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Alex Gonzalez won it with a run-scoring single in the ninth as the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day.

Tigers sign closer Joe Nathan to 2-year contract

DETROIT, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- All-star closer Joe Nathan has agreed to a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, the team announced Wednesday.

MLB: Texas 7, Los Angeles Angels 4

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Craig Gentry went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Texas capitalized on five Los Angeles Angels errors Saturday to post a 7-4 win, advancing its post-season hopes.

MLB: Texas 5, Los Angeles Angels 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Alex Rios drove in the tiebreaking run with a seventh-inning single Friday that boosted Texas to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

MLB: Texas 6, Los Angeles Angels 5

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A leadoff home run in the ninth by Jurickson Profar gave Texas a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday and kept the Rangers in the race for the playoffs.

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.

Texas Rangers help Little League recover from missing money

ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Three members of the Texas Rangers say they will help a children's baseball league return to the field after a reported theft of its funding.

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.
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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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