<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - [DFW] Red Fever]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usTue, 17 Sep 2019 05:21:41 -0500Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:21:41 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Manaea Throws 6 Scoreless, A's Beat Rangers for Sweep]]>560440771Sun, 15 Sep 2019 22:02:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sean-Manaea-Getty-091519.jpg

The Athletics are returning home with a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL wild card race and plenty of confidence after a 6-1 trip.

Sean Manaea limited Texas to three singles over six scoreless innings, Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien homered to help break the franchise record for home runs in a season, and the A's beat the Rangers 6-1 Sunday.

"It seems like we're hitting on all facets of the game in this last stretch," said Chapman, whose ninth-inning homer set the club record at 244. "We have our eyes on hosting a wild-card game."

The A's extended their lead on the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Los Angeles Angels 6-4. After going 3-1 at Houston and 3-0 at Texas, they'll host the Kansas City Royals for three games and the Rangers for three in their final homestand of the season.

"It's about that particular game and trying to win every one," A's manager Bob Melvin said, "and we know this time of year you have to win a lot of games and they're doing it at the right time."

A's rookie left-hander Jesus Luzardo allowed one run over the final three innings for his first save.

The Rangers dropped all three games of the series after returning to .500 on Thursday.

Manaea (2-0) made his third start since being activated for the first time this season on Sept. 1 following shoulder surgery last September. He has given up one run and six hits in 18 innings, striking out 21.

"His fastball plays up, he's a big kid," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "His ball kind of gets on you."

"I think that was the best my fastball felt -- good location," Manaea said. "I don't know about the velo, but everything felt like it was on time and I was able to locate things better."

Oakland scored its first four runs in the third inning on Semien's two-run homer off Jonathan Hernandez (1-1) and Seth Brown's two-run double.

Hernandez made his sixth major league appearance and second start, both to open bullpen games. He pitched 2 2/3 innings, matching his career high, and allowed three runs, two hits and two walks before being followed by five relievers.

Brown also doubled in the second inning. The rookie is 20 for 52 with 12 RBIs and five multihit efforts in 16 games after being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 26.

Luzardo allowed two hits, two walks and a wild pitch with four strikeouts in his second appearance since being called up from Las Vegas on Sept. 9. The run scored on a passed ball by Sean Murphy.

SHORT HOPS
Chapman (34 homers), Matt Olson (34) and Semien (30) give the A's three players with at least 30 homers for the first time since 2001. ... Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 3 and was hit by a pitch for the 17th time this season, giving him the AL lead. ... Rangers LHP Joe Palumbo, recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, struck out four in two innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM
A's RHP Mike Fiers (arm nerve irritation) will be checked by a team doctor Monday in Oakland. If all checks out, he'll throw his scheduled bullpen that day. ... Rangers C Jeff Mathis (low back strain) will miss at least four or five days. ... Home plate umpire Tripp Gibson was attended to briefly by Texas' training staff in the second inning after being struck on the left arm by a 96 mph pitch from Hernandez.

UP NEXT
A's RHP Tanner Roark (4-1, 3.40) will face Royals RHP Glenn Sparkman (4-11, 5.94) Monday in Oakland to open a three-game series. Acquired July 31 from Cincinnati, Roark has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his seven A's starts.

Texas will play two at Houston beginning Tuesday with RHP Lance Lynn (14-10, 3.72) facing Astros RHP Justin Verlander (18-6, 2.58). Lynn is 0-4 in his last seven starts with a 3.76 ERA, and the Rangers are 0-7 at Minute Maid Park this season.

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<![CDATA[4 Home Runs Carry Athletics to Win Over Rangers]]>560374791Sat, 14 Sep 2019 23:14:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Mark Canha's two-run home run off the left-field foul pole broke a fifth-inning tie as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Saturday night.

The A's scored all their runs on homers. Matt Chapman (three-run homer in the third inning), Josh Phegley (two-run homer in the fourth) and Matt Olson (solo in the sixth). Oakland's 242 home runs are one short of the franchise record set in 1996.

Oakland has won 10 of its last 12 games and entered the night with a half-game lead for the American League's first wild card over the Tampa Bay Rays, who played later Saturday at Los Angeles.

Ryan Buchter (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and was one of six A's relievers after Mike Fiers left following 1 2/3 innings because of right-arm nerve irritation. Liam Hendriks pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in 27 opportunities.

Mike Minor (13-9) lost for the first time since Aug. 27, allowing a season-high seven earned runs in five innings. Minor entered the game third in the AL in ERA at 3.08.

Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the second. He leads the Rangers with 27 homers and 81 RBIs while hitting .207.

With two outs and no one on base for Texas in the second inning, Danny Santana singled and advanced on a balk when Fiers turned his shoulders toward first base before throwing to the base. Manager Bob Melvin and trainer Nick Paparesta then visited Fiers, who threw some warmup pitches and was left in. The next delivery was a wild pitch that sent Santana to third base. Odor hit Fiers' next pitch for a two-run homer to right field. Fiers walked Delino DeShields and was then removed.

Fiers came off the worst of his 184 major league starts, allowing nine runs in one inning on Monday at Houston, which followed a career-long 12-game winning streak from May 7 to Aug. 27.

Phegley's homer sailed just over the outstretched glove of Nomar Mazara at the right-field wall to give the A's a 5-3 lead. The Rangers tied the score in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI groundout by DeShields and a single by Shin-Soo Choo.

Chapman has 33 home runs, a franchise record for third basemen.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers C Jeff Mathis left the game in the second inning with a low back strain. ... A's OF Stephen Piscotty (right ankle) took batting practice with his ankle taped.

UP NEXT
Texas plans to throw a bullpen game in Sunday's series finale against A's LHP Sean Manaea (1-0, 0.75). Manaea will make his third start since being reinstated from the 60-day injured list on Sept. 1 following surgery on his pitching shoulder last September. He held Detroit to one run in seven innings last Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Davis Hits 2 HRs, A's Top Rangers 14-9, Keep Wild-Card Lead]]>560299081Fri, 13 Sep 2019 22:56:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Khris Davis homered twice, Ramon Laureano connected on the game's fourth three-run shot to break a tie in the sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics stayed in front in the AL wild-card race with a 14-9 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

The A's (88-60) won their fourth straight, a streak that started with three victories in Houston following a 15-0 loss to the AL West-leading Astros.

Oakland started the day a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay, which was playing at the Los Angeles Angels. Cleveland, rained out at home against Minnesota, is 1 1/2 games behind the A's.

Davis had one of the three-run homers, an opposite-field drive to right in the third after a solo shot into the Oakland bullpen in left-center in the second.

The 21st and 22nd long balls of the season for Davis put him within one of Jason Giambi's record 20 homers for opposing players at Globe Life Park, the hitter-friendly home of the Rangers that's being replaced next year by a retractable-roof stadium across the street.

Laureano's 22nd homer well over the 14-foot fence down the line in left came against rookie reliever Ian Gibaut (1-1) after Texas manager Chris Woodward ordered an intentional walk of leadoff hitter Marcus Semien on a 3-0 count with an open base in a 7-7 game.

Both of the three-run shots from Texas put the Rangers ahead.

Shin-Soo Choo's opposite-field drive to left made it 4-3 in the second, and Danny Santana answered Davis' second homer with his 25th of the season into the home run porch in right for a 7-6 lead in the third. Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run.

Laureano pulled Oakland even with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

J.B. Weldenken (2-1) retired all nine hitters he faced in the fourth, fifth and sixth before A.J. Puk added two more perfect innings. Blake Treinen gave up a two-run single to Elvis Andrus in the ninth.

Sean Murphy and Sheldon Neuse, the last two hitters in the Oakland order, reached four times each. Neuse had four singles and drove in three runs, capped by a two-RBI hit in the ninth. Murphy had two doubles among three hits and scored four times.

Semien extended his career best with his 29th homer in the ninth, a two-run shot.

Oakland starter Chris Bassitt gave up a season-high seven runs while matching his most earned runs at six in three innings, the right-hander's shortest outing of the season. Bassitt's ERA against division opponents rose to 6.02, compared to 2.70 against all other opponents.

Texas rookie Brock Burke, who had gone at least five innings in each of his first four career starts, allowed six runs in three innings. The 23-year-old left-hander surrendered three homers for the second straight outing after not allowing any in his first three.

UP NEXT

A's: RHP Mike Fiers (14-4, 3.97 ERA) had a career-best 12-game winning streak stopped in his previous start, allowing nine runs in one inning in a 15-0 loss to Houston. The nine-year veteran is going for his first 15-win season.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (13-8, 3.08) goes for a career high in wins in what is set to become his third season with at least 30 starts. The 31-year-old had his major league-leading seventh outing of at least eight innings in his previous start, allowing two runs over eight innings in a 10-4 win over Baltimore.

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<![CDATA[Solak, Rangers help knock Rays from AL wild-card lead, 6-4]]>560203441Thu, 12 Sep 2019 23:26:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Nick Solak homered off the pitcher he was traded for two months ago, and the Texas Rangers helped knock Tampa Bay out of the AL wild-card lead, beating the Rays 6-4 on Thursday night.

The rookie's two-run shot off hard-throwing reliever Peter Fairbanks put the Rangers up 5-1 in the fourth inning as Texas won consecutive series for the first time since late June.

The Rays (87-61) dropped their second straight game following a six-game winning streak that matched a season high. Oakland (87-60) moved a half-game ahead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-2 win at Houston.

Solak and Fairbanks were swapped July 13, a little more than a month before the Texas infielder and designated hitter made his major league debut and about a month after the fellow rookie Fairbanks first pitched for the Rangers.

Ji-Man Choi set a Tampa Bay record by reaching base 10 straight times over three games. He opened with a single before walking four straight times, the last one in the ninth before Nate Lowe grounded into a game-ending double play.

Luke Farrell preserved a one-run lead after Texas starter Kolby Allard allowed all five batters he faced in the fifth inning to reach, just after Solak capped a four-run inning that broke a 1-all tie. Austin Meadows' two-run double and an RBI single from Tommy Pham got the Rays close.

Farrell (1-0) struck out a pair with two runners on, then retired Daniel Robertson on a flyout after Joey Wendle's infield single loaded the bases. The right-hander pitched a perfect sixth, followed by scoreless innings from Jonathan Hernandez and Rafael Montero.

Jose Leclerc worked the ninth for his 13th save as Texas (74-74) reached the .500 mark for the first time since Aug. 14.

Brendan McKay (2-4) lost his third straight decision, allowing three runs in 3 1/3 innings to push the left-hander's ERA to 5.27.

It's been 2 1/2 months since the 23-year-old rookie beat the Rangers with Tampa Bay's longest scoreless outing in a major league debut, retiring the first 16 Texas batters over six innings in a 5-2 win.

Rougned Odor's 26th homer was a solo shot in the seventh for the Rangers, not long after manager Chris Woodward was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, apparently for arguing balls and strikes with Texas reliever Jonathan Hernandez on the mound.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Kevin Kiermaier said he would be available off the bench after a stiff neck sidelined him for the first two games in the ballpark where he made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in a tiebreaker for an AL wild-card spot in 2013.

Rangers: OF Hunter Pence, who made his fourth All-Star team after deciding not to retire and joining the Rangers on a minor league contract, came closer to acknowledging that a back injury will sideline him for the rest of the season. The 36-year-old suggested his focus has turned to the offseason, and preparing to play again next year. Woodward said the Rangers want him back if it makes sense for the roster.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.11 ERA) is set for the opener of a three-game series at the LA Angels on Friday. The two-time All-Star is trying to become a 15-game winner for the second straight season.

Rangers: LHP Brock Burke (0-1, 3.52) is set for his fifth career start in the opener of a three-game series at home against another AL wild-card contender in Oakland. The 23-year-old was acquired from Tampa Bay in the offseason in a three-team trade that also involved the A's.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Nominate Elvis Andrus for MLB's Clemente Award]]>560166111Thu, 12 Sep 2019 15:57:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1164576137%281%29.jpg

The Texas Rangers have nominated shortstop Elvis Andrus as their annual nominee for the MLB's Roberto Clemente Award.

The annual award is given to the player who, "best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field."

For the nomination, the team will honor Andrus prior to the start of the Rangers-Red Sox game Sept. 24.

Every year, each club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character.

Andrus, the club said, has made a major impact on North Texas since joining the team 10 years ago.

"Elvis has donated over $675,000 to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation since 2012 while be involved in a variety of initiatives, programs, and events," the team said.

Here's more from the Rangers on Elvis' nomination:

Elvis has a big heart for children with special challenges and created Elvis' Entourage to host children and their families to Rangers home games. Andrus served as the Honorary Chair of the Annual Cowboys Santa Toy Drive during 2014 thru 2016 helping raise toys for underprivileged children in Tarrant County. He has donated substantial financial resources to the Sunshine Kids Foundation and has hosted youngsters from that organization to Rangers home games for the last four seasons. Since 2014, Andrus has also provided Rangers' game tickets for families of the Down Syndrome Guild and participated in a number of their events, including participating in its annual fundraising calendar.

Elvis has taken part in the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run since 2014 while hosting law officers and Special Olympians for Rangers' games. He has been a friend to the Miracle League of DFW and Southlake hosting groups for Rangers games since 2015. This past winter Elvis donated 300 winter coats by families served by VeneDallas, a local non-profit that helps Venezuelan families that have relocated to the DFW Metroplex. He has served on the Taylor Hooton Advisory Board All Me League since 2015 and hosted athletes from area schools to Rangers' home games.

Andrus has also donated to a variety of other non-profit organizations as well as his teammates' foundations to include the Robinson Chirinos Foundation, the Joakim Soria Foundation, the Michael Young Family Foundation as well as Our Calling, Sunshine Kids Foundation, Special Olympics, VeneDallas, Do It for Durrett Foundation, Down Syndrome Guild and several youth baseball organizations.

The league winner will be selected by a panel that includes Clemente's late wife Vera and Robert Manfred Jr., baseball commissioner. Fans have a say as well -- the winner of the fan vote will count as one vote on the panel. Fans can vote here: mlb.com/clemente21.



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<![CDATA[AL Wild-Card Leader Tampa Bay Wins 11 Over Rangers]]>560004581Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:23:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Austin-Meadows-Getty.jpg

Kean Wong was churning hard to get to first base and keep the Tampa Bay Rays going in the 11th inning when his two-out slow roller was being bobbled by the pitcher.

Only when Wong was safe at first, after Texas Rangers rookie reliever Emmanuel Clase's desperate throw bounced away from the bag , did he realize the ball had then been thrown into left field, allowing the Rays to score the tiebreaking run.

"I was just like, 'Get there. Get there. Can you get there?' I saw the first baseman come off the bag," Wong said. "Then I was like, 'Go! Go!"'

Austin Meadows tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth before the Rays (87-59) were helped by the two errors on the same play in the 11th of a 5-3 win Tuesday night. They have won six in a row, and 11 of 12, to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Oakland for the top AL wild-card spot after the A's won 21-7 at AL West-leading Houston.

After the errant throw by Clase (2-3), second baseman Rougned Odor picked the ball up and threw it high into left field as a runner was diving back into second base. Nate Lowe scored the tiebreaking run from third, and Guillermo Heredia followed with an RBI single.

"That was kind of a funky play," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

"We've got guys one through nine that hustle down the baseline, make the pressure plays, put pressure on the defense," Lowe said.

Joey Wendle led off the Rays eighth with a triple off just-entered reliever Rafael Montero, and Meadows followed with his 29th homer to tie the game at 3-3.

Wendle's RBI single in the fifth was the only run Tampa Bay got in seven innings off Rangers starter Lance Lynn.

The Rangers, coming off a four-game sweep at Baltimore, had runners at second and third in the ninth after a double steal before Isiah Kiner-Falefa's inning-ending fly out.

"We did nothing at the end of the game to win the game, and that's what's frustrating to me," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "Just little things that we obviously didn't execute, at the plate, in the field."

Emilio Pagan (4-2) struck out two in a perfect 10th before Peter Fairbanks worked the 11th for his first career save.

Fairbanks was traded from Texas to Tampa Bay on July 13 for rookie infielder Nick Solak, who hit a two-run homer in the fourth for the Rangers and had a two-out infield single off the pitcher he was traded for in the 11th.

The Rangers didn't have a base runner against lefty starter Ryan Yarbrough until Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch leading off the fourth. Choo came home an out later when Willie Calhoun lined a double into the left field corner, and Solak followed with his third homer in his 20 games since his big league debut Aug. 20.

Those were the only three runs allowed by Yarbrough, who struck out seven and walked one in seven innings. The lefty hasn't lost in his last 15 appearance (seven starts) since early June.

SHORT HOPS
Lynn departed with a 3-1 lead and in position for his first win in his last seven starts. He is 0-4 since a win at home Aug. 2 against Detroit for his 14th victory that at the time matched the major league lead. ... Rangers batters struck out 13 times, giving them 1,439 for the season and passing Detroit's 1,437 for the most in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier thought he would be back in the lineup, but Cash held him out after he left the previous game Sunday with a stiff neck. An MRI showed no issues. ... LF Tommy Pham was also out with a forearm/elbow issue. He could return Wednesday, maybe as the DH. ... LHP Blake Snell, out since July 22 because of surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, is scheduled to go two innings or 30 pitches for Triple-A Durham in Game 3 of the International League championship series Thursday. His first rehab start was Saturday in the semifinal series clincher for the Bulls.

Rangers: All-Star slugger Joey Gallo, who last played July 22 before right wrist surgery, took some swings against live pitching. Woodward said Gallo looked fine and felt decent. The hope is that Gallo can play a few games before the end of the season. "He's had such a good year and he's made so many strides forward, I'd like to send him off with something positive he did on the field, not out of the training room," Woodward said.

UP NEXT
The Rays will start the middle game of the three-game series with right-handed reliever Andrew Kittredge on the mound. The Rangers opted against using an opener and will let Ariel Jurado start even though he has allowed 27 runs (21 earned) his last 23 2/3 innings.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Beat Orioles 10-4 to Complete 4-Game Sweep]]>559769911Sun, 08 Sep 2019 16:46:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nick-Solak-Chris-Woodward-Getty-090819.jpg

The Texas Rangers appear to have their offense operating at full efficiency again, just in time for a closing three-week stretch against some of the best teams in the American League.

Rookie Nick Solak had three hits and four RBIs, Ronald Guzman and Rougned Odor homered and the Rangers beat the Orioles 10-4 Sunday to complete their first four-game sweep at Baltimore in 37 years.

After scoring once in each of the final two games of a series at Yankee Stadium, Texas scored 29 runs against Baltimore -- including 26 in the last three games.

"At the end of the day there is a guy with a ball and we got a bat. It doesn't matter who we face," said Delino DeShields, who contributed a pair of hits and an RBI.

After dispatching the lowly Orioles, the Rangers next host Tampa Bay and Oakland before playing two games in Houston. Texas then ends the season with three games against Oakland, the defending champion Red Sox and Yankees.

"We got a lot of kids up here, first time in the big leagues," DeShields noted. "This is really going to tell them where they are at, competition wise."

DeShields is referring to guys like Solak, who reached highs in hits and RBIs in his 19th big league game.

"It was phenomenal," manager Chris Woodward said of Solak's performance. "He's had games where he hit the ball harder but today he takes what they give him."

Solak has six RBIs against Baltimore and five against everyone else.

Mike Minor (13-8) allowed two runs over eight innings and struck out three to raise his season total to 183. The left-hander has eclipsed his previous career marks for wins (12) and strikeouts (181), set with Atlanta in 2013.

Texas had 20 hits off Asher Wojciechowski (2-8) and six relievers. Texas scored in each of the first four innings while building a 6-1 lead and pulled away with a three-run sixth that made it 9-2.

"That's probably the best we've been in a long time," manager Chris Woodward said. "When we got pitches to hit we obviously hit them pretty hard."

It all added up to the Rangers' first four-game sweep of the Orioles since July 2001 and their first in Baltimore since July 1972, when the Orioles played in Memorial Stadium.

Solak started the onslaught with an RBI single in the first inning and two-run single in the second. Guzman added a solo shot in the third and Odor hit his team-leading 24th home run leading off the fourth.

It was the 25th time this season that Baltimore allowed at least 10 runs. Texas outscored Baltimore 29-15 in the series.

Baltimore has lost five straight for the fifth time this season and is just three defeats short of losing 100 for the second year in a row.

Renato Nunez hit his 29th home run for Baltimore, and Hanser Alberto had three hits to raise his batting average to .321, including .420 against lefties.

"We're really impressed with both those guys this year and hope they finish the season strong," Hyde said.

NO COASTING ALLOWED
Woodward fully expects his club to match the opposition's intensity down the stretch.

"We're trying to win every game. What a great experience for our guys to finish the season on," Woodward said. "I want our guys to fight to the end."

After going 67-95 last year, Texas can finish at .500 with a 9-8 closing run.

"That tells you we're winning series against good teams," Woodward said. "That would be more important to me than the actual .500 mark."

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: Texas hasn't abandoned hope of getting back Hunter Pence, who's been on the IL since Aug. 24 with a lower back strain. "If he has a chance to play one game, he's going to play one game," Woodward said. "I think he'll be back."

UP NEXT
Rangers: The Rangers call upon 14-game winner Lance Lynn (14-10) in the opener of a three-game set against visiting Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Lynn is 0-4 in his last six starts.

Orioles: Also off Monday, Baltimore resumes its penultimate homestand by sending Ty Blach (1-2, 10.95 ERA) to the mound to launch a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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<![CDATA[Odor Homers in 6-Run 1st Inning, Rangers Beat Orioles 9-4]]>559716341Sat, 07 Sep 2019 22:09:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-Getty-090719.jpg

Rougned Odor homered during a six-run first inning and the Texas Rangers cruised to their third straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles, 9-4 Saturday night.

Texas won its first road series since June 25-27, having gone 0-9-2 over that stretch.

Reliever Yohander Mendez (1-0) picked up the win after entering in the third and allowing one run with six strikeouts over 21/3 innings.

Anthony Santander went 1 for 5 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, and Rio Ruiz homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of eight.

Baltimore starter Aaron Brooks (4-8) hit a batter, issued a walk and allowed a single to start the game. He had a throwing error on a grounder by Nick Solak that allowed the first run to score. Danny Santana followed with a two-run single and Odor, who entered the game batting .197, hit a three-run homer that boosted the lead to 6-0.

Odor finished with three hits.

After a throwing error by Santana on a potential double play, Santander gave the Orioles their first run with a single off Jonathan Hernandez, who was making his first major league start. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Mason Williams cut the margin to 6-3.

An RBI single by Delino DeShields in the third gave the Rangers a 7-3 lead and ended Brooks' night.

Ruiz pulled Baltimore to within 7-4 when he led off the fourth with a homer against Mendez.

The Rangers added two more runs in the sixth on a single by Ronald Guzman that went under the glove of left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. that allowed DeShields to score and Jeff Mathis followed with an RBI double off Chandler Shepherd.

UMPIRE INJURY
Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds had to leave the game in the first after being hit on the wrist by a pitch from Brooks. First base umpire Sean Barber moved behind the plate.

MOVES
Orioles: OF Austin Hays, one of the club's top prospects, was activated Saturday as part of the expanded roster. Hays entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and struck twice, but made a diving catch in center field.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: LHP Joe Palumbo has not pitched since Aug. 20 because of a blister on his thumb. He played catch for the first time Thursday and could rejoin the club before the end of the season. "He's not going to be built up to start eight innings, but at least he can go out and pitch," manager Chris Woodward said.

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 3.12 ERA) picked up the win after throwing 7 1/3 scoreless inning against the Yankees in his last start. He had allowed 11 runs over his previous two outing outings (12 1/3 innings).

Orioles: Asher Wojciechowski (2-7, 5.12 ERA) is looking for his first win since July 26, a span of six appearances, including four starts.

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By TODD KARPOVICH
Associated Press
   BALTIMORE (AP) -- Rougned Odor homered during a six-run first inning and the Texas Rangers cruised to their third straight victory over the Baltimore Orioles, 9-4 Saturday night.
   Texas won its first road series since June 25-27, having gone 0-9-2 over that stretch.
   Reliever Yohander Mendez (1-0) picked up the win after entering in the third and allowing one run with six strikeouts over 21/3 innings.
   Anthony Santander went 1 for 5 with an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, and Rio Ruiz homered for the Orioles, who have lost seven of eight.
   Baltimore starter Aaron Brooks (4-8) hit a batter, issued a walk and allowed a single to start the game. He had a throwing error on a grounder by Nick Solak that allowed the first run to score. Danny Santana followed with a two-run single and Odor, who entered the game batting .197, hit a three-run homer that boosted the lead to 6-0.
   Odor finished with three hits.
   After a throwing error by Santana on a potential double play, Santander gave the Orioles their first run with a single off Jonathan Hernandez, who was making his first major league start. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Mason Williams cut the margin to 6-3.
   An RBI single by Delino Deshields in the third gave the Rangers a 7-3 lead and ended Brooks' night.
   Ruiz pulled Baltimore to within 7-4 when he led off the fourth with a homer against Mendez.
   The Rangers added two more runs in the sixth on a single by Ronald Guzman that went under the glove of left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. that allowed DeShields to score and Jeff Mathis followed with an RBI double off Chandler Shepherd.
   UMPIRE INJURY
   Home plate umpire Jim Reynolds had to leave the game in the first after being hit on the wrist by a pitch from Brooks. First base umpire Sean Barber moved behind the plate.
   MOVES
   Orioles: OF Austin Hays, one of the club's top prospects, was activated Saturday as part of the expanded roster. Hays entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and struck twice, but made a diving catch in center field.
   TRAINER'S ROOM
   Rangers: LHP Joe Palumbo has not pitched since Aug. 20 because of a blister on his thumb. He played catch for the first time Thursday and could rejoin the club before the end of the season. "He's not going to be built up to start eight innings, but at least he can go out and pitch," manager Chris Woodward said.
   UP NEXT
   Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 3.12 ERA) picked up the win after throwing 7 1/3 scoreless inning against the Yankees in his last start. He had allowed 11 runs over his previous two outing outings (12 1/3 innings).
   Orioles: Asher Wojciechowski (2-7, 5.12 ERA) is looking for his first win since July 26, a span of six appearances, including four starts.
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<![CDATA[MLB, Union to Discuss Opioids Testing After Skaggs Death]]>559678471Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:49:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYLER+SKAGGS1.jpg

Major League Baseball and the players' association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas Rangers. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said the 27-year-old died after choking on his vomitwith a toxic mix of alcohol and the painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his body.

A toxicology report said his blood alcohol concentration was 0.122%, well above Texas's alcohol limit of 0.08% for driving, and 3.8 nanograms per milliliter of fentanyl.

Players on 40-man rosters are tested for drugs of abuse such as opioids only if the player-management joint treatment board finds reasonable cause, if a player has been found to have used or possessed a drug of abuse, or if a player is subjected to testing under a treatment program. All players on 40-man rosters are subject to testing for banned performance-enhancing drugs such as steroids and for banned stimulants.

"For several reasons, including the tragic loss of a member of our fraternity and other developments happening in the country as a whole, it is appropriate and important to re-examine all of our drug protocols relating to education, treatment and prevention," union head Tony Clark said in a statement Friday.

Minor leaguers not on 40-man rosters, who are not in the players' association, are subject to testing for opioids. The commissioner's office said during the last five years only 12 of 78,000 tests were positive for substances classified as opioids and opiates, a group that includes oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl.

For unionized players, testing with penalties for performance-enhancing drugs started in 2004 and testing for stimulants began two years later.

"MLB reviews and updates its drug programs regularly, including an annual review of the joint drug program at the end of each season with the players' association," the commissioner's office said in a statement. "This year, that review will include a thorough review of the drug of abuse aspects of our joint drug program, as well as the content and delivery of our player education programs prior to next season."

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<![CDATA[Calhoun Powers Rangers Past Orioles 7-6]]>559632261Fri, 06 Sep 2019 21:41:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Willie Calhoun homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Friday night.

Texas trailed 6-4 before rallying in the seventh. Elvis Andrus had the big blow, a two-run single that put the Rangers ahead to stay.

Trey Mancini hit his 30th homer for Baltimore, and Richie Martin added a three-run shot. Anthony Santander also went deep, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.

Despite battling a stomach ailment, Texas rookie Brock Burke still managed to get through five innings. He was charged with six runs and six hits.

Brett Martin (2-3) worked a scoreless sixth inning for the win, and Jose Leclerc got three outs for his 11th save.

Orioles reliever Paul Fry (1-8) entered in the seventh and walked his first two batters, loading the bases. Shin-Soo Choo then singled in Scott Heineman, trimming Baltimore's lead to one.

After Shawn Armstrong replaced Fry, Andrus drove in Ronald Guzman and Jose Trevino with a single to center.

Baltimore threatened in the ninth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Leclerc struck out Mancini and got Santander on a popup to earn a save for the second consecutive night.

The Orioles have dropped six of seven to fall to 46-94 on the season. They are 0-84 when trailing after eight innings.

Calhoun, who entered with a 2-for-22 skid, hit a two-out solo drive off Dylan Bundy in the first. Mancini responded in the bottom half with his first homer in 20 games.

Martin made it 4-1 Baltimore with a three-run shot off Burke with two outs in the second. It was Martin's first homer since June 25 and No. 5 on the year.

After Calhoun tied it again with a three-run homer in the third, Santander belted a two-run shot in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Joey Gallo (right wrist surgery) has taken batting practice over the past week. Manager Chris Woodward hopes to get him back in the lineup before the end of the season. Gallo has not played since July 23. He is batting .253 with 22 homers and 49 RBIs over 70 games.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Woodward hasn't committed to a starter for Saturday, but he plans to use an opener.

Orioles: RHP Aaron Brooks (4-7, 5.81 ERA) struggled with his command in his last start, allowing three runs and walking four over just 4 1/3 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Royals.



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<![CDATA[Allard, Solak Lead Rangers Over Orioles 3-1]]>559526801Thu, 05 Sep 2019 21:16:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Rookie Kolby Allard won his third straight start, Nick Solak hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off John Means in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Thursday night

Allard (4-0), a 22-year-old left-hander acquired from Atlanta for reliever Chris Martin on July 30, allowed one run and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and two walks,

Jose Leclerc gave up a leadoff double to Mason Williams in the ninth, walked Rio Ruiz with two outs, then retired Hanser Alberto on a flyout for his 10th save in 14 chances, dropping the Orioles to 46-94. After going 47-115 last season, the team is headed to consecutive 100-loss seasons for the first time since the St. Louis Browns went 54-100 in 1953 and the Orioles finished with the same record the following year.

The announced crowd at Camden Yards was just 8,209.

Means (10-10) gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Texas batters struck out 10 times, their 74th time reaching double digits this year, and raised their major league-leading total to 1,401. The 2013 Houston Astros hold the record at 1,535.

Trey Mancini, who had three hits, doubled leading off the sixth and scored on Renato Nunez's sacrifice fly

Means retired 10 in a row before Willie Calhoun singled starting the seventh. Solak followed with his second homer since his debut on Aug. 20.

Logan Forsythe added a run-scoring single in the ninth off Branden Kline

MOVES

Orioles INF Jace Peterson cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. RHP Tom Eshelman also cleared waivers and was sent outright to the Tides.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: OF Mark Trumbo appeared in his third consecutive game since coming off the IL following knee surgery. Trumbo has gone 3 for 8 (.375). "Not going to push him, play him every day," manager Brandon Hyde said. "Give him a breather with his legs. But the days he's not starting, he'll be able to pinch hit."

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Brock Burke (0-1, 1.50 ERA) makes his fourth big league start Friday, still in search of his first major league win. He is the first Rangers pitcher to allow two runs or fewer run over six-plus innings in each of his first three big league outings.

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (6-13, 4.96 ERA) did not get a decision in last start after allowing four runs and six hits over six innings in a 7-5 loss to Kansas City.



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<![CDATA[Revived Judge Hits 20th Homer as Yankees Beat Rangers]]>559423161Wed, 04 Sep 2019 21:32:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_19248007090328.jpg

Aaron Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer to keep up his power resurgence, Gleyber Torres added his 34th home run and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 Wednesday night to move 43 games over .500 for the first time since 2009.

Judge started the season with five homers and 11 RBIs in his first 20 games, then strained his right oblique April 20 while singling against Kansas City and did not return until June 21. He was a shell of himself when he came back, hitting hit .256 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in his first 49 games.

Day after day, Judge said he felt fine and was merely slumping, even though evidence seemed to indicate otherwise. Balls that usually soared over fences were caught on the warning track.

His revival started Aug. 20 with 467-foot home run to left at Oakland off Joakim Soria, Judge's first pulled home run this season. He homered in all three games that weekend at Dodger Stadium and starting with the West Coast trip opener at the Athletics, he is hitting .317 with eight homers and 12 RBIs in 15 games.

Judge set a high standard for himself in 2017, when he was a unanimous pick for AL Rookie of the Year after hitting 52 homers with 115 RBIs. Judge's 2018 season was interrupted when his right wrist was broken by a pitch from the Royals' Jakob Junis on July 26, an injury that sidelined him until Sept. 14 and limited him to 27 homers and 67 RBIs for the season.

Judge lined a fastball from Lance Lynn (14-10) over the right field wall in the third inning following Brett Gardner's walk, the fifth Yankees player to hit 20 homers this season. He struck out in his other three at-bats, stranding five runners, leaving him with a .275 average and 45 RBIs going into the season's final 3 1/2 weeks.

Torres homered in the fourth, tying Gary Sanchez for the team lead and joining Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees to hit 34 homers at age 22 or younger. The home run was the 200th off the Rangers this season.

New York improved to 92-49, including 11-2 when using Chad Green as an opener.

Green pitched two innings and Luis Cessa (2-1) followed with three. Cory Gearrin allowed a ninth-inning homer to Rougned Odor.

Lynn dropped to 0-4 in his last six starts, allowing three runs in five innings. Texas matched its season-worst of five games under .500 at 68-73 and dropped a season-high 22 1/2 games back of first place in the AL West.

CHIRPING
Peeved that plate umpire Will Little kept throwing balls out of play, Lynn yelled to him: "We've got a plane to catch." Little responded he only discarded balls hit in the dirt or off bat handles.

RUBBER
New York has won nine straight series rubber games. The Yankees are 18-0-3 in their last 21 home series.

MIXING UP
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has used 136 lineups in 141 games.

WHEELS
Austin Romine had a pair of hits with the runner on first going, including an RBI double.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara missed his second straight game due to a sore left oblique. ... OF Hunter Pence (strained lower back), who has not played since Aug. 22, could rejoin the Rangers during the upcoming series in Baltimore but will not be activated. ... OF Joey Gallo (right wrist surgery) took early batting practice and could return mid-month, He last played July 23.

Yankees: OF Giancarlo Stanton will head to the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, this week for batting practice, among the final steps before returning for the final weeks of an injury-wrecked season.

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Kolby Allard (3-0) opens a four-game series at Baltimore, which starts LHP John Means (10-9).

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (17-3), tied for the big league lead in wins, starts Friday's opener of a four-game series at Boston.

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<![CDATA[Paxton Dominant, Yankees Rout Rangers]]>559315691Tue, 03 Sep 2019 21:27:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/James-Paxton-Getty-090319.jpg

James Paxton pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings, striking out 12 and winning his seventh straight start as the New York Yankees bounced back in a big way, routing the Texas Rangers 10-1 Tuesday night.

Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run drive in his return from the injured list, and Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner also connected. The five homers came a day after Mike Minor and the Texas bullpen ended New York's streak of 220 games without being shut out.

Paxton (12-6) pitched quickly and began with 4 2/3 hitless innings. The left-hander gave up his only hit when Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a clean single to right field.

Paxton walked one, mixing an effective fastball with a sharp curve he threw 27 times in his 95 pitches. The lefty matched the longest winning streak of his career and his season-high strikeout total.

Sanchez homered in the first and sixth innings as the Yankees won for the seventh time in nine games. The catcher broke his career-high with 34 homers and recorded his 14th career multihomer game.

Edinson Volquez (0-1) opened the game for Texas and allowed two runs on one hit. Ariel Jurado followed Volquez and allowed five runs on seven hits in four-plus innings.

The Yankees became the fifth team in major league history to hit at least 260 homers in a season. New York is six behind its franchise record set last season.

Scott Heineman hit his first career homer in the ninth off Jonathan Loaisiga for Texas.

RANGERS MINOR SHAKEUP
Texas announced its coaching staff for Triple-A Nashville will not return next season. Manager Jason Wood guided Nashville to a 66-72 record and his staff included Eric Gagne as the bullpen coach and Brian Shouse as the pitching coach. Geno Petralli, also a coach for Nashville, will stay on as a roving instructor and hitting coach Howard Johnson also was offered a role in the organization.

CROWDED
The Yankees announced a crowd of 33,711 to go over the 3 million mark for a major league-record 21st straight season.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (right rotator cuff inflammation/strained lat) is expected to throw 55 pitches in his next rehab start Friday for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. ... RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) faced hitters in live batting practice and could appear in a rehab game later this week. . OF Giancarlo Stanton (right knee sprain) faced Betances in batting practice and hit a home run.

UP NEXT
RHP Lance Lynn (14-9, 3.77), who last won 15 games in 2014 for St. Louis starts for Texas on Wednesday. The Yankees are expected to use an opener.

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<![CDATA[Yanks' Streak Without Shutout Ended at 220 by Minor, Rangers]]>559203811Mon, 02 Sep 2019 19:49:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Minor-Getty1.jpg

During the month leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, Mike Minor heard often he might wind up pitching in the Bronx.

Whatever the Yankees had in mind, this certainly wasn't it.

Minor and two relievers became the first pitchers in 221 tries to shut out New York's vaunted lineup, helping the Texas Rangers to a 7-0 victory over the AL East leaders Monday.

"He almost made it look easy," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.

The Yankees had the second longest streak without being blanked since at least 1900 behind a 308-game stretch by the Babe Ruth-led Yankees from 1931-33. New York was previously shut out June 30, 2018, by Chris Sale and the Red Sox.

Jose Trevino -- a first-time batterymate with Minor -- Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo homered to back Minor (12-8), a resurgent All-Star who allowed five hits over 7 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five, walked one and threw 111 pitches before being pulled with two on in the eighth.

"He's nasty man," Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier said. "His fastball plays up, which means it might say 92 but it feels faster than that, and he obviously threw every pitch that he wanted in every count that he wanted."

Shawn Kelley replaced Minor and retired DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to end the eighth. Emmanuel Clase shut down the heart of the order in the ninth.

The 31-year-old Minor was drilled on the backside by LeMahieu leading off the first, but recovered to make that out and many more after. He allowed just one runner past second base.

"It felt like he could execute pretty much any pitch in any location," Woodward said. "With his stuff, he's got elite stuff at times, when you get that plus the command, it's tough."

Minor and his deceptive, rising fastball were rumored to be a trade target for the Yankees in July. The 31-year-old said he had a hard time blocking out the speculation, but since sticking with the Rangers, he's posted a 2.83 ERA in six starts.

"It was a little bit difficult to get through that and pitch," Minor said, adding "it feels good to be here. It felt good to be wanted, too, but at the end of the day nothing happened and I'm still here."

The Yankees' scoring streak nearly fell Sunday when they trailed Oakland 4-0 after 7 1/2 innings, but New York rallied and won 5-4 on Mike Ford's game-ending solo homer in the ninth.

"Anytime we don't score or have a good offensive showing, it's always a little bit surprising just because our guys are so good, but it happens," manager Aaron Boone said. "When a good pitcher's on top of his game, he can make it tough on you, credit to him."

Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (10-8) grinded through six innings of two-run ball. He allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out five for New York, which had won six of seven.

The game was delayed 2 hours, 52 minutes by rain, but then played under mostly sunny skies.

GOOD COMPANY
Minor entered the day with 7.0 wins above replacement (WAR), per baseball-reference.com. That led the majors, 0.3 WAR above Astros ace Justin Verlander.

"Doesn't make any sense to me," Minor said with a laugh, adding that Verlander and Houston teammate Gerrit Cole "look better to me."

LEFT IN
Yankees left fielder Clint Frazier drew big cheers when he threw out Elvis Andrus at home for the final out of the fifth. Frazier started in the outfield for the first time since being demoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in mid-June for a 2 1/2-month minor league stint that ended Sunday. The brazen, red-headed slugger made a few embarrassing miscues in the outfield prior to the demotion and was tasked with sharpening his defense.

"I made some good throws to home at Scranton in the last couple of months," he said. "For it to carry over up here is obviously good for myself and good for the team."

It wasn't all rosy for Frazier. He overran Nomar Mazara's single in the eighth, but center fielder Mike Tauchman hustled to back him up and bailed him out. Frazier, who missed much of 2018 following a concussion, also hit the wall hard chasing a fly ball in the first but said he was fine.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: OF Joey Gallo (broken right hamate bone) was expected to begin practicing. ... DH Hunter Pence (lower back strain) remained in Texas to continue rehabbing.

Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia said he had his balky right knee drained and received a cortisone shot but remains unsure about his timeline for a return. ... Slugger Edwin Encarnacion (broken right wrist) was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his final rehab game. He'll rejoin the big club Tuesday. ... OF Aaron Hicks (right flexor strain) was slated to begin a throwing program.

UP NEXT
Yankees LHP James Paxton (11-6, 4.39) walked a season-high five against Seattle in his previous start but got the win in a 7-3 victory. He'll start Tuesday night against RHP Edinson Volquez, who is opening for RHP Ariel Jurado (7-10, 5.19).

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<![CDATA[Seager, Murphy, Vogelbach Homer, Mariners Rout Rangers]]>559095251Sun, 01 Sep 2019 19:39:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Seager-090119.jpg

Kyle Seager left Globe Life Park pretty much the way he arrived at the parl.

Seager, Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 11-3.

Seager sealed the victory with a three-run homer against Taylor Guerrieri in the eighth inning.

In 153 career games against Texas, he has 28 homers and 99 RBIs, his most against any team.

Seager's first homer at the Rangers' stadium was a solo shot in his third game there on Sept. 25, 2011.

"I hit one my first year here. I do remember that. I only had (three) on the year," he said.

That homer against Merkin Valdez came in the ninth inning of a 12-5 blowout loss. He has hit 14 more at the park, which will be replaced with a climate-controlled stadium next season.

The gametime temperature was 92 degrees.

"It was hot," Seager said. "We were just talking about the climate control. A lot of memories here, but this is something that I certainly won't miss, the heat of this place."

Vogelbach welcomed a little September heat after a frigid August when he averaged .130 with only three homers. Murphy and Vogelbach homered back-to-back in the third inning. Vogelbach was 2 for 3 with two walks and two RBIs.

"When I'm walking, I'm hitting," he said. "My approach is going and I'm seeing the ball the right way. It's just a matter of time until things start to go."

The Mariners drew nine walks from seven Texas pitchers, who also hit three batters. Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi (6-9) walked none while allowing three runs in five innings.

"When it's so hot, you have to attack the strike zone," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "You can't have long at-bats. That's what we did to them today."

Kikuchi benefited from Seattle's four first-inning runs. Dee Gordon chased Brett Martin (1-3) from the game after just two outs with a two-run single.

The teams split the four-game set. Seattle won the season series 12-7.

REMEMBRANCE
There was a moment of silence before the game for the victims of a mass shooting in West Texas on Saturday. Seven people were killed and 22 were injured. Texas flags at the stadium were at half-staff.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford sat out his second straight game because of a tight right hamstring. "He's going to fly back to Seattle," Servais said. "Doctors are going to look at him. My guess is he's going to be out at least a week."

Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said he didn't know when OF Joey Gallo, recovering from a broken right hamate bone, might return.

"I think he's going to take batting practice in New York. It's a little bit sore."

WELCOME BACK
RHP Edinson Volquez (strained elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and pitched for the first time since April 4 with a hitless seventh inning. The 15-year veteran is expected to retire at the end of the season.

Volquez said he was "a little bit" emotional warming up. "Not in the game. I was ready to pitch."

Woodward said, "He's put a lot of effort into the culture of the clubhouse. It's the least we can do for his sake."

SEPTEMBER BALL
Of the teams' 11 September roster additions, only Mariners CF Braden Bishop started. He went 0 for 4 returning from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma and being reinstated from the injury list (lacerated spleen).

Seattle also moved RHPs Austin Adams, Dan Altavilla and Brandon Brennan from IL and recalled INF/OF Ryan Court from Tacoma.

The Rangers' additions included OF Nomar Mazara and RHP Adrian Sampson from the 10-day IL, LHP Jeffrey Springs and RHP Edinson Volquez from the 60-day IL. Texas recalled 1B Ronald Guzman and RHP Ian Gibaut from Triple-A Nashville. All of them but Court played in the game.

MISSING MARINERS
OF Keon Broxton served a one-game suspension on Sunday for hitting umpire Manny Gonzalez with a batting glove on Aug. 26. . OF Jake Fraley missed his second straight game for personal reasons. Servais said Fraley would rejoin the team in Chicago on Monday.

UP NEXT
Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 7.94) will make his third major league start Monday against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (9-9, 3.47) in the first of two games in Chicago.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (11-8, 3.25) will oppose Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-7, 4.47) in the opener of a three-game series in New York.

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<![CDATA[Kiner-Falefa Hits Walk-Off Single, Rangers Beat Mariners]]>559002021Sat, 31 Aug 2019 23:32:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Isiah-Kiner-Falefa-Getty-083119.jpg

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning after Texas rallied with the help of a video review, and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Saturday night.

Elvis Andrus scored the tying run in the ninth after he was originally ruled out by home plate umpire Jansen Visconti. The play was overturned via replay review.

Andrus led off the ninth against Matt Magill (4-2) with his second double of the game and the first hit for Texas since his double in the third. After he went to third on Willie Calhoun's ground out, Nick Solak grounded to short. Andrus broke on contact and beat Dylan Moore's throw with a headfirst slide. Visconti ruled out, but crew chief Jerry Meals called for a review that overturned the play.

Solak reached first, then went to third when Dee Gordon misplayed Rougned Odor's grounder for a two-base error. Danny Santana was intentionally walked, and Kiner-Falefa stroked the winning single to right-center.

Emmanuel Clase (2-2) pitched out of a jam in the top of the ninth to get the win, one night after earning his first big league save.

Prior to the ninth, the Mariners had received standout pitching from starter Tommy Milone, who gave up just three hits and one run in five innings. Matt Wisler, Taylor Guilbeau and Anthony Bass each threw a perfect inning before things unraveled in the ninth.

Daniel Vogelbach snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth with an RBI single, scoring Tom Murphy, who had doubled with two outs.

Texas starter Brock Burke gave up seven hits and two runs over six innings in his third major league start. He has gone exactly six innings in all three starts and is the first pitcher in Rangers history to go at least six innings with two or fewer runs given up in each of his first three starts.

The Mariners scored first when Moore doubled to left with two outs in the second and came home on Gordon's seeing-eye single to right.

Texas tied it in the third when Jose Trevino doubled to left and Andrus doubled to center.

The Rangers lost a challenge in the seventh inning when Odor tried to bunt his way on to lead off the inning. Guilbeau scooped up the bunt and flipped to Gordon covering to narrowly beat Odor - a decision the replay upheld.

THE NIGHT IS YOUNG'S
The Rangers retired Michael Young's No. 10 in a pregame ceremony. Young, who played for the Rangers from 2000 to 2012, is the franchise's leader in games played, hits and runs scored.

Some of Young's former teammates attended the ceremony, including the last two Rangers to have their numbers retired: Ivan Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre. The loudest ovation was for former Texas manager Ron Washington, who guided Young and the Rangers to back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011. Washington, now a coach for the Braves, missed Atlanta's game to attend the ceremony.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward is three months older than Young, and the two grew up together in Covina, California.

"The ultimate professional, the most prepared guy, the most competitive guy and the most selfless teammate," said Woodward of Young. "That's what I ask guys to be. How much can you impact the people around you?"

Young's is the fifth number retired by the Rangers; the others are Nolan Ryan (34), Johnny Oates (26), Rodriguez (7) and Beltre (29).

UP NEXT
LHP Yusei Kikuchi (5-9, 5.36) will start for Seattle in the conclusion of the four-game series. The Rangers have not named a starter, but Woodward said LHP Brett Martin (1-2, 4.56) would probably get the nod.

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<![CDATA[Angels Pitcher Found Dead in Hotel Room Died of Overdose]]>558847611Fri, 30 Aug 2019 15:43:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYLER+SKAGGS.jpg

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his Southlake hotel room July 1, died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office says in a report released Friday.

According to the report, Skaggs had the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system along with alcohol.

Skaggs, who was in town with the Angels for a four-game series against the Rangers, was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no foul play was suspected.

Skaggs' family released the following statement Friday afternoon.

"We are heartbroken to learn that the passing of our beloved Tyler was the result of a combination of dangerous drugs and alcohol. That is completely out of character for someone who worked so hard to become a Major League baseball player and had a very promising future in the game he loved so much. We are grateful for the work of the detectives in the Southlake Police Department and their ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding Tyler's death. We were shocked to learn that it may involve an employee of the Los Angeles Angels. We will not rest until we learn the truth about how Tyler came into possession of these narcotics, including who supplied them. To that end, we have hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to assist us."

Skaggs was "an important part of the Angels Family," the team said in a statement in July. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time."

Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, had been a regular in the Angels' starting rotation since late 2016, when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles' injury-plagued rotation.

The left-hander had just pitched the previous Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Oakland. He was scheduled to start the series finale at Texas, on the Fourth of July holiday.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was "deeply saddened" by Skaggs' death.

"We will support the Angels' organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler's teammates and other members of the baseball family," Manfred said in a statement.

Skaggs is the first Angels player to die in-season since Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunken driver 10 years ago. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander was coming off his first start of the 2009 season, his fourth career game in the big leagues.

Jose Fernandez, a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was killed in boating crash near Miami Beach, Florida, in September 2016.

Pitcher Darryl Kile, who played in the majors for 12 seasons (1992-2002) was on the road with the St. Louis Cardinals when he died in June 2002 in his Chicago hotel room. Albert Pujols, now a member of the Angels, was Kile's teammate then.

Angels players and coaches who had arrived at the Rangers' ballpark for Monday night's series opener left about four hours before the scheduled start of the game to return to their hotel. The clubhouse was never opened to the media.

The Rangers' clubhouse also was closed when general manager Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward told their players what had happened and dismissed them.

Woodward described it as "one of those moments where you're just kind of numb" and said the Rangers were thinking about Skaggs' family and the Angels organization.

"There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in there, you could tell. Some guys knew him. (Jesse Chavez) had actually played with him in LA," Woodward said. "Some guys that didn't even know him were visibly shaken. You could tell."

Skaggs was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, in the far western part of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round.

The Angels traded Skaggs to Arizona in 2010, and he started his big league career with 13 appearances over two seasons for the Diamondbacks. The Angels reacquired him in December 2013, and he has won 25 games over five seasons with the club.

Skaggs started a career-high 24 games last season, going 8-10 with a 4.02 ERA. He missed playing time in April this season with a sprained ankle but came back strong.

Skaggs was part of the same Angels' draft class as Mike Trout, and they were roommates in the low minor leagues before Skaggs was traded to Arizona. They played on the same team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2010.

Cleveland Indians ace Trevor Bauer, who played with Skaggs in the Diamondbacks organization, tweeted: "We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together."

Skaggs' mother, Debbie, was the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School. She famously provided postgame tips on his pitching mechanics, even deep into his big-league career.

Skaggs grew up in Santa Monica, on the west side of the sprawling Los Angeles metroplex, but rooted for the Angels instead of the closer Dodgers.

AP Sports Writers Greg Beacham and Jay Cohen contributed to this report. NBC 5's Alice Barr also contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Mariners Score Twice in Ninth Inning, Beat Rangers 5-3]]>558766721Thu, 29 Aug 2019 22:48:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Austin Nola hit a sacrifice fly that scored Dee Gordon with the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning and Omar Narvaez added an insurance run with an RBI single as the Seattle Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Gordon led off the ninth with a single to right, moved to second when Mallex Smith walked and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by J.P. Crawford. Nola's fly out scored Gordon and Narvaez's single to shallow center scored Smith.

Matt Magill (4-1) allowed one base runner in the eighth and ninth innings.

Jose Leclerc (2-4) allowed both runs in the ninth inning on two singles and two walks. The Rangers lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Felix Hernandez came away with his second straight no decision after missing more than three months with a lat strain. Hernandez allowed all three runs on five hits and struck out three.

Lance Lynn gave up three runs, one earned, in six innings. He struck out five, raising his season total to 202 and becoming the eighth pitcher in Texas club history to strike out 200 or more in a season.

Seattle scored three runs in the second inning when Lynn hit Dylan Moore on the left elbow with the bases loaded. Two runs scored when Rangers first baseman Logan Forsythe dropped a throw on a double play try on a ground ball hit by Gordon that would have ended the inning.

Willie Calhoun homered in the first inning off the facing off the second deck in right field. Calhoun has hit five of Texas' last nine home runs over 10 games.

The Rangers scored a run in the fourth inning when Scott Heineman nearly hit into a triple play. Heineman hit a ground ball to third with the bases loaded. Kyle Seager stepped on the bag and threw to Gordon at second for the second out. Gordon's relay to first was just late, allowing Nick Solak to score.

SHORT HOPS

Smith stole his major league-leading 37th base in the fifth inning, diving beneath a tag by Rangers 2B Rougned Odor. Texas challenged the call, which stood after a delay of more than 90 seconds. ... Rangers rookie DH Nick Solak, with two singles, has hit safely in eight of his 10 big league games and has reached base in all 10. ... Odor went 0 for 3 with a walk, extending his hitless streak to 28 at-bats.

UP NEXT

Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales (14-10, 4.17) will make his 29th start, equaling his career high, and needs to last only three innings to set a career high for innings. Gonzales is 2-2 against Texas this season.

Rangers right-hander Kolby Allard (2-0, 4.64) comes off 6 1/3 shutout innings against the White Sox last Saturday during which he struck out eight and walked none.

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<![CDATA[Jurado Pitches Rangers Past Angels]]>558665971Thu, 29 Aug 2019 04:58:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1164576532.jpg

With Mike Trout watching from the bench, Ariel Jurado and the Texas Rangers' relievers largely overwhelmed the lesser Angels.

And when they didn't, Delino DeShields was there to help out.

Jurado pitched six innings of two-hit ball to earn his second victory since June, and DeShields reached over the center field fence to make a spectacular homer-stealing catch in the Rangers' 3-0 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

DeShields kept the game scoreless in the third when he reached up and over to take a homer away from Brian Goodwin . The outfielder's timing and reach were both impeccable, and they allowed him to rob a friend.

"He hit it and I just timed it up," DeShields said. "It's something I take pride in, my defense. We've got a (pitcher) out there that struggled his last outing. You just want to give your best effort for your teammates. Off the bat, I didn't really think it was going to keep going. I'm glad I took a peek at the wall to see where it was."

DeShields wasn't completely certain he caught it until he looked in his glove, remembering an incident earlier this season in which he dislodged the ball out of his own mitt while making the play. He playfully bit down on the baseball before throwing it back to the infield, and he pointed at Goodwin.

"I guess he knew I made a good catch," DeShields said. "I guess he wasn't that hurt about it. I kind of felt bad, but it's part of the game. Who knows, he might get me one day."

Nick Solak had an RBI single in the sixth and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a two-run double in the eighth as the Rangers won the season series 10-9 over their fellow AL West also-rans. Texas took four of six from the Angels in two series over the past 10 days.

"I feel like every game we've played with them has been like tonight, where one hit or one pitch decides the game," Texas manager Chris Woodward said.

TROUT OUT

Trout got the day off after hitting his major league leading 43rd homer Tuesday night, and it probably thrilled the Rangers. Trout has hit 11 homers against Texas this season, tied for the most by an opponent in franchise history, while his 1.365 OPS is the third-highest by any Texas opponent in a season.

Trout has been dealing with minor pain in the bottom of his right foot for several weeks, he said. Angels manager Brad Ausmus decided to give him two consecutive days of rest since they don't play Thursday.

"Just been sore, but I'll be good to go on Friday," Trout said.

Without Trout, the Angels were shut out for the seventh time this season during their sixth loss in seven games.

STRONG START

After opener Emmanuel Clase barely escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, Jurado (7-10) retired 16 of his first 18 batters, giving up only two hits to Kole Calhoun. The performance was an impressive turnaround for Jurado, who had lost four consecutive starts and seven of his last nine, including three straight defeats over which he yielded 22 runs in 13 2/3 innings.

"Tonight I didn't leave any pitches in the middle," Jurado said. "When I was missing something, it was off to the side."

Jose Leclerc pitched the ninth for his ninth save, his first since Aug. 11.

ANOTHER STRONG START

Angels rookie Patrick Sandoval pitched five innings of one-hit ball in his fourth career start, racking up nine strikeouts in the best effort of his young career. The native of nearby Mission Viejo, California, struggled only with his control in his second start in his home ballpark, issuing three walks.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus didn't second-guess his decision to pull Sandoval after just 84 pitches.

"We thought he had done his job," Ausmus said. "We were supposed to get some runs by the bottom of the fifth and get his first win, but it wasn't meant to be."

The Rangers promptly broke through against LA's bullpen. Elvis Andrus drew a walk from former Rangers farmhand Miguel Del Pozo (1-1) and eventually scored on Solak's single off Keynan Middleton, who was back on a major league mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2018.

Kiner-Falefa quickly added two more runs with his first hit since his latest recall from the minors.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Lance Lynn (14-9, 3.85 ERA) takes the mound in Arlington on Thursday for the opener of a four-game weekend series against the Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez (1-4, 6.09 ERA).

Angels: After a day off at home, rookie Jose Suarez (2-5, 6.67 ERA) makes his 13th career start Friday to open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox and Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 6.64 ERA).

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<![CDATA[Calhoun, Trout Lead Halos Past Rangers]]>558543541Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:21:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1164450001.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels haven't been eight games below .500 since 2016. After five consecutive road losses heading into this homestand, they certainly appeared to be headed to that dismal depth while Texas' Mike Minor dazzled them for six scoreless innings.

Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin made sure the Angels didn't bottom out, and Mike Trout added the coup de grace by adding to his major league homers lead.

Calhoun hit a two-run double and pinch-hitter Goodwin added a two-run single in the seventh inning, and the Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Trout hit his majors-best 43rd homer in the eighth inning for the Angels (64-70), driving in 100 runs for the first time since 2016 with his solo shot to left.

"He pummeled it," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's the downside of being Mike Trout. You go up there and (everyone) expects him to hit it 420 feet every time."

Trout, who was in a minor slump over the past six games, hit his 11th homer against Texas this season. Only Mickey Mantle has hit that many homers in a season against the Rangers franchise, and he did it in 1961 when they were the Washington Senators.

The Angels' bats came through just in time to snare a win in the opener of a two-game series between AL West also-rans.

Andrew Heaney had 10 strikeouts over six innings of four-hit ball in his second straight outstanding start against Texas, but he left trailing 1-0 before the Angels rallied to win.

"We finally broke through there," said Heaney, who struck out 14 over eight innings of one-run ball in Arlington last week.

Shin-Soo Choo had an RBI single in the third inning and Danny Santana homered in the eighth for the Rangers, who have lost four of five.

Minor (11-8) dominated the Angels for the first six innings, allowing only Andrelton Simmons to reach base during Los Angeles' first 20 plate appearances.

"It really is unfortunate, because that's the best I've seen him in a while," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "He deserved a better result than he got."

Minor bounced back sharply from last week, when the Angels hurt him for 10 hits and seven runs in Texas.

"I feel fine, but I just wish I could get some wins," Minor said. "It's no fun losing."

The first three Angels reached in the seventh, and Calhoun drove home Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton with a one-out double in the gap. Goodwin then added two more runs on Minor's 105th pitch with a single up the middle.

Texas scored an unearned run in the third when Choo singled to drive home Delino DeShields, who had singled and gone to second when Calhoun bobbled the ball in right.

EX-RANGER WINS

Miguel Del Pozo (1-0) got one out in the seventh to earn his first major league victory against the team that traded him to the Angels on Aug. 9. The 26-year-old Dominican reliever, who made his big league debut last week in Texas, struck out Choo on three pitches.

Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Hunter Pence went on the 10-day injured list with a lower back strain. The move was retroactive to last Saturday for the All-Star selection. Isiah Kiner-Falefa came up from Triple-A Nashville to take his roster spot.

Angels: Reliever Keynan Middleton was reinstated from the injured list for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2018. He missed the final 121 games of last season -- which he began as the Angels' closer -- and the first 133 games of this season.

UP NEXT

Orange County native Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 6.75 ERA) takes another shot at earning his first major league victory for the Angels in the series finale. He faces Ariel Jurado (6-10, 5.48 ERA), who has lost four consecutive starts and given up 22 runs in the last three.

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<![CDATA[Beltre, Pudge, Young Headline All-Globe Life Park Team]]>558497761Tue, 27 Aug 2019 19:21:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ivan-Rodriguez-Getty.jpg

It's almost time to close the curtains on the Globe Life Park Era of Texas Rangers baseball.

To help commemorate this monumental time in the organization's history, The Dallas Morning News/SportsDayDFW and the Rangers teamed up to allow fans to select the team that best represents The Ballpark Era from 1994 through the 2019 season.

The 24-player roster was selected in online fan voting conducted by The News in July with candidates limited to Rangers who played from 1994 to the present time. Two players were selected at each position with six outfielders being picked. On the pitching side, two right-handed and two left-handed starters as well as one closer are being honored. Finally, The News included candidates from various positions for one Fans' Choice selection.

Read more from NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News.

The players selected at each position are below.

Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez, Robinson Chirinos

First Base: Will Clark, Mark Teixeira

Second Base: Michael Young, Ian Kinsler

Third Base: Adrian Beltre, Hank Blalock

Shortstop: Elvis Andrus, Alex Rodriguez

Designated Hitter: Rafael Palmeiro, Vladimir Guerrero

Outfield: Josh Hamilton, Rusty Greer, Juan Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, Shin-Soo Choo

Right-handed Starting Pitchers: Colby Lewis, Yu Darvish

Left-handed Starting Pitchers: Kenny Rogers, Derek Holland

Closer: Neftali Feliz

Fans' Choice: Mike Napoli, catcher

*players are listed in order of most votes cast by position



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<![CDATA[Nashville Sounds, Rangers Triple-A Club, Changing Park Name]]>558339761Mon, 26 Aug 2019 14:34:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nashville-sounds-jersey.jpg

Nashville's minor league baseball team is changing the name of its ballpark to First Horizon Park.

The Nashville Sounds and First Horizon National Corporation announced the change for the stadium currently named First Tennessee Park.

A news release says the new name reflects the unification of the company's banking, wealth management and fixed income businesses, including First Tennessee Bank, under the First Horizon brand. The company announced the change in June.

Signs are expected to be switched out in January, with a goal to have the new ones in place before the 2020 season begins.

The ballpark opened in 2015. The Nashville Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate club of the Texas Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Lopez Throws 5 No-Hit Innings, White Sox Top Rangers]]>558245741Sun, 25 Aug 2019 18:28:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Reynaldo-Lopez-Getty.jpg

Reynaldo Lopez shut down the Texas Rangers before a stomach bug got the better of the White Sox right-hander and shortened a sensational afternoon.

Lopez pitched five no-hit innings before leaving with dehydration and flu-like symptoms, and the Chicago went on to beat Texas 2-0 on Sunday.

Aaron Bummer replaced Lopez to start the sixth. The first batter he faced, Shin-Soo Choo, lined a single to left on a 1-0 pitch for the Rangers' only hit.

Lopez told reporters through a translator after the game that he had been battling GI issues for three days. He felt good enough to take the mound Sunday, but by the third inning sensed his stuff was livelier than his body.

"I tried to battle through it until Ricky (manager Renteria) made the decision," said Lopez, who felt better after taking IV treatment. "It is frustrating when things like that happen the day that you are pitching, especially an outing like today when everything was going very well.

"I was kind of upset when I had to leave the game. I was feeling good with my stuff, but physically I wasn't doing well."

Jose Abreu drove in both White Sox runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fifth time in six seasons. Adam Engel had two of Chicago's five hits.

Lopez (8-11) struck out six and allowed four baserunners while throwing 52 of 80 pitches for strikes. The righty walked two and hit Nick Solak with a pitch. Jose Trevino reached on the first of two errors by shortstop Tim Anderson.

Lopez rebounded from two straight losses when he allowed eight runs in 12 innings. In his last nine starts, the 25-year-old is 4-3 with a 2.82 ERA.

"He was throwing very, very well obviously," Renteria said. "Fastball had some very good life.

"He certainly was the story. It was nice job by the bullpen to be able to pick him up."

Bummer, Evan Marshall, Jace Fry and Alex Colome followed with a scoreless inning each. Colome worked around a walk in the ninth to earn his 25th save.

Brock Burke (0-1) nearly matched Lopez in second major league outing, yielding one run on two hits while walking three and striking out five. The 23-year-old left-hander tossed six scoreless innings and scattered four hits in his debut last Tuesday against the Angels, but ended up with a no-decision as Texas won 3-2 in 11 innings.

The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Burke escaped the jam when Eloy Jimenez lined into a double play.

"Today was really encouraging, especially with how the game started," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "I'm still baffled by the poise that this kid has. Bases loaded, one out and guy hits rocket to the shortstop. He gets out of it.

"Then he comes back in and is calm. It's a little big staggering in his second big-league start to be calm in that setting."

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the third on Abreu's RBI single to left. Yolmer Sanchez, who walked to lead off the inning, trotted home from third after he advanced on a bunt and an error.

Lopez's reached over his head and snared Elvis Andrus' liner up the middle for the first out of the fourth.

After Choo singled in the sixth, the Rangers loaded the bases with two outs on Anderson's second error of the game and an intentional walk to Solak. Rougned Odor grounded out to end the threat.

Choo didn't make much of ending the no-hit bid.

I got a hit in the sixth inning and I saw the scoreboard in the ninth inning and saw we had one hit," he said. "That's part of the game."

Engel scored from third on Abreu's soft grounder in the seventh make it 2-0.

MILESTONE FOR MOM
Abreu's said he called his mother, who follows his stats, about reaching the 100 RBI mark again after the game.

"I got off the phone with my mother, telling her thank you," Abreu said through a translator. "I am who I am because of you and this is for you."

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: OF Hunter Pence (lower back tightness) was out of the lineup for a second straight day. The injury occurred Friday in the batting cage, but Pence played through that game going 0 for 3

White Sox: OF Leury Garcia left the game with a left shin contusion. . Rookie OF Eloy Jimenez was the designated hitter for a second straight game as he eases back into the lineup following a bout of right hip flexor soreness. . LHP Fry was reinstated from the paternity list and pitched a perfect eighth.

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (11-7, 3.17) faces Angels LHP Andrew Heaney (3-3, 4.31) at Anaheim on Tuesday.

White Sox: Ace RHP Lucas Giolito (14-6, 3.20) takes the mound on Tuesday against Twins RHP Michael Pineda (9-5, 4.26) in the opener three game series in Chicago. Giolito shut out the Twins on three hits and struck out 12 at Minneapolis last Wednesday. Pineda is 3-0 in his last four starts.

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<![CDATA[Rookie Allard Dominant as Rangers Beat White Sox]]>558165001Sat, 24 Aug 2019 22:09:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kolby-Allard-Getty1.jpg

Willie Calhoun and Danny Santana homered, rookie Kolby Allard pitched into the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Saturday night.

Allard (2-0) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none in his fourth start since he was acquired in a trade with Atlanta last month.

Calhoun and Nick Solak had two hits apiece for the Rangers, who had dropped seven of 10.

Jose Abreu had two of Chicago's eight hits, giving him 1,001 for his career. The White Sox had won three in a row.

Calhoun hit a two-run drive off Ivan Nova (9-10) in the sixth, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead. It was his fourth homer in his last six games and No. 15 on the season, extending his career high.

Elvis Andrus was aboard after he reached on shortstop Tim Anderson's throwing error, stole second and advanced on catcher James McCann's throwing error. The White Sox finished with three errors.

Nova was charged with an earned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in his previous six starts.

Santana added another two-run shot against Jimmy Cordero in the seventh.

Rafael Montero and Jose Leclerc combined to strike out six and limit the White Sox to two hits in the final 2 2/3 innings.

In his previous start, Allard allowed a career-high seven runs in five innings against the Angels.

White Sox center fielder Adam Engel made a diving catch on Scott Heineman's liner in the fifth to preserve a scoreless game. Nova clapped in response.

Heineman caught Anderson's drive to the center field wall to end the Chicago fifth with a runner on second.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RHP Jesse Chavez (right elbow impingement) will possibly have surgery to remove a bone spur. "He's going to see doctor when we get back home and I think the possibility of getting that spur cleaned out is on the table," general manager Jon Daniels said. "If that were to happen, he would not come back this year. He should be 100 percent for next year." Chavez has been on the IL since Aug. 13. ... OF Hunter Pence (lower back tightness) was out of the lineup and not expected to play Sunday. He said the injury occurred Friday in the batting cage. ... OF Joey Gallo (right wrist surgery) will have to play through pain if he returns this season, manager Chris Woodward said. "It's a tolerance thing. He can't hurt it anymore," Woodward said. Gallo has been on the IL since July 24. ... OF Nomar Mazara (left oblique strain) is taking swings as he nears a return from the IL.

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (right hip flexor soreness) returned as the designated hitter after he missed two games. The team is easing him back onto the field.

UP NEXT
Rangers left-hander Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (7-11, 5.25 ERA) on Sunday. Burke will make his second career start after throwing six scoreless innings Tuesday against the Angels. Lopez is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA in his last eight starts.

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<![CDATA[Cease, Moncada Lead White Sox Past Rangers]]>558143091Sat, 24 Aug 2019 17:07:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yoan-Moncada-Getty.jpg

Dylan Cease said he had "A-plus" stuff. After a rough first inning, the rookie right-hander got a grip on his game.

Cease settled down after a tough start, Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer for the second straight night and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Friday.

The 23-year-old Cease (3-6) surrendered Willie Calhoun's three-run shot in the first, but he set a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings. He allowed four hits and walked one in his ninth start since being recalled from Triple-A on July 3.

"I found a feel," Cease said. "I just thought let my body ride down the mound longer and it got me on track.

"Definitely my best start of the year so far today, beside my first inning. I just need to not let those big innings happen."

Adam Engel added two RBIs as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games. Tim Anderson and Leury Garcia each had two hits and drove in a run.

While the White Sox rallied, Cease responded by keeping Texas off the board.

"He came back and gave us those shutdown innings after we scored," manager Rick Renteria said. "There's a confidence builder in that particular outing today. He should be happy about how he ended up kind of redirecting himself and righting the ship."

Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer and Alex Colome then combined for three hitless innings in relief.

Moncada also doubled for the second straight game after returning Thursday from a right hamstring strain.

Texas right-hander Lance Lynn (14-9) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out 10 while dropping his third straight decision.

"I'd say the last three starts have not been good in all honesty," Lynn said. "Tonight you look at the strikeouts are there, but you can't give up seven runs, especially when you get a three-run lead early on."

Cease struck out the side in the first, but also gave up Calhoun's 14th homer, a deep drive to right on a 2-1 pitch. He has allowed at least one homer in each of his nine starts and 11 overall.

Chicago rallied in the second. After Lynn walked Matt Skole and Yolmer Sanchez with two out, Engel drove a two-run double to the left-field corner.

The White Sox opened a 5-3 lead in the fourth. Sanchez and Anderson had RBI singles and Garcia drove in a run with a double.

Jose Abreu's RBI double to the center-field wall in the sixth made it 6-3. Moncada then greeted Shawn Kelley with his 22th homer.

ELVIS CLIMBS
Elvis Andrus singled in the first to give him 1,693 hits with Texas, moving him ahead of Rafael Palmeiro and into third on the franchise's career hits list. Michael Young (2,230) is first, followed by Ivan Rodriguez (1,747).

HEARTY COMEBACK
Texas right-hander Luke Farrell was activated from the 60-day injured list and pitched a perfect seventh and eighth inning. He had been out since he was hit in the face by line drive in spring training.

"I wanted to pitch well," Farrell told reporters after the game. "I think I took it in a little bit and appreciated it, appreciated months of thinking about that moment and wondering if it was going to happen."

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: INF Danny Santana was back in the lineup at first base after sitting out Thursday with a sore left hamstring.

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (right hip flexor soreness) didn't start for a second straight game. Renteria said Jimenez was available to pinch-hit and he thinks the rookie slugger could return to the lineup Saturday.

UP NEXT
Rangers left-hander Kolby Allard (1-0, 6.00 ERA) faces White Sox right-hander Ivan Nova (9-9, 4.47 ERA) on Saturday. Nova is 5-0 in his last six starts, posting a 0.85 ERA in the span. Allard makes his fourth start for Texas since being acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline.

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<![CDATA[Moncada, Detwiler Lead White Sox Over Rangers 6-1]]>557942121Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:55:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Yoan Moncada lined a two-run homer his return from the injured list, Ross Detwiler struck out a career-high eight and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 on Thursday night.

James McCann hit a solo shot and doubled, and Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Matt Skole each had an RBI as Chicago won for the third time in four games.

Out since July 31 with a strained right hamstring, Moncada batted cleanup and made an immediate impact with his 21st homer as the White Sox jumped to an early five-run lead. He also doubled in the fifth and gave his team a scare when he fell awkwardly exiting the batter's box as he grounded out to end the seventh.

Moncada was tended to by a trainer and manager Rick Renteria, then remained in the game.

Elvis Andrus' solo homer accounted for the only run against Detwiler (2-3) and was one of only three hits off the left-hander, who walked none over six innings. The 33-year-old earned his second win this season -- and only his second in the majors over nearly three years.

Jimmy Cordero followed with two scoreless relief innings, and Kelvin Herrera tossed the ninth to complete a three-hitter.

Detwiler was 0-3 in five starts and five relief appearances since winning his first start with Chicago, on June 28 against Minnesota. His previous big league win was on Sept. 18, 2016 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.

Ariel Jurado (6-10) allowed six runs and 10 hits in eight innings as he lost his fourth straight start.

Detwiler retired the first seven Texas hitters before Scott Heineman looped a double into right field in the third. Heineman was thrown out by McCann trying to steal third on a play that withstood a video review.

Moncada and McCann went deep back-to-back as the White Sox scored four runs in the third.

ELVIS ASCENDS

Andrus' homer gave him 1,692 hits with Texas, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro for third on the team's career list.

PROSPECTING

Top White Sox prospect Luis Robert has been on a tear since being promoted to Triple-A Charlotte in July, hitting .310 with 13 homers and 32 RBIs in 36 games. General manager Rick Hahn said no decision has been made on when to call up the promising 22-year-old. Robert started the season in Class A and was promoted to Double-A after 19 games.

Hahn confirmed that Chicago's top pitching prospect, right-hander Michael Kopech, remains on schedule to join the team for 2020 spring training following Tommy John surgery last September.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: INF/OF Danny Santana (sore left hamstring) didn't start but was available off the bench.

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (tight right hip flexor) was held out of the lineup. Both Hahn and Renteria said the condition isn't serious, and Jimenez could return Friday.

UP NEXT:

Rangers RHP Lance Lynn (14-8, 3.60) takes the mound against White Sox rookie RHP Dylan Cease (2-6, 5.93) on Friday night. Lynn is 0-2 in his last three outings. Cease makes his ninth career start.



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<![CDATA[Pence 3 RBIs for Texas, Another Last-AB Win Against Angels]]>557818341Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:52:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Hunter Pence drove in three runs, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that pushed the Texas Rangers past the Los Angeles Angels 8-7 on Wednesday night.

Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a single up the middle off Trevor Cahill (3-8), the seventh Angels pitcher. After two wild pitches got Andrus to third, Pence grounded a single through the left side of the infield.

Texas, which twice earlier in the game blew two-run leads, overcame a late three-run deficit. Pence had a two-run double in the seventh, after striking out his first three at-bats, and Shin-Soo Choo's RBI single tied in the eighth.

The Rangers won three times in the four-game series. All of the wins came in their final at-bat, including 11-inning wins in the series opener Monday and the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.

Jonathan Hernandez (1-0) worked the final 2 1/3 innings to win in his major league debut. It was the second night in a row a Rangers reliever got his first big league win.

Los Angeles went ahead 7-4 with a three-run sixth, including two runs coming home on the same play that Justin Upton had a sacrifice fly.

With the bases loaded with one out, after an intentional walk to Mike Trout, Upton hit his sac fly. Left fielder Willie Calhoun's throw home was well off target before catcher Jeff Mathis tried to pick off Trout, but first baseman Danny Santana misplayed the ball for an error that allowed a second run to score.

That ended the night for All-Star lefty Mike Minor, whose ERA rose from 2.94 to 3.17 after he allowed seven runs and 10 hits -- both season highs. He struck out seven and walked two.

Kole Calhoun greeted reliever Locke St. John with an RBI single to make it 7-4.

The Angels tied the game 4-all with two outs in the fifth when Albert Pujols had a tying two-run single that ricocheted off the top of the eight-foot wall in right. Pujols thought he had his 20th homer, but the ball was ruled in play when it bounced back onto the field, and that stood after a crew chief replay review.

An inning earlier, Los Angeles got even at 2. Pujols doubled and scored on Brian Goodwin's double before Wilfredo Tovar's RBI groundout.

Willie Calhoun hit his 13th homer for the Rangers in the second. Rookie Nick Solak had two doubles, scoring three times and drove in a run in his third big league game.

SHORT HOPS

Hernandez became the 13th pitcher to make his MLB debut with the Rangers this season. The previous club record had been 10 debuts in 2014. ... The Angels finished 109-117 overall at the Rangers' ballpark in its 26th season, and will be the first visitor when Texas plays its first 2020 regular season home game in its new stadium across the street.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (elbow inflammation) returned to California and will be placed on the injured list for the second time this month. ... RHP Keynan Middleton (right elbow UCL injury) could be close to joining the Angels for the first time this season. Manager Brad Ausmus said a decision could be made after Middleton makes his next rehab appearance.

UP NEXT

Angels: After a day off Thursday, the Angels open a three-game weekend series at AL West-leading Houston, where they have lost seven of their last eight games.

Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (6-9), who has lost his last three starts, is scheduled to pitch the opener Thursday night of a four-game series at the Chicago White Sox.



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<![CDATA[Fans Brave Heat to Catch Rangers-Angels Doubleheader]]>557163581Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:15:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers+fan+hot+sun.jpg

The scorching heat did not keep some baseball fans from heading out to one of the final summer games at Globe Life Park in Arlington Tuesday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers' new, covered stadium is set to open next March.

Fans filed into the ballpark with their hot weather essentials.

"We've got water packed. We got three coolers of water. I've got my big umbrella. We've got hats, sunscreen, we're ready," said Pam Blackford of Garland.

Blackford said her family's trip to Globe Life Park was definitely worth it because it's her last trip to her ballpark of 26 years.

"This is my last opportunity to come to the ballpark before it closes so I wanted to make sure I made it out here today," she said.

The brutal heat even had fans checking on their favorite players.

"Looking to watch the pitcher warming up, asked him if he's alright. Said he was good," Angels fan Reid Hendrix said.

While some opted for the shade, Hendrix had red hot seats for Tuesday's doubleheader.

A temperature gun recorded a temperature of 137 degrees on a stadium seat.

Hendrix eventually bowed out of the sun.

"I feel better now that I'm up here in the shade," he said.

The Rangers lost Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Angels 5-1.

Game 2 starts at 7 p.m.

The temperature in Arlington was expected to be in the upper 90s, with a heat index around 100 degrees.

A Globe Life Park representative said more than 17,000 tickets were sold for the Angels-Rangers series.

A much smaller crowd attended Tuesday's first contest because it was a makeup for the postponed game following the sudden death of Angels' pitcher Tyler Skaggs.



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<![CDATA[Rookies Push Rangers to Win for Split of DH With Angels]]>557273561Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:12:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Delino DeShields raced home from second base with the winning run in the 11th inning, giving the Texas Rangers a 3-2 win and a doubleheader split with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night after an error by first baseman Albert Pujols.

Nick Solak, who hit his first career homer earlier in the game after making his big league debut in the opener, hit a hard two-out shot that got past Pujols. The first baseman was on his knee and reaching to his left when the ball got by him.

DeShields reached on a one-out single off Ty Buttrey (6-6), the sixth Angels pitcher. DeShields stole second base after Rougned Odor struck out before Logan Forsythe walked to bring up the rookie.

Emmanuel Clase (1-2), the hard-throwing 21-year-old right-hander making his eighth appearance since his MLB debut earlier this month, worked two perfect innings for his first major league victory. He was the fifth Texas pitcher.

In the opener, Andrew Heaney had a career-high 14 strikeouts without a walk over eight innings and Mike Trout matched the MLB lead with his career-best 42nd homer in the Angels' 5-1 win. Luis Rengifo also went deep for Los Angeles.

Solak broke a scoreless tie in the nightcap with his one-out solo homer in the fifth off Jaime Barria.

Brock Burke, a 23-year-old lefty acquired from Tampa Bay in an offseason trade, pitched six scoreless innings in his big league debut for the Rangers and exited with a 2-0 lead in the nightcap.

Burke was denied his first win after the Angels tied the game. Shohei Ohtani had a two-out RBI double off Shawn Kelley in the eighth, and Brian Goodwin hit a game-tying solo homer in the ninth off closer Jose Leclerc, who had his fourth blown save in 12 chances.

After being recalled from Triple-A Nashville between games, Burke struck out four and walked two. He threw 67 of his 99 pitches for strikes and limited the Angels to four hits -- two each by Ohtani and Pujols.

Two batters after Solak homered, Jose Trevino doubled and later came home on a single by Danny Santana.

The Rangers brought up infielder Solak from Triple-A Nashville when outfielder Nomar Mazara was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain he sustained in the series opener Monday night.

The doubleheader opener was the makeup of the July 1 game that was postponed after pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room the last time the Angels played in Texas. The coroner hasn't released a cause of death for Skaggs, who was 27.

In the opener, when the temperature reached 100 degrees during the game, Trout hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning before Heaney (3-3), one of Skaggs' best friends, had even thrown his first pitch.

Heaney had 10 of his strikeouts during a stretch of 16 consecutive retired batters after he allowed consecutive one-out singles in the first -- until Willie Calhoun's homer with two outs in the sixth. Heaney threw 79 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Joe Palumbo (0-2), added from Triple-A Nashville as the 26th player for the doubleheader, started the opener and lasted only 1 2/3 innings before leaving because of a blister on his left thumb. After six no-hit innings in his last minor league start, the lefty allowed three consecutive hits to start the game, including Trout's homer, and walked the next two batters after that.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Angels: Barria was originally scheduled to start the opener Tuesday, but the Angels switched him to the night game to give him some extra rest after he left the ballpark Monday night with a fever.

Rangers: Elvis Andrus got his hand stepped on when he was caught stealing in the eighth inning of the nightcap. He remained in the game, and was back at shortstop in the ninth inning.

UP NEXT
All-Star lefty Mike Minor (11-7) starts the finale for the Rangers, who are going for only their second series win in a span of 15 series since late June. Lefty Patrick Sandoval (0-1) goes for the Angels.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Angels Back in Texas After Skaggs' Death, Lose to Rangers]]>555969141Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:51:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1169047744.jpg

Andrew Heaney struggled to describe his emotions with the Los Angeles Angels back in Texas for the first time since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series against the Rangers last month.

Standing next to the No. 45 jersey hanging from the locker still reserved for Heaney's best friend, a joyous shout arose from a pre-game clubhouse competition near him. The Angels are showing some signs of healing, with Skaggs' memory clearly still weighing heavily on them.

"It's like a new kind of normal, but it's just a different ...," Heaney said before the game, his words trailing off. "Like I already have a hard enough time understanding my own emotions about it. Honestly I can't really give like you a good answer as to ... I'm sorry."

The Angels let a six-run lead get away in their return to the home of the Rangers on Monday night, losing 8-7 in 11 innings on Isiah Kiner-Falefa's high-chop infield single off Noe Ramirez (4-2) to score Jose Trevino, who started the rally in the fourth inning with his first career homer.

"Resilient obviously is the word I use a lot," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I think it goes beyond that tonight."

Shohei Ohtani extended the longest hitting streak of his career to 10 games with an RBI triple , then had a broken bat line drive that turned into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the 10th. The Japanese star reached base four times and scored twice.

Albert Pujols' 652nd career homer and 19th of the season capped a five-run first inning, and the Angels led 7-1 before Trevino's drive into the first row above the 14-foot fence in left and Scott Heineman's first two big league RBIs got the Rangers closer.

Hunter Pence, who had three hits and reached base five times, pulled Texas within a run with a single in the eighth. Rougned Odor followed with a tying RBI single.

Rafael Montero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

There were signs of healing for the Angels seven weeks after Skaggs' death stunned them and forced the postponement of the opener of a four-game set. The remaining three games were played, the first on an eerily quiet night with no music or on-field promotions.

The makeup game is part of a doubleheader Tuesday as the teams are set to play four games in three days, including a series opener that lasted 4 hours, 35 minutes. The coroner hasn't released a cause of death for Skaggs, who was 27.

Manager Brad Ausmus said memories of Skaggs are everywhere: home and road. He recalled recently watching a video that plays before every game in Anaheim, and thinking of Skaggs precisely reciting some of the words during the last homestand before he died.

"It's a lot easier than last time we were here for sure," Ausmus said. "There's always things that pop up during the course of a day, whether it's one or two times a day that remind you."

Right fielder Kole Calhoun robbed Elvis Andrus of what probably have been an RBI triple in the fourth with a running, over-the-shoulder catch on the warning track.

"It's definitely a little weird," Calhoun said before the game. "Even as a team, it's just definitely a little different. Kind of a little bit of a takes you back to like an empty feeling kind of thing. He's definitely still on our mind."

Assuming both teams don't get into AL wild-card contention, this is the last trip to the Dallas area for the Angels this season. And next year, the Rangers will play in a new ballpark across the street from the one with all the difficult memories for LA.

"It's funny like for a place I came when I was a kid, this is where I came, this is the team that I kind of like rooted for," said Heaney, a native of Oklahoma. "Then that happens. It like completely erases all the good memories that I have here. Glad there will be a new place."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara left after two innings with left oblique tightness. Mazara made a lunging catch while falling forward on a liner from Pujols in the second. ... 3B Danny Santana left after four innings with left hamstring tightness. Santana slowed considerably between first and second on a double in the fourth. ... RHP Adrian Sampson went on the 10-day injured list with lower back spasms. The move was part of a roster shuffle that included bringing up Heineman and RHP Phillips Valdez from Triple-A Nashville. RHP David Carpenter was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Heaney (2-3, 4.76 ERA) is set to start what amounts to the makeup game for the postponement following Skaggs' death. It's the first doubleheader in almost four years for the Angels. Brock Burke, a 23-year-old lefty, is set to make his major league debut for Texas in the opener. Joe Palumbo (0-1, 11.00) is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville to start the second game for the Rangers. The 24-year-old rookie left-hander has three career appearances and two starts for Texas. RHP Jaime Barria (4-6, 6.62) is set to start the nightcap for the Angels.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rangers Reveal 2020 Spring Schedule]]>554801441Tue, 20 Aug 2019 04:00:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers+Spring+Training+021719.jpg

The Texas Rangers revealed their 2020 Spring Training schedule Monday including more details about the first games to be played at their new home, Globe Life Field.

The team is scheduled to play 32 spring training games in 2020, including 30 Cactus League contests beginning Saturday, Feb. 22. 

The Rangers will play a pair of exhibition games to conclude the spring training schedule at the new Globe Life Field, beginning with a matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, March 23 at 7:05 p.m. CT. The opponent on Tuesday, March 24 has yet to be announced.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.

Texas' 30-game Arizona schedule features 16 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 15 of those games and will be the visiting club for one contest against the Kansas City Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas.

Those two teams are scheduled to play three times overall in Surprise in 2020, Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Friday, March 13 (both Rangers home game) and the Cactus League finale on Saturday, March 21 (Royals home game).

In addition, the Rangers will play the other 13 Cactus League teams once each in Surprise, beginning with the opener on Saturday, Feb. 22 against Milwaukee.

At the other Cactus League parks, the team has two games versus San Francisco with one each against the other 12 teams.  

Online tickets sales open Saturday, Oct. 19 for season tickets, mini plans, and specialty ticket packages and will be available for purchase at SurpriseSpringTraining.com. Online sales for individual game tickets begin Saturday, Nov. 16 and will be available at texasrangers.com. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for walk-up sales beginning Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. More information is available by calling 623-222-2222.



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<![CDATA[Pregame Nerves: First Pitch and National Anthem]]>553053332Sun, 18 Aug 2019 23:26:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Sonny-Dykes-Emily-Allen.jpg

There were nerves on the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington before Sunday's Rangers game against the Minnesota Twins -- and they didn't belong to the players. SMU head football coach Sonny Dykes was preparing to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and NBC 5 producer Emily Allen was ready to sing the national anthem.

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<![CDATA[Polanco, Twins Top Rangers for 1st 4-Game Sweep of Texas]]>552569241Sun, 18 Aug 2019 18:18:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jorge-Polanco-Getty.jpg

Jorge Polanco cleared the bases with a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning, helping the Minnesota Twins to their first-ever four-game sweep of Texas with a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.

Polanco's two-out liner to the gap in right-center field off Emmanuel Clase (0-2) followed the hard-throwing rookie getting a strikeout and groundout after putting runners at second and third with no outs. Miguel Sano walked to load the bases before Polanco's team-leading sixth triple.

By finishing its first four-game sweep since the end of last season, Minnesota maintained a 2 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. The Twins went 5-1 on a trip that started with them not leading the division for the first time in almost four months.

Shin-Soo Choo connected for his 20th homer off onetime Texas closer Sam Dyson to get the Rangers even in the seventh, preventing left-hander Martin Perez from beating his former team for the second time in two starts after spending his first seven seasons with the Rangers.

Dyson (5-1) escaped the seventh despite allowing two singles after Choo's blast, Sergio Romo pitched around an error in the eighth and Taylor Rogers struck out Rougned Odor looking as the potential tying run in the ninth for his 19th save in 25 chances.

The temperature was 95 degrees at first pitch and reached 100 by the middle innings. Minnesota leadoff hitter and center fielder Max Kepler left the game in the seventh inning because of heat illness. The game lasted 3 hours, 49 minutes.

The Rangers are in the last of 26 seasons at Globe Life Park before moving across the street to Globe Life Field, which will have a retractable roof and air conditioning.

Marwin Gonzalez gave the Twins a 2-0 lead in the first on a line-drive double that was misplayed by left fielder Willie Calhoun. It was Gonzalez's 11th hit in 15 at-bats in the series before a flyout, two groundouts and a walk his final four trips.

Texas didn't have a hit that left the infield off Perez until Delino DeShields' two-out single to right in the fourth. Jeff Mathis followed with a soft two-run single into right to get Texas within 3-2. Perez allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in five innings.

Lance Lynn tied a season high with five walks while allowing four hits and three runs in five innings for the Rangers. The right-hander followed two straight losses with a no-decision after matching the AL lead at that time with his 14th win on Aug. 2.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Twins: Manager Rocco Baldelli said it was possible slugger Nelson Cruz (left wrist strain) would be reinstated from the injured list Monday when he's eligible to return. Baldelli said the club has received "nothing but positive news" since Cruz got hurt.

Rangers: All-Star slugger Joey Gallo is lightly swinging a bat for the first time since surgery July 25 to remove the broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Manager Chris Woodward said the club hopes Gallo can play the final 2-3 weeks of the regular season.

UP NEXT
Twins: RHP Kyle Gibson (11-5, 4.28 ERA) is set for the opener of a three-game series at home against the White Sox. Gibson is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against Chicago this season, with 18 strikeouts and two walks in 13 innings.

Rangers: Rookie LHP Kolby Allard (1-0, 4.50) is set to pitch for Texas as the Angels return to Globe Life Park for the first time since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series. The teams played three games after the opener was postponed.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Cron's HR Caps 6-Run First as Twins Beat Rangers]]>550733411Sat, 17 Aug 2019 23:47:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

C.J. Cron had a two-run home in Minnesota's six-run first inning, and the Twins went on to beat the Texas Rangers 12-7 on Saturday night.

Tyler Duffey (4-1) earned the win by retiring the last two batters of the fifth inning to leave the bases loaded. It became the second victory he got on the day because hours before the game he was awarded a win for Minnesota's 4-3 victory Friday night that originally was credited to Sam Dyson.

The Twins increased their lead in the AL Central Division to 2 1/2 games, their largest since Aug. 6.

The Rangers have lost nine of their last 11 games and are three games under .500 for the first time since May 18.

Ariel Jurado (6-9) nearly escaped the first inning scoreless, but a relay throw to him to complete what would have been an inning ending 3-6-1 double play skipped off the top of his glove as he ran across the bag. Jurado allowed a career-high eight runs -- including the six unearned in the first -- for the second straight start in two innings.

Miguel Sano also homered in the ninth for Minnesota. It gave the Twins a major league leading 240 home runs, putting them on pace to break the record of 267 set last season by the New York Yankees.

Jose Berrios lasted only 4 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the season. Berrios allowed seven runs, three earned, and seven hits with three walks.

Danny Santana hit two two-run homers in the first two innings, giving him 21 this season after going into the year with 13 in 364 career games. Santana became the fourth player in the history of the Rangers-Washington Senators franchise to homer in each of the first two innings, joining Mark Teixeira, Carl Everett and Ian Kinsler -- who did it twice.

The benches cleared after Marwin Gonzalez's ground out to end the top of the eighth when Gonzalez and Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley exchanged words.

Gonzalez, Sano, Jorge Polanco and Jake Cave each had three hits for Minnesota.

UP NEXT
Twins: LHP Martin Perez (8-5, 4.57 ERA) will make his return to Globe Life Park after spending his first seven big league seasons with the Rangers. Perez beat Texas at home on July 5 in his only appearance against his former club.

Rangers; RHP Lance Lynn (14-8, 3.54) spent the first half of last season with the Twins and has never faced Minnesota in seven-plus major league seasons. Lynn is 2-2 in his last four starts despite allowing only four total earned runs.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Hamilton Inducted Into Rangers Hall in 1st Trip Back to Park]]>550513201Sat, 17 Aug 2019 21:34:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh-Hamilton-Getty.jpg

Josh Hamilton said he had forgotten how the grass looked and smelled at the home of the Texas Rangers. He hadn't been there since playing in the AL Division Series four years ago.

Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP the season the Rangers went to their first World Series, was back for the first time Saturday night for his induction into the team's hall of fame.

"That was fun," the five-time All-Star said after the team showed a video filled with highlights of his five-plus seasons in Texas, including big home runs and incredible catches in the outfield.

The slugger's story is well-documented, from being the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, to the drug and alcohol addictions that nearly destroyed his career. He was out of baseball for 3 1/2 years before his comeback, making his big league debut with Cincinnati in 2007 before being traded to the Rangers after that season.

"Looking back reminds me of God's grace and his mercy," said Hamilton, sharing his Christian faith during his induction speech. "Some people will say that I'm a hypocrite, or they have said it. I simply say I'm human. Y'all know my story. You can't look at that and tell me that you think I did that all on my own, or with just willpower. It didn't happen. That much willpower doesn't exist in the world."

Hamilton thanked a long list of people, including his parents and three daughters who were with him on the field. The 38-year-old fondly talked about the Rangers organization, including former coaches and teammates. General manager Jon Daniels, who traded top pitching prospect Edinson Volquez to the Reds for Hamilton, was there to unveil the player's plaque.

The highlights included clips from his awe-inspiring display in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008, when he led the American League with 130 RBIs while hitting .304 with 32 homers in his first full season. He hit four homers in the 2010 AL Championship Series and had a four-homer game at Baltimore in 2012.

Former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, who during his time in office from 1987-97 played a major role in a getting the team a new stadium and keeping the Rangers in Arlington, was also inducted into the Rangers' hall.

Hamilton hit .302 with 150 homers and 531 RBIs in 697 games with Texas. Over his entire eight big league seasons, Hamilton hit .290 with 200 homers and 701 RBIs in 1,027 games.

He left the Rangers in free agency after the 2012 season for a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He was recovering from shoulder surgery when the Angels traded him back to Texas in 2015 after two injury-plagued seasons in Los Angeles. After 50 games in 2015, he had surgery on his left knee at least three times and never played again, even after going to spring training two more times.

Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, who was in the visiting dugout Saturday night, was the first-round draft pick by Tampa Bay the year after Hamilton, and they came up in the Rays organization together.

"I grew up with him in the game and had a chance to watch him. He's the single most talented baseball player I've ever been around," Baldelli said. "If you drew up like a prototype kind of superhero type baseball player, like that's what he was. He was a well above average runner. He had great instincts in the field. He had the best arm in baseball."

With the induction of the former slugger and past mayor, there are now 22 people in the Rangers hall. Hamilton and Greene were the first inductees in three years since Michael Young, whose No. 10 jersey will be retired by the team in two weeks.

There are only 21 home games left at the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, which is in its 26th season. A new stadium with a retractable roof is nearly three-quarters complete across the street and will open for the 2020 season.

"It just adds significantly to the opportunity," Greene, who supports the new stadium, said about being inducted in the stadium he helped build. "This is certainly a bittersweet season for us that love this place and have spent 25 years here."

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<![CDATA[Homers by Kepler, Schoop Lead Twins Past Rangers 4-3]]>548277651Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:58:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Max Kepler and Jonathan Schoop hit two-run home runs to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

The Twins increased their AL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians, who lost Friday night.

Schoop homered in the seventh inning following a one-out single by Marwin Gonzalez. Kepler hit his team-leading 33rd homer in the fourth inning on the first pitch after Miguel Sano reached when Rougned Odor dropped a popup in shallow right field.

The Twins lead the major leagues with 238 homers and are on pace to break the big-league record of 267 set last season by the New York Yankees. Minnesota has homered in 16 of its past 18 games since July 28 with a total of 37.

Mike Minor (11-7) allowed all four runs in losing for the first time in four starts. Kepler's homer ended Minor's scoreless innings streak at 19 1/3.

Sam Dyson (5-1) earned his first win since being acquired from the San Francisco Giants on July 31 with a scoreless seventh inning. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing with Danny Santana's ground out with runners on first and second, for his third save in four tries since being acquired from the Miami Marlins on July 27 and 20th in 22 opportunities overall this season.

The Rangers were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, leaving a runner at third base in the seventh and eighth innings and at second in the ninth.

Nomar Mazara put the Rangers ahead in the sixth on a two-out, two-run double to the gap in right center.

Jake Odorizzi allowed all three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has filed to last six innings in nine of his last 10 starts.

The Rangers' first run scored when Odorizzo uncorked his first wild pitch of the season, skimming off the top of Mitch Garver's glove to score Elvis Andrus.

MOVIN' ON UP

Each team recalled a right-hander from its Triple-A affiliate before the game. Lewis Thorpe is with the Twins for the third time this season, previously pitching 11 1/3 innings in four games and making one start. The Rangers' Ian Gibaut was acquired from Tampa Bay on July 28 and then pitched in four games for Nashville. Gibaut has made one previous big league appearance, with the Rays on July 12.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist strain) hit on the field before the game. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Cruz might return soon after becoming eligible to return on Monday without a minor league rehab stint.

UP NEXT

Twins right-hander Jose Berrios (10-6, 3.29) won his last two road starts, going seven innings each time and allowing a total of two earned runs. Rangers right-hander Ariel Jurado (6-8, 5.31) has won one of his last seven starts and allowed a career-high 11 hits last time out, against Toronto. The game will be preceded by 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton being inducted into the Rangers' hall of fame.

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<![CDATA[72% Complete: Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field Construction]]>547608121Fri, 16 Aug 2019 17:23:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aerial-NE----8.16.19.jpg

Spring of 2020 is just around the corner, and Globe Life Field is getting closer to completion.

The Texas Rangers say construction is about 72% complete.

Work on the retractable roof started in late fall 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

There are a total of five retractable roof trusses --- the final section of the second retractable truss for the roof was installed last week, and the Rangers say construction of the third retractable truss has started on the field. It will be installed next week.

Meanwhile, concrete work is ongoing on the service level of the ballpark, that includes the hydrotherapy pool area and batting cages.

Inside, tile work is ongoing, and restroom fixtures are being installed. The Rangers say restrooms and showers have been tiled in the home clubhouse. Drywall is 75% complete in the ballpark, workers are currently working on the club and concession areas. 13 escalators have been installed and five of 24 elevators are in the process of being installed.

Outside, stone work is ongoing on columns of the ballpark and brick work is underway.

The four-story office building on the southeast side of the ballpark is 80% complete, according to the Rangers.

Other fun facts and figures:

  • 1,400 workers are on-site daily
  • 19,000 tons of steel will be used on the retractable roof
  • 40,300 seats will be installed



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<![CDATA[Twins Slug 3 HRs in 13-6 Win at Texas, Keep AL Central Lead]]>545883381Thu, 15 Aug 2019 23:03:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Luis Arraez hit the first of three more homers by the slugging Minnesota Twins, putting them ahead to stay in a 13-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario also went deep for Minnesota (73-48), which maintained a half-game lead over Cleveland for the AL Central lead. With 41 games left in the regular season, the Twins' 236 homers are 31 short of the MLB record set by the New York Yankees last year.

After C.J. Cron reached on a one-out error on the second, rookie second baseman Arraez homered to right for a 2-0 lead. Arraez's third homer was part of a five-run inning. Jake Cave had an RBI double before a throwing error by shortstop Elvis Andrus allowed two runs to score.

Marwin Gonzalez had a pair of RBI singles among his four hits, and Minnesota led 11-0 after Sano hit his 22nd homer with two outs in the fifth. The Rangers, at the time, still had only one hit off Michael Pineda (8-5) in his return from the injured list after missing two weeks because of a right triceps strain.

Willie Calhoun led off the Rangers fifth with his 11th homer, and Andrus had an RBI single to make it 11-3. Rosario then homered to start the Minnesota's sixth, his 27th homer, matching his career high.

Pineda struck out six with one walk while allowing three runs and six hits over five innings. He threw 55 of 86 pitches for strikes in his first start since Aug. 1, in the ballpark where he made his major league debut eight years ago.

Drew Smeltzer threw the final four innings for his first save.

Texas rookie starter Pedro Payano (1-2) allowed eight runs -- five of them earned -- in 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked three.

After the Rangers got another leadoff homer in the sixth on Hunter Pence's 18th, they had four more hits -- two for extra bases -- in the inning and got only one more run. Calhoun was out trying to score on a double by Rougned Odor, who was then thrown out when he took off home on a groundball to third. The inning ended when Jose Trevino rounded third base and couldn't get back in time after a RBI double by Delino DeShields.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: DH Nelson Cruz (left wrist) is expected to hit on the field at some point this weekend. Cruz was put on the 10-day injured list last Friday, a day after he was injured on a swing. "There's no reason to really rush anything," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "Says he's feeling good and he's ready to go." Cruz is hitting .294 with 32 homers and 76 RBIs in 87 games. ... C Willians Astrudillo (strained left oblique) started a rehab assignment with Double-A Pensacola.

UP NEXT

Rangers lefty Mike Minor (11-6, 2.90 ERA) has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings, and has won his last three starts since the trade deadline passed with him still in the Texas rotation. Minor is coming off consecutive 1-0 wins on the road. Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (13-5, 3.44), who got his first big league victory against Texas five years ago, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start, and has allowed one or no earned runs in 13 starts.

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<![CDATA[Andrus Gets 4 Hits, Rangers Beat Jays to Avoid Sweep]]>543078151Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:06:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Elvis-Andrus-Getty.jpg

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward gathered his struggling hitters before Wednesday's game and told them to pull together and keep plugging.

Message received.

Kolby Allard pitched 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time with Texas, Elvis Andrus had four hits and two RBIs and the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.

"As a manager, you need to find those moments where you know you have to say something," Andrus said. "You have to wake up the team. He did it right. It didn't take too long, it was a few words, but it was right on point."

Nomar Mazara and Danny Santana hit solo home runs as the Rangers wrapped up a three-city trip by scoring more than five runs for the first time in that stretch of road games. The Rangers went 3-6 against Cleveland, Milwaukee and Toronto, winning once against each opponent.

"We dug in a little bit deeper today," Woodward said.

Texas came in with two hits in its previous 40 at-bats with runners in scoring position but went 4 for 12 in such situations Wednesday.

"Once somebody gets a hit with a runner in scoring position, it kind of frees everybody up," Woodward said.

Making his second start for the Rangers after being acquired from Atlanta last month, Allard (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits.

"My command wasn't as good as it could have been but I went out there and battled and made some pitches when I needed to," Allard said.

The 22-year-old left-hander walked three and struck out five.

"He's a really smart kid," Andrus said of Allard. "I love the way he pitches."

Delino DeShields opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second and the Rangers added on with a three-run fourth. Santana chased Blue Jays right-hander Sean Reid-Foley with a two-run double and Andrus greeted left-hander Buddy Boshers with an RBI single.

Reid-Foley (2-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

"He threw more strikes today, he just couldn't put people away," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "They kept fouling balls off and that got his pitch count high."

Randal Grichuk tripled and scored on a grounder in the bottom half but Andrus made it 5-1 with an RBI double off Zack Godley in the sixth.

Allard left with runners at first and third and two outs in the bottom half. Teoscar Hernandez scored when right-hander Emmanuel Clase's first pitch skipped to the backstop, and Danny Jansen cut it to 5-3 with an RBI single.

Mazara homered off right-hander Neil Ramirez to begin the seventh, his 17th, and Santana made it 7-3 with a two-out solo drive off Ramirez in the eighth, his 19th.

Clase got one out, Rafael Montero struck out four over two perfect innings and Jose Leclerc pitched around a walk to strike out the side in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz (right shoulder) made his second rehab start with Toronto's Gulf Coast League team Tuesday. Buchholz allowed one run and one hit, a home run, in three innings. He walked none and struck out four.

HYPHEN HISTORY
When Reid-Foley threw to Rangers infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the second, it marked the first time in MLB history that a pitcher with a hyphenated surname had faced a batter with a hyphenated surname. Kiner-Falefa won the battle with a single on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.

20/20
Toronto wrapped up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The Blue Jays went 12-8 over that stretch, outscoring their opponents by 37 runs.

BO KNOWS
Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette went 1 for 5 with a double. Bichette has 16 extra-base hits in his first 17 games, more than any player in MLB history.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Texas returns home Thursday to begin a four-game series against Minnesota. RHP Pedro Payano (1-1, 3.86 ERA) starts the opener for the Rangers. The Twins have not named a starter.

Blue Jays: Toronto is off Thursday. Neither the Blue Jays nor the Mariners have named a starter for Friday, when the teams begin a three-game series north of the border.

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<![CDATA[Blue Jays Hit 3 Solo HRs, Blank Slumping Rangers]]>540942801Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:48:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Billy-McKinney-Tesocar-Hernandez-Getty-081319.jpg

Five Blue Jays pitchers combined on a five-hitter, Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back home runs, and Toronto beat the slumping Texas Rangers 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk celebrated his 28th birthday with a solo home run as Toronto won for the fifth time in seven games.

Texas has lost six of seven, a stretch in which the Rangers have been shut out twice and scored more than three runs just once.

Hernandez and McKinney connected off right-hander Shawn Kelley in the sixth. It was the 11th time this season the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs, matching the 1999 team record.

Right-hander Wilmer Font opened for Toronto, his third such assignment in the past seven games.

Texas used two walks and a double to load the bases against Font with one out in the first, but Hunter Pence popped up and Rougned Odor struck as the Rangers failed to capitalize.

Font struck out two and allowed one hit in two innings before making way for left-hander Thomas Pannone (3-5), who worked four shutout innings.

Left-hander Tim Mayza handled the seventh, right-hander Derek Law pitched the eighth, and righty Ken Giles finished for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.

Giles, who has been bothered by a sore elbow, pitched for the first time since Aug. 7 at Tampa Bay, when he allowed three hits and two runs in one inning but still earned the save in a 4-3 victory.

Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn (14-8) allowed one run and four hits in five innings, his shortest outing since going 3 1/3 innings at Oakland on April 23. Lynn matched a season high by walking three and struck out six.

Lynn was not beaten in consecutive starts over his first 19 appearances but has lost back-to-back outings twice in his past six starts.

Grichuk opened the scoring by homering off Lynn to begin the second, his 22nd of the year and second in two games.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but couldn't add to their lead. Brandon Drury popped out and Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields made a great catch on Reese McGuire's drive to the warning track. DeShields fell back into the wall after making the play, banging his head and neck at the base of the fence. He stayed down for several moments and received attention from the trainer before getting up to a round of applause and walking off unassisted.

DeShields remained in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RHP Jesse Chavez (right elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list and RHP David Carpenter was selected from Triple-A Nashville.

ROSTER REPORT
Blue Jays: Toronto recalled 1B Rodwy Tellez from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RHP Brock Stewart to Triple-A. Stewart pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief Monday, earning his second win of the season.

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Kolby Allard (0-0, 4.15) will make his second start of the season in Wednesday afternoon's series finale. Allard struck out a career-high seven in his previous start, Aug. 9 at Milwaukee.

Blue Jays: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (2-2, 2.36) has allowed two earned runs over 14 innings since rejoining the rotation July 30.

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<![CDATA[Drury Hits First Career Grand Slam, Jays Rout Rangers 19-4]]>538583041Mon, 12 Aug 2019 22:13:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Drury-Blue-Jays.jpg

Brandon Drury hit his first career grand slam, Justin Smoak had a two-run homer among his three extra-base hits, and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Texas Rangers 19-4 Monday night.

Bo Bichette had the first four-hit game of his career and Randal Grichuk had three hits, including a solo homer as the Blue Jays won for the 10th time in 15 games.

Drury had five RBI, while Smoak and Grichuk each had four.

Blanked for the ninth time this season in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to the New York Yankees, the Blue Jays responded with season-highs in runs and hits (21) against six Rangers pitchers, including catcher Jeff Mathis, who gave up a two-run home run to Danny Jansen in the eighth.

Toronto scored eight runs in the fourth, its biggest inning since an eight-run outburst against Seattle on Sept. 20, 2016.

Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun and Rougned Odor hit solo home runs but Texas lost for the fifth time in six games. The Rangers were beaten by 11 or more runs for the third time this season.

Texas arrived in Toronto on the heels of a 1-0 shutout victory at Milwaukee on Sunday. Right-hander Ariel Jurado pitched around Vladimir Guerrero Jr. double to keep it scoreless in the first, but Drury and Bichette each hit RBI singles in the second as the Blue Jays immediately overturned Mazara's solo homer in the top half of the inning.

Jurado (6-8) allowed career-highs of eight runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He has won just once in his past eight outings.

Smoak hit a two-run homer in the third, his 19th, and Grichuk followed with a shot to left, his 21st. It was the 10th time this season the Blue Jays have hit back-to-back home runs.

Neil Ramirez opened for Toronto and threw seven pitches, all strikes, in a perfect Blue Jays debut. Brock Stewart (2-0) took over in the second and pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: Delino DeShields replaced Elvis Andrus in the seventh and stayed in the game after being hit on the right knee by a pitch from Buddy Boshers in the eighth.

ROSTER REPORT
Blue Jays: SS Freddy Galvis was claimed on waivers by Cincinnati. OF Billy McKinney was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Galvis' spot on the roster. .. RHP David Paulino was released from Triple-A.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (14-7, 3.60) has stuck out 70 batters over his past eight starts, the fourth-highest total in the majors behind Houston's Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander (75) and Cleveland's Shane Bieber (71).

Blue Jays: LHP Thomas Pannone (2-5, 6.83) matched a season-worst by allowing seven runs against the Yankees in his previous start, Aug. 8.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers to Play Los Angeles Angels in First Game at Globe Life Field]]>537560481Mon, 12 Aug 2019 12:11:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/hks-rangers-globe-life-field-march2019-02.jpg

The Texas Rangers will play the Los Angeles Angels in the very first game to be played in the new Globe Life Field in Arlington on Tuesday March 31.

The Texas Rangers released the team's 2020 schedule on Monday, which will be the first season where the team will play in the new Globe Life Field.

The team opens the 2020 season with a four-game series in Seattle, beginning on Thursday, March 26.

The Rangers will then head back to North Texas where they will open Globe Life Field with a six-game homestand versus the Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays from March 31 through April 6.

The Rangers will play at Globe Life Field 18 times in a span of 26 total games from March 31-April 29 with the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, and the Seattle Mariners making appearances following that first homestand.

The Rangers will be at home on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4 against the Chicago White Sox and will close the 2020 regular season with a six-game homestand with the A’s and Mariners, September 22-27.

Prior to the start of the regular season, the Rangers will play a pair of spring training games at Globe Life Field, beginning with a matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, March 23. The opponent on Tuesday, March 24 has yet to be announced.

Game times for the 2020 schedule will be announced at a later date.



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<![CDATA[Minor, Rangers Edge Brewers 1-0]]>535608941Sun, 11 Aug 2019 18:36:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Minor-Getty.jpg

Texas left-hander Mike Minor was ready for Christian Yelich. For all the Milwaukee Brewers, really.

Minor struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Rangers beat Jordan Lyles and the Brewers 1-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Minor (11-6) allowed four hits and walked one. Jose Leclerc finished the four-hitter for his eighth save, securing Texas' second win in six games.

"He's had some amazing outings for us this year," manager Chris Woodward said of Minor. "I think that might be the top in my mind. I just felt like he dominated from the beginning."

Minor issued a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain to start the game before retiring 11 straight and 18 of the next 19.

Yelich missed his fifth straight start due to back stiffness, but the reigning NL MVP batted for reliever Alex Claudio in the eighth.

"Before the inning started, I saw him in the tunnel," Minor said. "I thought he might pinch-hit. ... He's probably not 100 percent. That might have affected him on a couple of swings, but we knew going into it that he might step up."

The sold-out crowd of 44,411 greeted Yelich with M-V-P chants, but the slugger struck out swinging with Hernan Perez aboard after a leadoff double.

"He was going to hit there no matter what," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Yelich.

"We got him in the spot we wanted. It just didn't pay off."

Isiah Kiner-Falefa's sacrifice fly off Lyles in the seventh accounted for the game's only run. The fly ball to right drove in Willie Calhoun, who reached on a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Rougned Odor's double.

"He always makes solid contact, but he's been hitting the ball on the ground a lot," Woodward said about Kiner-Falefa. "Today, he drove the ball to center field (in the fifth). Then when we needed it, got the sac fly, got the ball in the air, again."

Lyles (7-8) allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked four. It was his first loss in three starts since he was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh last month.

Ryan Braun had two hits for Milwaukee, which had won five in a row. The Brewers dropped 2 1/2 games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which rallied for a 6-3 win at Cincinnati.

STREAK SNAPPED
Milwaukee dropped to 10-1 this season when its starter pitches at least seven innings. Milwaukee had won each of its last 21 such games.

WALK THE LINE
Texas outfielder Shin-Soo Choo walked twice for his ninth game this season with multiple walks. He is now tied with Joey Gallo (52) for the team lead in walks this year.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Head to Toronto on Monday to open a three-game series against the Blue Jays. Right-hander Ariel Jurado (6-7, 4.74 ERA) will make his 14th start of the season.

Brewers: Following an off day, Milwaukee hosts Minnesota on Tuesday. Right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.70 ERA) is scheduled to get the ball for the Brewers. Anderson has failed to earn a decision in each of his last four starts.

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<![CDATA[Houser Posts 10 Ks, Brewers Top Rangers for 5th Straight Win]]>533788681Sat, 10 Aug 2019 22:03:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Houser-Getty.jpg

Adrian Houser struck out a career-high 10 and rookie Keston Hiura hit his 14th home run as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 Saturday night and extended their winning streak to five games.

Houser (5-5) limited the Rangers to one run, a solo homer by Danny Santana in the sixth inning. He allowed three hits and a walk over six innings, his longest performance in nine starts this season.

Houser struck out the first two batters before mishandling a ground ball off the bat of Elvis Andrus. Then, in a scene reminiscent of his big league debut last season, he drew a visit from the team's medical staff when he appeared to throw up behind the mound.

Houser returned and struck out Roughed Odor to get out of the inning and didn't allow another baserunner until the fifth, when Nomar Mazara reached on a leadoff walk. Logan Forsythe followed with a single for Texas' first hit of the game. Houser coaxed a pair of force-outs, and then struck out pinch-hitter Willie Calhoun to end the inning.

Milwaukee's offense staked Houser to an early lead. In the first inning, Trent Grisham scored on a wild pitch by Pedro Payano, and the Brewers opened up a 2-0 lead when Hiura led off the third with a solo shot off Payano.

Payano (1-1) was charged with three runs on five hits and three walks over three innings.

Santana's 18th homer of the season put Texas on the board in the sixth, and Shin-Soo Choo made it a one-run game with his 19th homer of the season, off Brewers reliever Drew Pomeranz.

TRAINERS ROOM
Rangers: LHP Joe Palumbo allowed a run over five innings Friday night in a rehab start with Triple-A Nashville as he continues to work his way back from a strained left foot. The Rangers' No. 6 prospect coming into the season, Palumbo posted an 11.00 ERA in three big league appearances, but is 2-0 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 16 games (15 starts) for Nashville and Double-A Frisco this season with 101 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings of work.

"We'll see him at some point, I just don't know when," manager Chris Woodward said. "He's getting closer."

Brewers: Christian Yelich said he was "better than (he) was yesterday" but sat out for a fifth straight game due to a recent bout of back spasms. Manager Craig Counsell said he wasn't sure yet if Yelich would return Sunday, a possibility with the Brewers scheduled to get Monday off.

"Let's see how he's doing," Counsell said.

UP NEXT
The series wraps up Sunday with Milwaukee RHP Jordan Lyles (7-7, 4.97 ERA) taking on Rangers LHP Mike Minor (10-6, 3.06). Lyles has a 1.80 in two starts for the Brewers, who acquired him from Pittsburgh ahead of the trade deadline, while Minor is 2-2 with a 5.24 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break.

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<![CDATA[Thames Hits Game-Ending Homer as Brewers Beat Rangers 6-5]]>532459911Sat, 10 Aug 2019 16:44:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eric-Thames-Brewers-081019.jpg

Eric Thames wanted to avoid extra innings.

One swing later, it was over.

Thames hit a game-ending homer to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night after Josh Hader blew a save opportunity for the fourth time this season.

"We're just happy to not have to go extras," Thames said. "We have two more games (in the series) so we need our arms in the bullpen. We can't waste everyone in one night."

Milwaukee earned its fourth straight win and moved within 2 1/2 games of NL Central-leading Chicago, which lost 5-2 at Cincinnati.

Milwaukee opened a 5-2 lead with three runs in the seventh, but Logan Forsythe hit a two-run homer off newly acquired reliever Jake Faria in the eighth and Elvis Andrus' solo shot off Hader tied it at 5 with one out in the ninth.

Enter Thames, who hit his 16th homer against Emmanuel Clase (0-1) with two out in the bottom half. Thames was mobbed by his teammates at the plate after ending a game that lasted more than 4 hours.

"Thames is a pretty good hitter," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "He's good at shortening his swing and getting the barrel to the ball."

Hader (2-5) threw a season-high 44 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. The All-Star left-hander has allowed a home run in three of his last five appearances, but Thames said he isn't worried.

"Josh has a nasty fastball with life on it," Thames said. "If guys aren't sitting on that pitch, they're not going to hit it. Some guys get lucky and they connect. He's still the best pitcher I've seen in the big leagues. You can't strike everybody out."

Hunter Pence also homered for Texas, which has dropped three in a row. Kolby Allard, who was acquired last week in a trade with Atlanta, allowed two runs and three hits in 4 1/3 innings in his Rangers debut after he was called up from Triple-A Nashville.

Milwaukee jumped in front on Ryan Braun's two-out RBI double in the first, but Pence responded with a 449-foot drive off Gio Gonzalez in the fourth.

The Brewers had a 2-1 lead before the Rangers tied it again in the sixth. With the bases loaded after three consecutive two-out walks, Pence scampered home on Alex Claudio's wild pitch, but Rougned Odor was cut down at the plate trying to come home on the same play.

Odor had four of Texas' 10 walks. Pence walked twice.

YELICH OUT AGAIN
Milwaukee star Christian Yelich was held out for the third consecutive game due to nagging back soreness. The Brewers, who had Thursday off, had hoped the rest would allow the reigning NL MVP to play in the series opener.

"I think we've turned the corner a little bit," manager Craig Counsell said. "Optimistic on the weekend, but not 100 percent."

ROSTER MOVES
The Brewers promoted Hernan Perez from Triple-A San Antonio and optioned third baseman Travis Shaw to their top farm club. Perez started at shortstop. The team also designated right-hander Burch Smith for assignment.

The Rangers optioned outfielder Scott Heineman to Triple-A Nashville to make room for Allard. They also traded left-hander Miguel Del Pozo, who has spent this season at Nashville, to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Willie Calhoun both remained in the game after being hit in the upper back by Hader fastballs.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies, on the injured list with back soreness, is improving, Counsell said. "Our goal is to test him pretty hard a couple times," he said. "We don't want him pitching with some discomfort. I think that's hurt him in the past." ... RHP Brandon Woodruff (left oblique) played catch for the first time since going on the injured list last month.

FORMER BREWERS HONORED
The Brewers inducted former All-Star infielders J.J. Hardy and Rickie Weeks and Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman into the Wall of Honor during a pregame ceremony.

"For the organization to think enough of us to be a part of this is fantastic," Hoffman said.

STRANGER IN TOWN
The Brewers and Rangers met for the first time since September 2016 in Arlington. Texas is making its third trip to Miller Park since it opened in 2001.

MOVING UP
Counsell tied George Bamberger for the fourth-most wins by a Brewers manager. Only Phil Garner (563), Ned Yost (457) and Tom Trebelhorn (422) have more victories in franchise history.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Pedro Payano (1-0, 3.45 ERA) will make his third major league start.

Brewers: Adrian Houser (4-5, 4.24 ERA) will make his ninth start of the season and first of his career against the Rangers. Houser is 0-5 with a 6.82 ERA as a starter this season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Ban Fan Accused of Harassing Hispanic Family]]>530752561Fri, 09 Aug 2019 15:23:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BEISBOL+RANGERS.jpg

The Texas Rangers have banned a fan who was accused of harassing a Hispanic family during a recent home game.

On Saturday night, just hours after a Dallas-area man targeted Hispanics in a deadly shooting a Walmart in El Paso, the Romero family was sitting in the stands at Globe Life Field watching the Texas Rangers when they said another fan began making racist remarks.

Ramon Romero talked to NBC 5 after his wife Jessica shared a photo on Facebook that shows their family in the stands at the ballpark -- behind them was the man flashing an obscene gesture.

In her post on social media, Jessica said they overheard the man remarking about how he planned to ruin their family photo.

"He made it perfectly clear during the 2nd inning that he is not a fan of Hispanics. And he just so happen to have a Hispanic family (us) sitting in front of him and another one sitting directly behind him. During the 2nd inning the little boy behind him who looked to be about Nomar’s age kicked the back of his chair. And for the next 3 innings I had to hear him complain about all the illegal immigrants that were surrounding him at the game. That he should kick little Speedy Gonzalez all the way back to Mexico for kicking his seat. That Trump needs to hurry and build the wall and send all these illegals back so they won’t be kicking his seat." -- Jessica Romero

"For something like that to happen on a day after what happened in El Paso, it just hurts to see that there are people out there like that," Ramon told NBC 5.

On Friday, the team said they had identified the man in the photo and that he violated the club's fan code of conduct. As such, the team said, he "is indefinitely prohibited from attending Rangers home games."

The team, who reached out to the Romero family earlier in the week and offered to make their next trip to Globe Life Park "a memorable and enjoyable experience."

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<![CDATA[Indians Sweep Rangers in Doubleheader, Gear Up for Twins]]>526081281Wed, 07 Aug 2019 21:13:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jose-Ramirez-getty.jpg

For two months, they've chiseled, chipped and whittled away at Minnesota's large lead.

The Indians are in position to erase it completely.

Jose Ramirez homered in both games, Cleveland's bullpen combined on a four-hitter in the second game and the Indians swept a doubleheader Wednesday from the Texas Rangers to set up a four-game showdown series against the AL-Central leading Twins.

"It's what we wanted," said second baseman Jason Kipnis. "We wanted to play some fun games down the stretch."

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the opener as the Indians won 2-0, and he connected again in his first at-bat in the second game as Cleveland rolled to a 5-1 victory.

By going a baseball-best 38-16 since June 4, the Indians have slashed Minnesota's 11 1/2-game lead to two in a division still very much up for grabs. The teams will open their series on Thursday at Target Field, and Kipnis for one can't wait to get it started.

"Today was a big day," he said. "Everyone wanted to get these two. Everyone was kind of watching the scoreboard over in Minnesota, too, and we knew it had a chance to be a big day for us and it worked out perfectly for us. Guys are in a good mood, feeling good and excited to get to Minnesota."

Ramirez, who has raised his average nearly 50 points since late June, connected in the second inning of the second game off Lance Lynn (14-7). Franmil Reyes hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Carlos Santana, Yasiel Puig and Kipnis drove in runs in the eighth as the Indians (68-46) went 22 games over .500 for the first time in 2019.

Indians manager Terry Francona turned to his relievers in the second game and the reliable group came through with Tyler Clippard pitching two perfect innings and A.J. Cole (3-1) -- Cleveland's third pitcher -- getting the win by working 2 2/3 scoreless.

Nick Wittgren got the final five outs for his third save.

"They were tremendous," Francona said. "Clippard set the tone and guys went multiple innings and they got lefties and righties out. ... There's no wiggle room for anybody to really have a bad inning and nobody did. That was really impressive."

The Rangers managed only two runs in three games at Progressive Field. Texas won the opener 1-0, but then didn't score for 21 straight innings before Willie Calhoun homered leading off the eighth.

Making up for a sluggish start this season, Ramirez homered off Lynn, who entered 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.

But the right-hander made one mistake in the second, grooving a 95 mph fastball on his first pitch to Ramirez, who turned and deposited it into the lower seats in right field.

"I made one bad pitch to Ramirez," Lynn said. "It didn't go where I wanted to. He's kind of been in that zone you've seen him in the last couple of years. When you make a mistake he puts a good swing on it."

In the opener, Ramirez connected off Ariel Jurado (6-7), who had blanked the Indians on two singles before allowing the third baseman's 15th homer.

Nick Goody (3-0) replaced rookie starter Zach Plesac in the seventh and pitched two scoreless innings. All-Star closer Brad Hand struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save.

UMP INJURED
Plate umpire Chris Guccione left the second game in the middle of the fourth, shortly after he was struck in the mask with a foul tip. Guccione was replaced by John Libka, who left his spot at third to go behind the plate.

"He was kind of showing concussion-like symptoms," Francona said. "That scares you immediately."

ZEROES
The Indians have 12 shutouts, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the most in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (sore biceps) was activated from the 10-day injured list and was brought in during the eighth inning of the second game.

Indians: Francona said the plan is for RHP Corey Kluber to throw "50-ish" pitches in his rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Columbus, a significant step for the two-time Cy Young winner in his recovery from a broken right arm. Francona added that Kluber, who was struck by a line drive on May 1, is cleared to throw his full array of pitches.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Rookie LHP Kolby Allard will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville and make his debut for Texas on Friday in Milwaukee. He was acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger (6-2, 3.07 ERA), who had his start pushed back by Tuesday's rainout, starts the series opener against Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (11-4, 4.02). Clevinger is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three road starts.

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<![CDATA[Rangers-Indians Game Postponed by Rain]]>524207881Tue, 06 Aug 2019 20:38:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers-Indians-postponed-Getty.jpg

Yasiel Puig has made a quick impact with the Cleveland Indians since being acquired at last week's trade deadline.

Manager Terry Francona believes it's only a matter of time until Franmil Reyes does the same.

Reyes, picked up at the deadline from San Diego, is batting .105 with one RBI and had struck out eight times in 19 at-bats over five games with the Indians.

Reyes got Tuesday night off after the Indians' game with the Texas Rangers was postponed by rain. The teams will play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

Puig has taken little time to adjust to his new surroundings, batting .333 in five games. Reyes may be pressing to fit in with the Indians, who trail Minnesota by four games in the AL Central and lead the wild card race by two games.

"Like a lot of guys that change teams for the first time, he's trying to hit it a mile instead of just 340 feet," Francona said. "He's just trying to do too much."

Reyes, at 6-foot-5 and 282 pounds, is an imposing figure from the right side of the plate, but both of his hits with Cleveland have been singles. He's batting .255 with 27 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.

The Indians are 37-16 since June 4.

The rainout means the Indians got a break from facing Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who continues to have success against Cleveland pitching.

Andrus went 2 for 4 on Monday, raising his average at Progressive Field to .417. He has a .370 career average against the Indians.

The Rangers used a strong pitching performance to blank the Indians 1-0 for their fifth straight win Monday night. Mike Minor, Jesse Chavez and Jose Leclerc combined on the shutout.

Texas can match its longest winning streak of the season in Wednesday's opener. The Rangers won six straight from June 22-28.

ROSTER MOVES
The Indians placed outfielder Jordan Luplow on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. He's batting .271 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs. Outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.

The Rangers will recall 21-year-old left-hander Kolby Allard to start Friday at Milwaukee. He was acquired from Atlanta for right-hander Chris Martin at the trade deadline.

"We think he can help us win games and we want to see what he's got," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (sore right biceps) will be activated off the 10-day IL on Wednesday.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (broken forearm) will make his first start on a minor league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A Columbus. He threw 35 pitches in a simulated game Saturday. Kluber was struck by a line drive May 1.

UP NEXT
RHP Ariel Jurado (6-6, 4.92 ERA) will start Wednesday's first game for Texas against rookie RHP Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.41 ERA). The two were scheduled to start Tuesday. RHP Lance Lynn (14-6, 3.71 ERA) will start in the second game for Texas while Cleveland will go with a bullpen game. Lynn is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 19 career innings against the Indians.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Investigating Harassment Toward Hispanic Family]]>521802331Tue, 06 Aug 2019 05:24:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/430a+tz1-+rangers_KXASM6WL_2019-08-06-05-15-25.jpg

The Rangers are investigating an incident of harassment toward a Hispanic family from Fort Worth that took place at Globe Life Park in Arlington only hours after the deadly Walmart shooting in El Paso Saturday.

According to a Facebook post by Jessica Romero, since viewed more than 47,000 times, a man vocally complained about having Hispanic families sitting in front of and behind them at the stadium. The fan is pictured in the Romero family's selfie flashing an obscene gesture.

"He made it perfectly clear during the second inning that he is not a fan of Hispanics," Romero wrote. "And he just so happened to have a Hispanic family [us] sitting in front of him and another one sitting directly behind him. During the second inning the little boy behind him who looked to be about Nomar's [her son] age kicked the back of his chair. And for the next three innings I had to hear him complain about all the illegal immigrants that were surrounding him at the game. That he should kick little Speedy Gonzalez all the way back to Mexico for kicking his seat. That Trump needs to hurry and build the wall and send all these illegals back so they won't be kicking his seat.

"Sadly this is not the first or the last time we will ever experience this kind of racism," she said.

Read more from NBC 5's media partner The Dallas Morning News.

Jessica's husband, Ramon Romero, talked to NBC 5 and thanked people for their support.

"For something like that to happen on a day after what happened in El Paso, it just hurts to see that there are people out there like that," Ramon said.

The Texas Rangers has reached out to the Romeros to host the family for a future game.

The Texas Rangers issued the following statment Monday night.

The Rangers are committed to providing all of our guests with a safe and enjoyable experience and we are truly sorry that this family was subjected to this offensive behavior at Saturday’s game. There is no place at Globe Life Park in Arlington for this type of conduct to occur. After learning of this incident on Sunday, we have reached out to the Romero family and pledge to make their next trip to Globe Life Park a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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<![CDATA[Minor Strikes Out 7 in 7 Innings, Rangers Beat Indians 1-0]]>521930101Mon, 05 Aug 2019 21:29:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Minor-Getty-080519.jpg

All-Star Mike Minor struck out seven over seven innings, Nomar Mazara drove in Elvis Andrus with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Monday night.

Minor (10-6) allowed seven hits and walked one as Texas won its fifth straight. The left-hander is 3-0 in eight career appearances against Cleveland, giving up a single run in 23 1/3 innings.

Andrus started the fourth with a triple, coming home a batter later when Mazara flew out to short center. He easily beat the bouncing throw home from rookie Oscar Mercado.

Jesse Chavez worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Jose Leclerc pitched the ninth for his seventh save, stranding Jose Ramirez at third base after his leadoff double off the chalk in right. Leclerc retired Tyler Naquin, Jason Kipnis and Franmil Reyes to end the threat.

The Indians ended a three-game winning streak and fell to 4-3 on their nine-game homestand. Cleveland is 37-16 since June 4 and entered the day three games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Indians starter Aaron Civale (1-1), recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, allowed a run in six innings and struck out seven in his second big league appearance. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings against Detroit on June 22.

Civale threw 89 pitches and retired the final nine hitters he faced after Andrus' triple. Andrus went 2 for 4, raising his average to .370 in 72 games against Cleveland.

Indians right fielder Yasiel Puig, acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, went 2 for 4 and grounded into a double play.

Reyes struck out in his first two at-bats, giving him six whiffs in a row dating to Sunday. Jordan Luplow exited with a right hamstring cramp after stealing third in the seventh, when Cleveland had runners on first and third, but failed to score.

COOKIE MONSTER
Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco, who was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia on June 2, is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Wednesday and Saturday. "I think we all hope he can come back and pitch for us, but saying anything else isn't fair to him," manager Terry Francona said.

CHANGE OF PLANS
Rangers 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa started at the spot for the third time in four days, which will be his primary job going forward. Kiner-Falefa exclusively played catcher prior to Friday. "We're thinking he will catch once every 10 days," manager Chris Woodward said. "We don't want to abandon it because it's nice to have a third catcher."

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (right biceps soreness) was slated to throw live batting practice Monday for Triple-A Nashville. If all goes well, the closer will join the team in Cleveland to be evaluated Tuesday. Kelley was placed on the injured list on July 22.

Indians: RHP Dan Otero (right shoulder soreness), who has been on the injured list since May 31, will begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment Tuesday at Triple-A Columbus. He has appeared in 20 games, posting a 4.56 ERA without a decision.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (6-6, 4.92 ERA) will start on six days rest in his first career outing against Cleveland. He went 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in six July appearances.

Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (6-3, 3.41 ERA) has won three straight starts and leads AL rookies with a .215 opponent batting average. He is 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA at home.

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<![CDATA[Calhoun's 3-Run Triple Keys Rangers in 9-4 Win Over Tigers]]>519514951Sun, 04 Aug 2019 21:00:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Willie-Calhoun-Getty1.jpg

Rangers manager Chris Woodward stayed with Nomar Mazara and Willie Calhoun, and they delivered.

Calhoun hit a tiebreaking three-run triple in the seventh inning, and Texas beat the Detroit Tigers 9-4 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.

The Rangers had runners on the corners with two out in the seventh when Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire replaced Jose Cisnero (0-3) with Nick Ramirez.

Mazara and Calhoun were both hitting .200 against lefties, and Mazara was benched the previous three games against lefty starters. But Woodward sent them to the plate anyway.

Mazara worked a walk from a 1-2 count before Calhoun pulled a 2-0 pitch just inside the right-field line. Calhoun later scored on a wild pitch.

"For (Mazara) to be able to fight back and see that many pitches kind of like set it up for me," said Calhoun, who is hitting .303 since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 25. "Against a lefty, it's nice to be able to square him up pretty good."

Rafael Montero (1-0) closed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win since September 2017 with the New York Mets. Texas' four-game win streak is its longest since a six-game streak in late June.

The Tigers went 2-8 on a 10-game road trip.

Detroit right-hander Jordan Zimmermann permitted four runs and six hits in six innings. He was trying to win for the second straight time after going 0-8 in his first 13 starts of the season.

Zimmermann had retired eight straight batters and was working with a 3-2 lead with one out in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo hit a liner back to the mound. Zimmermann spun to his left and dropped to the dirt as the ball skimmed off the top of his glove for a hit.

"I was fine," Zimmermann said. "(Trainer Doug) Teter came out there, made sure everything was good."

The next batter was Danny Santana, who hit a 2-2 slider into the seats in right.

Texas rookie Pedro Payano allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his second career start.

TEXAS HEAT
Rangers right-hander Emmanuel Clase pitched 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief in an impressive major league debut. Clase struck out one and walked one. Ten of his 25 pitches hit double digits according to MLB.com, topped by 101.1.

Clase's contract was selected from Double-A Frisco on Friday. He had a combined 50 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings this season with Frisco and High-A Down East.

Woodward said he was particularly impressed with Clase's demeanor. "We all knew he threw hard," Woodward said.

SHORT HOPS
Texas swept the season series 6-0. Its only other sweep of an American League opponent was going 12-0 against the Minnesota Twins in 1999. ... Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 3 with two walks and has a seven-game hitting streak. ... Detroit is 1-64 when trailing after seven innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Tigers: INF Josh Harrison (hamstring), out since Memorial Day, played his fourth rehab game for Triple-A Toledo. He went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a walk after previously going 0 for 9.

UP NEXT
Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull (3-9, 3.65 ERA), sidelined since July 17 with an upper back strain, will start Monday with a 70-pitch limit in the first of three games at home against the Chicago White Sox. Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (9-6, 3.21 ERA) will open a three-game series at Cleveland, having held the Indians to one run in eight innings in a win on June 20 in Arlington.

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<![CDATA[Fan Hit in Head by Foul Ball, Taken to Hospital]]>519514851Sun, 04 Aug 2019 21:01:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers-fan-foul-ball-Getty.jpg

A woman was taken to the hospital after she was struck in the head by a foul ball at Globe Life Park in Arlington during the Texas Rangers' game against the Detroit Tigers Sunday afternoon.

The woman was seated in the 25th row down the right-field line when she was struck in the head by a liner hit by Texas outfielder Willie Calhoun.

Calhoun waited for a few minutes and watched as the fan was attended to at her seat before he returned to the batter's box.

The fan eventually walked out of the seating area accompanied by stadium personnel and was transported to a hospital for further evaluation.

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<![CDATA[Odor Homers in 10th Inning to Lift Rangers Over Tigers]]>517410491Sat, 03 Aug 2019 23:22:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_19216140497701.jpg

Rougned Odor homered with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Odor's opposite-field drive into the Detroit bullpen in left-center came with a full count against Nick Ramirez (5-4). That was a pitch after third base umpire Dave Rackley ruled Odor was able to check his swing on 2-2 pitch.

Jose Leclerc (2-3), a night after his first save since April 17, pitched a perfect 10th inning.

The Rangers have won the first two games of this three-game set for their first series win since a three-game sweep at Detroit in late June. Texas had since gone 0-6-3 for its longest span of winless series since 10 in a row in 2003.

Miguel Cabrera's 472nd career homer was a towering two-run shot to center in the first that put the Tigers up 2-0. After Willie Calhoun's leadoff homer in the Rangers fourth tied the game, Detroit went ahead 4-2 on Harold Castro's two-out single in the fifth.

Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd struck out nine and walked one over 5 2/3 innings in his first start since the trade deadline passed three days earlier with him still in Detroit, despite speculation otherwise before that.

Boyd exited with a 4-2 lead, but had his third consecutive no-decision and is 1-4 over his last 11 starts.

The Rangers tied the game at 4 with two unearned runs in the seventh. Jose Trevino started the inning reaching on a two-base error when rookie right fielder Travis Demeritte misplayed a flyball. He scored on a double by Delino DeShields, who raced home and scored on a head-first slide just ahead of the tag on a sac fly to right by Elvis Andrus.

Trevino, the prospect catcher playing his first big league game since hitting a game-ending, two-run single on Father's Day 2018, had an RBI single in the third after Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled.

Third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera and catcher Tim Federowicz were both designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday. Trevino and Kiner-Falefa, now primarily playing third base instead of catch, were then recalled.

MIGGY'S BIG NUMBERS
Miguel Cabrera took over 26th place alone on the career RBI list, breaking his tie with Gary Sheffield. Cabrera has 1,678 career RBIs, 17 shy of Cal Ripken Jr. for 25th. On the career homer list, Cabrera is one short of matching Carlos Delgado for 33rd place.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Tigers: SS Jordy Mercer left the game because of lower body cramps. Gordon Beckman replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, and then took over at second base with Niko Goodrum sliding over to shortstop. With at second base in the ninth, Beckham made a diving inning-ending catch to snag a liner by Elvis Andrus.

UP NEXT
Jordan Zimmermann (1-8, 7.23 ERA), whose lone victory came in his last start for Detroit, is on the mound for the series finale. Rookie right-hander Pedro Payano (1-0) goes for the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Reliever Leclerc Throws Ball Onto Roof, Tops Tigers]]>515004161Fri, 02 Aug 2019 22:41:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Texas reliever Jose Leclerc hung on for a save, then fired the ball onto the right field roof at Globe Life Park after the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Friday night.

The Tigers scored twice in a messy ninth inning and had runners on second and third with two outs when Jeimer Candelario hit a grounder to first baseman Danny Santana, who flipped to Leclerc covering the bag to end it.

Leclerc took a couple of steps and let fly, the ball sailing far over the seats.

Last Sunday, agitated Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer threw the ball from just past the mound over the center field wall after getting pulled from a game at Kansas City. Bauer was fined by Major League Baseball and later traded to San Diego.

Lance Lynn (14-6) struck out 10 in seven innings and tied Houston's Justin Verlander and Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the major league lead in wins.

Lynn allowed four hits, only one past the first inning. He retired 10 straight after falling behind 1-0 five batters in on three singles.

Leclerc got his sixth save and first since April 17.

The Tigers, with the majors' worst record at 32-73, came off a Wednesday win in Anaheim and failed for the 10th straight time to win consecutive games. Detroit's most recent winning streak is the last three games of May.

Tyler Alexander (0-2), who pitched collegiately at TCU in nearby Fort Worth, allowed four runs on 10 hits in making his fourth big league start.

After a two-out RBI single by Harold Castro in the first inning, Lynn didn't allow another baserunner until Travis Demeritte, making his major league debut, walked to lead off the fifth. Demeritte tripled down the left-field line in the seventh for his first hit.

Danny Santana had a single, a triple, a sacrifice fly and scored twice in the Rangers' first game this month after he hit .391 in July.

Rougned Odor and Hunter Pence homered for Texas.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW

Each team's No. 7 hitter made his major league debut -- Tigers right fielder Demeritte and Rangers center fielder Scott Heineman.

Demeritte, 24, was a first-round draftee of Texas in 2013 and was acquired by Detroit on Wednesday in the trade that sent RHP Shane Greene to Atlanta. He hit 20 home runs in 96 games for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate. He went 1 for 2 with two walks.

Heineman, 26, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .372 in 33 games. He was drafted by the Rangers in the 11th round in 2015. He went 2 for 4 with a fourth-inning flare to right off the end of the bat for his first hit.

SHORT HOPS

The Tigers are 3-17 against AL West teams this season and 3-25 since last Aug. 3. . . Detroit DH Miguel Cabrera's single in the eighth gave him 1,676 RBIs, tying him for 26th place with Gary Sheffield. . . Texas selected the contract of RHP Emmanuel Clase from Double-A Frisco and optioned LHP Kyle Bird and RHP Phillips Valdez to Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull (upper back strain) is likely to make one more rehab start.

UP NEXT

Tigers LHP Matthew Boyd (6-8, 3.94) is 1-6 in his career against the Rangers with a 6.28 ERA. Boyd will face RHP Adrian Sampson (6-8, 5.32), who has lost his last four starts.

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<![CDATA[Calhoun Homers, Minor Stays and Rangers Stop M's Win Streak]]>513476861Wed, 31 Jul 2019 22:56:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Willie-Calhoun-Getty.jpg

All-Star lefty Mike Minor won for the first time in more than a month, with the Texas Rangers going ahead to stay after he had thrown his last pitch in a 9-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

After weeks of speculation that Minor could be traded, the deadline passed earlier in the day with him still in Texas. He trailed 5-3 when he left the mound after the top of the fifth, but Willie Calhoun's three-run homer in the bottom of the inning put the Rangers in front before they went to the bullpen.

Austin Nola and Keon Broxton homered for the Mariners, who saw the end of a six-game winning streak that had matched their longest of the season.

Minor (9-6) needed 103 pitches to get through five innings for his first win since June 26. He had five strikeouts while matching a season high in allowing 11 baserunners (seven hits, three walks and a hit batter). Minor, signed with Texas through the 2020 season, was 0-2 with a 6.04 ERA in his previous four starts.

Jesse Chavez, the fourth Texas reliever, worked the ninth for his first save this season.

Wade LeBlanc (6-4) was gone after 4 1/3 innings, leaving a batter after allowing the homer to Calhoun that just cleared the 8-foot wall in the right field corner.

LeBlanc had entered after an opener in nine of his previous 10 appearances, but started this game after the Mariners traded relievers Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland to the Washington Nationals earlier in the day.

Seattle loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth before leadoff hitter Mallex Smith's high infield chopper just over Minor's outstretched glove for an RBI infield single. J.P. Crawford followed with a two-run single.

Calhoun's seventh homer came with two outs, after Danny Santana hit his third single of the game and Hunter Pence doubled.

Shin-Soo Choo had a two-out solo homer, his 18th, for a 3-2 lead in the second.

Pence, who was elected by fans as the American League's starting DH but couldn't play in the All-Star Game because of a right groin strain, had an RBI single in the first and finished with three hits. The Rangers had trade offers for Pence until the final minutes before the deadline.

MORE RUNS
The Rangers went ahead 9-5 in the seventh when Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single and eventually scored on an error. Broxton's homer was a two-run shot in the eighth, in his second game for Seattle since being claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Saturday.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Mariners: LF Tim Beckham left after the first inning because of oblique tightness and will be re-evaluated Thursday. ... RHP Felix Hernandez is scheduled to make a rehab start Friday night for the Everett AquaSox, the short-season Class A team for which the 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner started his pro career in 2003 when he was only 17. He has been out since May 12 because of a right shoulder strain.

Rangers: All-Star slugger Joey Gallo is at least two or three weeks from swinging a bat after surgery to remove the hamate bone from his right wrist. Gallo had surgery July 25. Gallo, who has 22 homers in 70 games this season, said the wrist had been bothering him for about two months before he had surgery.

UP NEXT
Mariners: After a day off, the Mariners open a three-game series at AL West-leading Houston on Friday night.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn looks to match the major league lead with his 14th victory when Texas plays at home Friday night against the Detroit Tigers.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Get Reliever From White Sox for 2 Minor Leaguers]]>513443431Wed, 31 Jul 2019 11:59:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-11467436291.jpg

The Texas Rangers have acquired right-hander Nate Jones from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitchers Joe Jarneski and Ray Castro.

Chicago will send the Rangers $750,000 as part of Wednesday's deal to cover part of the $1.5 million remaining in the $4.65 million salary for Jones, who is on the injured list after surgery to repair a flexor mass tear in his right forearm. He is not expected to pitch again this season.

Texas also will get $1 million in international signing bonus pool allotment for 2019-20.

Jones had a 3.48 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season before going on the injured list April 27. He is 22-13 with a 3.12 ERA in 284 relief appearances in his big league career from 2012-19, all with the White Sox. His contract includes a $3.75 million club option for 2020 with a $1.25 million buyout, and also a 2021 option.

The 19-year-old Jarneski is in the Arizona League, and the 22-year-old Castro in the Dominican Summer League.



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<![CDATA[Six-Pack for M's: Seattle Wins 6th in Row at Texas]]>513422071Tue, 30 Jul 2019 22:39:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Seager-Getty.jpg

Kyle Seager had a solo homer, a tiebreaking two-run triple and drove in four runs as the Seattle Mariners stretched their winning streak to six games with an 8-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Domingo Santana hit his 21st homer for the Mariners (47-63), who matched their longest winning streak this year. They also won six in a row in April, during their 13-2 start to the season before an extended slump that dropped them to the bottom of the AL West.

Sam Tuivailala (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mike Leake, who allowed 10 hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings. Roenis Elias worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Texas lost for the 18th time in 25 games and has an overall losing record for the first time since May 27. The Rangers (53-54) peaked at 10 games over .500 and were in position for one of the American League's two wild-card spots a month ago, before their current slide.

The Rangers traded their most reliable reliever, right-hander Chris Martin, to Atlanta during the game.

Seattle, which had lost its last nine road games, blew a 5-1 lead when the Rangers chased Leake with four runs in the sixth. Danny Santana led off the inning with his 16th home run, and Rougned Odor had a two-run double before a RBI single by Delino DeShields tied the game.

After reliever Brett Martin (1-2) walked Daniel Vogelbach to start the seventh and was taken out, an error put two runners on before Seager tripled into the right-center gap. Austin Nola followed with an RBI groundout.

Seager went deep in the second, a drive to the left-center gap that hit off the heel of leaping center fielder DeShields' glove and went over the eight-foot wall.

SHORT HOPS
Scott Servais became only the second Mariners manager to reach 300 wins. He is 300-296 since arriving in 2016. Lou Piniella had 840 wins in 10 seasons for Seattle. ... Mariners OF Mallex Smith got his 100th career stolen base in the fourth inning. He immediately followed with No. 101, swiping third base when Texas was shifted and had only shortstop Elvis Andrus on the left side of the infield. ... Seager has 27 homers, 96 RBIs and a .296 batting average in 148 career games against Texas.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon, out since July 23 with a left quad strain, will join the team in Houston this weekend and work out all three days. Servais said Gordon is feeling much better and might not be out as long as expected. If all goes well this weekend, Gordon will then go on a short rehab assignment.

UP NEXT
If the trade deadline passes Wednesday afternoon and All-Star lefty Mike Minor is still a member of the Rangers, he will start that night. Minor (8-6, 3.00) is 0-2 in his last four starts, including last Wednesday at Seattle. The Mariners are expected to use an opener before Wade LeBlanc (6-3, 4.79), who is 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA in nine appearances when he enters in that situation.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Acquire Pitching Prospect From Braves for Martin]]>513418211Tue, 30 Jul 2019 20:39:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Kolby-Allard-Getty.jpg

The Texas Rangers have traded reliever Chris Martin to the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher Kolby Allard.

Texas announced the deal during its game Tuesday night, just moments after Martin was seen high-fiving teammates in the bullpen before leaving down the tunnel.

Martin was 0-2 with four saves and a 3.08 ERA in 38 appearances. The 33-year-old right-hander has allowed only three earned runs over his last 19 games since May 24. The 6-foot-8 Martin has 24 strikeouts and only one walk in 18 2/3 innings over that span for his hometown Rangers.

Atlanta assumes the remaining $737,903 of Martin's $2.25 million salary. He has earned $100,000 in bonuses for 15 games finished, would get another $50,000 for 20, and $100,000 each for 25 and each addition five through 40.

Allard, a 21-year-old lefty, was the 14th overall pick by the Braves in the 2015 amateur draft. He was 7-5 with a 4.17 ERA in 20 starts this season for Triple-A Gwinnett. The Rangers assigned him to Triple-A Nashville.

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<![CDATA[Trade Deadline: Will Rangers Deal Minor?]]>513319692Sun, 28 Jul 2019 23:43:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Minor1.jpg

With the trade deadline looming on Wednesday, the Rangers pushed Mike Minor's next start back a day. Jared Sandler of 105.3 The Fan explains what that means for Minor's future in a Rangers uniform.

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<![CDATA[Semien Homers, A's Beat Rangers on Walk-Off Walk]]>513320201Sun, 28 Jul 2019 19:54:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Marcus-Semien-Getty-072819.jpg

Marcus Semien homered and scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Sunday.

Texas led 5-4 in the ninth with Jose Leclerc (1-3) pitching for a third straight day, seeking his sixth save. His blown save was his third.

Leclerc walked Khris Davis with the bases loaded and one out after Matt Olson singled in Chris Hermann with the tying run.

Hermann singled leading off the ninth and Semien followed with a walk.

Danny Santana was 3 for 4 with a homer and a double for Texas. Nomar Mazara also went deep for the Rangers, winless in eight straight series. They are 0-6-2 since sweeping Detroit from June 25-27.

Santana was 8 for 19 in the series with two homers, two doubles, a triple and nine RBIs. His eight hits matched the most by a Rangers player in any series this season.

Texas rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the eighth when Willie Calhoun's RBI double off closer Liam Hendriks highlighted a three-run inning.

A's manager Bob Melvin summoned Hendriks looking for a five-out save after Shin-Soo Choo singled and Santana doubled to start the eighth against Joakim Soria.

Blake Treinen (4-3) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.

Oakland starter Mike Fiers, seeking his eighth straight win, gave up two runs in six innings of four-hit ball. He struck out six and walked four. The 34-year-old right-hander is unbeaten over his last 15 starts with a 2.30 ERA in 97 2/3 innings during that stretch.

Rangers starter Pedro Payano gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings in his first career start.

Semien homered off Payano leading off the fourth. His 17th of the season broke a scoreless tie.

Santana hit his 15th home run leading off the sixth against Fiers, and Mazara connected on his 15th two batters later.

MINOR MOVE
The Rangers pushed back left-hander Mike Minor's next scheduled start from Tuesday to Wednesday. Minor has been the subject of trade speculation in recent weeks, and the move bumps his upcoming outing until after Wednesday's deadline, avoiding the possibility of issues with interested teams, manager Chris Woodward said.

SHORT HOPS
Texas right-hander Edinson Volquez, on the injured list with an elbow strain since April 5, told reporters he wants pitch again this year but plans to retire at the end of the season. ... Right-hander Kyle Dowdy, a Rule 5 selection claimed by the Rangers during spring training, cleared waivers and was accepted back by the Cleveland Indians after Texas designated him for assignment on Thursday.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Athletics: C Josh Phegley left in the fifth with a bruised left thumb. . OF Stephen Piscotty (sprained right knee) had six at-bats as the DH in his first game on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday. He was scheduled to play seven innings in the field on Sunday, Melvin said.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (6-6, 4.83 ERA) will pitch Tuesday's series opener against Seattle. The Rangers have lost five of his last seven starts.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (7-5, 4.09) goes Tuesday against Milwaukee. Bassitt is 0-3 with a 3.98 ERA in six career interleague starts.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Beat Oakland Athletics 5-2]]>513286471Sat, 27 Jul 2019 08:40:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-1157854954.jpg

Lance Lynn punctuated a strong performance with a loud growl.

   Lynn struck out eight in six innings and Willie Calhoun homered in his return to the majors, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Friday night.

   Lynn (13-6) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in his first win since July 11. Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits and drove in two runs, and Calhoun finished with two hits and two RBIs.

   Lynn threw a 95-mph fastball by Khris Davis on his 111th and final pitch. Then he spun around and unloaded.

   "In all honesty it was a battle all night with them, so it was one of those things where it just kind of came out," Lynn said. "I got through six and gave the team a chance to win. Nothing else, really.

   "My night's over, that was a tough one, that's what it felt like, so that was pretty much it."

   The Rangers won for the third time in four games after losing eight straight.

   The A's dropped their third in a row and fell a half-game back of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. Marcus Semien had two hits and scored twice.

   Lynn worked around consecutive errors to start the game by Danny Santana, who was playing in place of Elvis Andrus after the veteran shortstop flew to Dallas following Thursday's game to be sworn in as a United States citizen.

   After Matt Olson drew an 11-pitch walk that loaded the bases with no outs, Oakland scored just once on Ramon Laureano's sacrifice fly.

   "Lance picked him up, and I think that's a testament to our team," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "We talk about that all the time, not everybody's going to have a great game, but we've got to pick each other up.

   "Obviously Danny's done so much for us all year. That's a tough spot to be in, he hasn't played shortstop all year."

   Mark Canha added an RBI single in the third before Texas rallied.

   A's starter Daniel Mengden (5-2) retired his first nine batters before Shin-Soo Choo drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, starting a decisive three-run inning that included consecutive two-out RBI doubles for Nomar Mazara and Calhoun.

   Cabrera singled in Mazara in the sixth, and Calhoun added a solo drive in the eighth. Calhoun was promoted from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday after All-Star slugger Joey Gallo had right wrist surgery.

   Mengden permitted four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

   Texas relievers Jesse Chavez, Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin combined for three innings of one-hit ball. Martin worked the ninth for his fourth save in five tries.

   Oakland got the tying run to the plate when Canha doubled and Laureano walked to start the ninth, but Martin struck out Khris Davis and Robbie Grossman and got Chris Hermann to ground out to third.

   Davis was 0 for 4 with four strikeouts.

   "We just aren't playing very well right now," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're not getting as many hits as we did before. You go through some ruts offensively. You have to do everything right, and we aren't."

   CITIZEN ELVIS

   Andrus returned to Oakland on Friday night. The 30-year-old native of Maracay, Venezuela, aced a six-question citizenship test.

   "This thing is a lot more nerve-wracking than playing baseball," he said. "I never felt like this."

   Andrus was 15 when he first came to the United States.

   "A lot of memories came back," Andrus said. "The journey has been amazing and today is a day to always remember."

   POWER OUTAGE

   The A's have gone deep just once in their last five games after homering in 23 straight games, two short of a franchise record.

   TRAINER'S ROOM

   Rangers: RHP Edinson Volquez (right elbow strain) will throw a bullpen Saturday and could start facing live hitters soon, Woodward said. Volquez will pitch out of the bullpen when he returns, Woodward said.

   Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty (sprained right knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday.

   UP NEXT

   Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (6-7, 5.19 ERA) will take his second turn in the rotation since starting the second half in the bullpen. Sampson is 0-3 with a 9.84 ERA in his last six outings (three starts).

   Athletics: RHP Homer Bailey (8-7, 5.42 ERA) looks to rebound from a disastrous outing in which he gave up nine earned runs in two innings Monday in Houston. He'll make his third start since coming over in a trade with Kansas City.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Andrus Becomes U.S. Citizen]]>513276921Fri, 26 Jul 2019 21:21:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ANDRUS+CITIZEN.jpg

After taking a red-eye flight back from Northern California to North Texas Thursday night, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus officially became an American citizen Friday afternoon.

Andrus is originally from Venezuela and was sworn in at 12:30 p.m. at an immigration office in Irving.

"I've learned so much about this country and the culture in my time here, but I've really learned to love the history of this country,” Andrus told the Dallas Morning News. “Americans are so proud of where they came from and they do such a great job of honoring their past. I've been a little jealous, to be honest."

An Instagram post shows Andrus holding a certificate after passing his citizenship test. The post included the caption, “I will always be very proud of where I came from and I am humbled where my journey has taken me.”

After the ceremony, Andrus boarded a flight back to Northern California to try to return to his team in time to play in Friday night’s Rangers game against the Athletics.



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<![CDATA[Santana's Slam, 6 RBIs Power Rangers Past Scuffling A's]]>513235681Fri, 26 Jul 2019 04:49:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1157668675.jpg

Having smacked his first grand slam to get within reach of hitting for the cycle, Danny Santana acknowledged swinging hard for a triple in the eighth inning.

A little too hard.

Santana struck out in his final at-bat, the only blemish on what he called the best night of his career. The outfielder drove in a career-high six runs as the slumping Texas Rangers routed the Oakland Athletics 11-3 on Thursday.

"I knew that I was missing it," Santana said through a translator. "I just wanted to hit the ball hard to see if I made it."

Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits and scored twice. Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields added two hits apiece during the Rangers' highest-scoring game in nearly seven weeks.

Texas won after placing outfielder Joey Gallo on the injured list following wrist surgery earlier in the day. The All-Star slugger will miss at least a month.

Santana propelled the Rangers to only their second win in 11 games. He singled in the first inning and had a two-run double as part of a five-run fifth against A's starter Brett Anderson.

With the bases loaded in the sixth, Santana homered off reliever Wei-Chung Wang. He struck out swinging against Brian Schlitter in the eighth.

"This has been the best game that I have had in my whole career," Santana said. "Before, I tried to pound the ball, get on base, steal bases. Now what I'm doing, what's making the difference, is I'm trying to hit the ball hard."

Ramon Laureano singled in two runs for Oakland. The A's have lost four of five and hold a half-game lead for the second AL wild card.

Ariel Jurado (6-6) overcame a shaky start and allowed three runs on three hits in seven innings for his first win since June 27. Jurado struck out six, walked two and retired 16 of the final 17 batters he faced.

"The first inning it looked like he was a little tentative, kind of feeling for his pitches," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "From the second inning on it looked like he said, `I have to go after these guys.' And you see the results."

Anderson (9-6) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander was activated from the paternity list before the game.

"Under different circumstances I'd be a little more upset," Anderson said. "I can't be too upset because I just had a kid, who's healthy, and a wife who's healthy. Things change when you have a kid."

SERIOUS INDIFFERENCE

After drawing a one-out walk in the eighth and with the Rangers in a defensive shift, Oakland's Marcus Semien took second without drawing a throw and then kept jogging when he noticed Texas had no one covering third.

ODOR'S DEFENSE

Texas second baseman Rougned Odor took away a hit from A's slugger Khris Davis in the seventh when he made a sliding stop on the outfield grass and fired a one-hop throw to first baseman Logan Forsythe.

ROSTER MOVES

Willie Calhoun was called up from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gallo on the roster. Texas also acquired pitcher Shane Carle from the Atlanta Braves for cash, then optioned the 27-year-old right-hander to Nashville. Carle was 4-2 with a 5.13 ERA in 20 games, including one start, at Triple-A Gwinnett in the Braves organization. He was designated for assignment Wednesday by Atlanta. Right-hander Kyle Dowdy was activated off the injured list by Texas and designated for assignment.

A's catcher Nick Hundley also was activated off the injured list and designated for assignment. Hundley had been out since June 8 with back spasms and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on June 18. Right-hander Tanner Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Gallo left Tuesday's game in Seattle because of soreness in his wrist. After undergoing X-rays and an MRI, he returned to Texas, where Dr. Thomas DiLiberti removed a fractured hook of the hamate bone in Gallo's wrist.

Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty (sprained right knee) took batting practice and ran in the outfield before the game. Piscotty is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next few days.

UP NEXT

Texas RHP Lance Lynn (12-6, 3.93 ERA) takes a two-game losing streak into Friday night's start at the Coliseum. Oakland RHP Daniel Mengden (5-1, 4.65) is unbeaten in five starts since returning from the injured list. Mengden lost both his starts against Texas last season.

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<![CDATA[Joey Gallo Has Wrist Surgery, to Miss at Least a Month]]>513223761Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:51:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-Getty.jpg

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo will miss at least a month after the All-Star slugger had surgery Thursday to remove part of a bone in his right wrist.

Gallo left Tuesday's game in Seattle because of soreness in his wrist. After undergoing X-rays and an MRI, the 25-year-old Gallo returned to Texas, where Dr. Thomas DiLiberti removed a fractured hook of the hamate bone in Gallo's wrist.

"Really disappointed but I'm actually not surprised after what I saw the last four games, especially the swing," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I think it's been bothering him for a little bit."

Gallo is hitting .252 with 22 homers and 49 RBIs this season, but he was mired in a 1-for-28 slump over his last seven games before the surgery. The lone hit was a solo drive against Arizona on July 16.

Woodward noted that Gallo has been dealing with various health issues for much of the year. Gallo was out for more than three weeks in June with a left oblique strain.

Because of the type of surgery he had, Gallo can begin rehabbing very soon.

"He's had some nagging things this year and always tried to play through them, always trying to convince me, 'I'm good, I'm good,"' Woodward said. "After that game (Tuesday), 'It's killing me, it really hurts.' That was surprising to hear."

Willie Calhoun was called up from Triple-A Nashville.

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<![CDATA[Leake Outpitches Minor as Mariners Topple Rangers]]>513169901Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:23:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Leake-Getty.jpg

For most of the season Seattle's Mike Leake has felt he's auditioning for others.

He'll find out over the next week whether that feeling was correct, and coming off two of his best performances of the season.

"I think I may have been all year in a way just because they were trying to maybe trade me in the offseason a little bit. But definitely I think I'm on the radar," Leake said.

Leake outpitched Mike Minor in what could be the final start for each before the upcoming trade deadline, Daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of solo home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Wednesday.

Leake and Minor have both been the subject of trade rumors -- Minor more than Leake -- leading up to next week's trade deadline. But it was Leake with the better outing in his first start since taking a perfect game into the ninth inning last Friday against the Angels.

"Unfortunately and fortunately I've been traded and moved around for the last few years, but it has given me the wherewithal to kind of know what to do in circumstances like this," Leake said.

Leake (9-8) threw seven innings, his only mistake giving up a two-out, two-strike home run to Rougned Odor in the sixth inning. Leake struck out seven, walked none and threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of 29 batters.

Leake's streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings ended thanks to Odor. After a pair of two-out singles, Leake left an 0-2 pitch to Odor elevated and the Texas second baseman didn't miss, hitting his 18th home run of the season and fourth of the series. Odor homered in the series opener on Monday and hit a pair of long balls on Tuesday night.

Anthony Bass worked a perfect eighth in relief of Leake and Roenis Elias pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

The Rangers lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Minor (8-6) has acknowledged all the trade discussions have been a distraction, especially with the Rangers' slide after the All-Star break that has seen them fall from wild-card contenders into likely sellers over the next week. Minor seemed fine for the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth.

Minor was lifted after the sixth, giving up eight hits and four earned runs. He struck out five.

"The trade rumors are not weighing on me. I'm searching to find that rhythm, to try and find the mechanics and find the release point," Minor said. "I just want to pitch better, so I'm looking forward to my next start."

Vogelbach started the big inning with a line drive shot down the right field line for his 24th homer. That was the start of four straight hits to start the inning, including an RBI infield single from Kristopher Negron. An error by catcher Jeff Mathis scored another run and J.P. Crawford capped the four-run inning with an RBI single.

Vogelbach hit his second homer in the sixth, a towering shot to right-center. It was his third career multihomer game. Vogelbach stayed late on Tuesday night looking at video to try and make some fixes with his swing.

"Just little things to get me going in the right direction. Sometimes you just have to see it on video. You can't feel it. So watched some video last night and figured some stuff out," Vogelbach said.

NO GALLO
Texas slugger Joey Gallo was out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game with a sore right wrist that's bothered him for a while. X-rays were negative. Texas manager Chris Woodward said an MRI was inconclusive, but that a stint on the injured list appears likely.

"We're sending him to a hand specialist in Dallas to see what exactly is going on as his hand is pretty sore," Woodward said.

SANTANA WATCH
Seattle is still awaiting the results of an MRI on the right elbow of outfielder Domingo Santana after he left Tuesday's game with discomfort in his arm. Santana said the elbow has been bothering him since the All-Star break and was aggravated making a throw in Tuesday's game. While Seattle has not made a decision on whether Santana needs to go on the injured list, it appears likely he'll miss several games.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (5-6) will start as Texas begins a four-game series in Oakland. Jurado will make his 12th start, but is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in July.

Mariners: Seattle is expected to use an opener to be followed by LHP Wade LeBlanc on Thursday against Detroit. LeBlanc (5-3) has a 3.05 ERA in eight games after using an opener.



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<![CDATA[Odor, Mazara Help Rangers beat Mariners to End 8-Game Skid]]>513131181Wed, 24 Jul 2019 05:08:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1157448936.jpg

As the losses mounted for the Texas Rangers during their eight-game skid, their daily hitting meeting turned into something of a therapy session.

Rougned Odor spoke positive words of encouragement to his team Tuesday afternoon, then backed it up with two home runs in a 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. Nomar Mazara reached the third deck with an impressive drive, Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff homer in the first and rookie pitcher Pedro Payano was excellent in relief to help the Rangers get back on track.

"We've been talking as a group for a while since we've been struggling," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "We use that forum to kind of discuss how to get out of (the streak). (Odor has) actually been pretty vocal over the last week or so. He was really honest."

The Rangers jumped on the Mariners' Tommy Milone from the first pitch, which Choo sent to the bullpen in left field, and hit four home runs to snap the major leagues' fourth longest losing streak of the season.

It was Choo's 10th career first-pitch home run, his sixth leadoff home run of the season and the 33rd of his career.

After Asdrubal Cabrera and Tim Federowicz made it 3-0 with a couple of RBIs in the second inning, it got worse for Milone in the third when Mazara hit a towering shot estimated at 458 feet for a 4-0 lead.

It was one of the more impressive hits at T-Moblie Park this season, just the second to reach the third deck in right field.

"I'm going to have to check StatCast on that because 458 feet doesn't sound right," Woodward said.

One out later, Joey Gallo laid down a bunt back to the mound. Milone fielded the ball, but his throw was wild and Gallo moved to second. Odor homered to right-center field for a 6-1 lead.

Milone pitched through the sixth inning, giving up nine hits and striking out five.

Odor added a solo home run in the eighth off new Mariners reliever Matt Magill for his third multihomer game of the season and 12th of his career.

Payano (1-0), called up Tuesday from Triple-A Nashville, struck out seven and gave up one run and three hits in five innings following opener Brett Martin. It was his first major league win in his second appearance.

The performance was so impressive, Woodward said he may have earned himself a longer stay through the team's road trip.

"I would think so," Woodward said. "I don't know for sure, but either way he opened a lot of eyes in our organization."

Rafael Montero followed him and pitched two innings of two-hit ball with two strikeouts.

The Mariners are 2-8 since the All-Star break. Two of Seattle's hottest hitters, Omar Narvaez and J.P. Crawford, had run-scoring hits. But Seattle showed little else after snapping a three-game losing streak with a victory against the Rangers on Monday.

"We have to be patient with our guys," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "We've seen some bright spots throughout the season so far, but just have to keep working with them."

RANGERS MOVES

Woodward thinks Ronald Guzman is Texas' first baseman of the future. To reach that goal, Woodward thought it best to send Guzman down to Triple-A Nashville for a while to work on his offense.

"One thing I told him when I sent him down, I'm really proud of him," Woodward said. "He's been working really, really hard on all the things we've been talking about."

Guzman is batting .193 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs in 68 appearances, including 56 starts at first base. Guzman was sent down to make room for Payano.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Gallo was pulled before the start of the eighth with a sore right wrist that's bothered him for a while, Woodward said. X-rays were negative and Gallo likely will sit out Wednesday's series finale while undergoing an MRI.

Mariners: Domingo Santana will undergo an MRI on his sore right elbow Wednesday. Santana was pulled from the game after a rough-and-tumble series of plays in the second inning. The right fielder slid awkwardly while attempting to catch Logan Forsythe's bloop, then threw well wide of the plate trying to catch Odor at home on Asdrubal Cabrera's sac fly. Servais said the elbow has been tender for a while and the throws he made during the second inning caused enough pain to be of concern.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (8-5, 2.86 ERA) looks to end a three-game winless streak in the series finale against the Mariners.

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (8-8, 4.27 ERA) returns to the mound for the first time since his complete-game one-hitter last Friday.

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<![CDATA[Skidding Rangers Can't Solve Gonzales as Mariners Roll]]>513077891Tue, 23 Jul 2019 05:31:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Marco Gonzales gave up a run in the first inning in part due to a fan. He gave up four singles in five batters to open the second and was immediately in a bases-loaded jam.

"For me, I'd rather have that early in the game than late when you're fatigued," Gonzales said. "Guys on base, those are big situations that you'd like to have early on, and then hopefully that gets you in a groove."

Gonzales recovered from the shaky start to throw seven strong innings, Austin Nola hit a three-run homer to put Seattle ahead for good, and the Mariners handed the Texas Rangers their eighth straight loss with a 7-3 victory Monday night.

The Rangers' swoon since the All-Star break continued as Texas was shut down by Gonzales (11-8) after the second inning. The left-hander finished seven for the second time in three starts, retiring 13 straight during one stretch and 17 of the final 18 batters he faced.

Gonzales allowed seven hits and struck out four, but was fortunate to even get through the second.

"Texas has been struggling a little bit and didn't want to give them a bunch of early momentum. He was able to shut it off right there and give us a chance," Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Texas took a 2-0 lead after Shin-Soo Choo's RBI single, the last of four singles in five batters to start the second inning. But Gonzales struck out Danny Santana looking on a borderline pitch and won a lengthy battle against Elvis Andrus to end the threat with a lineout to right field. Gonzales needed 12 pitches to finally get Andrus, and the at-bat included eight foul balls.

"I was just trying to make stuff up. I didn't know what he was doing, I don't know if he knew what I was doing, but it was a good battle," Gonzales said.

From there the only baserunner Gonzales allowed was Rougned Odor, who reached on a two-out single in the sixth. Roenis Elias got the final out for his 12th save.

Texas is 2-8 since the break and has fallen back to .500 at 50-50.

"You try not to let those things affect you, but everybody feels it, everybody wants to be the guy to stop our losing streak," manager Chris Woodward said. "We've still got to go the same way we've prepared all year. Let's win each pitch of every game, just be as prepared as we possibly can, and have a game plan every at-bat, every pitch we throw, just not lose sight of that. It's important."

Nola hit his third homer in the bottom of the second off Texas starter Adrian Sampson. Mallex Smith added a two-run single in the fourth and Kyle Seager homered leading off the eighth.

Sampson (6-7) made his first start since July 5 after three straight appearances out of the bullpen and gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"I wanted to be the guy to kind of stop the bleeding, pick up the team and get everyone right on track," Sampson said. "That hanging curveball put up three runs. Other than that I thought I made some good pitches."

STEALING A RUN

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first with the help of an ambitious Rangers fan with good seats. With two outs, Hunter Pence hit a foul ball near the stands down the left field line. Seager raced over and leaned into the stands to make the catch, only to have it stolen by a young Rangers fan sitting in the first row. Later in the at-bat Pence singled to score Andrus.

CLOSING TIME

The Rangers placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness in his right arm, but Woodward said the injury appears far less severe than first believed. Kelley left Sunday's game at Houston in the eighth after throwing several warmup pitches. An MRI showed no acute injury. Texas selected the contract of reliever Rafael Montero from Triple-A Nashville to take Kelley's roster spot and designated for assignment outfielder Carlos Tocci to clear a 40-man roster spot.

GORDON'S EXIT

Seattle 2B Dee Gordon left after the second inning due to a strained quad muscle and was replaced by Dylan Moore. Gordon was hit in the back of the shoulder on a pickoff attempt by Sampson, but Servais said it was the quad that caused him to pull Gordon. He finished the inning on the bases before being replaced.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas is expected to call up RHP Pedro Payano to make a spot start Tuesday night, but might also use an opener. Payano has appeared in one game this season for the Rangers. He's made 15 starts in the minors between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Nashville.

Mariners: Will start LHP Tommy Milone. Seattle was going to use an opener but decided to go with Milone from the start. He is 1-4 with a 3.95 ERA this season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Place Closer Shawn Kelley on 10-Day Injured List]]>513070111Mon, 22 Jul 2019 22:24:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shawn-Kelley-Getty-072219.jpg

The Texas Rangers have placed closer Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with biceps soreness in his right arm, but manager Chris Woodward said the injury appears far less severe than first believed.

The Rangers made the move with Kelley on Monday before opening a three-game series in Seattle. Texas selected the contract of reliever Rafael Montero from Triple-A Nashville to take Kelley's roster spot and designated for assignment outfielder Carlos Tocci to clear a 40-man roster spot.

Kelley left Sunday's game in Houston in the bottom of the eighth after throwing several warmup pitches. Woodward said he immediately thought the injury was serious enough Kelley's season could be over.

An MRI showed no acute injury and Woodward said it was "way better than we all thought." Woodward expects Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin to handle the late-inning duties with Kelley out.

Kelley, 35, is 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 33 appearances, including 11 saves.

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<![CDATA[A Look Back at Globe Life Park Memories]]>513022202Sun, 21 Jul 2019 23:29:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+Park+Exterior1.jpg

In 70 days, Texas Rangers fans will say goodbye to the team's home since 1994. A man whose day job it is to share the stadium's revisits some of his favorite memories.

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<![CDATA[Brantley Hits 2 HRs, Astros Top Rangers for 5th Straight Win]]>513016331Sun, 21 Jul 2019 19:04:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michael-Brantley-Getty-072119.jpg

Michael Brantley has been a force in the middle of the lineup during his first season with the Astros.

He kept that going on Sunday.

Brantley homered twice, Jose Altuve also went deep and Houston beat the struggling Texas Rangers 5-3 for its fifth straight victory.

Rogelio Armenteros pitched five solid innings in his first major league start, sending Texas to its seventh loss in a row.

"To come back home and get a sweep, especially against somebody in the division, it's a positive," Brantley said. "We are doing it as a team. One guy doesn't have to carry this team."

Brantley put the AL West leaders on the board with a two-run drive to right-center in the first and added a solo shot to right field in the eighth. He finished with three hits and has been comfortable swinging at Minute Maid Park, where he's batting .347 with nine homers and 23 RBIs this season.

"I think he's just lived up to what we expected and what he's been doing," Houston manager AJ Hinch said. "He was an All-Star before he got here. He hit in the middle of a playoff team. He was an incredibly tough out, and so when we got him to balance out the middle of our order, he's done everything we could have hoped for and more."

Houston scored two in the fifth with a two-out rally that Altuve started with a solo home run to center. Yordan Alvarez hit an RBI single to make it 4-1.

Danny Santana cut the lead to 2-1 in the third with an RBI single for the Rangers. Nomar Mazara hit a solo homer in the sixth off Josh James, and Logan Forsythe had a solo homer in the ninth.

"I think we had pretty high expectations there for a while," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "People were picking us to be one of the teams because we proved a lot of people wrong, and then we lose seven in a row. Now I guarantee it's going to be like, `Oh, the Rangers are done.' There's a lot of character in that room. We're not done, I can promise you that."

Armenteros (1-0) yielded one run and two hits with six strikeouts. The right-hander earned his first career win after three relief appearances for the Astros.

"For Armenteros today to give us five today was huge," Hinch said. "To be effective, mix his pitches, I thought he did a good job of utilizing his breaking ball today. His fastball was good and really pitched out of the only jam he was in."

Josh Reddick robbed Rougned Odor of a two-run homer in the second, timing his jump and easily making the catch in front of the wall. Armenteros tipped his cap to Reddick, who responded by pounding his chest with his fist.

Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his 22nd save.

Lance Lynn (12-6) matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in seven innings. He allowed four runs and seven hits.

"We lost, but every time I take the mound, it's with the intent to win," Lynn said. "If it wasn't, I wouldn't go out there."

Lynn retired 13 of 14 batters, including 10 by strikeout, before Altuve's homer in the fifth.

HE SAID IT
"It was pretty much a reminder of how good of a team we are. When you're going through a bad week, you forget all the good things we've accomplished this year. That's the way this game is -- there's going to be ups and downs, and it's how you respond from those down moments." -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus on the message in a team meeting after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Astros: INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) will have the day off Sunday on his rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi. Hinch said Diaz will work out with Corpus Christi on Sunday before the Astros decide whether he gets activated Monday or plays another game at Double-A. "He's playing fine. It's just a matter of volume and him feeling like he's capable of playing up here," Hinch said.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (6-6, 4.92 ERA) will make his 23rd appearance and 13th start on Monday in the series opener against Seattle. It will be Sampson's first start since July 5 at the Twins, when he was tagged for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (10-5, 3.12) makes his 22nd start of the season Monday in a series opener versus Oakland. Cole struck out 11 and allowed one run in seven innings last time out Wednesday against the Angels.

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<![CDATA[Urquidy Dominates Struggling Rangers in Astros' 6-1 Win]]>512999071Sat, 20 Jul 2019 21:35:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jose-Urquidy-Getty-072019.jpg

Jose Urquidy threw seven dominant innings for his first major league win and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, sending the Houston Astros to a 6-1 victory over the skidding Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Making his third career start, Urquidy (1-0) held the Rangers to two baserunners -- a homer by Shin-Soo Choo and an infield single by Hunter Pence. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander from Mexico struck out nine.

Tony Kemp also homered as Houston, the AL West leader, won its fourth straight and handed Texas its sixth consecutive defeat.

Urquidy retired his first nine batters before Choo's homer to center field in the fourth. Then he set down the next 11 hitters until Pence's single in the seventh.

Houston put together a two-out rally in the fifth that started with singles from Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez, setting up Gurriel's homer to left-center. It was Gurriel's 18th of the season, matching his career high.

Gurriel has 13 home runs in his last 21 games and has gone deep in five straight at Minute Maid Park, matching the ballpark record set in 2006 by Morgan Ensberg.

For a fourth straight game, the Astros scored in the third inning. After hitting three successive homers in Friday night's 4-3 victory, Houston had three doubles in four at-bats, with Myles Straw, George Springer and Brantley finding the gaps for a 2-0 lead.

Kemp added a solo shot in the sixth to make it 6-1.

Rangers starter Ariel Jurado (5-6) allowed five runs and eight hits while striking out five in five innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: C Isiah Kiner-Falefa (right middle finger) was activated off the injured list and optioned to Double-A Frisco. . LHP Joe Palumbo will not rejoin the rotation Monday as expected after experiencing ankle tendinitis. "That hurt a little bit because I was looking forward to seeing Joe," manager Chris Woodward said. "Not that he won't be back in a week or two at the max I guess."

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (ribs) continued his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. Correa, on the 60-day injured list, can't be activated until July 26. . INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi, playing first base and left field, manager AJ Hinch said. "We hope it's over the next couple days as he plays a few more games or even one game or see if he needs more. For him, it's more of a day-to-day assessment of where he is at and how he's doing," Hinch said.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (12-5, 3.87 ERA) makes his 21st start of the season Sunday in the finale of a three-game series. Lynn is tied for the major league lead in wins.

Astros: RHP Rogelio Armenteros (0-0, 2.00) gets his first career start after throwing four scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against the Angels.

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<![CDATA[Verlander Strikes Out 12, Astros Beat Rangers 4-3]]>512978251Fri, 19 Jul 2019 23:04:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Justin Verlander struck out 12 in six solid innings, four Houston players hit solo home runs and the Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Friday night.

Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez led off the third inning with consecutive home runs to extend Houston's lead to 4-0. Altuve hit his homer to left-center field, and Bregman sent his to left on the next pitch before Alvarez hit a 474-foot monster shot into the second deck in right field.

It was the first time the Astros had hit three straight homers since June, 20, 2018, against Tampa Bay.

Yuli Gurriel led off the second with a solo shot to left.

Verlander (12-4) allowed two runs and eight hits. The right-hander struck out at least 11 for the fourth time this season.

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

Rougned Odor and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive solo home runs in the sixth for Texas to cut Houston's lead to 4-2, and Shin-Soo Choo scored on Elvis Andrus' groundout in the seventh to pull within one.

The Rangers have lost five straight. Texas stranded 11 runners and were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Mike Minor (8-5) allowed four runs and seven hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Minor, who tied a career-high allowing four home runs, retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced.

ROSTER MOVES

The Rangers moved RHP Jesse Chavez from the rotation to the bullpen and called up LHP Joe Palumbo from Triple-A Nashville to start Monday's game in Seattle. Chavez (3-5, 4.72) was pulled in the first inning of his last start on Wednesday after giving up seven runs in 2/3 innings. In three appearances earlier this season, including two starts, Palumbo allowed 11 runs in nine innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Edinson Volquez (right elbow sprain) is scheduled to throw a bullpen in Arizona on Saturday. ... RHP Kyle Dowdy (right elbow impingement) allowed two runs on four hits in 2/3 innings in a relief outing Thursday as part of his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Nashville.

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (shoulder discomfort) might be able to start playing catch this weekend, manager A.J. Hinch said. Peacock was set to come off the injured list, but suffered a setback after throwing a bullpen session on Saturday. He has been out since late June. ... INF Aledmys Diaz (hamstring) continued his rehabilitation assignment Friday night at Double-A Corpus Christi, while SS Carlos Correa (ribs) had the day off.

UP NEXT

RHP Ariel Jurado (5-5, 4.63 ERA) is scheduled to make his 21st appearance and 11th start of the season for the Rangers on Saturday. Jurado has allowed 11 runs over two innings in two July starts. Houston has not announced a starter.

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<![CDATA[D'backs Tie Franchise Record With 21 Hits, Beat Rangers 19-4]]>512872581Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:48:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eduardo-Escobar-Getty-071719.jpg

Eduardo Escobar homered twice and the Arizona Diamondbacks tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game with 21 hits while thumping the Texas Rangers 19-4 Wednesday night.

The 19 runs were Arizona's most since setting a franchise record with 20 against the San Diego Padres last July. Escobar's first homer sparked a seven-run first inning against right-handed starter Jesse Chavez (3-5), who got just two outs.

The switch-hitting Escobar added a three-run homer batting right-handed against Kyle Bird in the sixth and had five RBIs. Kevin Cron, Jarrod Dyson and Carson Kelly also homered for Arizona.

Arizona also had 21 hits in an 18-2 win over San Francisco in May. The franchise record for any game is 22, set during an 18-inning, 12-7 win over Philadelphia on Aug. 24, 2013.

Robbie Ray (8-6) and two relievers cruised through the blowout. Ray has won all three of his starts in July. Back-to-back homers by Danny Santana and Logan Forsythe provided three Texas runs in the second inning, and Santana added a solo homer against Ray in the sixth.

The teams combined to hit eight homers, five in the first two innings.

By sweeping a two-game series at Texas, the Diamondbacks stayed in the thick of the crowded NL playoff race. The Rangers' fourth straight loss dropped them five games behind the AL's second wild card.

Leadoff batter Jarrod Dyson had four at-bats in the first three innings, which ended with Arizona leading 14-3.

Adam Jones went into the game needing two hits to reach 1,900 for his career. He collected a double and a single in the first two innings and added singles in the third and sixth innings.

The 19 runs were the most allowed by Texas this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Diamondbacks: Dyson left in the sixth inning because of a right hamstring cramp. ... INF Wilmer Flores (right foot contusion) could return Thursday from a rehab assignment. ... Utility man Blake Swihart (strained right oblique) began a rehab assignment Wednesday at Class A Visalia, where RHP Jon Duplantier (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to make a rehab start Thursday.

Rangers: C Isiah Kiner-Falefa (sprained right middle finger) continued his rehab assignment as the designated hitter for Double-A Frisco.

UP NEXT
Diamondbacks: Return home Thursday to open a four-game series against Milwaukee. 30-year-old rookie RHP Merrill Kelly (7-9, 3.93), on a personal three-game losing streak, will oppose Brewers RHP Zach Davies (7-2, 2.89).

Rangers: Begin a three-game series at Houston on Friday. The All-Star starters will be LHP Mike Minor (8-4, 2.73) for Texas and RHP Justin Verlander (11-4, 2.98).

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<![CDATA[Rookie Young Out Pitches Lynn as Diamondbacks Top Rangers]]>512819011Tue, 16 Jul 2019 22:55:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alex-Young-Getty-071619.jpg

Rookie Alex Young allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Young (3-0) gave up three hits and one walk to defeat Lance Lynn (12-5), who went into the game with an 8-0 home record this season and led the majors in wins. Young struck out four and was lifted following 79 pitches, the most in his three starts for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of their last seven games.

Ketel Marte's two-run single with the bases loaded in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie for Arizona, which won for the fifth time in seven games. Ildemaro Vargas added a two-run home run in the sixth on his 28th birthday, and the Diamondbacks scored four times in the ninth inning aided by two Rangers errors.

Young, who pitched collegiately about 20 miles from Globe Life Park for TCU in Fort Worth, had a scoreless streak that began during his major league debut on June 27 end at 13 in the fourth inning on a two-out home run by Joey Gallo. Young also had a hitless streak dating back to that same game end at 9 2/3 innings on a one-out single by Danny Santana in the second inning.

Five Diamondbacks relievers limited the Rangers, who have lost nine of their last 13 games, to one run and two hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Lynn trailed 1-0 with runners on second and third four batters into the game before he struck out the next two batters to end the inning. That began a run of 12 straight hitters retired before Vargas opened the Diamondbacks' fifth inning rally with a one-out single.

Lynn gave up all five runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out six.

Hunter Pence went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter in his return to Texas' lineup for the first time since June 16, sidelined by a groin strain that also kept him out of last week's All-Star Game after being voted the American League's starting DH. With runners on first and second in the eighth after Texas scored its second run, Pence lined into a double play to first baseman Jake Lamb.

To make room for Pence on the active roster, outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Diamondbacks RHP Taylor Clarke (back inflammation) will start Friday against Milwaukee. . OF Blake Swihart (strained right oblique) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Visalia.

Rangers LHP Jesse Biddle was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday with shoulder fatigue. Texas selected the contract of RHP Taylor Guerrieri from Nashville to replace Biddle. Guerrieri allowed two hits in 1/3 inning in the ninth.

UP NEXT
Rangers RHP Jesse Chavez (3-4, 3.84) will make his fifth start as a member of the rotation in the series finale against Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (7-6, 3.81) on Wednesday. Ray held opponents to a .100 batting average with 16 strikeouts in winning his last two starts.

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<![CDATA[First Retractable Roof Truss Complete at Globe Life Field]]>512801261Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:48:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/globe-life-field+71519s2.JPG

The Texas Rangers say construction at their new home, Globe Life Field, is 68% complete with the installation of the first retractable roof truss.

The final section of the first truss was installed Monday. Next Sunday, the 3.3 million-pound truss will be moved west down the rail. The installation of a second truss is expected to begin next week.

The roof construction, which began last fall, is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Beyond the retractable roof, additional roof work continues on the stadium's east side where decking will be installed next week.

Inside the stadium, drywall is 70% complete, carpentry work has begun in the exterior suite areas and tile is being installed in the restrooms on all levels.

Construction on the southwest entry, one of five main gates, has begun. Hand-laid brick for a "notable arch" is ongoing and limestone and granite installation continues on the southeast and northeast entries.

To date, construction crews have put in more than 3 million hours of work -- approximately 1,300 workers are on-site daily.

The stadium is on schedule to open in March 2020.



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<![CDATA[Hunter Pence Wins Rangers' Heart and Hustle Award]]>512800471Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:38:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/usatsi_12466632.jpg

Hunter Pence has been named the Texas Rangers 2019 Heart and Hustle Award winner, according to an announcement from the team.

The Heart and Hustle Award is voted on by former players -- the annoucement was made Tuesday by the Major Leauge Baseball Players Association.

"[Hunter] resembles a champion in every way, on and off the field," said 12-year MLB veteran and Rangers manager Chris Woodward. "He plays every pitch of every game with the highest level of energy and passion."

The award honors active players who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game."

After the 30 team winners are announce,d it's up to fans, MLB alumni and active players to vote on the league's final winner.

The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015), Todd Frazier (2016), Brett Gardner (2017) and Mookie Betts (2018).

The final winner will be announced on Nov. 7 at the 20th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.



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<![CDATA[Hunter Pence Activated From IL by Rangers]]>512799911Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:26:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HUNTER+PENCE+LOCKER+ROOM_2019-07-03-20-30-13.jpg

The Texas Rangers have activated Hunter Pence from the injured list after he missed 23 games and his chance to start in the All-Star Game.

Pence, out since June 17 with a right groin strain, was activated before Tuesday night's game against Arizona. He was set to bat third as the designated hitter.

Outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. The Rangers also selected the contract of right-hander Taylor Guerrieri from Nashville after left-hander Jesse Biddle was placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue.

Pence hit .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in his 55 games before getting hurt. He was voted by fans as the American League's starting designated hitter, but couldn't play in last week's game while still recovering from his injury.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Pence would only be the DH for at least a week.

Calhoun, who started 17 games while Pence was out, has hit .277 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 26 games overall this season.

"I'm literally speechless," said Calhoun, who was Texas' primary acquisition in the trade that sent pitcher Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, 2017.

"I helped the team win. I don't know what else I would have done. At the end of the day, if that's what they want to do, if me helping the team win is me playing in Nashville, then I guess I'm going to have to play every day in Nashville."

Woodward said Calhoun was told that with Pence's return the club didn't want to keep seven outfielders.

"It was a tough one," Woodward said. "It kept us up. He really has done everything to stay here."

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<![CDATA[Astros With 2 in 11th Beat Texas 7-6, Avoid 3rd Loss in Row]]>512700061Sun, 14 Jul 2019 08:42:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1161869255.jpg

While Jose Altuve had the tiebreaking two-out double in the 11th inning, he gave most of the credit to George Springer for putting the Houston Astros ahead for good.

   Springer scored from first base and Altuve then came home on a single by Myles Straw as the AL West-leading Astros beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Saturday night.

   "We lost the first two games here so we were trying to win a game and get some momentum," Altuve said. "I just wanted to put the ball in play. When I hit it, I didn't think George was going to score, but what he did was amazing. I hit the ball good, but probably 50 percent or more of the play was on him. I think we won because of him."

   Springer drew a two-out walk off Brett Martin (1-1) before Altuve drove a ball into the left-center gap for his fourth hit. Straw, who got picked off to end the ninth after entering the game as a pinch-runner for All-Star outfielder Michael Brantley, made up for that miscue with his hit after the Rangers intentionally walked Alex Bregman.

   "You want to redeem yourself, and to get out there and get that, that insurance run. Obviously we needed it. ... It was awesome," Straw said.

   Texas had won Friday night on Danny Santana's game-ending RBI liner to center that tipped off the end of Springer's glove while he made a full-out diving try to catch it.

   Shin-Soo Choo marked his 37th birthday with a leadoff homer for the Rangers, but he got stranded at second base in the 10th after he drew a one-out walk and went to second on a wild pitch by Josh James (4-0).

   Roberto Osuna worked the 11th for his 20th save in 23 chances, even though Nomar Mazara had a leadoff double and came home on two-out infield single by Delino DeShields. Santana struck out before Elvis Andrus flew out to center.

   Stitched-up All-Star infielder Bregman homered in his return to Houston's lineup.

   "It was a great win," Bregman said. "Great team effort, everybody contributed from top to bottom."

   Bregman needed four stitches on his chin and had to clear concussion protocol after getting hit by a groundball that took a nasty hop when he was playing shortstop in the third inning of the series opener Thursday. Bregman didn't play Friday.

   Bregman's 24th homer was a game-tying solo shot in the fifth right after Altuve was thrown out trying to stretch his hit to left into a double. All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo got his eighth outfield assist and second baseman Santana did a nice job on the tag while keeping Altuve from the bag.

   `'We could easily talk about missed opportunities or mistakes, but we hung in there and I'm proud of our guys for being able to just get through the game and get a win, in a game where we didn't play our best," manager AJ Hinch said. "Perseverance went a long way tonight."

   FOR STARTERS

   All-Star lefty Mike Minor, making his first start for the Rangers in 11 days, struck out seven in five innings. But he allowed four runs on six hits and three walks.

   "I feel like there are lapses in there in focus or something," Minor said. "I am not throwing the put-away pitch. I feel like I served them up a little bit tonight. I hate feeling like this."

   Houston scored twice in the first, but Astros left-hander Wade Miley quickly surrendered that lead when Choo and Santana had back-to-back homers. But he made it into the seventh before DeShields went deep to tie the game at 5. Miley gave up only four hits, those three solo homers and a double to Santana.

   SHORT HOPS

   Texas also got two unearned runs to go ahead 4-3 in the third when the Astros made three errors. They had made three errors in a game only once in their first 92 games, and they hadn't had three errors in an inning since May 2013. ... Houston is 8-1 in extra innings this season. The Rangers are 4-5. ... Choo is the third Rangers player this season to homer on his birthday, following Jeff Mathis and Mazara.

   TRAINER'S ROOM

   Astros: SS Carlos Correa, on the IL since May 27 because of a fractured rib, is expected to join Triple-A Round Rock to begin a rehab assignment as early as Monday. ... RHP Brad Peacock, out since June 28 with right shoulder discomfort, threw a bullpen Friday and is penciled in to start for the Astros on Monday at the Los Angeles Angels. ... INF Aledmys Diaz (left hamstring strain) ran the bases before Saturday's game, and is set to start a rehab assignment with Round Rock on Monday.

   UP NEXT

   AL All-Star starter Justin Verlander (10-4, 2.98) makes his first start for the Astros since July 5 in the series finale. Ariel Jurado (5-4, 4.23) is set to go for the Rangers.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Rally From 4 Down to Beat Astros 9-8 on Santana Hit]]>512671641Fri, 12 Jul 2019 22:57:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-1161694922.jpg

Danny Santana lined a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 9-8 on Friday night, rallying from a four-run deficit after major league strikeout leader Gerrit Cole exited the game.

Elvis Andrus had a one-out single and a stolen base before All-Star slugger Joey Gallo drew a walk off Roberto Osuna (3-2). Santana, who homered earlier in the game, ended it with a liner that was just out of the reach of a diving attempt by center fielder George Springer.

Shawn Kelley (5-2), the fifth Texas pitcher, had a perfect ninth.

The Rangers got even at 8 when Ronald Guzman hit their fifth homer of the game. That two-run shot high off the pole down the right field line came against Hector Rondon, the third Astros reliever after Cole left the game.

Rookie Yordan Alvarez hit two of Houston's four homers. He hit a tiebreaking shot in the sixth and another solo shot the following inning to make it 8-4. He has nine homers and 27 RBIs in his first 21 career games.

Cole struck out 13 in six innings, his 10th game this season with at least 10 strikeouts. His 183 strikeouts for the season pushed him two past Washington's Max Scherzer for the big league lead. Cole allowed more than two earned runs for the first time in a span of nine starts since his last loss May 22.

The Houston right-hander threw 74 of 101 pitches for strikes. Three of the four hits Cole allowed were solo homers to Shin-Soo Choo, Santana and Gallo. Tim Federowicz also went deep for Texas.

SHORT HOPS

The nine combined home runs were the most in a game at the Rangers' ballpark since 2010, when Texas and Boston also combined for nine homers. ... Cole has 42 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings in four starts against Texas this season. ... Gallo has four homers in 22 career at-bats against Cole. ... Andrus' two stolen bases gave him 21 for the season. It is his club-record 10th season with at least 20.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: All-Star INF Alex Bregman didn't play a day after needing four stitches for a cut on his chin. A groundball took a nasty hop and hit him on the face when he was playing shortstop in the series opener. ... RHP Joe Smith was activated from the 60-day injured list. The 35-year-old pitcher had surgery last December to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon in his left leg.

Rangers: Hunter Pence, out since June 17 (right groin strain), could be activated as early as Saturday. Pence was the DH for Double-A Frisco for the second night in a row, and went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. The injury kept Pence from playing in the All-Star Game after being selected by fans as the AL's starting designated hitter.

UP NEXT

All-Star left-hander Mike Minor (8-4, 2.54 ERA) makes his first start in 10 days for the Rangers. Minor is 3-0 with a 2.18 ERA in his past six games, the last a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels on July 2. He didn't pitch in the All-Star Game. Wade Miley (7-4, 3.28) pitches for the Astros.

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<![CDATA[Strengthening the Mind: How Mental Skills Coaches Impact Pro Sports Teams in North Texas]]>512665771Fri, 12 Jul 2019 21:02:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Life as a pro athlete often comes with big money and big fame, but, as hard as it might be for fans to believe, players are still vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

"Whether you want to call it performance anxiety or just the pressures that these athletes face, they are very real," said Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels.

Very real, with many pro sports teams now proactively involved in preparing players for psychological battles by employing full-time mental skills coaches.

"I think the most powerful thing is when that athlete looks at you in the eyes and says thank you," said Rangers Director of Peak Performance Josiah Igono. "You see them as they go from a session with you and you see the vision has changed because it's made a difference."

The difference might go unnoticed to an untrained eye, but many Texas Rangers players say their growth has been tremendous since Josiah Igono began working as the team's Director of Peak Performance last year, making the club one of 28 teams in Major League Baseball with a full-time mental skills coach.

"How much have you seen this industry, this profession grow in the last few years?" asked NBC 5 reporter Pat Doney.

"Exponentially," said Igono. "I've seen it grow exponentially. There's going to be, I hate to use the term copycat movement, but that's going to exist because of how valuable it is and how much it's helping players, helping organizations, helping coaching staffs, and we have seen it grow."

And it's grown beyond baseball, with the NFL now requiring every team to have a Behavioral Health Team Clinician by the start of training camp this year, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently speaking to NBC's Today show about the current mental health struggles for young, pro basketball players.

"More players are privately telling me that they're dealing with issues of anxiety and stress in a more pronounced way than I recall historically," said Silver. "A lot of people think of these macho players that they can take it when people are screaming at them or on social media the haters are out there criticizing them, their looks, the way they go about things. It affects them. They're just like everybody else."

It's why Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been on the forefront of mental health training for his players, having employed a mental skills coach since 2001, and now, with a mental skills team with a specific approach to helping players handle psychological adversity.

"My guiding philosophy is helping people just be in the moment," said Franco. "Because if we're in the moment, we're not worried about the past, we're not worried about the future, we're just right here and right now and that's the place where you can make a play. That is the skill and it's easy to talk about, very hard to do."

Hard to do, and hard for Mavs mental coach Mike Franco to believe fewer than ten NBA teams currently employ full-time mental skills coaches.

"Proactively trying to build mindsets to perform under pressure is huge," said Franco. "It does take a while, but absolutely it's a big advantage."

A similar advantage the Rangers are trying to capitalize on with Igono, whose skills are being used a lot more often under first year Rangers manager Chris Woodward.

"I think I had more classroom time with our big-league team in spring training than I had all of last year," said Igono.

A buy-in approach from the top down, as the Rangers try to improve the organization's mental culture, handing the keys to an expert who is working to help athletes handle the anxiety that comes with being a professional athlete.

"I think Josiah is putting in place some things that we can have a legacy going forward that our guys from a mental strength standpoint have an ability to handle adversity, an ability to handle failure, an ability to handle pressure, focus and the tools to handle those things," said Daniels. "He's been really invaluable for us."

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<![CDATA[Lynn Gets MLB-Best 12th Win as Rangers Beat Astros 5-0]]>512621341Thu, 11 Jul 2019 23:07:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Lance Lynn matched his season high with 11 strikeouts in seven stellar innings for his major league-best 12th victory and the Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading Houston Astros 5-0 in the only game Thursday night when Major League Baseball resumed after the All-Star break.

Lynn (12-4) won his fifth consecutive start, and is 8-1 over his last 10 starts. He scattered six hits (five singles and a double) and walked two while throwing 75 of 110 pitches for strikes.

Astros lefty Framber Valdez (3-5) didn't make it out of the first inning, when Texas jumped ahead with four runs.

Houston (57-34) still has a seven-game division lead over Oakland, with the Rangers (49-42) eight games back in third place.

Lynn, who signed a $30 million, three-year free agent deal over the winter after pitching for Minnesota and the New York Yankees last year, is 8-0 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 home starts for the Rangers.

The big right-hander has thrown at least 100 pitches in 10 consecutive starts, the second-longest streak in the majors this season -- Washington's Max Scherzer had 12 consecutive games with at least 100 pitches earlier this season.

Jose Leclerc and Chris Martin each pitched an inning to wrap up the fourth shutout for the Rangers this season. It was the sixth time Houston was held scoreless.

After Elvis Andrus got Texas on the board in the first with an RBI groundout, sluggers Nomar Mazara and All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo had less-traditional hits. Mazara had an infield single when the ball spun off his shattered bat at 44 mph and barely got past the mound, then Gallo drove in a run with a double that ricocheted hard off second baseman Jose Altuve and never got out of the infield.

Rougned Odor, still hitting .198, made it 4-0 when he drove in two runs with the first of his two doubles. Odor doubled again in the third, and then scored on a single by Jeff Mathis.

TKO TO CHIN

Astros shortstop Alex Bregman left after a groundball bounced up and hit the All-Star on the chin in the third inning. The team said he had a lacerated chin. Bregman was shifted toward the middle of the infield when he went to field a grounder hit by Shin-Soo Choo. The ball took a late high hop and caught Bregman squarely below the mouth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHPs Brad Peacock and Joe Smith threw in rehab games for Double-A Corpus Christi at nearby Frisco before joining the Astros for their first series after the All-Star break. Both could be activated soon.

Rangers: Hunter Pence, out since June 17 (right groin strain), started a rehab assignment by going 0 for 3 with a walk as the DH for Double-A Frisco. Manager Chris Woodward said Pence, who didn't get to play in the All-Star Game after being voted in as the AL starting DH, would probably have another game at Frisco.

UP NEXT

Astros All-Star right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-5), who has won his last five decisions and leads the AL with 170 strikeouts, is 1-2 with a 6.61 ERA in three starts this year against Texas. He still has 29 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings. Jesse Chavez (3-4, 3.30) makes his fourth start since moving from the Rangers bullpen to their rotation. It will be his 38th appearance overall this season.

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<![CDATA[Odor's Homer Sends Rangers Past Twins in 11 Innings]]>512327972Sun, 07 Jul 2019 18:05:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-Getty-070719.jpg

Rougned Odor's three-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Texas Rangers a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Odor's 13th homer of the season, into the bullpens in left-center field, came off Minnesota left-hander Adalberto Mejia (0-2). Mejia walked Joey Gallo and Asdrubal Cabrera ahead of Odor's one-out home run.

Shawn Kelley (4-2) pitched two innings for Texas, which had lost six of its previous seven games and three straight series.

The Rangers finally broke through in a game that had been tied since the fourth inning. Danny Santana singled to drive in Gallo in the fourth with one of his four hits.

Shin-Soo Choo reached base four times before he was pinch-run for in the eighth with left ankle soreness. Choo was injured going back into first base on a pickoff attempt.

Minnesota had chances to sweep the series, but four Texas relievers kept the majors' top offense off the board over 9 1/3 innings.

In the 10th, the Twins stranded runners on second and third base when Mitch Garver fouled out to first base.

Minnesota had runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth. But Miguel Sano was thrown out at home trying to score on Byron Buxton's grounder to third. Buxton stole second base, but was thrown out at third by Gallo after Max Kepler's flyout.

The Twins scored in the second inning when Buxton tripled to the corner in left field, scoring Sano from first base.

MIX AND MATCH
The game was supposed to be a matchup of All-Star starters, but Texas skipped Mike Minor to give the left-hander extra rest. Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi was placed on the injured list earlier in the week with a blister, but is expected to return to the rotation after the break.

In their place, the Rangers started reliever Jose Leclerc, who threw 30 pitches in Saturday's game. Leclerc allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings.

The Twins went with starter Kyle Gibson on short rest. Gibson pitched an inning because he was scheduled to have a long break between starts. Left-hander Devin Smeltzer was recalled to be the long reliever on Sunday. He pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up one run and five hits and a walk.

UMPIRE CHANGE
To start the eighth inning, home plate umpire Gerry Davis was replaced by Brian Knight. Davis umpired the seventh inning with a towel around his neck on a warm day in Minnesota.

The official temperature at the start was 81 degrees with very few clouds and little breeze. The final two innings were played with three umpires as Davis didn't return following the switch.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said All-Star OF Hunter Pence (right groin strain) won't be ready to return immediately following the All-Star break. Pence likely needs a few at-bats in rehab games, Woodward said.

Twins: Cave pinch-ran for Kepler in the 10th inning. Kepler led off with a single to right and was checked on by the team's athletic trainer but stayed in. After he reached second, Kepler was removed from the game though the team didn't provide an update during the game.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Texas returns from the break with a four-game home series against Houston. The Rangers haven't announced their rotation coming out of the break, but RHP Lance Lynn (11-4, 3.91 ERA) will likely start the first game of the series on Thursday.

Twins: Following the All-Star Game in Cleveland, Minnesota will have a three-game road series against their division rivals, the Indians, starting Friday. Manager Rocco Baldelli wasn't ready to announce his rotation coming out of the break.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' All-Star Mike Minor Will Skip Sunday Start for Rest]]>512308152Sat, 06 Jul 2019 18:26:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Minor1.jpg

The Texas Rangers' All-Star Mike Minor will skip his final start Sunday against Minnesota ahead of the break.

Minor, a first-time All-Star, already had been replaced on the American League roster by Cleveland's Shane Bieber because Minor was slated to start Sunday. Minor will attend the game but not pitch, and the team wanted to give the left-hander more rest before the start of the second half.

Minor (8-4) is second in the AL with a 2.54 ERA and owns a league-leading two complete games. His 117 innings pitched are tied for third in the AL heading into Saturday's games.

Texas announced Joe Palumbo will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday and could make the start. The team is also considering the use of an opener in front of Palumbo to wrap up a three-game series with the Twins.

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<![CDATA[Pineda Looks Good Again, Twins Beat Rangers]]>512307852Sat, 06 Jul 2019 18:11:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Michael-Pineda-Getty-070619.jpg

Patience with Michael Pineda during a lengthy rehab is paying off for the Minnesota Twins.

Pineda struck out a season-high nine over six efficient innings, Jason Castro had two hits and three RBIs, and Minnesota beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Saturday.

Pineda (6-4) gave up five hits and a run on a solo homer in the sixth inning by Elvis Andrus. The big right-hander had his most strikeouts since 2017 with the New York Yankees prior to a Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for all of 2018.

"He missed a significant amount of time, but he's been able to come back and find himself and ... do it in different ways," Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said. "He's not the exact same pitcher that he was five years ago. He's a different pitcher. But he's an equally as good pitcher."

Marwin Gonzalez homered for the Twins, who lead the majors with 166 home runs this year and matched their total from last season. Gonzalez is the 10th Minnesota player to reach double digits in homers, one shy of a club record set in 2016.

Taylor Rogers picked up his 12th save with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and five strikeouts.

Jesse Chavez (3-4) surrendered five runs -- four earned -- on five hits and two walks over five innings for Texas, which has lost six of seven.

"I think that something that we were doing, especially in June, was setting the tone of the game early," Andrus said. "Scoring a lot of runs early. Right now, it's not happening. I think we need to get back on that."

The Twins signed Pineda to a two-year contract in free agency last year, knowing the first year of the deal would mostly be spent in rehab. He was pitching in rehab games last season before being shut down with a knee injury.

Coming back this season, the 30-year-old struggled to a 6.21 ERA in six starts through the end of April but started to show steady progress. He's allowed one run in four of his last five starts with a 2.83 ERA over that span.

"After you have surgery, it's a long time for the recovery, so you have to work so hard to be a hundred percent and try to help your team," Pineda said. "The last couple games I've pitched really good games and helped my team win the game, so I'm happy for that."

Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and Willie Calhoun added a two-run homer for the Rangers, who have lost six of seven.

"When you fall behind in games, it does take you out of your game plan a little bit," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "I know we're inching closer to the break. I'm not going to obviously use it as an excuse, but our guys have been grinding pretty hard, physically, mentally. So hopefully we can come out tomorrow, finish on a really solid note to end the first half."

TOUGH START
Chavez was making his seventh start of the season and the third straight in a traditional starting role. He had been used as an opener four times before being taking on full starts. He had allowed three earned runs in 19 innings as a starter for a 1.42 ERA coming into the game.

ROSTER MOVES
Texas selected the contract of right-hander Pedro Payano before the game and Payano made his major league debut with a scoreless inning of work. Locke St. John was optioned to Triple-A Nashville and infielder Patrick Wisdom was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

Minnesota was forced to make moves after the game. Baldelli said outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr., who was called up earlier in the day with C.J. Cron going on the injured list, will also be placed on the injured list after he dislocated his right thumb when he crashed into the wall while pursuing Andrus' home run. Jake Cave will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester.

The Twins also plan to option right-hander Kohl Stewart back to Triple-A to add another pitcher for Sunday's game. Left-hander Devin Smeltzer, who made his major league debut earlier this season, will return to Minnesota.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: All-Star LHP Mike Minor will have his final start before the break skipped Sunday in order to give him extra rest. Minor won't pitch in the All-Star Game.

Twins: Cron was placed on the 10-day injured list with right thumb inflammation. Baldelli said Cron has been dealing with the injury but finally needed to give the thumb time to heal. The team hopes Cron will be ready to return after the 10 days are up.

UP NEXT
Rangers: With Minor being skipped, Texas plans to recall LHP Joe Palumbo from Triple-A Nashville. Palumbo has started two games for the Rangers this season with a 16.50 ERA. The team announced that reliever Jose Leclerc, who threw 30 pitches in Saturday's game, would start and Palumbo will likely pitch in the game.

Twins: Minnesota is also skipping an All-Star pitcher. Jake Odorizzi was placed on the injured list earlier in the week with a blister issue. Due to the long break, Baldelli said Kyle Gibson (8-4, 4.13 ERA) would start but wouldn't say how many innings the right-hander would pitch. Smeltzer likely will follow at some point.

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<![CDATA[Unlikely All-Stars: Pence, Minor Big Comebacks With Rangers]]>512273072Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:27:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/minor-pence.jpg

Hunter Pence was being wished well in retirement last year, even by the manager for whom the outfielder played in two World Series. Mike Minor didn't pitch in the majors for two seasons and then was a full-time reliever before the chance to start again.

Pence and Minor are now headed to the All-Star Game to represent the Texas Rangers.

"It's a big moment. I feel like now nobody can take that away from me," Minor said. "I always looked at guys that had `All-Star' beside their name and when they signed things ... I'd always look at that, and I always wanted to have that."

While Pence and Minor won't get to play in Cleveland, young Rangers slugger Joey Gallo will be available for the American League team in Tuesday night's game. But a recent oblique strain will keep the outfielder from doing what everybody really wants to see -- him taking hacks in the Home Run Derby.

With Minor (8-4, 2.54 ERA) scheduled to start Sunday at Minnesota in the Rangers' last game before the break, he will be ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game.

The 36-year-old Pence, who went to winter ball before going to spring training with his hometown team on a minor league deal, was voted by fans as the AL's starting designated hitter. He was replaced as the All-Star DH this week because he is still recovering from a strained right groin that put him on the injured list June 17.

"Everything in life is a choice ... like how amazing and how much could I appreciate this," said Pence, an All-Star for the fourth time in his 13 big league seasons. "Would I have thought that I would even have the choice to be disappointed in going to an All-Star Game last year in the offseason when I didn't even have a job."

Pence said he's focused on getting healthy for the second half with the Rangers, an unexpected playoff contender. He has hit .294 with 15 homers and 48 RBIs in 55 games.

After a thumb injury early last season, Pence hit .226 with four homers and 24 RBIs -- all career lows -- in 97 games to close out his 6 1/2 seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was part of World Series titles in 2012 and 2014.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was among those congratulating Pence on a great career at the end of last season.

"It was a kind and loving gesture, and I appreciated it. I was, `Thank you so much.' But to be standing here now is crazy," Pence said. "They were thanking me for a great career, and they enjoyed watching me play. I couldn't blame them or be mad at them."

Minor was the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Vanderbilt and made his big league debut with Atlanta the following year. He made 110 starts for the Braves through 2014 before surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder.

After returning to the majors with a 2.55 ERA in 65 appearances for Kansas City in 2017, Minor turned down a $10 million player option and instead signed as a free agent with the Rangers for the chance to start again.

Minor led the Rangers last year with 12 wins and 157 innings, more than doubling his 2017 workload as a reliever, with most of his team-high 28 starts on extended rest. The left-hander is one of only three MLB pitchers this season with two complete games, and only four pitchers have thrown more than his 117 innings.

"Last year was kind of a bridge year. I just love that he wasn't satisfied with that," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He was like, I showed I can start, but now I want to get a great starter and reach another level, too."

MLB players voted Gallo to the AL All-Star team. He is the first Rangers' draft pick who was developed in their system and became their first first-time All-Star for them since second baseman Ian Kinsler in 2008.

After consecutive 40-homer seasons the past two years, Gallo hit .276 with 20 homers in his first 59 games this season. He missed 22 games last month with a left oblique strain, so he and the Rangers didn't want to risk a recurrence by having him participate in the Home Run Derby.

"He would have been a natural choice," Daniels said. "But given the circumstances, and recently off the DL with the oblique, I think everybody kind of agreed that it maybe a little early for him to do that."



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<![CDATA[Rangers Beat Angels in Finale Skaggs Would Have Started]]>512250751Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:21:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1153800579.jpg

Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jersey still hung prominently over his locker in the visiting clubhouse after the Los Angeles Angels wrapped up their first series since the 27-year-old pitcher's death.

While the grieving Angels lost 9-3 in the finale against the Rangers in the Fourth of July game that Skaggs had been scheduled to start, Los Angeles took the first two games during the series after he was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas.

"Taking two out of three from a pretty good team that's second in the division, under the circumstances, I think is a victory," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said.

"It's been really tough, yet the guys haven't made any excuses," he said. "We've gone out there and played hard, played to win. That's what Skaggsy would have wanted, and I don't think he would have liked it too much if we're in here feeling sorry for ourselves about it."

Lance Lynn worked seven innings to match the major league lead with his 11th win, and Rougned Odor homered twice to drive in five runs for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Mike Trout hit another impressive homer for Los Angeles in the first inning, his AL best-tying 25th. But Lynn (11-4) limited the Angels to only one more run while striking out five without a walk over his 115 pitches.

"There's no manual for how you handle something like this. I think the games do provide a space for (players) because they're trained to focus on just their job, and not be reminded of Tyler's passing," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "You look at it from a baseball perspective, we were able to win two out of three on the road against a team that's in front of us in the standings. But it certainly wasn't easy."

An emotional trip for the Angels that began with them traveling to Texas in cowboy hats and Western attire -- a theme initiated by Skaggs -- now takes them to Houston for three games this weekend against the Astros before the All-Star break.

The Rangers went ahead to stay on Nomar Mazara's two-run double in the third that made it 3-2. Mazara finished with four hits.

Odor hit a two-run homer in the fourth, snapping his streak of four consecutive strikeouts and seven Ks in his previous eight at-bats. His three-run shot to center in the seventh was estimated at 471 feet.

All that offense was plenty for Lynn, the first Texas right-hander since 1998 to have 11 wins before the All-Star break. He has gone at least six innings in 13 consecutive starts, the longest stretch for a Rangers pitcher since 2013, and has won his last five decisions.

"He's so reliable. You know he'll go deep in the game, you know he's going to compete on every pitch," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "That's fun to watch. It's been a huge factor for us being in the position we're in now."

Trout's homer was his third in two games, and ninth this year against Texas to match an Angels record for the most against another team in the same season. The estimated 445-foot laser ricocheted off the glass facade of a club beyond the first deck of seats in left field.

Vladimir Guerrero had nine homers for the Angels against Seattle in 2001, and Tim Salmon hit nine against Cleveland in 1998.

The Angels still play their AL West rival six more times this season. That includes a doubleheader when they return to Texas for another series Aug. 19-21, though it hasn't been announced on which of those days there will be two games.

CLEVELAND ON CRUTCHES

Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella will go to next week's All-Star Game in Cleveland on crutches and in a cast. The first-time All-Star is out 8-10 weeks after he broke his right tibia when he fouled a 97-mph fastball off his lower leg on Tuesday. Ausmus, a one-time All-Star as a player, helped convince La Stella that "he deserved it, he earned it" even though he can't play. "I think he'd regret it if he didn't go experience," Ausmus said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: OF Justin Upton didn't play after leaving Wednesday night's game with left quad tightness. ... INF Zack Cozart, out since May 27, saw Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister for a second opinion on his left shoulder. Cozart will get a new MRI in California on Friday. He played only 58 games in 2018 before surgery on a torn labrum.

UP NEXT

Angels: The Angels face another 10-game winner (Justin Verlander) in the opener of a three-game series at Houston.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson, 6-2 in his last nine games, starts the opener of a weekend series at Minnesota on Friday night.

Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jersey still hung prominently over his locker in the visiting clubhouse after the Los Angeles Angels wrapped up their first series since the 27-year-old pitcher's death.
   While the grieving Angels lost 9-2 in the finale against the Rangers in the Fourth of July game that Skaggs had been scheduled to start, Los Angeles took the first two games during the series after he was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas.
   "Taking two out of three from a pretty good team that's second in the division, under the circumstances, I think is a victory," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said.
   "It's been really tough, yet the guys haven't made any excuses," he said. "We've gone out there and played hard, played to win. That's what Skaggsy would have wanted, and I don't think he would have liked it too much if we're in here feeling sorry for ourselves about it."
   Lance Lynn worked seven innings to match the major league lead with his 11th win, and Rougned Odor homered twice to drive in five runs for the Rangers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
   Mike Trout hit another impressive homer for Los Angeles in the first inning, his AL best-tying 25th. But Lynn (11-4) limited the Angels to only one more run while striking out five without a walk over his 115 pitches.
   "There's no manual for how you handle something like this. I think the games do provide a space for (players) because they're trained to focus on just their job, and not be reminded of Tyler's passing," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "You look at it from a baseball perspective, we were able to win two out of three on the road against a team that's in front of us in the standings. But it certainly wasn't easy."
   An emotional trip for the Angels that began with them traveling to Texas in cowboy hats and Western attire -- a theme initiated by Skaggs -- now takes them to Houston for three games this weekend against the Astros before the All-Star break.
   The Rangers went ahead to stay on Nomar Mazara's two-run double in the third that made it 3-2. Mazara finished with four hits.
   Odor hit a two-run homer in the fourth, snapping his streak of four consecutive strikeouts and seven Ks in his previous eight at-bats. His three-run shot to center in the seventh was estimated at 471 feet.
   All that offense was plenty for Lynn, the first Texas right-hander since 1998 to have 11 wins before the All-Star break. He has gone at least six innings in 13 consecutive starts, the longest stretch for a Rangers pitcher since 2013, and has won his last five decisions.
   "He's so reliable. You know he'll go deep in the game, you know he's going to compete on every pitch," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "That's fun to watch. It's been a huge factor for us being in the position we're in now."
   Trout's homer was his third in two games, and ninth this year against Texas to match an Angels record for the most against another team in the same season. The estimated 445-foot laser ricocheted off the glass facade of a club beyond the first deck of seats in left field.
   Vladimir Guerrero had nine homers for the Angels against Seattle in 2001, and Tim Salmon hit nine against Cleveland in 1998.
   The Angels still play their AL West rival six more times this season. That includes a doubleheader when they return to Texas for another series Aug. 19-21, though it hasn't been announced on which of those days there will be two games.
   CLEVELAND ON CRUTCHES
   Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella will go to next week's All-Star Game in Cleveland on crutches and in a cast. The first-time All-Star is out 8-10 weeks after he broke his right tibia when he fouled a 97-mph fastball off his lower leg on Tuesday. Ausmus, a one-time All-Star as a player, helped convince La Stella that "he deserved it, he earned it" even though he can't play. "I think he'd regret it if he didn't go experience," Ausmus said.
   TRAINER'S ROOM
   Angels: OF Justin Upton didn't play after leaving Wednesday night's game with left quad tightness. ... INF Zack Cozart, out since May 27, saw Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister for a second opinion on his left shoulder. Cozart will get a new MRI in California on Friday. He played only 58 games in 2018 before surgery on a torn labrum.
   UP NEXT
   Angels: The Angels face another 10-game winner (Justin Verlander) in the opener of a three-game series at Houston.
   Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson, 6-2 in his last nine games, starts the opener of a weekend series at Minnesota on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Trout, Barria and Bullpen Lead Angels Past Rangers 6-2]]>512207471Wed, 03 Jul 2019 22:41:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Mike Trout homered twice and Jaime Barria, filling the roster spot of the late Tyler Skaggs, struck out a career-high eight batters in five innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

Trout hit a three-run homer in the third inning and a solo shot leading off the sixth. He has hit 24 home runs this season, tied for the American League lead with the New York Yankees' Edwin Encarnacion, with eight against Texas.

Barria (3-2) was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake for his sixth stint with Los Angeles this season. He allowed both runs on four hits and two walks. He has pitched five innings in all three of his Angels starts this season.

The Rangers were shut out over the final four innings by four relievers, limited to four hits overall and have lost four straight games. Ariel Jurado (5-4) gave up all six runs on seven hits and one walk after pitching seven shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers last Thursday.

The Angels have won both games played following the death of Skaggs on Monday. His spot in the rotation will come up for the first time in Thursday's series finale with Griffin Canning starting, moved back from Wednesday.

Trout has 33 career homers against the Rangers, second to his 37 against the Seattle Mariners. It was his 17th career multi-homer game and second this season.

The matchup of Barria vs. Jurado marked the first major league game in which both starters were from Panama.

Matt Thaiss was selected from Salt Lake and made his major league debut starting at third base with All-Star second baseman Tommy La Stella lost for 8-to-10 weeks after sustaining a right tibia fracture Tuesday night when he fouled a 97-mph fastball ball off his leg. David Fletcher moved from third base to second base.

Thaiss hit an opposite-field double in his first at-bat and went 1 for 3.

Tim Federowicz hit his third homer in 14 games with the Rangers and scored both of Texas' runs.

OTHER PREGAME MOVES

Angels OF Jarrett Parker was also selected from Salt Lake and entered the game in the sixth inning. He replaced Justin Upton, who left with left quad tightness. ... Texas recalled RHP Phillips Valdez from Triple-A Nashville and optioned RHP Pete Fairbanks to Nashville. Valdez made his second major league appearance, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out three.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: La Stella and OF Brian Goodwin were placed on the 10-day injured list. Goodwin sustained a right wrist contusion Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch.

Rangers: DH Hunter Pence (groin) won't play in Tuesday's All-Star Game after being voted in and isn't expected to be ready for Texas' first game after the break, July 11 at home against Houston.

UP NEXT

RHP Canning (3-4, 3.79) won last Thursday, holding Oakland to two runs in six innings. He'll face RHP Lance Lynn (10-4, 4.00), who has won four straight decisions and trails only the Chicago White Sox's Lucas Giolito in major league wins.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Agree to Terms With Top 2 Draft Picks]]>512204111Wed, 03 Jul 2019 21:15:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JOSH+JUNG+RANGERS+PRESSER_2019-07-03-21-11-59.jpg

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with their top two draft picks, Big 12 Conference third basemen Josh Jung and Davis Wendzel.

Jung was the eighth overall pick out of Texas Tech in last month's draft, while Wendzel from Baylor was taken 41st overall. Jung and Wendzel were the co-Big 12 players of the year this season.

Texas announced the agreements Wednesday. Jung agreed at $4.4 million, well below slot value of $5,176,900. Wendzel's agreed at $1.6 million, under the slot value of $1,813,500.

Jung hit .343 with 15 homers and 58 games this season as a junior for the Red Raiders, who went to the College World Series. Wendzel led the Big 12 with a .367 batting average, with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 46 games as a junior this year.

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<![CDATA[Injured Pence Replaced By Bogaerts in MLB All-Star Game]]>512202991Wed, 03 Jul 2019 20:34:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HUNTER+PENCE+LOCKER+ROOM_2019-07-03-20-30-13.jpg

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Tommy La Stella will miss the All-Star game because of a broken bone after he fouled a 97 mph fastball off his lower right leg.

La Stella had a CT scan Wednesday that revealed a broken right tibia. The Angels said La Stella likely will be out 8-10 weeks.

Texas Rangers outfielder Hunter Pence, who had been selected by fans to be the AL starting designated hitter, and Minnesota right-hander Jake Odorizzi will also miss the All-Star Game in Cleveland next Tuesday because of injuries.

La Stella fouled off a pitch by hard-throwing reliever Jose Leclerc in Tuesday's night's game at Texas. La Stella immediately dropped to the ground and was putting no weight on his right leg when being helped off the field.

A first-time All-Star selected as a reserve, La Stella was to be replaced by Tampa Bay's Brandon Lowe on the AL squad. But Lowe's status also is questionable because of a right leg injury. Lowe also fouled a ball off a leg and left a game Tuesday night.

Jose Berrios will fill in for fellow Minnesota right-hander Odorizzi, who left Tuesday's game in Oakland with a blister on his right middle finger and was headed for the injured list.

Pence was replaced by Boston's Xander Bogaerts. Pence has been out since June 16 with a right groin strain and was pulled off his rehab assignment Tuesday after re-aggravating the injury during a minor league game.

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<![CDATA[Grieving Clubhouse: Tough for Angels, Like Teams Before Them]]>512173352Wed, 03 Jul 2019 11:02:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_07031.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton knows from his own heart-wrenching experience what the Los Angeles Angels are feeling, and will experience moving forward after the death of a teammate during the season.

The slugger's message to the Angels, playing with heavy hearts after the death of 27-year-old pitcher Tyler Skaggs, is to "hug each other, laugh, cry, lift the ones taking it extra hard up."

Stanton, now playing for the New York Yankees, was still with the Miami Marlins three years ago when 24-year-old two-time All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating crash late that season.

Los Angeles returned to the field with an emotional 9-4 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night, a day after Skaggs was discovered unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas. No cause of death has been reported.

"You're going to wonder why all of this is happening, is it real, why are u suiting up to play a game that seems irrelevant," Stanton wrote in an Instagram post. "Some Anger will ensue while u have to grieve in a fish bowl.. A lot will go through your mind. So stay together through that."

Stanton said the Angels need to understand how important their strength is for Skaggs' family, as well as their fans and "anyone looking for the power to overcoming something."

Justin Bour, a first-year Angel who had a two-run single in his only at-bat Tuesday, was also with the Marlins in 2016.

"I know how tough it's going to be every single day," Bour said after the game. "And it takes a really long time for it to sink in. And it still, sometimes it just doesn't."

Texas catcher Jeff Mathis also played for the Marlins in 2016, and with Los Angeles in 2009 when 22-year-old Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver after only his fourth game in the big leagues.

"It was almost like we were playing that season for him," Mathis said about the 2009 Angels. "Obviously, it was something very dear to us to honor him in just the best way we could. Every time we stepped on that field that was part of the reason that we played the way we played."

The Angels won the AL West in 2009. They swept Boston in the AL Division Series, but lost the AL Championship Series in six games to the New York Yankees.

Angels owner Arte Moreno described it "like a punch in the heart" when general manager Billy Eppler called him Monday with the news about Skaggs. That also brought back memories of Adenhart's death 10 years ago.

"The team is such a family, and when you take a piece away from the family, there's always a hole," Moreno said Tuesday after traveling to Texas to join his grieving team.

Rangers pitcher Jesse Chavez spent 2017 with the Angels, and before Tuesday's game ran around the outfield to go greet and hug former teammates such as Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun.

"It's a little bit harder, especially when you're playing a team that you played with him on," Chavez said somberly. "He was a kid, plain and simple."

Angels manager Brad Ausmus and Seattle manager Scott Servais both played for the Astros, though were teammates at different times in Houston with Darryl Kile, who in June 2002 with the St. Louis Cardinals died in a Chicago hotel room during a road trip. Kile was 33.

Current Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was on that Cardinals team with Kile.

Servais, an assistant GM for the Angels when they reacquired Skaggs after the 2013 season, said playing after a tragedy isn't easy, but provides some therapy by being back on the field.

"It's really hard to get through," Servais said. "You have to lean on each other. That's what you really have to do."

Servais was among the managers, some who had been through similar situations, who reached out to Ausmus.

"To a man, it's the same advice, and that is there's no handbook for this," Ausmus said. "Just kind of got to go with your honest feelings. If you do that, I think then you're not going to be wrong."

Ausmus, who broke down in tears talking about Skaggs, described the feeling as identical to when Kile died.

"Once the game starts it actually is a refuge because it takes your mind off, it distracts you for a while," Ausmus said. "When you go back to your hotel room, you're reminded of reality. ... I know it gets easier, but it's difficult."

Asked about the challenge of managing under such circumstances, instead of playing like he was after Kile's death, Ausmus said everybody feels a tremendous loss but understands that life and the baseball season have to go on.

"It'll move forward at different paces for different guys, but this is just a reminder that professional athlete or not, we're all human and it can strike just the same," Ausmus said. "But as far as wearing the manager hat, I'm just wearing a hat right now. I'm just wearing an Angel hat."

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<![CDATA[Grieving Angels Beat Rangers After Death of Skaggs]]>512155522Wed, 03 Jul 2019 04:33:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-1159707289.jpg

Kole Calhoun circled the bases after a punctuating home run for the grieving Los Angeles Angels in their first game since 27-year-old pitcher Tyler Skaggs died.

As the stocky outfielder approached home plate, he raised both arms above his head, pointed upward while looking at the sky and let loose with some of his emotion in a message for his fallen teammate.

"We know we've got an angel watching over us now," Calhoun said after the game, surrounded by teammates in a display of unity in the media interview room for the Texas Rangers, with their clubhouse closed to reporters.

"When I got to the plate, it felt right to pay some respect to him, and like I said, we know we've got somebody watching over us up there."

Before Calhoun's two-run shot in the eighth inning , Justin Bour delivered a two-run single on the first pitch he saw after replacing injured American League All-Star Tommy La Stella in the sixth, helping the Angels pull away in a 9-4 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

The uplifting victory came a day after Skaggs was found unresponsive and pronounced dead in his room at the team's hotel before what was supposed to be the series opener Monday. That game was postponed.

"No, it wasn't normal," manager Brad Ausmus said. "And it felt like there was much more urgency to win. It's been a rough 24 hours, and we haven't had a lot to smile about, so a win would give us something."

A few hours after watching with his teammates as Ausmus struggled to keep his composure in a news conference to discuss Skaggs' shocking death, Jonathan Lucroy had a tying two-run single in the sixth inning and finished with three RBIs.

Bour, with a .194 average, entered the game on a full count with two outs in the sixth after La Stella, a first-time All-Star as a reserve, fouled a 97 mph fastball from Texas reliever Jose Leclerc off his right leg, just below the knee. The second baseman had to be helped off the field and was to be re-evaluated Wednesday for a right shin contusion.

After grounding a high fastball into right field with the bases loaded to send home Mike Trout and Justin Upton, Bour touched his chest twice and tipped the bill of his batting helmet before pointing skyward. Upton had put the Angels ahead for good with an RBI single.

Bour has been through this before, with the Miami Marlins in 2016 when pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident late in the season.

"Like it's been said before, there's really no playbook for this," Bour said. "I know how tough it's going to be every single day. And it takes a really long time for it to sink in. And it still, sometimes it just doesn't."

The game was notably subdued, with the Rangers skipping the normal walk-up music for their hitters and between-inning promotions along with the customary display of fireworks that accompanies the theme song from the movie "The Natural" on home runs.

Delino Deshields circled the bases without the usual fanfare after his second homer of the season , a solo shot down the line in left for a 2-1 lead in the third.

Skaggs' No. 45 was painted in bright Angels red on the back of the mound, and both scoreboards had the late left-hander's number next to the display of balls, strikes and outs on both of the primary scoreboards, high above left-center and right field.

There were a few smiles, such as when Luis Rengifo of the Angels joked with Texas second baseman Rougned Odor while returning to first base after running on a pitch before a foul ball in the fourth inning.

Mostly, though, the game was just what Texas slugger Joey Gallo said he thought it would be beforehand: strange and quiet, starting with the moment of silence before the first pitch.

"It felt different, there's no doubt," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "The lack of music, you don't realize it until it's not there. We just felt like that was the right thing to do for them."

Los Angeles starter Jose Suarez honored Skaggs with "RIP 45" written next to what appeared to be a cross on one side of his ballcap. The initials "TSK" were just above the bill on the other side of the Angels logo.

Before throwing his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning, the left-handed Suarez appeared to write something in the dirt below Skaggs' number on the mound. He then tapped the number and his chest before returning to the mound.

Suarez gave up three runs -- two earned -- with seven strikeouts in four innings.

In his first start since being named an American League All-Star, Texas left-hander Mike Minor failed to make it through five innings for the first time since opening day against the Chicago Cubs.

Minor, who allowed two hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings while matching his season high with four walks, also learned he probably won't get to pitch in the All-Star Game because he's supposed to start Sunday.

Elvis Andrus stole home for a major league-leading third time for a 3-1 Texas lead in the third on a double steal with Logan Forsythe. Andrus was initially called out on a sweep tag by Lucroy on the return throw, but the call was overturned on review. Andrus had three steals.

PITCHERS OF RECORD

Trevor Cahill (3-6) got his first win since May 10, allowing a hit and a run in two innings. Rookie Pete Fairbanks (0-2) allowed all three batters he faced to reach on two walks and a hit, and all three scored.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (3-4, 3.79 ERA) got his first win since May 18 in his previous start at Oakland, allowing two runs with six strikeouts in six innings. The rookie had a no-decision in his only start against the Rangers, allowing one run in five innings.

Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (5-3, 3.90) pitched a career-high seven innings in a 3-1 win at Detroit his last time out. Jurado didn't allow a run and struck out four. He has no record with a 4.41 ERA in three career appearances against the Angels.

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<![CDATA[Heavy-Hearted Angels Return to Field After Skaggs' Death]]>512148332Tue, 02 Jul 2019 22:53:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/angels+at+rangers.jpg

Tyler Skaggs weighed heavy on the minds of Mike Trout and all of the Los Angeles Angels in their first game since the death of the much-loved 27-year-old pitcher.

"I can't explain it man. Lost a teammate, lost a friend, a brother. Just got to get through it," a visibly shaken Trout said after the Angels 9-4 win at Texas on Tuesday night.

"It's tough. My first at-bat, I get up there, all I do is think about him," added the All-Star center fielder, who was in the same Angels draft class as Skaggs in 2009. "Just a different feeling, just in shock, it's like walking around the hotel, you're just always thinking about him."

The Angels decided to play a day after the postponement of the series opener against the Rangers. Skaggs was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas on Monday. A cause of death has not been reported.

Before Angels starter Jose Suarez threw his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning, the left-hander appeared to write something in the dirt with his finger. He then touched the No. 45 painted on the back of the mound and tapped his heart.

Justin Bour pointed skyward after his two-run single in the sixth inning, when the Angels went ahead to stay with four runs to break a 3-3 tie. Kole Calhoun was more emphatic with his reaction when crossing home plate after his two-run homer in the eighth.

"No, it wasn't normal. And it felt like there was much more urgency to win," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's been a rough 24 hours, and we haven't had a lot to smile about, so a win would give us something."

There was a moment of silence before the game, with the players followed their coaches lined up outside the dugout. Pitchers Andrew Heaney and Cam Bedrosian held Skaggs' No. 45 jersey.

"It was just kind of something unplanned. His jersey was hanging in his locker. We wanted to take him out there with us one more time," Heaney said. "He was definitely my best friend. There's probably about 100 other people out there that would say he was their best friend too. Because he treated everybody like that."

Trout and his teammates said Skaggs, who brought so much energy to the clubhouse, wouldn't have wanted them to take another day off.

"It's going to be tough these next couple of days, the rest of the season, the rest of our life, to lose our friend," Trout said.

"Today it was just different, and there's no playbook on how it's supposed to go today and you're supposed to act and react," Calhoun said. "But getting back to the game definitely is what he would have wanted. Today was a day that we leaned on each other like we really needed to do."

Bour hit the only pitch he faced after taking over the full count of All-Star second baseman Tommy La Stella, who fouled off a pitch that hit him squarely on his right shin. La Stella didn't put any pressure on his leg while helped off the field.

Public address announcer Chuck Morgan introduced the moment of silence by saying the Rangers offered their deepest sympathies and condolences to Skaggs' family, his teammates and the entire Angels organization.

The introductions of the starting lineups by Morgan before that were uncharacteristically subdued, and the Rangers ran to their positions for the start of the game quietly without any music playing in the stadium.

When Rangers batters were introduced, there was no walk-up music played. Also missing were the normal between-inning shenanigans and the fireworks that usually marked Texas homers — Delino DeShields went deep in the third inning.

"There are no words to express our sadness today," Angels owner Arte Moreno said before the game.

Ausmus said the team gathered together a couple of times Monday at the team hotel about 20 miles from the ballpark. He wiped away tears when speaking about Skaggs before the game.

Asked about his message to his players, Ausmus said that was a "family conversation" that would remain between them.

General manager Billy Eppler described Skaggs as a teammate, a brother, a friend and most importantly a husband and a son who "brought joy to everybody around him."

Angels players wore a black encircled patch with No. 45 above the heart of their uniforms.

With the team out of town, fans went to Angel Stadium, where they left flowers, hats, baseballs, signs, photos and other memorabilia in a makeshift memorial mound.

The poignant display resembled the fan-created memorial for Nick Adenhart in 2009 after the rookie pitcher was killed by a drunk driver. That tribute stayed out front of the Big A through the summer.

Team president John Carpino said the Angels would pay tribute to Skaggs in much the same way they did Adenhart, who was killed after only his fourth major league game.

"The way we'll honor them both is just watching these guys play," Carpino said, referring to the players sitting to his left before the game. "As far as the stadium, just typical with a patch and all that, but honoring him so much more with our thoughts and our hearts is the most important thing."

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<![CDATA[Young Rangers Fan Pens Note to Angels After Monday Tragedy]]>512117782Tue, 02 Jul 2019 15:27:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Angels-Letter.jpg

A young baseball fan whose father planned to take her to first Rangers game Monday put pen to paper and wrote a note to the Angels when she found out the game was postponed due to Tyler Skaggs' death.

The girl wrote a note to the Angels that said, "I am sorry that your friend is gone and you can't play today," her father shared in a tweet.

Authorities found Angels' pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead in a hotel room at the Hilton in Southlake Monday afternoon, police said. Skaggs' cause of death has not been determined, but Southlake police said they did not suspect foul play.

Brandon West, the girl's father, added in the tweet, "It's amazing to see the kindness in kids' hearts, while not fully understanding the situation."

The Rangers said Monday's game would be made up at a date to be determined. Tuesday night's game will by played a scheduled. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Rangers, Angels to Play in Wake of Skaggs' Death]]>512115692Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:12:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/glob+e+life+park+nbc+5+generic.JPG

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will play Tuesday night's scheduled game, a day after the death of Angels' pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Rangers say.

Authorities found Skaggs dead in a hotel room at the Hilton hotel in Southlake Monday afternoon, police said. His cause of death has not been determined, but Southlake police said they did not suspect foul play.

The Rangers said they consulted with the Angels and Major League Baseball before deciding to play Tuesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

There will be a moment of silence for Skaggs before Tuesday's game and the proceeds of the Texas 2 Split Raffle will be donated to the Angels Baseball Foundation in Skaggs' memory, the team said.

The Rangers' Joey Gallo said Tuesday will be a "strange game." He said he had to "take a seat" Monday when he heard the news that Skaggs had been found unresponsive in his hotel room.

"I definitely feel for the Angels and that organization," Gallo said.

Monday's game will be made up at a later date, the Rangers said. Fans with tickets to Monday's game should hold onto the tickets pending the announcement of the rescheduled game.



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<![CDATA[Newy: Rangers and Angels Handled Tragedy the Right Way]]>512086312Mon, 01 Jul 2019 18:54:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+TYLER+SKAGGS_2019-07-01-18-38-18.jpg

Major League Baseball is mourning the unexpected death of Tyler Skaggs. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains how the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers handled a very difficult situation the right way.]]>
<![CDATA[LA Angels Pitcher Found Dead in Southlake Hotel Room]]>512075922Tue, 02 Jul 2019 15:18:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TYLER+SKAGGS.jpg

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of the team's game against the Texas Rangers.

Skaggs was with the team in Texas when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they were investigating, but no foul play was suspected.

Skaggs was "an important part of the Angels Family," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time."

Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, had been a regular in the Angels' starting rotation since late 2016, when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles' injury-plagued rotation.

The left-hander had just pitched on Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Oakland. He was scheduled to start the series finale at Texas, on the Fourth of July holiday.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was "deeply saddened" by Skaggs' death.

"We will support the Angels' organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler's teammates and other members of the baseball family," Manfred said in a statement.

Fans were already out paying respects Monday afternoon. Texas transplant and longtime Angels fan Jovani Chavez laid flowers outside the Hilton where Skaggs was found dead.

"Just show him that he was loved here in Texas as well," Chavez said. "It's just as if it was a family member, really."

At Globe Life Park, a group of young Marine poolees who had planned for a night of baseball instead came armed with flowers in a show of solidarity for the family that's grieving a thousand miles away.

"There's some pain that's going to be going on within that family and we want them to know that they're not alone in that hurt," said poolee Grace Guadagnolo.

Skaggs is the first Angels player to die in-season since Nick Adenhart was killed by a drunken driver 10 years ago. The 22-year-old rookie right-hander was coming off his first start of the 2009 season, his fourth career game in the big leagues.

Jose Fernandez, a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was killed in boating crash near Miami Beach, Florida, in September 2016.

Pitcher Darryl Kile, who played in the majors for 12 seasons (1992-2002) was on the road with the St. Louis Cardinals when he died in June 2002 in his Chicago hotel room. Albert Pujols, now a member of the Angels, was Kile's teammate then.

Angels players and coaches who had arrived at the Rangers' ballpark for Monday night's series opener left about four hours before the scheduled start of the game to return to their hotel. The clubhouse was never opened to the media.

The Rangers' clubhouse also was closed when general manager Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward told their players what had happened and dismissed them.

Woodward described it as "one of those moments where you're just kind of numb" and said the Rangers were thinking about Skaggs' family and the Angels organization.

"There were a lot of pretty emotional guys in there, you could tell. Some guys knew him. (Jesse Chavez) had actually played with him in LA," Woodward said. "Some guys that didn't even know him were visibly shaken. You could tell."

Rangers officials said there had been no discussions on the status of Tuesday's game or the rest of the series.

"Real life takes precedence here," Daniels said. "Some things are a lot bigger than baseball."

Skaggs was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, in the far western part of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round.

The Angels traded Skaggs to Arizona in 2010, and he started his big league career with 13 appearances over two seasons for the Diamondbacks. The Angels reacquired him in December 2013, and he has won 25 games over five seasons with the club.

Skaggs started a career-high 24 games last season, going 8-10 with a 4.02 ERA. He missed playing time in April this season with a sprained ankle but came back strong.

Skaggs was part of the same Angels' draft class as Mike Trout, and they were roommates in the low minor leagues before Skaggs was traded to Arizona. They played on the same team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2010.

Cleveland Indians ace Trevor Bauer, who played with Skaggs in the Diamondbacks organization, tweeted: "We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together."

Skaggs' mother, Debbie, was the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School. She famously provided postgame tips on his pitching mechanics, even deep into his big-league career.

Skaggs grew up in Santa Monica, on the west side of the sprawling Los Angeles metroplex, but rooted for the Angels instead of the closer Dodgers.

AP Sports Writers Greg Beacham and Jay Cohen contributed to this report. NBC 5's Alice Barr also contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Sandler: Evaluating the Rangers Near the Halfway Point]]>512012052Sun, 30 Jun 2019 20:48:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_sandler_rangers_update.jpg

Should the Texas Rangers be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline? Is the team that's played the first half of the season the real deal? Jared Sandler of 105.3 The Fan and the Rangers Radio Network stopped by to discuss with NBC 5's Pat Doney.]]>
<![CDATA[Gallo, Minor Join Pence on American League All-Star Team]]>512036531Sun, 30 Jun 2019 20:24:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1152333851.jpg

Joey Gallo and Mike Minor will join Hunter Pence on the American League All-Star team, Major League Baseball announced Sunday.

The trio gives the Texas Rangers three players on the roster -- the team's most since 2013.

MLB announced the reserves and pitchers Sunday for the 2019 All-Star Game, to be held in Cleveland on July 9.

Gallo, who is hitting .278 with 19 home runs and 44 RBIs, was voted onto the roster by players and coaches, while Minor was selected as one of the commissioner's picks. Minor is 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA in 17 starts.

Pence, an Arlington native, was named the American League's starting designated hitter on Thursday.

The Houston Astros topped all big league clubs with six players selected, including starting pitchers Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. No other AL team has more than three.

"Impressive," Verlander said. "I mean, I think we could have a lot more."

Alex Bregman, George Springer and Michael Brantley will be in the starting lineup, and Verlander, Cole and Ryan Pressly are on the pitching staff. It will be the first trip to Cleveland for those Astros since Game 3 of last year's AL Division Series, when Houston won 11-3 to complete a sweep.

The Dodgers, Brewers and Rockies lead the NL with four players each. The Los Angeles contingent includes Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Walker Buehler -- plenty of familiar faces for manager Dave Roberts.

Milwaukee will be represented by Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas, Yasmani Grandal and Josh Hader. It's the second appearance for Hader, who came under fire when racist and homophobic tweets resurfaced on his account during last year's game. Hader apologized for the tweets, which he sent as a teenager.

Braves teammates Ronald Acuna Jr. and Mike Soroka are set to be this year's youngest players at 21. Atlanta said it's the first time two players under 22 from the same team made the All-Star team.

The NL team includes just three hitters in their 30s: Moustakas and Grandal are 30, and Charlie Blackmon will turn 33 on Monday. Depending on who serves as DH, the NL could have the youngest starting lineup in All-Star Game history.

"I think it's just the beginning here," said Braves manager Brian Snitker, himself a freshman All-Star on Roberts' staff. "As I've said, I think this is going to be a yearly occurrence because these kids are going to be around for a long time."

The Yankees have the AL's best record but boast just three All-Stars: Gary Sanchez, DJ LeMahieu and Aroldis Chapman. Gleyber Torres and Luke Voit were also contenders, while Aaron Judge -- injured for much of the season -- narrowly missed out on a spot via fan balloting.

"To me, I thought we were going to have around six or seven All-Stars from this team," Chapman said through a translator in London.

Fans of the reigning champion Red Sox won't be pleased that shortstop Xander Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers were left out. Bogaerts has accrued 3.7 wins above replacement, per Fangraphs -- trailing only the Angels' Mike Trout among AL players -- and Devers entered Sunday batting .324. Red Sox ace Chris Sale was also omitted despite ranking second in the league in strikeouts. Boston's only representatives as of now are Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez.

Padres sluggers Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes entered Sunday among the major league leaders with 24 homers each, but neither made the cut. Nor did Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, Twins outfielder Max Kepler or Yankees DH Edwin Encarnacion.

On the pitching side, Cubs left-hander Cole Hamels, Rangers right-hander Lance Lynn and Twins righty Jose Berrios also had strong credentials.

Verlander earned his eighth All-Star nod, tied with Kershaw and Trout for most among this year's participants.

The host Indians had three players selected: Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor and Brad Hand. Santana, a 33-year-old first-time All-Star, will also swing in the Home Run Derby.

Six of the eight derby participants are known -- Acuna, Santana, Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Milwaukee's Christian Yelich, the New York Mets' Pete Alonso and Pittsburgh's Josh Bell. Guerrero will be 20 years, 114 days old for the July 8 showcase, making him the youngest ever in the derby -- 116 days younger than Ken Griffey Jr. in 1990. The full field will be announced Wednesday. Gallo said Sunday he has not been asked to be in the derby.

The rosters feature 31 first-time selections, including Anthony Rendon, who said he may not attend to rest some nagging injuries instead. Since the start of 2015, the Nationals third baseman is fifth in baseball in WAR at 20.4.

"It's good to be recognized," he said.

Rendon's former teammate, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, hasn't been invited. Harper set pro sports jersey sale records after signing a $330 million, 13-year deal with Philadelphia this spring, but subpar slugging this season will likely end his streak of All-Star appearances at four.

Padres third baseman Manny Machado, another big offseason free agent acquisition, was also left off the NL team.

The starting position players were elected by fans and announced Thursday. The rest of the rosters were filled out by player balloting and the Commissioner's Office.

AP Baseball Writers Ronald Blum and Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken and freelancer Matt Schoch contributed to this story.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Snell Has 12 Strikeouts in 6 Innings, Rays Beat Rangers]]>512030221Sun, 30 Jun 2019 16:41:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Blake-Snell-Getty.jpg

Blake Snell has felt good on the mound despite not getting a lot of wins.

After a difficult stretch, the left-hander got a good outcome Sunday.

Snell (5-7, 4.87 ERA) struck out 12 over six innings for just his second win in 10 starts and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Sunday.

"The way that I feel and what I'm doing I believe it's better than last year," Snell, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, said. "Consistency, swing-and-miss, strikes, less walks, weak contact, everything. The only thing that's bad is ERA and length that I'm going in starts."

Snell gave up three hits during an 80-pitch outing. He had an 11.94 ERA (17 1/3 innings, 23 earned runs) in five previous starts this month.

"Did a lot of things actually very similar to what he's been doing," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Just a little better at command and location to those pitches."

Snell threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of 20 batters.

"He wasn't really doing that before," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "When he's ahead in the count, he's a Cy Young winner for a reason."

Tommy Pham homered for the Rays, who won consecutive games for the first time since June 9-10. The first AL wild card leaders went 13-16 in June.

Four Tampa Bay relievers completed a four-hitter that included 17 strikeouts.

Texas got a two-run homer from Joey Gallo.

After Kevin Kiermaier had an RBI single and Willy Adames added a run-scoring single off Jesse Chavez (3-3) the fourth, Pham's fifth-inning solo shot made it 4-2.

Chavez allowed four runs and five hits in six innings.

Kiermaier had an RBI triple in a two-run eighth.

Gallo's two-run homer in the fourth off Snell got stuck on the "D-Ring" catwalk, which is approximately 70 feet above the right field seats.

"I didn't notice that it didn't come down," Gallo said. "But that was a pretty cool home run off a guy who's really nasty."

Gallo had the only Texas hit through three innings, a leadoff bunt single in the second against a shift that had four outfielders and three infielders on the first-base side of second.

He was thrown out on another bunt attempt in the seventh against Colin Poche with a runner on first and no outs, and Texas trailing 4-2.

"Obviously a lot came into play," said Gallo, who talked with Woodward about the situation before the at-bat. "It's a tough lefty who struck me out the day before. Obviously if I lay one down and get it a little more over to the left, we're having a different conversation about it."

Cash was ejected by plate umpire Bruce Dreckman in the second for arguing after Avisail Garcia took a called third strike.

"Bruce Dreckman does a tremendous job," Cash said. "We just didn't see eye-to-eye."

MORE McKAY
Rays two-way player Brendan McKay could hit before the All-Star break. "If there's an opportunity to get him in there where we feel it's a fit with his workload we'll do that," manager Kevin Cash said. McKay allowed one hit in six innings Saturday to get the win in his debut against Texas and is scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees Friday night.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor, hurt Friday running the bases, was scratched due to lingering left hamstring tightness but pinch-hit in the ninth. ... 3B Asdrubal Cabrera sat out with lower back tightness.

UP NEXT
Rangers: AL ERA leader Mike Minor (8-4, 2.40) will face Los Angeles Angels LHP Jose Suarez (2-1) Monday night. Minor has gone eight-or-more innings, including a complete game Wednesday at Detroit, while allowing one run in two straight starts.

Rays: Opener Ryne Stanek (0-1) will start Monday night's game against Baltimore, which hasn't announced a starter.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[McKay Takes Perfect Game Into the 6th, Rays Beat Rangers]]>512011472Sat, 29 Jun 2019 20:42:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brendan-McKay-Getty-062919.jpg

Brendan McKay made an amazing first impression.

McKay took a perfect game into the sixth inning of his major league debut and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Saturday.

"It was fun to watch," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Certainly set a pretty high bar for himself. Just the way he carried himself, it was kind of unflappable."

McKay (1-0), a two-way prospect taken fourth overall in the 2017 draft, didn't allow a baserunner until Danny Santana flared an opposite-field single to right with one out in the sixth. The left-hander allowed one hit, a walk and struck out three in six innings.

McKay said the best part of the day was "just getting to play baseball."

"You're living a dream and doing something that not many people get to do," McKay said. "To fulfill your life-long dream of playing in the major leagues, it's awesome."

A couple dozen family members and friends, including his parents, were among the announced crowd of 16,655.

"He's got good stuff and he can execute," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "He looked like a pretty calm guy."

After walking Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the sixth, McKay ended his 81-pitch outing by striking out Delino Deshields on three pitches. He walked off the field to a standing ovation.

"It gave you chills at the moment," McKay said.

Avisail Garcia homered for the Rays, who won for the fourth time in 12 games.

Texas had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped.

Jose Alvarado, who rejoined the Rays on Friday after being gone from the team since June 2 to be with his ailing mother, was one of three relievers that completed a five-hitter. He allowed one run and one hit in the ninth.

The Rays took a 3-0 lead in the second when Joey Wendle had an RBI double and Garcia, mired in an 0-for-17 slide, hit a two-run homer off Adrian Sampson (6-5).

Sampson allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

Willy Adames and Travis d'Arnaud hit consecutive homers in the seventh off Pete Fairbanks to make it 5-0. Adames has 10 homers, with the first nine coming on the road.

Texas got on the board in the eighth when Asdrubal Cabrera, hitless in his previous 21 at-bats, doubled and later scored on Oliver Drake's wild pitch.

McKay went a combined 6-0 with a 1.22 ERA (66 2/3 innings, nine earned runs) in 13 games between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

The 23-year old made a nifty defensive play in the second when he caught Joey Gallo's foul ball near third base with the Rays having four defenders in the outfield and three infielders on the first-base side of second.

"I don't know if it makes any difference, but maybe all our pitchers should be two-way players," a smiling McKay said.

McKay had also played first base before being limited to DH this season.

McKay is scheduled to pitch again Friday night against the AL East-leading New York Yankees, who have a seven-game lead over the Rays.

RARE PERFORMANCE
McKay's outing tied Ken Cloude (Seattle, 1997) and Wayne Simpson (Cincinnati, 1970) for the second-longest perfect game bid in a debut during the expansion era, starting in 1961. The record of 6 2/3 innings was set by Pittsburgh's Nick Kingham on April 29, 2018.

PENCE POINTS
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said AL All-Star DH Hunter Pence, out since June 17 due to a strained right groin, will play for Double-A Frisco on Monday and probably Tuesday before returning. "I promised him if he hit two homers in Frisco on Monday, I might activate him Tuesday," a smiling Woodward said. "Knowing him, he'll do it." Barring any setbacks, Pence will be ready to play in All-Star Game.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (left hamstring cramp) didn't play, but may start Sunday.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (right calf tightness) was back in the lineup. ... Reliever Diego Castillo (right shoulder inflammation) resumed playing catch.

UP NEXT
Rays LHP Blake Snell (4-7) and Rangers RHP Jesse Chavez (3-2) are Sunday's starters. Snell, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, has an 11.94 ERA (17 1/3 inning, 23 earned runs) over his last five starts.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Lynn Goes 8 Strong Innings, Rangers Beat Rays 5-0]]>511984002Fri, 28 Jun 2019 21:17:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Lance Lynn struck out 10 over eight innings of three-hit ball, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Friday night for their season-best sixth-consecutive win.

Lynn (10-4) allowed just one runner to reach third base. The right-hander held Tampa Bay without a hit from two outs in the second until Willy Adames opened the eighth with a double.

Jose Leclerc completed a three-hitter for the Rangers, who moved into a tie for the first AL wild card with the Rays at 46-36.

Tampa Bay was coming off a 3-7 road trip.

Texas took a 3-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman's two-run double off Yonny Chirinos (7-4).

Chirinos gave up four runs, five hits and four walks in six innings.

The third inning included a couple wild baserunning plays -- one runner was thrown out on a walk, and another scored on an errant pickoff attempt following an infield hit.

Elvis Andrus was on first when Nomar Mazara drew a base on balls. Andrus safely reached second but took off for third when catcher Mike Zunino made an off-target throw to shortstop Adames, who started a rundown that resulted in an out.

Mazara advanced to second on Joey Gallo's infield single. The ball was returned to Chirinos, who then made a bad throw to second as an outfielder sneaked in behind Mazara, who scored to make it 4-0.

Odor left in the ninth after it appeared he hurt a leg on a single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: AL All-Star DH Hunter Pence (strained right groin) was encouraged after running the bases and could be back next week. ... LHP Jeffrey Springs (left biceps tendinitis) has been shutdown. "It didn't seem to get better with treatment, so that's when the doctors said `OK, there's something going on in there,"' manager Chris Woodward said.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier, who left Thursday's game with right calf tightness, didn't rule out starting Saturday.

REINSTATED

Rangers 3B Asdrubal Cabrera went 0 for 3 with a walk in his return after serving a three-game suspension for hitting an umpire with equipment. Cabrera is hitless in his last 19 at-bats.

JUST MISSED IT

Odor was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park homer after his sixth-inning hit got past a diving left fielder Tommy Pham. After Pham ran down the ball, he threw it to third baseman Joey Wendle, who made an accurate throw home.

UP NEXT

Rays two-way prospect Brendan McKay will make his major league debut Saturday against Rangers RHP Adrian Sampson (6-4). McKay was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games with Triple-A Durham, where he also got at-bats as the DH.



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<![CDATA[Texas Ranger Hunter Pence Selected to 2019 All-Star Game Lineup]]>511927551Thu, 27 Jun 2019 19:49:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/usatsi_12466632.jpg

Texas Rangers designated hitter Hunter Pence has been named to the 2019 MLB All-Star game lineup.

Pence is a North Texan who played at Arlington High School and also the University of Texas at Arlington.

The game will be played Tuesday, July 9 in Cleveland.

Rangers Outfielder Joey Gallo was also on the ballot, that fans were allowed to vote on, but was beat out by Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers pitcher Mike Minor is expected to make the team as well, but fans don’t vote on pitchers.

Pitchers and reserves for the All-Star Game will be announced Sunday at 4:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

You can see the full list of starters below:

American League

Catcher -- Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
First Baseman -- Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Second Baseman -- DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees
Shortstop -- Jorge Polanco, Minnesota Twins
Third Baseman -- Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
Designated Hitter -- Hunter Pence, Texas Rangers
Outfield -- Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Outfield -- George Springer, Houston Astros
Outfield -- Michael Brantley, Houston Astros

National League

Catcher -- Wilson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
First Baseman -- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Second Baseman -- Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks
Shortstop -- Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
Third Baseman -- Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Outfield -- Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
Outfield -- Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Outfield -- Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves



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<![CDATA[Gallo Homers Twice as Rangers Sweep Tigers]]>511914832Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:28:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1152333851.jpg

Joey Gallo hit two solo homers and Ariel Jurado threw seven shutout innings and the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 3-1 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Texas has won five straight games, matching a season high.

Gallo led off the second inning by driving Spencer Turnbull's pitch deep into the right-field seats. With two outs in the fourth inning, Gallo lined Nick Ramirez's pitch over the left-field wall. Gallo has 19 homers on the season.

It was Gallo's eighth multi-homer game and his first since Aug. 8, 2018, against the Seattle Mariners.

The Tigers have lost seven in a row overall, as well as their past seven home games.

Jurado (5-3) allowed six hits as he improved to 4-1 as a starter this season. He struck out four and walked just one. Jurado has won four of his past five decisions.

Texas added a run in the seventh inning on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly.

Miguel Cabrera's eighth-inning sacrifice fly off reliever Chris Martin accounted for Detroit's run.

Shawn Kelley pitched the ninth inning for his 11th save.

Turnbull (3-8), the first of six Detroit pitchers, took the loss, his fourth in a row.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said OF Hunter Pence (right groin strain) is scheduled to run the bases at full speed before Friday's game at Tampa Bay. Following that, an assessment will be made whether to send Pence out for a rehab assignment or activate him from the IL.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas travels to Tampa Bay to begin a three-game series with the Rays. Lance Lynn (9-4) is Friday's scheduled starter.

Tigers: Home for a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Daniel Norris (2-6) takes the mound Friday.



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<![CDATA[Minor Goes the Distance as Rangers Beat Tigers 4-1]]>511871621Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:57:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Mike Minor allowed five hits in his second complete game of the year, and Willie Calhoun, Jeff Mathis and Danny Santana homered in the fifth inning to lift the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Minor (8-4) struck out seven with two walks, throwing 108 pitches in his third career complete game. He now has 12 consecutive starts allowing three runs or fewer while pitching at least five innings.

Matthew Boyd (5-6) struck out 11 for Detroit in seven innings, and he too allowed only five hits -- but three of them were solo homers in the fifth. The Rangers are now a season-high eight games over .500.

Texas has won five of six, and after taking the first two games at Detroit, the Rangers have won or split each of their last nine series.

Brandon Dixon homered for Detroit's only run. The Tigers have lost six straight and 10 of 11.

Detroit has also lost 19 of its last 21 home games, and that doesn't include a suspended game last month that the Tigers were trailing.

Boyd struck out the side in the first and seventh, but the Rangers opened the scoring against him in the third with some aggressive baserunning. Calhoun led off with a double, then scored all the way from second on Ronald Guzman's flyout to deep center field. JaCoby Jones made the catch in center before running into the wall, and that extra time he needed to throw the ball back gave Calhoun a better chance to score. The relay home was a bit off target, and Texas led 1-0.

Dixon's homer in the fourth tied it, but Calhoun led off the fifth with a home run, and Mathis and Santana added two more.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward said OF Hunter Pence (right groin strain) still can't run at full speed. He's expected to go on a rehab assignment before returning to the team.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas tries for a series sweep Thursday with Ariel Jurado (4-3) taking the mound.

Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (3-7) starts for Detroit.



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<![CDATA[Next 20 Games Could Determine Rangers Season]]>511868942Thu, 27 Jun 2019 18:15:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_next_20_games_could_determine_rangers_season.jpg

NBC 5 sports anchor Pat Doney explains why the next 20 games for the Rangers will likely determine if Texas will be buyers or sellers at the Major League Baseball trade deadline.]]>
<![CDATA[Two Rangers are Finalists for All-Star Game, Need Votes]]>511858222Wed, 26 Jun 2019 16:56:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/229*120/6rrkxxol.jpeg

Two Texas Rangers need your votes to make it to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.

Outfielder Joey Gallo and designated hitter Hunter Pence are finalists.

In order to make the team, fans must vote by Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m.

You can vote up to five times per day for your favorite players.

Rangers pitcher Mike Minor is expected to make the team as well, but fans don’t vote on pitchers.

To cast your All-Star ballot, click here.

The full rosters will be revealed Sunday.

The game is July 9 in Cleveland, Ohio.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Beat Detroit 5-3, Handing Tigers Another Home Loss]]>511815471Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:58:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Jesse Chavez pitched into the seventh inning in his longest outing in over two years, and the Texas Rangers became the latest visiting team to win in Detroit, beating the Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Detroit has lost 18 of its last 20 home games, and that does not include a game last month that was suspended with the Tigers trailing.

Chavez (3-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven with no walks. The right-hander has pitched mostly in relief this season, but before Tuesday's game, Texas manager Chris Woodward said Chavez had a chance to pitch five or six innings if he was efficient.

He surpassed that. This was his longest outing since he went seven innings on June 16, 2017.

Ronald Guzman homered for Texas, and Ronny Rodriguez went deep in the ninth inning for Detroit.

Jordan Zimmermann (0-5) allowed three runs in five innings. Detroit has lost five straight and nine of 10.

Nomar Mazara opened the scoring for Texas with an RBI single in the first, and Logan Forsythe added a sacrifice fly later that inning. Joey Gallo -- back from the injured list after missing over three weeks with a left oblique strain -- added an RBI double to make it 3-0 in the third.

Guzman hit a solo homer in the sixth. Detroit answered with a run in the bottom of that inning, when shortstop Elvis Andrus' throw to first got away for an error.

Guzman hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth to make it 5-3.

The Rangers were without Asdrubal Cabrera, who was starting a three-game suspension for hitting an umpire with equipment.

TRANSACTIONS

The Tigers announced that they have agreed to terms with right-hander Ted Stuka, their 14th-round pick in this year's draft.

Texas announced the signing of right-handers Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa (30th round) and Nick Yoder (34th round).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Gallo also drew a walk and struck out three times in his return. ... Woodward said Hunter Pence (right groin strain) is unlikely to be activated when he's eligible Thursday. Woodward said the veteran outfielder is more likely to return after the team's series at Tampa Bay this coming weekend.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Mike Minor (7-4) starts for Texas on Wednesday night against the Tigers.

Tigers: Detroit sends Matthew Boyd (5-5) to the mound. Boyd has quality starts in 10 of his 16 starts this year.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Activate Joey Gallo From Injured List]]>511792552Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:27:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-Getty-0601191.jpg

The Texas Rangers activated outfielder Joey Gallo from the 10-day injured list Tuesday and said he'll start the series opener in Detroit, batting fifth as the centerfielder.

The Rangers said Gallo fills an open spot on the active roster that was created when left-handed pitcher Kyle Bird was optioned to Triple-A Nashville following Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

The game will be the first for the outfielder since June 1 when he was sidelined for three weeks with a left oblique strain.

Gallo, the team leader in HRs and BBs, has batted .276/.421/.653/1.074 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 50 games this season.



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<![CDATA[Rangers 3B Cabrera Will Serve Reduced 3-Game Suspension]]>511784371Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:39:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1157036679.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera will miss a three-game series at Detroit after the reduction of his four-game suspension from Major League Baseball for hitting an umpire with equipment.

The Rangers said Monday that Cabrera would serve a three-game suspension during their series against the Tigers that begins Tuesday.

Cabrera initially appealed the four-game suspension and undisclosed fine from MLB that was handed down Friday, a day after umpire crew chief Bill Miller was hit on the foot by a small plastic guard or batting gloves.

Cabrera tossed the plastic guard with the gloves wrapped inside of it after his ejection in the sixth inning of a 4-2 win over Cleveland on Thursday. That was a couple of pitches into the next batter after Cabrera had watched video of a called third strike against him by home plate umpire Doug Eddings.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Newy's Take: Support Rangers Potential All-Stars]]>511755872Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:41:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+on+Rangers+6-24-19_2019-06-24-19-32-55.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs discusses the importance of supporting Joey Gallo and Hunter Pence in their pursuit of MLB All-Star Game roster spots.]]>
<![CDATA[Mazara Homers Twice as Lynn, Rangers Edge White Sox]]>511698052Sun, 23 Jun 2019 10:53:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

A four-run deficit in the first inning didn't mean much to Nomar Mazara and Lance Lynn.

Mazara hit two home runs, Lynn shook off a rough start and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, and Texas beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Saturday night.

"Nothing (Lynn) does kind of surprises me," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "His competitiveness, no matter what the circumstances, it's awesome for all our guys to watch."

Run-scoring singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields wiped out Chicago's 5-4 lead in the sixth inning against Evan Marshall (3-1), who had not allowed an earned run in 17 1/3 previous innings this season.

"A four-pitch walk, 3-0 to the next guy. That's seven straight (balls)," Marshall said. "They were on me tonight. That's a good streak for me to start this year. Let's start a new one tomorrow."

Mazara had his fourth career two-homer game and drove in three runs.

He came to the plate in the first with Chicago leading 4-0, two outs and Elvis Andrus on first base. Mazara hit a 3-1 pitch from Odrisamer Despaigne into the upper deck in right field. Logan Forsythe doubled home another run to pull the Rangers within 4-3.

"We just tried to give Lynn as much time as we can so he can go out there and recover and battle," Mazara said. "We saw a lot of pitches."

Despaigne threw 34 pitches in the bottom of the 39-minute first inning, after Lynn had used 33.

After that, Lynn took over.

"He's really good at making adjustments in game," Woodward said. "He gave up four in the first, but he didn't let that affect him."

Lynn (9-4) said simply, "You're only as good as your next pitch."

Lynn improved to 6-0 at home and tied his season high with seven innings pitched but allowed five earned runs and fell one short of tying the Rangers record of nine consecutive quality starts. Chris Martin pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his third save in four opportunities.

Tim Anderson hit a solo home run and three-run double for Chicago.

On Anderson's two-out, two-strike double in the first, DeShields couldn't run down the ball at the right-center field wall. Anderson scored four pitches later on a double to left center by Yolmer Sanchez.

Mazara tied the game against Despaigne in the third with a solo homer, his third in his first six plate appearances in the series.

Lynn retired 13 White Sox batters in a row before Anderson regained Chicago's lead with his homer to center field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: RHP Dylan Covey (right shoulder inflammation) is scheduled for a bullpen session on Sunday that could determine whether he'll return after being placed on the injured list June 9. His return could determine who would start for Chicago on Tuesday at Boston.

"We'll see how it goes (Sunday)," manager Rick Renteria said, "and then we could make a clear assessment of when we'll use him."

Rangers: They could have both of their All-Star finalists back from the injured list for their next series at Detroit. OF Joey Gallo (strained left oblique, on the IL since June 2) is expected back from an injury-rehab assignment "right now, Tuesday," manager Chris Woodward said. OF/DH Hunter Pence (strained right groin) is expected to play Thursday, the first day he's eligible to come off the IL.

1B Ronald Guzman left the game in the ninth inning because of what Woodward called "a little heel soreness."

GAME OF MILLILITERS

In a pregame cow milking contest between relief pitchers, Texas' Shawn Kelley edged Chicago's Josh Osich. In the baseball game, Osich shut out the Rangers in a career-high 2 1/3 innings.

QUALITY

The only Texas pitchers to reach nine straight quality starts in a season were Kenny Rogers in 1993 and 2005, and Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry in 1975. Lynn's eight straight quality starts were the most by an American League pitcher this season.

Lynn's 6-0 home record tied Minnesota's Jake Odorizzi for the AL's best. Lynn pitched six-plus innings for an 11th straight start, one away from his career high set in 2017.

HELPING ARMS

Chicago's Charlie Tilson doubled his assist total for the season by starting plays that threw out Asdrubal Cabrera at home in the first inning and Willie Calhoun at third base in the third. Second baseman Yolmer Sanchez made both relay throws.

UP NEXT

Chicago RHP Ivan Nova (3-5, 6.01) is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA on the road this season, and 2-1, 3.09 in four career games at Arlington. Rangers rookie RHP Adrian Sampson (5-4, 4.40) will be facing the White Sox for the first time in the conclusion of the three-game series.

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<![CDATA[White Sox Go Small to Beat Rangers 5-4 in 10 After 2 Big HRs]]>511665261Fri, 21 Jun 2019 23:14:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Eloy Jimenez scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Yolmer Sanchez in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Friday night in a game that included two impressive home runs.

Zack Collins, the 10th overall pick by the White Sox in the 2016 draft, got his first big league start and went deep in the second inning. His three-run homer to center was measured at 447 feet by MLB's StatCast.

That was after Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara pulled a two-run shot deep into the second deck of seats in right field in the first that MLB's system said would have gone 505 feet unimpeded. That matched the longest ever recorded by StatCast, which is in only its fifth season of use.

In the end, small ball won for the White Sox against Shawn Kelley (3-2). Jimenez, a rookie who had a tiebreaking RBI single earlier in the game, had a one-out single in the 10th and went to third on Tim Anderson's single. Sanchez then bunted and was tagged out by Kelley after the reliever fielded the ball going away from the plate.

Kelvin Herrera (3-3) struck out the only batter he faced. Alex Colome worked the 10th for his 16th save and broke the White Sox record for consecutive save chances converted to start a season.

Rougned Odor also homered for the Rangers.

LONG HOMERS

Colorado shortstop Trevor Story had a 505-foot homer at home last season. StatCast measured that a foot longer than a blast that Giancarlo Stanton hit there against the Rockies when he was still playing for Miami in 2016.

THAT CLOSE

White Sox No. 9 batter Ryan Cordell, a rookie center fielder and former Rangers farmhand, had a one-out double in the ninth that hit about 13 feet up on the 14-foot wall in left field. He got stranded at second base.

WHILE ON APPEAL

Rangers 3B Asdrubal Cabrera was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, playing while his four-game MLB suspension is on appeal . The suspension was for throwing equipment on the field that hit an umpire after he got ejected from Thursday's game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Veteran OF Jon Jay, who sustained a right groin-hip injury during spring training after signing as a free agent, is on injury rehab at Triple-A Charlotte and could be close to his White Sox debut. "I think we're discussing it," manager Rick Renteria said. "I'm sure it's coming to a head here pretty soon."

Rangers: OFs Joey Gallo (left oblique strain) and Hunter Pence (right groin strain), both on the injured list, are the Texas finalists to be starters on the American League All-Star team. Gallo, who is in Arizona, is expected to rejoin the Rangers next week. Pence is eligible to return next Thursday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Odrisamer Despaigne (0-2) has allowed 10 runs and 16 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his two starts since the right-hander signed as a free agent last month.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (8-4) has quality starts in his last eight games (4-2, 2.92 ERA in that span). He had nine strikeouts without a walk Monday night against Cleveland and went at least six innings for the 10th start in a row.

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<![CDATA[Rangers 3B Cabrera Suspended for Hitting Ump With Equipment]]>511658591Fri, 21 Jun 2019 20:23:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1157036679.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera never left the dugout and says he wasn't trying to hit an umpire with the equipment he threw onto the field after being ejected from a game.

Cabrera is appealing a four-game suspension and undisclosed fine from Major League Baseball that was handed down Friday, a day after umpire crew chief Bill Miller was hit on the foot by a small shin guard or batting gloves.

"I wasn't trying to hit anybody. I think the umpire is the last guy you want to hit," Cabrera said Friday. "I was just trying to throw the gloves out there to let him know I was (unhappy), instead of walking back to home plate."

The Rangers' lineup for Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox included Cabrera.

Cabrera tossed the shin guard with the gloves wrapped inside of it after his ejection in the sixth inning of a 4-2 win over Cleveland on Thursday. That was a couple of pitches to the next batter after Cabrera was upset about a called third strike by home plate umpire Doug Eddings.

After striking out for the third time in the game, Cabrera stayed at home plate momentarily and calmly expressed his displeasure with the call.

Cabrera saw video of the pitch after going back to the dugout, where he was when he started chirping and got ejected by Eddings. Cabrera threw the equipment while Miller was talking with Rangers manager Chris Woodward, who also felt something hit his foot.

"It was mid-argument. I was like, `OK, this argument's over,"' Woodward said.

"I saw it was a ball. It's been happening all year. If you do it to me on the first pitch or the second pitch, I don't care because I still have pitches left, but when you take the bat out of my hand, that's not right," Cabrera said. "At some point you are going to get mad."

Cabrera's suspension came in the same week that San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado was suspended for one game when MLB said he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike.

After his ejection last Saturday at Colorado, Machado slammed his batting helmet to the ground and jawed with Welke. After manager Andy Green and third base coach Glenn Hoffman eased Machado away from the argument, the four-time All-Star then flung his bat into the backstop.

Machado appealed his suspension and fine, contending that he didn't make any contact with the umpire.

The MLB Umpires Association said in a tweet Tuesday that Machado was suspended for contact with an umpire "and VIOLENTLY throwing his bat against the backstop with absolutely no regard to anyone's safety." The tweet, accompanied with several hashtags, added that "Violence in the workplace is not tolerated" and asked "Is this truly what MLB wants to teach our youth?"

Major League Baseball said it was inappropriate for the umpire's union to comment on the suspension, and said in a statement that MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre "considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado's conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline."

Woodward described ejection of Cabrera as "a quick hook" and the suspension against him as "pretty steep." The Rangers manager said he didn't see all of what happened with Machado in Colorado, and wasn't going to make comparisons to that incident.

"Anytime you make contact with an umpire ... even if it's like a feather, you're making contact, you've almost got to assume that there will be some sort of suspension," Woodward said. "I don't think (Cabrera) intended to hit the umpire. I think he was trying to show his disapproval."

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<![CDATA[Andrus Helps Rangers, Minor to Victory 4-2 Over Indians]]>511589082Thu, 20 Jun 2019 16:37:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elvis74.jpg

Elvis Andrus homered and had an RBI triple to back another impressive home start by Mike Minor as the Texas Rangers earned a series split with a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Minor (7-4) limited the Indians to three hits and one run over eight innings after they had scored 10 runs each of the last two nights. The lefty struck out four and walked three while throwing 70 of 110 pitches for strikes.

Danny Santana went deep in the Rangers' eighth, his third homer in the four-game series and seventh overall. Andrus immediately followed with his seventh homer, his first since May 12 at Houston.

They also teamed up for the first two Texas runs. Andrus tripled to right-center in the first inning after Santana had doubled and stolen third base. Andrus raced home on a wild pitch by Shane Bieber (6-3) that ricocheted off catcher Kevin Plawecki and went several feet in front of the plate.

Minor has a 2.03 ERA in eight home starts, allowing no runs in four of those.

Shawn Kelley worked the ninth for his ninth save in 13 chances after giving up a leadoff homer to Carlos Santana.

Cleveland, which scored 44 runs in the first six games of its 5-2 trip, got its run off Minor in the sixth. It was the only time the Indians had multiple base runners in the same inning against him. Oscar Mercado had a two-out single and Carlos Santana walked before an RBI single by Jordan Luplow.

Andrus also had an impressive defensive play. The Rangers shortstop went up the middle and stretched to field a grounder by Jason Kipnis before a spin move and throw in the fifth. Ronald Guzman, their 6-foot-4 first baseman, made a full split to complete the out.

That was an inning after a heads-up play by second baseman Rougned Odor, who was in shallow right field when he let a soft popup by Jose Ramirez fall to the ground and started a double play.

Indians first baseman Jake Bauers also had an impressive stretch to retire Shin-Soo Choo after second baseman Kipnis fielded the ground.



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<![CDATA[Four Rangers Could Play All-Star Game, Voting Ends Friday]]>511549021Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:16:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-Getty-053119.jpg

The 2019 MLB All-Star Game goes down July 9 in Cleveland -- and several Texas Rangers are in the mix to earn a trip. But to get there, they're going to need your help.

Fans have until 3 p.m. Central on Friday, June 21 to cast their online ballots for the first-round of All-Star Voting.

You can vote up to five times per day for your favorite players.

The top three vote-getters at each position (top nine in the outfield) will move onto the second and final round of voting, which begins June 26.

MLB has released the standings as of June 18.

Joey Gallo is currently sitting at eighth among AL Outfielders.

"He probably deserves to be at the All-Star Game -- and hopefully he goes and participates in the Home Run Derby," said Chuck Morgan, Rangers Executive VP of Ballpark Entertainment & Productions and longtime PA Announcer. "He's one of the top players in the game right now. And I'm just waiting for the day the right pitch comes in. I was [at Globe Life Park] one day during batting practice and he hit one onto the roof of home run porch. So I'm just waiting for that to happen in a game."

Hunter Pence is also sitting pretty, currently in second place among Designated Hitters.

"Hunter Pence is an outstanding story," Morgan said. "He wasn't ready to give up on baseball. So he worked on his swing in the off-season. He went to the Dominican Republic and played baseball there. And all of his hard work has paid off. If he continues to play like he has, he's got a chance to be the AL Comeback Player of the Year."

Elvis Andrus and Shin-Soo Choo made appearances on the leaderboards as well.

Andrus is currently eighth among AL Short Stops and Choo is eighteenth among AL Outfielders.

"I'm pleasantly surprised with how this season has gone so far," said Morgan. "And I think these guys that are playing well and are under All-Star consideration are the reason we are where we are."

To cast your All-Star ballot, click here.



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<![CDATA[Kipnis Homers Twice in Indians' 10-4 Win Over Rangers]]>511554202Wed, 19 Jun 2019 23:10:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Jason Kipnis hit two home runs, going back-to-back with Roberto Perez during a five-run first inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Wednesday night.

The Indians have won 10 of their last 14 games. They have hit nine home runs in winning two of the first three games of a four-game series.

Kipnis pulled a three-run homer that cleared the Texas bullpen in right-center and gave Cleveland a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Perez followed by slicing an opposite-field homer that landed just inside the right-field foul pole.

Kipnis also homered down the right-field line in the fifth with two outs for his second two-homer game of the season and sixth of his career. He has three homers in his last four games after a 24-game drought.

Indians starter Adam Plutko, staked to a 7-1 lead in the third inning, lasted only 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits. Oliver Perez (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win.

Joe Palumbo (0-1), who was recalled from Double-A Frisco earlier in the day to make his second major league start, was pulled after allowing the first four batters to reach base in the third inning. Palumbo gave up seven runs and six hits, with three walks and one hit batter. He lasted four innings against the Oakland Athletics on June 8.

Palumbo pitched in the rotation spot that belonged until last week to left-hander Drew Smyly, who gave up three consecutive home runs to Cleveland in relief on Tuesday.

Asdrubal Cabrera and ninth-inning pinch-hitter Danny Santana hit solo home runs for Texas.

SHORT HOPS

Indians RF Jordan Luplow had two hits and three RBIs. ... All 11 of Cabrera's home runs this season have come at home. ... Rangers RF Shin-Soo Choo extended his home on-base streak to 32 games, second longest in the major leagues this season, with a first-inning single. ... Texas LF Willie Calhoun, who singled in the fourth, has reached in all nine of his games this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said he was pleased with the Wednesday workout of RHP Mike Clevenger, who turned his left ankle during his start Monday. Clevenger's side throwing day was pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday.

Rangers: LHP Jeffrey Springs (bicep tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday. ... OF Scott Heineman (shoulder) was sent to the team's spring training complex in Arizona to begin a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Shane Bieber (6-2, 3.92) will close out the series on Thursday afternoon. Bieber is 4-1 on the road in seven appearances, six starts.

Rangers LHP Mike Minor (6-4, 2.63) ranks fifth in the American League in ERA but is only 1-1 in his last five starts with only nine runs of support.

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<![CDATA[Indians Hit 3 Straight HRs, Plesac Shuts Down Rangers, 10-3]]>511496401Tue, 18 Jun 2019 22:36:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Cleveland rookie Zach Plesac allowed only two hits pitching into the eighth inning and the Indians had four home runs, including three in a row for the first time in nearly 15 years, to overwhelm the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night.

After Jake Bauers led off the Indians' seventh with a 389-foot shot to right-center, Roberto Perez and Tyler Naquin followed with homers that measured more than 400 feet. Those long balls came in a span of five pitches off reliever Drew Smyly.

The last time Cleveland had hit back-to-back-to-back homers was at Seattle on July 16, 2004.

Plesac (2-2) struck out six and walked five, the last two free passes to the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters to open the eighth and end his fifth career start. The only run the right-hander allowed came on Rougned Odor's one-out homer in the fifth. Oliver Perez got a double-play liner and a strikeout to get out of the eighth.

Texas got two of its five overall hits in the ninth, including Willie Calhoun's two-run homer.

Rangers starter Adrian Sampson (5-4), who was 5-0 his previous six games, allowed five runs (three earned) in three innings.

Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the third, into the upper deck of seats in right field, before a RBI single by Naquin made it 5-0.

Smyly, the veteran right-hander who lost his spot in the Rangers rotation, took over in the fourth and had a 32-pitch inning. A two-run single by Jason Kipnis made it 7-0 right after a double steal.

After the three homers in the seventh, Smyly has an 8.42 ERA and allowed 19 homers over 51 1/3 innings in his 13 games this season.

SIGNED SECOND

Rangers second-round draft pick Ryan Garcia, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year from UCLA, signed for a bonus of $1,469,900 and was at the game. The right-hander was 10-1 with a 1.44 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 16 games this season, and 20-2 in 54 games overall for the Bruins.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Manager Terry Francona said RHP Mike Clevinger had some swelling and discoloration in his left ankle after taking an awkward step off the mound Monday night during his first start since April 7. He will throw a side session later this week. "I think all things lead towards him being OK," Francona said.

Rangers: OF Hunter Pence, placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained right groin, described his injury as "very minor, not too bad." ... OF Joey Gallo got to the team's complex in Arizona. Manager Chris Woodward said Gallo, out since June 2 with a left oblique strain, is swinging 100 percent and taking flyballs.

UP NEXT

Indians: Right-hander Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.63 ERA) will try to win his third consecutive start. He allowed four earn runs over 12 innings the last two.

Rangers: Joe Palumbo will be recalled from Double-A Frisco for his second career start. The lefty allowed four runs over four innings in a no decision in his big league debut June 8 against Oakland.



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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers to Retire Michael Young's No. 10 Jersey]]>511471811Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:30:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young-retirement-03.jpg

For only the fifth time in the team's history, the Texas Rangers will retire a player's number.

No. 10, worn by infielder Michael Young, will be retired Aug. 31 before a game against the Seattle Mariners.

The teams said the on-field ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m.; first pitch of the Rangers-Mariners game has been moved from 7:05 to 7:35 p.m.

Young joins Rangers greats Nolan Ryan (34), Johnny Oates (26), Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez (7) and Adrian Beltre (29) as the only players in team history to have their numbers retired.

"Michael Young is certainly very deserving of this honor," said team Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. "His contributions to the Texas Rangers franchise have been extraordinary. On the field, Michael was one of the top hitters in the American League for over a decade and served in a strong leadership role. Off the field, his contributions in the community have had a huge impact in so many ways. We are very proud to make this announcement today"

Young, 42, re-joined the Rangers as special assistant to the general manager in November 2014 after retiring from baseball that January.

Here's more from the Rangers on Young's 13 year career.

Acquired by Texas from the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2000, Young played in a team record 1,823 games from 2000-12. He captured Rangers Player of the Year honors five times, matching Juan Gonzalez for the most in team history, and was selected to the AL All-Star team at three different positions. Young batted .300 or better a club record seven times including six seasons with at least 200 hits. He won the AL batting title in 2005 and was the MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game at San Diego. Young is the only player in All-Star Game history with two game-winning hits in his team's final at bat (2006 and 2008),

He is the Washington/Texas' all-time leader in games, hits (2230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3286), at bats (7399), and multi-hit games (651) and ranks third in RBI (984) and extra base hits (647) while batting .301 with 177 homers. Young was a starter at all four infield positions in his Rangers career, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.

Overall, Young batted .300 with 185 homers and 1030 RBI in 1970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013).

Young's work in the community earned him two Major League Baseball Players Association Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards (2008 and 2011) and the Rangers 2010 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.

Tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 31 game, and all 2019 Texas Rangers home games, can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base box office.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Spoil Clevinger's Return With Win Over Indians]]>511442351Mon, 17 Jun 2019 22:54:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Danny-Santana-Getty-061719.jpg

Lance Lynn had another quality start, Danny Santana homered and the Texas Rangers beat Cleveland 7-2 on Monday night to spoil Mike Clevinger's return from the injured list.

Lynn (8-4) struck out nine without a walk and gave up one run over seven innings. The veteran right-hander, in his first season with Texas, has gone at least six innings in 10 consecutive starts, allowing three runs or fewer in the last eight.

Santana hit a two-run homer after Willie Calhoun's two-out walk in the fourth. Clevinger was done after consecutive two-out walks in the fifth, with both of those scoring to make it 5-1 when Elvis Andrus doubled on reliever Tyler Clippard's second pitch.

Clevinger (1-1) struck out seven and walked three in his first start since April 7. He threw 12 scoreless innings with 22 strikeouts his first two starts before missing more than two months because of a muscle strain in his upper back.

There was a concerning moment in the second inning when Clevinger was coming off the mound on a grounder. The right-hander appeared to immediately take pressure off his left leg and dropped to the ground after an initial awkward step. Clevinger stayed down momentarily while being checked on by manager Terry Francona and a trainer, then got up and threw a couple of warmup tosses.

Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado hit solo homers for Cleveland. Lindor's 12th homer , in the fifth, was the only run off Lynn.

Santana singled in the sixth for his third consecutive multi-hit game. He then scored from second base on a wild pitch by Tyler Olson that hit the brick backstop and ricocheted toward the Rangers dugout on the first base side.

STADIUM STORMED
The stadium sustained minor damage during heavy storms Sunday. The National Weather Service confirmed an F1 tornado with winds of 95 mph touched down briefly nearby. It was unclear if the tornado was responsible for the damage that included wind screens ripped away and some roof damage above some upper left-field seats that were unoccupied Monday night. The team said there was no damage at its new ballpark being built across the street.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Indians: To clear a roster spot for Clevinger, LHP Josh Smith was optioned to Triple-A Columbus and RHP Corey Kluber was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list. Kluber has been cleared for strengthening activities, but it is still uncertain when he will resume throwing.

Rangers: OF Joey Gallo (left oblique strain), out since June 2, is set to go to the team's spring training complex in Arizona on Tuesday to continue his rehab. He was scheduled to be there Monday, but worked out in Texas after his flight got canceled. ... OF Hunter Pence (right groin strain) was put on the 10-day injured list, and Calhoun was activated from the IL. RF Nomar Mazara (right hamstring tightness) missed his second game in a row.

UP NEXT
Indians: Rookie right-hander Zach Plesac (1-2, 2.92 ERA) in his last start, Wednesday against Cincinnati, became the first Indians pitcher ever to allow homers to the first two batters of a home game.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (5-3) was without a big league victory before going 5-0 with a 3.19 ERA his last six games (three starts).

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<![CDATA[Banged-Up Rangers OF: Pence Joins Gallo on IL, Mazara Out]]>511437651Mon, 17 Jun 2019 21:15:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hunter-Pence-injury-Getty-061719.jpg

The Texas Rangers are juggling their banged-up outfielders, with Hunter Pence the latest to go on the injured list.

Pence was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, a day after he sustained a right groin strain in a loss at Cincinnati.

While Pence joined slugging outfielder Joey Gallo on the injured list, the Rangers activated outfielder Willie Calhoun from the list. Calhoun played in the series opener against Cleveland for his first action since a left quad strain May 21.

Gallo has been out since June 2 with a left oblique strain. The Rangers home run leader, with 17, worked out in Texas after a scheduled flight to Arizona was cancelled. He is scheduled to the team's spring training complex in Arizona on Tuesday to continue his rehab.

Pence got hurt Sunday when playing right field in place of Nomar Mazara, who was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Monday because of right hamstring tightness.

The 36-year-old Pence has had quite a comeback season in his debut with his hometown Rangers, hitting .294 in 55 games. He has 15 homers and a team-leading 48 RBIs, including a two-run homer Sunday before getting hurt.

Both Pence and Mazara had MRIs on Monday.

Manager Chris Woodward said Mazara has a mild strain that he could play through, but the team wanted to give him another day to get treatment. Mazara is expected to be the designated hitter on Tuesday, though Woodward said there was also the possibility he could go back into the outfield.

Calhoun, who hit safely in five of his six games for Texas before getting hurt, played left field for the series opener against the Indians. Utility player Danny Santana made his 14th outfield start, only his second in right field.

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<![CDATA[Are the Rangers Buyers or Sellers? RJ Choppy Says It's Fuzzy]]>511384681Sun, 16 Jun 2019 22:25:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pat+Doney+and+RJ+Choppy+061619.jpg

The Texas Rangers are 38-33 and in a tie for the second American League wild card spot. R.J. Choppy from Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan and NBC 5's Pat Doney discuss how the Rangers should approach their roster until the trade deadline.

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<![CDATA[Winker Paces Reds With 5 RBIs in Rout Over Rangers]]>511381332Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:42:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jesse-Winker-Reds-Getty-061619.jpg

With his dad set to leave town Sunday evening, Jesse Winker had limited time to provide an extra-special Father's Day.

No worries -- Joe Winker went to the airport with plenty to be proud of.

Winker homered and set career highs with four hits and five RBIs, Yasiel Puig added a two-run shot, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Texas Rangers 11-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

"It was really cool to have a good day on Father's Day," Winker said. "It was a cool weekend with my dad. We got to play some cards and smoke some cigars. It was funny. He had to be at the airport by five. He tried to stay for as many at-bats as he could."

The Reds broke open a one-run game with a four-run fourth. Winker followed pitcher Sonny Gray's leadoff triple with a homer, his 11th of the season and first in 21 games. Puig drove in Joey Votto with a shot off the batter's eye for his 13th homer on the first pitch he saw from reliever Pete Fairbanks.

"It was a big day for Wink," manager David Bell said. "The two-run home run was the big hit of the game."

Puig had three hits for the second time in three games.

Gray worked around Shin-Soo Choo's solo home run and Hunter Pence's two-run shot to finish five innings in a game that was delayed at the start by 1 hour, 34 minutes. Gray (3-5) gave up five hits and three runs with one walk and eight strikeouts. He improved to 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA over his last four starts.

Ariel Jurado, who won each of his previous three starts, lasted three batters into the fourth inning. Jurado (4-3) allowed nine hits, the most of any of his six starts this season, and seven runs with one walk and no strikeouts. He also hit a batter.

"Jurado left a lot of balls over the plate," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "They were all over his changeup."

The Rangers went 4-3 on their road trip through Boston and Cincinnati.

Neither Puig in right field or Winker in center moved more than a step on Choo's first-inning rocket into the right-center field seats, Choo's 12th of the season.

Winker followed Jose Peraza's sacrifice fly, Peraza's first of the season, with a two-run double for a 3-1 Reds lead in the second. It was Winker's first RBIs since May 28.

"He's been hitting the ball hard," Bell said. "The results haven't been there."

Pence tied it with his drive into the visitors' bullpen in left-center field in the third on a 3-0 fastball, Pence's 17th career homer against Cincinnati, tied for the second most against any opponent.

Winker added an RBI single in Cincinnati's three-run fifth.

FATHER'S DAY I
The Reds placed SS Jose Iglesias on the three-day paternity list and activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day injured list. Stephenson had been out since May 31 with a cervical strain.

FATHER'S DAY II
Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields and his father, Reds first base coach Delino DeShields, presented their team's lineup cards to the umpires at the plate before the game. Father and son exchanged a handshake and hug.

SAVE THE BALL
Gray's triple was the first extra-base hit of his six-year career, the first five of which were spent in the American League. It was the first triple by a Cincinnati pitcher since 2015.

RARE APPEARANCE
Mike Minor pinch-hit in the fifth, the third time a Rangers pitcher has pinch-hit in an interleague game and first since 2014.

WAIT IT OUT
The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 34 minutes, by rain and ended in another downpour.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara did not start and was set to have an MRI on Monday after leaving Saturday's game with a tight right hamstring. ... RF Hunter Pence left the game with tightness in his right groin after chasing Peraza's ground-rule double down the right field line in the fifth.

Reds: OF Nick Senzel was not in Sunday's starting lineup, but he was available, manager David Bell said. Senzel needed three stitches to close a cut above his left eye, the result of a foul tip that bounced off his left foot and hit the bill of his batting helmet and his eye Saturday. ... IF Scooter Gennett will begin a rehab stint Monday with four or five days at Class A Daytona. He has been out all season with a right groin strain.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.40) is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two career starts against Cleveland going into Monday's opener of a four-game series and seven-game Texas home stand.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (6-1, 2.20) is scheduled to make his first career appearance against Houston in Monday's opener of a three-game series in Cincinnati.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Matt Bush Hoping to Return to the Majors]]>511387291Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:03:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Matt+Bush+061619.jpg

Matt Bush, who pitched three seasons out of the Texas Rangers' bullpen, is playing this season at Double-A Frisco. He's fine-tuning his game and hoping for a chance to return to the big leagues.

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<![CDATA[Minor Gets 1st June Win, Rangers Beat Reds 4-3]]>511361751Sat, 15 Jun 2019 22:03:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Jeff Mathis had a pair of hits and drove in a run, Mike Minor pitched into the seventh inning for his first win in nearly a month, and the Texas Rangers won their second straight over the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3 on Saturday night.

The Rangers took advantage of three Reds errors and finally got some runs for Minor (6-4), who was 0-1 in his last four starts despite allowing a total of six runs. Texas had scored a total of five runs while he was on the mound in those games.

The lefty gave up Yasiel Puig's two-run homer and Curt Casali's solo shot in 6 1/3 innings for his first win since May 20. Shawn Kelley pitched the ninth in a heavy rain for his eighth save in 12 chances.

Mathis emerged from a 1-for-13 slump with a double and a run-scoring single . Danny Santana also had a pair of hits and scored a run, and Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI single off Tanner Roark (4-6), who has lost all of his three starts in June.

The Reds also lost rookie center fielder Nick Senzel, who fouled a pitch off his left eye in the fifth inning. The ball deflected off his left foot, came up and hit the bill of his helmet and his eye. A trainer held a towel to the left side of his face and helped him walk off the field.

Senzel was the second overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft, but his ascent has been slowed by a series of injuries. He set a club record with three homers in his first four games after making his debut on May 3.

Roark needed 27 pitches to get through a two-run first inning, which was extended by Joey Votto's throwing error.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Outfielder Joey Gallo could be activated by the end of next week. He has been on the injured list since June 2 with a strained left oblique. Gallo is working out with the Rangers and is expected to do a brief rehab assignment. ... Right fielder Nomar Mazara left after the seventh inning with a tight right hamstring.

Reds: Left-handed reliever Wandy Peralta went on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hip, suffered Friday night during a 7-1 loss to the Rangers. Outfielder Phillip Ervin was recalled from Triple-A Louisville for his fourth stint this season with Cincinnati.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Ariel Jurado (4-2) has won his last three starts, matching his career high, and made four straight quality starts. He has never faced the Reds.

Reds: Sonny Gray (2-5) is 8-3 career against the Rangers with a 2.72 ERA and two complete games in 13 starts.

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<![CDATA[Odor Hits Grand Slam, Rangers' Bullpen Beats Reds 7-1]]>511333542Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:35:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Rougned Odor hit his fourth career grand slam, Delino DeShields singled and drove in a run during a reunion with his dad, and the Texas Rangers went with their bullpen from start to finish -- even got an interleague hit from a pitcher, too -- while beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Friday night.

Odor's homer off Wandy Peralta highlighted a game full of Rangers moments that included Elvis Andrus' second theft of home on the back end of a double steal.

DeShields was participating in a game with his father -- Reds first base coach Delino -- for the first time in the majors. He singled off Tyler Mahle (2-7) to start a two-run rally in the first inning, scored a run and added a sacrifice fly.

The Rangers went with a bullpen day, using reliever Jesse Chavez as a starter for the fourth time this season. He allowed one hit in a season-high three scoreless innings and contributed his second career hit . Brett Martin (1-0) got his first major league win as four Rangers relievers combined on a five-hitter. Drew Smyly pitched the last three for his first save.

Andrus' dirt-raising theft of home in the first inning came on the back end of a double steal with Asdrubal Cabrera. When catcher Curt Casali threw to second, Andrus dashed and slid head-first, his left hand catching the back of the plate as he beat shortstop Jose Iglesias' throw.

Umpire Jerry Meals called him out, but Andrus was ruled safe after a replay review. It was his sixth career steal of home and the Rangers' second in six games. Odor had a straight steal of home last Sunday against Oakland.

Joey Votto was back in the Reds' lineup after coming through a pregame workout without problem. Votto left a game Wednesday with a stiff back. He singled, grounded out and struck out twice.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Outfielder Joey Gallo could begin a rehab assignment next week. He has been on the injury list since June 2 with a strained left oblique.

Reds: Infielder Alex Blandino was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Louisville. He's recovering from a torn ACL last July. ... Left-hander Alex Wood is scheduled to throw to hitters on Tuesday. He has been sidelined since spring training by a back injury.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Left-hander Mike Minor (5-4) is 0-1 in his last four starts despite allowing only six earned runs. The Rangers have scored five runs behind him in those four games.

Reds: Tanner Roark (4-5) has lost both of his June starts, giving up eight runs in 11 innings.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Acquire RHP Jake Petricka From Milwaukee]]>511311111Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:24:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1142706013.jpg

The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Petricka from the Milwaukee Brewers Friday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Petricka does not go on the club’s 40-man roster, and he has been assigned from the Brewers’ Triple-A San Antonio affiliate to the Rangers’ Nashville affiliate.

The 31-year-old reliever has posted no record and a 3.38 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) over six relief appearances with the Brewers during a pair of Major League stints this season (April 7-15 and April 22-26). 

Petricka was designated for assignment by Milwaukee on April 27 and assigned outright to San Antonio on May 1. He has spent the balance of the season in the Pacific Coast League, going 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) and 0.947 WHIP figure, averaging 10.4 strikeouts per 9 innings and just 1.9 walks per 9 innings.

Petricka has seen MLB action in each of the last seven seasons, and he owns a career 10-12 record with a 3.96 ERA over 228 relief appearances for Chicago-AL (2013-17), Toronto (2018), and Milwaukee (2019). He made 41 appearances with the Blue Jays last season.



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<![CDATA[Bogaerts HR Caps Comeback as Red Sox Rally Past Rangers]]>511280711Fri, 14 Jun 2019 04:51:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Xander-Bogaerts-Getty-061319.jpg

After trailing early by five runs, the Boston Red Sox slugged their way to a comeback victory.

Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer in the seventh inning, Boston's fifth long ball of the game, and the Red Sox rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Thursday night.

"We found a way to win today instead of finding a way to lose," manager Alex Cora said.

Five players homered for Boston, which outlasted Texas to earn a split of the four-game series. The finale took 4 hours, 6 minutes.

All seven runs for Boston came on homers. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run shot in the second and the Red Sox also got solo homers from J.D. Martinez, Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers.

Bogaerts was the last to go deep for Boston, driving a pitch from Peter Fairbanks (0-1) out to left and completing a wild comeback for the Red Sox, who lost the first two games of the series.

Brandon Workman (4-1) got the win with a scoreless seventh despite walking two as Red Sox pitchers struggled with their command throughout the long night.

Josh Smith, the eighth pitcher for Boston, hit the first batter he faced in the ninth but managed to keep the Rangers off the board and picked up his first save.

Elvis Andrus drove in three runs on three singles for the Rangers. Logan Forsythe hit a two-run double and Hunter Pence had an RBI double for Texas, which stranded 14 runners.

It was the second straight night the Rangers lost by a single run.

"We had a chance, honestly, to win all four games. We had a chance to sweep them," manager Chris Woodward said. "You've got a 6-1 lead against this team, you've got to beat them."

Texas tagged lefty David Price for five hits and six quick runs. Price threw 49 pitches in just 1 1/3 innings before he was pulled.

"Obviously, we wanted David to go deep and pitch well but we never felt that we were out of the game," Cora said. "Honestly, today it was a different vibe in the dugout. It was good."

The Red Sox were able to slug their way back into it against Adrian Sampson, who won his previous five starts. Chavis homered in the fourth and Devers went deep in the fifth to tie it.

Martinez also hit a solo shot in the first off Sampson, who allowed four homers in five innings. He gave up six runs and seven hits.

Price struggled from the start, needing 38 pitches to get out of the first with the Rangers leading 4-0. He hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch and walked Delino DeShields before Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single. Pence doubled off the top of the wall in right for a 2-0 lead, and Forsythe hit a two-run double.

Price struck out Jeff Mathis to start the second, but didn't get another out. He plunked Choo again, DeShields doubled and Andrus drove in both with a single.

The Rangers didn't score again.

"That's baseball," Pence said. "You've got to play all nine and you've got to keep finding ways to get runs in. It just didn't happen tonight."

MUCH APPRECIATED

Price cheered on his teammates from the dugout as the Red Sox chipped away at the lead.

"The bullpen came in and did an unbelievable job," Price said. "Our offense bailed me out and helped us win that game. That's the type of game we can rally around and keep going."

OFF THE WALL

Pence hit a drive in the first that bounced high off the top of the short wall in right field and came back into play for a double. Crew chief Angel Hernandez called for a review to see whether Pence had actually homered. The call stood after the review, and Pence stayed at second with his fifth RBI of the series. He finished the game 3 for 4.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Choo also was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning Wednesday and scored the tying run before Boston rallied to win 4-3 in the ninth.

Red Sox: 1B-DH Steve Pearce (lower back strain) will start a rehab assignment Friday with Class A Lowell. ... LHP Brian Johnson, on the injured list since April 6 with left elbow inflammation, will get a start this weekend in Baltimore, likely on Sunday but possibly Saturday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Jesse Chavez (2-2) will start Friday night when Texas opens a three-game set at Cincinnati.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4, 5.00 ERA) faces Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (6-2, 4.73) on Friday night at Camden Yards. Rodriguez is the only Boston starting pitcher with six wins this season.

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<![CDATA[Betts' Bases-Loaded Walk Gives Red Sox 4-3 Win Over Rangers]]>511216411Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:53:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mookie-Betts-Getty-061219.jpg

Mookie Betts drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Andrew Benintendi hit a triple and two doubles, driving in two runs for the Red Sox as they ended a three-game skid and avoided falling below .500 for the first time in more than a month.

Boston rallied against reliever Jesse Chavez (2-1) in the ninth after allowing the Rangers to tie it in the eighth on an unearned run.

Christian Vazquez, whose throwing error in the eighth put the tying run on third, led off the ninth with a ground-rule double to center. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single and the Rangers walked Michael Chavis to load the bases for Betts, who fouled off the first pitch he saw from Chavez. The next four pitches were balls, and pinch-hitter Marco Hernandez trotted home.

The start of the game was moved up three hours to 4:05 p.m. to avoid overlapping with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Chants of "We want the Cup!" rang out from the stands throughout the game.

Matt Barnes (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth. Starter Rick Porcello was in position for the win until Texas tied it in the eighth.

Brandon Workman hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch and went to third when Vazquez fielded a bunt by Delino DeShields and threw wildly. Elvis Andrus tied it with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Rangers had three consecutive hits with two outs in the first, taking a 2-0 lead on Hunter Pence's double to center, then went without a baserunner until the sixth. Porcello retired 13 straight batters before Andrus' two-out double in the sixth.

Porcello allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Benintendi, ejected Tuesday night for shouting at umpire Angel Hernandez about a called strike, doubled and scored in the first. He hit an RBI triple in the third, tying it at 2-2, and drove in a run with a double in the fifth.

Starter Lance Lynn worked six innings for the Rangers, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out eight.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly will miss his scheduled start on Friday when Texas visits Cincinnati. Manager Chris Woodward said he wanted to take some pressure off Smyly, who has struggled in his last two starts and will be available in the bullpen. ... LF Willie Calhoun (quadriceps strain) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. ... 1B Ronald Guzman needed few minutes after a sharp grounder caught him on the wrist in the second inning.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (back) will start a rehab assignment Thursday or Friday, manager Alex Cora said. Velazquez has been on the injured list since May 30 ... LHP Brian Johnson (left elbow inflammation) will travel with the club this weekend for a three-game series at Baltimore. Johnson, on the injured list since April 6, could pitch some relief or possibly start Sunday, Cora said.

UP NEXT
RHP Adrian Sampson (5-3, 3.72 ERA) starts the series finale for the Rangers on Thursday against Boston LHP David Price (4-2. 2.70).



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<![CDATA[Pence Hits Inside-the-Park HR, Rangers Beat Red Sox]]>511165461Tue, 11 Jun 2019 22:36:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hunter-Pence-Getty-061119.jpg

Hunter Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5 Tuesday night after both managers were ejected.

Ariel Jurado (4-2) struck out six while pitching six innings of three-run ball, and Pence, Asdrubal Cabrera and Ronald Guzman each had two RBIs for the Rangers. Texas has won four of five, including Monday night's extra-innings victory at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts homered for Boston, which has lost three straight and five of six.

The Red Sox dropped to 34-34 on a night filled with frustrations. Andrew Benintendi was ejected in the fifth, and manager Alex Cora was also tossed defending his outfielder.

Darwinzon Hernandez (0-1) made his first major league start and struck out seven, but he struggled with his control and allowed four runs -- three earned -- on three hits and five walks. He faced two batters in the fourth, when Texas pulled ahead 4-3.

The Rangers added two more runs in the fifth on a double by Guzman, and the Red Sox began to unravel in the bottom half of the inning.

With Benintendi banished to the clubhouse, Pence took advantage of a realigned outfield for his 14th homer.

Brock Holt moved from left field to right in the sixth and couldn't track down Pence's fly at the short right field wall. Holt fell onto the top of the wall and remained draped there while the ball rolled slowly toward right-center. Betts, who moved from right to center, couldn't get to the ball before Pence finished his dash around the bases. The two-run homer put Texas up 9-3.

Cabrera followed Pence with a line drive to left and tried to stretch it to a double, sliding in and initially being called safe before second base umpire Jordan Baker quickly reversed his own call. That brought Texas manager Chris Woodward storming out of the dugout. He went straight for plate umpire Angel Hernandez and shouted in his face until he got tossed -- the first ejection of his managing career.

BEEF NIGHT
Although he was ejected by first base umpire Vic Carapazza, Benintendi appeared to be upset with Hernandez. He turned and shouted toward home plate after grounding out, prompting the ejection.

Cora came out to argue and got into it with Carapazza and Hernandez near first base before being given his third career ejection. While Cora yelled at both umpires, Benintendi continued to bark from the top step of the dugout.

GET WELL, PAPI!
Fans cheered between the second and third innings when the Red Sox showed a video from 13 years before, when David Ortiz hit a three-run walk-off homer on June 11, 2006 for the Red Sox in a 5-4 win over Texas.

Ortiz was a few miles away at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is recovering in intensive care after being flown to Boston for a second surgery following a shooting in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: OF Joey Gallo (strained oblique) hit from a tee Tuesday. Gallo has been on the injured list since June 2.

Red Sox: Placed RHP Ryan Brasier on the bereavement/family medical emergency list. Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Portland. ... 1B/DH Steve Pearce (lower back strain) did some running Tuesday and will take swings Wednesday.

UP NEXT
Rangers RHP Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.39 ERA) faces RHP Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.86) in the third game of the series, which was moved up to a 4 p.m. start because of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Blues and the Bruins.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Rally to Beat Red Sox in 11 Innings]]>511107802Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:04:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Danny-Santana-Getty-061019.jpg

Danny Santana doubled to lead off the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game and scored on Elvis Andrus' single to give the Texas Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Monday, a night the city of Boston's concerns were focused on ex-slugger David Ortiz.

Near the end of the game, Ortiz landed in his adopted city in an air ambulance from the Dominican Republic, where he was shot in a nightclub on Sunday night. Fans observed a moment of reflection before the game and chanted his nickname -- "Papi!" -- during it.

But the Red Sox weren't able to manage a walk-off hit like those that were the hallmark of Ortiz's career.

Instead, it was the Rangers who rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Boston rallied to tie it in the bottom half, but Texas went ahead again in the 11th -- and this time, it stuck.

Santana led off the 11th with a line drive down the line, a ball right fielder Mookie Betts had to dive for to stop it from bounding all the way to the corner for a potential inside-the-park homer. Andrus hit one up the middle past Ryan Brasier (2-3) to make it 4-3.

Jesse Chavez (2-1) pitched the 10th, and Chris Martin pitched the 11th for his second save. The Rangers beat the Red Sox for just the third time in 15 games and snapped a six-game losing streak against Boston.

FOR STARTERS
Texas' Mike Minor allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out six in eight innings. He walked Betts to lead off the bottom of the first, and Andrew Benintendi followed with a home run to left-center, his seventh of the season.

Minor only allowed four more baserunners.

Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out 10 and walking one before leaving with a 2-1 lead.

FOR RELIEVERS
Brandon Workman pitched a perfect eighth for Boston, but Matt Barnes gave up a one-out single to Santana followed by a double by Andrus. With the infield in, Nomar Mazara fisted the ball over the head of shortstop Xander Bogaerts for a single to give Texas a 3-2 lead -- its first of the game.

It was Barnes' fourth blown save in eight opportunities.

Shawn Kelley allowed two singles to start the ninth before getting Rafael Devers to hit a high chopper for a 4-3-6-3 double play. Brock Holt hit a blooper to left-center to score pinch-runner Michael Chavis and make it 3-3.

But Holt was easily thrown out at the plate when he tried to score from first on a high flyball by Marco Hernandez that dropped in down the right field line for a double, sending the game into extra innings.

FALSE STARTS
The Red Sox loaded the bases in the 10th, but Bogaerts lofted an easy fly to center to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun transferred to extended spring training in Arizona. He has been on the IL since May 22 with a left quad strain.

Red Sox: DH J.D. Martinez returned after missing four games with tightness in his back.

UP NEXT
The Rangers will send righty Ariel Jurado (3-2) to the mound in the second game of the series. Boston's pitcher has not been announced.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Move Up Game Against Rangers to Avoid NHL Conflict]]>511102822Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:27:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fenway+park+generic+front.JPG

The Boston Red Sox will move up the start of Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers by more than three hours to 4:05 p.m. EST to minimize the conflict with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The team said it was a courtesy for fans who also wanted to watch the Bruins, who will play the St. Louis Blues in the deciding game of the NHL championship series at 8:10 p.m. EST.

The Texas-Boston game was supposed to begin at 7:10 p.m. EST. The Red Sox also moved up their May 29 game by an hour to minimize the conflict with Game 2 of the Cup final.

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<![CDATA[Former Rangers Manager Frank Lucchesi Dies at 92]]>511059011Sun, 09 Jun 2019 23:45:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Obit1.jpg

Frank Lucchesi, who replaced the fired Billy Martin as manager of the Texas Rangers in 1975 and was punched by a player upset over a demotion two years later, has died. He was 92.

The Rangers said Lucchesi died Saturday. The San Francisco native lived in the Dallas area.

Lucchesi managed in the minor leagues for 17 years before taking over in Philadelphia in 1970. He managed the Phillies for two full seasons and part of a third in 1972. He was a coach for the Rangers when he replaced Martin and managed Texas all of 1976.

During spring training in 1977, second baseman Lenny Randle was upset over being benched and punched Lucchesi, sending him to the hospital. Lucchesi was fired during the season with the Rangers at 31-31.

Lucchesi's final stint as a manager was in an interim role with the Chicago Cubs to finish the 1987 season. He had a 316-399 record, managing three full seasons and parts of four others.

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<![CDATA[Davis Homers for 1st Time in Month, A's Beat Rangers]]>511052891Sun, 09 Jun 2019 19:59:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Khris Davis homered for the first time in nearly a month as the Oakland Athletics built an eight-run lead, then hung on to beat the Texas Rangers 9-8 on Sunday for a four-game split.

Davis hit a two-run homer off Drew Smyly (1-5) in the third inning, his 13th home run this season but first since May 13. Davis sustained a left hip and oblique injury on May 5, tried to played through it and was out from May 22-31. Davis has 17 homers in 32 games at Globe Life Park, and he added an RBI single in the ninth against Jose Leclerc, giving him 34 RBIs this season.

Frankie Montas (8-2) improved to 4-0 in his last seven starts, allowing three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, getting his final six outs on Ks.

Matt Olson homered in the second off Smyly, who gave up five runs and six hits in three innings. Smyly has an 8.40 ERA and failed to finish four innings for the fifth time in nine starts.

Texas trailed 8-3 in the eighth when Asdrubal Cabrera and Rougned Odor hit consecutive RBI doubles, and Odor stole home off left-hander Ryan Buchter, who was slow to step off the rubber and thrown home.

Cabrera hit an RBI single in the ninth against Blake Treinen, and Texas closed to 9-8 within on a run-scoring passed ball by Josh Phegley. Odor walked and with runners on first and second, Treinen retired Ronald Guzman on a game-ending flyout for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Stephen Piscotty hit a line drive off Smyly's left knee in the second inning. Smyly was examined by head trainer Matt Lucero, and Olson then hit the next pitch into the upper deck in right field. Chad Pinder and Ramon Laureano followed with back-to-back singles, and Phegley's sacrifice fly put the A's ahead 3-0.

Hunter Pence robbed Mark Canha of an extra-base hit in the first inning. Pence ran to the wall in left, leaped and made the catch at the out-of-town scoreboard with his left hand while clutching the scoreboard's protective rubber netting with his right hand.

Peter Fairbanks became the eighth Rangers pitcher to make his major league debut this season. The 25-year-old right-hander entered in the fifth, struck out the side, then pitched a hitless sixth.

SHORT HOPS
Ramon Laureano extended his on-base streak to 28 games, the longest current one in the major leagues, with a second-inning single. . The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 5 minutes. . The Rangers observed a moment of silence before the game for former manager Frank Lucchesi, who died Saturday at age 92.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: LHP Matt Bush (elbow), who began an injury rehab with Double-A Frisco on Saturday, could return to the major league roster this month.

UP NEXT
A's: RHP Tanner Anderson will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday to open a three-game series at Tampa Bay.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (5-4, 2.74), fifth in the American League in ERA, will begin a four-game series at Boston.

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<![CDATA[Rookie CG for Rangers Wraps Up Doubleheader Sweep Over A's]]>511034512Sat, 08 Jun 2019 23:44:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Sampson-Getty-060819.jpg

Adrian Sampson threw a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Texas Rangers wrapped up a doubleheader sweep over the Oakland Athletics with a 3-1 win Saturday night.

Sampson (5-3) struck out seven and walked one over 109 pitches to win his fifth game in a row, accounting for all of his big league wins over 20 career appearances. The rookie's first three wins came with the Rangers using an opener before he entered, and he has now won back-to-back starts.

Danny Santana got the first hit for Texas in the nightcap with a one-out single in the fifth and scored before adding an RBI triple an inning later.

After a 10-5 win in the opener of the rare day-night doubleheader in Texas, with the retirement of the No. 29 jersey of former third baseman Adrian Beltre in between games, the Rangers were without a hit off right-hander Chris Bassitt (3-2) in the nightcap until Santana.

That was the first of three consecutive singles by the bottom third of the Rangers lineup. A single by No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis sent Santana home to tie it at 1. Shin-Soo Choo was then hit by a pitch -- plunked for a club-record 58th time -- before a sacrifice fly by Delino DeShields put the Rangers ahead to stay.

Mark Canha's 10th homer, in the fourth, accounted for the only Oakland run off Sampson.

In the first game, the makeup of an April 13 rainout, Tim Federowicz had an immediate impact in his debut for Texas -- both at the plate and behind it.

The newly acquired catcher homered in his first big league game this season and got two pitchers through their big league debuts.

"That's always what we strive to do when we come up here. It was a good game," said Federowicz, who appeared in his 135th big league game, now with his sixth team since 2011.

Left-hander Joe Palumbo went four innings in his MLB debut after the 24-year-old right-hander drafted six years ago was recalled from Double-A Frisco. He was sent back to the minors between games.

Phillips Valdez finished off the opener with two scoreless innings after being added as the Rangers' 26th player for the doubleheader. The 27-year-old pitcher's first big league game came after 214 minor league appearances over 10 seasons.

Jeffrey Springs (4-1) allowed one run over three innings after Palumbo gave up four runs with four strikeouts and no walks.

Federowicz was with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate when he was acquired in a trade Friday and added to the Rangers roster after Isiah Kiner-Falefa was put on the 10-day injured list.

Nomar Mazara also went deep in the opener for Texas, a two-run shot in the third inning after putting the Rangers ahead to stay with his sacrifice fly in the first.

Texas had a three-run first off Paul Blackburn (0-1), who was called up as Oakland's 26th player for the doubleheader after being at Triple-A Las Vegas all season. The right-hander gave up five runs in three innings.

Matt Olson and Josh Phegley homered for the A's. Phegley also had a two-run double, on the first pitch he faced in the fourth when taking over with a 2-2 count after catcher Nick Hundley left the game because of back spasms that put him on the injured list.

SHORT HOPS
It was the first doubleheader in Arlington since Sept. 30, 2012, a split doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels. ... Rangers SS Elvis Andrus in the opener had his first three-hit game since May 8 at Pittsburgh. ... Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run single. He has 35 RBIs this season for the Rangers, 29 of them in home games. ... Phegley became the first A's reserve with two extra-base hits in five years.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Athletics: C Beau Taylor headed from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the A's with Hundley going to the IL. "He's having a tough time right now," Melvin said of Hundley. "His first at-bat he felt some spasms on his swing and then obviously in that next at-bat I took him out of the game."

Rangers: Choo had a hard time swinging Friday, when he missed his second game in a row since being hit on his left hand by a pitch Wednesday. He felt better Saturday, and convinced manager Chris Woodward to let him play. Choo played both games, and was hit on the hip in the nightcap.

UP NEXT
The Rangers and A's will play their fourth game in a 48-hour span with the afternoon series finale Sunday. Right-hander Frankie Montas (7-2) starts for Oakland, while Drew Smyly (1-4) is set to go for the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Hanging Up No. 29: Rangers Retire Adrian Beltre's Jersey]]>511031642Sun, 09 Jun 2019 00:03:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-Getty-060819.jpg

Adrian Beltre got one more tap on the top of the head from Elvis Andrus, and a visit by the person who brought the four-time All-Star third baseman up to the major leagues as a teenager.

The Rangers retired Beltre's No. 29 jersey on Saturday night after he spent the last eight of his 21 major league seasons in Texas.

Among the special guests on the field was Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, who was the interim general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers when Beltre was first called up by them in 1998 for his big league debut at age 19 -- and never went back down.

Lasorda was still their manager when he first went to the Dominican Republic to see Beltre, who was only 15 when he first signed with the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in July 1994. Lasorda said he talked to Beltre many times over the years and told him he had "all of the ability in the world, just don't mess it up."

Beltre went on to collect 3,166 career hits, the most ever by a foreign-born player, and 477 homers. He was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. The five-time Gold Glove winner played 2,759 games at third base -- only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more.

After Beltre had slipped on a gift from his former teammates that had been presented by Andrus -- a plush long blue robe with Beltre's name and number on the back -- the Rangers shortstop made another playful tap on the head before running away. Beltre doesn't like being touched there, and Andrus was usually the prime instigator after Beltre homered or had other big hits for Texas.

Beltre's jersey is the fourth retired by the Rangers, plus the No. 42 retired by MLB in 1997 to honor Jackie Robinson.

Two years ago, just a couple of weeks after Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Texas retired the No. 7 worn by the perennial All-Star catcher. The other numbers retired by the Rangers are the No. 26 of the late Johnny Oates, the manager who led them to their first three AL West titles over a four-year span in the late 1990s, and the No. 34 of Nolan Ryan.

Among several video messages played during the ceremony were from Hall of Fame third basemen George Brett, Mike Schmidt and Chipper Jones. All of them told Beltre they would see him in Cooperstown when he becomes eligible for election in 2024.

"You had more fun than anybody I saw play the game of baseball," Brett said.

"Five years from now you will be first ballot ... can't wait to sit behind you when you're making your speech," Schmidt said.

Beltre played for the Dodgers until 2004, and then played for the Seattle Mariners (2005-09) and Boston Red Sox (2010) before joined the Rangers on a $96 million, six-year free-agent deal in 2011. He appeared in his only World Series in his first season with Texas.

The ceremony was held between games of a day-night doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics.

"The way he played the game and how he enjoyed it, that's probably what I remembered most, other than thorns he's stuck in my side during games," said A's manager Bob Melvin, who watched the ceremony from the visitor's dugout. "He's just such a great personality for the game. We'll all miss him."

The umpires working the A's series include crew chief Gerry Davis, who two years ago ejected Beltre from a home game the same week the Rangers third baseman was closing in on his 3,000th career hit. When Davis motioned for him to get closer to the on-deck circle, Beltre instead dragged the large plastic mat marking the circle closer to him and got tossed.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Double Up A's in 1st Game of Split Doubleheader]]>511023902Sat, 08 Jun 2019 16:52:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shin-Soo-Choo-Getty-060819.jpg

Tim Federowicz homered in his first big league game this season, Nomar Mazara also went deep and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-5 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

Jeffrey Springs (4-1) worked three innings in relief of starter Joe Palumbo, the lefty who went four innings in his big league debut after being recalled from Double-A Frisco.

Texas went ahead to stay with a three-run first off Paul Blackburn (0-1), who was called up as Oakland's 26th player for the doubleheader after being in Triple-A Las Vegas all season. The right-hander gave up five runs in three innings.

Matt Olson and Josh Phegley homered for the A's. Phegley also had a two-run double, on the first pitch he faced in the fourth when taking over with a 2-2 count after catcher Nick Hundley left the game.

Mazara's two-run homer in the third, his ninth of the season, put Texas up 5-0. He also had a sacrifice fly in the first before Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run single.

Federowicz, the catcher who had been with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate, was acquired in a trade Friday and added to the Rangers roster after Isiah Kiner-Falefa was put on the 10-day injured list. His three-run homer in the fifth was his ninth career homer, in 135 games over seven seasons and now with his sixth team. He also had a double and walked.

Palumbo struck out four without a walk while allowing four runs and six hits.

Phillips Valdez, the third Rangers pitcher, also made his major league debut with two scoreless innings after being added as their 26th player. The 27-year-old right-hander appeared in 214 minor league games over 10 seasons.

LOT OF ACTION
The doubleheader was needed to make up for a game rained out on April 13. By the end of the series finale Sunday afternoon, the A's and Rangers will have played four games in a 48-hour span.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Athletics: Hundley left in the middle of an at-bat in the fourth because of back spasms. Phegley doubled on the next pitch, then stayed in the game as the catcher.

Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo had a hard time swinging Friday, when he missed his second game in a row since being hit on his left hand by a pitch Wednesday. He felt better Saturday when he was hitting before the game, and convinced manager Chris Woodward to let him play. Choo struck out three times, but also walked twice and scored both times.

UP NEXT
The second game of the doubleheader on Saturday night, when the Rangers retire the No. 29 jersey that was worn by third baseman Adrian Beltre in a pregame ceremony.

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<![CDATA[Semien's Second Homer Gives Athletics Win Over Rangers]]>511004322Fri, 07 Jun 2019 22:33:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Marcus Semien hit his second homer of the game in the ninth inning, a two-run, tiebreaking shot that lifted the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.

Semien drove a 3-2 pitch from Jose Leclerc (1-2) just beyond the right field wall after Jurickson Profar sliced a double inches fair down the left field line.

Semien also homered in the fifth inning. His two homers and four hits each matched career highs.

Yusmeiro Petit (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Blake Treinen earned his 13th save by getting Elvis Andrus to hit into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Lance Lynn limited the A's to two runs and six hits in six innings for his sixth straight quality start. Lynn struck out eight and walked one.

Brett Anderson cruised through five shutout innings on 58 pitches and three hits before Texas tagged him for three runs, the last being Hunter Pence's homer into the Oakland bullpen in left-center. Anderson left with the bases loaded in the seventh before Petit retired the inning's final two batters.

INFIELD ADVENTURE

Anderson bobbled a toss from 1B Matt Olson that allowed Pence to reach base, Nomar Mazara to advance to second and Logan Forsythe to third in the fourth inning. But Forsythe then broke for the plate, stopped a third of the way down the line and was tagged out in a rundown.

SHORT HOPS

Rangers RHP Jesse Chavez pitched a scoreless eighth inning to run his string of scoreless innings to 21 2/3, the longest active streak in the major leagues. ... Texas CF Delino DeShields went 3 for 4 with a walk and is 10 for 18 with three multihit games since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. ... Semien went into play leading major league shortstops with a .992 fielding percentage and committed his third error of the season.

PREGAME MOVES

With C Isiah Kiner-Falefa placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a right middle-finger sprain, the Rangers acquired C Tim Federowicz from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations and then selected his contract from Nashville. Federowicz had spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus.

TRAINER'S ROOM

A's: RHP Marco Estrada (back) will throw from 75 feet Saturday.

Rangers: DH-OF Shin-Soo Choo (left wrist) sat out a second straight game after being hit during Wednesday night's game. ... First base coach Hector Ortiz (illness) was replaced by Jayce Tingler.

UP NEXT

A's: RHP Paul Blackburn will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his first appearance this season in the opener of Saturday's day-night doubleheader that will make up an April 13 rainout. RHP Chris Barritt (3-1, 3.42) will start the second game.

Rangers: Texas will retire Adrian Beltre's No. 29 before the nightcap, which will be started by RHP Adrian Sampson (4-3, 4.14). For the opener, LHP Joe Palumbo, 24, will be called up from Double-A Frisco and make his major league debut.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Get C Federowicz From Indians, Kiner-Falefa to IL]]>511002002Fri, 07 Jun 2019 21:32:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Tim Federowicz from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Texas made the deal on Friday, when catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right middle finger.

Federowicz was with Triple-A Columbus before the trade, and assigned to Triple-A Nashville before the Rangers selected his contract from their top affiliate. He will be with Texas on Friday night for the opener of a four-game series against Oakland.

The Rangers made room on their 40-man roster by transferring left-handed pitcher Taylor Hearn (left elbow tightness) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day list.

Kiner-Falefa exited Thursday night's game against Baltimore after seven innings with the finger injury.

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<![CDATA[Davis' Error Helps Rangers to 4-3 Win Over Orioles]]>510948941Thu, 06 Jun 2019 22:26:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Delino DeShields' single led to a key error by Chris Davis during his first game in right field in almost three years, and the Texas Rangers beat the banged-up Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Thursday night.

Davis volunteered to play right a day after three Baltimore teammates exited a 12-inning loss to the Rangers because of injuries. Then the Orioles lost another player when left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. crashed into the wall just as he caught a fly ball by Rougned Odor not long after a 13-minute rain delay.

Smith tried to stay in the game, grounding out for the final out of the fifth after his inning-ending catch in the fourth. He tried to play defense in the bottom of the fifth, but was unable to continue before the inning started.

The injury to Smith forced Keon Broxton, the only healthy player on the Orioles bench, into the game as the center fielder while Stevie Wilkerson moved to left.

Wilkerson was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk earlier in the day after right fielder DJ Stewart went on the 10-day injured list. Stewart sprained his right ankle after getting tangled with Hanser Alberto as they pursued a foul pop in the sixth inning of the 2-1 loss.

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said catcher Pedro Severino and infielder Jonathan Villar, the other players forced from Wednesday's game with injuries, were available, and he used Villar as a pinch-runner in the ninth. Severino took a foul ball off his mask while Villar left with a sore thumb.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored the tiebreaking run from first when DeShields' rolling single to right skipped past Davis' glove in the fifth. DeShields ended up on third and scored what ended up being the decisive run on Danny Santana's sacrifice fly.

Ariel Jurado (3-2) gave up eight hits and three runs in six innings with six strikeouts. Jesse Chavez extended the longest active scoreless streak in the majors to 20 2/3 innings with a perfect seventh, and Chris Martin struck out the side in the eighth.

Shawn Kelley, a night after allowing a tying homer in the ninth inning, pitched around a walk for his seventh save as the Rangers improved to 6-0 in rubber games at home and matched their season best at four games over .500 (32-28).

David Hess (1-8) gave up his major league-leading 20th home run, a tying solo shot by Hunter Pence , his 12th, in the second inning. The right-hander set a career worst with his eighth consecutive loss, after losing seven straight as a rookie last year. Hess' career record dropped to 4-18 after he allowed eight hits and four runs -- three earned -- in six innings.

Trey Mancini had three hits, including his 13th homer on a solo shot in the first. Wilkerson had an RBI single in the fifth, and Davis added a run-scoring double in the sixth. Alberto had two hits, giving him eight in the three-game series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: DH-OF Shin-Soo Choo sat out a day after getting hit by a pitch on his left wrist, which set up the game-winning hit in the 12th inning. Texas manager Chris Woodward said he didn't want Choo to swing a bat Thursday and was considering sitting him again Friday. ... Kiner-Falefa left after seven innings because of a jammed right middle finger.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Gabriel Ynoa (0-2, 5.06 ERA) is set for his third straight start in the opener of a three-game series at Houston on Friday night. Ynoa's first nine appearances of the season were out of the bullpen. He has allowed 10 hits and six runs -- four earned -- in nine innings as a starter.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.50) is set for Friday night's opener of a four-game, three-day series against Oakland. Lynn allowed a season-high eight runs in his only career appearance against the A's, an 11-5 loss on April 23.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Beat Orioles in 12th]]>510904631Thu, 06 Jun 2019 05:20:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/delino+deshields.png

Delino DeShields has wasted no time making a better impression during his third stint with the Texas Rangers this season.

DeShields' single up the middle in the 12th inning, his fourth hit of the game, drove in pinch-runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa from second base to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

"It's nice for me to come up and be able to contribute like I did today, but I don't want to take any of the credit away from these guys," said DeShields, who matched a career high in hits.

DeShields singled off Paul Fry (0-3), who entered in the 11th. Kiner-Falefa ran for Asdrubal Cabrera, who led off the 12th with a single to left field. Kiner-Falefa advanced to second when Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch on the left wrist and scored on DeShields' hit.

DeShields scored Texas' other run on a double by Elvis Andrus in the first inning after reaching on an infield single.

Texas' primary center fielder for most of the past four seasons, DeShields was initially demoted to Triple-A Nashville on May 8 with a .182 batting average. He was recalled for the second time Sunday after Joey Gallo was placed on the injured list.

DeShields had two hits on Tuesday night in his first start since this latest recall. He had only three other two-hit games in the previous 43 this season in which he had a plate appearance.

"His swing is consistent," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "It looks so much better and more efficient."

Jeffrey Springs (3-1) pitched the top of the 12th to get the win.

The Rangers were two outs from a 1-0 win when rookie Richie Martin homered, the second of his career, to hand Shawn Kelley his third blown save of the season.

Texas starter Mike Minor escaped multiple jams in pitching 5 2/3 innings. Minor has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his seven home starts.

Orioles rookie John Means gave up one run on four hits and one walk and struck out five. Means retired 11 of his last 12 batters, allowing only a walk after the third inning. Means is winless in his last four starts despite a 3.27 ERA over that span.

"Early on I didn't really have my best stuff," Means said. "As the game went on, I had a better fastball."

O'S INJURIES

Catcher Pedro Severino, who hit a career-high three home runs in the Orioles' 12-11 win on Tuesday, left the game two batters into the bottom of the first inning with a head contusion after taking a foul ball off his mask. There was no evidence of concussion symptoms.

Third baseman Jonathan Villar left in the fifth with a sore right thumb.

DJ Stewart left in the sixth with a sprained right ankle. He tripped over a sliding Hanser Alberto while pursuing a foul pop down the right-field line and slid into the wall.

"I pride myself on being tough, but I think we made the smart decision," Stewart said.

DIRK OFF THE MARK

The ceremonial first pitch delivered by recently retired Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was high and outside, beyond the reach of "catcher" Andrus.

"He's got to catch that," Nowitzki said with a smile. "He made me look bad."

SHORT HOPS

X-rays on Choo's wrist were negative. . Rangers RHP Jesse Chavez retired all four batters whom he faced to run his scoreless streak to 19 2/3 innings. . The Orioles were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position with 11 left on. . Rangers RHP Jose Leclerc fanned two of the six batters whom he faced, giving him strikeouts in 18 straight appearances. . Means' brother, Indiana State 3B Jake Means, was drafted Wednesday by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (leg soreness) had his next start pushed back from Thursday at Texas to Saturday at Houston.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP David Hess (1-7, 7.36) hasn't won since throwing 6 1/3 no-hit innings against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 1. He leads the majors with 19 home runs allowed.

Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (2-2, 2.43), who made his major league debut in May 2018, comes off his first back-to-back quality starts.



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki Throws First Pitch, Enjoying Life After Retirement]]>510894021Wed, 05 Jun 2019 21:20:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+First+Pitch.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki has been living life to the fullest since retiring from the NBA nearly two months ago.

The Dallas Mavericks legend threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus before a home game against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday evening.

“The only really thing on your mind is ‘Don’t bounce it. Don’t bounce it.’ I tried to keep (the pitch) high. It went a little high and left but he’s still got to catch that. He made me look bad," joked Nowitzki.

The NBA's sixth all-time leading scorer told reporters he has gained about 20 pounds since retiring after a storied 21-season career.

“I’m just letting go and enjoying the family,” said Nowitzki. “We just got back from a trip last night. Took the kids to the beach and to Disney World. They had a blast. I’ve been staying busy with some foundation stuff but it’s been a blast. It’s been everything I’ve dreamed of, drinking and eating everything in sight on vacation without worrying really about anything, about staying in shape. I think, like I said, eventually I’m going to find a little routine. I’m going to start working out again and enjoy that but as of now, I literally have zero motivation to go work out.”

The crowd at Globe Life Park in Arlington gave Nowitzki a rousing ovation as he walked to the mound for his ceremonial pitch. He says the well-wishes he has received from fans since his retirement has been overwhelming.

“It means a lot,” said Nowitzki. “When you’re so busy and trying to keep winning games, you don’t really take a seat back and really soak that up or really grasp how many lives you have touched over two decades. It’s been amazing how many people came up to me, obviously, that I never met and thanking me for my service. It’s been a pleasure.”

Nowitzki says he is in no rush to embark on the next chapter of his professional life. For now, he is happy to kick back and spend time with his family.

“I’m sure there’s another challenge out there waiting for me, whether that’s with the Mavs or another field, I have no idea,” said Nowitzki. “But as of now, I don’t think that’s something I think about. I want to enjoy. I want to get away. I want to do some stuff I wasn’t able to do over the last 20 years.”

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<![CDATA[Severino Hits 3 HR as O's Beat Rangers]]>510847921Tue, 04 Jun 2019 23:20:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Pedro Severino hit a career-high three home runs and thwarted Texas' ninth-inning rally with a wild defensive play, lifting the Baltimore Orioles over the Rangers 12-11 Tuesday night.

Texas scored six runs in the ninth and had the tying run on base with one out when Mychal Givens replaced Richard Bleier on the mound. Givens struck out Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus, but strike three to Andrus was a wild pitch that went to the backstop. Severino scrambled to retrieve the ball, then delivered a perfect throw to first baseman Chris Davis a step ahead of Andrus for the final out.

Dwight Smith Jr. had a career-high six RBIs for Baltimore, including a three-run homer and three-run double.

Severino never previously had a multihomer game in five major league seasons. He hit solo homers in the first and ninth innings and a two-run homer in the seventh.

Dylan Bundy (3-6) earned his first win since May 17, allowing three runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

Givens earned his fifth save, cleaning up a mess created by Josh Lucas and Bleier. Andrus led off the inning by reaching on shortstop Richie Martin's error, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Logan Forsythe each hit two-run doubles during the rally. Cabrera had three hits.

After Smith's first-inning homer, Severino's first homer gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead five batters in against Drew Smyly (1-4).

Smyly gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings as Texas ended a three-game winning streak. The eight hits included three homers, one short of Smyly's career high.

Hanser Alberto had four hits, all singles, to match his career high set May 20.

Keon Broxton hit his third home run in nine games with the Orioles and has hits in six games.

Shin-Soo Choo led off Texas' first with his 200th career home run. It was his third leadoff home run this season and 30th of his career. Choo has reached base in 25 straight home games.

DAVIS RETURNS
The Orioles reinstated Davis from the 10-day injured list. He batted seventh and went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. He's hitting .164 for the season with strikeouts in each of his last 14 games, 10 games with multiple strikeouts.

SHORT HOPS
Choo's homer was the major league leading 123rd given up by Orioles pitching this season. ... Texas went 3 for 3 on challenges and is 14 for 17 on challenges this season. Baltimore went 1 for 1 and is 7 for 14. ... RHP David Carpenter, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Nashville last Friday, made his Rangers debut with his first appearance in the majors since July 2015. Carpenter allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Orioles: OF Mark Trumbo (knee) went 0 for 3 with a strikeout on Tuesday beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk.

Rangers: Texas placed RHP Kyle Dowdy on the 10-day IL with elbow impingement and recalled LHP Brett Martin from Nashville.

UP NEXT
Orioles: LHP John Means (5-4, 280) has a loss and two no-decisions since winning four of five starts April 18-May 12.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (5-4, 2.74) is fifth in the American League in earned run average with one of the league's five shutouts.

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<![CDATA[Sampson Gets First Win as Starter as Rangers Top Royals]]>510740111Sun, 02 Jun 2019 18:37:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Sampson-Getty-060219.jpg

Adrian Sampson provided evidence Sunday that he doesn't need to follow a closer to the mound for the Texas Rangers to be successful.

The 27-year-old right-hander struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings and earned his first major league win as a starter, leading the Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 5-1.

Texas won three of four in the series. The Royals ended a 1-6 trip that left them with a major league-worst 8-23 road record.

Sampson (4-3) posted his previous three victories in relief of an opener during his last three outings. He gave up one run and eight hits, and walked none.

"I knew I'd be out there in the heart of it, and it was just good to get a win today," he said.

Sampson brought an 0-4 career record into this season in six appearances for the Rangers and Seattle Mariners beginning in 2016.

"I'm pretty sure we won't use (a closer) next time," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "That was amazing what he did. Showed us a lot. Showed me a lot. It showed our entire staff a lot -- guts."

Texas reliever Jesse Chavez pitched a scoreless ninth to run his shutout streak to 18 1/3 innings.

Brad Keller (3-7) allowed three runs in seven innings. The American League leader in walks with 42 didn't walk anyone but had two wild pitches, one that scored a run.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third on three opposite-field singles and added two runs in the fifth, the second on an opposite-field single by Nomar Mazara.

Sampson escaped a jam in the fifth in which the Royals used bunt singles by Terrance Gore and Billy Hamilton to load the bases with none out. He retired Whit Merrifield on a liner to third base, Adalberto Mondesi on a swinging third strike on an off-speed pitch and Alex Gordon on a called third strike on another off-speed delivery.

"A lot of times a young pitcher will get in that situation and want to try to power his way through it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He did just the opposite. He totally abandoned his fastball and went soft."

Jorge Soler hit his career-high 15th home run in the sixth inning for Kansas City's run.

The Royals loaded the bases in the eighth inning with two outs, but Shelby Miller got Cam Gallagher to fly out to center field.

Sampson became the first Texas pitcher with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks since Cole Hamels had 12 with no walks on Sept. 19, 2015 against Seattle.

YOST, UMPIRE NOT IN HARMONY
Yost was expressing his displeasure about Whit Merrifield striking out on a foul tip to end the top of the seventh inning with home plate umpire Todd Tichenor when they were interrupted by the singing of "God Bless America." The pair then stood side by side at the plate facing center field.

"We were still kind of going after it, still talking about it during `God Bless America,"' Yost said. "It's a tough call for the home plate umpire. Base umpire's got to see that."

GALLO TO IL
Rangers CF Joey Gallo, who's tied with three others for second place in the AL with 17 home runs, was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain that happened in Saturday's game and will probably miss about two weeks.

"Hopefully it's going to be a quick trip," he said.

BIRTHDAY -- AND IT'S A BOY
Rangers RHP Chris Martin celebrated his 33rd birthday. After the game at the plate with expectant wife Danielle, he swung easily at a slowly tossed pitch that exploded with blue power as a gender reveal.

SHORT HOPS
Texas scored a second run on a third wild pitch, in the eighth inning by Jake Diekman. ... Mondesi hit his major league-leading eighth triple, breaking a tie with Merrifield. ... Royals 3B Cheslor Cuthbert had his second career three-hit game.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Royals: C Martin Maldonado, who left Saturday's game in the sixth inning with right forearm tightness, was available but given the day off.

UP NEXT
Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-1, 4.21) will open a home series against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. His previous start lasted two batters into the second inning, when he was ejected for hitting Tim Anderson for White Sox.

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.98) will start Tuesday's series opener at home against the Baltimore Orioles on five days' rest unless Woodard decides to move up LHP Mike Minor (5-4, 2.74).



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<![CDATA[Texas Players Litter List of MLB Draft Prospects]]>510737911Sun, 02 Jun 2019 19:07:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bobby+Witt+Jr.jpg

Adley Rutschman has been a powerful presence at the plate and a formidable force behind it for Oregon State.

That tantalizing combination could make the switch-hitting catcher the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night.

Baltimore leads things off for the second time in franchise history, and first since it selected LSU pitcher Ben McDonald in 1989. Rutschman, a Golden Spikes Award finalist and the Pac-12 player of the year, has been linked to the Orioles at No. 1 for most of the college season.

Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the son of former major league pitcher Bobby Witt; Cal first baseman Andrew Vaughn; Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday; and Georgia high school shortstop CJ Abrams are also possibilities to have their names called early by Commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

"It's hard to understate it -- it's a huge opportunity," Baltimore general manager Mike Elias said. "Any time you're picking high in the draft, not just the No. 1 pick, but a top-10 pick, you've got a pretty good shot of really getting a franchise cornerstone. But it's not a 100% shot by any stretch of the imagination. It's probably more like 50-50 if you look at the historical records of it. So you feel a lot of pressure. There's a big upside to the opportunity, but nobody has a crystal ball and it's not easy to nail.

"So we just do as much work as we can going into it, and do what we think is right."

That could lead to the Orioles doing what has been expected for weeks: taking the impressive Rutschman, who hit .411 with a career-best 17 homers with 58 RBIs and threw out 13 of 27 baserunners for the Beavers.

Here's a capsule look at some of the top players eligible for the draft (with position, school, age, height, weight and college class):

CJ ABRAMS
SS, Blessed Trinity Catholic H.S. (Georgia), 18, 6-foot-1, 178 pounds
Speedy shortstop could be selected within first five picks. Lefty hitter batted .418 with eight home runs and 100 RBIs in high school career. Impressed teams last summer by hitting .297 with eight RBIs for Team USA's 18-and-under national team while playing center field. Has speed and arm to remain at shortstop, but could shift to center field or second base at next level.

HUNTER BISHOP
OF, Arizona State, 20, 6-5, 210, junior
Slugging outfielder has powerful left-handed swing that has him ranked among national leaders in home runs (22), RBIs (61), total bases (163) and runs scored (65) entering Sunday's NCAA Tournament games. Has light-tower power and is five homers shy of Sun Devils' single-season record of 27 by Mitch Jones in 2000. Had 44-game on-base streak. Younger brother of Mariners outfielder Braden Bishop (third round, 2015).

JJ BLEDAY
OF, Vanderbilt, 21, 6-3, 205, junior
Finalist for Golden Spikes Award given to country's top overall player. Southeastern Conference player of year leads nation in homers with school-record 26, with quick lefty swing. Expected to be first college outfielder taken in draft. SEC Tournament MVP brought 41-game on-base streak into Sunday's games. Cemented status as potential top-five pick when selected last summer as Cape Cod League's top prospect.

CORBIN CARROLL
OF, Lakeside H.S. (Washington), 18, 5-11, 161
Speedster committed to play at UCLA, but expected to be top-10 pick. Lacks size of most premier prospects, but not tools. Gatorade's Washington state player of year hit .540 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs from left side of plate while playing excellent defense in center field. Has solid line-drive power to all fields and always threat on bases with 11 steals as senior.

RILEY GREENE
OF, Hagerty H.S. (Florida), 18, 6-1, 191
Gatorade's Florida state player of year hit .422 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and 38 runs scored as arguably country's top prep outfielder. Has smooth left-handed swing that produces consistent line drives. Projects as corner outfielder in pros with good pop. Was one of stars of Team USA's 18-and-under national team, leading squad with 20 RBIs.

SHEA LANGELIERS
C, Baylor, 21, 6-foot, 190, junior
Outstanding defensive catcher has thrown out 14 of 25 would-be basestealers entering Sunday. Would be shoo-in for first catcher selected if not for Oregon State's Adley Rutschman. Bounced back from broken hamate bone in left hand that sidelined him for 10 games. Has raw power in smooth right-handed swing. Set NCAA Tournament record with 11 RBIs in three-homer game vs. Omaha on Saturday night.

NICK LODOLO
LHP, TCU, 21, 6-6, 185, junior
Generally regarded as top pitching prospect in this year's class is 6-6 with 2.46 ERA and has struck out 131 while walking just 25 in 103 innings for Horned Frogs. Was 41st overall pick by Pirates in 2016 -- highest selection to go unsigned that year. Expected to become school's highest-drafted player, topping Lance Broadway (No. 15 by White Sox in 2005). Uses three-quarters arm angle to throw mid-90s fastball with nice sink. Slider also plus-pitch that sits in low-80s and complements solid changeup.

ALEK MANOAH
RHP, West Virginia, 21, 6-6, 260, junior
Unanimous Big 12 pitcher of year has school-record 144 strikeouts while going 9-4 with 2.08 ERA and just 27 walks in 108 1/3 innings. Imposing power pitcher slings fastball in mid- to upper-90s. Also mixes in solid slider and changeup. Went undrafted out of high school, but led Cape Cod League in strikeouts last summer. Had scoreless streak of 33 1/3 innings this season, span that included consecutive shutouts of Texas Tech and Kansas with 15 strikeouts in each game.

JACKSON RUTLEDGE
RHP, San Jacinto J.C., 20, 6-8, 240, sophomore
Big righty fires fastballs that sit in mid- to upper-90s late into games as part of five-pitch repertoire that includes solid slider and knee-buckling curve. Top junior college prospect in this year's draft class went 9-2 with four complete games, 0.87 ERA and 134 Ks and 30 walks in 82 2/3 innings. Was considered a top high school pitcher in Missouri, but opted for college. Transferred from Arkansas after freshman season.

ADLEY RUTSCHMAN
C, Oregon State, 21, 6-2, 216, junior
Golden Spikes Award finalist was Pac-12 player of year and conference's co-defensive player of year. Widely considered favorite to go No. 1 overall to Baltimore. Would mark seventh time player drafted as catcher taken with top pick -- first since Joe Mauer in 2001. Switch-hitting slugger ranks among national leaders in several offensive categories, including on-base percentage (.575), slugging percentage (.751) and school-record 76 walks. Was 40th-round pick of Seattle in 2016.

ANDREW VAUGHN
1B, California, 21, 6-foot, 214, junior
Outstanding overall hitter looking to become first repeat winner of Golden Spikes Award after being selected as country's top college player as sophomore last year. Widely considered best all-around hitter in draft, Vaughn hit .381 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs with .544 on-base percentage that ranks among national leaders. Struck out just 74 times in three seasons.

BOBBY WITT JR.
SS, Colleyville Heritage H.S., 18, 6-foot, 180
Son of former big league pitcher Bobby Witt, who was selected No. 3 overall in 1985 draft. Would become seventh father-son combo of first-rounders, and first since Delino DeShields (1987) and Delino DeShields Jr. (2010). Could also become highest-drafted father-son duo, topping Tom Grieve (No. 6, 1966) and Ben Grieve (No. 2, 1994). Younger Witt considered top high school prospect this year. Five-tools shortstop has impressive power with smooth right-handed swing.

OTHER POTENTIAL EARLY FIRST-ROUNDERS
Florida high school RHP Matthew Allan; Texas high school 3B Brett Baty; California high school 3B Keoni Cavaco; Tulane 3B Kody Hoese; Elon RHP George Kirby; UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott; and Kentucky left-hander Zack Thompson

AP Sports Writer Dave Ginsburg in Baltimore, Maryland, contributed.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Joey Gallo Placed on 10-Day IL With Oblique Strain]]>510737231Sun, 02 Jun 2019 16:56:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-AP_19106049406787.jpg

Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo hopes to be sidelined no more than two weeks because of a left oblique strain.

Gallo was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. He consulted with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, who has been out with a similar injury since April 20.

The strain is on the back side of the left-handed hitting Gallo's swing while Judge's injury is to his front side.

"I talked to Judge yesterday because I was concerned," Gallo said before Sunday's game against Kansas City. "I was trying to figure out what he felt, 'cause at the time I didn't have the MRI. He said, 'Yeah, it's better to be on the back side.' His was more significant."

Gallo has 17 homers and was tied for second in the AL entering Sunday. His .653 slugging percentage topped the AL.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thought Gallo will miss about two weeks.

"He worries me just because he creates so much torque with his body and he's so strong that we don't want him to come back too early," Woodward said. "We don't want that to turn into a six- or eight-week deal."

Woodward said Gallo, who is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, probably will be able to bat before he can return to the outfield.

Gallo left Saturday's game in the fifth inning, an inning after hitting his second homer in two days. He was pulled with a full count after speaking with Woodward and head athletic trainer Matt Lucero.

Gallo felt the injury in the top of the inning when he prepared to throw from center field to third base.

"It's not like an excruciating pain," he said. "Just an annoying kind of, little nagging thing."

Center fielder Delino DeShields was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

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<![CDATA[Gallo Homers, Leaves With Injury in Rangers' Win Over KC]]>510721461Sat, 01 Jun 2019 21:22:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-Getty-0601191.jpg

Joey Gallo's power helped produce another Texas Rangers win. When he'll return to the plate is in question.

Gallo hit a tie-breaking home run for the second straight game before leaving in the fifth inning due to injury as the Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Saturday.

Gallo was removed because of tightness in his left oblique while batting. He had an MRI and passed some strength tests after the game.

"If there's something in there, we'll find out," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I guess we'll plan accordingly after that."

The Rangers have won 12 of 17 and improved to 19-9 at home.

Lance Lynn (7-4) allowed both runs. He yielded six hits and a hit batter, striking out seven for his fifth straight quality start.

The Royals have lost five of their last six games and have the worst road record in the majors at 8-22. Kansas City was 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Gallo broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning, hitting a 1-0 pitch from Homer Bailey (4-6) over the home bullpen in right-center for his 17th of the season, good enough for a tie with four others for the American League lead. On Friday night, Gallo hit a grand slam in the sixth inning in a 6-2 win over the Royals.

Woodward said Gallo initially felt the pain earlier in the game when throwing. In the dugout before batting in the fifth inning, Gallo told Woodward it didn't feel like a "muscular thing . like a chiropractor popped him the wrong way."

Woodward went up to the plate along with trainer Matt Lucero after Gallo's first swing only to be assured he felt fine.

"He basically lied to me," Woodward said. "Then on the next pitch he swung and felt something. And I just said, `OK, you're out."'

Bailey gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings for his fourth straight start without a victory. He allowed only a first-inning single to Nomar Mazara before Hunter Pence led off the fourth with an opposite-field ground single to right ahead of Gallo's homer.

Martin Maldonado and Cam Gallagher, who replaced Maldonado behind the plate in the sixth inning, had RBI doubles. Maldonado was pulled as a precaution with right forearm tightness.

The 25-year-old Gallo went into Saturday's game with the AL's best ratio of at-bats to home runs (10.6) and OPS (1.048). He's hitting .276 after batting .209 and .206 with 41 and 40 homers, respectively, during his two previous full major league seasons.

"He's more disciplined this year," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's kind of coming into his own here."

DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES
The Rangers are 29-27, good enough to be the conversation for a wild-card playoff berth at this point, after losing 95 games last season.

"I would take it," Woodward said. "It's a great spot to be in."

Lynn's opinion of where his club stands?

"Average -- pretty close to .500," he said. "We need to be better."

SHORT HOPS
Pence and Royals RF Whit Merrifield each had two hits for the second straight game. Merrifield has hits in 10 of his last 11 games. ... Rangers C Jeff Mathis had a sacrifice fly for his third RBI of the season in 31 games, his first since April 24. ... Five of Texas' six hits off Bailey were by left-handed hitters. The 33-year-old right-hander entered the game holding left-handed batters to a .213 batting average. ... Rangers RHP Jose Leclerc struck out both batters he faced and has 21 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings over his last nine appearances. ... Maldonado has a .327 career batting average at Globe Life Park. ... Texas placed RHP Jeanmar Gomez on unconditional release waivers after designating him for assignment last Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier (right thorax tightness), who left Thursday's series opener in the fifth inning, probably won't return before Tuesday.

UP NEXT
Royals: RHP Brad Keller (3-6, 4.56) leads the AL with 42 walks. Keller allowed only one last time out -- but also 10 hits -- in giving up four runs in six innings in a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (3-3, 4.53) has won his last three outings, each following an opener. Sampson will make his first true start since May 12 and sixth of the season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Slugger Joey Gallo Leaves Game With Oblique Injury]]>510716931Sat, 01 Jun 2019 21:24:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-Getty-060119.jpg

Joey Gallo left the Texas Rangers' game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning Saturday with tightness in his left oblique.

Gallo, who homered earlier in the game, was pulled after visiting with manager Chris Woodward and trainer Matt Lucero while batting with a 3-2 count. He initially felt the injury in the outfield and then again on a check swing during that plate appearance. He had an MRI and passed some strength tests after the game.

"If there's something in there, we'll find out," Woodward said. "I guess we'll plan accordingly after that."

Gallo hit his 17th home run of the season, tying him for the American League lead, in the fourth inning.

Gallo left last Tuesday's game at Seattle in the eighth inning with a sore right wrist and sat out Wednesday afternoon's game there on what was a scheduled day off for him.

The Rangers brought up outfielder Zack Granite from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday but he was sent back down the following day after the team was convinced Gallo was healthy.

Gallo went into Saturday's game leading the AL with a 1.048 OPS and an at-bats to home run ratio of one homer every 10.6 at-bats.

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<![CDATA[Gallo's 1st Career Grand Slam Leads Rangers Past Royals]]>510700171Fri, 31 May 2019 22:58:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-Getty-053119.jpg

Joey Gallo's first career grand slam capped a six-run, sixth inning outburst as the Texas Rangers rallied past the Kansas City Royals 6-2 Friday night.

Gallo's home run, his team leading 16th of the season, sailed 457 feet and landed in the second seating area beyond the center-field wall.

Ariel Jurado (2-2) won for the first time in three major league starts this season. Jurado allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. The second-year right-hander, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on April 26, had career highs in strikeouts (six) and pitches (101).

Danny Duffy (3-2) lost for the first time since April 26. Carrying a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning, Duffy allowed all six runs, six hits and two walks -- both in the sixth.

Jesse Chavez, the first of three Texas relievers, worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He ran his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings in May, a franchise record for one month.

Texas loaded the bases in the sixth inning on outfield singles by Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus and a chopper hit between third base and the mound by Hunter Pence. Duffy fielded Pence's grounder, but his throw to first base was late.

Duffy walked Nomar Mazara with the bases loaded to tie the score 2-2. Gallo then launched a 1-1 fastball to end a six-game homerless streak, which matched his longest this season.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered in his first major league at-bat of the season, and Alex Gordon tripled-in Kansas City's other run. Cuthbert, who earlier Friday had his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha, hit an opposite-field homer that just cleared the right-field wall in the second.

Gordon's triple in the fifth inning turned around centerfielder Gallo and struck about midway up the wall in straightaway center, scoring Adalberto Mondesi. In the third inning, Gallo broke in on a fly ball hit by Whit Merrifield that went over his head for a triple.

The Royals lead the majors with 24 triples.

Mondesi had his major league-leading 19th stolen base. That gave the Royals a major league-leading 53.

PRE-GAME MOVES
To make room for Cuthbert, the Royals designated INF-OF Chris Owings for assignment. The Rangers selected the contract of RHP David Carpenter from Nashville and optioned OF Zack Granite to Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Royals: OF Hunter Dozier (right thorax tightness) is day to day, leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning and sitting out Friday.

Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun (left quad strain) will begin on-field work on Saturday.

UP NEXT
Royals: RHP Homer Bailey (4-5, 5.79), having joined the Royals this winter following 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, will make his Globe Life Park debut on Saturday.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (6-3, 4.67) has lowered his ERA from 6.51 over his last six starts, going 4-2.

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<![CDATA[Soler, Mondesi Homers Lead Royals Past Rangers]]>510652601Fri, 31 May 2019 04:36:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jakob Junis is ending the month of May on a satisfactory note.

Junis allowed two runs and four hits in six innings and the Kansas City bullpen helped limit the second-highest scoring offense in the American League to five hits as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Jorge Soler and Adalberto Mondesi homered as the Royals improved to 8-20 away from Kauffman Stadium, but still have the worst road record in the majors.

Junis (4-5) allowed solo homers to Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara, and two walks to go with seven strikeouts for his first win since May 1. The victory follows three losses and a no-decision.

"After that first inning, I just stopped trying to try so hard, just letting it come to me and let my body relax," Junis said. "I slowed things down, and I got pretty sharp there for the rest of the game."

Ian Kennedy worked a perfect ninth inning for his third save, and the first for Kansas City since May 1.

"We just needed a little bit more offensive production today that we didn't get," Rangers manager Chris Woodard said.

Mike Minor (5-4) allowed three runs on seven hits in five-plus innings, matching the most runs he has allowed in his last seven starts. Minor entered the game ranked fourth in the American League in ERA at 2.55, and had given up two earned runs in his previous 30 innings at Globe Life Park.

Soler's three-run home run struck the foul pole in left field and was his career-best 14th this season. He has 12 RBI in his last nine games.

Mondesi had his fifth three-hit game of the season.

Choo's homer was his sixth in the last 12 games and the 199th of his career.

Mazara has homered in two of his last three games.

Minor took a four-hit shutout into the sixth inning. After Mondesi left off with a single to left field, left-handed hitting Alex Gordon hit a grounder to the left side against the shift. Third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera began to field the ball to his left before letting it go through to shortstop Elvis Andrus, whose throw to second base wasn't in time.

"I think there was a little bit of miscommunication there," Woodward said of Gordon's grounder. "He (Cabrera) thought Elvis was going to get it. That's probably Cabrera's ball to go after, especially when your momentum is carrying you toward second base."

Soler then hit a first-pitch fastball at the top of the strike zone.

"He's not supposed to hit that," Minor said. "I don't know how he's sitting on that when I'm throwing changeups."

DOZIER EXITS

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier left the game with right-side thorax tightness after swinging at a changeup, and was replaced in the lineup by Gordon. Yost said Dozier will probably miss one or two games.

"It's something you don't really mess around with," said Dozier, who attended high school in nearby Denton, Texas. "Try to get on top of it before it gets worse."

THE WHIFFS

The Royals struck out 16 times, one short of their season high, while the Rangers struck out 12 times. Kansas City's Whit Merrifield, Chris Owings and Billy Hamilton each fanned four times.

SHORT HOPS

Mondesi, the majors' leader in stolen bases with 18, was picked off by the left-handed Minor with an 0-2 count on Hunter Dozier to end the third inning. . Chris Owings, Billy Hamilton and Whit Merrifield each struck out four times. ... It was the first game of a season-long 11-game Rangers homestand.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: DH Lucas Duda (back) sat out Triple-A Omaha's game at San Antonio on Thursday night after going 3 for 7 during the first two games of his injury rehab.

Rangers: CF Joey Gallo (wrist) returned to the lineup after leaving Tuesday's game at Seattle as a precaution and sitting out Wednesday's game as previously planned. Gallo went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and one walk. ... OF Scott Heineman (shoulder) was recalled from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville because of soreness.

UP NEXT

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (3-1, 3.12 ERA) has pitched to a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts against Texas.

Rangers: The parents of RHP Ariel Jurado (1-2, 2.28) will see him pitch as a pro for the first time during their first trip to the United States.

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<![CDATA[Protective Netting Will be Extended at Globe Life Field]]>510645941Thu, 30 May 2019 20:30:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+Field.jpg

The Texas Rangers announced during a press conference Thursday that the protective netting around the teams new Globe Life Field will extend out past the dugout.

"At Globe Life Field is to extend the netting to basically, if you will, what we call the crank, where the bowl geometry turns and sort of parallels. So it will go further, it will go beyond the dugouts at Globe Life Field," said Rob Matwick/Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations.

The comments come one day after a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. struck a young fan at a game against the Houston Astros. Immediately after the incident players and executives started calling on Major League Baseball to add more protective netting around big league fields.

According to a statement issued by the Astros, the young fan was taken to a local hospital for treatment after the incident, which stopped the game for several minutes and saw teammates and opponents console Almora.

The league mandated extended netting during the 2017 season after a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees infielder Todd Frazier struck a young fan at Yankee Stadium. At all 30 stadiums, netting now extends to the end of both dugouts, but the league says that it is at least considering other options moving forward after Wednesday’s incident.

"The events at last night's game were extremely upsetting," the league said. "We send our best wishes to the child and family involved. Clubs have significantly expanded netting and their inventory of protected seats in recent years. With last night’s event in mind, we will continue our efforts on this important issue."



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<![CDATA[Colleyville Heritage Star Surprised With National Award]]>510595811Wed, 29 May 2019 21:40:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bobby+Witt+Jr+Michael+Young.jpg

One of the top high school baseball players in the nation has received another prestigious award.

Colleyville Heritage star Bobby Witt Jr. was named the 2018-19 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

“It was just a blessing getting this opportunity,” said Witt Jr. “Getting to be named with all these guys on this (trophy), it’s awesome. I’m really excited and I just thank this whole community for what they’ve done to help me and everything. All of my teammates, all my coaches and everything that got me here.”

Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young surprised Witt Jr. with the trophy in front of family members and fellow classmates at Colleyville Heritage High School’s gym on Wednesday morning.

“I’ve had a good relationship with Bobby Witt Sr. for a long time,” said Young. “He gave me a shout and asked me if I wanted to be a part of this. It really was an incredible honor to share this with the Witt family.”

Witt Jr. is the son of former Texas Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt. The teenage phenom signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Oklahoma but is projected to be a top-five pick in next week’s Major League Baseball draft.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was four-years-old,” said Witt Jr. “Just to go out there and be able to play baseball and then now hopefully be able to do it for a living. This journey has been awesome. It’s been amazing. I’ve really no words to describe the places I’ve been to and the things I’ve been able to do. It’s truly a blessing.”

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<![CDATA[Rangers Take Advantage of M's Miscues, Rally to Win 8-7]]>510592671Wed, 29 May 2019 20:10:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive doubles in the ninth inning, lifting the Texas Rangers over Seattle 8-7 Wednesday in a back-and-forth game that highlighted the Mariners' difficulties on defense and in the bullpen.

The Rangers capitalized on three errors and a wild pitch by relief pitchers in the sixth inning, leading to one of four lead changes. Shin-Soo Choo then hit a two-run single in the eighth to tie it at 7 in an unexpected pinch-hit appearance to set up Texas' ninth-inning rally.

Texas scored three runs in the first against Wade LeBlanc, but LeBlanc settled in and worked through the fifth inning, leaving with Seattle down 3-0.

Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer in the fourth to tie it at 3, and Mitch Haniger drove in a run on a fielder's choice to give the Mariners their first lead.

Things went very wrong after Servais replaced LeBlanc.

Jesse Biddle struck out the first batter he faced, but then flubbed Mazara's comebacker for one error and threw the ball away for another, allowing Mazara to reach second. Mazara got to third on a wild pitch while Biddle walked Cabrera, setting up Rougned Odor's RBI single and Ronald Guzman's sacrifice fly for a 5-4 Rangers lead. Austin Adams relieved Biddle, threw wildly to first on a pickoff attempt but evaded further damage by striking out Jeff Mathis.

The trio of errors brought the Mariners' season total to 63. No other team in the major leagues has reached 50 yet.

Haniger rallied the Mariners again with a sixth-inning home run off the left field foul pole to make it 7-5.

The bullpen couldn't hold that lead, either. Mazara singled to lead off the eighth and Odor walked before Choo's two-run single tied it. Mazara -- with his third hit -- and Cabrera doubled off Anthony Bass (0-1) for the lead, and Shawn Kelley picked up his sixth save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Manager Chris Woodward held Joey Gallo out of the game as a precaution after he injured his wrist swinging a bat Tuesday night. Woodward said X-rays didn't show significant injury, and the slugger is day to day. "If I were to bet, I'd say he'd probably play tomorrow," Woodward said. ... The Rangers promoted outfielder Zack Granite from Triple-A Nashville for roster flexibility with Choo scheduled off as well. Relief pitcher Kyle Bird was sent down to Nashville.

Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford avoided serious injury when he rolled his left ankle Tuesday night and could return to the field "in a couple of weeks," Servais said. Crawford, on crutches in the clubhouse Wednesday, was placed on the 10-day injured list. The Mariners recalled utility player Dylan Moore from Triple-A Tacoma. Moore has appeared in 29 games this season, playing infield, outfield and pitcher. ... 2B Dee Gordon (wrist bruise) and 3B/DH Ryon Healy (back) are ready to begin baseball activities after sitting out with their injuries, Servais said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (5-3, 2.55 ERA), 3-1 in his last four starts, opens a homestand against Kansas City.

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (3-2, 3.82 ERA) makes the home start in a much anticipated matchup against the Los Angeles Angels and his fellow Japanese countryman Shohei Ohtani.



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<![CDATA[Rangers to Host Angels in Globe Life Field Opener]]>510578061Wed, 29 May 2019 23:32:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/globe-life-field-construction-may-23-2019_2019.jpg

The Texas Rangers are set to play their first regular-season game at new Globe Life Field on Tuesday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels, according to a draft of the 2020 preliminary schedule obtained by The Associated Press.

Texas starts the season at Seattle with a weekend series before heading home, according to the preliminary schedule, which is tentative and subject to change.

Globe Life Field, with a capacity of about 40,000, is being built in Arlington, Texas, across the street from Globe Life Park, the Rangers' home since 1994. It will be the first new stadium in the major leagues since the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park opened in 2017 and the seventh with a retractable roof. There is one fixed-roof venue, Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field.

Texas announced on May 17 that the first game against a big league opponent at the new ballpark will be an exhibition against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 23.

Major League Baseball usually releases its preliminary schedule in late summer -- last year's announcement was Aug. 22. Dates sometimes shift slightly to accommodate broadcast schedules, and a schedule with game times is announced in January.



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<![CDATA[Mazara, Guzman Homer, Rangers Beat Mariners]]>510552351Wed, 29 May 2019 20:13:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The pitching staff of the Texas Rangers isn't sold on the idea of using an opener instead of a traditional starting pitcher -- yet.

The evidence continued to mount in favor or using an opener for the Rangers in an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

The Rangers used reliever Jesse Chavez as the opener and brought in former starter Adrian Sampson in the second inning. The result: Texas snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 3-1 this season using the approach and 6-3 since September.

"I don't think it ever puts the debate to rest," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "I love to debate. I love arguments when it comes to this game. There are so many things that are changing in this game on a daily basis. It's just something I feel like it gives us . an advantage in the game I feel like. Nothing is black and white, but I think it has worked well."

So well, Woodward is emboldened to try it again Wednesday, sending Jose Leclerc to the mound with Drew Smyly scheduled to follow. And with success like this, why not?

Chavez struck out three of the four batters he faced, then turned the ball over to Sampson. The former Mariner worked five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out six. The two are thriving under the opener approach. Chavez has pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings with six hits as an opener, with 16 strikeouts and three walks. And Sampson, a former Mariners pitcher, is 3-0 while following an opener. He also beat the Mariners 2-1 last week.

"My understanding is we're just trying to win a game and it's working," Sampson said. "I ask questions and they give me answers. Woody's always been up front with me . we have a lot of good communication and nobody's really caught off guard by anything."

Texas hitters backed up their pitchers with a seven-run fifth inning that included two-run hits by Hunter Pence and Asdrubel Cabrera and a three-run home run by Ronald Guzman that landed in the second deck in right field. The burst ended the night for Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (5-5), who gave up eight hits and eight runs (six earned) in four innings. The left-hander has lost five games in six appearances after starting the season 5-0. He also gave up a two-run home run to Nomar Mazara.

It was the third time the Rangers have seen Gonzales this year, but he doesn't think familiarity explained their success against him Tuesday. He was 1-1 with an ERA of 0.64 in his previous starts, but Texas seemed dialed in this outing with several balls off the wall.

"Pitching . is a constant chess match," Gonzales said. "I had a couple good games against them early, the dice rolled their way today. I think it's as simple as that."

INJURY REPORT

Rangers: Woodward pulled center fielder Joey Gallo from the game with a sore wrist injured while swinging the bat. Gallo was originally scheduled for an off-day Wednesday.

Mariners: Shortstop J.P. Crawford was helped from the field after rolling his ankle late in the game. Manager Scott Servais said the injury was a "gut-punch to everybody." Crawford was undergoing X-rays postgame and the Mariners will know more Wednesday.

RARE REST

Seattle manager Scott Servais gave Mitch Haniger a day off, operating under the theory that even All-Stars need one occasionally. Haniger is top 10 in the American League in doubles (second), extra-base hits (fourth) and home runs (eighth), but the 2019 All-Star right-fielder has been in a prolonged slump and is batting .229. "Hopefully it helps," Servais said. "My guess is he's watching video or in the cage or doing something right now. But sometimes you sit and watch the game for a little bit. It does recharge the batteries."

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 6.15 ERA) will likely get the start in the series finale against Seattle, though Woodward said he was still looking at using a reliever as an opener.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-2, 7.35 ERA) tries to stop an 0-2 skid with a 13.50 ERA in his third start since returning from the injured list.

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<![CDATA[Mariners Snap 6-Game Skid With Win Over Rangers]]>510524661Wed, 29 May 2019 20:18:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Daniel-Vogelbach-Getty-052819.jpg

Daniel Vogelbach provided a preview of what was to come Monday when he launched a batting practice home run into the upper deck in right field at T-Mobile Park.

Batting practice is one thing. Doing it in a game is a rare accomplishment at the 20-year-old stadium.

"He did it in BP, third deck, and then followed it up in the game," Mariners teammate Mallex Smith said. "He's not a 5 o'clock hitter."

Vogelbach's mammoth two-run homer in the seventh inning was the highlight of a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers that snapped Seattle's six-game losing streak.

Kyle Seager drove in his first run of the season and Smith stole four bases, including three in the eighth -- capped by his second career steal of home. Seattle also got solid pitching from Tommy Milone as the Mariners rebounded after being swept by Texas and Oakland on the road.

But what everyone wanted to talk about was Vogelbach's towering homer off reliever Jose Leclerc that found a rare landing spot, one of the few home runs to reach that part of the stadium.

Everyone except Vogelbach.

"It was just a curveball out over the plate and I was able to ride it out and keep it fair. I was just happy I could drive two runs in," he said.

According to team records through the 2015 season, only two homers had reached that level of the stadium and it was uncertain if any had in the past four seasons. It was Vogelbach's 15th homer of the season and while it was close to being a foul ball, the home run call stood following a replay review.

"For the ball to go over the top of the foul pole like that, that's some kind of special power," Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Seager, activated off the 60-day injured list last weekend, blooped a single to score Smith in the third when Seattle scored a pair. Smith came through an inning later with a sharp single to score J.P. Crawford.

Milone (1-1) pitched into the sixth. Logan Forsythe missed a home run by inches and settled for an RBI double in the fourth, and Ronald Guzman homered on a 1-2 pitch in the fifth. Those were the only costly mistakes by Milone, who allowed four hits and struck out seven.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thought an early start time and shadows on the field were a factor.

"I think more so for him (Milone) because he is an off-speed guy. He changes speeds, he moves the ball around. Our hitters had a tough time seeing that changeup," Woodward said.

Texas starter Lance Lynn (6-4) struck out 10 and yielded three earned runs in six innings.

"I gave up three runs and we lost, so it doesn't matter how many strikeouts," Lynn said.

SPEED RACER
Smith stole home in the eighth when Kyle Bird tried to pick off Mitch Haniger at first base. Smith stole second and third earlier in the inning and had a stolen base in the third. The four steals were a career high and matched a club record.

Seattle's last steal of home was by Dustin Ackley in 2012.

ROSTER SHUFFLE
Rangers: Texas recalled Bird from Triple-A Nashville and designated RHP Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. Gomez had an 8.22 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the Rangers.

Mariners: Seattle claimed RHP Jimmy Cordero off waivers from Toronto and transferred RHP Gerson Bautista to the 60-day injured list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Cordero, 27, was designated for assignment by Toronto last week.

INJURY REPORT
Servais had a long list of injury updates and most of them were positive. Second baseman Dee Gordon was diagnosed with a deep bone bruise in his right wrist and not a fracture after seeing a specialist in Florida. Servais said Gordon's return will likely be determined by how well the wrist can handle swinging and hitting. Gordon said he aggravated the wrist by returning too soon from the initial injury after being hit by a pitch earlier this month.

"I thought I was invincible. I am not," Gordon joked.

Mariners infielder Ryon Healy (lower back inflammation) should resume baseball activities in the next few days.

Seattle pitchers Hunter Strickland (lat) and Felix Hernandez (shoulder) could be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, or early next week. Both have been tossing from beyond 100 feet in recent days, Servais said. Strickland has been out since March 30, and Hernandez has been sidelined since May 12.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (2-3) was listed as the starter for Tuesday, although the Rangers plan to use Jesse Chavez (0-1) as an opener. Sampson has followed an opener in each of his past two outings.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (5-4) hasn't won since April 25 and is 0-4 with a 4.56 ERA in his last five starts.

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<![CDATA[Trout Homers, Angels Rally for 6 in 7th to Edge Rangers]]>510460821Sun, 26 May 2019 22:41:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Trout-Getty-052619.jpg

Mike Trout is feeling better in the batter's box than he has all year.

The two-time MVP homered and drove in two runs to help the Los Angeles Angels erase a four-run deficit Sunday in a 7-6 victory over the Texas Rangers.

"At the plate I felt great today," Trout said. "I haven't felt like that all season. Just got to keep doing the same thing and take it into tomorrow."

The Angels have a day game Monday in Oakland. They headed to Northern California on the heels of two comeback wins after a five-game losing streak.

Trout went 2 for 3 with a walk and his 12th home run, tied with Tommy La Stella for the team lead.

"Last few weeks I've just been battling and thinking too much," Trout said. "Today I just went up there and hit it and felt the best. It's a crazy game. ... Just keeping it simple."

Trout hit a solo homer in the first inning to give the Angels an early lead. Later, he and Kole Calhoun scored on wild pitches to cap a six-run seventh.

Shohei Ohtani tied it at 5 with a sacrifice fly off reliever Jeffrey Springs (2-1). Trout and Calhoun then dashed home in consecutive plate appearances, with Trout's run giving the Angels the lead and Calhoun, diving headfirst, extending it to 7-5.

Luis Rengifo contributed to the rally with a two-run single.

With runners at the corners, pinch-hitter Nomar Mazara grounded out against Justin Anderson to end it. Anderson allowed an RBI double to Shin-Soo Choo but earned his first save of the season.

Choo and Hunter Pence each hit a solo homer for Texas. But the bullpen faltered, with Springs allowing four earned runs and Kyle Dowdy one. Springs gave up four hits in the seventh and didn't get an out.

"That falls on me," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "Those guys have to get engaged more. We have had a lot of close games where we haven't been able to get those guys in. They are out there competing. Springs did the best he could. I don't expect his command to be perfect. Part of that falls on me, not getting them in there enough."

Andrew Heaney pitched well in his season debut for Los Angeles. Heaney, bothered by elbow inflammation in spring training, struck out 10 and allowed two hits -- both home runs -- in five innings. He threw 85 pitches.

David Fletcher had three hits for the Angels. Luis Garcia (1-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

Pence had two hits and two RBIs, including a broken-bat RBI double in a three-run sixth that gave Texas a 5-1 lead. Logan Forsythe and Rougned Odor had run-scoring singles.

Rangers starter Ariel Jurado didn't run into much trouble until the seventh. He was charged with two earned runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Rain started to fall in the second but it was never enough to cause a delay.

HARVEY SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS
After one of the worst starts of his career, Angels right-hander Matt Harvey landed on the injured list with a back strain. He took a couple of days off but said he would resume throwing Monday. He is not expected to get an MRI.

"It's all right. It's getting better," Harvey said. "The last thing I wanted to do was be on the (IL) again. Clearly, it wasn't something I could work through. It was kind of hurting performance. It's something we've got to make sure is better, whether it was 10 days or a little bit longer. It will be something we have to figure out."

Harvey, who gave up eight earned runs and seven hits - four of which were homers - in 2 2/3 innings against the Twins, said he didn't tell anyone about his back issue because it was "a little bit me being stubborn and trying to fight through things."

Harvey is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Angels: OF Justin Upton (turf toe) will accompany the team on its eight-game road trip, but won't be activated. ... C Kevan Smith (seven-day concussion list) was cleared to resume baseball activities.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (6-3, 4.67 ERA) pitches Monday at Seattle. Lynn had a season-best 11 strikeouts Tuesday against the Mariners. He is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts versus Seattle this season.

Angels: Felix Pena was expected to start Monday in Oakland but was used in relief on Sunday, so the Angels had not yet announced a starter.

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<![CDATA[Calhoun Rallies Angels Past Rangers 3-2 to Snap 5-Game Skid]]>510445821Sun, 26 May 2019 08:32:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-1146341406.jpg

Jared Walsh has seemingly done it all in his short major league career. The rookie has hit and pitched, and now added his first RBI and game-ending hit to his accomplishments.

   Walsh's pinch-single to left field in the ninth inning landed between two Rangers to score Kole Calhoun as the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

   Calhoun drove in the tying run earlier in the inning with an RBI double and then scored the winner on Walsh's hit.

   "It's fun. I get to play baseball every day," said Walsh, who was engulfed by teammates in an emotional on-field celebration. "It's the stuff you dream about as a little kid and here we are with an awesome group of guys that have been grinding it out the last few days. I couldn't be more happy."

   Walsh only has 10 at-bats, but the 25-year-old is making the most of them. The two-way player even pitched in a lopsided game earlier this week. Nothing could compare to this clutch hit and that ball, which was authenticated, will hold a special place in his collection, he said.

   "That was awesome," Walsh said. "I hadn't gotten to play in a few days, so any way I can contribute, I'm really happy with. Luckily, I got the knock when my name was called."

   Neither Rangers left fielder Hunter Pence nor shortstop Elvis Andrus were able to make the play on Walsh's hit off Shawn Kelley (3-1) and the ball dropped, allowing Calhoun to score and give the Angels a wild victory in which they led most of the way and snapped a five-game losing streak.

   "That's a play (Andrus will) tell you he should make," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "He is one of the best in the league at going back on balls. It's obviously a tough play if he didn't make it."

   Calhoun, who finished 3 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, also homered in the third inning to give Los Angeles a 1-0 lead that they held until the ninth.

   Ronald Guzman doubled to deep center field to score pinch-runner Danny Santana to tie it with one out in the ninth. Rougned Odor, given a rare start off, then had a pinch-single to right field off Hansel Robles (2-0) to drive in Guzman with the go-ahead run.

   It was the first time Robles allowed a run at Angel Stadium this season.

   Calhoun tied it back up in the bottom of the inning to drive in Luis Rengifo, who ran through a stop sign by Angels third base coach Mike Gallego and dove headfirst safely at home. Calhoun then scored the winner to end Texas' five-game win streak.

   "I saw (the sign) but after I touched third base, I saw it after," Rengifo said with a smile. "I can't stop."

   Mike Minor had another solid outing, allowing just one run and five hits in six innings but didn't figure into the decision. He struck out five and walked two. Calhoun's 10th homer of the season was the first hit Minor allowed after retiring the first six batters.

   Tyler Skaggs pitched well and was in line to get the win until Robles blew the save opportunity. Skaggs allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings and struck out seven using 93 pitches.

   "That's all we've been working on, just being aggressive early in the count," Skaggs said. "Just continue to pound the strike zone. That's going to help me out a lot."

   Andrus, just reinstated from the injured list Saturday, reached base four times, picking up where he left off. He was 2 for 3 with two singles, a walk and reached on an error.

   SHO THEM

   Shohei Ohtani reached base on an infield single in the fourth inning. He was called out on a close play at first base but the play was overturned upon review. He has reached base safely now in 13 of his last 15 games since coming off the injured list.

   REMEMBERING FRALEY

   The Angels had a moment of silence before Saturday's game for Gerry Fraley, a longtime baseball writer at The Dallas Morning News. Fraley, 64, died Saturday after a two-year battle with cancer.

   TRAINER'S ROOM

   Angels: OF Justin Upton (surgery turf toe) took batting practice for the first time since surgery. He's still probably a few weeks away from a return, according to manager Brad Ausmus. ... C Kevan Smith (7-day Injured List, concussion) has been cleared to do activity in the weight room and feels 100 percent, Ausmus said ... RHP Luis Garcia (back) was reinstated from the IL.

   UP NEXT

   Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (1-2, 2.20 ERA) is starting on three days' rest after recording his first career hold in a relief appearance in Texas' 2-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday. This will be just his second start of the season but 11th appearance.

   Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first start of the season. He has been on the injured list all season with elbow inflammation sustained in spring training. He made a career-high 30 starts last year and was 7-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 14 starts at Angel Stadium.



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<![CDATA[Smyly Gets First Win Since 2016 As Rangers Rally to Win]]>510430381Sat, 25 May 2019 15:43:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Drew Smyly has had a long road back from Tommy John elbow surgery, and the Texas left-hander put together a quality start on Friday night that helped earn him his first win in three years.

Smyly went a season-best six innings and kept the Los Angeles Angels offense in check long enough for the Rangers to rally for a 4-3 victory.

"I know it has been a real long time with the surgeries and two years off but it feels like the monkey is off my back and I can move forward," said Smyly, who got his first win since Sept. 13, 2016 -- 32 months -- when he was with Tampa Bay.

Smyly (1-3), who allowed three runs on five hits, missed the last two seasons after injuring his elbow in spring training while with Seattle in 2017. He underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2017 and spent last season rehabbing while with the Chicago Cubs.

Hunter Pence had two hits and drove in two runs for the Rangers, who have won eight of nine to move two games over .500 for the first time since April 23. Shin Soo-Choo also had two hits and led off the game with a home run to center.

Smyly allowed all three of his runs in the second on home runs by Jonathan Lucroy and Brian Goodwin. The Angels looked as if they were going to add to their 3-1 lead in the fifth when David Fletcher's single and Mike Trout's ground-rule double put runners on second and third with no outs, but Smyly retired the next three hitters, including striking out Albert Pujols.

"I really wanted to get him the win today. He's been battling a lot of things and fought through it. He kept us in the game," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "I told him after the sixth that we were going to get him a win and it worked out."

The Angels committed two errors in the seventh that led to the go-ahead run. Choo led off the inning by reaching on an error by shortstop Zack Cozart and advanced to second when Logan Forsythe walked. After the runners advanced on a ground ball, they scored on Pence's line-drive single to center off Cam Bedrosian (1-3) that Trout misplayed, allowing Pence to advance to second. It was Trout's first error since 2017.

"We just got a little sloppy defensively, and it hurt us," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think Mike was caught in between diving and not diving and the ball took a hop. We don't see errors like that a lot from him, but it just happened to come at a tough time."

Trout had a chance to tie it with Goodwin on second and two outs in the ninth, but Shawn Kelley struck him out to get his fifth save.

Griffin Canning allowed one run and three hits in six innings for the Angels, who have dropped their last five and are six games under .500. The right-hander has allowed only one run and six hits over 11 innings in his last two starts.

The Angels' bullpen lost their third straight game when it has been tied or they have inherited the lead. They have allowed 12 runs -- 11 earned -- and 15 hits in 10 innings during that span.

After Choo put the fifth pitch of the game over the wall in center field for his eighth homer of the season, Los Angeles countered with three runs in the second.

Lucroy led off the inning with a solo shot to center for his seventh to tie it at 1. Tommy La Stella singled and scored three batters later when Goodwin sent Smyly's fastball down the right-field line for a two-run shot. It was Goodwin's sixth homer of the season, with three coming against Texas.

Asdrubal Cabrera's double in the sixth scored Pence to bring the Rangers within 3-2.

   TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (hamstring) is with the team and remains on track to be activated Saturday, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the injured list. OF Delino DeShields was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after the game.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (elbow) will get his first start of the season in Sunday's series finale after his bullpen session went well Thursday. ... OF Justin Upton (turf toe) has been cleared to take batting practice and is fielding ground balls.

   UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (5-3, 2.64 ERA) is sixth in AL in ERA, seventh in innings pitched (64 2/3) and tied for eighth in strikeouts (67).

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (4-4, 5.01 ERA) has won his last three starts against the Rangers and has allowed only two earned runs in 17 1/3 innings.



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<![CDATA[Aerial Tour: Construction Progress at Globe Life Field]]>510342822Thu, 23 May 2019 16:28:32 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/globe-life-field-construction-may-23-2019_2019.jpg

Texas SkyRanger flew over Glove Life Field on Thursday, May 23, 2019, to see the construction progress.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Complete 3-Game Sweep of Mariners With 2-1 Win]]>510292351Wed, 22 May 2019 16:57:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1151016765.jpg

Hunter Pence homered, Adrian Sampson had another impressive long outing for a victory after not starting, and the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

The Mariners have lost 27 of 37 games to fall to the bottom of the AL West standings since starting the season 13-2.

Seattle lefty Marco Gonzalez (5-4) limited the Rangers to one earned run over seven innings, but dropped to 0-4 with a 4.56 ERA in five starts in May. He was 5-0 after his first seven starts this season.

Sampson (2-3) went 5 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run after the Rangers used a reliever to start the game, the same as the right-hander did when he got his first big league victory in his last appearance last Friday against St. Louis.

Jesse Chavez got the first five outs against the Mariners. Shawn Kelley worked the ninth for his fourth save in five chances, his second in less than 24 hours since coming off the injured list following the removal of two lumps from his throat that were determined to benign.

In his five actual starts this season, Sampson is 0-2 with a 7.66 ERA and hasn't gone more than five innings. Pitching in relief, he is 2-1 with a 1.48 ERA.

Pence put the Rangers up 2-0 in the sixth with his solo homer, his 10th of the season. Texas got an unearned run in the first when Pence reached on an error by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and scored on a double by Nomar Mazara.

Jay Bruce had a double and scored on J.P. Crawford's single in the Seattle seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: C Omar Narvaez left the game with a bruised left knee. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth, an inning after taking a foul tip off his knee behind the plate. The Mariners said he is day-to-day. ... 3B Kyle Seager, who had surgery to repair the tendon of his left middle finger during spring training, is on track for his season debut Saturday. That is when is eligible to come off the 60-day injured list. Manager Scott Servais said Seager felt good physically during his rehab assignment and isn't having any issues with his hand.

Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a left quad strain. He hurt it as a baserunner in Tuesday night's game. ... SS Elvis Andrus (right hamstring strain) hit a solo homer in a rehab game with Double-A Frisco. He is eligible to return to the Rangers' lineup Saturday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: Seattle will be in Oakland on Friday night for the opener of a weekend series.

Rangers: Texas starts a series Friday night at the Los Angeles Angels. LHP Drew Smyly (0-3, 6.51) is still looking for his first big league victory since 2016, before Tommy John surgery and missing the last two seasons.

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<![CDATA[Rangers OF Calhoun on 10-Day Injured List With Quad Strain]]>510283771Wed, 22 May 2019 14:39:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Willie-Calhoun.jpg

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun has been placed on the 10-day injured list because of a left quad strain.

The move was made Wednesday, a day after Calhoun aggravated his quad as a baserunner when trying to beat a throw to first base in the sixth inning of a win over Seattle.

Delino DeShields, the center fielder sent to the minor two weeks ago, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

Calhoun hit .435 (10 for 23) with two homers and seven RBIs since making his season debut a week ago following his call-up from the minor. He reached safely in all six games.

Manager Chris Woodward said Calhoun initially thought he had a cramp, but the pain didn't go away after getting to the dugout. The outfielder was re-examined Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Kelley Learns Throat Lumps Are Benign, Is Activated]]>510268011Wed, 22 May 2019 09:02:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kelleyap.jpg

Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley learned that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign, and the 35-year-old right-hander was activated from the 10-day injured list.

Kelley was placed on the injured list on May 9, and the lumps were removed last Thursday. Kelley, who doesn't use tobacco, had reported discomfort when talking and when rolling over while in bed.

"I really did feel like everything was going to be OK, and that a lot of it was precaution," he said Tuesday. "And to come on a day when I was going to be reactivated, anyways, is pretty exciting."

Kelley is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 14 appearances in his first season with the Rangers. He said the only pain is when he looks straight up because of the two internal stitches.

"If there's a pop-up on the mound, I'm going to need help," he said with a laugh. "You're going to see me leaning back."

Left-hander Brett Martin was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

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<![CDATA[Starter Lynn, Closer Kelley Lead Rangers Past Mariners]]>510255751Tue, 21 May 2019 23:28:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lance-Lynn-Getty-052119.jpg

Lance Lynn allowed two runs over seven innings and Shawn Kelley earned the save hours after learning that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Lynn (6-3) gave up five singles and one walk and had a season-high 11 strikeouts and one walk in his 200th career start. Kelley, who was activated from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday, allowed a ninth-inning homer to Omar Narvaez, who had three hits, in earning his third save of the season.

The loss continued a tailspin for Seattle, which is 10-26 since a 13-2 start.

Nomar Mazara had three hits, an RBI and scored one of two runs on a sacrifice fly after initially being ruled out at the plate before a successful Texas challenge. Joey Gallo hit a two-run home run, his 15th of the season, in the eighth inning.

Lynn had a shutout going into the seventh and, with the tying run at second base and one out, struck out Tim Beckham and J.P. Crawford to hold the lead.

The Rangers have won six of their last seven games to reach .500 at 23-23. Last season, they were at .500 once en route to finishing last in the American League West at 67-95.

Left-hander Tommy Milone (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits in five innings in his first major league start of the season. Milone's contract was selected from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day.

Mazara scored on a fly to hit to centerfielder Mitch Haniger by Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth inning after a video review showed Mazara touched the plate with his left hand before being tagged by catcher Narvaez.

The Mariners played without second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Ryon Healy, each placed on the 10-day injured list before the game. Gordon has a right wrist contusion, and Healy has lower back inflammation.

Rookie Shed Long, recalled from Tacoma, replaced Gordon and singled in the sixth inning for his first major league hit in his 11th big league at-bat.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: LF Willie Calhoun left the game after six innings with tightness in his left quad. ... SS Elvis Andrus (right hamstring strain) began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Double-A Frisco, going 0 for 3 with one strikeout as the designated hitter.

UP NEXT
Mariners: In the series finale on Wednesday afternoon, LHP Marco Gonzales (5-3, 3.65 ERA) will seek to end a three-game losing streak during which he has a 5.93 ERA after compiling a 2.80 ERA in his first seven starts.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-3, 4.79 ERA) could make his second straight appearance when following an opener. He earned his first major league win last Friday, limiting the St. Louis Cardinals to one earned run in 5 1/3 innings.

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<![CDATA[Minor 11 Ks, Rangers 5 Homers in Win Over Mariners]]>510196611Mon, 20 May 2019 22:18:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Minor-Getty-052019.jpg

Asdrubal Cabrera hit two of the five Texas homers, Mike Minor struck out 11 over six innings and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 10-9 in a series opener Monday night.

Hunter Pence, Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor also went deep. The Rangers twice had back-to-back homers while winning for the fifth time in six games since losing five in a row.

Minor (5-3) had pitched 29 innings in a row at home without giving up a run before Seattle, down 7-0 at the time, scored twice in the sixth. That scoreless streak for the lefty was the longest by any pitcher ever at the Rangers' ballpark that is in its 26th and final season.

Tim Beckham had five RBIs for the Mariners, including his first career grand slam in the eighth to chase Shelby Miller, who was making his first relief appearance since losing his spot in the starting rotation. Seattle added three runs in the ninth, including Daniel Vogelbach's two-run homer with two outs.

Texas went ahead to stay with a five-run first inning off Mike Leake (3-5), when Odor hit a three-run homer before Cabrera followed with a solo shot that snapped an 0-for-13 slide. Cabrera led off the fourth with his second homer of the game, and ninth of the season -- all at home.

Pence's ninth homer was a two-run homer in the seventh, measured at about 449 feet deep into the Mariners bullpen in left-center. Gallo followed with his 14th homer, an opposite-field shot that just cleared the wall into that bullpen and made it 10-2.

It was Minor's second game this season with at least 10 strikeouts. The other was his career-high 13 at Seattle in a 15-1 win on April 27, which started the current stretch of 16 losses in 21 games for the Mariners.

Minor allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings in the season opener for the Rangers, but didn't allow a run over 24 innings in his next three home starts until Monday night. He surpassed C.J. Wilson's record of 25 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings (2009-10) at the Texas home ballpark with his first two innings against Seattle.

Ryon Healy's sacrifice fly plated the first Seattle run and Beckham had a two-out RBI single before Minor struck out the last batter he faced.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: SS Danny Santana, who left Saturday's game after being hit on his right ankle bone by a 96 mph fastball, stepped out of the box for an extended time in the fourth after fouling a ball off his right foot. He shook it off and stayed in the game. He played Sunday, hitting a pinch-hit homer and later scoring the winning run in extra innings.

UP NEXT
Mariners: Veteran left-hander Tommy Milone is set to make his first start of the season for Seattle. After seven seasons with five teams, he signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in December and went 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in nine games (eight starts) at Triple-A Tacoma.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (5-3, 4.94) makes his 10th start of the season. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners, including April 28 when he allowed one run and five hits over seven innings at Seattle.

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<![CDATA[Hamilton Into Rangers Hall, Hasn't Really Thought About Game]]>510192801Mon, 20 May 2019 20:15:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh-Hamilton-Getty-052019.jpg

Josh Hamilton hasn't really thought much about baseball since knee issues ended his career, though he does miss playing at times. The 2010 AL MVP's moments on the diamond these days are watching and sometimes coaching his daughters playing softball.

"I've been making up for lost time with my girls, being Dad. Got a ranch towards College Station, spending time there," Hamilton said Monday, after the Texas Rangers said he would be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. "Hadn't really thought much of baseball. It's one of things where I never cared too much about watching the game, but I loved playing it more than anything."

Hamilton, who turns 38 on Tuesday, hasn't been to a Rangers game since playing in their 2015 regular season finale, though he went to spring training with the team the next two years after that.

Former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene, who during his tenure from 1987-97 played a major role in a getting the team a new stadium then and keeping the Rangers in Arlington, will join Hamilton in being inducted into the Texas hall in ceremony before an Aug. 17 against Minnesota.

"It's a great honor. If I were to think about, 15 or 20 years ago, if I'd be in any Hall of Fame at this point in my life, I'd have said no," Hamilton said. "So obviously, I gotta thank the good Lord above, and the Rangers where I had the best years of my career. And all the fans. It's just very humbling ... Thinking about good memories, good times in my life, and times where the Rangers stuck with me through some things and took a chance on me in other areas."

After Hamilton was the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, his career was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addiction. He returned to baseball with Cincinnati and made his big league debut in 2007, when he hit 19 homers in 90 games before getting traded to the Rangers. He was part of their only two World Series teams (2010 and 2011) and was an All-Star five seasons in a row.

There was that awe-inspiring display in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008, when the first-time All-Star led the American League with 130 RBIs while hitting .304 with 32 homers in his first full season.

Hamilton left the Rangers in free agency, signing a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the 2013 season. He was recovering from shoulder surgery when the Angels traded him back to Texas in 2015 after his two injury-plagued seasons with Los Angeles. He played 50 games for Texas in 2015, but never again after surgery on his left knee at least three times after that.

"The only thing I regret is not being able to be healthy when I came back to Texas," he said. "If I look back and could wish something, it was that right there, if I could have been healthy in '16 and '17 and finish playing like I wanted to play."

The former slugger said there are times if he sees a game that he gets a feeling that he could probably still play, at least as a designated hitter.

"There's a feeling still inside of me that comes boiling up," he said.

Hamilton hit .290 over his eight big league seasons, with 200 homers and 701 RBIs in 1,027 games.

He never officially announced his retirement, saying he wanted to "just slip off into the background" once he was ready to get to the ranch, get on a tractor and be a dad. He said he is enjoying life.

"I'd be lying to you if I said I still didn't feel like I could get out there and play," he said. "Then I remember why I quit. Just to be there for my girls."

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<![CDATA[Newy: Hamilton Deserves His Spot in Rangers Hall of Fame]]>510189852Mon, 20 May 2019 21:49:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY+ON+HAMILTON_2019-05-20-18-37-39.jpg

Josh Hamilton will be inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame later this summer. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why he hopes the 2010 American League MVP will receive a warm ovation from fans at his induction ceremony on August 17th.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Score 2 Runs in 10th, Rally Past Cardinals]]>510146241Sun, 19 May 2019 20:09:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Nomar-Mazara-Texas-Rangers-051919.jpg

Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward hadn't planned on using Danny Santana, a day after he was hit in the right ankle by a fastball from Carlos Martinez and forced to make an early exit.

But Woodward learned 40 minutes before gametime Sunday that Santana said he was totally fine. Good enough, certainly, to be a pinch-hitter.

Santana delivered, connecting for a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning and then scoring the winning run in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Nomar Mazara off Martinez that lifted Texas over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4.

"The kid is pretty special, to take 97 in the ankle off the bone and come in and hit a pinch-hit homer the next day and have a huge walk the next at-bat -- says a lot about who he is," Woodward said.

The Rangers rallied for two runs in the 10th and won for the fourth time in five games. The Cardinals dropped their fifth straight series and haven't won consecutive games since taking five in a row from April 27-May 1.

Santana said through a translator that he was one of the first players in the clubhouse on Sunday morning, took treatment, had his ankle taped and declared himself available.

Santana said that after running from first base to third in the 10th inning on the game-tying single by pinch-hitter Willie Calhoun, he knew he could run home if need be.

Both teams blew leads in the late innings.

Dexter Fowler's solo homer in the ninth off Texas reliever Chris Martin made it 3-all.

The Cardinals went ahead in the 10th when Harrison Bader doubled off Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong.

Rougned Odor opened the Texas 10th with a single off Jordan Hicks (1-2), Santana walked and Calhoun had a tying single.

Hicks threw 39 pitches, the most of his two-year major league career.

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, who was ejected in the fourth by plate umpire Jeremie Rehak after Fowler was called out on a 3-2 pitch, said he had no issue with Hicks' workload.

"We knew he had a count at 40 we were going to hold pretty firm to," Shildt said.

Martinez, the two-time All-Star who made his season debut Saturday following shoulder trouble, entered and intentionally walked Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases with no outs. After Logan Forsythe struck out, Mazara lofted a flyball that scored Santana.

Paul DeJong drove in three runs for the Cardinals.

St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Choo led off the first with a home run.

Rangers starter Drew Smyly sought his first win since Sept. 13, 2016, having missed the next two major league seasons following Tommy John surgery. He pitched four innings, allowing two runs in the first.

ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
Jose Leclerc, who has been everything from a closer to an opener for Texas this season, matched a career high for strikeouts in a game with five while pitching the fifth and sixth innings. Leclerc has 23 strikeouts in his last 12 1/3 innings, including all three batters as the opener on Friday.

Woodward said he'll return Leclerc to the closer's role later this season but currently sees him as "our version of Andrew Miller back in the Cleveland days."

SHORT HOPS
Calhoun has hit safely in all five games since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday and is hitting .476 (10 for 21). ... Choo's home run landed in the upper deck in right field and was his third homer in his past four games. The homer was the first run scored off Flaherty in the first or second inning in his 10 starts this season. ... Yadier Molina had his third stolen base of the season on the back end of a double steal, tying him for the most by a major league catcher this year.

UP NEXT
Cardinals: RHP Michael Wacha (3-1, 4.93 ERA) will make his fifth career start against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday and his first at home. Wacha is 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA against Kansas City.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (4-3, 2.61 ERA) will open a home series against the Seattle Mariners on Monday. Minor has five starts of seven or more innings pitched with two or fewer runs this season, already the most by a Ranger during the past two seasons.

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<![CDATA[Cardinals Get 1st Win Over Rangers Since 2011 World Series]]>510126151Sat, 18 May 2019 21:23:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Matt-Carpenter-051819.jpg

Paul DeJong homered and had a season-high four RBIs, Matt Carpenter's opposite-field double off the very top of the outfield wall ignited a decisive inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Texas 8-2 on Saturday, getting their first victory over the Rangers since the 2011 World Series.

Carpenter was initially given a two-run homer in the fifth after his drive hit the wide pad atop the 14-foot left field wall, bounced up and then came back down into the field of play. That was changed to an RBI double on replay review after the Rangers challenged. It was still the first run in a five-run outburst.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain delayed the start of Saturday's scheduled midafternoon game by 2 hours, 11 minutes. There was no more rain until the game finished in a downpour that started when the Rangers were batting in the ninth.

The Cardinals had lost seven regular season games in a row against Texas since their World Series title eight years ago. They were swept in three-game home series in 2013 and 2016, and lost the opener of this series Friday night in what was St. Louis' first regular season game in Arlington since June 13, 2004 -- a gap of 5,451 games.

St. Louis had lost three in a row and 12 of 15 games. The Rangers had scored 29 runs in a three-game winning streak.

Cardinals rookie right-hander Dakota Hudson (3-3) struck out five and allowed two runs over six innings.

Ariel Jurado (1-2) had Carpenter picked off after the overturned call in the fifth, but second baseman Rougned Odor dropped the ball for an error. The Rangers starter was done after walking the next batter.

DeJong, who drove in a run with a groundout in the third and hit his eighth homer in the ninth, greeted reliever Jeanmar Gomez with a two-run double into the left field corner that made it 4-0. After another walk, Jose Martinez had an RBI single, and a groundout by Yadier Molina sent home another run.

Ronald Guzman led off the Rangers fifth with a single and scored on a double by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who later came home on groundout by Willie Calhoun, who has six RBIs in four games since being called up by the Rangers earlier this week.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: SS Danny Santana was hit by a fastball on his right ankle when batting in the ninth inning. He was lifted for a pinch-runner before Guzman grounded into a game-ending double play.

UP NEXT
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.34 ERA), the Cardinals' first-round draft pick in 2014, is 2-8 with a 4.94 ERA in 16 career starts when facing an opponent for the first time.

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (0-3, 6.85) is still looking for his first MLB win since 2016, before his Tommy John surgery in July 2017. He has never pitched against St. Louis.

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<![CDATA[Sampson's 1st Win Follows Leclerc as Rangers Top Cards]]>510106891Fri, 17 May 2019 23:43:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Adrian Sampson might not always have one-time Texas closer Jose Leclerc starting in front of him.

Worked pretty well this time, though.

Sampson got his first career win following Leclerc as the opener in his first major league start, Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo homered in a seven-run second inning and the Rangers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Friday night.

"I'm not saying we are going to do it every time," manager Chris Woodward said. "But this team is so top heavy, their best hitters are at the top."

Leclerc struck out two in a perfect first inning. The right-hander was removed as the closer May 1 after two blown saves and twice being replaced in the ninth inning of games Texas went on to win.

Sampson (1-3) gave up seven hits and two runs -- one earned -- in 5 1/3 innings for the 27-year-old right-hander's first win in his 16th career appearance over three seasons, beginning with Seattle in 2016.

"It took me long enough, you know?"' Sampson said. "I've just been through a lot, between getting called up and where I'm at now. Any time you pitch and it's been awhile, you start to think about it every inning. It was in my thoughts all the time. It's good to just get it out of the way."

Joey Gallo had both his hits in the highest-scoring inning this season for Texas, which beat the Cardinals in their first game in Arlington since losing Game 5 of the 2011 World Series.

Gallo also had a throw from center field clocked at 95.8 mph , according to MLB's Statcast, when he got Kolten Wong trying to go from first to third on Harrison Bader's single in the seventh inning.

Texas has won all seven regular season games against St. Louis since the dramatic World Series loss that included the Rangers being a strike away from the title twice in Game 6. The Cardinals rallied for an 11-inning victory and won going away in Game 7, both wins at home.

Miles Mikolas (4-4), facing his former team for the first time, gave up nine hits and seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing in 52 starts for the right-hander's career. The Cardinals dropped to 4-12 since May 1, when they had the best record in the majors.

"To throw up a stinker like this is frustrating but I'm not going to let this discourage me from all the good things that I had been doing," said Mikolas, who was coming off three straight strong starts before letting his ERA in his old home ballpark rise to 16.71.

Odor and Choo each hit a sixth home run this season -- Odor a three-run shot for a 4-0 lead and Choo a two-run homer for a 6-0 edge . Odor has three homers in two games.

Texas' big inning ended when Hunter Pence tried to score on a pitch that bounced and hit Yadier Molina in the mask. The catcher scrambled for the loose ball and dived back to the plate as Pence ran past without touching home. Molina made the tag before Pence got a hand on the plate.

After 13 Rangers batted in the second inning, four St. Louis relievers retired 18 of the final 20 Texas hitters with 10 strikeouts.

The first two runs for the Cardinals came home without a hit in the third. Bader scored when Odor mishandled Paul Goldschmidt's grounder, and Marcell Ozuna had an RBI fielder's choice. Bader hit a solo homer, his fourth of the season, with two outs in the ninth.

JUST ONE THROWBACK

Molina figures to be the only player to see action among those were part of the World Series eight years ago. Right-handers Lance Lynn of Texas, a rookie with the Cardinals back then, and Adam Wainwright of St. Louis won't start in the three-game series. Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is on the injured list with a strained right hamstring.

CHAMPION HURLER

Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey threw out the ceremonial first pitch a little less than six weeks after winning her third national championship with the Lady Bears. Mulkey, celebrating her 57th birthday, wore a white No. 19 Texas uniform top with "Mulkey" on the back.

Crouching behind home plate, third base coach Tony Beasley didn't even have to move his glove on the throw from the former point guard who won national titles as a player and assistant coach at Louisiana Tech. Baylor beat Notre Dame 82-81 for the title.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Dakota Hudson (2-3, 4.61 ERA) is set for his first start against an AL West team. Both of his previous appearances against American League clubs were in relief, against Kansas City and Detroit as a rookie last year.

Rangers: RHP Ariel Jurado (1-1, 1.50) is set for his first start of the season and ninth of his career. The first eight were last season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Rout Royals, Hit 5 HRs in KC Rubber Match]]>510031911Thu, 16 May 2019 16:06:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1149610372.jpg

Rougned Odor homered twice, Willie Calhoun went deep for the second straight day and the Texas Rangers hit five homers in all as they routed the Kansas City Royals 16-1 on Thursday in the rubber game of their three-game set.

Joey Gallo went deep among his four hits, and Hunter Pence also homered, making life so tough on the Royals' pitching staff that manager Ned Yost resorted to using utility man Chris Owings on the mound the last two innings. It was his first appearance as a pitcher in a big league game.

Calhoun also had a two-run single and finished with four hits for the Rangers, who bounced back from a drubbing in the series opener to take the next two games. That gave Texas its first road series win in nine tries dating to last September in San Diego.

Lance Lynn (5-3) allowed a run in the first but little else for the Rangers, going seven innings in a solid start. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out five.

Homer Bailey (4-4) allowed six runs, eight hits and four walks in an all-around dismal day for the Kansas City pitching staff. Brad Boxberger coughed up three runs in relief of him as the Royals lost the rubber game of a series for the 13th consecutive time dating to last season.

Kansas City actually struck first when youngster Nicky Lopez capped a solid debut series with an RBI double in the first inning. But Lynn and the Rangers controlled the game the rest of the way.

They pulled even on Gallo's homer to left leading off the fourth, then battered Bailey and the bullpen by sending five runs across during the fifth inning.

It started with a leadoff walk to Isaih Kiner-Falefa, continued with consecutive singles by Danny Santana, Calhoun and Nomar Mazara, and included two more walks by Bailey that sent in a run.

The veteran right-hander was finally yanked from the game, and Brad Boxberger appeared to have the Royals out of the inning when he induced Odor to hit a groundball. First baseman Ryan O'Hearn was able to field the ball cleanly but threw it away, keeping their misery going.

Texas pushed across three more runs in the sixth, drawing a trio of walks off Boxberger and former closer Wily Peralta. It was the second straight inning the Rangers batted through the order.

Lopez was the Royals' lone bright spot. Along with an RBI double, the 24-year-old rookie doubled in the third and drew a walk in the sixth while playing solid defense at solid second base.

STATS AND STREAKS

The Rangers have won five of six against Kansas City. They also have won nine of their last 11 at Kauffman Stadium. ... Texas had lost 15 of 20 on the road. ... The Royals had committed a league-low 14 errors before O'Hearn's miscue in the fifth inning. ... Owings allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while retiring five batters, giving him a 21.60 ERA for his career.

UP NEXT

The Rangers intend to use openers the first two games of their weekend series against St. Louis, though manager Chris Woodward was not ready to say who they will be. The Royals head to Los Angeles to face the Angels on Friday night with Brad Keller (2-4, 4.47 ERA) on the mound.



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<![CDATA[Guzman, Calhoun Go Deep as Rangers Roll Past Royals]]>509999421Wed, 15 May 2019 23:07:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Willie-Calhoun.jpg

Ronald Guzman and Willie Calhoun each hit a two-run homer, and the Texas Rangers cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Shin-Soo Choo added a solo shot in the ninth inning and Nomar Mazara matched a career high with four hits as the Rangers snapped a five-game skid. They have won six of their last eight against Kansas City, including an 11-5 loss in the series opener Tuesday.

Mike Minor (4-3) got through five rocky innings, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks.

Guzman drove in a run in the fourth before sending a hanging pitch from Jorge Lopez (0-5) booming into the center field seats in the sixth. The two-out shot broke open a 3-1 game and sent Lopez, who had plunked two batters and struggled with command all night, trudging toward the showers.

Lopez allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Calhoun, called up from Triple-A Nashville before the game, got the Rangers off to a good start. The erstwhile elite prospect sent a first-inning pitch from Lopez soaring into the seats over the right-field bullpen, the no-doubt shot staking Texas to a 2-0 lead.

Kansas City answered by manufacturing a run in the bottom half against Minor, whose last appearance at Kauffman Stadium came as the Royals' closer in the final game of the 2017 season. But after Adalberto Mondesi's RBI single, the veteran left-hander escaped the rest of the inning unscathed.

It wasn't the last time he negotiated trouble.

Minor also stranded runners on second and third in the second and fourth, and he pinned another runner 90 feet from home in the fifth. By the time that inning ending, Minor had survived a shaky night and has still allowed just 11 earned runs over his last 55 innings.

The Rangers' bullpen allowed only one hit over the final four innings.

INJURED ELVIS
Texas put shortstop Elvis Andrus on the injured list with a strained right hamstring after he left Tuesday night's game in the seventh inning. Rangers manager Chris Woodward is hopeful Andrus will be ready to return in 10 days. "You don't want this to linger with him," Woodward said.

ROSTER MOVES
Calhoun was joined from Nashville by left-hander Jeffrey Springs to provide a fresh arm in the Texas bullpen. Right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang was optioned to the same club.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers right-hander Shawn Kelley could be activated in the next couple of days, Woodward said. Kelley has been dealing with a bacterial infection. ... Woodward said right-hander Ariel Jurado will likely start Saturday against St. Louis. Woodward plans to get "creative" with the starter Sunday because left-hander Drew Smyly has a slight ankle sprain and his next turn could get pushed back a couple of days.

UP NEXT
The Royals wrap up their homestand Thursday by sending Homer Bailey (4-3, 4.83 ERA) to the mound against Texas. The Rangers counter with fellow right-hander Lance Lynn (4-3, 5.48).

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<![CDATA[Beltre Missing Baseball Less Than He Thought After 21 Years]]>509993981Wed, 15 May 2019 21:46:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6P+V-BELTRE+SMU+FORUM_KXASLCX4_2019-05-15-21-27-09.jpg

Adrian Beltre was afraid of how he was going to feel after announcing his retirement last November, a decision the former third baseman had pretty much reached privately a few months earlier during the season.

While at peace after 21 MLB seasons and 3,166 hits, Beltre still wasn't sure what to expect when the Texas Rangers went to spring training, or when they opened this season without him.

"I thought I was going to miss it more, but I'm good," Beltre said Wednesday. "So far it's been good, so hopefully stays that way."

Beltre's appearance at the SMU Athletic Forum came about 2 1/2 weeks before he will be back in Texas when the Rangers retire his No. 29 jersey on June 8.

"I've seen the guys play, and talked to the guys and every game I see, I don't feel like I wish I could be there," said Beltre, who passed a big test during spring training when he visited the Rangers' complex when his 12-year-old son was playing a baseball tournament in Arizona. "I miss the guys, hanging around the guys. ... Beyond that, I don't think that I'm missing the game that much."

The Dominican-born Beltre, the career hits leader for foreign-born players , turned 40 last month. Many of his former teammates were able to celebrate his birthday with him at his California home, since the Rangers' first roadtrip was against the Los Angeles Angels.

While the Rangers are about one-fourth of the way through their 162-game season, Beltre spends his days with his family, transporting his three kids to school and their various activities.

"Retirement is nice, but getting a little busy too," he said.

Beltre spent the last eight seasons of his Hall of Fame-caliber career with the Rangers. The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner went to his only World Series in 2011, his first season in Texas, and joined the 3,000-hit club in a Rangers home game two years ago.

He hit a Texas-high .273 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 119 games last season, but was on the disabled list twice because of a strained left hamstring. Calf and hamstring issues in 2017 limited him to 94 games, his fewest since 77 as a 19-year-old rookie with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

When he was hurt last season, Beltre said he pretty much decided it was time to retire. But he never publicly revealed what he was thinking, not even to his immediate family, and allowed himself a chance to mentally prepare that his playing career was going to end.

"It gave me time to force my mind to this is it," said Beltre, a .286 career hitter with 477 homers whose 2,759 career games at third base are second only to Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

Beltre, who was a key leader in the Rangers clubhouse, doesn't expect to be a coach any time soon -- if at all.

"I don't think I have the patience for it. I don't say I will never do it, I just don't see myself doing it," he said. "I was away my house pretty much for 20-something years, and coaching takes more time. ... I don't think I can do that to my family, at least not yet."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Place Andrus on Injured List With Strained Hamstring]]>509992541Wed, 15 May 2019 20:38:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Elvis-Andrus.jpg

The Texas Rangers placed shortstop Elvis Andrus on the injured list with a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Nashville amid a flurry of roster moves Wednesday.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs was also recalled from Nashville and right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang sent to the same club before the Rangers played the middle game of their three-game set against the Royals.

Andrus hurt his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning of the series opener Tuesday night. Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thinks Andrus should be ready to come back within 10 days, but he wants to make sure the injury is fully healed.

"I hope it's before that," Woodward said, "because then he'll be ready. You don't want this to linger with him being an older guy and a shortstop. There are a lot of demands on that position."

Andrus, who was hitting .325 with six homers and 26 RBIs, had started a team-high 38 games. The only one he missed came against Oakland on April 24, when he was hit by a pitch and bruised his hand.

His injury gave Woodward the chance to bring Calhoun up to the club.

Once a consensus top-100 prospect, Calhoun has struggled in brief stints with the Rangers the past two seasons. But he hit .302 with eight homers and 22 RBIs at Nashville, were he claimed to have found some hitches in his swing that he managed to work through this season.

"Honestly I just got back to watching a lot of video from 2017, my years with the Dodgers. Those were my best offensive years," he said. "I figure some things out with my swing."

Calhoun wouldn't get into the details of his swing changes, but he did acknowledge "hitting more strikes than balls." And while that might sound like an obvious way to improve at the plate, the reality is that training -- or more accurately, honing -- a batter's eye is a difficult proposition.

The 24-year-old outfielder, who was in the starting lineup and batting second Wednesday night in Kansas City, wasn't expecting the call-up. He had just gone to sleep after an early game Tuesday and a long trip to Dallas when his phone began ringing in his room.

"I didn't answer because I thought it was my mom," he said. "Then I answered it the second time."

Does his mother usually call him late at night?

"Yeah," Calhoun said. "She loves to talk. And I'm a mama's boy."

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<![CDATA[Royals Score Early, Blow Out Rangers in Series Opener]]>509941331Tue, 14 May 2019 22:53:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hunter-Dozier-Getty-051419.jpg

Hunter Dozier drove in three runs, top prospect Nicky Lopez had an RBI single in his big league debut, and the Kansas City Royals routed the Texas Rangers 11-5 on Tuesday night.

Alex Gordon and Jorge Soler also drove in two runs apiece for the Royals, who scored nine times in the first two innings while quickly knocking Rangers starter Shelby Miller from the game.

Danny Duffy (2-1) was only marginally better for Kansas City, using 107 pitches just to survive five innings. He allowed four runs, seven hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Miller (1-3) was pulled with two outs in the second. The veteran right-hander allowed eight runs and seven hits with two walks in another ugly performance in his return from Tommy John surgery.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left with tightness in his right hamstring after grounding out to end the seventh inning. He will be evaluated again Wednesday in another blow to a team that has lost five straight to fall a season-worst five games below .500.

The Royals pounced on Miller right from the start, sending seven to the plate in the first inning and jumping out to a 3-0 lead. But they cracked the game open in the second, when they sent 11 batters to the plate and drove in six runs against Miller and Rangers reliever Wei-Chieh Huang.

The stunning offensive outburst came after Kansas City managed six singles and no extra-base hits in a loss to the Phillies on Sunday. And it came after the arrival of second baseman Nicky Lopez, one of their top prospects, who got the start at second base and hit second in the lineup.

He walked in the third before his first career hit, a two-out single in the seventh inning.

Joey Gallo had a pair of RBIs for the Rangers, who tried to climb back into the game with a four-run third. But they stranded runners in four consecutive innings, repeatedly failing to get the crucial hit they needed to avoid a 1-6 start to their nine-game, 10-day road trip.

NICKY'S NUMBER
The Royals originally made up No. 19 jerseys for Lopez, but he asked to wear No. 1 because it was the number his father wore in softball. New jerseys were made and arrived before first pitch.

ROSTER MOVES
The Royals made roster space for Lopez by sending right-hander Jake Newberry to Triple-A Omaha and designating first baseman Frank Schwindel for assignment. The Royals are hopeful Schwindel clears waivers and they can keep him in their organization.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers left-hander Cole Ragans, their first-round pick in the 2016 draft, will need a second Tommy John surgery after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament. The 21-year-old Ragans was close to pitching in a game for the first time since his last surgery when he began feeling discomfort about a week ago.

"It's obviously concerning," said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, adding that surgery will be Wednesday. "This is the first Tommy John surgery we've had that's failed."

UP NEXT
The Royals hope Jorge Lopez (0-4, 6.07 ERA) can get on track Wednesday night after a blowout loss to the Astros. He goes against former Royals pitcher Mike Minor, who is 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA for Texas.

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<![CDATA[Ex-MVP Wetteland Maintains Innocence Amid Sex Abuse Charges]]>509916481Tue, 14 May 2019 14:58:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john-wetteland-mug-blur.jpg

An attorney for John Wetteland says the former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher is "completely shocked" and innocent of charges accusing him of child sex abuse.

Attorney Derek Adame commented Monday after Wetteland attended an arraignment hearing in Denton County, Texas. Wetteland and his wife didn't speak to reporters.

Adame says the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is staying strong in the face of the charges accusing him of child sex abuse for two years starting in 2004 when the alleged victim was 4.

Bartonville police charged the 52-year-old in January with continuous sex abuse of a child, and a Texas grand jury indicted him in March on three counts of the same charge.

Wetteland is scheduled to return to court in July. Adame says he'll plead not guilty.

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<![CDATA[Springer 5 Hits, 2 Homers as Astros Romp, Sweep Rangers]]>509825941Sun, 12 May 2019 17:44:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/George-Springer-Getty-051219.jpg

George Springer started the Houston Astros' barrage and didn't let up.

Springer was 5 for 5 with four RBIs and a pair of home runs that increased total to an AL-high 15, leading the Astros to a 15-5 rout over Texas on Sunday and a four-game sweep of the Rangers.

"It's one of those things where I think hitting is extremely contagious," Springer said. "If a guy sees someone else hit a knock, he wants to get one and the next guy wants to get one. I think the guys today did a good job of passing the baton on."

Springer hit his fifth leadoff homer this season and big league-high 29th since the start of 2015, a drive off Adrian Sampson (0-3). He hit an RBI single in the second, singled again in the fourth and fifth, then hit a two-run homer off the train tracks in left in the sixth against Brett Martin. It was his first multi-homer game since April 13 last year, also against the Rangers.

"He's got all sorts of levels he can go to," Houston manager AJ Hinch said. "He's in a really good place physically and preparation-wise. When he's getting pitches to hit, he's not missing them. He's doing a ton of damage, and it's so exciting when he's at the top of the order doing this stuff."

Springer became the first Astros player to have five hits and score five runs in a game.

"I'm happy to do it and happy to help us win," Springer said. "Me scoring runs means the guys behind me did their jobs as well."

Alex Bregman also homered twice and tied his career best with five RBIs as the Astros set season highs for runs and hits (18). They extended their winning streak to five. Bregman hit a two-run homer in the second for a 4-0 lead and a three-run drive in the fifth against Ariel Jurado as Houston opened a 10-1 advantage.

"We had a great homestand with a lot of wins," Bregman said. "I'm super excited to see Springer go off today. Great offensive day."

Corbin Martin (1-0) struck out nine in his major league debut, allowing two runs, three hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings.

Martin, selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft, signed for a $1,178,600 bonus. The 23-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 1.48 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock this season.

"After I got that first pitch out of the way, I think it all settled in that I have been doing this for a long time, and I shouldn't change anything," Martin said. "It's easier to pitch when you have a big lead like that."Fans gave him a standing ovation when he was removed.

"I just told him there's only one first time," Hinch said. "He should be incredibly proud. I'm really thankful our fans sensed the moment and gave him an incredible ovation."

Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Elvis Andrus homered for the Rangers, who have lost five of six.

"We aren't happy with this result, but we've got to use this series as something to springboard off of as something to learn from and something to grow from," Hunter Pence said. "If you take all this valuable information, you can extract from these moments how we can improve."

Sampson allowed six runs -- five earned -- and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.25.

"You have to set your standards higher," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "Will you always get there? No. But when you have to take care of the baseball, execute pitches, have quality at bats and typically good things happen. When you don't do those things, you get exposed. Those are the kind of things good teams take advantage of."

TRAINER'S ROOM
Astros: 2B Jose Altuve was placed on the 10-day injured list, a move retroactive to Saturday, due to a left hamstring strain. The Astros selected the contract of Martin from Round Rock.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Shelby Miller (1-2, 7.48 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Kansas City on Tuesday. Miller allowed two runs over four innings on Wednesday at Pittsburgh.

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (3-2, 4.30) starts Monday at Detroit in the opener of a three-game series. Peacock struck out a career-high 12 in seven scoreless innings Wednesday against the Royals.

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<![CDATA[Cole's 12 Ks, Diaz's Slam Help Astros Top Rangers]]>509812631Sat, 11 May 2019 23:12:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gerrit-Cole-Getty-051119.jpg

Gerrit Cole struck out a season-high 12, Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam while starting in place of injured star Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 11-4 Saturday night.

Altuve sat out a night after straining his left hamstring, but Houston didn't need him. Diaz took Kyle Dowdy deep into the Crawford Boxes for a 6-1 lead in the sixth, and the Astros didn't look back.

Cole (4-4) gave up a run and four hits in six innings for his third straight win. He has at least eight strikeouts in eight of nine starts this season and leads the majors with 86 punchouts.

The Astros won their fourth straight game, handing Texas its fourth loss in five games, including three straight in Houston.

After Jesse Chavez started for Texas and retired all three batters in the first inning, Drew Smyly (0-3) made his first relief appearance since 2014. In 4 2/3 innings, Smyly allowed one run, four hits and four walks. He was pulled after walking the bases loaded before Diaz homered.

Hunter Pence hit his seventh homer in the second inning over a leaping Josh Reddick to put the Rangers up 1-0. Pence has homered in four of the last five games, and he had another robbed by Reddick on Thursday.

Michael Brantley tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 10th homer of the season.

Texas' Ronald Guzman hit a towering homer off Chris Devenski that trimmed Houston's lead to 6-4 in the seventh.

Houston answered with a three-run seventh, going back up 9-4 on an RBI single from Tyler White and a two-run single from Robinson Chirinos. The Astros added two more insurance runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles from Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel.

ALTUVE UPDATE
Houston manager AJ Hinch said he's "not optimistic" Altuve can avoid the 10-day injured list. Hinch said Altuve has undergone tests and the team is still waiting for a final diagnosis on the severity of the injury.

MCHUGH TO THE BULLPEN
Hinch said he was moving Collin McHugh to the bullpen. After a 3-1 start to the season, McHugh allowed 25 runs in his last four starts, going 0-3 in that stretch. His ERA has ballooned to 6.37.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: RHP Shawn Kelley (infection) threw a bullpen session on Saturday. Kelley has been on the 10-day IL since May 6 with a bacterial infection.

UP NEXT
Astros RHP Corbin Martin is expected to be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to make his MLB debut in place of McHugh on Sunday. The Rangers will start RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.41).

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<![CDATA[Verlander Allows 1 Hit in 7 Innings, Astros Beat Rangers 3-0]]>509787681Fri, 10 May 2019 23:04:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for seven dominant innings, right fielder Josh Reddick made another leaping catch and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Friday night.

Jake Marisnick homered in the third, and Yuli Gurriel and Robinson Chirinos hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the seventh.

Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve exited in the first inning with left hamstring discomfort after beating out an infield single. He was listed as day to day.

The only hit off Verlander (6-1) was a single by Asdrubal Cabrera to lead off the fifth. The right-hander struck out eight, walked two and hit a batter.

Ryan Pressly threw a perfect eighth. Roberto Osuna pitched around a single in the ninth for his 10th save, helped by Reddick.

A day after reaching over the wall to take away a go-ahead, three-run homer from Texas' Hunter Pence, Reddick leaped for a catch against the wall to rob Elvis Andrus of extra bases.

Carlos Correa helped Verlander in the third, making a diving snag of Ronald Guzman's hard grounder deep in the hole at short, popping up and getting the out at first.

Lance Lynn (4-3) allowed three runs in seven innings, striking out eight. The three home runs Lynn gave up were as many as he had allowed in his previous seven starts combined this season.

MOVING UP

Verlander passed Frank Tanana for 22nd on the all-time strikeouts list by fanning Rougned Odor in the seventh. He now has 2,774 strikeouts in his career.

UP NEXT

Astros RHP Gerrit Cole (3-4, 4.17 ERA) will make his ninth start of the season, seeking his third straight win after allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings in his last outing Monday against the Royals. The Rangers planned to announce later their starter.

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<![CDATA[Reddick, Miley Lead Astros to 4-2 Win Over Rangers]]>509735671Fri, 10 May 2019 00:03:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Josh Reddick has made a habit of making outstanding defensive plays.

His latest one saved the game for the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Reddick hit the tiebreaking RBI single and preserved Houston's lead with a leaping grab over the wall in right field, and Wade Miley struck out seven in six solid innings as the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 for their fifth victory in six games.

The Rangers led off the ninth with a walk by Shin-Soo Choo, followed by a single from Elvis Andrus. Roberto Osuna struck out Nomar Mazara and Reddick robbed Hunter Pence of a possible go-ahead home run with a leaping grab over wall.

"He's a strong guy and Reddick was tracking it; you just don't know if it's going to come down in time," Houston manager AJ Hinch said. "And then he jumps up Spider-Man style and comes back with it. It's a range of emotion, pretty much from (Uh, oh) to incredible catch."

Reddick said he was playing deep.

"Fortunately, it wasn't hit high enough, and I was able to jump up just high enough over the wall to get there," Reddick said.

Pence was wowed by the catch.

"It's the big leagues and he's one of the best outfielders I've ever seen," Pence said. "He's done that a lot. He's robbed me of some really good swings. That's what happens when you're competing at the highest level."

Osuna struck out Joey Gallo to earn his ninth save.

Reddick's single with two outs in the sixth scored Yuli Gurriel and gave the Astros a 3-2 lead.

Michael Brantley pushed the lead to 4-2 with a bases-loaded walk off Jose LeClerc in the eighth. Jeanmar Gomez got George Springer to ground out to end the inning.

Alex Bregman tied it at 2-all in the fifth with a sacrifice fly that scored Jake Marisnick.

Springer gave the Astros a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to left in the third.

Pence gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead on a two-run homer to right in the fourth. Pence has homered in three straight games.

"I think it was just more frustrating because of how the whole game went," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "Really unlucky. I'd hate to call a team lucky, but I'd like to say they were lucky today. They got a lot of weak hits, we didn't get much going offensively. Seemed like all the calls were going their way and for Reddick to catch that last ball just kind of topped it off."

Miley (3-2) allowed two runs on two hits.

"I got to crowd them in," Miley said. "Have to stand them up a little bit to keep them from just diving out on the cutter. I threw a lot of cutters and was able to do that for the most part."

The left-hander recorded his 1,000th career strikeout with a second inning strikeout of Gallo. Miley has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his eight starts this season.

Mike Minor (3-3) gave up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings. Minor has allowed three runs or fewer in six of his eight starts this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Texas placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday with an infection and recalled RHP Wei-Chieh Huang from Triple-A Nashville. The Rangers activated 1B Ronald Guzman (hamstring) from the injured list. The Rangers had optioned OF Delino DeShields to Nashville following Wednesday's game.

RAINING INSIDE THE DOME

In the eighth inning, it started raining inside Minute Maid Park, and some fans could be seen taking cover. The facade in center field was wet and rain could be seen around the upper deck down the right field line, in center field and above the Crawford Boxes in left field. The flags in deep center were whipping around and were drenched.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Lance Lynn (4-2, 5.75 ERA) starts Friday looking for his third straight win after allowing five runs in six innings against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (5-1, 2.86) starts his ninth game of the season Friday after yielding four runs in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Angels.

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<![CDATA[Pence Pinch-Hit Slam, Rangers Rally Past Pirates]]>509667341Wed, 08 May 2019 18:32:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hunter-Pence-Getty-050819.jpg

In a game full of monster shots, Hunter Pence hit the biggest home run of all.

Pence connected for a pinch-hit grand slam and the Texas Rangers rallied late, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Wednesday.

The Rangers trailed 6-2 before three walks by reliever Michael Feliz loaded the bases for Pence. He sent the first pitch off the foul pole in left field to tie it.

Coming into this season, Pence didn't appear to be the longball threat that he once was. The 36-year-old once hit 27 home runs in a season, but that was back in 2013. He hit just four in all of 2018, and was signed to a minor league contract by the Rangers in February.

But his power stroke might be returning to the form of his youth. Pence hit a home run and a pair of doubles in the first game of the series on Tuesday before equaling his 2018 total with his fourth homer of the season Wednesday.

"Trust my approach and hit it. That was all I was focused on," Pence said.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward was focused on putting up Pence in the right spot.

"He's a remarkable human being, man," Woodward said. "He's waiting the whole time. He was champing at the bit behind me. I could hear him pacing back and forth. I let him know, `Hey, I want to make sure when you hit, it's a situation where you're either going to tie it or plate a run."'

Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled off Tyler Lyons (1-1) and an offline relay throw allowed Nomar Mazara to score the go-ahead run in the ninth. Rougned Odor followed with a two-run homer.

Ariel Jurado (1-1) worked the eighth and got the ball to Chris Martin, who earned his first save of the season and first since 2015.

Joey Gallo gave Texas the early lead with a two-run shot that bounced off the concourse beyond the right-center field wall and landed in the Allegheny River. The estimated 443-foot drive was Gallo's 100th career home run in his 377th game, making him the fastest player to 100 homers in American League history. He also became the first player in major league history to hit 100 home runs before reaching 100 singles (he has 93).

Gallo said Pence has been a positive example for himself and the other young hitters on the Rangers.

"He's always ready to come in the game," Gallo said. "I think that says a lot for a guy with that much experience, that much respect in the game, and he's taking every single out serious, every single game serious. I think it's very good for us young guys to see that."

Josh Bell's estimated 472-foot drive tied the game in the Pittsburgh fourth and was the fourth ever to reach the river on a fly. It was his ninth home run of the season after hitting 12 in 2018.

"I think I've hit a couple on the bounce," Bell said. "I've never really thought about getting one in the air. But I knew that if I connected that way, it was a possibility. It was awesome to have finally have done it."

Gregory Polanco drove two with a single in the Pirates sixth. Kevin Newman stole second and scored on two errors ahead of Colin Moran's pinch-hit home run in the seventh.

Texas starter Shelby Miller struck out six over his four innings, and allowed only the Bell homer.

ROSTER MOVE
The Rangers optioned outfielder Delino DeShields to Triple-A Nashville after the game. He is batting .182 with one homer, 10 RBIs and seven steals in 30 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman (right hamstring strain) is expected to come off the injured list on Thursday. He's been out since April 7.

Pirates: Pittsburgh put RHP Keone Kela on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 6, with right shoulder inflammation. ... RHP Nick Burdi was diagnosed with a nerve injury after leaving the game in obvious pain on April 22. He'll be re-assessed after six weeks of rest. ... RHP Chris Archer (right thumb irritation) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Friday.

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (3-2, 2.40 ERA) will start a four-game series at Houston. He threw seven scoreless against the Astros on April 3.

Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-3, 2.63) will start a season-long 11-game trip in St. Louis on Friday. He made his shortest start of the season on May 3, when he allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings against Oakland.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Send OF Delino DeShields Down to Nashville]]>509661691Wed, 08 May 2019 17:13:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Delino_Deshields_on_NFL_Protests_1200x675_1054605379971.jpg

The Texas Rangers have sent outfielder Delino DeShields down to Nashville.

The team made the announcement Wednesday after the win over the Pirates that Shields, 26, was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

"Delino is a valuable player. He's a big leaguer. At this point,we are choosing to keep a deeper bullpen and didn't want to cut ties permanently with anyone. Delino will play every day in Nashville, get himself going, and be ready to help us again this year," general manager Jon Daniels said, according to a tweet by Dallas Morning News Rangers beat writer Evan Grant.
 
Texas will make a corresponding roster move on Thursday, when the team opens a four-game series in Houston, the team said.
 
DeShields is batting .182 with one homer, 10 RBI, and 7 stolen bases in 30 games in 2019.

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<![CDATA[Polanco Hits First Homer, Pirates Edge Rangers]]>509619621Tue, 07 May 2019 21:52:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gregory-Polanco-Getty-050719.jpg

Gregory Polanco hit his first home run in eight months, and spot starter Steven Brault and six relievers did just enough to help the Pittsburgh Pirates edge the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Polanco sent a two-run shot to the first row of seats in right-center off Adrian Sampson (0-2) in the fifth, his first since dislocating his left shoulder in an awkward slide last September. Melky Cabrera added a pinch-hit two-run double off Sampson as the Pirates won for the fifth time in six games.

Brault, filling in for injured Jameson Taillon, gave up two runs in four innings in his first start since April 27, 2018. Michael Feliz (2-0) pitched a scoreless fifth. Felipe Vazquez worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save, including a three-pitch strikeout against Joey Gallo to end it. Gallo touched Vazquez for a 467-foot home run in Texas last week.

Hunter Pence drove in all four runs for Texas, doubling twice and adding his fourth home run. The rest of the Rangers went 2 for 27. Texas stranded eight runners and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Sampson allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings. The 27-year-old is still in search of his first major league win.

The Pirates have recovered from an eight-game losing streak thanks in part to a return to interleague play, where they've thrived since the start of 2013. Pittsburgh is an NL-best 80-48 against the AL over the last five-plus seasons, including a 16-5 mark since the beginning of 2018.

Polanco underwent surgery shortly after mangling his shoulder on Sept. 4. He returned a bit earlier than expected and is still working to rediscover the power that led him to hit a career-high 23 home runs in 2018. He entered Tuesday hitting .250 with one RBI in 10 games but hit the ball hard against Sampson. Polanco singled in his first at-bat -- before getting caught stealing at second, though his slide was just fine -- and lined out to right in the third. In the fifth, he turned on a pitch from Sampson to put Pittsburgh ahead 5-2.

The Pirates' bullpen held that lead despite retiring the Rangers in order just once during its five innings of work.

Pence's two-run double to the wall in the seventh off Tyler Lyons pulled the Rangers within one. Lyons then struck out Rougned Odor to end the threat. Kyle Crick fanned Shin-Soo Choo with the tying run on second to end the eighth.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (right thumb inflammation) did some flat-ground work on Tuesday but remains out indefinitely. ... RHP Keone Kela sat out his second straight game with right shoulder soreness.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Shelby Miller (1-2, 7.99 ERA) has allowed four runs in each of his last five starts heading into Wednesday's series finale. He took the loss against Pittsburgh last week, surrendering four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Pirates: Nick Kingham (1-0, 6.39) makes his first start of the season, filling in for Archer. Kingham went 5-7 with a 5.32 ERA in 15 starts as a rookie in 2018.

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<![CDATA[New Renderings Revealed of Rangers New Park]]>446534393Mon, 06 May 2019 13:47:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5.3+Field+suite+viewsm.jpgThe Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing with the team's new home is expected to look like.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Reveal New Globe Life Renderings, Video Screen Info]]>509540851Mon, 06 May 2019 14:04:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5.3+Field+suite+viewsm.jpg

The Texas Rangers unveiled new renderings of Globe Life Field Monday, the new ballpark currently under construction and expected to open in March 2020, along with details about the park's video board system and Chuck Morgan's new public address booth.

The Rangers said they are partnering with Daktronics, of South Dakota, to provide the displays throughout the stadium. The team said Monday the largest display will tower over right field and measure approximately 58 feet high by 150 feet wide. The display in left field will measure 40 feet high by 111 feet wide. Together, the two displays will provide fans with 13,000 square feet of entertainment and information.

"These displays feature a total of 5.2 million pixels for high-resolution images and it would take 1,220 60-inch televisions to cover both displays," the team said.

The team added that both outfield displays are capable of variable content zoning allowing each to show one large image or to be divided into multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and sponsorship messages.

“This system will feature a main video display that is beyond HD resolution using the latest SMD technology that is increasingly becoming standard in these large displays,” said Daktronics President and CEO Reece Kurtenbach. “Another eight displays in the bowl and an IPTV network of displays throughout the stadium creates a comprehensive solution of displays around the stadium to deliver an immersive experience for the fans. These technologies, powered by an innovative broadcast-quality control system and service expertise, will take the new home of the Texas Rangers to another level of game-day experience.”

The stadium will also have the standard ribbon display found in most modern parks, including Globe Life Park, though the one being installed at Globe Life Field will be 2.5 feet high and 925 feet long. At suite level, it'll be taller, at 3.5 feet, but only a run of 211 feet.

"Two displays using 6-millimeter line spacing will be installed on the field-level suite fascia behind home plate and the display in center field will feature a 15HD pixel layout and measure 80 feet high by 20 feet wide to provide additional information for fans and sponsors," the team said Monday. "The Texas Sky Porch will feature a 3.9-millimeter video wall display to connect with fans in the club area. The interview room will feature a 2.5-millimeter narrow pixel pitch display to highlight sponsors as a press conference backdrop."

The team said Morgan's new PA booth will be located on the main concourse behind home plate and have glass walls where fans can watch him call the game or interact with him during some down time.

Morgan, who has been the team's PA announcer since 1983 and also serves as the team's executive vice president of ballpark entertainment and production, said the Daktronics partnership will give Rangers fans the best possible entertainment for years to come.

The new 1.7 million square foot ballpark is located on 13 acres immediately south of the current team's park. The new stadium, with approximate seating capacity of 40,300, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. The Rangers' current home, Globe Life Park, seats 49,115.



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<![CDATA[Odor, Cabrera Go Deep, Rangers Beat Blue Jays]]>509509311Sun, 05 May 2019 17:43:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-Elvis-Andrus-Getty-050519.jpg

Rougned Odor and Asdrubal Cabrera each homered and combined for seven RBIs, and the Texas Rangers rolled past the Toronto Blue Jays 10-2 on Sunday.

Odor had been in an 0-for-21 slump that reduced his average to .122 before he drove a pitch from Clay Buchholz over the back bullpen wall in right-center field for a two-run homer in the second inning.

Odor's homer followed a run-scoring double by Cabrera, who had been hitless in his previous nine at-bats. Odor also had a run-scoring single in the fifth.

In the third, Cabrera added a three-run homer -- his seventh of the season, all at home -- to put Texas ahead 6-1.

Cabrera drove in four runs and Odor plated three.

Drew Smyly came off the injured list to hold Toronto to one run and two hits in four innings in his first game since April 19. He had been sidelined with mid-arm nerve tightness.

The first hit Smyly surrendered was Eric Sogard's two-out homer in the third.

Kyle Dowdy (2-1) entered the game to start the fifth with a 7-1 lead and pitched two scoreless innings.

Texas won the final two games of the three-game series to move back to .500, while the Blue Jays ended their road trip at 1-5.

Buchholz (0-2) allowed seven runs in four innings, falling to 0-5 in his career at Texas.

Toronto used four relief pitchers before catcher Luke Maile made his first major league pitching appearance in the eighth. Maile retired all three batters he faced and struck out Shin-Soo-Choo, who had three singles and a walk in his first four plate appearances.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman (strained right hamstring) went 2 for 5 with a homer and double in the first game of a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco. Manager Chris Woodward said Guzman would rejoin the Rangers Friday at Houston.

ECONOMY CLASS
Smyly's 68 pitches were the fewest in his five starts, but he lasted less than four innings in three of those. To make room for him on the active roster, the Rangers optioned rookie right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang to Triple-A Nashville.

DUELING ELVISES
Toronto rookie right-hander Elvis Luciano faced Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus once in each of the last two games of the series. Luciano retired Andrus on a flyball on Saturday, and Andrus lined a two-run single on Sunday.

UP NEXT
Blue Jays: Return home to begin a three-game series against AL Central-leading Minnesota on Monday. RHP Marcus Stroman (1-4, 2.20 ERA) will oppose Twins LHP Martin Perez (4-0, 3.41).

Rangers: At Pittsburgh on Tuesday, RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.58), seeking his first major league win in his ninth start, will go against LHP Steven Brault (0-1, 8.31), making his first start since April 27 of last year. Sampson pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates in his previous start on April 30.

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<![CDATA[Kiner-Falefa's Career-High 4 RBIs Lift Rangers Over Jays]]>509493271Sat, 04 May 2019 22:33:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/BlueJaysRangers.jpg

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a bases-loaded triple during a four-run second inning and drove in a career-high four, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 Saturday night.

The Rangers ended a three-game skid by scoring eight runs in the first three innings. Lance Lynn (4-2) won for the fourth time in five starts despite allowing five runs in six innings. He walked five, struck out three and threw two wild pitches.

Thomas Pannone (1-3) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in making his second spot start of the season for the Blue Jays, who have gone to a four-man rotation after Matt Shoemaker's season-ending knee injury. Pannone gave up five hits and three walks while striking out one.

Nomar Mazara hit his sixth homer of the season in the first inning.

Shawn Kelley retired three straight batters in the ninth on eight pitches for his second save in three attempts.

The other RBI for Kiner-Falefa, in his second big-league season, came on a fielder's choice in the third inning.

After retiring the game's first two batters, Lynn walked Justin Smoak and Randal Grichuk before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded his first major league RBI in his seventh game since having his contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo on April 26 with a first-inning single under the glove of third baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.

Guerrero went 1 for 3 with a walk to raise his average from .174 to .192.

Eric Sogard had a two-run triple for the Blue Jays.

Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning with two strikeouts. Leclerc lost the closer job Tuesday, when he gave up three runs in the ninth inning for his second blown save in seven attempts.

SHORT HOPS
Texas 2B Rougned Odor went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to extend his hitless streak to 21 at-bats. ... Blue Jays RHP Derek Law made his season debut and allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings. Law was acquired from the San Francisco Giants in the Kevin Pillar trade on April 2 and had his contract selected from Triple-A on Friday.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman (right hamstring strain) homered and doubled in the first game of his injury rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco.

UP NEXT
Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 4.79) hasn't pitched six innings since his first start of the season on April 13. He's 1-6 in eight career starts vs. the Rangers.

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (0-2, 7.80) returns after being placed on the 10-day injured list with mid-arm nerve tightness. In his most recent outing, Smyly allowed four runs and two home runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

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<![CDATA[Blue Jays Get Unearned Run in 12th for 1-0 Win at Rangers]]>509471761Sat, 04 May 2019 01:04:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Toronto Blue Jays outlasted the Rangers to win after an overnight trip to Texas, two outstanding starting performances, some rain and an errant throw in the 12th inning.

Brandon Drury led off the 12th inning with a single and eventually scored the game's only run on pitcher Ariel Jurado's throwing error with a slick ball for a 1-0 win Friday night, handing the Rangers their first extra-innings shutout loss at home in nearly 27 years.

"There's nothing better than to win an extra-inning game because you get deflated when you lose those extra-inning games after you battle to get to that point," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "It feels really good for the club to win a game like this."

Especially following a four-hour game after getting swept in three games by the Los Angeles Angels, then a trip from the West Coast that had the Blue Jays arriving in Texas just before 6 a.m. Friday.

Drury and Teoscar Hernandez had consecutive singles to start the 12th off the fifth Texas pitcher before Danny Jansen's two-strike sacrifice bunt hit right toward the mound. Jurado (0-1) fielded the ball and went for the lead runner -- Drury likely would have been out if not for the throw wide of third base.

"It's wet out there, the ball caught a lot of grass back to him," manager Chris Woodward said. "You have pressure on you in that situation, and the elements the way they are make it hard to make plays."

Elvis Andrus drove a double into the left-center gap on the first pitch thrown in the 10th, but the Rangers left the bases loaded after it started to rain.

It was raining harder when Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields made an impressive running catch near the wall on a drive by Rowdy Tellez to end the top of the 11th, but Texas stranded two more runners in the bottom of the inning against Daniel Hudson (2-1).

Ken Giles struck out the side on 13 pitches in the 12th, including slugger Joey Gallo, for his eighth save in nine chances. Six Toronto pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the team's first shutout this season.

Rookie right-hander Trent Thornton limited Texas to one hit and struck out five in seven innings. But he again got no offensive support in trying to get his first big league win -- Toronto has scored only five runs over his 35 1/3 innings in seven starts.

The only hit Texas got off Thornton was Nomar Mazara's popup to shallow left leading off the fifth. Shortstop Freddy Galvis got turned around and the ball dropped beyond his glove when he made a final lunge in front of two outfielders. Mazara was out trying to go to second when left fielder Hernandez picked up the ball and threw him out.

Rangers starter Mike Minor threw eight scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. The lefty was coming off a career-high 13 strikeouts in a win last Saturday at Seattle, and had thrown a three-hitter for his first career shutout in his previous home start April 15 against the Los Angeles Angels.

"You gotta give the other guy credit," Minor said. "They battled and came out the winners tonight."

SOME CHANCES BEFORE EXTRAS

Toronto got two singles in the ninth, including a one-out infield hit by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but reliever Chris Martin also struck out three. ... Galvis had a two-out double in the eighth, but was thrown out when trying to score on Grichuk's single as left fielder Gallo's throw easily beat him to the plate for the last out.

SHORT HOPS

Minor's 116 pitches were one below his career high, set in 2013 with Atlanta before he missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of a torn labrum in his shoulder and was a full-time reliever for Kansas City in 2017. ... The 20-year-old Guerrero, a week after his big league debut, played his first game at Texas, where his Hall of Fame father was part of the Rangers' first American League championship team in 2010. ... The last Rangers extra-innings shutout loss at home had been 1-0 in 13 innings to Minnesota on September 1992, nearly two years before moving into their current ballpark that they will leave after this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (nerve tightness left arm) is set to come off the injured list to start Sunday. His last start was April 19. Woodward said Smyly threw a simulated game earlier this week and feels 100 percent. ... 1B Ronald Guzman (right hamstring strain) will start a rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Frisco. Without setbacks, or unless needed sooner, he likely will rejoin the Rangers next Friday in Houston.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Lefty Thomas Pannone (1-2, 5.40 ERA) makes his second start of the season. He made his ninth relief appearance last Sunday.

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (3-2, 5.45) has won three of his last four starts, but is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in four career games against Toronto.

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<![CDATA[Reynolds Keeps Rookie Run Going as Pirates Top Rangers]]>509344561Wed, 01 May 2019 17:05:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bryan-Reynolds-Getty-050119.jpg

Rookie Bryan Reynolds kept up his impressive start, hitting a three-run double as the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a two-game sweep in Texas by topping the Rangers 7-5 on Wednesday.

A day after his first career home run put the Pirates ahead in the 11th inning of a 6-4 win that ended an eight-game losing streak, Reynolds extended his career-opening hitting streak to nine games with a liner over left fielder Joey Gallo's head in the fourth.

A 24-year-old outfielder acquired in the trade that sent Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco before the 2018 season, Reynolds is one of two Pirates since 1900 with a hit in each of his first nine games in the big leagues. Gregory Polanco debuted with an 11-game streak in 2014.

The Rangers hit three homers, starting with the 11th of the season from Gallo on a 114 mph liner off the fencing of the foul pole in right. On Tuesday, Gallo set a club record with 10 home runs before May 1.

Danny Santana led off the seventh with his third, also off Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon. Shin-Soo Choo pulled the Rangers within 6-5 on a two-run shot against reliever Richard Rodriguez later in the inning. His fourth homer landed just beyond the wall in right over a leaping Melky Cabrera.

After an RBI single from Elias Diaz for a two-run lead, Kyle Crick pitched a perfect eighth and Felipe Vazquez made it 2 for 2 on saves in the series, getting his eighth in eight chances by striking out Choo and pinch-hitter Hunter Pence with the tying run at second in the ninth.

Taillon (2-3) won for the second time in three starts, allowing five hits and four runs -- three earned -- with five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Shelby Miller gave up exactly four runs in a fifth straight start after cruising through the first three innings. Five of six hitters reached against the Texas right-hander in the fourth, capped by Reynolds' one-out double. Miller (1-2) allowed four hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Starling Marte, who had two hits and scored twice, and Polanco lined consecutive run-scoring doubles in the seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was out of the lineup a day after getting hit by a pitch on his left wrist. The club said there was no fracture, and it appeared unlikely he was headed for the injured list. ... RHP Chris Archer hasn't thrown since experiencing right thumb inflammation that put him on the IL on Monday, a day after his most recent start. The club anticipates him being ready when he's eligible to return.

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly (left arm nerve tightness) reported no discomfort after throwing 37 pitches in a simulated game. Barring a setback, he could start Sunday against Toronto. ... RHP Owen White, a second-round pick in last year's draft, was scheduled for Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday.

UP NEXT
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (1-2, 2.06 ERA) is set for his seventh appearance and sixth start Friday at home against Oakland. He worked at least six innings in each of his first five starts.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (3-2, 2.88) is 3-1 with a 1.75 ERA is his past five starts and ranks fourth among AL pitchers with opponents hitting .179 against him. He is one of three big leaguers with four starts of at least seven innings each.

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<![CDATA[Pirates End 8-Game Skid to Beat Rangers]]>509310031Wed, 01 May 2019 05:12:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

When Bryan Reynolds led off the 11th inning with his first career homer, everybody on the Pittsburgh Pirates' bench erupted in celebration. They were all quiet by time the rookie rounded the bases and got back to the dugout.

"We were all like so quick to hop up and jump up and down, then someone said (silent treatment) and we all knew why," said Josh Bell, who came home and tied the score against the Texas Rangers with a two-run double in the ninth.

Reynolds put the Pirates ahead with his blast to the hill in center field off Jesse Chavez (0-1), and Starling Marte then added a two-run homer as the Pirates ended their eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 win Tuesday night.

"I kind of blanked out, and then I realized what was going on," Reynolds said.

The Pirates were scoreless until getting three-run ninth off closer Jose Leclerc that Reynolds started with a double.

"Puts a big smile on your face. I mean, he had a double off the glove to keep the hitting streak alive and then he puts an exclamation point on the end of his night," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Marte puts an exclamation point on the end of his night for a guy that's been out 10, 11 days, hadn't seen any live pitching. ... But for Reynolds, what a charge. His first RBI. First home run. Off a veteran pitcher, a good pitcher. Pretty swing."

Reynolds has hit safely in all eight of his games since his big league debut April 20, when the outfielder was called up the same day Marte was put on the injured list with bruises to his abdominal wall and ribs.

Marte played his first game since he was involved in a full-speed collision with shortstop Erik Gonzalez on April 19 that sent both players to the injured list -- Gonzalez broke his collarbone and is on the 60-day injured list.

Kyle Crick (1-1), who was born in nearby Fort Worth and lives in Sherman about 90 miles north, pitched a perfect 10th. Felipe Vazquez worked the 11th for his seventh save after allowing Joey Gallo's leadoff homer -- his 10th being a 467-foot drive into the second deck of seats in right field.

Pittsburgh had three consecutive hits off Leclerc to start to the ninth, including Adam Frazier's RBI single for their first run. Leclerc then struck out two before Bell, who was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and grew up a Rangers fan, tied the game at 3 with a two-run double driven the opposite way into the left-center gap.

"That was huge, I felt that support from my friends and family," Bell said. "To be able to come through and pull through for the team right there, I can't ask for much more."

It was the second blown save in seven chances this season for Leclerc, who became the Rangers' closer after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh last July. Kela pitched a scoreless ninth for the Pirates.

Manager Chris Woodward said there would be a discussion about Leclerc's role moving forward, and that he could pitch in some non-save and lower-pressure situations.

"Obviously with a young guy, you don't want to kill the kid's confidence," Woodward said. "I would love to just keep giving him the ball, but I do have to be mindful where his mental state. He wants the ball, but he also doesn't want to feel like he's letting his teammates down. It's a tough situation for him."

SOFT RUNS

Asdrubal Cabrera blooped a two-run single to right in the fourth -- MLB stats registered the exit velocity off the bat at 59 mph -- to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. They went ahead 3-0 in the eighth on Gallo's third walk, which came after a passed ball on a strikeout and two other walks had loaded the bases.

STILL LOOKING FOR NO. 1

Rangers starter Adrian Sampson was denied his first big league victory after 5 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out five without a walk, and hit a batter, in his 13th career appearance (eighth start) since his big league debut for Seattle in 2016. He was a fifth-round pick by the Pirates in 2012.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli was hit on his left wrist by a pitch in the second inning. He initially remained in the game, but two pitches later left the game. He was examined by Rangers team physician Dr Keith Meister, and the Pirates expect an update Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (1-3, 4.06) is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in his three road starts this year.

Rangers RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 7.52) has allowed exactly four runs in each of his last four starts. He is 2-7 with a 4.88 ERA in 10 career starts against Pittsburgh.

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<![CDATA[Banister Back in Rangers Ballpark, Cherished Time Managing]]>509296421Tue, 30 Apr 2019 19:41:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JEFF+BANISTER+FOR+WEB_2019-04-30-17-53-08.jpg

When Jeff Banister was manager of the Texas Rangers, he would come out early in the day and walk around the ballpark, looking up at the seats, the lights and the flags whipping in the wind high above the field.

"I cherished it, I took it home with me and I think more than anything else, it's a part of me that I'll never relinquish," Banister said. "I loved every second of it, even until the last day."

Banister, fired by the Rangers last September with 10 games remaining in his fourth season as manager, was back in the Rangers' ballpark on Tuesday with Pittsburgh for the start of a two-game interleague series. He is now a special adviser for the Pirates, the organization he had spent nearly three decades with as a player and coach before going 325-313 as the Texas manager.

Two of those flags are for the 2015 and 2016 AL West titles that the Rangers won in Banister's first two seasons. He was chosen AL Manager of the Year his first season as a big league manager.

"We had great times here and to walk back in this ballpark, it's a lot of feel-good for me. Nothing but great memories," said Banister, whose family still lives in North Texas, about 25 miles from the ballpark.

In his current role with Pittsburgh, Banister can't be in the dugout during games. He can work on the field with the team before games, though a late rain shower with lightning kept the Pirates from taking batting practice.

"He was able to garner some great experience. ... They won some stuff, they did some things," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Banister, who was his bench coach for four seasons before going to Texas.

"Then for the opportunity to bring it back, he'll be a better coach now than he ever was," he said. "Plus, he's been gone four years, so he's bringing a very fresh lens to everything we're doing."

When Banister was fired by the Rangers, after consecutive losing records for the first time in 10 years while focusing on the development of younger players, general manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers needed a "new voice for the leadership."

The Rangers hired another first-time manager in Chris Woodward, who spent the past three seasons as third base coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won the last two National League championships. Texas was 14-13 going into Tuesday night's game.

While sitting in the visitor's dugout in a Pirates uniform, Banister was asked what he learned from his time as the Rangers manager.

"Well, listen people continue to change. The players continue to change," he said. "Their needs continue to change and how you talk, how you communicate it matters on a daily basis and not just in this world, but even outside with our interaction and things like that. Listen to the needs of all those around you."

As for what he would have done differently, Banister said that's "one of those open-ended questions."

The 55-year-old Banister would like the opportunity to manage again one day.

"Absolutely. I loved every moment in that dugout, in that clubhouse," he said. "Before I came here, there was not anything that I was out there actively searching for. It was an opportunity. I answered a phone call from JD and got interviewed. If somebody believes that I have the skill set to help their team, obviously I have to listen."

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Individual Tickets for Final Game on Sale Wednesday]]>509287981Tue, 30 Apr 2019 17:24:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/glob+e+life+park+nbc+5+generic.JPG

Individual tickets for the final three regular season games to be played at Globe Life Park in Arlington, September 27, 28, and 29 versus the New York Yankees will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 exclusively at texasrangers.com.

Individual tickets for the Yankees series will be available as part of a three-game ticket package where fans can select one Yankee game and any other two games on the remainder of the Rangers 2019 home schedule played between May 1 and September 26. There is a limit of 19 tickets per individual Yankees game that can be purchased through the on-line sale.

More information is available at texasrangers.com or by calling 972RANGERS.

The Rangers and Yankees will play at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 27-28 and at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. Special ceremonies will follow the September 29 game with details to be announced at a later date.



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<![CDATA[Jason Aldean to Hold Final Country Show at Globe Life Park]]>509219251Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:32:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-1141125505.jpg

Country singer Jason Aldean will hold the final country concert at Globe Life Park this fall when he brings his 2019 Ride All Night Tour to North Texas on Oct. 11.

The show was announced Monday and is one of a number of concerts being held in the venue this year -- the final season for the Texas Rangers to call the stadium home.

Aldean, who will be joined at the ballpark by Kane Brown and Carly Pearce, has hosted capacity crowds at MLB ballparks before.

"We've shut a few places down in our time, but never a stadium," laughed Aldean. "But seriously, being the last Country concert ever is pretty cool and I know we'll be sure that it's an unforgettable night."

Billy Joel will play the final show at the venue the following night, on Oct. 12. Paul McCartney will play a show this summer on June 14.

General sale tickets for Aldean go on sale May 10 at 10 a.m. Citi card members can take advantage of a pre-sale on May 7 at noon.



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<![CDATA[Lynn Goes 7 Strong, 4 Rangers Homer in Rout of Mariners]]>509193441Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:54:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers17.jpg

Elvis Andrus, Hunter Pence, Logan Forsythe and Shin-Soo Choo homered, Lance Lynn allowed one run over seven innings and the Texas Rangers routed the Seattle Mariners again, 14-1 on Sunday.

Lynn (3-2) had his best start of the year, matching his season highs in innings pitched and strikeouts (nine) and equaling a season low in runs allowed.

Coming off a 15-1 win on Saturday in which they had season highs in runs and hits with 20, the Rangers had 17 hits to earn a split of the four-game series with AL West-leading Seattle. Pence was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored, and Choo and Danny Santana also had three hits apiece.

Andrus and Pence homered off Eric Swanson (0-3) during a four-run third. Pence fell behind 0-2 before hitting his third home run of the year, extending the lead to 5-0.

Texas scored four more runs in the fifth to chase Swanson, thanks in part to errors by shortstop Tim Beckham and left fielder Domingo Santana. The Mariners committed four errors Sunday and lead the league with 36 errors this season. Seattle also committed three errors in Saturday's loss.

Seattle's third error, a botched ground ball by second baseman Dee Gordon with two outs in the eighth, enabled Forsythe's three-run homer off Anthony Swarzak, extending Texas' lead to 13-1.

Choo homered in the ninth, his third of the season.

Swanson, still in search of his first major league victory, allowed nine runs, six earned, on 11 hits in four innings.

Ryon Healy drove in the Mariners' only run with a groundout in the fourth. Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a double for the Mariners, who are 5-11 in their last 16 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Asdrubal Cabrera was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a sore calf. Cabrera was injured in the second inning of Seattle's 14-2 win on Thursday.

Seattle: CF Mitch Haniger was out of the lineup with a sore shoulder after landing awkwardly trying to make a catch in the eighth inning Saturday night. Haniger will be further evaluated after Monday's day off, manager Scott Servais said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 4.50 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game home series against the Pirates.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (1-2, 3.91) takes the mound as the Mariners kick off a two-game series against the Cubs. Hernandez took a tough loss in his last start, allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight.

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<![CDATA[Minor Strikes Out 13 as Rangers Pound Mariners]]>509176491Sat, 27 Apr 2019 23:44:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Minor-Getty-042719.jpg

Mike Minor struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, and the Texas Rangers pounded the Seattle Mariners 15-1 on Saturday night to stop a five-game losing streak.

Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor each hit a three-run homer for Texas, which finished with 20 hits. Joey Gallo hit a solo drive for his ninth homer, and Logan Forsythe finished with four hits and three RBIs.

Minor (3-2) matched the team record for strikeouts by a left-hander while allowing just three hits in his 111-pitch outing. It was timely performance for the Rangers after their bullpen picked up the loss in two of the previous three games.

Other than Domingo Santana's deep drive in the first inning, Minor went largely unchallenged by the usually heavy-hitting Mariners, who lead the league in extra-base hits.

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<![CDATA[Mariners Beat Rangers 5-4 in 11 Friday]]>509155491Sat, 27 Apr 2019 15:29:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Edwin Encarnacion and Mitch Haniger supplied all the offense the Seattle Mariners needed against the Texas Rangers.

Haniger's infield grounder with the bases loaded brought home the winning run in the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and drove in all the other runs for the Mariners.

"Edwin had a big night at the plate," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We didn't do a lot with the bat tonight but we put together that little rally and grinded through some at-bats. Everybody chipped in on this one."

Omar Narvaez singled with one out in the 11th before Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon walked to load the bases off Kyle Dowdy (1-1). Haniger hit a grounder to third that was bobbled by Logan Forsythe as he threw to second base, hoping to start an inning ending double play. But it was too late to get Gordon and the ball was dropped by Rougned Odor.

"I just tried to break up a double play," Gordon said. "I didn't know he bobbled it, but it helped us a little bit."

Roenis Elias (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. The Mariners used eight pitchers on a night when they started with rookie Yusei Kikuchi as an opener.

The Mariners led 4-3 in the ninth inning before a pinch-hit home run by Shin-Soo Choo off reliever Anthony Swarzak tied the game.

Kikuchi, who made his sixth start of the season, had a two-strikeout, nine-pitch first inning before calling it a night. This is part of the plan for Kikuchi to limit his innings this season as he adjusts to the major leagues. Starting pitchers in Japan typically pitch only once a week.

Justus Sheffield, acquired by the Mariners in the trade that sent James Paxton to the Yankees, was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to make his season debut in the second inning. He allowed two runs in three innings of relief while walking four and striking out three.

"I was just happy to get out there and try to keep the game close," Sheffield said. "Guys were telling me just to catch my breath and settle down out there."

Shelby Miller allowed four runs in five innings as the Rangers lost their fifth consecutive game. Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara had three RBIs, including a two-run homer off Sheffield.

ANDRUS MILESTONE

Shortstop Elvis Andrus played in his 1,500th game Friday since his Rangers debut on April 6, 2009. It makes him the fifth player to reach that milestone in a Rangers uniform.

HEARN ON IL DAY AFTER MLB DEBUT

Rangers LHP Taylor Hearn, who recorded only one out while facing eight batters in his major league debut Thursday, was placed on the 10-day IL Friday with tightness in his left elbow. Hearn will see a doctor back in Texas on Saturday, but team officials don't think the injury is serious.

RHP Wei-Chieh Huang was recalled from Double-A Frisco one day after being optioned for Hearn's debut.

ODOR RETURNS

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor rejoined the team Friday and was activated off the IL after a two-game rehab assignment in Nashville. Odor was placed on IL April 11 with a right knee sprain. . RHP Ariel Jarado also was recalled from Nashville Friday. . LHP Jeffrey Springs and INF Jeffrey Wisdom were optioned to Nashville.

Mariners: RHP Shawn Armstrong was designated for assignment Friday when the team recalled Sheffield from Triple-A Tacoma.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, who left Thursday's game in the second inning with tightness in his left calf, had an MRI Friday and it was negative. He took BP in the cage Friday, but did not play and is listed as day-to-day.

Mariners: Jay Bruce returned to the starting lineup, playing right field, after missing four consecutive games with tightness in his quad.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (2-2, 3.21) will make his sixth start of the season Saturday night in Seattle. Minor has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his last four starts, including a shutout on April 16. But he took the loss at Oakland on April 22, allowing four runs on four hits in six innings. Minor was 0-2 in four starts against Seattle last season, posting a 6.87 ERA in those games.

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (2-2, 4.30) will make his sixth start of the season Saturday night against Texas. Leake is one of only three pitchers (with Jon Lester of the Cubs and Max Scherzer of the Nationals) to make at least 30 starts every season from 2012 through 2018.

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<![CDATA[Mariners Beat Rangers]]>509102851Fri, 26 Apr 2019 05:29:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Marco Gonzales showed what a steady, efficient and deliberate big league pitcher can do Thursday night, even without an overpowering fastball.

It's something to aspire to for Rangers left-hander Taylor Hearn, who had plenty of time to watch and learn after an abbreviate big league debut.

Gonzales became the first pitcher to reach five wins this season and the Seattle Mariners chased Hearn in the first inning of his first game, beating Texas 14-2 with their highest run total of the season.

Gonzales matched his career high with nine strikeouts, allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter in seven scoreless innings, another flawless start for the Mariners' No. 1 pitcher. Seattle is 6-1 when Gonzales is on the mound this season, and the unassuming right-hander is the Mariners' first pitcher to reach five wins before May.

He's not a power pitcher and he doesn't throw a lot of breaking balls, either, but he's been rock steady during the Mariners' surprisingly hot start.

"People my whole life have told me I don't throw hard enough, so I'll just continue to prove them wrong," Gonzales said.

The biggest challenge for Gonzales (5-0) against the Rangers was staying warm while his teammates jumped to a 5-0 first-inning lead against Hearn (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Nashville.

The left-hander walked the first batter he faced on four pitches, then issued two more walks to load the bases. Tim Beckham's grounder to third brought in Seattle's first run, and Ryon Healy drove a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner for a 4-0 lead.

Hearn issued his fourth walk, and then first baseman Logan Forsythe dropped a foul popup before Hearn allowed another single to load the bases again. Manager Chris Woodward pulled Hearn at that point after 39 pitches, his ERA at 108.00.

"It's part of the game honestly," Hearn said. "I think Nelson Mandela said it best. It's one of his quotes that I love: `You either win, or you learn.' So, that's one thing that I'm taking away from this outing."

Healy finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs and three runs. Beckham hit his sixth home run during a three-run seventh, and the Mariners ended a three-game skid with 14 hits a night after being held to two in a 1-0 shutout at San Diego.

The Rangers have lost four straight and find their pitching staff in disarray. Already down a starter due to injury and uncertain what the rotation will look like next week, Woodward was forced to use five relievers against the Mariners. Each gave up at least one hit.

ONE AND DONE

Japanese rookie LHP Yusei Kikuchi will be making a scheduled "abbreviated" appearance Friday for Seattle, likely pitching no more than an inning. The Mariners plan to have Kikuchi make these short starts a few times during his rookie season to combat a trend the team sees in other Japanese pitchers who have made the transition to the major leagues. In his native country, starters pitch just once a week and seem to tail off after a season or two when coming to the U.S.

"It's just a way to allow him to pull back, kind of recharge the batteries a little bit, and keep an extended life on those batteries as the season goes on," manager Scott Servais said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly threw on the side before Thursday's game and will get another session in Friday before the team decides if he's ready to return from nerve pain in his throwing arm. Smyly could miss up to two games, but Woodward thinks he'll be back sooner than expected. ... 2B Rougned Odor made his second straight rehab start with Triple-A Nashville on Thursday night. He's rehabilitating a right knee strain. ... 3B Asdrubal Cabrera left the game after the first inning with tightness in his left calf.

Mariners: Jay Bruce (quad) sat out again after injuring his quad Monday. Servais said he could be back in a day or two.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 7.63) is looking for his second straight win during a shaky start to the season that's included just 15 innings pitched in four starts with more than twice as many walks (13) as strikeouts (six).

Mariners: While Kikuchi (1-1, 4.68) will make the start, top prospect Justus Sheffield has been called up from Triple-A Tacoma to handle the bulk of the work. This is Sheffield's first appearance for the Mariners since being acquired in a deal that sent pitcher James Paxton to the New York Yankees last year.

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<![CDATA[Pinder's 2-Out Single in 9th Lifts A's Past Rangers]]>509034791Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:11:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baseAP_19114835630427.jpg

With an impressive diving catch and the first game-ending hit of his career, Chad Pinder is making a strong case for more playing time.

It's a point that Oakland manager Bob Melvin is finding increasingly difficult to argue.

Pinder's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

"He contributes. He gets big hits, he does timely things," Melvin said. "You feel good about him at the plate in that at-bat. He's not going to try to do too much. Smart player on top of everything."

Stephen Piscotty singled with one out off Chris Martin (1-1) and then stole second base. After Khris Davis flew out, Pinder looped a soft hit into right field. Piscotty slid into home plate to beat a wide throw home from Nomar Mazara as the A's dugout emptied, mobbing Pinder near first base.

Pinder had struck out swinging in his previous two at-bats.

"I'm just trying to stay short and put a good swing on a pitch that I could handle," Pinder said. "My previous two at-bats were kind of expanded and put myself in a hole. I was lucky to be able to get a pitch that I could handle."

Until then Pinder's best moment came when he made a diving catch to rob Shin-Soo Choo of a hit leading off the fifth and preserve a 3-3 tie.

"If that ball drops, who knows?," A's starter Aaron Brooks said. "If he leaves his feet it could have been a double. Then that's totally a different game. That was huge."

The game was delayed for several moments in the ninth after Delino DeShields grounded into an inning-ending double play. Rangers manager Chris Woodward came out and engaged all four umpires in a lengthy discussion as his players remained in the dugout.

Replays appeared to show that A's second baseman Profar came off the bag before receiving the throw from Semien, but Woodward did not ask for a challenge in time.

"I guess if you don't put it up right away they have the authority to not let you challenge, and that's kind of what happened," Woodward said. "My argument was that it's too important in the ninth inning of a tie game and the potential of (Hunter Pence) being safe at second base is too important. They wouldn't do it."

Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien homered to help the A's complete a three-game sweep. Nick Hundley had two hits and Jurickson Profar added an RBI single to snap an 0-for-17 funk.

Mazara homered twice for Texas and Logan Forsythe also went deep as the Rangers fell to 2-7 on the road.

Blake Treinen (1-1) retired three batters and got a big double play in the ninth to earn the win.

Texas' Kyle Dowdy lasted three innings in his first career start. He gave up three runs with three walks and two strikeouts.

FOR STARTERS
Brooks allowed three runs in five innings and pitched around a pair of home runs in an outing that left Melvin mostly pleased. "Got off to a little bit of a slow start . but at the end of the day he comes out after five and he ends up leaving with the lead," Melvin said. "Maybe not his best outing but kept us in the game."

PISCOTTY REACHES 500
Piscotty scored the winning run on a day he achieved two other milestones. His single in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak against Texas to 17, while the game marked the 500th of Piscotty's career.

TRAINERS ROOM
Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor has started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. Odor has been on the injured list since April 11 with a right knee sprain. ... 1B Ronald Guzman (right hamstring strain) flew to Arizona for extended spring training.

Athletics: Matt Olson is getting closer to returning after undergoing right hand surgery in late March. The first baseman has been hitting soft toss in the batting cage and could begin a rehab assignment next week. ... Top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo played catch for the first time since being shut down with a muscle strain in his left shoulder.

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Taylor Hearn was called up from Triple-A Nashville and will make his first major league start Thursday against Seattle. To make room, RHP Wei-chieh Huang was optioned to Nashville.

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (2-2, 8.28) faces the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday. Fiers' ERA is the second-highest in the majors among pitchers with 20 or more innings.

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<![CDATA[Chapman, Piscotty Lead A's Offense in 11-5 Win Over Rangers]]>508997451Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:03:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/as-rangers-0422.jpg

Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas didn't have much success trying to pump his fastball past Texas' hitters early and spent most of the game working through traffic.

Montas calmed down enough to work out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth, just before Oakland broke out for its biggest inning of the season.

Matt Chapman homered and walked three times, Marcus Semien had a two-run double as part of a six-run fourth inning and the A's beat the Rangers 11-5 on Tuesday night.

"They were knocking on the door there and to slam them shut was big," said Stephen Piscotty, who matched his career high with four hits and scored three times. "Then the offense was able to take over."

Montas (4-1) struck out six and pitched into the sixth inning in an uneven start to win his third straight and team-leading fourth overall. The A's right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits and overcame his own error to work out of the situation in the fourth after allowing a walk and infield single to begin the inning.

Montas also got out of jams in the first and second, stranding runners in scoring position each time.

"In a lot of ways I think this was the best game of the year for him," manager Bob Melvin said. "When he's rolling it's easy for him. But in the past when he's had some trouble, he's had a little trouble shutting it down. To get out of the fourth like that and pitching around traffic the whole time, this would probably be as good for him as any game that he's had."

Montas said he was rushing his pitches early.

"The way the game started, I was way too quick," Montas said. "I usually don't work like that. I started a little bit too hard and got myself in trouble. After that second inning I got back to myself."

Slugger Khris Davis broke out of a mini slump with an RBI single and Ramon Laureano drove in two runs for the A's. Every Oakland starter had at least one hit on a warm night when both teams hit the ball hard most of the game.

Danny Santana homered and had three hits for Texas. The Rangers have lost two straight after winning six of seven.

"That fourth inning was tough," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "We had a chance to blow the game open and their guy made a couple of good pitches and got out of it."

Chapman hit his seventh home run of the season off Lance Lynn (2-2) in the first but paused after connecting on the 3-2 pitch, waiting to see if the ball would stay fair as it sailed past the high yellow foul pole. Third base umpire Will Little signaled home run, and after a brief crew chief review, the call stood.

Oakland broke the game open with seven hits in the fourth, including two-run doubles by Semien and Josh Phegley. Laureano and Davis also knocked in runs as the A's sent 11 to the plate.

Lynn allowed eight runs to match his career high in 3 1/3 innings.

"I was terrible out there," Lynn said. "Everything they put into play was a hit whether it was hit hard or not."

CHOO'S STREAK ENDS

Shin-Soo Choo had reached base safely in 10 consecutive games when batting leadoff for the Rangers until going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

PISCOTTY'S STREAK CONTINUES

Piscotty has a franchise record 16-game hitting streak against the Rangers and has 14 RBIs in that stretch. "That was surprising, I had no idea," Piscotty said.

BIG LEAGUE DEBUT

Rangers pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang allowed two runs and retired seven batters in his major league debut after being recalled from Double-A Frisco before the game.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly was placed on the 10-day injured list because of nerve tightness in his pitching arm. Manager Chris Woodward said he expects Smyly to miss one or two starts.

Athletics: Marco Estrada underwent a radiofrequency ablation procedure in hopes of alleviating pain in the right-hander's lower back. Estrada went on the injured list April 17 with a lumbar strain. RHP Lou Trivino continues to be unavailable because of a sore thumb he injured playing catch.

UP NEXT

RHP Aaron Brooks (2-2, 5.32) pitches for the A's in the season finale after allowing 13 runs over 16 innings in his three previous starts. Kyle Dowdy will make his first major league start for the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Drew Smyly Sidelined by Nerve Tightness in Pitching Arm]]>508980311Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:35:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Drew-Smyly-Getty-042319.jpg

The Texas Rangers placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the 10-day injured list Tuesday because of nerve tightness in his pitching arm, pausing his return from elbow surgery that caused him to miss the past two seasons.

Smyly, who turns 30 in June, is 0-2 with a 7.80 ERA in four starts this season. He had surgery on July 6, 2017.

Manager Chris Woodward said he expects Smyly to miss one or two starts. The roster move is retroactive to Saturday; Smyly had been scheduled to pitch against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

Smyly becomes the second Texas pitcher who had Tommy John surgery to miss time already this season. Right-hander Edinson Volquez strained his right elbow and was put on the injured list on April 5.

Right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang was recalled from Double-A Frisco.

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<![CDATA[A's Win Over Rangers]]>508936601Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:14:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Athletics found their winning formula again: Grab an early lead, the starters keep them in the game, and then allow the deep bullpen to handle the rest.

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in three runs to back Chris Bassitt's winning season debut, and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

"Piscotty is absurd defensively some days and he's absurd offensively some days and it's like not so much if he's going to step up, it's going to be how," Bassitt said. "We have a team here, the starters just give this team a chance and we have really good odds to win."

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left in the seventh inning as a precaution after being hit by a pitch in the first and bruising his right hand. X-rays were negative.

"Just a hand contusion that was swelling up late in the game," manager Chris Woodward said. "It was hard for him to hold the bat. It was going to be difficult to have an at-bat at that point."

Bassitt (1-0), called up from Triple-A Las Vegas last week and as healthy as he has been since before Tommy John surgery three years ago, struck out seven and walked four over five innings while regularly working out of trouble. He allowed two hits and has won his last three decisions dating to last season.

"To say that this is the best I've felt would be an understatement," he said.

Matt Chapman added a sacrifice fly in the third as the A's built on their lead after Piscotty's solo drive in the second. Pisctotty added a sacrifice fly and RBI single -- and his 15-game hitting streak against the Rangers matches Geronimo Berroa in 1995-96 for the longest against Texas in A's history.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 907th career appearance, moving him past Cy Young for 24th on baseball's career list.

"Fernando Rodney broke Cy Young's record, pretty cool stuff," manager Bob Melvin said.

Oakland bounced back from a weekend sweep at home by the Blue Jays.

The Rangers couldn't capitalize on their chances for Mike Minor (2-2), who gave up four runs and four hits, struck out four and walked three in six innings.

Texas had won two in a row.

The Rangers stranded baserunners in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings before pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom's RBI double in the seventh.

Announced attendance was a dismal 8,073 -- Oakland's lowest crowd of the year.

ECO-CONCIOUS ANTHEM

Former A's left-hander Barry Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, sang the national anthem acapella from a broadcast booth after asking everyone in the ballpark to join in on a night much of the power -- mics, LED signage, speakers and video screen -- was briefly turned off to bring awareness to saving energy.

Zito is now a musician living in Nashville with his wife and two sons. A native Californian, Zito has teamed with Energy Upgrade California to do his part to be environmentally conscious. He now has a land line at home and turns off his cell phone at night.

"You hear about energy conservation but when you look at the sheer numbers of what's going on and how many millions of people live in California, if we're just doing little things like changing a couple light bulbs to LEDs or changing the filters on your HVAC vents, which I'm just learning how to do now as a man of the house every couple months, it just cuts down," Zito said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: The Rangers are getting closer to having a healthy infield. Both 2B Rougned Odor (sprained right knee) and 1B Ronald Guzman (strained right hamstring) were scheduled to take live batting practice Tuesday, then at least Odor is set to join Triple-A Iowa in time to play a rehab game Wednesday -- then join the Rangers on Friday or Saturday in Seattle. Guzman will stay a little bit longer with Iowa and could be back with Texas as soon as Tuesday at home against the Pirates.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson could make his next start after spraining his left ankle Sunday. ... 1B Matt Olson (right hand surgery) did baseball activities on the field, including soft-toss swings and agility work. He will take batting practice in the coming days and could begin a rehab assignment next week. ... RHP Lou Trivino was playing catch Sunday when the glare from the outfield seats got in his way and a ball hit him in the right thumb. The thumb was bandaged Monday and he wasn't expected to pitch the series opener, listed as day to day. ... Oakland recalled RHP Ryan Dull from Las Vegas and optioned LHP Ryan Buchter to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (2-1, 4.44 ERA) looks to win his third straight start, going on an extra day of rest.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.70), who has given up just three hits in three of his four starts, doesn't have a decision in four previous appearances vs. Texas.

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