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C.J. Wilson ready for boos in showdown with Yu Darvish


C.J. Wilson didn’t leave the Texas Rangers on the best of terms last winter.

The then-free agent left-hander was perturbed about the lack of interest from the Rangers, left to sign with their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, then watched his former team dump $107 million on highly-touted Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish.

Then Wilson stoked the fire by getting into a Twitter tiff with former teammate Mike Napoli during spring training. In response to Napoli saying he wanted to hit a home run off Wilson, the pitcher tweeted Napoli’s phone number to his 100,000-plus followers.

So naturally, it will be Wilson and Darvish on the mound tonight when the Rangers and Angels face each other in Arlington for the first time this season. Talk about a juicy matchup. It would be tough to plan it any better.

Of course Wilson is doing his best to downplay the matchup, stressing to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he’s not facing Darvish, he’s facing the Rangers lineup, and “it’s not emotional for me – it’s baseball, it’s a sport, it’s my job.”

He’s also smart enough to realize he’s probably not going to receive a pleasant welcome from the Rangers faithful.

“We’ll be playing in front of a huge crowd in a stadium that’s relatively hostile to our team, and I’m sure it will be fairly hostile to me,” Wilson said. “I think a lot of people will boo me. Hey, some of them booed me while I was there when I was a reliever.”

As for Napoli, he’s also taking a low-key, off-field-stuff-doesn’t-matter approach, with one small exception: “But I will try to hit a home run off him.”

Should be fun.

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Rangers fans say they never saw toddler, want apology

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There was a bit of controversy in the baseball world Wednesday night when a toddler at the Rangers-Yankees game broke into tears when a ball tossed into the stands appeared to be callously stolen by the couple sitting next to him.

But things aren’t always what they seem, and the couple wants everyone to know that they are not the evil monsters everyone thinks they are. Sean Leonard and Shannon Moore, who are getting married this weekend, told WFAA-TV they were attending their first Rangers game together and were so excited and into each other that they didn’t even notice the boy, or that he was crying.

“My fiance Shannon and I were honestly unaware of the situation of the little boy sitting next to us last night since we were so caught up in the excited and moment of being at our first Ranger’s baseball game together,” he wrote in a statement.

Leonard said as a soon-to-be large combined family of seven, that he and Shannon understand the emotions of a young child at a game. They spoke to News 8 Thursday afternoon.

“I love children, I would never hurt someone,” Shannon Moore said.

The boy eventually received a different ball from the Rangers, so all is good in the world.

Leonard, and Moore, however, said that the reaction on the internet has been hurtful, and they would like an apology from Yankees announcer Michael Kay, who insinuated on the air that they were insensitive.

Maybe Kay should throw in some candlesticks, or a place setting, too.

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Mike Scioscia has not ruled out Vladimir Guerrero returning to the Angels

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Now that the Rangers are “out” on re-signing Vladimir Guerrero there have been conflicting reports about his chances of returning to the Angels, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia indicated during a radio interview that it remains a possibility:

Well, Vladdy’s been one of the guys obviously we’ve talked about for a while, and I think it’s the same situation. Vlad signed with the Rangers before last season because he was looking for a multi-year deal, a big deal at the time. We had to make a decision.

There was no way to commit to three or four years with Vlad, that we could go that route. If it is the same situation right now, obviously, nothing much would change, but he’s definitely a guy that’s very interesting to look at. I just don’t know if that extended deal is out there that he was looking for last year, a three- or four-year deal.

In other words, if he wants to accept a one-year deal the Angels could be interested. If not, they won’t be.

Scioscia talking about Guerrero looking for big multi-year deals is odd, because last offseason he managed only a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Rangers and there’s little to suggest he’s capable of getting a bigger offer this winter. There are limited suitors for a 36-year-old designated hitter who looked absolutely brutal in his few appearances as an outfielder, particularly with the Rangers dropping out, and Guerrero followed up a poor second half by hitting .220 with zero homers and a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 15 playoff games.

If the Angels are interested and have $5 million to spare, they can probably make a reunion happen.

Red Sox claim Max Ramirez off waivers from Rangers

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Last year at this time the Red Sox and Rangers were close to a deal that would have sent Mike Lowell (and some salary relief) to Texas for minor leaguer Max Ramirez, but the trade was nixed because Lowell needed thumb surgery in addition to his hip problems.

Lowell ended up staying in Boston and hit just .239 with a .674 OPS in 244 plate appearances as a part-time player, and today the Red Sox wound up with Ramirez anyway by claiming him off waivers from the Rangers.

Texas needed 40-man roster space after signing Adrian Beltre and Brandon Webb, and Ramirez is coming off an extremely disappointing season at Triple-A that saw him hit just .286 with three homers in 56 games.

Ramirez has put up some big numbers in the minors, but he’s been largely ineffective for the past two seasons, is already 26 years old, and reviews of his defense behind the plate suggest he’s more of a designated hitter than a catcher. Boston has clearly liked him for a while now and he’s certainly worth a waiver claim, but at the same time it’s tough to blame Texas for giving up on Ramirez.

Rangers “out” on Vladimir Guerrero after signing Adrian Beltre

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Michael Young is expected to become Texas’ primary designated hitter after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract to replace him at third base, so not surprisingly today general manager Jon Daniels said the team is “out” of the mix to re-sign Vladimir Guerrero.

Guerrero out-produced Young by a wide margin last season, topping his OPS by 67 points, but Guerrero is also two years older than Young, struggled mightily in the second half, and offers zero defensively versatility. And perhaps most importantly, Young is owed $16 million per season through 2013.

If the Rangers could simply trade Young and his contract they’d likely do so and perhaps make an effort to re-sign Guerrero, but in order to deal Young they’d have to eat a significant portion of the $48 million he’s still owed. At this point it seems likely that Guerrero will have to accept a one-year deal for less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2010, as his list of potential suitors is rapidly shrinking with the Angels reportedly out of the mix as well.