The Week That Was (8/20 - 8/26)
The scoreboard tells it on Tuesday evening in Baltimore, as he Rangers poured on a modern era record of 30 runs against a beleaguered Orioles pitching staff. Overall, it marked the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since the Chicago Colts set the major league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Ramon Vasquez accepts congratulations at home plate following a ninth inning, three-run homerun that gave the Rangers their 30th run in Baltimore. Vasquez went 4 for 6 in the game with two homeruns and was one of two players with seven runs batted in. He was joined by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, whose two homerun, seven RBI night set a record for rookies.
Rangers radio announcer Eric Nadel holds the score sheet from Wednesday's record breaking game that will be sent to Cooperstown where it will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kameron Loe wipes his brow on the bench after exiting Thursday's 9-4 loss to the Mariners. Only three of the seven runs Loe allowed were earned in his 5 2/3 innings, but the loss dropped his record to 1-4 in his last six starts.
Kevin Millwood trudges back to the dugout after being pulled in the ninth inning of Friday evening's 4-2 loss Seattle. The veteran was just one out away from recording only the first complete game of the season for the Rangers before an RBI single by Jose Guillen chased him from the game.
Travis Metcalf balances on the railing of the visitor's dugout after chasing a foul ball on Saturday night. The third baseman had quite a week, leaving Triple-A Oklahoma's road series in New Orleans at 7:20 Tuesday morning to join the Rangers in Baltimore. He replaced Michael Young midway through the first game of that day's doubleheader and hit a grand slam. Then, Metcalf followed that up by going 2 for 3 with a double and four more RBI in the nightcap.
Gerald Laird lays down a rough looking sacrifice bunt that scored Ian Kinsler on Saturday night.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia pumps a fist after Yuniesky Betancourt strikes out to end Sunday's 5-3 victory. After a quiet start to his career in Texas, he's beginning to warm up and has three homers and eight runs driven in over the past seven days.