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MLB: Texas 3, Kansas City 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Matt Garza fired eight innings of one-run ball Saturday and the Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild-card race with a 3-1 victory over Kansas City.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Texas 3 (12 inn.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Desmond Jennings singled home Jose Lobaton from second with one out in the 12th inning Wednesday to give Tampa Bay a 4-3 win over Texas.

MLB: Texas 2, Minnesota 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Leonys Martin's ninth-inning RBI single provided the difference Saturday in the Texas Rangers' 2-1 win over Minnesota.

MLB: Texas 4, Seattle 3 (10 innings)

SEATTLE, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Ian Kinsler strolled home with the go-ahead run on a balk in the 10th inning of the Texas Rangers' 4-3 win at Seattle Tuesday.

MLB: Texas 5, Houston 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Adam Rosales raced home on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus Wednesday to give Texas a 5-4 victory over Houston.

MLB: Texas 4, Houston 2

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre's two-run homer in the sixth inning powered the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 win over cross-state rival Houston Tuesday.

MLB: Seattle 4, Texas 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Kyle Seager doubled home Endy Chavez with the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Sunday and the Seattle Mariners pulled out a 4-3 win over Texas.

MLB: Texas 5, Milwaukee 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Ian Kinsler put Texas in front with a two-run single in the seventh inning Wednesday, bringing the Rangers a 5-4 decision over Milwaukee.

MLB: Texas 2, Houston 1

HOUSTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Yu Darvish allowed one hit in eight innings Monday in guiding the Texas Rangers to an eighth-consecutive win in a 2-1 decision over the Houston Astros.

MLB: Texas 5, Houston 4

HOUSTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Alex Rios tripled home the score-tying run in the eighth inning and then scored on an error in his Texas debut Saturday, rallying the Rangers over Houston 5-4.

MLB: Texas 5, Los Angeles Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Martin Perez twirled 6 1/3 solid innings and Elvis Andrus supplied a two-run triple Monday in the Texas Rangers' 5-2 win over Los Angeles.

MLB: Texas 2, Los Angeles Angels 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 31 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre led off the ninth inning with a home run Wednesday, lifting Texas to a 2-1 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels.

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 3, New York Yankees 1

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 24 (UPI) -- Matt Garza allowed only an unearned run in his Texas debut Wednesday, boosting the Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees.

MLB: New York Yankees 5, Texas 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, July 23 (UPI) -- Brent Lillibridge capped a ninth-inning rally with a go-ahead RBI single Tuesday, boosting the New York Yankees over Texas 5-4.
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Mnnesota Twins pitcher Joe Nathan (R) and catcher Joe Mauer celebrate the end of the game and a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on June 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Joseph Michael Nathan (born November 22, 1974) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. Nathan started out his baseball career as a shortstop in high school but converted to a pitcher after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants. He worked his way through the minor leagues, alternating between spots in the rotation and the bullpen. After a few years of splitting time between the majors and the minors, Nathan had a breakout season as a setup man for the Giants in 2003. That off-season, Nathan was traded to the Twins and became their closer.

From 2004 to 2009, Nathan was considered one of the top closers in MLB with four All-Star appearances and a league-leading 246 saves. In 2010, Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow and missed the entire season. On April 3, 2011, Nathan recorded his first save since his injury against the Toronto Blue Jays. On July 16th, 2011, Nathan regained his role as closer. On August 10th, 2011, Nathan became the Twins all-time leader in saves with 255 in a game against the Boston Red Sox.

Nathan graduated from Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York in 1992, where he played basketball, baseball, and ran track. However, only Division III colleges showed minimal interest in having him play for their program. Nathan ended up playing college baseball at Stony Brook University as a result of his baseball coach and Stony Brook's coach having a history; Pine Bush assistant baseball coach Jeff Masionet and Stony Brook baseball coach Matt Senk played college baseball together at State University of New York at Cortland.

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