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.
The best fireworks on July 4 came from the Angels.
Anaheim’s offense combined for five doubles, two homers, and 15 total hits Saturday in a 13-0 rout of the host Rangers. The only position player who didn’t manage a hit was a Mike Trout, though he did draw a walk in the top of the second inning and score a run after a hit-by-pitch in the top of the sixth.
Angels left-hander Hector Santiago cruised over seven innings, yielding just three hits and a walk to lower his already-shiny season ERA to 2.40.
Anaheim will be chasing a sweep Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. The club is four games back of the American League West-leading Astros.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday’s slate …
Giants 3, Nationals 9
Rays 2, Yankees 3
Blue Jays 3, Tigers 8
Astros 1, Red Sox 6
Orioles 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Cardinals 2
Mariners 0, Athletics 2
Indians 0, Pirates 1
Twins 5, Royals 3
Phillies 5, Braves 9
Marlins 2, Cubs 7
Brewers 7, Reds 3
Mets 3, Dodgers 4
Angels 13, Rangers 0
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 7
Carlos Carrasco had a no-hitter Wednesday with one strike to go. When this happened …
Carrasco was lifted after Butler’s single. He finished with 13 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings in an 8-1 win over the Rays. Carrasco boasts a 3.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 110/21 K/BB ratio in 97 1/3 frames this year.
NINTH INNING: Carrasco walked Asdrubal Cabrera to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. His pitch count is up to 113. Carrasco plunked pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer with his very next delivery.
Men on first and second, no outs. Pitch count: 114.
Grady Sizemore grounded to short for the first out. Carrasco then whiffed Kevin Kiermaier for the second out. This may happen.
Welp. Joey Butler singled to right-center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Back to your regularly scheduled HBT programming.
We have some history in the works Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.
Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has no-hit the Rays through eight innings with a pitch count of 106. His only real blemish on the evening was a seventh-inning walk of Tampa Bay’s Joey Butler.
We’ll provide updates as Carrasco tries to finish this thing off. Cleveland has an 8-0 lead.
You’re gonna want to see this play that Manny Machado pulled off in Wednesday night’s game …
Machado was playing in the area of the shortstop because a shift was on for Shin-Soo Choo. Though he did come up as a shortstop and showed on this play that he’s plenty capable of moving there eventually.