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Perez deals first career shutout, Rangers smoke White Sox

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 10:30 pm   Print This Print This

Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night.

Martin homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep.

Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning.

Martin had a two-run triple and Chirinos hit a two-run homer on the next pitch in seven-run third inning off Felipe Paulino (0-2). Martin homered for a 10-0 lead in the fourth.

Chirinos and Jim Adduci set career highs with three hits apiece. Alex Rios also had three hits and scored each time he reached base.

Prince Fielder, who came in hitting .164, reached base all five times he batted, including a run-scoring double. He also singled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez extended a franchise record by getting a hit in his 17th straight game to start the season. His soft single to right in the fifth extended his streak to 21 games going back to last season. Read more …

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Rangers put Scheppers on DL

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm   Print This Print This

Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to right elbow muscle inflammation.

“I’m disappointed, but at least the doctor says it is nothing severe,” said Scheppers, who is transitioning from a late-inning bullpen role to that of a starter.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said Nick Martinez is the most likely candidate to move into Scheppers’ place in the rotation Tuesday at Oakland. Scheppers, the Rangers’ Opening Day starter, has been plagued by the big inning. In four starts, he is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

To fill Scheppers’ roster spot, the Rangers purchased the contract of 27-year-old left-hander Aaron Poreda from Round Rock. Poreda was a first-round draft choice of the White Sox in 2007.

“The wake-up call today was one of the best I’ve ever gotten,” the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Poreda said. “The biggest thing I needed to do when I didn’t make the team coming out of spring was work on my durability. Coming off Tommy John surgery, I had to get ready to pitch on back-to-back days. I think I’m ready.”

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Cowboys picking up option for OL Smith

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm   Print This Print This

By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will exercise the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015.

Smith’s agent, Joe Panos, told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that the option has not been picked up yet but “they told me it’s going to happen.” A source indicated Thursday that the Cowboys had already exercised the option, like teams had done earlier in the day with other first-round picks from the 2011 draft, like Houston’s J.J. Watt.

Once the Cowboys pick up the option, Smith will earn $10.039 million in 2015, but it would not preclude the team and Smith from working out a multi-year deal, which is the hope. The 2015 base salary is guaranteed for injury and would become fully guaranteed if Smith is on the roster the first day of the league year in 2015.

The Cowboys took Smith with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft, and he has missed just one game in three seasons. He played right tackle as a rookie before moving to left tackle in his second year. He earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Cowboys have to pay Smith the transition tag money due to offensive linemen in 2014 ($10.039 million) because he was a top-10 pick. The Cowboys had to pick up the option by May 2 or Smith would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Smith, who does not turn 24 until December, is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the game. The Cowboys want to sign Smith to a long-term deal and have made him a priority, as well as wide receiver Dez Bryant, whose contract expires after the 2014 season.

Smith signed a four-year, $12.496 million deal in 2011 that was fully guaranteed and included a $7.588 million signing bonus.

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Cowboys picking up Tyron Smith option

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm   Print This Print This

By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will exercise the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015.

Smith’s agent, Joe Panos, told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that the option has not been picked up yet but “they told me it’s going to happen.” A source indicated Thursday that the Cowboys had already exercised the option, like teams had done earlier in the day with other first-round picks from the 2011 draft, like Houston’s J.J. Watt.

Once the Cowboys pick up the option, Smith will earn $10.039 million in 2015, but it would not preclude the team and Smith from working out a multi-year deal, which is the hope. The 2015 base salary is guaranteed for injury and would become fully guaranteed if Smith is on the roster the first day of the league year in 2015.

The Cowboys took Smith with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft, and he has missed just one game in three seasons. He played right tackle as a rookie before moving to left tackle in his second year. He earned his first Pro Bowl appearance last season.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the Cowboys have to pay Smith the transition tag money due to offensive linemen in 2014 ($10.039 million) because he was a top-10 pick. The Cowboys had to pick up the option by May 2 or Smith would have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Smith, who does not turn 24 until December, is considered one of the best offensive linemen in the game. The Cowboys want to sign Smith to a long-term deal and have made him a priority, as well as wide receiver Dez Bryant, whose contract expires after the 2014 season.

Smith signed a four-year, $12.496 million deal in 2011 that was fully guaranteed and included a $7.588 million signing bonus.

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Danny White praises Tony Romo

Posted/updated on: April 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm   Print This Print This

By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

It was interesting to listen to Danny White talk the other day on Sirius/XM radio about Tony Romo.

White and Romo are similar in some respects.

White failed to get his team to a Super Bowl, despite three consecutive trips to the NFC title game in the 1980s.

Romo has yet to get his team past the second-round of the postseason.

Romo has better numbers than White, because he plays in a pass-happy era.

But here was White on Wednesday talking about how Romo is the perfect fit for this Dallas Cowboys team and that blame shouldn’t be placed solely on No. 9 for the failures to reach the postseason the past four seasons.

“I don’t know if there’s ever been a more athletic quarterback,” White said. “People keep saying they need to get somebody else, I don’t think there’s another quarterback in the league that would be a better fit for the Cowboys and what they need, because he has to be able to move. He has to be able to improvise, with the offense he’s got.”

White had a six-year stretch where he led the Cowboys to three NFC title games, two division titles and two years of missing the postseason, 1983 and 1984.

Romo, since becoming a starter in 2006, has missed the postseason five times, won two division titles and is 1-3 in the playoffs.

Would you prefer Romo’s resume over White’s?

Overall, White went 62-30 in replacing Roger Staubach and finished his career with 12 fourth-quarter comebacks and 16 game-winning drives.

Romo is 63-45 as a starter, is the franchise-leader in touchdowns thrown, and is second to Troy Aikman in completions and yards.

White’s praise of Romo stems from watching him for several years as a radio analyst for Dallas games.

White, of course, understands the pressures of the quarterback position for the Cowboys.

For White, he replaced a Staubach, a Hall of Famer, a legendary figure in the NFL.

Romo didn’t replace a legendary figure, just an aging one. He took over for Drew Bledsoe. Yet, the expectations to succeed at quarterback for the Cowboys are very high. Staubach won two Super Bowls and Aikman three. Any other quarterback after them is judged by that standard.

Romo can’t get to the postseason, let alone a Super Bowl.

“It’s just a matter of putting a few pieces together, and Romo is certainly as capable as anybody of getting that team to the Super Bowl,” White said. “The one thing that they have made a point of is making sure that he’s paid what he’s worth, and I don’t think there’s any question that Tony’s laughing all the way to the back on that one.”

While Romo has the better numbers than White, his resume is lacking something: More playoff wins.

He doesn’t have enough.

Until he can do better in that area, White’s career should be viewed in a better light than Romo’s.

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