Kinsler, who batted .298 and hit 9 home runs, earning him an American League Player of the Week award.[2]

Another concern was the starting rotation. Jamey Wright was moved to the 15-day disabled list on April 12, and hasn't returned to the lineup. Vicente Padilla and newcomer Brandon McCarthy both had rough starts, ending April with 4-loss months.

The team's first home series, a two-game set against the Boston Red Sox on April 6 and April 7 set records for the coldest home opener and the coldest game ever played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.[3]

May

The month of May was one of the most dismal in the club's history.[4] The Rangers ended the month with a 19-35 record, putting them on a pace for a 105-loss season, which would tie the franchise's previous mark for futility, set in 1973. The team's 20 losses set a record for the most ever in the month of May.

The starting rotation continued to have problems. Both Kevin Millwood and McCarthy spent time on the disabled list. Even when healthy, the starting pitching was suspect, as Rangers starters finished the month with the worst ERA in the Major Leagues.[5]

The injury bug struck the position players as well. All-star third baseman Hank Blalock was moved to the 60-day disabled list after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in his right shoulder, a condition that required surgery and a layoff of as much as three months.[6] Outfielders Brad Wilkerson, Frank Catalanotto and Jerry Hairston, Jr. also had long stints on the disabled list in May. At month's end, only second baseman Ian Kinsler was among the top three players at his position in All-Star balloting.

June

In stark contrast to May, June was the Rangers' first month of 2007 with a winning record (14-12). Several players had a strong month, most notably outfielder Marlon Byrd, who ended the month with a .375 batting average, and pitcher Kameron Loe, who used a brief stint in Triple-A to correct his pitching mechanics, resulting in a month-ending streak of three straight wins.[7]

Veteran right fielder Sammy Sosa celebrated a career milestone on June 20, hitting his 600th home run in a game against his former team, the Chicago Cubs.[7] Sosa became only the fifth player to reach the mark, following Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron and Barry Bonds.

While several key players returned to active duty in June, including Wilkerson and Jamey Wright, injuries continued to plague the club. Gold Glove first baseman Mark Teixeira's franchise record for consecutive games played ended at 507 on June 8 when he strained a quadriceps muscle.[8] Starting pitchers Vicente Padilla and Brandon McCarthy also spent time on the DL, for elbow inflammation and blisters, respectively.[9]

July

August

On August 22, the Rangers scored an all-time American League record of 30 runs in one game against the Orioles. The final was 30-3. Texas' 30 runs broke the AL record and modern major-league record set by the 1950 Red Sox and tied by the 1955 White Sox, and were the most scored by any team since the Chicago Colts hung 36 runs on Louisville in a game in 1897.[10]

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Los Angeles Angels 94 68 .580 --
Seattle Mariners 88 74 .543 6
Oakland Athletics 76 86 .469 18
Texas Rangers 75 87 .463 19

Roster

2007 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log

2007 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

References

1st Half: Texas Rangers Game Log on ESPN.com
2nd Half: Texas Rangers Game Log on ESPN.com
  1. ^ Sammy Sosa Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ Hill, Justice B. (2007-04-16). "Kinsler named AL Player of the Week". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070416&content_id=1908363&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-04.  
  3. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (4-7-2007). "Notes: Snow makes appearance". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070407&content_id=1885276&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-04.  
  4. ^ Grant, Evan (6-1-2007). "Rangers finish month of dismay". dallasnews.com. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/baseball/rangers/stories/060107dnsporanglede.3b4a6ff.html. Retrieved 2007-06-04.  
  5. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (2007-05-29). "Notes: Rangers starters struggling". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070529&content_id=1992938&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-04.  
  6. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (2007-05-18). "Blalock to have shoulder surgery". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070518&content_id=1972273&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-04.  
  7. ^ a b Davison, Drew (2007-06-21). "Rangers ride Sosa's 600th blast to win". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070620&content_id=2039205&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-30.  
  8. ^ Davison, Drew (6-9-2007). "Notes: DL ends Teixeira's streak at 507". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070609&content_id=2016408&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-30.  
  9. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (2007-06-24). "Notes: Padilla placed on DL". mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070624&content_id=2047174&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-06-30.  
  10. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (2007-09-22). "Rangers score 30 in twin-bill opener. Offensive output is most runs scored in 110 years". mlb.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070822&content_id=2163692&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved 2007-08-23.  

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