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MLB: Texas Rangers RF Alex Rios Hits For Cycle in 12-0 Win Over Astros
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MLB: Texas Rangers RF Alex Rios Hits For Cycle in 12-0 Win Over Astros

Sep 24 2013, 1:42am CDT | by

Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the Houston Astros, making up some ground for an AL Wild Card spot.

Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the hapless Houston Astros on Monday. Rios doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, hit his 18th home run...

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MLB: Texas Rangers RF Alex Rios Hits For Cycle in 12-0 Win Over Astros

Sep 24 2013, 1:42am CDT | by

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Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the Houston Astros, making up some ground for an AL Wild Card spot.

Texas Rangers right fielder Alex Rios hit for the cycle in his team's 12-0 win over the hapless Houston Astros on Monday. 

Rios doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, hit his 18th home run in the fourth and tripled to right-center field in the sixth to complete the cycle, the first of his career. He was able to complete the cycle in only four at-bats, finishing the night with four RBIs. 

He already had triple in mind in the sixth inning, and when he got it, the Rangers celebrated in the dugout. Rangers manager Ron Washington was one of those egging Rios on, of course. 

"You wish that in your career you could've done that. It worked out perfectly for him. From the bench, we were yelling,'Triple, triple, triple.' He can run for a big man." 

With the victory, the Rangers are now within a game of the Cleveland Indians for the final American League Wild Card spot with only six games to play in the regular season. 

Rios said it was nice to get the cycle, but getting the win was more imperative, given the situation Texas is in. 

"We have to focus on the things that we have to do to win a game at a time. It doesn't do any good for us to look at what's happening around us.

"Just a good night at the plate. But the most important thing is that we won tonight." 

He got plenty of help on offense from his teammates and on the mound from Derek Holland (10-9), who shut out the Astros. 

Second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus both singled in the bottom of the first to set the stage for Rios' two-RBI double. The Rangers continued pummeling Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles with four more runs in the fourth inning, three from a Leonys Martin double. 

Lyels was yanked from the game but his relievers didn't fare any better. 

Two more runs in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of an Andrus single and Rios' home run, the Rangers' first in six home games, all but put the game out of reach at 9-0.

Rios' cycle was the third in Major League Baseball in 2013. He follows the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (May 21) and the Astros' Brandon Barnes (June 19). The two previous cycles were both against the Seattle Mariners

From the Rangers' historical perspective, it was the seventh cycle in team history. Adrian Beltre was the last Ranger to accomplish this, which was on August 24, 2012, per the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. 

Rios was promptly showered with beer by his Rangers teammates after the historic feat. 

 

 
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Quick Hits: Stanton, Mariners, Rios, Payrolls

Nov 2 2014 2:00pm CST | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

The Marlins hope to have Giancarlo Stanton signed to a long-term extension before the Winter Meetings, Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill tells Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (audio link).  Hill said that Jose Fernandez‘s rehab from Tommy John surgery is going well but the team is “not going to push anything because he is so valuable to us.”  Not included in the au ...
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6 weeks ago

Alex Rios Hires Scott Boras

Oct 31 2014 6:56pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Free agent outfielder Alex Rios has hired Scott Boras as his new agent, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets. Rios was previously represented by the Kinzer Management Group. Rios is hiring Boras just as he enters the free agent market for the first time. The 33-year-old was a first-round pick by the Blue Jays in 1999, and the seven-year extension he signed with them in 2008 just came to an end as the Rangers officially declined his team option earlier today. Rios hit .280/.311/.398 with only four ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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6 weeks ago

Rangers won't pick up Alex Rios' $13.5M option

Oct 31 2014 6:03pm CDT | Source: CBSSports.com

Rangers won't pick up Alex Rios' $13. ...
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6 weeks ago

Rangers Decline Rios’ Option; Outright Adcock, Lucas, Figaro

Oct 31 2014 3:16pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

The Rangers announced that they have declined their $13.5MM club option on outfielder Alex Rios in favor of a $1MM buyout. Additionally, the team has outrighted infielder Ed Lucas and right-handers Nathan Adcock and Alfredo Figaro to Triple-A Round Rock. Adcock has elected minor leag ...
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7 weeks ago

Aiming to shore up rotation, Rangers open talks with Lewis

Oct 30 2014 12:13pm CDT | Source: MLB News Index

The Rangers, having set starting pitching as their top priority for the offseason, have made an opening offer to free-agent pitcher Colby Lewis. With the World Series over, the Rangers have five days to negotiate with and sign their own free agents. The Rangers have four free agents of their own in ...
Source: MLB News Index   Full article at: MLB News Index
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Alex Rios on a one-year deal?

Oct 28 2014 12:36pm CDT | Source: mets blog

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicts free-agent OF Alex Rios will eventually sign a one-year, $8.5 million deal this winter.1 According to Dierkes, the Mets, Orioles, Reds, Tigers, Astros, Royals, Twins, Yankees, Phillies, and Giants all seem like potential fits for Rios. Matthew Cerrone: The Mets have been linked to Rios each of the last three winters. He makes less sense now, because of their ballpark and his weak fielding. But, his bat and contract should be somewhat appealing to ...
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7 weeks ago

Does Alex Rios For One Year Make Sense For Mets?

Oct 27 2014 9:34pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

This month, Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors profiled free-agent Alex Rios, concluding that the 11 year veteran would earn $8.5 million on a one year deal. As we’ve seen from Sandy Alderson, he always prefers short-term contracts to lengthy, multi-year deals. Rios will be on the market and could make a let of sense if Alderson chooses to wait for players like Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto to arrive in 2016 and beyond. In 2014, Rios hit .280/.311/.398/.709 in 492 at-bats, hitting only four ho ...
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7 weeks ago

Free Agent Profile: Alex Rios

Oct 24 2014 3:08pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Alex Rios‘ up-and-down career trend continued in 2014, with an ill-timed replacement-level performance.  The Rangers declined the outfielder’s club option, putting the 11-year veteran on the free agent market for the first time in his career. Strengths/Pros Rios has had a productive career.  A first-round pick of the Blue Jays out of Puerto Rico in 1999, Rios finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in ’04.  A few seasons later he nabbed bac ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Week In Review: 10/11/14 – 10/17/14

Oct 18 2014 8:40am CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR. Key Moves The Rangers hired Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their next manager. The Diamondbacks hired Athletics bench coach Chip Hale as their next manager. The Rangers informed OF Alex Rios that they will decline his option. Infielder Brian Roberts announced his retirement. Signed Rays – P Michael Kohn (link) Outrighted Phillies – INF Andres Blanco (link) Twins – INF Doug Bernie ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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