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SDI Side Notes: April 26th-On Nolan, Dominance, and the Fastest-Ever Fastballs

April 26, 1990—27 years ago today—Nolan Ryan tied Bob Feller’s major league record of 12 one-hitters as the Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0. Ryan struck out 16 batters as he allowed only Ron Kittle’s check-swing single to right field in the second inning. The most impressive game about that April 26th start against the White Sox? Nolan threw a 1-hitter, struck out 16, […]

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Martinez, Andrus Team Up for a Walk-Off Start to the Weekend

It’s not supposed to be 55 degrees in April in Arlington. Spot starters aren’t supposed to take no-hitters into the 6th inning. The Rangers aren’t supposed to out-pitch the Royals. A slumping team shouldn’t have the fortitude to bookend a blowout with two walkoff wins. These Rangers really don’t care much for convention. After all, they’re first in home runs […]

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Cole, Joey, Robinson….take a bow

Friday night in Arlington, Cole Hamels took the mound knowing that the Rangers needed him to go deep into the ballgame. A day after the Rangers 13-inning, 1-0 marathon win, there was no room for an inconsistent, short Hamels performance. Hamels responded like a veteran, ace pitcher responds—8 strong innings, allowing just 1 run. Performances like Friday night remind us why […]

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Bullpen mismanagement is becoming big problem for Jeff Banister, Rangers

I’ve noticed a trend over the last two plus years of Jeff Banister’s tenure as the manager of the Texas Rangers. He…elects to make the wrong decision regarding the bullpen more often than a manager of a Major League Baseball team should. Sunday’s installment was just the latest in a flurry of bullpen blunders by Banister, some proving to be more […]

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