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25 Scott Baker RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 9/19/1981 | Birthplace: Shreveport, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: Oklahoma State | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 316.48
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Scott Baker earns win Tuesday vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker picked up a win Tuesday, giving up one hit in two scoreless innings while striking out one in his team's 3-2, 14-inning victory over the Rays.

Baker (1-3) delivered a 1-2-3 13th inning and was able to work around a one-out double in the 14th before the Rangers recorded the victory. It was the first time in three appearances that he didn't give up a run. Baker owns a 5.75 ERA and 43:11 K:BB ratio in 61 innings.


Scott Baker takes the loss in spot-start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker (0-3) took the loss in a spot-start Sunday afternoon at home against the Angels. The right-hander permitted five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings of a 10-7 defeat.

Baker owns a 6.24 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 53 1/3 innings of work. He will likely be demoted to the bullpen for the second half of the season.

Scott Baker gets Sunday start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker will get Sunday's start against the Angels. Baker last started a game July 3, and has been used in relief twice since. He's 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in 14 games, including three starts.

Scott Baker surrenders three runs in last-minute start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker took a loss Thursday, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings while striking out two in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Orioles.

Baker (0-2) was a last-minute replacement for the Rangers, who were worried about using scheduled starter Yu Darvish on a night where inclement weather could have caused a lengthy delay. Baker threw 77 pitches on the night, giving up just one run in his first four innings before two doubles in the fifth pushed two more runs across. He owns a 5.80 ERA and 29:7 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Scott Baker draws start Thursday, Yu Darvish to pitch Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) The Rangers have decided to turn to Scott Baker to start Thursday's game against the Orioles with the high chance of inclement weather on the horizon, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Yu Darvish, the team's probable starter Thursday, will instead pitch Friday against the Mets in New York. The team was reluctant to go with Darvish on his regular schedule with the chance that he may be limited to only a few innings due to the weather. New Thursday starter Baker owns a 5.80 ERA and 27:6 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings over 11 appearances (two starts).


Rain could push Yu Darvish back, Scott Baker may fill in Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) With a 90 percent chance of rain in Baltimore, the Rangers will likely not start Yu Darvish Thursday against the Orioles as planned, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The team is worried that a weather day could cost Darvish a rain-shortened turn in the rotation, so they are planning to push him back to Friday's game in New York unless the weather clears up considerably before first pitch Thursday. Scott Baker would fill in on the mound Thursday if the window of decent weather to play remains relatively short.


Scott Baker tosses six strong innings in spot start Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker wasn't a factor in the decision Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on just three hits and no walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 loss to the Twins.

Baker was filling in for an injured Yu Darvish, and the only damage he surrendered came on a second-inning solo home run and a third-inning double. Baker provided the Rangers with a much-needed quality start, throwing 80 pitches Tuesday despite being on short rest. He owns a 5.19 ERA and 7:3 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings.


Scott Baker starting in place of Yu Darvish


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) The Rangers will start Scott Baker on Tuesday against the Twins after Yu Darvish was scratched with a stiff neck. Baker is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA this season after giving up six earned runs in six innings Friday against the Tigers.

Righties are batting .345 against Baker.


Joe Saunders to start Wednesday; Scott Baker moving to 'pen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) The Rangers will activate pitcher Joe Saunders from the disabled list in time for Wednesday's game against the Twins, when he will make his return to the rotation, reports FOXSports.com Saturday.

Saunders, who has been pitching on a minor-league rehab assignment recently after overcoming an ankle injury, will make the start Wednesday instead of Scott Baker. Baker will instead be moved to a long-relief role. 


Scott Baker gets roughed up by Tigers Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker was roughed up on Friday against the Tigers, suffering his first loss of the season in a 7-2 defeat,

Baker (0-1) surrendered home runs to Austin Jackson and Andrew Romine. He was charged with six earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out one in six innings pitched. He tossed 87 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Baker has allowed eight earned runs over his first 11 1/3 innings of work this season. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Minnesota.

Scott Baker to start Friday, Robbie Ross removed from rotation


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) The Rangers have made a change to this week's rotation plans, with Scott Baker earning a start Friday against the Tigers and Robbie Ross being removed from the rotation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Ross gets replaced after going 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA and 34:16 K:BB ratio in 49 innings over nine starts. He surrendered just one earned run in his last outing but also walked four batters and couldn't make it through five innings.

Baker made one extended relief appearance with the Rangers earlier in May, giving up two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. In six starts with Triple-A Round Rock, he's 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 30:11 K:BB ratio in 38 innings.


Rangers make changes to pitching staff


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The placement of Martin Perez on the disabled list has spurred the Rangers to make several moves with the pitching staff.

Included was the signing of veteran Scott Baker and promotion of Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Round Rock. Fellow right-hander Justin Germano has been designated for assignment.


Scott Baker designated for assignment Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Scott Baker has been designated for assignment Thursday. 

Baker appeared in just one game with the club, tossing 5 1/3 innings with the club. He had posted a 3.32 ERA in six starts in the minors prior to his promotion.


Rangers add Scott Baker to major-league roster


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Rangers promoted pitcher Scott Baker to the major-league roster Wednesday.

Baker had the option to opt out of his contract with the Rangers when he wasn't on the major-league roster on May 1, but he decided to stick with the team, eventually getting the call a week later. He was 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in six starts with Triple-A Round Rock, though he is expected to pitch in relief with the Rangers.


Report: Scott Baker to remain with Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Rather than opting out of his contract, Rangers pitcher Scott Baker will remain with the organization's Triple-A team through his opt-out deadline, barring a major-league offer Thursday, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

The only way the Rangers can keep Baker from opting out is to roster him in the majors, but it appears he prefers his situation with the club over taking a minor-league offer with another team. He is 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA in five starts at the Triple-A level.


Report: Scott Baker drawing interest from several teams


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Scott Baker, who is 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA in five starts for Triple-A Round Rock, is drawing interest from several teams as his opt-out date Thursday gets closer, per MLBDailyDish.com.

Baker is only expected to opt out of his current deal if a major-league opportunity arises. He should know by Tuesday if one is in the works.


Rangers make signing of Scott Baker official


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The Rangers are the latest team to hope Scott Baker can recapture the form that made him one of the better pitchers in the American League before Tommy John surgery. They have signed the right-hander and will pitch him at Triple-A Round Rock to start the season.

Baker peaked at 11-4 with a 3.45 ERA with Minnesota in 2008 and added three more solid years before being struck down by injury.


Report: Rangers on verge of signing Scott Baker


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Right-hander Scott Baker is a successful physical away from joining the injury-plagued Rangers, according to MLBDailyDish.com. He was released by the Mariners on Monday.

Baker is seeking to working his way back from Tommy John surgery that cost him nearly all of the last two seasons. The former top starter with the Twins struggled this spring with Seattle and, at age 32, might be at the crossroads of his career.

The minor league deal with Texas is expected to be worth $1 million if he makes the major league roster and earns bonuses. He can opt out on May 1.


Report: Rangers, Scott Baker progressing on potential deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Rangers and pitcher Scott Baker are making progress toward a potential deal, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

The Rangers are still searching for answers in the back of their rotation, and Baker has been successful at the major-league level in the past. However, he struggled with the Mariners this spring, posting a 6.75 ERA and 1:7 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.


Report: Indians won't go after Scott Baker


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Indians won't pursue free-agent pitcher Scott Baker after he was released by the Mariners Monday, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

The Indians were in on Baker during the offseason but appear to be set with in-house candidates for the final spot in the rotation. Baker has been uneven this spring but has a solid history of success at the major-league level.


Mariners grant Scott Baker his release


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) Mariners pitcher Scott Baker has asked for and been granted his release, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Baker missed all of 2012 and most of 2013 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He struggled this spring, walking seven and hitting three batters while striking out just one and giving up 12 runs (nine earned) in 12 innings. Still, he has a career strikeout-to-walk rate of 3.40, well above average for starting pitchers, and he should be able to find a job with another team before too long.


The struggle continues for Scott Baker


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Mariners pitcher Scott Baker continued to struggle on Saturday, surrendering six runs on seven hits and six walks over four innings of work in a 6-5 loss to Oakland.

Baker saw his ERA rise from 3.38 to 6.75 after his fourth Cactus League start. He has an ugly 1:7 K:BB ratio over 12 innings of work.

Scott Baker tosses three innings vs. Angels Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Mariners pitcher Scott Baker allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits without recording any walks or strikeouts in three innings in his team's 10-6 win over the Angels Tuesday.

Baker has posted a 3.38 ERA through eight innings over three starts but only has one strikeout to his credit this spring. He is competing for a spot in the rotation after working his way back from Tommy John surgery.


Scott Baker has another sharp outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Mariners pitcher Scott Baker turned in another sharp outing on Thursday, allowing just one run over three innings pitched in a 7-4 win over the White Sox in Cactus League play.

Baker tossed two scoreless frames before he was caught sleeping and allowed Keenyn Walker to steal home. It was his only blemish of the afternoon, as he allowed just three hits and no walks and strikeouts. He has allowed only one run through five innings of work this spring.


Scott Baker opens spring with solid outing


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014)  Mariners starting pitcher Scott Baker is battling for a rotation spot in spring training, and put a solid first start together Saturday against the Angels.

Baker worked two innings in the start, allowing two baserunners on a hit and a walk.  He also struck out one batter while earning the win in a 5-3 victory.

Baker probably needs some injuries ahead of him in order to have a chance to make the Mariners rotation, though there are a couple right now that could open the door. Baker appeared in just three games a year ago, posting a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings after recovering from Tommy John surgery.