Rangers fill in blank by adding catcher Molina from Giants

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON — The AL Westlead­ing Texas Rangers filled a sig­nif­i­cant need Thurs­day by ac­quir­ing vet­eran catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the San Fran­cisco Giants for re­liever Chris Ray and a mi­nor league pitcher.

Molina is ex­pected to join the Rangers tonight, when they start a 10-game home­s­tand lead­ing into the All-Star break.

The 35-year-old Molina has been one of the top-pro­duc­ing catch­ers un­til this sea­son. From 2007-09, Molina hit 55 home runs and drove in 256 runs, an av­er­age of 85 per year.

Nag­ging in­juries have slowed him this sea­son; Molina is hit­ting .257 with three homers and 17 RBIs. The two-time Gold Glove win­ner be­came ex­pend­able when the Giants re­cently pro­moted top prospect Buster Posey.

The Rangers be­gan 2010 with Jar­rod Saltalamacchia and Tay­lor Tea­gar­den as their catch­ers. Both are back in the mi­nor leagues.

Ivan Ro­driguez re­united with his orig­i­nal team for the fi­nal 1½ months last sea­son, but then signed a two-year free-agent deal with the Washington Na­tion­als last win­ter.

Saltalamacchia has been at TripleA Ok­la­homa City since com­ing off the dis­abled list (up­per back strain) in late April. He was sent to the mi­nors be­cause of his mad­den­ing in­abil­ity to throw the ball back to the pitcher.

Tea­gar­den, a for­mer Texas Longhorn, hit .037 (1 for 27) in 10 games for Texas be­fore be­ing sent down and is now at Dou­ble-A Frisco.

Matt Tre­anor, acquired from Mil­wau­kee dur­ing spring train­ing, and Max Ramirez have been split­ting the catch­ing du­ties the past two months.

The right-handed Ray is 2-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 35 games. The Rangers

Con­tin­ued from C also sent right-han­der Michael Main, their 2007 first-round draft pick (24th over­all) who has not shown much, to San Fran­cisco.

As a Ranger, Guer­rero shred­ding An­gels’ pitch­ing

ANA­HEIM, Calif. — Vladimir Guer­rero’s first trip back to An­gels Sta­dium as a mem­ber of the op­po­si­tion has been mem­o­rable.

Guer­rero, whom the An­gels let go be­cause they thought he might be washed up, is far from it.

He is tied for the Amer­i­can League lead in RBIs with 68, ranks fifth with a .339 av­er­age and fifth in home runs with 18.

In the first two games of the Rangers-An­gels se­ries, Guer­rero clubbed three home runs, six hits and eight RBIs. Sweet re­venge?

“He’s as dan­ger­ous as any hit­ter in the game right now,” An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia said.

But is Vlad play­ing with a chip on his shoul­der?

“He’s mad at a lot of clubs,” Scios­cia said be­fore stop­ping mid­sen­tence. “He’s ob­vi­ously at a level we haven’t seen in a cou­ple of years, and it goes back to his health. He’s ob­vi­ously healthy now.”

chris carl­son

Los An­ge­les An­gels start­ing pitcher Jered Weaver throws to the Texas Rangers dur­ing the first in­ning on Thurs­day. For de­tails from the late game, see states­man.com.

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