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Tuesday newsletter time: Langford, Eovaldi help Rangers thump sloppy Angels

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TEMPE, Ariz. — The Rangers will have the first of two spring off days Wednesday. The minor-leaguers will be off, too.

Plan accordingly, spring breakers.

Monday was a lighter day at camp, and today will be similarly breezy. Rangers pitchers are about to hit the one-month mark at spring training, and ice packs and heating pads are starting to become a little more prevalent.

Position players are playing multiple days in a row. Wyatt Langford is expected to be in the lineup for a third straight day today at Surprise Stadium (the game will be shown on TXA/Channel 21). On Monday, he was the designated hitter for the first time this spring.

If he makes the Opening Day roster, he will have to get a bunch of at-bats at DH.

Langford singled in his first at-bat, walked, beat out a fielder’s choice, doubled home Evan Carter in his fifth and scored four times at Tempe Diablo Stadium, where the Rangers beat the Angels 15-5. Ezequiel Duran launched a two-run homer, and the Angels took advantage of some sloppy Angels defense that is sure to rub Ron Washington the wrong way.

Nathan Eovaldi was OK over 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned). The Rangers threw out two runners at home to limit the damage. The probable Opening Day starter said he will make only one more start in Arizona before pitching in the first regular-season series against the Cubs.

Jonathan Hernandez made his spring debut, pitching around a double in a scoreless inning. Before the game, Bochy said that Hernandez might not be ready for Opening Day after all. The Rangers took things slow with him this spring after he had an oblique injury late last season.

If he isn’t ready by March 28, at least three bullpen spots will be determined this spring.

Remember him?

Rangers fans should remember outfielder Willie Calhoun, the prize of the Yu Darvish trade in 2017 who had what looked to be a breakthrough season in 2019 after two disappointing (to him) springs in which he did not make the Opening Day roster.

Calhoun was the Angels’ starting right field Monday. He hasn’t gotten any better defensively.

He looked like he would be part of the Rangers’ future entering the 2020 season before he was rocked in the jaw by a Jose Urias fastball. Though COVID hit a few weeks later and he was ready for the 60-game season, he clearly still had a mental barrier to clear.

The Rangers finally sent him packing in 2022 after some unproductive comments after he was optioned to Triple A Round Rock early in the season. The Rangers traded him to the Giants over the summer, and he spent part of last season with the Yankees.

Calhoun doesn’t have much chance at making the Angels’ Opening Day roster. One beat writer said Calhoun is around eighth on their outfield depth chart. He’s still plugging away, though, and Rangers Today wishes him the best.

Rangers All-Access

I’m still trying to figure out of the title of the Rangers’ new YouTube show has a colon after Rangers. Either way, a new episode of Rangers All-Access dropped Sunday night.

The third episode looks at the pitching staff, which is the reason why spring training is so long. The Mike Maddux pitching meetings look like a good time. Left-hander Andrew Heaney is mic’d up for segment, and cameras go into Dane Dunning’s home to watch him cook.

These episodes have been fun. I’m curious to see how they handle things like the Nathaniel Lowe injury and the final roster decisions. I’m also wondering what the viewership demographics look like and if the Rangers will feels as if they have gained any new fans.

Rangers Today stuff

John Moore’s parole office called, and it’s time to get him back to Texas. The Rangers Today crew will be departing tonight, but I will be back Sunday and stay through the end of camp.

The work will continue from Tarrant County, and we’ll also get another episode of the Rangers Today Baseball Podcast done and up on the YouTube channel. Check out the Sebastian Walcott episode at the embed higher up in this story.

Don’t forget about the Rangers Today spring-training sale: $48 for 12 months for new subscribers.

We also have a pressing business question to discuss that requires reader input. A few of you have asked about Rangers Today swag, like the hat modeled by pitching coach Mike Maddux during the World Series parade and pullovers, jackets and shirts warn by John and I during podcast episodes.

If you’d be interested, reply to this email.

Doggy video!

Can’t forget the black sheep of the family. Enjoy.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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3 Comments

  1. deGrom Texas Ranger March 12, 2024

    What’s with John Moore’s parole? Is he on probation or something related?

    Reply
    1. Monty W March 12, 2024

      I’m 95% certain it was just a joke that it’s time for John to return back to Texas. I giggled at it. Jeff has a good sense of humor that makes me laugh.

      Reply
    2. Jeff Wilson March 12, 2024

      He’s never been convicted (key word) of a crime.

      Reply

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