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Reds finish off Rangers

Reds finish off Rangers

Joey Votto's bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning gave the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers in spring training action on Thursday.

MLB: Texas 6, Los Angeles Angels 2

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Craig Gentry and Geovany Soto each provided two RBI Sunday and Texas forced a wild-card tiebreaker with season-ending 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Texas 3, Houston 2

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Texas Rangers rode a go-ahead home run by Adrian Beltre to a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday that kept them in middle of the AL wild card race.

MLB: Texas 8, Tampa Bay 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Three home runs in the third inning backed up a struggling start by Yu Darvish Thursday, sending Texas to an 8-2 victory over Tampa Bay.

MLB: Oakland 11, Texas 4

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Coco Crisp drove in four runs and smacked one of four Oakland home runs Wednesday in the Athletics' 11-4 victory over division rival Texas.

MLB: Texas 6, Houston 1

HOUSTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Alex Rios continued to make an instant contribution Sunday and Martin Perez threw the first complete game of his career to give Texas a 6-1 win over Houston.

MLB: Texas 14, Los Angeles Angels 11 (10 innings)

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 31 (UPI) -- A three-run homer by Leonys Martin in the 10th inning Tuesday powered the Texas Rangers to a 14-11 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

MLB: Texas 4, Los Angeles Angels 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 29 (UPI) -- A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto each clouted a ninth-inning homer Monday, rallying the Texas Rangers over the Los Angeles Angels 4-3.

MLB: Texas 3, New York Yankees 0

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 22 (UPI) -- Yu Darvish and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout Monday and the Texas Rangers whitewashed the New York Yankees 3-0.

MLB: Houston 9, Texas 5

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 6 (UPI) -- Jason Castro's go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday powered the Houston Astros over Texas 9-5.

MLB: Texas 4, Oakland 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 20 (UPI) -- Ian Kinsler provided a two-run single in the seventh inning Thursday that proved to be the difference in the Texas Rangers' 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.

MLB: Texas 11, Detroit 8

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 20 (UPI) -- David Murphy launched a go-ahead, three-run shot in the sixth inning Sunday and Texas overcame three Miguel Cabrera homers to outlast Detroit 11-8.

MLB: Detroit 2, Texas 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 17 (UPI) -- Jose Valverde recorded the game's final out with the potential tying run on second Friday to preserve Detroit's 2-1 victory over Texas.

MLB: Texas 10, Detroit 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, May 16 (UPI) -- Geovany Soto completed a seven-run third inning with a three-run homer Thursday, launching Texas to a 10-4 victory over Detroit.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 9, Texas 2

CHICAGO, May 7 (UPI) -- Scott Feldman fired seven shutout innings and Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs Monday, propelling the Chicago Cubs over Texas 9-2 in an interleague game.
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Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood (R) and Geovany Soto celebrate their 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on September 11, 2008. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Geovany Soto (born January 20, 1983 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Selected by the Chicago Cubs 318th overall in the 11th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, he made his major league debut on September 23, 2005, against the Houston Astros. He was recalled by the Cubs on July 12, 2007, but only had 1 hit in 7 at bats. In September 2007, when the Cubs expanded their roster, he joined the team again. This was mainly because, in the minor leagues that year, he batted .353 with 26 home runs and 109 RBI and was named the Pacific Coast League's MVP while playing for the Iowa Cubs. After his call-up in September, Soto had an average of .389. Soto started for the Cubs during the 2007 playoff series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. In game 2 of the series, Soto hit a home run into the left field bleachers at Chase Field, giving the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. The Cubs ended up losing that game, but it further solidified him as the Cubs' full-time catcher going into 2008, with Jason Kendall moving on to Milwaukee as a free agent.

Arguably the best offensive performance in Soto's young career came April 30, 2008, in a rout against the Brewers. Soto hit two 3-run homers to account for 6 of the Cubs' 19 RBIs, only a few days removed from a two-game stretch against the Nationals in which he struck out in 8 consecutive at-bats. Soto was voted the National League Rookie of the Month for April 2008 after hitting .341 with 5 home runs, 8 doubles, and 20 RBIs, with an OPS of 1.059. On May 19, 2008, he scored his first career Inside-the-park home run against the Houston Astros. Soto led the early stage of the voting process for the National League's catcher in the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He was selected to be the National League's starting catcher in the game. Soto became the first rookie catcher ever to start on the National League All-Star team. Soto is the first Cubs' All-Star rookie to play in the game with at least 14 home runs since Rafael Palmeiro did it in 1987, surpassing the mark when he hit his 15th home run on July 6, 2008. He went 3 for 5 with 7 RBIs in a game on August 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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