|July 7 5:07 PM PT6:07 PM MT7:07 PM CT8:07 PM ET20:07 ET0:07 GMT8:07 5:07 PM MST7:07 PM EST7:37 PM VEN4:07 UAE (+1)7:07 PM CT-The Oakland Athletics have called up Smolinski from Triple-A Nashville. Smolinski, claimed off waivers from Texas on June 21, was on the bench Tuesday night against the New York Yankees waiting to make his Oakland debut. Manager Bob Melvin says Smolinski will play mostly against left-handed pitching, a problem area for the A's.
Analysis: Oakland is 5-16 against left-handed starters, the second-worst mark in the majors. The Athletics began the day hitting .238 with 15 home runs vs. southpaws, compared to .267 with 55 homers off right-handers. Smolinski batted .133 with a homer and six RBIs in 60 at-bats for the Rangers this year, but was hitting .427 with six home runs and 23 RBIs over 25 games in the Pacific Coast League.
|June 2 4:24 PM PT5:24 PM MT6:24 PM CT7:24 PM ET19:24 ET23:24 GMT7:24 4:24 PM MST6:24 PM EST6:54 PM VEN3:24 UAE (+1)6:24 PM CT-The Rangers recalled Smolinski.
Analysis: Smolinski, who was sent down to Triple-A Round Rock last Wednesday, was the move for Adrian Beltre's addition to the DL, effective Monday.
|May 22 3:21 PM PT4:21 PM MT5:21 PM CT6:21 PM ET18:21 ET22:21 GMT6:21 3:21 PM MST5:21 PM EST5:51 PM VEN2:21 UAE (+1)5:21 PM CT-The Texas Rangers have put first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock.
Analysis: Texas manager Jeff Banister said he expected Smolinski would be available Friday night against the Yankees. Smolinski was batting .480 with two homers and five RBIs in seven games with Round Rock. He was sent to the minors after hitting .140 with one homer and five RBIs in seven games for Texas.