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Josh Hamilton may be headed back to the disabled list

Josh Hamilton has a .954 OPS in 10 games with the Rangers. The problem is he’s only played in 10 games.

Hamilton had to be placed on the disabled list on May 31 — just a week after rejoining Texas — because of a Grade 2 left hamstring strain and now he’s probably headed back there with a groin problem.

“This is a guy we’d like to have for an extended period of time,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister told Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday night. “I’m trying my best to figure this whole thing out with him and what is best for Josh.”

Texas lost 13-0 to the visiting Angels on July 4, dropping to 6 1/2 games back of the Astros in the American League West standings.

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Texas Rangers ship Chi Chi Gonzalez to Triple-A Round Rock

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez (21) leaves the mound after being taken out of the game in the ninth inning during the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

ARLINGTON – A day after being hit hard for the second time in three starts, rookie RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez was sent to Triple-A Round Rock, at least for the remainder of the first half.

Gonzalez did not make it out of the second inning on Friday, allowing five hits and six runs in 1.2 innings. After compiling a 0.90 ERA in his first four starts, Gonzalez allowed 17 hits and 15 runs over 13.1 innings of his next three starts.

The Rangers recalled RHP Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Round Rock, but he will not go into the rotation. He will pitch out of the bullpen as a long reliever.

The Rangers rotation for the week leading up to the All-Star break now shapes up in a way that will likely take Yovani Gallardo out of any realistic All-Star Game consideration. Gallardo, who has pitched 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings, will pitch on Tuesday against Arizona on the normal four days of rest. He will then pitch again on Sunday against San Diego. It would be difficult for him to rebound well enough to pitch an inning in the All-Star game two days later.

Matt Harrison, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since May, 2014, will start on Wednesday. After an off day on Thursday, the Rangers are tentatively scheduled to go with Wandy Rodriguez (Friday), Colby Lewis (Saturday) and Gallardo (Sunday) to wrap up the first half.

Sources: Mavericks agree to four-year, $81 million deal with center (and former Texas A&M star) DeAndre Jordan

For the first time in franchise history, the Dallas Mavericks are proud owners of a “big fish.”

A really big fish.

Center DeAndre Jordan, who stood alongside LaMarcus Aldridge as the best realistically available free agents in the NBA this summer, has agreed to join the Mavericks, Maverick sources said Friday afternoon. Terms were not readily available, but it’s been widely reported that the Mavericks will pay Jordan the maximum allowed under the salary cap, which would be worth about $81-million over four years. It is believed Jordan will have an option to terminate the contract after three seasons.

The 6-11 Jordan, 26, instantly becomes a cornerstone to the Mavericks’ current team and their future.

He led the league in rebounding the last two seasons and in field-goal percentage the last three seasons. He’s also a notoriously bad free-throw shooter, but considered one of the best interior defenders in the game.

Last season, he averaged 11.5 points and 15 rebounds.

Jordan’s decision came down to the Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers, for whom he played the first seven years of his career after being selected in the second round (35 overall) in the 2008 draft.

Jordan and other free agents cannot begin officially signing contracts until July 9.

His agreement follows on the heels of the Mavericks getting a commitment from shooting guard Wesley Matthews, one of the league’s best 3-point shooters although he is coming off a serious Achilles injury.

 

Mike Scioscia says Josh Hamilton should apologize to Angels owner Arte Moreno

Josh Hamilton came off the disabled list and rejoined the Rangers just in time to play his old team this weekend, but the former MVP doesn’t think facing the Angels three months after they ate most of his contract to make him go away is a big deal.

Here’s what Hamilton told Scott Boeck of USA Today about the three-game series in Texas that starts tonight:

I don’t do anything more different than I usually do before the game. Maybe the focus is a little more there. But nothing to get back at a team for any reason, just like when I left (Texas). When I came back, I was like just treat it like any old road game. I’m going to treat this like any other home game. It will be good to see the guys. All or most of them were behind me when we met in Houston and had lunch. Everybody was cool.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has a much different view of the situation, saying earlier this week that he hopes Hamilton “will take an opportunity to thank the teammates that supported him and to reach out to (Angels owner) Arte (Moreno) and let Arte know that maybe some of the things he did weren’t what he signed up to do.”

Then, when pressed further, Scioscia said: “We’ll leave it at that.”

Hamilton’s drug and alcohol problems are well-documented, but Scioscia’s quotes when combined with the Angels doing everything they could to make sure Hamilton never played for them again following his relapse are, at the very least, not a good look for anyone involved.

Meanwhile, according to Hamilton he’s “tried many times” to get in touch with Moreno and the Angels owner refuses to meet with him. So maybe next time Scioscia should go public with his thoughts on how Moreno ought to be handling the situation instead.

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended first four games

Rolando McClain of the Dallas Cowboys has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

McClain will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Monday, October 5 following the team’s October 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.

McClain is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Adrian Beltre’s house broken into; AL pennant ring, suite tickets stolen

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Adrian Beltre‘s house was broken into last week. Among the things taken: his 2011 AL championship ring and tickets to a suite at Globe Life Park.

The theft of the tickets mildly amused Beltre, who said “I’d like to see them show up there.” By the same token, I’d like to see someone try to fence an AL championship ring that is quite obviously Adrian Beltre’s. But whoever said crooks were smart? Stick to taking TVs and stuff, you guys. They’re way lighter than they used to be.

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Published on Jun 23, 2015

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Rangers bring Adrian Beltre back from the disabled list, keep Joey Gallo on active roster

Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram shares the surprising news 

 

A report from late last week stated that Beltre, who landed on the disabled list June 2 with a sprained left thumb, was still unable to swing a bat. But he’s clearly made swift progress over the last couple of days.

Another mild surprise is that Joey Gallo wasn’t sent back to the minor leagues. Rangers management has clearly changed its mind on the readiness of the 21-year-old top third base prospect, who has tallied five home runs and 10 RBI through his first 18 major league games. Gallo is starting in left field and batting second for Texas on Tuesday night against the Athletics. Beltre will start at third base and hit cleanup.

Hendrick Motorsports teams with Microsoft to drive technology, innovation

CONCORD, N.C. — A global leader in technology and innovation, Microsoft has ramped up its involvement in NASCAR with new multi-year official agreements with both the sanctioning body and 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports. The collaborations designate Microsoft as an Official Technology Partner of NASCAR and a major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports.

Hendrick Motorsports will adopt the Windows 10 platform and Microsoft Azure to deliver technology solutions to help improve performance on and off the track. In addition, Microsoft will support the upcoming launch of Windows 10 with primary sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS at Sonoma Raceway on June 28 and Pocono Raceway on Aug. 2. Windows 10 will be the Official Operating System of Hendrick Motorsports.

“NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports are perpetual innovators in motorsports,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, Developer Experience and Evangelism at Microsoft. “This sport demands constant innovation, to have its boundaries pushed, so that the sport delivers the exciting experiences expected by fans. The Windows mobile inspection application we launched last year is a great example of how innovative solutions can push boundaries and make the racing experience even better. We’re looking forward to the next solutions that we can deploy with both NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports to push each of our organizations forward.”

Microsoft will utilize two-time Daytona 500 champion Earnhardt as a spokesperson to promote Windows 10, which will be available July 29 as a free upgrade for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.* In addition, its new multi-year partnership with Hendrick Motorsports will incorporate technology solutions and training across the team, including competition, business and IT functions.

“I’m a big technology user and really enjoy Microsoft products,” said Earnhardt, who is NASCAR’s 12-time most popular driver. “Kicking off the Hendrick Motorsports relationship with Windows 10 is a unique opportunity, and there’s no doubt our ongoing technical partnership will help us raise the bar in many areas. It’s great to see Microsoft is having such a positive experience with NASCAR and wants to do more across the sport. We’re excited to be a part of that.”

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