ARLINGTON -- Nolan Ryan hadn't thought about it, but Tuesday was the 39th anniversary of his May 15, 1973, no-hitter against the Royals -- the first of his seven no-hitters and the first of three no-hitters in the history of Kauffman Stadium."I remember certain things about it because it was a big moment in my career that I never anticipated -- throwing a no-hitter. Never even thought about it," Ryan said. "So when it happened, it obviously was very exciting and meaningful."
Ryan, now president of the Texas Rangers, was then a hard-throwing, 26-year-old right-hander for the California Angels. In the 3-0 victory, he struck out 12 and issued three walks."Amos Otis was the last out, and Amos and I had been teammates, so I knew him pretty well," Ryan said. "He hit a long fly ball to right-center for the out. In that ballpark, that's a good place, because when people hit the ball in the air, there's a good chance you'll get him out." Right fielder Ken Berry made the catch; he'd replaced Bob Oliver, who had homered, defensively in the seventh inning. Others of note in the Angels' lineup that day were designated hitter Frank Robinson, one of Ryan's fellow Hall of Famers, and center fielder Bobby Valentine, now the Red Sox's manager. The Royals' lineup included manager-to-be Lou Piniella in left field and first baseman John Mayberry, who struck out in all three at-bats against Ryan. That day also happened to be George Brett's 20th birthday -- he turned 59 on Tuesday -- but at that time, he was still in the Minors. Brett debuted with Kansas City later that year on Aug. 2, and he and Ryan would retire on the same day as the 1993 season ended at old Arlington Stadium. "I never viewed myself as a no-hit pitcher and I had no reason to think I'd ever be in that position again. So it was the start of a very interesting period in my career," Ryan said. Two months later, on July 15, 1973, Ryan no-hit the Tigers at Detroit and would pitch five more no-hitters in his career.
-- Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com.
Hamilton sets up official Twitter account
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton is officially on Twitter.Hamilton said he and his wife, Katie, have set up their own Twitter account and want everybody to know about it because they have grown weary of imposter accounts. Although Twitter attempts to verify and confirm all accounts of famous people, Hamilton said there were still plenty who were trying to pass themselves off as him. Hamilton's account is called TheJoshHamilton. "I'm sick of people passing themselves off as me," Hamilton said. "That's not fair for fans to think it's me." Hamilton said both he and his wife will try to use the account as much as possible. "She gets into it more than me," Hamilton said. "I'll definitely give some quotes and answer some questions." Among other Rangers who use Twitter are Derek Holland, Mike Napoli, Brandon Snyder, Elvis Andrus and Neftali Feliz. Others have an account but aren't active.
Rangers give Andrus, Cruz a break vs. KC
ARLINGTON -- For the second straight day, two of the Rangers' biggest bats are missing in the starting lineup.
Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz got a day off as the Rangers faced the Royals on Tuesday night. Cruz, who has started all 36 games this season in right field, was one of 12 players in the Major Leagues who had played every inning in the field this year. Before Tuesday, Andrus missed just one game, a 5-3 win over the Mariners on April 12.
"We need them for the rest of the year, not just in May," said manager Ron Washington. "Nelson played every game. He needed one. Elvis has been grinding just like him. He needed a day. We've won with both of them in the lineup and we've lost with them not in the lineup. They need a day. Today is theirs."
Alberto Gonzalez filled in for Andrus at shortstop and batted eighth, where he batted Monday night when he was at second base filling in for Ian Kinsler.
"It's a long season," Andrus said. "I wasn't too happy about it, but I understand it."
In his last eight games, Nelson Cruz was batting .469 with two home runs and eight RBIs, while Andrus was batting .426 with 10 runs scored in May.
"I still have a potent lineup," Washington said. "Even with Cruz and Andrus out ... we've got enough."
Washington said he would like to get both Michael Young and Josh Hamilton a day off at some point during the Rangers' two-game series with the Athletics on Wednesday and Thursday.
Rangers pitchers prepare for Interleague Play
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitchers took batting and bunting practice Tuesday in preparation for Interleague Play, which begins on Friday against the Astros. The main focus was on bunting.
"All I'm worried about is getting the bunts down," said Derek Holland, who pitches on Saturday. "That way I can get the guys around to score runs for me. I feel really good bunting. We'll see how it goes."
Since Interleague Play began in 1997, Rangers pitchers have batted .139, the fifth-highest average for an American League team. Their 12 extra-base hits, which includes nine doubles, two triples, and a home run, are the most.
"If there's a man on, I'm bunting them unless he's on third," Washington said. "I don't like them to swing. But they're going to have to do it if the situation calls for them to swing. They have to do it."
Double-A Frisco infielder Jurickson Profar was 3-for-5 in the Roughriders' 5-4 victory over Midland on Tuesday. He has now hit safely in 25 straight games. The Rangers' pitching staff leads the American League with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.152 WHIP entering Tuesday. That gives them the second-best ERA in the Major Leagues and the fifth-best WHIP. Entering Tuesday, the Rangers had lost consecutive games only once this season, when they dropped three straight from May 1-4. They are 0-5 when trying to move 12 games above .500.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.