Texas Rangers Wiretap
Hank Blalock is hitting well and making a case to be in the Rangers' lineup next season. The Rangers could exercise his $6.2 million option for 2009 and either play him or trade him. The club also could buy out his contract for $250,000.
"I don't know what the club is going to do," Blalock said. "I don't worry about things that I can't control. All I can do is prepare and work hard to stay healthy and play well every day."
Texas' centerfielder Josh Hamilton has cooled down in the second half of the season and admitted that he hates playing during the day, according to Dallas Morning News.
"I can't stand them," Hamilton said. "It's OK in the field, but I can't hit with (sunglasses) on."
Hamilton is hitting .306 with 31 home runs and 124 RBI for the Rangers this season.
Some around the Rangers believe that Milton Bradley deserves a lucrative long-term deal with the team, according to Star-Telegram.
Bradley said recently that he wants to be paid like "one of the elite players in the game" and desires "a long-term contract."
He did have issues remaining healthy this season but appeared focused and determined when in the lineup this season.
"There?s always going to be a negative knock on me," Bradley said last Friday. "If they?re not going to talk about my attitude, or incidents, then they?re going to talk about my health."
Bradley is hitting .316 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI in 121 games through Sunday.
Rangers' second baseman Ian Kinsler will reportedly miss the rest of the season after opting to undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia, according to ESPN.com.
Kinsler has been on the disabled list since Aug. 18, and has been trying to return to action without undergoing surgery.
"The doctor said the progress I was making just wasn't significant enough and if you don't have surgery for this, it's something you are always going to be dealing with," Kinsler said. "It's the only option."
Kinsler was hitting .319 with 18 home runs and 71 RBIs for Texas this season.
Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle to help the Mariners win their fourth straight game, beating the Rangers 12-6 on Monday night as reported by the Associated Press.
The D-Backs' Scott Drew hit for the cycle earlier Monday against St. Louis. It was the first time two players hit for the cycle on the same day since Sept. 17, 1920, when Bobby Veach of the Detroit Tigers and George Burns of the New York Giants did it, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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