<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - [DFW] Red Fever]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usWed, 16 Jan 2019 20:25:39 -0600Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:25:39 -0600NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[TX Rangers HOFer John Wetteland Charged With Child Sex Abuse]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:12:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john-wetteland-mug-blur.jpg

World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland is out on bond, accused in North Texas of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

Wetteland, 52, who now lives in Trophy Club, was booked into the Denton County Jail Monday and posted a $25,000 bond the same day.

In a probable cause affidavit filed Jan. 15, the victim alleged that while between the ages of 4 and 6, from October 2004 to October 2006, three separate assaults took place. NBC 5 has a policy of protecting the identities of sexual assault victims, so the affidavit and further details about the allegations are not included in this article.

The former major leaguer has not issued a statement and it's not clear if he's obtained an attorney.

Wetteland played 12 seasons in the majors for the Rangers, Yankees, Expos and Dodgers before retiring in 2000. After winning a World Series in New York in 1996, where he was named the series MVP, he landed in Arlington where he spent the final four years of his career setting a team record of 150 saves.

His final game was on Sept. 20, 2000; at age 33, after his Rangers contract expired during the offseason, he retired from baseball. Wetteland was later inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2005.

According to a biography published by the Seattle Mariners, Wetteland spent three seasons as a roving pitching coordinator for the Texas Rangers beginning in 2002. In 2006 he worked as a bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals before heading to Seattle for two seasons in 2009 and 2010.

Wetteland was hospitalized in 2009 after reportedly considering suicide, though he later said his hospitalization was due to his elevated blood pressure and heart rate and that it had been addressed.

In between MLB coaching gigs, Wetteland, a longtime born-again Christian, coached baseball and taught Bible studies at Liberty Christian School, in Argyle, from 2007 to 2008, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News. A vice president with the school told the paper Wetteland has had no association with the school since his departure.

Before joining the Rangers as a closer, Wetteland spent two seasons with the New York Yankees and three each with the Expos and Dodgers. The All-Star closed out his career with a record of 48-45, 330 saves, 804 strike-outs and a 2.93 ERA from 1989-2000.

Wetteland and his wife divorced in 2015. They have four children.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Agree to Terms With DeShields, Mazara]]>Fri, 11 Jan 2019 16:21:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers say they've come to terms with outfielders Nomar Mazara and Delino DeSheields.

Both players, who were the only Rangers eligible for salary arbitration this year, have a new one-year deal through the 2019 season.

As per usual, the team did not disclose any of the financial terms of the contract.

Here is more from the team on each of the players.

Mazara hit 20 home runs in 2019 for the third time in as many big league seasons, posting a career-high .753 OPS figure while ranking tied for second on the club with 77 RBI.  He joins Juan Gonzalez (1991-93) and Ruben Sierra (1987-89) as the only players in Texas history with three years of 20-or-more home runs before their age-24 season.
DeShields led MLB in bunt hits (12) and sacrifice bunts (12) for a second consecutive season, also posting a team high in stolen bases (20) for a second straight campaign despite three stints on the disabled list.  The Rangers had a 26-11 record in 2018 for games in which DeShields scored at least one run.

<![CDATA[Shelby Miller's $2M Rangers Deal Could Expand to $5M]]>Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:35:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shelby-miller-getty.jpg

Free agent right-hander Shelby Miller signed a $2 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers Wednesday and can make another $3 million in performance bonuses.

The Rangers expect Miller to be fully healthy by the start of spring training. The 28-year-old had Tommy John surgery in May 2017 while with Arizona, and he made four only starts last year with the Diamondbacks before going on the disabled list in mid-July with right elbow inflammation. He made one relief appearance at the end of last season.

"We see this as a chance to add a relatively young, power pitcher to the staff," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Healthy now after rehabbing last year, we think Shelby has more in the tank."

Miller, who is from Brownwood, Texas, was the 19th overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 MLB draft. He is 37-53 with a 3.83 ERA in 131 games (124 starts) over seven big league seasons with St. Louis, Atlanta and Arizona.

With the Rangers, Miller can earn $1.75 million in bonuses based on innings: $100,000 each for 60 and each additional 10 through 100; $150,000 apiece for 110 and each additional 10 through 170, and $200,000 for 180. He can earn another $1.25 million in bonuses for days on the active major league roster: $150,000 for 60, $250,000 each for 90 and 120, and $300,000 apiece for 150 and 180.

As a rookie with the Cardinals in 2013, Miller was 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 31 starts. He was an All-Star with Atlanta in 2015 even though the Braves scored only 2.6 runs per nine innings when he pitched and he finished with a league-high 17 losses. He was 5-5 with a 2.38 ERA his first 18 starts, and 1-12 with a 3.83 ERA his last 15 games.

The Rangers also signed outfielder Danny Santana and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

Santana has hit .256 with 13 homers and 100 RBIs in 364 major league games the past five seasons with Minnesota (2014-17) and Atlanta (2017-18). Gomez has appeared in the majors each of the last nine seasons, going 0-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 26 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Get Former Manager's Son on Waiver Claim From Angels]]>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:39:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-966472272.jpg

The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas also Friday signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

Farrell, the son of former big league manager John Farrell, went 3-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 20 appearances (two starts) for the Chicago Cubs last season before the Angels got him on a waiver claim Sept. 3. He never pitched for Los Angeles before being designated for assignment by the Angels last month.

Kansas City selected Farrell in the sixth round of the 2013 draft out of Northwestern. He has made 30 major league appearances the past two seasons with the Royals, Cincinnati and the Cubs.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Profar Headed to Oakland in Three-Team Trade]]>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:05:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1037503176.jpg

The Texas Rangers have traded away infielder Jurickson Profar and a minor league pitcher in a three-team trade with the Oakland A's and Tampa Bay Rays.

Profar is headed to Oakland and minor league RHP Rollie Lacy to Tampa Bay.

In trade, the Rangers will receive infielder Eli White from Oakland and and LHPs Kyle Bird and Brock Burke and RHP Yoel Espinal from Tampa Bay. The Rangers will also receive international slot compensation from the A’s who also sent RHP Emilio Pagan and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round A pick to the Rays.  

Bird and Burke will be added to Texas’ Major League roster, putting the Rangers at 36 on the 40-man roster.

Here's more from the Rangers on their latest additions:

The 25-year-old Bird combined to go 3-3 with a 2.39 ERA (20 ER/75.1 IP) and 1.155 WHIP over 43 games/6 starts with Montgomery (AA) and Durham (AAA) in 2018, averaging a career-best 10.5 strikeouts per 9 innings.  He saw his first extended action at the Triple-A level, posting a 1.94 ERA (12 ER/55.2 IP) over 27 games/5 starts at Durham, allowing just 4 earned runs over his final 16 games and 36.0 innings after the start of July.  Bird pitched for Obregon in the Mexican Winter League in October/November, compiling a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP) and .190 opponents batting average while allowing runs in just 2 of 18 appearances.  Over 5 professional seasons, the Florida native has a 1.184 WHIP figure and 8.9 strikeouts per 9 innings over 185 games/6 starts and 307.1 innings in the minors.  He originally attended Florida State and was selected by Tampa Bay out of the state’s Flagler College in the 35th round of the 2014 June draft.

Burke, 22, was selected the 2018 Rays Minor League Pitcher of the Year after combining to go 9-6 with a 3.08 ERA (47 ER/137.1 IP) over 25 games/22 starts at the High-A and Double-A levels, recording a career-high 10.4 strikeouts per 9 innings.  Following an early July promotion to Montgomery in the Southern League, Burke finished the season by going 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA (12 ER/55.1 IP), 0.958 WHIP, and 11.5 strikeouts per 9 innings over 9 games/starts in his first career action at Double-A.  He also earned one of the Biscuits’ 2 playoff wins with a strong playoff start against Jackson.  Burke owns a career 3.41 ERA, 1.267 WHIP, and 8.7 strikeouts per 9 innings across 5 professional seasons, allowing just 0.4 home runs per 9.  He has spent his entire career in the Rays system since being selected in the third round of the 2014 June draft out of Evergreen (CO) High School.

Espinal, 26, combined for a 2.25 ERA (16 ER/64.0 IP), 10 saves, 1.141 WHIP, and 11.1 strikeouts per 9 innings spanning 46 relief appearances with Charlotte (High-A) and Montgomery (AA) in 2018. He posted career bests in WHIP and strikeouts (79), finishing the year with a 1.98 ERA and 1.061 WHIP across 40 outings for Montgomery, where he was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Month for June.  He has also made 5 appearances for the Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.  The Dominican Republic native has 4.04 ERA while averaging 10.1 strikeouts per 9 innings over six minor league seasons in the Detroit, New York Yankees, and Tampa Bay organizations.

The 24-year-old White batted .306 with an .838 OPS figure over 130 games with Midland in 2018, his first career action at the Double-A level, while starting 64 games at 2B, 41 games at SS, 18 games at 3B, and 3 games in CF.  He ranked among Texas League leaders in hits (1st, 154), runs (1st, 81), on-base pct. (1st, .388), triples (T1st, 8), batting average (2nd), walks (T3rd, 62), total bases (4th, 227), and doubles (5th, 30).  His 154 hits ranked T8th among all full-season minor leaguers last season. White hit .344 with 10 RBI in 15 games for Mesa in the 2018 Arizona Fall League  A league All-Star in two of his first three professional seasons, White has posted consecutive 30-double campaigns in his first two years of full-season play.  The South Carolina native was drafted on three occasions and has spent his three-year pro career in the Oakland organization since being selected in the 11th round of the 2016 June draft out of Clemson University.

Profar batted .254 with 35 doubles, 6 triples, 20 homers, and 77 RBI in 146 games with Texas in 2018. Lacy, who was acquired from Texas from the Chicago Cubs in the Cole Hamels trade on July 27, 2018 combined for a 6-4 record and 2.97 ERA in 24 games/18 starts at Low-A South Bend and High-A Myrtle Beach and Down East in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Introduce Lynn, Finalize $30M, 3-Year Deal]]>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:56:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lance-lynn1.jpg

The only time Lance Lynn has pitched in the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers was as a rookie in 2011, during the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lynn will now go into that stadium's final season in 2019 as a big part of the Texas rotation. He signed a $30 million, three-year contract with the Rangers, who are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since before their back-to-back World Series appearances.

"That was my rookie year, I was just happy to be there. I'm not going to hold it over anybody," Lynn said, recalling that 2011 World Series the Cardinals won in seven games.

The Rangers introduced Lynn on Tuesday, completing a deal that was reached last week during the winter meetings subject to a successful physical. The 31-year-old righty is 21-18 with a 4.04 ERA in 64 games over the past two seasons since missing all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery.

"I feel strong, and it's been a while since I've felt that way," Lynn said. "I think you say that in the second half of last year. Hopefully, I can keep that going."

Lynn's deal includes a $4 million signing bonus, of which $3 million is payable on June 30 next year and $1 million on Jan. 15, 2020. He has salaries of $8 million in 2019, $10 million in 2020 and $8 million in 2021.

Lynn would get a $100,000 assignment bonus if traded before the end of 2020 to Arizona, Colorado, the Los Angeles Angels or Dodgers, Oakland, San Diego, Seattle or San Francisco. He also has award bonuses.

"We look at his track record. Extremely consistent, durable, winning performer on a major league stage," general manager Jon Daniels said. "A veteran presence that we're excited to add to the ballclub."

He joins a rotation with returning Mike Minor and two veterans coming off Tommy John surgery, Edinson Volquez and Drew Smyly.

Lynn is 82-57 with a 3.57 ERA in 214 games with St. Louis, Minnesota and the New York Yankees since 2011, and has won at least 10 games every year as a regular starter since after his rookie season. After not signing with the Twins until mid-March last year, he was 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA in 20 starts before a trade deadline deal to the Yankees. He went 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) for New York.

"He was very, very effective in the American League. Very good against right-handers, which our division is chock full of," Daniels aid.

Daniels said the Rangers have been interested in Lynn since he was in college at Ole Miss, and even tried to acquire him from the Cardinals in the summer of his rookie season.

Lynn now can have a more traditional offseason while preparing for spring training. Rangers pitchers and catchers report to Arizona on Feb. 12.

"Just knowing where you are going to be gives you a peace of mind. I am looking forward to that, getting things situated so I don't have to kind of show up on the fly and get ready for season," Lynn said. "I'm really looking forward to that and being a part of something here."

Before the Rangers move into a new stadium in 2020, Lynn will get one season on the mound where he was the winner of Game 3 of the 2011 World Series after he pitched 2 1-3 innings in relief as the Cardinals won 16-7. That was the game when Albert Pujols hit three home runs.

"Somewhere I'm going to be on a stat sheet for that. I'll take that," Lynn said. "Two games later, I was called in to intentionally walk someone. So I've got that going for me, too."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Re-Sign Matt Bush to Minor League Deal]]>Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:30:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-matt-bush.jpg

The Texas Rangers are bringing back reliever Matt Bush with a minor league contract as the right-hander recovers from elbow surgery.

Texas said Monday it has agreed to minor league deals with Bush, pitchers Zac Curtis and Tim Dillard and infielder Chase d'Arnaud. They will report to major league spring training.

Bush isn't expected to be ready until the second half of the season after surgery in September to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The 32-year-old made the last of his 21 appearances for Texas last season on June 14. Bush had no record with a 4.70 ERA and became a free agent when the Rangers didn't offer a contract by the Nov. 20 deadline.

The No. 1 overall pick as an infielder out of high school by San Diego in 2004, Bush finally made it to the big leagues as a hard-throwing reliever for the Rangers in 2016. He is 10-6 with a 3.35 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 137 innings over parts of three seasons.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Send Lefty Alex Claudio to Brewers for Draft Pick]]>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 15:30:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-613004690.jpg

The Milwaukee Brewers have added another reliever to their strong bullpen, getting durable left-hander Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for a draft pick.

The NL Central champion Brewers made the trade Thursday at the winter meetings.

Claudio was 4-2 with a 4.48 ERA and one save in 65 relief appearances and one start this year. He has a 13-6 record with 12 saves and a 3.20 ERA in 206 relief appearances and two starts in five big league seasons.

The 26-year-old Claudio is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter.

The draft pick is in competitive balance round A, currently projected to be No. 40 overall.

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<![CDATA[Mike Napoli Announces Retirement After 12-Year MLB Career]]>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:01:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Napoli-Getty-120818.jpg

Mike Napoli has announced his retirement after 12 years in the majors that included three trips to the World Series.

The 37-year-old Napoli, who did not play last season because of a knee injury, announced his decision Saturday on Twitter .

Napoli batted .246 with 267 homers and 744 RBIs over 1,392 games with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians. He entered the majors as a catcher before switching to first base.

He had his best season in 2016 when he helped lead the Indians to the World Series. Napoli set career highs with 34 homers and 101 RBIs and was invaluable as a clubhouse leader for manager Terry Francona.

He helped Boston win the Series in 2013 and reached the Fall Classic with the Rangers in 2011. Napoli was an All-Star in 2012.

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<![CDATA[XFL Dallas Team to Call Arlington's Globe Life Park Home]]>Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:01:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chopper-Rangers-Ballpark-071615+%281%29.jpg

Exactly what will happen to Globe Life Park after the Rangers move to their new stadium in April 2020 is becoming a little more clear. The old ball park will be home to a new football team -- an unnamed Dallas-area XFL franchise.

XFL officials announced Wednesday the eight cities that will have teams when the league re-launches in February 2020 -- as well as the stadiums they'll call home.

“After months of research and consideration, we’re thrilled to announce the cities and venues of the XFL’s eight inaugural teams,” said XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck. “We are committed to being ingrained in the local community and extremely fortunate that our teams will have world-class facilities to call home.”

Those cities are Dallas (Arlington), Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.

The XFL is funded by founder and chairman Vince McMahon. McMahon launched the league in 2001 as a partnership with his World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and NBC but the league fizzled after only one season.

In a statement Wednesday, the XFL promised to deliver "authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price."

NBC5 caught up with sports fans at Texas Live! Wednesday night who are eager to bring another asset to Arlington's growing entertainment district.

"I'm excited about it, I think it'll be great," said football fan Greg Berry. "It's a little different than the NFL so I think it might draw a better crowd and I think Globe Life Park will be a great place to have it."

But others are skeptical, remembering the XFL's short-lived first run.

"I tried it, I tried watching the first round but I just couldn't get into it and then it didn't get past one season," said Autumn Rodgers.

One man who knows a lot about the league is Tommy Maddox. The quarterback coach and head baseball coach at Decatur High School was MVP in the XFL's first season of play back in 2001, when he led the Los Angeles Extreme to a championship.

"The success in the XFL got me another shot in the NFL and so it was kind of exciting," Maddox said.

He went on to play quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers, picking up a Superbowl ring along the way.

"I think it's a great opportunity for guys to get a second chance and to play and do some things so I'm excited that it's coming back," Maddox said.

He thinks the XFL will take its lessons from the past to focus on a high-quality game that keeps fans coming back for more.

"I think they'll learn from it and I think it'll be better. I think it'll be a better product," Maddox said.

"The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. We will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our Host Cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities," the league said.

The XFL's initial eight teams will have 45 players on each roster playing a 10-game schedule. The postseason will consist of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.

That's a short season of play for Globe Life Park but Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said Wednesday, “Today’s XFL announcement is one of many ways the City plans to deliver on its promise to reinvent Globe Life Park. The XFL will be the first of many announcements about the repurposing of our iconic venue that will have a new, long life in Arlington after Globe Life Field opens in 2020.”

The first games begin Feb. 8-9, 2020.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Complete Woodward's 1st Staff With 2 New Assistants]]>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 20:10:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers have filled out new manager Chris Woodward's staff with two more assistant coaches.

Texas announced Tuesday the hiring of Oscar Marin as bullpen coach and Callix Crabbe as assistant hitting coach.

Marin returns to the Rangers organization after two seasons as minor league pitching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners. He got started in pro baseball with the Rangers in 2010 and worked at several affiliates in the lower levels of their farm system through 2016.

Crabbe joins the professional coaching ranks after six years as a baseball instructor and coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He also founded a Tampa-based sports development center in 2015.

Rangers pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Arizona on Feb. 12. The first full team workout is Feb. 18.

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<![CDATA[Paul McCartney to Play at Globe Life Park in Arlington]]>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 11:04:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mccartney-concert.jpg

Sir Paul McCartney is coming back to perform in North Texas.

The former Beatle will play at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Friday, June 14, 2019 as part of his "Freshen Up" tour.

“We are ecstatic to host Sir Paul McCartney at Globe Life Park in Arlington as part of his Freshen Up Tour“, Sean Decker, Texas Rangers SVP of Operations and Events said in a statement. “This will be a historic event that fans will remember for years to come as the venue approaches its final season as a Major League Baseball park."

McCartney and his band will play songs from the last 50 years of music, including dozens of his solo, Wings and Beatles tunes and his most recent album, "Egypt Station."

This is McCartney's only stop in Texas on this tour.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. central time.

American Express Card Members in Arlington can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. through Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m.

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FRESHEN UP Tour U.S. 2019

  • May 23 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Arena
  • May 27 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
  • May 30 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena
  • June 1 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
  • June 3 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
  • June 6 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center
  • June 8 - Green Bay WI - Lambeau Field
  • June 11 - Moline, IL - TaxSlayer Center
  • June 14 - Arlington - Globe Life Park
  • June 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena

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<![CDATA[Chavez Returns to Rangers, Finalizes $8 Million, 2-Year Deal]]>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 22:14:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/JESSE+CHAVEZ+ST18.jpg

Right-hander Jesse Chavez finalized an $8 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers on Friday, returning to the team that traded him to the Chicago Cubs last July.

The 35-year-old was 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA and five saves in 62 relief appearances with the Rangers and Cubs last season. He was second in the majors among relievers with 95 1/3 innings.

Chavez had a 1.68 ERA after June 1, with 61 strikeouts and 11 walks in 64 1/3 innings. He made his postseason with the Cubs, pitching a scoreless inning in Colorado's 2-1 win in the NL wild-card game.

Chavez was selected by the Rangers in the 42nd round of the 2002 amateur draft. Chavez and Philadelphia's Tommy Hunter are the only active pitchers with at least 390 innings as both a starter and reliever. Chavez gets $4 million in each of the next two seasons.

Texas also failed to offer 2019 contracts to four players, including right-hander Matt Bush, making the quartet free agents. Bush didn't appear in a game after June 14 and had surgery on Sept. 19 to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

The Rangers also let go of left-hander Zac Curtis, claimed on waivers from Philadelphia late in the season, as well as right-handers Ricardo Rodriguez and Adrian Sampson. Curtis pitched in 15 games for the two teams, compiling a 4.96 ERA. Rodriguez allowed three runs, all earned, over 6 2/3 innings in four relief appearances in a season shortened by right biceps tendinitis and a right shoulder impingement. Sampson was 0-3 with a 4.30 ERA in five September games, including four starts.

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<![CDATA[Globe Life Field 3D Model Unveiled]]>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 21:43:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PJ_Globe+Life+Field+Model_2018-11-27-15-34-36.jpg

The new home of the Texas Rangers won’t open until 2020. But we now have a better idea of what it will look like when it is completed.

The club unveiled a new 3D model of Globe Life Field.

The $1.2 billion project spans more than 13 acres with approximately 35,000 tons of steel used to erect the structure. One steel beam alone weighs 9,200 pounds and is 48 feet tall.

One of the most exciting features in Globe Life Field will be a retractable roof that will prevent rain outs and also offer shade to the players and fans on scorching summer days at the ballpark.

HKS, Inc. is the architect on this project which will resemble Minute Maid Park in Houston.

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<![CDATA[Examining Adrian Beltre's Legacy]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:10:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+and+JJT+112018.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre announced his retirement after 21 years in Major League Baseball. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor take a deep dive into the legacy of the future Hall of Famer.

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<![CDATA[Catcher Jeff Mathis, Rangers Finalize $6.25M, 2-Year Deal]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:13:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Mathis-Getty-112018.jpg

Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $6.25 million, two-year contract.

He gets $3.25 million next year and $3 million in 2020 under the deal announced Tuesday.

The 35-year-old is among baseball's top defensive catchers. He spent the last two years with Arizona and hit .200 this season with one homer and 20 RBIs in 69 games. He threw out 18 of 53 runners attempting to steal this year, and his 17 defensive runs saved were five more than any other catcher.

Mathis is a .198 hitter in 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2005-11), Toronto (2012), Miami (2013-16) and Arizona (2017-18).

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<![CDATA[Globe Life Field on Track to Open in 2020]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:37:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+Field+construction+112018.jpg

About 1,000 construction workers are racing to finish Globe Life Field, the future home of the Texas Rangers across the street from the current ballpark in Arlington.

The below-ground infield that required 1.3 million cubic yards of excavation is already taking shape.

And soon they'll start work on the roof, which will require one of the world's largest cranes to be assembled inside.

"In another two or three weeks, they'll start putting together one of the largest cranes in North America," said Jack Hill, senior vice president of project development for the Rangers.

Hill gave NBC 5 a tour of the construction site.

Eleven normal-sized cranes tower over the project now, but none like the one they're about to put together.

The huge crane will take three weeks to assemble from 160 truckloads of steal. Then, they'll take it down piece by piece.

Hill, who also oversaw construction of Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, said the new ballpark is on a fast-track schedule.

"Imagine building your house and starting the construction before the design is finished," he said. "That's essentially what we've done."

When construction started a year ago, Hill said much of the interior hadn't been fully designed.

The stadium is set to open in 2020.

Soon enough, the sounds of heavy construction will be replaced by the cracks of a bat and the cheers of the crowd.

"I'm confident they're going to love it," Hill said. "We have so many nooks and crannies and interesting seating spots."

As for what will happen with Globe Life Park, the city of Arlington is trying to sell the facility, but so far hasn't found any buyers.

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<![CDATA[Adrian Beltre Says Farewell Press Conference]]>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:59:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian+Beltre.png

Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers retired Tuesday after 21 seasons in a career in which he hit 477 home runs and became the first player from the Dominican Republic to have 3,000 hits.

The 39-year-old third baseman announced his decision in a statement released by the Rangers, saying it is time for the "next chapter of my life."

"After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I've been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love," Beltre said. "I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it's time to call it a career."

Beltre was a .286 hitter with 1,707 RBIs in 2,933 career games. His 3,166 hits rank 16th on baseball's career list, with his homers total 30th and RBIs 24th. He played 2,759 games at third base -- only Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson had more.

The four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was 19 when he made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 1998. He will be eligible to be on the Hall of Fame ballot in five years.

In his statement, Beltre thanked former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, then the team's interim general manager, for "believing in this young kid from the Dominican Republic when others thought I was too young to be called up" to the majors. Beltre was only 15 when he first signed with the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in July 1994.

Beltre played with Los Angeles until 2004, then was with the Seattle Mariners from 2005-09 and the Boston Red Sox in 2010. He joined the Rangers on a $96 million, six-year free agent deal in 2011, and appeared in his only World Series in his first season with Texas.

"As much fun as people see us having at the ballpark all of the time, and playing around, I haven't met somebody that was more detailed about the game than him," Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "That is something that stood out to me, something I learned from watching him and playing next to him the last eight years. He's going to be missed for sure. It's going to be different."

Beltre hit .273 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in 119 games this season, when he went on the disabled list twice because of an ailing left hamstring issues that also bothered him at the end of the 2017 season.

He got his 3,000th career hit on July 30, 2017, the 31st major leaguer to reach that milestone.

"To all my fans in the Dominican Republic, the United States and Latin America, my sincerest THANK YOU for your continuous support throughout my career," Beltre wrote. "While I will forever cherish the memories from my time playing the greatest game on earth, I am excited to become a fulltime husband and father, and I am ready to take on the next chapter of my life."

Michael Young, now a special assistant to the general manager, was the Rangers third baseman before Beltre joined the team. Young then became a utility infielder and designated hitter and is still the career leader for games played and hits by a Rangers player.

"I knew he was good defensively, I didn't know he was this good. I knew he could hit, I didn't know he could hit like that. I knew he was tough, I didn't know he was that tough," Young said Tuesday. "I could just pretty much go on, all of the things I knew about him, he was just better in pretty much in every possibly way I could have imagined."

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<![CDATA[Michael Young Among Newcomers on Hall of Fame Ballot]]>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:47:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491861327.jpg

Former Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young is among the newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on ballot joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez.

Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers on the ballot announced Monday.

Steroids-tainted stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds each appear on the ballot for the seventh time. Clemens rose to 57.3 percent in the 2018 ballot but fell 75 votes short of the 75 percent needed, and Bonds was 79 votes shy at 56.4 percent. Martinez was 20 votes short at 70.4 percent, Mike Mussina at 63.5 percent and Curt Schilling at 51.2 percent.

Rivera had 652 regular-season saves and 42 in the postseason during 19 seasons with the New York Yankees that included five World Series titles. He was 8-1 with a 0.70 ERA in 32 postseason series.

Halladay won Cy Young Awards with Toronto in 2003 and Philadelphia in 2010 and was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 seasons. He pitched a perfect game against Florida in 2010 and a no-hitter that fall versus Cincinnati in the NL Championship Series opener -- only the second postseason no-hitter after Dan Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Halladay died piloting a plane in November 2017.

Pettitte was 256-153 with a 3.85 ERA in 15 seasons with the Yankees and three with Houston and went 19-11 record with a 3.81 ERA in 44 postseason starts.

Helton hit .316 in 15 seasons for Colorado with 369 homers, 1,406 RBIs and 1,401 runs, and Young hit .300 in 14 seasons, all but the last with Texas. Tejada batted .285 with 307 homers and 1,302 RBIs in 16 seasons.

More than 400 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, and a player must receive at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 22. Voters must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years.

Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrer and Jim Thome were elected last year.

Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote annually. Martinez and first baseman Fred McGriff (23.2 percent last year) are on the BBWAA ballot for the final time.

Additional newcomers on this year's ballot include infielder Placido Polanco and outfielder Juan Pierre. Holdovers include reliever Billy Wagner, second baseman Jeff Kent, shortstop Omar Vizquel, third baseman Scott Rolen and outfielders Andruw Jones, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker.

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<![CDATA[Julio Rangel Hired as Rangers' Pitching Coach for Woodward]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:51:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1056580841.jpg

Julio Rangel has been hired by the Texas Rangers as pitching coach for new manager Chris Woodward.

Rangel will be with a big league staff for the first time after 12 years as a pitching instructor and coordinator at the minor league level with the San Francisco Giants and Cleveland Indians.

With Rangel's hiring Friday, the Rangers have filled six spots on Woodward's staff.

Rangel, 43, was minor league pitching coordinator for the Giants this year, his only season in the San Francisco organization. He spent the previous 11 seasons in the Indians organization, including a stint as the interim pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in 2012.

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<![CDATA[Construction Update: Globe Life Field Taking Shape]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:28:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/globe-life-field-construction-nov-16-2018.jpg

Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers, is taking shape and beginning to resemble a ballpark.

The $1.1 billion, retractable-roof stadium is expected to be ready to open in time for the start of the 2020 season.

Just months ago, in March, the site of the future stadium was nothing more than a massive hole in the ground.

By June, part of the stadium bowl framework had been constructed as the building began to take shape.

Now, about 8 months since there was nothing more than dirt and a few retaining walls, the shape of the seating bowl is clear along ith several supporting structures on the outside of the stadium.

A Loews Hotel is also under construction adjacent to the stadium -- the hotel is expected to be complete in 2019.

Texas Live!, an entertainment complex adjacent to the new stadium, was completed in the summer.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Announce 5 Major League Coaches for 2019]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:15:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Don-Wakamatsu-Rangers-Getty-101618.jpg

The Texas Rangers have announced the bulk of their 2019 coaching staff for new manager Chris Woodward.

Luis Ortiz returns to organization as hitting coach. Ortiz was assistant hitting coach for the Dodgers in 2018 and worked with Chris Woodward.

The North Richland Hills resident began his coaching career with various hitting instructor roles in the Texas system from 2008-12. He is also a former Rangers player (1995-96).

Don Wakamatsu returns as bench coach.

Jayce Tingler moves from assistant general manager to major league player development field coordinator.

Tony Beasley is back as the third base coach and Hector Ortiz will be the first base coach after he served as the bullpen coach last year. Both have been with the Rangers each of the last five seasons.

Former first base coach Steve Buechele has been appointed Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, a role in which he will assist the department at both the major and minor league levels.

The contracts of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant pitching coach Dan Warthen were not renewed. The remainder of the Rangers' 2019 coaching staff will be announced in the near future.

The club will announce the rest of the staff later.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Announce 2019 Spring Training Schedule, Times]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:35:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baseball-generic_1.jpg

The Texas Rangers revealed their game times for the team's 2019 spring training schedule Thursday.
The club is scheduled to play 35 spring training games in 2019, including 33 Cactus League contests.

The schedule includes a pair of exhibition games with the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington to close the spring schedule on Monday, March 25 at 7:05 p.m. CT and Tuesday, March 26 at 1:05 p.m. CT.

It will mark the fifth straight season that the club has hosted exhibition games versus a major league team in Arlington to close the spring training slate. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.
Texas' 33-game Arizona schedule features 18 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 16 of those games and will be the visiting club for two contests against the Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play four times overall in Surprise in 2019, the Cactus League opener on Saturday, February 23 (Royals home game) at 1:05 p.m. MT; the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game on Monday, March 11 (Rangers home game) at 7:05 p.m. MT; Thursday, March 14 (Royals home game) at 1:05 p.m. MT; and Sunday, March 24 (Rangers home game) at 12:05 p.m. MT.
All other Rangers' home games at Surprise Stadium will start at 1:05 p.m. MT except for Sunday, February 24 vs. Milwaukee (2:05 p.m. MT); Monday, March 19 vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers (7:05 p.m. MT); and Saturday, March 23 vs. Milwaukee (12:05 p.m. MT).

Online tickets sales for season tickets, mini plans, and specialty ticket packages are available for purchase at SurpriseSpringTraining.com. Online sales for individual game tickets begin Saturday, November 17 and will be available at texasrangers.com. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for walk-up sales beginning Saturday, January 5. More information is available by calling 623-222-2222.
2019 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers spring training home games are attached.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Debut New Logo for Final Season at Globe Life Park]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:24:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-ballpark-new-logo-ball.jpg

For their 26th, and final, season at the stadium known as Globe Life Park, the Texas Rangers use a special logo on their baseballs and wear a matching patch on their uniforms.

The Rangers, who are building a new $1.2 billion indoor/outdoor stadium next to their existing park, will play their final season at Globe Life Park in 2019.

The new stadium, Globe Life Field, will be ready for Opening Day 2020.

"The logo, which incorporates the exterior façade of Globe Life Park, will be worn as a patch on the right sleeve of both the team's white and red home jerseys next season. It will also be printed on the official baseball that is used for all regular season home games in 2019," the team said in a statement.

"There are two versions of the final season logo, one with the banner FINAL SEASON and one with the banner GLOBE LIFE PARK IN ARLINGTON."

Here's more from the team on the final season at "the ballpark."

Globe Life Park in Arlington opened as The Ballpark in Arlington in April 1994 and has been the site of 2000 regular season games and 25 postseason contests through the end of 2018. More than 64,000,000 fans have attended games in the park during this span. The Rangers will begin play at Globe Life Field, which is currently under construction, in March 2020.

The Rangers are planning a number of special promotions and activities to commemorate the final season of Globe Life Park. This will include a series of 10 Bobblehead giveaways which recognize historic individual and team accomplishments in the park. The team is also planning to celebrate the final regular season series at Globe Life Park, Sept. 27-29 with the New York Yankees with three days of events.

More information will be announced as it is finalized.

Beginning today, fans can go to texasrangers.com/finalseason final season content and information. The team has created the hashtag #FarewellGLP that will be utilized for all of the club's social media applications pertaining to the last season in Globe Life Park.

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<![CDATA[Chris Woodward Announced as New Rangers Manager]]>Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:52:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Chris+Woodward.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jared Sandler from 105.3 The Fan talk about new Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Introduce New Manager]]>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:06:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-manager-chris-woodward.png

Chris Woodward grew up wanting to be an architect or an engineer. He also had what he thought was a far-fetched dream of playing professional baseball.

The kid from California who was a 54th-round draft pick and went on to play 12 major league seasons as a utility infielder for five teams is now the manager of one of the youngest teams in the majors. The Texas Rangers formally introduced Woodward as their new manager Monday, two days after hiring the Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach.

"I share a common bond with most Rangers fans right now. This has actually taken away the sting of losing two World Series in a row," Woodward said. "A lot of Rangers fans, obviously I feel your pain, it's real, I get it. ... I know how to get to the World Series. I'm going to instill a philosophy and a belief and a process in place to get us to that point."

Woodward's introduction as a first-time big league manager came just more than a week after the Dodgers lost in the World Series for the second year in a row. Texas had been the last team to do that, in 2010 and 2011.

The Rangers are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2005-08. They lost 95 games this year when the focus turned the development of younger players -- seven position players 25 or younger played at least 106 games.

"Ideally what we're putting in place here is the beginning of the foundation of a championship belief and culture," Woodward said. "I don't know how many wins we're going to have next year but that championship belief, I believe, is powerful and it's important to instill in these younger players now."

General manager Jon Daniels described the 42-year-old Woodward as an "energetic, winning manager to help us drive the culture here at the major league level. We're all going to grow together, we're all going to win together."

Daniels said the Rangers met with or spoke by phone with about 15 candidates after Jeff Banister was fired Sept. 21. Texas won AL West titles in Banister's first two seasons (2014 and 2015).

As a player, Woodward spent parts of 12 seasons (1999-2011) with Toronto, the New York Mets, Seattle, Atlanta and Boston. He hit .239 with 33 home runs and 191 RBIs while playing every position except pitcher and catcher. Woodward said he played for 11 different managers during his career, several of them first-year managers. He also played for Bobby Cox one season in Atlanta.

His coaching career began as a minor league infield coordinator for the Mariners in 2013 and he joined their big league staff later that year. He spent the past three seasons on Dave Roberts' staff in Los Angeles.

Woodward said he wants to create a culture where players can learn and grow every single day. He said that is what he will place the most value on moving forward.

"Process is a big one for me, I don't like to think of results," he said. "I think young kids, young players nowadays, they get caught up in results. ... I want to drive home the process that's going to get them the results."

Woodward said he had to fight every day as a "very average, probably below average" player and has always had that same kind of energy as a coach. He said it important to relate that to players.

The new manager will wear No. 8, and donned that jersey Monday for the first time in the big leagues. Yes, he was a fan of Cal Ripken Jr. growing up. But that was also the number of Woodward's high school coach Tom Quinley, a Yankees fan who revered Yogi Berra (who also wore No. 8).

"He passed away this past season, and it was very emotional for me," Woodward said. "He took the role of many things for me, obviously as a mentor, as a father figure. He did everything for me. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him. ... It's pretty special to me, and obviously in honor of him."

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<![CDATA[Cubs Exercise Option on Hamels, Trade Smyly to Texas]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:07:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6536250021.jpg

The Chicago Cubs exercised their 2019 option on left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers.

The $19 million option makes Hamels' contract worth $157 million for seven years. Hamels, who turns 35 in December, went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts after he was acquired in a July 27 trade with Texas. Had the Cubs declined the option and paid a $6 million buyout, the Rangers would have paid the Cubs an additional $6 million.

Hamels gives manager Joe Maddon a deep group of starting pitchers as the Cubs try for their fifth consecutive playoff appearance. Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and Yu Darvish also are expected to return, with Mike Montgomery and Tyler Chatwood waiting in the wings.

Hamels, a former first-round pick, made his major league debut with Philadelphia in 2006. The left-hander is 156-114 with a 3.40 ERA in 13 big league seasons.

He was working on perhaps the worst season of his career when Chicago got him from Texas for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. He was 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with the last-place Rangers at the time of the trade, but the Cubs felt a change of scenery and a pennant race might help him get back on track.

They were right.

Hamels had an instant impact with Chicago, going 4-0 with a sparkling 0.79 ERA in his first five starts with the team. He was unbeaten with the Cubs until he was hit hard in a loss at Arizona in his 10th start on Sept. 19.

When the NL wild-card game went into extra innings, Hamels made just his second major league relief appearance and responded with two scoreless innings in Chicago's 2-1 loss to Colorado. He is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 17 career playoff appearances.

The option completes the deal Hamels signed with Philadelphia in July 2012, bringing the total value to $157 million for seven years. The left-hander is 156-114 with a 3.40 ERA in 13 big league seasons.

Hamels struck out 13 while pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field in his final start with Philadelphia in 2015. He was traded to Texas six days later, and helped the Rangers to two AL West titles.

The 29-year-old Smyly signed a two-year contract with the Cubs last December as he recovered from Tommy John surgery in June 2017. The left-hander is 31-27 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA over parts of five seasons.

Earlier this week, the Cubs exercised their $6.25 million option for Pedro Strop and fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler picked up his $5 million player option.

Kintzler had a 7.00 ERA in 25 games with Chicago after he was acquired in a July 31 trade with Washington. The Cubs declined their $10 million team option on Tuesday. Strop, one of the baseball's most consistent relievers since he was acquired in a July 2013 trade with Baltimore, went 6-1 with 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA in 60 appearances last season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers 2B Odor Finalist for Gold Glove]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:56:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_on_Odor_Gold_Glove_FINAL_VERSION.jpg

Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers is one of three finalists for the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award at 2nd base. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains why this milestone is a long time coming for Odor.]]>
<![CDATA[AP Sources: Rangers Interview Wakamatsu in Manager Search]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:44:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Don-Wakamatsu-Rangers-Getty-101618.jpg

Rangers bench coach Don Wakamatsu has interviewed for the vacant Texas manager's spot that he filled in an interim role for the final 10 games of the season.

According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers interviewed Wakamatsu and Philadelphia Phillies third base coach Dusty Wathan on Tuesday in Arlington. The team isn't making public comments about the initial round of interviews.

With Wakamatsu and Wathan added to the list, the Rangers have conducted eight known interviews in an eight-day span in their search to replace Jeff Banister.

Wakamatsu rejoined the Rangers last November after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City. He previously served on the Rangers staff from 2003-07 and was a candidate for the manager's post when Ron Washington was hired after the 2006 season to replace Buck Showalter.

Until Wakamatsu, who was 127-147 as Seattle's manager in 2009 and until August 2010, former New York Yankees and Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi had been the only candidate interviewed by the Rangers with major league managerial experience.

Banister was fired Sept. 21 with 10 games left in a 95-game loss season for the Rangers, who focused on the development of younger players. They were 3-7 those last 10 games.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Hire Shiraz Rehman as Assistant GM From Cubs]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 18:39:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers have hired Shiraz Rehman as assistant general manager after he spent the past seven years in baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

Rehman will assist Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in the day-to-day management of major league operations, including player acquisitions, roster management, player contracts, and salary arbitration.

Texas announced the hire on Tuesday.

Rehman joined the Cubs as assistant to the GM in November 2011, shortly after Chicago hired Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations and Jed Hoyer as general manager. Rehman was most was recently assistant GM for strategic initiatives for the Cubs, and had previously spent six seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball operations department.

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<![CDATA[AP Sources: Rangers Interview 2 More Manager Candidates]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:47:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers have now interviewed a half-dozen candidates in their search for a new manager.

According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers conducted two more interviews Monday to increase the total to six. They spoke Monday in Arlington with Rocco Baldelli and David Bell. The Rangers are not making public comments about the first round of managerial interviews.

Baldelli is the major league field coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays. Bell is vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants and the son of former Rangers third baseman Buddy Bell.

Texas is looking to replace Jeff Banister, who was fired with 10 games left the team's second consecutive losing season.

Of the candidates interviewed so far, former New York Yankees and Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi is the only one with major league managerial experience.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Hitting Coach Anthony Iapoce Hired Away by Cubs]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:53:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cubGettyImages-956247492.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are turning to a familiar face to help with their inconsistent offense.

Chicago hired Anthony Iapoce as its hitting coach on Monday, replacing the fired Chili Davis. The 45-year-old Iapoce was a special assistant in the Cubs' front office for three years from 2013-15, helping several of their current position players while overseeing the club's minor league hitting program.

Iapoce also has a connection to former Cubs hitting coach John Mallee, who was replaced by Davis after Chicago was eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS in 2017. Iapoce was the hitting coach for Class A Jupiter from 2008-09 while Mallee was the minor league hitting coordinator for the Marlins.

Chicago won 95 games in a franchise-record fourth straight playoff season, but its lineup struggled at times. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League in scoring, but managed one run or less in 39 regular-season games. They scored just two runs over 22 innings in losing the NL Central tiebreaker game against Milwaukee and the NL wild-card game to Colorado.

Iapoce served as Texas' hitting coach the last three seasons, a span in which the Rangers ranked fifth in the American League in runs and fourth in home runs. The 2017 Rangers were the first MLB team with nine players to reach at least 17 homers in the same season.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Iapoce spent three seasons as the roving hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays. The former outfielder played 11 seasons in the minor leagues in the Brewers and Marlins organizations, as well as independent ball.

Davis had just one year on manager Joe Maddon's staff. He spent the previous six seasons as a hitting coach with Oakland and Boston.

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<![CDATA[AP Sources: Girardi Interviewed in Rangers Manager Search]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 21:51:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

World Series champion Joe Girardi was interviewed Friday by the Texas Rangers in their search for a new manager.

Girardi, the former New York Yankees and Florida Marlins manager, was the first person with big league managerial experience interviewed by the Rangers as they look to replace fired manager Jeff Banister.

People familiar with the details said the Rangers interviewed Girardi inn Arlington. The team is making no public comments about the first round of managerial interviews.

Girardi managed the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009, their 27th overall and only one since 2000. He had a 910-710 record over 10 seasons in New York (2008-17). His contract wasn't renewed after the Yankees lost to eventual World Series champion Houston in a seven-game ALCS last October, and he was a studio analyst for MLB Network this season.

In his only season managing the Marlins in 2006, Girardi was the NL manager of the year after a 78-84 record with the team that had the lowest payroll in the majors.

Girardi, whose 54th birthday is Sunday, played 15 seasons in the big leagues. The catcher was part of three World Series championships in his four seasons with the Yankees, and also played for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado and St. Louis.

The Rangers previously interviewed Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Texas assistant general manager Jayce Tingler.

Banister was the AL manager of the year in 2015, his first season in Texas. The Rangers won the AL West titles in 2015 and 2016, but are coming off consecutive losing season. He was fired with 10 games left in a 95-loss season when the focus shifted to the development of younger players.

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<![CDATA[AP Sources: Rangers Do First 3 Interviews in Manager Search]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:31:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers have done their first interviews in the search to replace fired manager Jeff Banister.

According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers on Thursday interviewed Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde in Arlington, and did a phone interview with Astros bench coach Joe Espada because Houston is preparing for the start of the ALCS against Boston. The team is making no public comments about candidates being interviewed.

Texas did its first interview Tuesday in Arlington with Jayce Tingler, the team's assistant general manager.

Banister was fired with 10 games left in his fourth season. The Rangers won AL West titles in Banister's first two years but have since had consecutive losing seasons. They lost 95 games this year when the focus shifted to the development of younger players.

<![CDATA[Indians Debating Final Roster Spot for ALDS vs Astros]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 23:00:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/baseball-generic_1.jpg

Indians manager Terry Francona has finalized his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against Houston except for one spot.

Francona said Wednesday that either outfielder Raja Davis or utility infielder Erik Gonzalez will be the last addition to the roster. The Indians open the series on Friday in Houston against the defending World Series champions.

Francona, who will carry 11 pitchers -- three left-handers -- for the ALDS, said the decision between Davis and Gonzalez is a tough one. Davis hit a memorable home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and can affect games with his speed. Gonzalez is a "safety net" in case All-Star infielders Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez get hurt.

Francona said one of the toughest decisions was to leave off veteran right-hander Josh Tomlin, the club's longest-tenured player. Francona called Tomlin "one of the best teammates I've ever seen in my whole career and that doesn't change."

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<![CDATA[Rangers GM Likely to Interview 5-8 Manager Candidates]]>Tue, 02 Oct 2018 19:33:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jon-daniels-wash-resigns_1200x675_325780547532.jpg

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels expects to interview five to eight candidates in his search for the team's new manager.

Daniels wasn't prepared Tuesday to talk about a list of potential candidates to replace Jeff Banister, who was fired with 10 games left in the season. But the GM talked about some of the potential characteristics he was considering in the search.

"Certainly this job is managing people, personalities, egos, really develop relationships to where you can get through on a variety of different levels," Daniels said, two days after the Rangers finished with 95 losses and last in the AL West for only the second time in 11 seasons.

The only additional staff change Daniels announced was that assistant hitting coach Justin Mashore would not be back after three seasons in that role.

While some assistant coaches could return, Daniels told the remaining staff, including pitching coach Doug Brocail and hitting coach Anthony Iapoce, that the team isn't going to commit to anyone for 2019 until a new manager is in place.

Daniels said the number of interviews for the manager's job would probably be in the range of five to eight, similar to four years ago before Banister replaced Ron Washington, and could expand if there is not a good feeling about the candidates.

As for whether he preferred someone older or younger, or a manager driven by analytics, Daniels said there was no "cut-and-dry answer" to that.

"Everybody has information now. It's how you use it, how you apply it, how you can decipher it and explain it in a way to help the individuals, help the team," Daniels said. "That will be part of it, but I don't necessarily think you have to be a certain age or a certain background to do that. It's more people skills than anything else."

Banister and Washington were both first-time MLB managers. Banister won AL West titles each of his first two seasons, and Washington led the Rangers to their only two World Series appearances before he abruptly resigned for personal reasons late in the 2014 season.

Don Wakamatsu, the bench coach who became interim manager, is considered a candidate. He returned to Texas last November after four seasons as the bench coach in Kansas City. He previously served on the Rangers staff from 2003-07 and was a candidate when Daniels hired Washington after the 2006 season.

Seven position players 25 or younger played at least 106 games this season for the Rangers.

"The development of our young players who have come up through our system was a big bright spot for all of us, both in terms of the opportunity and what they did with it," Daniels said.

The Rangers also go into the offseason not knowing if future Hall of Fame third baseman Adrian Beltre will come back for a 22nd big league season. Beltre, who turns 40 next April, has 3,166 career hits and 477 home runs.

Beltre, who is not signed for 2019, has said he will spend some time with his family before taking time to make a decision.

Daniels said Beltre's situation would impact some roster decisions, and that he hasn't talked to the third baseman about what his role would be if he decides to play another season.

"I don't have an answer as far as what date he'll decide by, or if we need it by a certain date," Daniels said. "At a period of time we'll reach out, see where he's at. We want to respect his process. ... Generally speaking, without being bound by the roster, 100 percent love to have Adrian back."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Beltre Farewell? Mariners Top Rangers to Finish off 2018]]>Sun, 30 Sep 2018 21:38:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-Getty-093018.jpg

Adrian Beltre was not ready to say Sunday was the final game of his career.

Every other part of the day had the feel of a farewell, and a celebration for one of the best third basemen ever.

"I wanted to make sure to enjoy it, do what you do and if this is it, this is it," Beltre said. "It was just not something I could say was defined, 'This was my last game or my last out, last groundball, last hit.' But it could be. So it's difficult to explain, but I do not know how I feel."

Beltre and the Texas Rangers were shut down by Seattle starter Roenis Elias in the Mariners' 3-1 win on Sunday that closed out the 2018 season. The day was overshadowed with what-ifs mostly about whether Beltre will retire after 21 seasons, but also if Nelson Cruz will be back in Seattle in 2019 with his contract up after the season.

The majority of the focus was on Beltre and the day had a feeling of finality for a career likely bound for Cooperstown. Beltre played 4 1/2 innings before being lifted before the bottom of the fifth, given a standing ovation by the crowd of 21,146. Beltre went 1 for 2 and finished with a .273 average, 15 homers and 65 RBIs.

Like his demeanor for most of his career, Beltre had fun should it be his final game. Beltre blooped a single to right leading off the second inning. He was almost immediately doubled off when Joey Gallo's liner was caught by first baseman Ryon Healy. After he was called out, Beltre jogged to the Mariners dugout railing and gave close friend Felix Hernandez a hug before heading back to the Rangers dugout.

Beltre had another humorous moment on the final out of the fourth inning with runners on first and second. Ryon Healy stopped running to third and retreated toward second base, but Beltre waved Healy back toward third and tagged him for the final out.

"Right before that at-bat I thought this was perfect. I don't have to throw, I don't have to move. If they hit it to me I'm going to stand in the line until they come over," Beltre said. "It happens and Healy ... he was cool enough to come back to me and let me tag him."

Beltre, who spent five seasons with the Mariners from 2005-09, was given a standing ovation leading off the fifth inning as a "Thank You, Adrian" message was shown on the video board. Beltre tipped his helmet to the crowd before flying out to right field. Beltre took the field for the bottom of the fifth and was replaced by Jurickson Profar, receiving hugs from all of his teammates on the field and in the dugout.

"It was emotional. I wasn't expecting that. They told me a couple of things that was deep and got me choked up a little bit right there," Beltre said.

Beltre didn't give a timeline for when he would make a decision on his future but intended to take a little break before making a choice.

"I know how much the fans truly enjoyed his time here," Seattle's Kyle Seager said. "Being the home player and watching a visiting player get that type of ovation was pretty special."

Cruz was replaced in right field with one out in the top of the fourth inning by Ben Gamel. Cruz was given a standing ovation as he jogged to the dugout in what could be his final game with the Mariners. Cruz has been one of the best free agent signings in Mariners history. Cruz, who turned 38 in July, hit .256 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs this season. He hit 163 homers and had 414 RBIs in his four seasons with Seattle.

Cruz said he would like to be back.

"Hopefully we can get something done," Cruz said.

The blooper by Beltre was the only hit allowed by Elias (3-1), who struck out four and walked none in a game that took just 2 hours, 14 minutes. David Freitas had an RBI double and Andrew Romine a run-scoring single off Yovani Gallardo (8-8) in the second inning. Seager added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

Seattle finished with 89 victories, its most since 2003, but it was a hallow accomplishment after seeing the longest playoff drought in any of the four major U.S. pro sports extended to 17 years. The Mariners last made the postseason in 2001 and in the middle of June appeared set to finally end that streak leading Oakland by 11 games in the wild-card race. That lead disappeared quickly as Oakland caught Seattle by August and raced past the Mariners over the final two months.

After establishing the 11-game lead, Seattle went 43-48 over the final 101 games.

Texas finished last in the AL West for the first time since 2014 and had consecutive losing seasons for the first time since going four straight years under .500 from 2005-08. The 95 losses matched the most for Texas since losing 99 games in 1985. Texas was one of eight teams to finish with at least 95 losses, a first in the major leagues.

Rangers slugger Joey Gallo finished with more home runs (40) than singles (38). Gallo had 103 hits in 500 at-bats on the season. He batted .206

Rangers: Texas opens on March 28 at home against the Chicago Cubs.

Mariners: Seattle starts on March 20 in Tokyo against Oakland.

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<![CDATA[Paxton Tops 200 Ks, Mariners Beat Rangers]]>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 22:28:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/James-Paxton-Mariners-Getty-092918.jpg

Dee Gordon drove in the go-ahead run with a triple in the seventh inning, and James Paxton struck out nine to go over 200 for the season as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Saturday night.

Paxton came into the day with 199 strikeouts and wasted no time becoming the sixth pitcher in team history to reach 200, striking out leadoff batter Jurickson Profar.

It was one of nine strikeouts in the game for Paxton, who allowed one run and seven hits over six innings and didn't give up a walk.

Seattle's ace become the first Mariners pitcher to reach the 200 strikeout mark since Felix Hernandez in 2014. He also finished the season with a career-high 160 1/3 innings pitched. He wasn't able to equal last season's career-high 12 wins, as the no-decision left him at 11-6.

Nick Vincent (4-4) pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn the win, and Edwin Diaz earned his league-leading 57th save, tying Bobby Thigpen's 1990 mark for second-most all time.

Paxton had three strikeouts in the first inning, but also gave up Adrian Beltre's run-scoring double as the Rangers took a 1-0 lead.

Texas starter Adrian Sampson -- who grew up in Redmond, just outside of Seattle -- nearly stole the spotlight from Paxton, holding Seattle scoreless through four innings. The Mariners tied the game in the fifth on Mitch Haniger's sacrifice fly, and then roared ahead in the seventh.

Kyle Seager led off with a double, and then Gordon hit his two-out triple to give Seattle the lead and end Sampson's outing. Jean Segura and Robinson Cano each had RBI singles later in the inning to give the Mariners a three-run lead.

Sampson (0-3) ended up allowing three runs and seven hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.

Rangers: Trainers checked on LF Carlos Tocci in the fifth inning, after he hit the wall catching Haniger's sacrifice fly and stayed down on the warning track in pain after the play. Tocci remained in the game. ... Interim manager Don Wakamatsu said he thinks Nomar Mazara continues to be hampered by his thumb. Mazara missed nearly a month on the disabled list with a right thumb sprain, and is hitting .220 since returning on Aug. 16. "We think he's on the right track," Wakamatsu said. "Obviously the biggest thing over the winter is going to be evaluating that thumb and making sure he's healthy going into spring training."

Mariners: Gordon returned to the lineup in CF after missing three straight games with a sore toe after fouling a pitch off his foot Tuesday.

Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 6.40 ERA) will make his 18th start. He has taken the loss in each of his last four starts and is 1-6 in his last eight starts.

Mariners: LHP Roenis Elias (2-1, 2.93) will close out Seattle's season with his third start. Elias, who has also made 19 relief appearances, has not gone longer than 3 2/3 innings in any start this season.

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<![CDATA[Segura Benched for Lack of Hustle, Mariners Top Rangers]]>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 14:56:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Jean Segura made a smart slide to score. It's the roundabout path he took toward the plate that bothered Seattle manager Scott Servais.

Servais pulled Segura for a lack of hustle after two innings, saying he wanted to send the All-Star shortstop a message Friday night during the Mariners' 12-6 win over the Texas Rangers.

"We're going to play hard through the end of the year. I didn't think Jean gave a really good effort trying to score from second and he came out of the game," Servais said.

Segura is hitting .301 after a prolonged dip in the second half. Servais didn't commit to play Segura in the final two games of the regular season.

The Mariners scored seven times in the second inning, helped by four walks from Martin Perez (2-7) and a three-run error by right fielder Nomar Mazara on a ball hit by Segura.

Perez had allowed two runs when he was replaced by Jeffrey Springs with two outs and the bases loaded. Segura hit a flyball and it looked as if it would be an easy catch for Mazara at the front of the warning track, but the ball skipped off the top of his glove, clearing the bases to make it 5-0.

Segura reached second on the play, and Cano followed with a single to right-center. Segura barely scored, needing to twist around catcher Robinson Chirinos to make it safely home. A double by Nelson Cruz accounted for the final run of the inning.

Cano had four hits and Cameron Maybin had four RBIs as Seattle built a nine-run lead after three innings.

Cano was suspended for 80 games this season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Since being reinstated, he is hitting .319 with six homers and 28 RBIs.

He wanted to play well on Fan Appreciation Night.

"We went out there tonight and showed people how much we care and how much we respect the fans," Cano said. "The games don't mean anything, but we're still going to compete. You want to always give 100 percent."

Maybin had three hits and Cano drove in two runs and scored twice.

"There were some mistakes made, but we're going to focus on the positives," Rangers interim manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We talked about finishing hard and playing to the end of the game. We had chances to come back and tie that ballgame after being down. I'm proud of those guys."

Wade LeBlanc (9-5) had a rough outing, allowing five earned runs on six hits in five innings, but ended the season with career highs in innings (162), starts (27) and strikeouts (130).

"This season definitely was a huge blessing," said LeBlanc, who joined the team in late March and became a starter in May. "If you had asked me in March, I'd be hard-pressed to say I'd be standing here. It's been a fun experience to be here with these guys and go to battle every day. It didn't turn out where we wanted, but there's not a lot of teams it does work out for."

Seattle added two runs in the third on a double by Maybin and a single by Cano that made it 9-0. Maybin had an RBI double one inning later and a two-run single in the eighth.

Chirinos hit a two-run homer and the Rangers scored four runs off LeBlanc in the fourth. He gave up two more runs in the fifth.

LeBlanc was asked if the long time in the dugout had a detrimental effect on his pitching.

"Yeah, how selfish of those guys to keep scoring all those runs," LeBlanc joked. "Nah, it just sometimes the guy that finishes the game is completely different than the guy who starts it. I threw pitches for the first three innings probably the best I've thrown the whole second half. But everything was awful in the fourth and fifth inning."

The Mariners (87-73) were 46-25 on June 16, but have gone 41-48 since.

"How we got there is a little crazy, with the hot start and tailing off in the second half," Servais said. "Overall there will be some good things come out of the season, but we're still not where we want to be as a team."

Adrian Beltre doubled to right-center in the Texas fourth for the 1,705th RBI of his career, moving him ahead of Frank Thomas and alone in 21st place on the all-time list. Cano's double in the sixth tied him with Lou Gehrig for 40th on the all-time list at 534.

The Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Brandon Mann from Triple-A Round Rock. The move will give the Tacoma, Washington, native a chance to pitch in front of his friends and family. Mann will work out of the bullpen this week. He appeared in six games for Texas this year, posting a 6.14 ERA in 7 1/3 innings of relief.

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon was not in the lineup for the third consecutive game after fouling a pitch off his foot Tuesday night. "We'll wait and see," Servais said. "I wanted to give Dee a couple of days off and we'll see if he's able to go (Saturday) night."

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.96 ERA) will make his fourth start, going against his former teammates for the first time. Sampson made one start for the Mariners in 2016, taking the loss in Boston when he allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. Sampson, 26, is a Seattle-area native who attended Skyline High School in Sammamish. He missed his senior season after having Tommy John surgery in 2009.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (11-6, 3.85 ERA) will make his 28th and final start of the season. He needs one more strikeout to reach 200 -- the last Mariners pitcher to fan that many since Felix Hernandez in 2014. Paxton already has pitched more innings than any season of his career, but he's hoping to go at least 5 2/3 innings to reach 160 for the year. A win also would tie his career high of 12 last season. Servais announced that LHP Roenis Elias will start the season finale Sunday.

<![CDATA[Rangers Break Through in Seventh, Beat Mariners 2-0]]>Fri, 28 Sep 2018 09:41:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1039716832.jpg

First baseman Ronald Guzman broke a tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

Guzman hammered reliever Zach Duke's sinking fastball into the right-center gap, scoring Ryan Rua, who reached base on a one-out double.

Guzman scored after right-hander Shawn Armstrong plunked Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the helmet with the bases loaded later in the inning.

Ariel Jurado (5-5) threw six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out three to win back-to-back starts against the Mariners in a six-day span. He won with five innings of two-run relief in an 8-3 victory on Sept. 21 in Arlington, Texas.

Hard-throwing Jose Leclerc collected his 12th save with a spotless ninth inning, and has not been scored upon in his past 21 appearances, dating to July 28 (span of 21 innings). It is the second-longest scoreless streak in the major leagues behind Minnesota's Taylor Rogers (23 2/3 innings).

Duke (5-5) gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning after Seattle starter Marco Gonzales held the Rangers scoreless for five innings, giving up two hits and striking out six.

Texas has won five of its past six games against the Mariners. It was Seattle's seventh shutout loss of the season.


In his second full season with the Mariners, Mitch Haniger ranks eighth among AL position players with a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 6.0.

It is the highest of any Seattle outfielder since 2009 when Franklin Gutierrez finished with a 6.6. The other two Seattle outfielders with a 6.0 WAR or better were Ken Griffey Jr. (six times) and Ichiro Suzuki (two).

"I'm not surprised really by anything he's done because the work ethic, the discipline and structure he has," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "He's as good as anyone."


Right-hander Adrian Sampson figured his first Safeco Field start would be with the hometown Mariners, the team that traded for him in 2015.

But after a season-ending elbow injury on the road with the Mariners in 2016, he was released. And now with Texas, he has worked his way back to the big leagues, first as a reliever and now a late-season starter. His final appearance is Saturday.

"It is a good story," said Sampson, who is from nearby Redmond, Washington. "I have come a long ways, and to have this be the last start after the ups and downs earlier this year . to finish here is big for me."


Mariners: Servais confirmed LHP James Paxton will make his final start Saturday, but declined to name a starter for the season finale Sunday.


Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (hip) was held out Thursday, but interim manager Don Wakamatsu expects the four-time All Star to serve as the designated hitter for the next two games before deciding if he plays in the field in the season finale Sunday. "We will honor whatever he wants," Wakamatsu said.

Mariners: OF Denard Span (leg) and INF/OF Dee Gordon (toe) were held out of the starting lineup Thursday, but Servais thinks they will be available for the final three games. Span did fly out to center field as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.


Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-6, 6.13 ERA) wraps up his worst season as a professional. He seeks his eighth career win against the Mariners, which would tie Oakland for his most against any opponent.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-5, 3.55 ERA) has one final chance to win a career-best ninth game in a season. He won eight games in 2010 with San Diego. It will also be his 27th start for Seattle, which will be a career high. LeBlanc took the loss Sunday against the Rangers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Late Homer Sends Angels to Sweep of Rangers]]>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:34:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1041479636.jpg

Shohei Ohtani knows what's possible after Tommy John surgery from watching Andrew Heaney's pitching performances this season for the Los Angeles Angels.

At the plate, Ohtani keeps doing things that aren't possible for many other sluggers.

Ohtani hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, sending the Angels to a 3-2 victory and a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Although he is scheduled for elbow ligament replacement surgery next week, Ohtani is still slugging away. He matched his professional single-season high for homers after hitting 22 in Japan two seasons ago.

"It's two completely different things -- different countries, different pitchers, different ballparks, different balls," Ohtani said. "But being able to accomplish my career high in my first year in the big leagues, it was a huge thing for me. I'm proud of that."

Ohtani had an early RBI single before he connected off Rangers reliever Chris Martin (1-5), his former teammate in Japan with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. The two-way rookie went the opposite way, bouncing it off the top of the left-field wall.

"He's a special hitter," Texas interim manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He's pulling balls down the right-field line. Then you put a ball a little elevated out and away, (and) he takes it away. It shows you what kind of leverage he has with that body."

The Angels were in position to win because of Heaney, who struck out 10 and yielded two runs over seven innings in a strong finish to the Angels left-hander's first full season back from Tommy John.

"He was very solid throughout the whole year, very consistent," Ohtani said of Heaney. "I'm really impressed by how he was able to stay healthy and finish the season strong."

After making just six starts in the previous two years, Heaney was the only consistently successful starter in Los Angeles' injury-wracked rotation this season. While pitching 180 innings, he became the first Angels left-hander to surpass 175 strikeouts since C.J. Wilson did it in 2013, and his 100 pitches against the Rangers were the most by any Angels pitcher since July 22.

"I'm happy I kept us in it," Heaney said. "Other than the first couple of weeks (of the season), being able to take the ball every fifth or sixth day, that's what every pitcher wants to do. I think there's still a lot of juice to be squeezed ... but I'm proud of that."

Taylor Ward also homered for the Angels (78-81), who need three more victories in their season-ending series with Oakland to avoid having three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 1992-94.

Jose Alvarez (6-4) pitched a perfect eighth inning in his 76th appearance of the season. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his second save.

Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar homered for the Rangers, who have lost four of five and eight of 10.

Justin Upton doubled for the Angels' first hit in the fourth inning and scored on a single by Ohtani, who has driven in runs in three consecutive games.


Beltre crushed his 15th homer of the season over the ficus trees in center field in the second inning, giving him eight homers in September during a fitting finish to what could be the final season of his remarkable career.

"That's the idea, but I don't think as a team we are doing a good job right now," Beltre said. "Obviously as a team we want to finish strong, but individually I'm feeling a little better."

The RBI was the 39-year-old Beltre's 1,704th, moving him even with Frank Thomas for 22nd in baseball history. He has 48 homers and 168 RBIs against the Angels, both tops for any opponent in his career.

"You look up at the record books and he just keeps climbing in every category," Wakamatsu said. "There is no mystery why he's where he's at. The work ethic, the character, the intelligence, it's everything he puts in."

Beltre hasn't decided whether to play again next season, but he got a warm send-off from his Dallas-area fans last weekend just in case.


Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus was shaken up in the fifth inning when he broke his bat and hit himself in the back of the head with the barrel on his follow-through. Andrus didn't really run to first while he was thrown out, and he walked gingerly back to the dugout, but stayed in the game.

Angels: Reliever Ty Buttrey has been shut down for the season with right knee bursitis, Scioscia revealed after the game. Buttrey had been the Angels' closer recently, and he has a 3.31 ERA and four saves since arriving in a midseason trade.


Rangers: Ariel Jurado (4-5, 6.66 ERA) takes the mound Thursday when Texas opens a four-game series at Seattle to close the regular season.

Angels: After a day off, Jaime Barria (10-9, 3.54 ERA) will make the last start of his impressive rookie season Friday when the Angels open their final series at home against the Oakland Athletics.

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<![CDATA[Briceno's Walk-Off HR Sends Angels Past Rangers 5-4 in 11]]>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:47:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/txAP_18268097001252.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels celebrated Jose Briceno's extra-inning homer with the frenzied enthusiasm of a team barreling toward the playoffs, not a team that needs a six-game winning streak this week just to finish at .500.

Although the Angels are staying home for yet another October, they're looking to build for next season with small successes -- and big celebrations, apparently.

Briceno delivered a pinch-hit homer leading off the 11th inning, and the Angels snapped their five-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Shohei Ohtani hit his 21st homer in the first inning and Michael Hermosillo added his first career homer as the Angels opened the final homestand of their fourth consecutive season out of the playoffs.

After Taylor Cole (3-2) retired the Rangers in the 11th, Briceno drilled an 0-2 pitch from Matt Moore (3-8) to center for his fifth career homer. It was the Angels' first walk-off homer by a pinch-hitter since Scott Spiezio did it in 2000.

After improving to 76-81, the Angels were ready to party: Briceno's teammates ripped his jersey off his back, tore his undershirt and repeatedly pelted him with rosin and liquids when he reached home plate.

"Yeah, I didn't know what was going on around me, so I just tried to close my eyes," Briceno said with a grin.

After a 1-5 road trip that included four straight humiliating blowout losses, the Angels returned home with a four-homer performance and a strong start from Felix Pena. The 28-year-old former Cubs reliever yielded five hits over seven innings and struck out six, continuing his improbable rise as a starter in the Angels' injury-plagued rotation by matching the longest appearance of his career.

Angels rookie Ty Buttrey was one out away from his fifth career save, but after Ronald Guzman doubled with two outs in the ninth, pinch-runner Delino DeShields scored the tying run on pinch-hitter Elvis Andrus' single to left.

Guzman and Jurickson Profar homered for the Rangers, who opened their season-ending road trip with their sixth loss in eight games.

"I thought it was a really well-played game," Rangers interim manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We talked about playing throughout the rest of the season hard, with some energy, with some personality. We've got a lot of bright spots."

Adrian Sampson yielded five hits and four runs while pitching into the sixth for Texas.

Two batters after Jefry Marte hit his first homer since Aug. 21 in the fourth inning, Hermosillo got his first career homer -- and a big hug from Mike Trout on his way back to the dugout -- in his 28th game with the Angels. The 23-year-old outfield prospect made his big-league debut in May, and he said his father already laid claim to his first home run ball in a fortuitously timed text message shortly before this game.

Rougned Odor singled in the sixth and scored when Profar's 19th homer barely cleared the wall in right.

Marte was hit by a pitch from Sampson leading off the sixth. He advanced on a balk and a groundout before scoring the go-ahead run on Connor Sadzeck's wild pitch.


Ohtani hit a 428-foot shot to right field in the first inning, interrupting a 3-for-22 slump with another superlative blast by the Angels' two-way sensation. He has five homers while batting .327 against Texas this season. He also hit into two double plays and struck out, but his 21 homers are fourth-most among AL rookies.


Trout went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts, but drew his 116th and 117th walks of the season to set a franchise record, surpassing his mark in 2016.


Before the game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the team-owned radio station that he would like to manage again next year. Scioscia is finishing his 19th season in the Angels' dugout, and his contract expires this year. He has been widely expected to step down when the season concludes, but Scioscia sounded open to returning or to managing elsewhere in the majors.


Angels: Andrelton Simmons wasn't in the starting lineup due to a sore knee, but he worked out on the field. The star shortstop landed awkwardly while fielding Sunday in Houston. ... LF Justin Upton got a rest day.


Rangers: Yovani Gallardo (8-6, 6.59 ERA) is 1-5 in his last seven starts, and he has a 6.91 ERA since the beginning of August.

Angels: Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 5.48 ERA) makes the sixth start of his injury-plagued season after getting chased in the third inning of last appearance in Oakland.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Cheered in Possible Texas Finale, Win Over Mariners]]>Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:36:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-Getty-092318.jpg

Adrian Beltre was given a standing ovation when he was removed from what could be his last home game for Texas, just before the Rangers rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 on Sunday.

The 39-year-old, playing his 21st major league season, struck out twice and is hitting .275 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs. The four-time All-Star, the active hits leader with 3,162, went to third base just after the game became official -- his 2,758 appearances at third are second only to Brooks Robinson's 2,870. Rougned Odor ran out of the dugout and hugged Beltre, entering the game as Jurickson Profar moved from second base to third.

"I want to get another at-bat but I didn't want to be rude," Beltre said.

Teammates hugged Beltre as the crowd of 31,269 rose to its feet. He acknowledged the cheers with a tip and wave of his cap, then descended into the dugout to more hugs.

"It was goose bumps and some tears along with Adrian, because he teared up pretty good," interim manager Don Wakamatsu said. "He's been such a leader for a lot of the young guys here. It's a pretty emotional moment for everybody."

Beltre is in his eighth season in Texas after time with Seattle, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston, and he has not said whether he wants to return for next season. He said he will make his decision after discussions with his wife and three children.

"Mentally, I'm ready for whatever decision I'm going to make. I'm ready to accept the fact that maybe this is it. If it's not, I want to be ready mentally to go through another year."

The Rangers finish their season on the road after going 34-47 at home, the second-most home losses since the team moved to Texas, behind 33-48 in 2014.

While Beltre was signing autographs before the game, some fans held up signs pleading with him to stay with the Rangers.

"It was just nice to know that some people care about me," Beltre said.

Seattle lost a day after it was eliminated from the postseason contention, extending the longest playoff drought among the four major U.S. pro sports to 17 years.

Guillermo Heredia's double in the second put the Mariners ahead, but the Rangers took a 4-1 lead in the sixth when Nomar Mazara chased starter Wade LeBlanc (8-5) with a two-run double, Robinson Chirinos hit an RBI single off Nick Vincent and Carlos Tocci had a sacrifice fly against James Pazos. Joey Gallo added his 39th homer, a two-run drive in the eighth against Ryan Cook.

Jeffrey Springs (1-1), the second of five Texas pitchers, allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. Jose Leclerc pitched a perfect ninth inning to extend his scoreless innings streak to 19.

Seattle finished its road schedule 44-37, its second-most wins away from home since 2002, behind only 46-35 four years ago.

Texas drew 2,107,107 at home, an average of 26,014, its lowest home attendance since 1,945,677 in 2008.

Texas observed a moment of silence before the game in memory of Dr. B.J. Mycoskie, the Rangers' medical director from 1972-85. He died Sunday at age 95.

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (strained right hamstring) is slated to return Tuesday to make his first start since Sept. 8. "He has some problems with the leg," manager Scott Servais said. "It is important just to go into the offseason with peace of mind."

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (11-6, 3.83), sidelined by pneumonia since Sept. 7, starts Monday's series opener against Oakland and LHP Brett Anderson (4-5, 3.96).

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.09) is scheduled to pitch Monday at the Los Angeles Angels and RHP Felix Pena (3-5, 4.20).

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<![CDATA[Mariners Eliminated From Race Despite Rout of Rangers]]>Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:28:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Justin-Grimm-Mike-Zunino-092218-Getty.jpg

Robinson Cano broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer in the fifth inning while Marco Gonzales allowed one hit over six innings, but the Seattle Mariners were eliminated from postseason contention despite a 13-0 rout of the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

The longest playoff drought among the four major pro sports was extended to 17 years when Oakland beat Minnesota 3-2 about an hour after the Seattle win, eliminating the Mariners from the AL wild-card race.

Seattle, which was in contention well into August, inherited the longest postseason absence last December when Buffalo made the NFL playoffs.

Gonzales (13-9) faced one batter over the minimum while allowing his fewest hits in 42 career starts for his first win since July 29. The left-hander walked one and got a double play grounder from Jurickson Profar right after allowing a single to Delino DeShields.

Mike Zunino connected for his 20th homer , a solo shot in the sixth as the Mariners topped their previous season high of 12 runs. Cano, who added an RBI double and had three hits, has nine homers -- five since returning from an 80-game drug suspension Aug. 14.

Dee Gordon connected for his third homer, a two-run shot in the eighth off Bartolo Colon in the 45-year-old's fourth relief appearance to go with 24 starts. Mitch Haniger extended his hitting streak to 11 games with three hits and scored three runs.

Mike Minor (12-8) allowed six hits and three runs in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts for the last-place Rangers, who matched their largest losing margin in their 11th loss in 15 games.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton, who is battling pneumonia and flu, threw a bullpen session. Manager Scott Servais said Paxton is hoping to start Monday at home against Oakland. The Mariners finish the season with seven games in Seattle.


Mariners LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-4, 3.49 ERA) opposes fellow lefty Martin Perez (2-6, 6.33) in the Rangers' home finale. LeBlanc is 38-39 in his 10-year career. Perez is making his first start since getting demoted to the bullpen Aug. 29. He had a 2.45 ERA in six relief appearances after the move. Perez's last three outings were scoreless.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Shines as Rangers Top M's in Rain-Shortened Game]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:09:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-Getty-092118.jpg

Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the first inning and finished with a season-high five RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-3 Friday night in a game halted by rain with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

The Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak and won their first game under interim manager Don Wakamatsu. Texas fired Jeff Banister on Friday morning. The Rangers are 65-88 and have been in last place since April 9.

The loss moved the Mariners closer to elimination in the American League wild-card race. They began the night 7 1/2 games behind the Oakland A's for the second spot with nine games to play. Seattle hasn't qualified for the postseason since 2001.

Beltre's RBIs all came with two outs. He homered to the opposite field on a 0-1 pitch off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (2-4), driving in Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus. His 476th career home run moved him into sole possession of 30th place all time, moving past Stan Musial and Willie Stargell. Seven of Beltre's 14 homers this season have come in September.

In the third inning, Beltre sliced a single down the right-field line that scored Choo and Jurickson Profar and chased Ramirez.

The Rangers used an "opener" for the fifth time this season; right-hander Connor Sadzeck pitching a scoreless first inning. Right-hander Ariel Jurado (4-5) followed an "opener" for the fourth consecutive time, allowing two runs in five innings on the way to the win.

Profar came all the way around to score on a fourth-inning bloop into shallow right field that eluded a diving Ben Gamel. Gamel's throw toward second base skipped all the way into the photographer's well next to Seattle's dugout, and Profar was awarded two bases.

Banister, hired before the 2015 season, had a record of 325-313 and led Texas to AL West titles in 2015-16 before the franchise's first back-to-back losing seasons since 2005-08.

The game was called after a rain delay of 1:09. . Beltre has 1,703 career RBIs, moving past Reggie Jackson and Jim Thome into 22nd place. . Mitch Haniger singled and has hit safely in 41 of 47 games. . Rangers "openers" have pitched eight scoreless innings in their five appearances.

Mariners LHP James Paxton (influenza, pneumonia), who hasn't pitched since Sept. 7, threw a second bullpen session and hopes to return for two starts next week.

Rangers CF Joey Gallo returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore small toe on his right foot and hit his 38th homer, his third in four games.

Mariners LHP Marco Gonzalez (12-9, 4.28) has four losses and two no-decisions since winning on July 29.

Rangers LHP Mike Minor (12-7, 4.14) will try to equal his career high in wins, set in 2013 with Atlanta.

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<![CDATA[Jeff Banister Out as Texas Rangers Manager]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:26:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Banister_on_Protests_1200x675_1054601795510.jpg

With 10 games left in the season, The Texas Rangers parted ways with manager Jeff Banister Friday.

The team said bench coach Don Wakamatsu will serve as interim manager through the remainder of the 2018 season, beginning with Friday night's home game against the Mariners. The Rangers have three games at home this weekend before their final seven on the road.

Banister, 54, has served as the team's manager for the last four seasons -- the last two of which were losing seasons.

“I informed Jeff Banister of our decision earlier today,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “I want to thank Jeff for his dedication and efforts with the Texas Rangers over the last four years. This organization is very appreciative of what he has contributed to the club on the field and in the community.

Banister released a statement Friday afternoon, saying:

“I want to thank Rangers ownership and Jon Daniels for giving me this opportunity. We had some great times here, but it doesn’t last forever. I also want to thank the coaches, field staff, and especially the players who made it an honor for me to wear the Rangers uniform. And to the fans, I can’t tell you how much I have appreciated your support and kind words over the last four years. I certainly regret that we were not able to make a deeper playoff run for you in 2015 and 2016. Certainly I am disappointed that I was not able to finish the job. But this has been the experience of a lifetime. Thank you.”

“This was not an easy decision and comes after a long period of evaluation. However, we feel that a change in the leadership of our Major League club is necessary as we move forward. Once this conclusion was reached, I felt it was appropriate to make the move now. On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Jeff and his family the best.”
Banister has a record of 325-313 since being appointed as the 18th full-time manager in club history on October 16, 2014.

The Dallas Morning News reports Banister is due $950,000 for the 2019 season.

<![CDATA[Snell Wins 20th, Ties Rays Record in Victory Over Texas]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:53:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Blake-Snell-Rays-Getty-091818.jpg

Blake Snell became the major leagues' first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0 Tuesday night.

Snell (20-5) threw one-hit ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy Young Award season of 2012.

Snell won his eighth straight start. The 25-year-old lefty struck out five, walked two and threw 92 pitches, exiting with a 1.97 ERA.

No one in the big leagues won more than 18 games last season. Rick Porcello won 22 in 2016, with Max Scherzer and J.A. Happ each winning 20.

Tampa Bay has won four straight and 13 of 16 this month in a last-ditch attempt to wrest the AL second wild-card playoff berth from Oakland. The Rays began the day trailing the A's by 6 1/2 games.

Texas has been shut out on a total of only six hits in the first two games of a three-game series.

The Rays scored three times in the fourth against Yovani Gallardo (8-6). Willie Adames hit a two-run homer and Joey Wendle had an RBI double.

Snell, the Rays' first-round draft pick in 2011, was demoted to Triple-A Durham last season. Since he returned on Aug. 8, 2017, Snell has a 25-6 record. In his year-plus in the majors before that, he had been 6-14.

Snell remained the AL leader in wins over Cleveland's Corey Kluber, who won his 19th on Tuesday night.

Three Rays relievers completed the four-hit shutout with four scoreless innings.

Gallardo pitched in and out of trouble in his five innings, allowing eight hits and three walks. He benefited from three of the Rangers' four double plays.

Wendle tied a career high with four hits, including two doubles.

Rays: LF Tommy Pham played despite groin and finger injuries. "There's guys that wouldn't be playing with the injury that he had in his finger," manager Kevin Cash said.

Rangers: OF Joey Gallo missed his second game since fouling a ball off his right little toe over the weekend in San Diego. Manager Jeff Banister said, "I don't foresee it lingering."

Rays: Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.24) will start. He has been the opener four times in the last 10 days.

Rangers: LHP Yohander Mendez (2-1, 3.86) will start the final game in the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Nashville Sounds To Be Rangers New Triple-A Club]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:40:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sounders-rangers-whitebg2.jpg

The Texas Rangers and Triple-A Nashville Sounds announced Tuesday they've agreed to a four-year Player Development Contract through the 2022 season.

The news comes after the Rangers current Triple-A team, the Round Rock Express, announced their intent to seek a new contract with a new major league club next season and beyond. The Express, principally owned by Nolan Ryan, are expected to sign a deal with the Astros, where Ryan is employed in the front office and where his son Reid is president of baseball operations.

A formal announcement between the Rangers and Sounds will be made Thursday at 1 p.m. at First Tennessee Park in Nashville.

“The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year player development contract with the Nashville Sounds,” said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. “Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball’s top organizations.

“The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds," said Davis.

The Sounds become just the third Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in the last 37 years. Texas was affiliated with Oklahoma City from 1983-2010 and completed an eight-year affiliation with Round Rock in 2018. The Sounds, who were affiliated with Oakland from 2015-18, play at First Tennessee Park, which opened in 2015.

“The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity,” said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere.”

In 2018, the Rangers had the following affiliations: Round Rock Express (Triple-A); Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A); Down East Wood Ducks (Class A-Advanced); Hickory Crawdads (Class A); Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season); AZL Rangers (Rookie League) and DSL Rangers 1 and 2 (Foreign Rookie).

With the deal with Nashville on the horizon, the Rangers' only open development contracts are for the Class A Short Season league.

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<![CDATA[Nolan's Round Rock Express Ends Affiliation With Rangers]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:39:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/round-rock-express-generic.jpg

Nolan Ryan's Round Rock Express is ditching the Texas Rangers and will likely return to being a farm team for the Houston Astros.

On Monday, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers announced they had notified both Minor and Major League Baseball that they intended to seek a new Professional Development Contract next season and beyond.

"The relationship that we've developed, both professionally and personally, with the Texas Rangers over the last eight years has truly been an honor for our organization," Express President Chris Almendarez said.

The Express followed that statment up with a couple of tweets, one thanking the Rangers and another hinting at an announcement coming on Thursday.

While the Express have not said officially who they'll partner with - it's not a stretch to guess it'll be the Houston Astros.

For 10 seasons, before being the Rangers affiliate, the Express were the Astros Triple-A (2005-2010) and Double-A (2000-2004) affiliate.

What's more, the Express are principally owned by Astros/Rangers great Nolan Ryan and Don Sanders. Express CEO Reese Ryan is the brother of Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan -- both are Nolan's sons and Nolan currently has a position in the Astros front office.

It wasn't until after Nolan Ryan had an ownership stake in the Texas Rangers (2010) that the Rangers switched their Triple-A affiliation from the Oklahoma City RedHawks to the Round Rock Express beginning in the 2011 season.

So where do the Rangers go from here? According to a report in The Dallas Morning News, the Rangers are down to only two locations to partner with in 2019 and 2020 -- Fresno and Nashville.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers announced an upcoming deal with the Sounds.

In 2018, the Rangers had the following affiliations: Round Rock Express (Triple-A); Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A); Down East Wood Ducks (Class A-Advanced); Hickory Crawdads (Class A); Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season); AZL Rangers (Rookie League) and DSL Rangers 1 and 2 (Foreign Rookie).

Only the Rangers 2019 and 2020 Triple-A and Class A Short Season contracts are TBD.

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<![CDATA[Glasnow Limits Rangers to 2 Infield Singles in Rays' Win]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:19:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler-Glasnow-Rays-Getty-091718.jpg

Tyler Glasnow allowed two infield singles in six innings for his first win since Tampa Bay traded Chris Archer to get the right-hander, and the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Monday night.

Ji-Man Choi connected for his 10th homer, a solo shot, and drove in two runs to help the Rays improve to a major league-best 21-5 since Aug. 19. Tampa Bay started the day seven games behind Oakland for the second American League wild-card spot.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa barely beat out a chopper to shortstop for the first Texas hit with two outs in the fifth. Nomar Mazara reached in the sixth on a high bouncer in front of the mound that was first ruled an error by Glasnow.

Adam Kolarek, Jose Alvarado and Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless inning apiece to wrap up the second two-hit shutout of the Rangers in a week. Eight Los Angeles Angels pitchers pulled the trick on Texas last Tuesday. Romo got his 22nd save in 29 chances.

It was the fourth big league win in 26 starts over two seasons for Glasnow (2-6). The 25-year-old, who came from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline, struck out six, walked two and hit a batter.

Leading 2-0 with two on in the sixth, Glasnow finished his outing by getting Adrian Beltre on a flyout. Glasgow got some help the batter before allowing his first hit when center fielder Kevin Kiermaier made a leaping catch on a liner by Ronald Guzman.

Adrian Sampson (0-2) lost his second straight start following one relief appearance since the last-place Rangers called him up from the minors. The right-hander allowed six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Round Rock is ending an eight-year run as the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers. Nashville and San Antonio, which is moving up from Double-A next year, are the leading candidates to replace Round Rock. The team in suburban Austin, owned in part by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, is expected to become Houston's Triple-A team. Ryan is working as a consultant for the Astros, whose president is son Reid Ryan.

Rangers: LF Joey Gallo was scratched from the lineup about three hours before the game because of a sore right little toe. Manager Jeff Banister said Gallo recently fouled a ball off that toe. Willie Calhoun started in left field and batted sixth, where Gallo was slotted.

Rays LHP Blake Snell (19-5, 2.03 ERA) tries to become the first 20-game winner in the majors this season in the second game of a three-game series. David Price had a club-record 20 wins when he was the AL Cy Young winner in 2012. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-5, 6.67) goes for Texas.

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<![CDATA[Mejia's Slam Lifts Padres to Win Over Rangers]]>Sun, 16 Sep 2018 19:53:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Rookie Francisco Mejia is quickly giving the downtrodden San Diego Padres a hopeful glimpse of the future.

The 22-year-old hit his first grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the rebuilding Padres rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of last-place teams.

It was the first walkoff for Mejia, who was promoted from Triple-A on Sept. 4. The prized catching prospect has hit three homers since then.

Mejia was obtained from Cleveland for closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber on July 19. He is part of the third wave of young talent that has come up since late in the 2016 season, when the Padres turned from a failed win-now approach to rebuilding via the farm system.

"It's a really special moment," Mejia said through a translator. "Especially for my career. It's great."

The switch-hitter, batting right-handed, turned on the first pitch he saw from reliever Jeffrey Springs and drove it to left field.

He said he was "looking for a pitch up in the zone, especially with the shadows out there. I wanted to look for a good pitch there and get a good swing on it."

Mejia was doused with a cooler of ice water at the plate and the celebration extended into the clubhouse.

Asked what he'll remember most about the homer, he said it would be "the energy, the moment coming into the clubhouse and having everyone waiting for me there."

Manager Andy Green said Mejia "seems at home with this group of guys. He showed up and everybody welcomed him and brought him into the family, and everybody has enjoyed him. When you're new to a club you want to come through quick because it makes you feel like a part of it. Clearly he did that in a big way for us today."

Green watched the winning shot from his office after being ejected in the top of the ninth.

"I do feel comfortable," Mejia said. "I think the home runs, those are always going to come. That's just part of the game. But I do feel comfortable being here and being a part of this team."

Ownership expected the Padres to be better this year than their finish of 71-91 last year, but the Padres are one loss away from matching last year's win total. They've lost at least 90 games for the third straight season and the fourth time in eight years.

The Rangers were two outs away from a 3-2 win and a three-game sweep before rookie Franmil Reyes hit a bloop single to right off rookie reliever Jeffrey Springs (0-1) and made way for pinch-runner Travis Jankowski. Freddy Galvis then doubled to left to bring in Jankowski with the tying run.

Pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis walked as Galvis took third on a ball four-wild pitch. Cory Spangenberg walked to load the bases and bring up Mejia, who homered to left on the first pitch he saw.

"Things unraveled a little bit just with the walks, but I've got to hand it to him," Banister said about Springs. "The guy's never been in that situation before. I put him in that situation and I thought he showed a grit throughout the course of an inning."

Green was ejected in the top of the ninth after Robinson Chirinos appeared to hit the ball off the knob of his bat into fair territory. Padres reliever Trey Wingenter fielded the ball and threw to first. After the umps huddled and then went to a video review that lasted four minutes, 50 seconds, Green was ejected for arguing and Chirinos was awarded first on a hit-by-pitch.

"I was pretty adamant telling them it's not a reviewable call, it's on the field," Green said. "You have to fix the call on the field. It has to be a fair ball or a hit batter. It can't be a foul ball. I'm not quite sure how we arrived where we arrived."

The Rangers loaded the bases but failed to score.

Kirby Yates (5-3) got the last two outs of the ninth for the win.

The Padres had runners on first and third with no outs in the eighth and failed to score.

Rangers starter Mike Minor allowed two runs and four hits, struck out seven and walked one. He also doubled. Minor's only big mistake was allowing Hunter Renfroe's homer with two outs in the first, his 23rd.

Willie Calhoun homered with one out in the second, his second, and Jurickson Profar hit a leadoff shot in the third, his 18th. Both were off Padres rookie Jacob Nix, who also allowed Robinson Chirinos' RBI single in the sixth.

Nix allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one.

Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 5.06) is scheduled to make his second start with Texas when it opens a three-game home series against Tampa Bay on Monday night. The Rays will counter with RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-6, 4.48).

Padres: RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-3, 6.07) is scheduled to go in the opener of a three-game home series against San Francisco on Monday night, his third start since returning from 1 1/2 months on the disabled list. He's 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings since being reinstated. The Giants will counter with LHP Andrew Suarez (6-11, 4.33).

<![CDATA[Chirinos' 3 RBIs Lead Rangers Past Padres]]>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:54:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run double during a five-run sixth inning to help the Texas Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Saturday night.

San Diego led 3-1 prior to the big inning. The Padres fell to 59-90, losing 90 games for the third straight season.

The Rangers sent 10 to the plate in the sixth mostly against the bullpen after a solid five-inning start by Eric Lauer. The left-hander was charged with two runs, including one in the sixth after allowing Elvis Andrus' leadoff single.

After Trey Wingenter walked Adrian Beltre, Jose Castillo (2-3) allowed a single to Jurickson Profar, RBI doubles to Chirinos and Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and a run-scoring single to Shin-Soo Choo.

The Rangers had a reliever open the game for the second straight night, with lefty Alex Claudio getting the nod. Claudio gave way to Ariel Jurado after an inning. Things didn't immediately go as well as the previous game, when four Rangers blanked the Padres.

Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer off Jurado (3-5) for a 3-1 lead in the third. Hosmer smacked the outside pitch the opposite way off the second deck of the Western Metal Building in left field. Before Hosmer's 17th homer and fourth in seven games, Wil Myers walked and Franmil Reyes singled.

The Padres didn't score again against Jurado as he went four innings and surrendered six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It was the third consecutive outing that a reliever pitched before Jurado, and for the first time, the rookie right-hander earned a victory.

After Jurado exited, Martin Perez worked two innings, with Connor Sadzeck and Jose Leclerc each pitching a frame, with Leclerc notching his 11th save.

Joey Gallo hit his team-high 39th home run for Texas and his third on the road trip for a 1-0 lead in the first.

Rangers: RHP Chris Martin (upper-respiratory) wasn't available Saturday and his condition will be updated Sunday.

Rangers LHP Mike Minor (12-7, 4.19) gets the start as Texas wraps its nine-game road trip. Minor has gone 3-1 in his last four starts while pitching to a 1.96 ERA. The last time he faced the Padres, Minor took a perfect game into the seventh inning before Hosmer's single. Padres RHP Jacob Nix (2-3, 6.00) makes his first start against the Rangers and the seventh of his career.

<![CDATA[Profar, Mendez lead Rangers to 4-0 win over Padres ]]>Sat, 15 Sep 2018 11:24:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Using an "opener" for an inning ahead of a traditional starter worked so well for the Texas Rangers on Friday night that they'll do it again on Saturday night.

Yohander Mendez followed opener and fellow rookie Connor Sadzeck by scattering three hits in five relief innings and Jurickson Profar had a two-run home run among his three hits to lead the Rangers to a 4-0 victory against the San Diego Padres.

Having Sadzeck pitch the first inning allowed the 23-year-old Mendez to pitch into the sixth, when he struck out Eric Hosmer with runners on first and second to end the inning.

"I thought Mendez did a great job tonight," manager Jeff Banister said. "It was a huge moment in the sixth, the at-bat against Hosmer. Really it was one of those grow-up moments for a young pitcher that felt like it was an opportunity for him to put a foot down and make some pitches."

Mendez was facing Hosmer for the third time and got him to swing at a change-up for strike three.

"I say, `That's going to my last hitter. Going to be best opportunity to strike him out or get a ground ball,'" Mendez said. "For me it's great ... For me it's better, my third time that I did like I did. I feel good."

Mendez (2-1) struck out five, walked three and was backed by two double plays. Four Rangers pitchers combined to five-hit San Diego.

The 23-year-old left-hander originally had been penciled in to make his third start since being recalled on Sept. 2 for his third big league stint this year, but the team then decided to have him follow Sadzeck, a 26-year-old rookie who made his first start.

Sadzeck walked leadoff batter Francisco Mejia, a rookie playing for the first time at Petco Park, before getting Wil Myers to ground into a double play and Hunter Renfroe to ground out to end the inning.

"It flips the lineup," Banister said. "That secondary guy comes in and it's a little more of an extended look in a sense, deeper into the game."

Sadzeck said it was "definitely different" but that he stuck to his normal routine he uses when relieving, including throwing only 10 to 15 warmup pitches in the bullpen.

"I approached it just as I would relieving," he said. "My job is to get us to the next inning, whether it's coming in in the middle of an inning or getting us to the sixth, getting us to the seventh. That's all I thought about was getting us to the second inning."

Banister said left-hander Alex Claudio will be the opener for right-hander Arial Jurado on Saturday night.

After hitting singles in his first two at-bats, Profar drove the first pitch he saw from Phil Maton into the seats in right with one out in the seventh, his 17th. He drove in two runs and scored twice in the matchup of last-place teams.

Profar also hit an RBI single in the second and singled and scored in the fifth on an odd play in which Myers, the Padres' third baseman, committed an error and had two putouts. Roughned Odor and Profar opened the fifth with singles. Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded to Myers, who forced Odor before overthrowing first for an error that allowed Profar to score ahead of the throw home by first baseman Eric Hosmer. Mejia, the catcher, threw out Kiner-Falefa at third.

Padres starter Robbie Erlin (3-7) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out six and walked none.

"I thought there were some really good curveballs he threw today," manager Andy Green said. "That just has the ability to rock a hitter back and forth. ... It felt to me he used it strategically well and got hitters off of his fastball timing and was able to use the fastball and slider off of that."


Adrian Beltre doubled twice to extend his career hits total to 3,155, passing George Brett to take sole possession of 15th on the all-time list.

"How about that third baseman?" Banister said. "He continues to find barrels. Two doubles tonight. It's fun to watch and fun to watch the names that he's taking off that board."


Rangers: Claudio will open for RHP Ariel Jurado (2-5, 7.03).

Padres: LHP Eric Lauer (5-7, 4.80) is set to make his 21st start. He'll be one of just 20 rookies in Padres history to make 20 starts in a season. Along with fellow lefty Joey Lucchesi, it's just the fifth time the Padres have had two rookies make at least 20 starts.

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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Rangers]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 04:13:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Los Angeles Angels nearly came through with a no-hitter in a bullpen game.

However, Blake Parker gave up Isiah Kiner-Falefa's single to right with one out in the eighth inning for Texas' first hit and the Angels held on for a 1-0 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

"I left that ball up to Isiah Kiner-Falefa," Parker said. "If I get that down, it's probably a ground ball."

The Angels' starting rotation was decimated by injuries this season, paving the way for what was the fifth bullpen game of the season. Jim Johnson made his second career start and pitched 1 1/3 innings. He was followed by Noe Ramirez, Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson and Jose Alvarez, who combined to get through seven innings without giving up a hit.

Parker found difficulty in the eighth. After Kiner-Falefa's single to break up the bid, he got pinch hitter Ronald Gumzan to fly out to left field, then allowed a sharp single by Rougned Odor. Scioscia opted to change pitchers, and those two hits would be all the Rangers could muster. The Angels got out of the inning on a nice defensive play at third base by Kaleb Cowart with runners on second and third.

"(Odor) was out front a little bit and he got some good wood on it and it fell in," Parker said. "I was glad (Ty) Buttrey came in and nailed that down for us and kept us in it."

As he walked off the mound, Parker looked to the sky and smacked his hand lightly in his glove in obvious disappointment he wasn't able to keep the no-hitter going.

Ramirez (5-5) got the win, and Buttrey earned the save.

"They made some great plays behind their pitchers, and I thought their pitchers did a heck of a job retiring 12 in a row at one point," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We had a couple opportunities early but couldn't cash in. We stayed in the game well. During the eighth, we gave ourselves an opportunity."

Jose Fernandez hit his first career home run for the Angels in the second inning, adding another milestone to the 30-year-old Cuban's rookie season after making his major league debut June 8.

"I feel very proud of what I accomplished and helped the team to win," Fernandez said through a translator. "I'm very happy to be here. It's a great moment."

Catcher Joe Hudson made his major league debut for the Angels, calling a game for eight pitchers in a shutout and near milestone game.

Hudson obviously knew the no-hitter was on the line, and he figured it would happen as the game wore on.

"I'd be lying if I told you no," he said. "I had a good feeling we'd get through it after the seventh. Almost."

Adrian Sampson (0-1) made his first start for the Rangers this season and second career start. His last previous start was with Seattle in 2016, but his career went off track when warming up for what was supposed to be his second start with the Mariners. He was injured, had to have surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and worked his way back.

Sampson allowed Fernandez's homer among two hits in five innings.

Fernandez got the silent treatment from his teammates when he walked through the dugout, arms outstretched looking for teammates to high-five. When he got to the end of the dugout, Mike Trout splashed him in the face with a cup of water.

"He actually said that a few days ago so I was expecting that," Fernandez said. "He wanted my first home run to be celebrated that way, throwing water on my face."


The eight pitchers used in a nine-inning shutout ties the major league record last done by the Angels on Aug. 30, 2014, against Oakland.


Jered Weaver threw the last no-hitter for the Angels on May 2, 2012, against Minnesota.


Johnson made his last start in his major league debut with Baltimore in 2006. He made 666 relief appearances between starts.


Angels: RHP Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) will have a plate-rich plasma injection Friday and after 10 days begin his rehab program. He will not return this season.


Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-4, 6.22 ERA) is 1-3 over his last five starts after a 7-1 stretch before that. He faced the Angels once this year, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings but was not involved in the decision of the Rangers' 4-2 win Aug. 19.

Angels: RHP Felix Pena (2-4, 4.04 ERA) got the win in his last start Friday after allowing two runs in seven innings with six strikeouts and no walks in Chicago He makes his first career appearance against the Rangers and 15th start of the season.

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<![CDATA[Guzman, Gallor Minor Lead Rangers Past Angels]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 04:57:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Mike-Minor-Getty-082218.jpg

Pitching without his best stuff, Mike Minor was still able to continue his second-half success.

Minor threw six solid innings, allowing just one run on eight hits as the Texas Rangers ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

"The last two outings, I haven't felt great -- mechanically off a little bit. But I felt like they had chances to capitalize and I only gave up the one," Minor said. "I felt really lucky for that."

Ronald Guzman homered and Joey Gallo drove in three runs for Texas. Guzman hit a two-run shot, his 15th, in a four-run second to give Minor (12-7) a comfortable lead.

After starter Jaime Barria walked Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar, Gallo doubled them in for a 2-0 lead. Barria walked Hanser Alberto and then gave up the home run to Guzman.

Minor (12-7) had shoulder surgery in 2015, and his 12 wins are his most since then. He had a career-high 13 wins with the Atlanta Braves in 2013.

Over his last seven starts, Minor is 6-1 with a 2.59 ERA. He's won four straight on the road.

"The first half, especially the first couple of months, were really bad," Minor said. "I don't know but it started in spring training where I didn't feel great, mechanically and stuff. I wasn't attacking hitters the way I knew I could. Now, I've made more quality pitches. I feel better, more comfortable out there. Feels like (2014) seems so long ago. I thought I was going to step up there and be an easy transition because I've (started) my whole career besides last year. I thought it wasn't going to be an issue. It was just getting out there every six days and getting some innings underneath me."

Jose Leclerc pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th save as Texas stopped the Angels' four-game winning streak.

Barria (10-9) walked four batters in three innings. He gave up four runs and three hits while throwing only 31 of 60 pitches for strikes.

The four-run second snapped his scoreless streak at 12 innings.

"Jaime was out of sync," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Shohei Ohtani had two hits and an RBI for Los Angeles. Mike Trout added two infield singles and made a couple of fantastic catches in center field. Taylor Cole pitched four scoreless innings of relief, retiring all 12 batters he faced.

Cole had shortstop Andrelton Simmons to thank for retiring Elvis Andrus in the fifth. Simmons fielded a grounder deep in the hole and made a one-hop throw from the outfield grass to get Andrus.

Simmons made another terrific play in the eighth to catch a ball over his head. Trout robbed Beltre of two hits, including a diving grab in the eighth.


Ohtani was selected the American League player of the week after batting .474 with four homers, eight runs, 10 RBIs and two stolen bases. It was recently recommended that the two-way player have Tommy John surgery, but he'll still hit the remainder of the season. And he could continue to make his case for AL Rookie of the Year.

"I think the whole Rookie of the Year embodies much of what a player does. It's not just one statistic," Scioscia said. "If you look at how dominant he was when he was healthy pitching, to now the way he's swinging the bat in the batter's box and the numbers he's putting up, it's been a performance so far worthy of Rookie of the Year consideration, and in my mind winning Rookie of the Year."


Rangers: OF Ryan Rua (muscle spasms in back) was reinstated from the disabled list. He had been on the DL since July 27.

Angels: Ohtani was scheduled to meet with general manager Billy Eppler to discuss whether to have Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm. ... Albert Pujols, who recently had knee surgery, will also undergo surgery on his right elbow Wednesday to remove bone spurs. "It was time to shut it down," Pujols said. "You have to look at the long run to be able to get myself ready for next year. And on top of that take care of my elbow and the little things." ... LHP Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain) is scheduled to throw a simulated game in the next day or two and then will be re-evaluated.


Rangers: RHP Adrian Sampson will make his second career start Tuesday night and first for Texas. He made one start with Seattle in 2016 but was injured warming up for what would've been his second start and had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon.

Angels: Right-handed reliever Jim Johnson (5-3, 3.81 ERA) is scheduled to start a "bullpen game" for Los Angeles.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Piscotty Homers, A's Keep Rolling With Win Over Rangers]]>Sun, 09 Sep 2018 20:29:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ariel-Jurado-090918.jpg

With a dominant 15-man bullpen, the Oakland Athletics don't need much from their starters these days.

That's been story of the hottest team in baseball. On Sunday, they overcame a stinker.

Stephen Piscotty homered and Oakland rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3, the Athletics' fourth straight win and sixth in seven games.

Trevor Cahill gave up three runs, two hits and six walks in 2 2/3 innings in his shortest start of the season.

But the A's got another stellar performance from their bullpen, as seven relievers combined for 6 1/3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.

Shawn Kelley (1-0) retired the only four batters he faced in relief of Cahill. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 11 innings since coming over to Oakland in an Aug. 5 trade with the Washington Nationals.

"There's plenty of depth to go around," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We were getting deeper contributions from the starters there for a while. Right now, maybe not so much, and we're having to cover a lot of the game, but my feeling is that they'll respond and they'll start going deeper in games so we can cut down on the amount of (relievers) we use."

Matt Olson had two hits including a double for the A's, who are 30 games over .500 (87-57) for the first time since closing out 2013 at 96-66. They've won nine of their last 10 against the Rangers.

Piscotty's homer in the seventh inning was his career-high 23rd, surpassing his 2016 total with St. Louis.

Oakland trailed 3-0 when Olson doubled off Ariel Jurado (2-5) in a five-run fourth in which the A's scored five runs on three hits, three walks, an error, a wild pitch and a passed ball. Ramon Laureano doubled in a run later in the inning.

"I think it's pretty exemplary of how our entire season has been," Piscotty said. "Everyone else knows to kick it in gear. It's a special thing, it's rare, and when we got it going, it's pretty special."

Oakland used eight pitchers Saturday and seven Friday.

Blake Treinen, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, lowered his ERA to a major league-best 0.87.

Texas dropped to a season-high 21 games below .500 (61-82) after its 10th loss in 13 games.

Jurado pitched behind Jeffrey Springs, who tossed three shutout innings of one-hit ball in an opening role. Jurado gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning on four hits and two walks.

"It's different, it's a change to baseball," Springs said of the growing trend of using relief pitchers to start games.

Cahill's strikeout of Jurickson Profar in the second inning was the 1,000th of his career.

Adrian Beltre, who was 1 for 4 with an RBI, needs one home run to tie Stan Musial and Willie Stargell (475) for 30th on the career list and one hit to tie George Brett (3,154) for 16th. Beltre ranks 27th on the RBI list with 1,697.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he'll try to get the 39-year-old as many at-bats as he can.

"I don't want to miss those moments, and I don't want him to miss any of those moments," Banister said.

Right-hander Frankie Montas is expected to be called up before the A's open a six-game trip at Baltimore on Tuesday. He'll be expected to absorb innings in a yet-to-be determined role.

"It might be a game where we go with an opener, it might be a game where he pitches out of the bullpen, it might be a game where he starts. We're not really sure yet," manager Bob Melvin said. "We have a couple of openings on this road trip and we're trying to sort through that."

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (sprained left forearm) checked out OK a day after throwing three simulated innings. He's expected to move into the rotation soon. "I think it's going to be sometime on this road trip, but I'm not sure which day," Melvin said. ... OF Nick Martini and RHP Ryan Dull were activated before Sunday's game. ... 2B Jed Lowrie got a rare day off.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (11-7, 4.31 ERA) will pitch Monday's series opener against the Angels in Los Angeles.

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (11-6, 3.36) will pitch Tuesday's series opener in Baltimore.

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<![CDATA[Davis, Olson Homer as A's Beat Rangers to Stay Hot]]>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 19:41:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

On a rare day when Matt Olson wasn't in the starting lineup, he still became a difference-maker.

Olson homered to drive in the go-ahead run, Khris Davis hit his major league-leading 41st home run and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers 8-6 on Saturday for their fifth win in six games.

Olson broke a 6-6 tie against Chris Martin (1-4) leading off the eighth. Olson has a career-high 25 homers, one more than last year. He entered in the seventh on what was scheduled to be a day off, and he is the only A's player to appear in all 143 games.

"I just think we're resilient, we don't really give up on anything," Olson said. "If we get a lead and give it up or if it's a tie game, everybody wants the opportunity to put us ahead and it's just worked out that way."

Davis hit a two-run homer in the first. He has 10 homers against the Rangers this year, matching his total against Texas in 2016.

Chad Pinder also homered and Matt Chapman added an RBI double in the eighth. The A's, a big league-best 31-15 since the All-Star break, began the day a season-high 6 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the AL's second wild card.

Oakland (86-57) is 29 games over .500 for the first time since ending 2013 at 96-66. The A's have won eight of their last nine games against the Rangers.

Ryan Buchter (4-0) struck out Joey Gallo, his only batter, and Blake Treinen fanned two in a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 41 chances.

Adrian Beltre homered twice for the Rangers, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games. At 61-81, the Rangers matched their season high of 20 games under .500; they were 42-62 after a loss to the A's on July 26.

"Huge bright spot," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Oakland starter Edwin Jackson allowed four runs and five hits in a season-low three innings.

Davis's homer was the only hit in four innings off 23-year-old left-hander Yohander Mendez, who was coming off his first big league win last weekend against Minnesota.

Texas led 4-2 before Jed Lowrie's two-run double in the fifth. Pinder homered against Martin Perez for a 5-4 lead in the sixth, and Stephen Piscotty hit a run-scoring double off Eddie Butler in the seventh.

Beltre's two-run homer tied the score in the eighth against Fernando Rodney. Jurickson Profar homered earlier for Texas.

Oakland is a major league-best 62-0 when leading after seven innings and is 77-0 when leading after seven going back to Sept. 2 last year.

"We had plenty of chances to score more runs, and we didn't," Beltre said.

Ramon Laureano crashed into the center field wall making an inning-ending running catch that robbed Beltre of extra bases and an RBI with Nomar Mazara at second base in the third.

"Off the bat, you're just hoping it doesn't go out," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "The next thing you know he's crashing into the wall. Wouldn't surprise you if the wall tipped over as hard as he plays."

The 23-year-old rookie slid in the fifth to cut off Rougned Odor's double to the gap, preventing Shin-Soo Choo from scoring from first.

September call-up Adrian Sampson is to start Tuesday at the Los Angeles Angels. The 26-year-old right-hander pitched one-third of an inning on Friday in his first appearance in the majors since June 18, 2016, for Seattle against Boston. Sampson will take the turn of 45-year-old Bartolo Colon, who moves to the bullpen.

The A's plan to activate OF Nick Martini and RHP Ryan Dull on Sunday. RHP Frankie Montas is expected to be activated before Oakland opens a six-game trip that starts Tuesday in Baltimore.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Saturday. The team will evaluate his condition on Sunday, manager Bob Melvin said. Anderson could be activated for the team's upcoming road trip.

Rangers LHP Jeffrey Springs (0-0, 2.29 ERA) will open for RHP Ariel Jurado (2-4, 6.00) in the series finale. RHP Trevor Cahill (6-3, 3.60) is 11-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 19 career appearances against Texas including 10 wins with the A's, the second most against the Rangers in Oakland history.

<![CDATA[Laureano Homers Twice, Semien Goes Deep as A's Top Rangers]]>Sat, 08 Sep 2018 14:00:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ramon-Laureano-Oakland-Athletics-Getty-090818.jpg

Athletics rookie Ramon Laureano has barely been in the majors for a month, and he's making quite an impression.

Laureano hit two home runs, Marcus Semien also went deep and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Friday night.

Oakland got its fourth win in five games overall and seventh in eight against Texas. The A's are 30-15 since the All-Star break.

The A's remain 3 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card. They moved 6 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second wild card.

Laureano's multihomer game was the second of his short career. The 24-year-old center fielder homered twice against the Rangers on Aug. 20. He's hit five home runs through his first 29 games.

Laureano is the first player in franchise history with two multihomer games in the first 30 games of their career.

"That is very impressive based on the fact that you've been running (Mark) McGwires and (Jose) Cansecos and Khris Davis and Reggie Jacksons and all those guys through this organization," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It means he's off to a nice start."

Laureano homered leading off against Yovani Gallardo (8-4). Gallardo gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Laureano added an opposite field shot to right off Adrian Sampson that started a three-run sixth in which the A's broke open a 5-2 game.

"It's pretty cool," Laureano said. "I just want to focus and keep moving forward. All those accolades, I will reflect on in the offseason. I just want to keep moving forward."

Semien hit his 12th home run off Gallardo in a four-run second inning.

Texas lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

Joey Gallo was 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.

The Rangers trailed 5-0 in the fourth when Gallo hit a two-run homer -- his 35th -- off Chris Bassitt.

The Rangers had their chances. They left the bases loaded in the seventh and runners at second and third in the eighth. They were 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

"This is a solid (A's) bullpen," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "They threw all their guys at us today with the exception of (Lou) Trivino. I loved the at-bats that our guys put together. We continue to battle like that we're going to break through."

Yusmeiro Petit (7-3) pitched two innings of shutout relief. He was among seven pitchers the A's used behind Liam Hendricks, who started and worked a scoreless first inning.

The A's used a relief pitcher to start a game for the third time in the last week with Hendricks pitching ahead of Bassitt, who pitched three innings. "It's a product of losing as many starters as we have," Melvin said.

Manager Jeff Banister said he'll likely deploy the same strategy this weekend, likely on Sunday with Jeffrey Springs ahead of Ariel Jurado.

The A's are a win away from extending their streak of unbeaten series to 13, which would be an Oakland record. The A's were 10-0-2 in series going into the Texas set.

Rangers: OF/1B Ryan Rua (back muscle spasms) did running and hitting drills Friday. Banister said he'd have a better idea of his playing status by the end of the weekend.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained left forearm) will throw three 15-pitch simulated innings with breaks in between Saturday. If all goes well, Anderson could get a start on the team's upcoming road trip, which starts Monday. ... LHP Sean Manaea (left shoulder impingement) hasn't resumed baseball activities since going on the DL on Aug. 26 and is unlikely to pitch again this season. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) was shut down after experiencing symptoms of an injury that landed him on the DL on May 18.

LHP Mendez (1-1, 5.59 ERA) has no record in three appearances against Oakland in which he's given up three earned runs in seven innings. RHP Edwin Jackson (5-3, 2.91) is 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two starts against Texas this season.

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<![CDATA[Ohtani Homers Twice as Angels Beat Rangers]]>Wed, 05 Sep 2018 21:52:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shohei-Ohtani-Getty-090518.jpg

Shohei Ohtani homered twice on a huge night at the plate after getting bad news about his pitching arm, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Wednesday.

Perhaps headed for Tommy John surgery, the two-way rookie sensation went 4 for 4 with three RBIs, four runs and a stolen base to power the Angels. About two hours before the game, the team announced Ohtani has new damage in his right elbow and ligament-replacement surgery has been recommended.

The club said the Japanese star had an MRI earlier in the day that revealed the problem in his ulnar collateral ligament.

"There's more questions out there right now than answers. We'll take it one step at a time," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's a lot of consulting that Shohei will do with doctors and just see what the best course of action is, and we'll see where we are."

Ohtani's homers were both towering drives into the right-field seats. With his second two-homer game, the designated hitter tied Kenji Johjima's 2006 major league record of 18 homers in a season by a Japanese rookie.

Andrelton Simmons also homered for the Angels and drove in three runs.

Adrian Beltre hit a two-run shot for Texas, the 472nd homer of his career, in the sixth inning against Jim Johnson. Three of Beltre's 10 homers this season have come in the last five games.

Los Angeles rookie Jaime Barria (10-8) beat Texas for the third time and 45-year-old Bartolo Colon (7-12) for the second. Barria has not beaten any other team more than once but has a 0.86 ERA against the Rangers in 21 innings over four starts.

Barria allowed two hits and three walks while striking out five in five innings.

Los Angeles scored two batters into the game. Kole Calhoun singled and ran home on David Fletcher's double into the left-field corner. With two outs, Taylor Ward singled in Fletcher for a 2-0 lead.

Simmons hit a two-run shot off the left-field foul pole in the third inning. Ohtani beat out an infield hit that withstood a video review, then scored on Simmons' 10th homer.

Angels: If not for the injury announcement about Ohtani, it would have been bigger news that CF Mike Trout wasn't in the lineup a night after being hit on his right leg by a pitch. "His calf is tight," Scioscia said. "I don't think we need to push it tonight. We'll give him (Wednesday) and (Thursday) to recover, and he'll be ready to play."

Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun was not available because of what manager Jeff Banister called "a little bit of a chest cold."

Angels: Resume their road trip Friday in Chicago. RHP Felix Pena (1-4, 4.19 ERA) will pitch for Los Angeles, and LHP Carlos Rodon (6-4, 2.89) for the White Sox.

Rangers: Play on Friday at Oakland, with RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-3, 5.97 ERA) opposing RHP Chris Bassitt (2-3, 3.19) of the A's. Sixteen of Texas' final 22 games will be on the road.

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<![CDATA[Beltre, Andrus go Deep for Rangers in Win Over Angels]]>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 22:35:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-1026775500.jpg

Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus each hit a solo homer in the fourth inning to put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay in a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Andrus hit the first pitch of the fourth against Andrew Heaney (8-9) to tie the game at 1. Two batters later, Beltre went deep for the ninth time this season and 471st time in his career. He has 3,147 career hits, the most among active players, after that homer and a single in the eighth.

Shohei Ohtani hit his 16th homer for the Angels, a leadoff shot in the sixth that chased Texas starter Mike Minor (11-7). It was Ohtani's first major league homer off a left-handed pitcher.

Minor struck out seven with one walk and one hit batter while allowing two runs and three hits.

Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his ninth save -- all since Aug. 4, after the Rangers traded closer Keone Kela to Pittsburgh. Leclerc has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings.

Heaney gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Nomar Mazara had a two-run double for the Rangers in the fifth.

Andrelton Simmons, the Angels shortstop playing on his 29th birthday, had an RBI groundout in the first.


Angels: Ohtani, the two-way rookie who was in the lineup as the DH, will throw a light bullpen Wednesday. He is then scheduled to throw another one Friday that will determine if he will make his next scheduled pitching start Sunday at the Chicago White Sox. ... CF Mike Trout was hit by a pitch on the right knee when batting in the first inning. He stayed in the game.

Rangers: Bartolo Colon, the 45-year-old right-hander, will make his first start since Aug. 20. He was on the disabled list from Aug. 24 to Sept. 1 because of a lower back strain.


The Angels and Rangers wrap up their second series in Arlington in less than three weeks Wednesday. The two teams at the bottom of the AL West standings still play two more series this season, both in California -- next Monday through Wednesday, and then Sept. 24-26 during the last week of the regular season.

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<![CDATA[Shoemaker Returns with 5 Scoreless, Angels Beat Rangers]]>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 21:55:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-1026568636.jpg

Matt Shoemaker pitched five scoreless innings in his first start for the Angels in more than five months, Taylor Ward snapped a scoreless tie with his seventh-inning homer and Los Angeles beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Monday night.

Ward's two-run homer was part of a three-run seventh that made rookie reliever Taylor Cole (1-2) a first-time winner. Cole went 1 1/3 innings after relieving Shoemaker.

All of the Los Angeles runs came off Zac Curtis (0-1), the third pitcher for the Rangers on a night they started the game with two scoreless innings by reliever Jeffrey Springs before fellow rookie Ariel Jurado's four innings.

Shoemaker had missed 134 games since going on the disabled list because of a right forearm strain after his first start of the season March 31. The right-hander missed the final 3 1/2 months last season because of the same issue.

After singles by two of the first three batters he faced, Shoemaker retired 13 of the last 14. He walked Shin-Soo Choo with two outs in the third before Rougned Odor grounded into a double play -- the MLB-best 148th turned by the Angels this season. Shoemaker struck out three, throwing 42 of 62 pitches for strikes.

Blake Parker, the sixth Angels pitcher, worked the ninth for his 14th save.

Jose Fernandez led off the Angels seventh with a single and Ward, their 2015 first-round draft pick in his 18th big league game, lined a shot into the left field seats for his third homer. Curtis then struck out Jose Briceno, but the Los Angeles catcher reached on a wild pitch and later scored on David Fletcher's single.

Joey Gallo had an RBI double that ricocheted off the right field wall in the bottom of the inning, and Texas had the bases loaded with two outs when Justin Anderson struck out pinch-hitter Ronald Guzman.


Angels: OF Justin Upton was held out of his second game since a mild concussion Saturday. "Better but he's not quite ready," manager Mike Scioscia said. "There's a protocol when there's a concussion that you have to follow." ... RHP Shohei Ohtani was evaluated after coming out of his pitching return early Sunday, and Scioscia is hopeful the two-way rookie will be good to make his next scheduled start Sunday. Scioscia said Ohtani's elbow feels great.

Rangers: Utility infielder Hanser Alberto is expected to be activated off the DL on Tuesday. He has been out since Aug. 25, a day after a right hamstring strain on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.


A matchup of lefty starters when Andrew Heaney (8-8) pitches for the Angels and Mike Minor (10-7) goes for the Rangers. Heaney, 0-3 with a 10.38 in three previous starts at Texas, threw six scoreless innings in a win Thursday at AL West-leading Houston. Minor will make his 25th start after missing all of 2015-16 (torn labrum left shoulder) and pitching exclusively in relief for Kansas City last year.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Focus on Rangers' Final Month, Not If It Will Be His]]>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 21:51:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-03.jpg

Adrian Beltre wants to stay healthy and help the last-place Texas Rangers finish strong in the last month of the season. Baseball's active career hits leader isn't saying if it will be the last few weeks of his Hall of Fame-caliber career.

"I'm not thinking about next year yet," Beltre said Monday. "That's going to be in the offseason."

The 39-year-old third baseman has been bothered by hamstring issues throughout this season, his second year in a row going on the disabled list multiple times because of leg ailments. Beltre missed 28 games during two DL stints earlier this season, and has been primarily a designated hitter in the last month.

What is certain is that Beltre will finish this season, his 21st in the majors, with the Rangers after the deadline passed Friday for players to join other teams and be eligible for postseason play.

While Beltre's only World Series appearance came in 2011, his first season with the Rangers, he has never been eager to leave Texas.

"I've been here eight years. Like I've said before, the only way it was going to happen -- me going somewhere -- is if it made sense for both parties: me and the team," Beltre said. "Obviously, they understand that for me, it's always been important to have a chance to win the World Series. If something comes up, let me know, if it makes sense for them and (me). Obviously, it didn't make sense for both of us."

Beltre and general manager Jon Daniels both acknowledged, without elaborating, that there was at least some discussion about a potential move last week.

"There was a situation last week that presented itself. We talked about it with Adrian," Daniels said. "It wasn't, for a number of reasons, it just wasn't the right fit. Mutually kind of decided."

Beltre went into Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels with 3,144 career hits and 470 home runs. He was the DH for the ninth time in his last 10 starts, but said he was "close to 100 percent" and expected to play third base on Tuesday.

A four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, Beltre has indicated that if he plays another season he wants to finish his career with the Rangers. This is the last year of his contract.

"He's said he doesn't know what he's going to do next year, if he's going to play or not, and if he wanted to push and push for the trade, we would've honored that," Daniels said. "For him not to have done so says a lot, how he feels about his teammates and the fans in particular. That piece of it, I'm in awe of."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rangers Pound 6 Homers, 13 Extra-Base Hits in Rout of Twins]]>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 18:42:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nomar-Mazara-Getty-090218.jpg

Yohander Mendez earned his first major league win and Nomar Mazara hit two of the Texas Rangers' six homers in an 18-4 rout of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Mendez (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two in six scoreless innings. He was making his second major league start in a season when he was a combined 2-10 with the Rangers' top three farm teams.

Mazara hit a two-run homer in a nine-run sixth inning and a solo homer in a five-run eighth as the Rangers pounded 12 extra-base hits, tying a team record set in 1986. Texas last hit six homers in a game on April 17, 2012, at Boston.

Twenty-three-year-old Gabriel Moya, 11 days older than Venezuelan countryman Mendez, made his first major league start after compiling a 3-0 record in 24 relief outings.

Moya was scheduled to pitch only an inning or two as an opener for Zack Littell, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Moya made it through one inning, allowing a two-run homer by Elvis Andrus.

Littell pitched into the sixth, when Robinson Chirinos homered to ignite the big inning. Shin-Soo Choo followed with a run-scoring double, Minnesota first baseman Chris Gimenez committed a two-run error and Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar homered.

Profar's homer came with Adrian Beltre on first after he was the third Ranger hit by a pitch, which led plate umpire Alan Porter to eject Matt Belisle.

Porter also ejected Minnesota pitcher Addison Reed for an argument after the eighth.

The nine runs were the most scored in an inning by Texas since a 10-run third against the Yankees in 2015. Minnesota used four pitchers in the inning.

Mazara hit four homers in the three-game series, at least one in each game. Jake Cave nearly matched Mazara when he hit his third homer in three games into the right-field seats in the eighth inning against Eddie Butler, who finished the game for his second save.

Gimenez moved from first to the mound in the ninth and allowed five runs, including homers by Mazara and Drew Robinson. Gimenez himself hit a two-run homer in the ninth.

Twins: Eddie Rosario (right quadriceps) is "just progressing, getting treatment, he's not ready to get on the field," manager Paul Molitor said.

Rangers: OF Delino DeShields (fractured right middle finger) came off the disabled list on Saturday. He entered that night's game as a defensive replacement and was used as a pinch runner on Sunday. Manager Jeff Banister said nothing physical was keeping DeShields from starting.

Twins: On Monday, RHP Kyle Gibson (7-11, 3.79) will start the first in a three-game series at Houston against Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.58).

Rangers: LHP Jeffrey Springs (0-0, 2.55) will come out of the bullpen to start ahead of RHP Ariel Jurado (2-4, 6.69) in Monday's first of three home games against the Angels. Los Angeles's starter, RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.76), is coming back from arm surgery and hasn't pitched in the majors since March.

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<![CDATA[Beltre, Young Sluggers Homer as Rangers Beat Twins]]>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 21:58:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Adrian Beltre will play as often as his troublesome hamstring will let him in the final month of his 21st and possibly final season.

And it will all be with the last-place Texas Rangers.

Beltre hit his 470th career homer after 23-year-old sluggers Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman went deep, helping the Rangers stop a five-game losing streak with a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old Beltre was still with his team of the past eight seasons when the deadline passed for him to go to a contender and be eligible for the playoffs. That was good news to Texas manager Jeff Banister when the calendar turned to September.

"He'll get as many opportunities to play for the rest of the year that he's capable and healthy enough to go get," Banister said before the game. "I think he deserves that. I think our players deserve that. I think our fans deserve that.

"I thought somebody might take a shot at him. Woke up this morning and happy that he's still with us."

Beltre's homer leading off the fourth was the four-time All-Star's eighth of the season and hit No. 3,143 for his career, breaking a tie with Robin Yount for 17th on the career list.

If he can avoid further issues with a left hamstring that sent him to the disabled list twice this season, Beltre has a shot at catching George Brett to get into the top 15 all-time in hits. Brett had 3,154.

Mazara led off the second inning with his 18th home run and second in as many nights, matching his total from the previous 42 games. Guzman's 13th homer was a three-run shot that capped a four-run second to put the Rangers ahead for good at 4-2.

Texas' fourth homer was the 18th of the season for Rougned Odor, a solo drive in the seventh.

Yovani Gallardo (8-3) ended a streak of three winless starts, giving up six hits and three runs in five innings. Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 12 opportunities.

Jake Cave homered for the second straight game for the Twins -- the rookie's ninth of the year -- and doubled and scored twice. Logan Forsythe had three hits and an RBI.

Jose Berrios (11-10) struck out six in four innings, but all three hits he allowed were homers. He gave up five runs. The right-hander hasn't won since Aug. 4.

"As a competitor, nobody wants to finish the season the way my few games have been," Berrios said through a translator. "Let's just keep looking forward and get ready for the next game."

The Twins added catcher Chris Gimenez, outfielder Johnny Field and pitchers Andrew Vasquez and Tyler Duffey from Triple-A Rochester for the Sept. 1 roster expansion. ... The Rangers added lefty reliever Zac Curtis, who was claimed on waivers from Philadelphia in August.

The 24-year-old Vasquez had a shaky big league debut with two errors that helped the Rangers score an unearned run in the fifth. He dropped a throw trying to cover first base on a grounder by Shin-Soo Choo, and an errant pickoff attempt allowed Choo to score from third.

Rangers right-hander Connor Sadzeck's first three pitches in the majors were 99-mph fastballs, and then he struck out Mitch Garver swinging on a 79-mph curveball with two runners on to end the sixth. The 26-year-old has appeared in 155 games in the minors since 2012.

Twins: Right-handed reliever Matt Belisle (right knee injury) was activated from the disabled list.

Rangers: Right-hander Bartolo Colon (lower back strain) and outfielder Delino DeShields (fractured right middle finger) were activated from the 10-day disabled list. Colon, however, won't start Sunday as Banister had indicated. Banister said the 45-year-old in his 21st season was dealing with an illness. ... Left-handed reliever Zac Curtis was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

The Twins plan to use lefty reliever Gabriel Moya (3-0, 4.73 ERA) as the starter in the series finale. Manager Paul Molitor said Zack Littell, who has been with Triple-A Rochester since early July, likely will be used as the next pitcher. It would be the 23-year-old Moya's first career start after 31 relief appearances over two seasons. Rangers LHP Yohander Mendez (0-1, 14.73) is set for his second career start after getting sent to the minors for violating team rules in June.

<![CDATA[Critically Injured Grapevine Officer Throws Out First Pitch]]>Sat, 01 Sep 2018 21:53:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RJ+Hudson+First+Pitch+090118.jpg

A Grapevine police officer critically injured in a motorcycle crash last October got the chance to throw out the first pitch at the Rangers game Saturday at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

It's been nearly a year since Officer R.J. Hudson was pursuing a speeding driver down the southbound lanes of Highway 121 when his motorcycle was hit by an SUV swerving to miss debris in the road.

The impact destroyed his motorcycle and sent him tumbling nearly 300 feet. In addition to an injured spleen and kidney, he broke 23 bones along the way.

"This is my 10th surgery I just went through to get an ankle fusion," Hudson said.

So when he stepped onto the diamond Saturday, it was with the assistance of a knee crutch and cane. But the real support came from the family, friends and fellow officers cheering him on throughout the park.

"It's overwhelming. The amount of support I've gotten from my department is just unparalleled. I can't say enough good things about the department and how they supported me and how they've treated me. To see that continue with them coming out here to watch me throw the first pitch is just fantastic," Hudson said.

It's an opportunity made possible by the Peace Officers' Angels Foundation.

"After my son was killed in the line of duty, I knew that there were a lot of men and women who needed our help that were still struggling through a lot of therapy, a lot of rehabilitation, so we started this organization to help them and their families," Maria Alvarado, the group's founder, said.

Alvarado was moved to tears watching Hudson throw out the first pitch surrounded by officers from around Dallas-Fort Worth.

"It means a lot to me because I know that these officers give so much and they deserve every honor that’s given to them," Alvarado said.

Next for Hudson is a return to full duty, which he hopes will happen within a year. Despite all he's been through, he still wants to return to the motorcycle unit.

"If anything that I do can encourage somebody else, I'm overwhelmed. The best thing I can do is have someone look at me and say, "I'm not going to quit because that guy didn’t," Hudson said.

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<![CDATA[Look Inside: Michael Young's Home Hits Auction Block Today]]>Mon, 03 Sep 2018 10:22:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/young-and-home.jpgFormer Texas Ranger Michael Young has put his University Park home up for auction. The five bedroom, seven bath home hit the auction block on September 1, with no reserve. Take a peek inside the home and see how the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer once lived.

To see the full listing -- CLICK HERE.

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<![CDATA[Cave Caps 8-Run Inning With Homer; Twins Beat Rangers]]>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 23:13:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Jake Cave hit a tiebreaking homer in an eight-run fifth inning that erased a six-run deficit, sending the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Tyler Austin started the fifth with his 15th home run and Mitch Garver's three-run double pulled the Twins even after Nomar Mazara's 435-foot drive for a three-run shot had given the Rangers a 6-0 lead in the fourth.

Cave's eighth homer in his rookie season was a two-run shot off pulled into the right-field seats in a lefty-lefty matchup against reliever Matt Moore (3-7).

Matt Magill (3-2) and three other Minnesota relievers combined to strike out nine in 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help hand the Rangers their fifth straight loss.

Trevor May fanned four of the five he faced in the seventh and eighth. Trevor Hildenberger allowed a run without a hit in the ninth.

Garver added an RBI double in the seventh, had three hits and reached on a three-base error in the ninth when Carlos Tocci dropped a fly ball as he was crashing into the wall in center field.

Handed the big lead on Mazara's 17th homer , Drew Hutchison didn't retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth. Jorge Polanco ended his night with a two-run double . The right-hander has an 8.86 ERA in five starts for Texas.

Minnesota left-hander Stephen Gonsalves, looking for his first big league win in his third start, didn't make it out of the fourth inning. The 24-year-old allowed six hits and six runs -- three earned -- with no strikeouts and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Martin Perez made his first relief appearance for Texas since he was a rookie in 2012. The left-hander pitched two scoreless innings two days after he was taken out of the rotation with a 6.95 ERA in 13 starts.


Twins: Manager Paul Molitor said he didn't expect LF Eddie Rosario to play the rest of this nine-game road trip after leaving Thursday's 5-3 loss at Cleveland with tightness in his right quadriceps muscle. The trip ends Wednesday in Houston. ... Polanco was back in the lineup at shortstop after missing the three-game series against the Indians with a strained left hamstring.

Rangers: Manager Jeff Banister said RHP Bartolo Colon (lower back strain) is the likely starter Sunday. The 45-year-old was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday.


Twins RHP Jose Berrios (11-9, 3.74 ERA) had a career-high 12 strikeouts in seven shutout innings in his previous start against Texas. Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-3, 6.01) is winless in his past three starts. Gallardo won seven of his first nine starts after rejoining one of his former teams in June.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[A's Acquire Reliever Cory Gearrin from Rangers]]>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:15:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin from the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Abdiel Mendoza and Teodoro Ortega.

The teams announced the deal Friday, the last day for trades to be done for players to be eligible for the postseason.

Gearrin has combined to go 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and one save in 56 relief appearances this season with Texas and San Francisco. He began the season with the Giants and was traded to the Rangers in July.

The 19-year-old Mendoza was 2-3 with a 3.32 ERA at Class-A Vermont. The 18-year-old Ortega is 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA in the Dominican Summer League.

The A's also transferred right-hander Paul Blackburn to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Dodgers Win 5th Straight With 3 Solo HRs at Texas]]>Wed, 29 Aug 2018 22:26:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alex-Wood-Dodgers-Getty-082918.jpg

Alex Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers hit three solo homers while stretching their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Cody Bellinger and Manny Machado hit first-pitch homers off Mike Minor (10-7). Yasmani Grandal also went deep for the defending National League champion Dodgers.

Los Angeles started the day within a game of NL West co-leaders Arizona and idle Colorado. The Diamondbacks, who open a big four-game series in Los Angeles on Thursday night, played later Wednesday night at San Francisco.

Wood (8-6) limited the Rangers to four singles, throwing 67 of 98 pitches for strikes with five strikeouts and two walks. The lefty had faced the Rangers only once before, pitching at Texas for Atlanta four years ago when he struck out nine and allowed a run on four hits.

Kenta Maeda, a 20-game starter for the Dodgers this season, worked the ninth instead of struggling closer Kenley Jansen to get his first save since June 2017 despite giving up an RBI double to Adrian Beltre.

Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader, matched Robin Yount for 17th on the all-time list with his 3,142nd hit.

The solo homers by Bellinger and Machado were the only hits and runs off Minor in his six innings. The lefty, a teammate of Wood's in Atlanta in 2013-14, struck out seven and walked three.

Bellinger's 21st homer of the season put the Dodgers ahead to stay in the third inning. Machado hit the first pitch of the fourth into almost the same spot on the hill in straightway center field. That was Machado`'s 32nd homer this season, his eighth in 37 games for Los Angeles since being traded last month from the Baltimore Orioles.

Grandal hit his 22nd homer in the eighth off reliever Alex Claudio.

Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig, in the lineup while awaiting a ruling on his appeal of a two-game suspension from a bench-clearing incident Aug. 16 against San Francisco, had a two-out triple in the seventh inning. He was thrown out trying to steal home even after getting a good jump off third base against Claudio. Puig didn't play Tuesday after his appeal hearing.

The Dodgers wrapped up their interleague schedule with a 12-8 record. They won all four games against the Rangers, including two at Dodger Stadium in June. Texas is 7-10 against NL teams, and has to sweep its three-game series at San Diego from Sept. 14-16 to avoid its first losing record in interleague play in 12 seasons.

Dodgers: After their only two road games in a 15-game stretch, the Dodgers are back home Thursday night for the opener of that NL West showdown against Arizona. Rich Hill is 0-5 in seven starts against the Diamondbacks since getting traded to Los Angeles two years ago.

Rangers: Texas has its second scheduled day off in four days Thursday before a three-game weekend series at home against Minnesota.

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<![CDATA[Machado 4 RBIs, Dozier HR for Dodgers in Win at Rangers]]>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:45:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Manny-Machado-Getty-082818.jpg

Manny Machado drove in four runs, Brian Dozier hit his 20th homer of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fourth win in a row.

Machado's four RBIs were the most in his 36 games for the Dodgers since being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles last month. The shortstop put Los Angeles ahead to stay with a two-run single in the third, then added a sac fly in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. He has nine RBIs the past three games.

Dozier, another midseason addition, had a solo shot for his fourth homer in 24 games since joining the Dodgers from Minnesota. He also had an RBI single.

Enrique Hernandez was 3 for 3 with a walk and a sac fly while scoring twice for the Dodgers. They finished with 15 hits overall, with Machado and Dozier among four players with two each.

Caleb Ferguson (5-2) went 1 1/3 innings as the first of four relievers with scoreless outings before struggling closer Kenley Jansen came on with an 8-2 lead and allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth.

Jansen has giving up runs in each of his four appearances since coming off the disabled list Aug. 20 following a hospital stay due to heart issues.

Dodgers rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who was 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in his previous four August starts, threw 84 pitches in four innings. He allowed two runs and four hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.

Texas rookie Ariel Jurado (2-4) gave up three runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out one.

Adrian Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader, had a single in the Rangers ninth for career hit No. 3,141 -- matching Tony Gwynn for 18th on the career list. His next hit will tie Robin Yount for 17th.

Dodgers: All-Star right-hander Ross Stripling (lower back) threw off flat ground and says he could probably pitch, but the Dodgers aren't pushing his return from the disabled list. He hasn't pitched since Aug. 9. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen Wednesday and could return over the weekend. ... LF Joc Pederson started for the first time since fouling a ball of his knee last Wednesday. He did appear in two of the three weekend games against San Diego.

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields (fractured tip right middle finger) started a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco. ... Hard-throwing RHP Matt Bush (right flexor tendon), who hasn't pitched since mid-June, acknowledged that he likely won't pitch again this season. He hasn't been able to throw off a mound yet.

A matchup of lefties and former Braves teammates when Alex Wood (7-6) pitches for the Dodgers against Mike Minor (10-6). They both made their big league debuts with Atlanta, Minor in 2010 and Wood in 2013. Minor missed the entire 2015 season because of injury and Wood was traded midway through that season to Los Angeles. Minor is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA his last five starts.

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<![CDATA[Holland, 3 Relievers Pitch Giants Past Rangers]]>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 21:30:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hollandap.jpg

Derek Holland got a little extra pleasure out of beating the Texas Rangers, a team he believes gave up on him two years ago.

The veteran left-hander pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning against his original club, Steven Duggar hit a two-run triple and the San Francisco Giants topped Texas 3-1 on Sunday.

"I wanted to go out there, make sure I continue with what we've been doing this whole year, continue the same game plan and just kind of go from there," Holland said. "Obviously, a win is great. To go against my former teammates and those guys, it is a little bit better -- so now I can maybe say some stuff to them."

Holland, who won 62 games over eight seasons with the Rangers after they drafted him in 2006, was mostly sharp while notching consecutive victories for the first time this season.

He yielded one run and three walks with four strikeouts, then left to a standing ovation from the San Francisco crowd.

"Just pitched a beautiful game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's great to see players like Derek, who it looks like they may be toward the end of their career, bounce back and show that there's a lot of game left in what they have."

Four days earlier, Holland (7-8) gained national attention after making a racially insensitive joke while appearing on MLB Network alongside Giants massage therapist Haro Ogawa in a bit that was meant to be fun. Holland later apologized for his comment.

"I know I had made a mistake and I am still very sorry for what I've done," Holland said. "With the stuff that happened off the field, (the ovation) meant a lot to me. Hopefully with my apology to them they have my back and they understand those were not the intentions."

Evan Longoria tripled and scored on a passed ball for San Francisco. The Giants won a home series for the first time since taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs in early July.

Elvis Andrus had an RBI double on his 30th birthday for Texas. The Rangers finished 2-4 on their road trip.

"Holland was throwing the ball well," manager Jeff Banister said. "He made it very challenging for our hitters, being able to pitch in and across the plate."

The Giants went ahead in the fourth.

Hunter Pence singled off Yovani Gallardo (7-3) with two outs. After Nick Hundley walked, Duggar lined a 2-2 pitch between center fielder Carlos Tocci and right fielder Nomar Mazara to put San Francisco up 3-1.

Duggar, the No. 8 hitter, was shocked the Rangers didn't walk him with the pitcher's spot due up next.

"I thought they were going to selectively pitch around me," he said.

Texas stranded runners at second base in the fifth and eighth and left two on in the seventh when Tony Watson got Rougned Odor to hit a soft comebacker.

Mark Melancon retired three batters for his third save.

Bochy was asked what he thought while watching Duggar race around the bases for his first career triple. "I wish I had that speed, that's what goes through my mind," Bochy said. "It's a gift."

Rangers: Joey Gallo, who sprained his left ankle in the series opener, was back in the starting lineup after being limited to a pinch-hit appearance on Saturday.

Giants: Buster Posey was placed on the 10-day disabled list, as expected. The six-time All-Star catcher is scheduled to have season-ending hip surgery Monday in Colorado. Aramis Garcia was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

Rangers: Face the Dodgers and RHP Walker Buehler (6-4, 2.96 ERA) on Tuesday in Texas. Buehler is 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in his past four starts. Texas had not announced a scheduled starter.

Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (8-7, 5.37 ERA) makes his second start since being called up to replace Dereck Rodriguez in the rotation when he faces LHP Patrick Corbin (10-4, 3.17) and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. Stratton leads San Francisco in wins despite two trips to the minors.

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<![CDATA[Texas Live! Preps for Its First Cowboys Season ]]>Sun, 26 Aug 2018 22:03:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Live+082618.jpg

Sunday's preseason game was the second Cowboys home game since the new Texas Live! venue opened between AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park.

Food and entertainment destinations have been lacking around the Arlington stadiums until now.

"It's a very friendly, very great atmosphere," said Dequan Ross of Grand Prairie.

The 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex has already become a game-day stop for thousands of people.

"We needed some place to where everybody could hang out before the games," said Matt Jernigan of Mansfield.

"We got off to a big start for our grand opening and we've just been rolling since then," said Jim Watry, Texas Live! chief operating officer.

Watry said between 12,000 and 13,000 people came into the building last Saturday when the Rangers and the Cowboys both played at home.

Leslie Monroy of Rowlett was among the crowd then and returned on Sunday.

"It's a really good experience," she said. "So every time we come to Cowboys games we'll always come here first."

The challenge now, reps say, is to keep people coming even on non-game days.

"The parking message is a breeze," Watry said. "We're free every day there's not an event."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Nearly Come Back Again, Giants Hold On]]>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 17:44:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Andrew-Suarez-Giants-Getty-082518.jpg

Andrew Suarez pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball and the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Saturday.

Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence homered. Nick Hundley added two walks and scored for San Francisco.

Hours after manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that six-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey is headed for season-ending hip surgery, San Francisco did the bulk of its scoring in the first inning then held on behind Suarez and three relievers for a rare win at AT&T Park.

The Giants have the fourth-best winning percentage in the NL at home but had lost 10 of the previous 13 at their waterfront ballpark before edging the Rangers.

Rougned Odor homered and had three hits for Texas.

Suarez (5-9) struck out five and walked three to win for the first time since July 29. The left-hander induced 12 groundouts and two double plays.

Hunter Strickland and Will Smith combined to retire five batters. Mark Melancon got pinch-hitter Carlos Perez to fly out with the bases loaded in the ninth for his second save.

Crawford homered off Martin Perez (2-6) in the first, a three-run blast to center. The Giants shortstop entered the day batting .178 since July 1, the lowest average in the majors among players with at least 150 plate appearances.

Pence had a pinch-hit home run off Matt Moore in the seventh.

Odor, who hit a tying two-run home run in the ninth Friday, trimmed the lead to 5-3 with a three-run shot off Hunter Strickland in the eighth. Two batters earlier, a two-out fielding error by left fielder Austin Slater extended the inning.

Rangers: IF Hanser Alberto was placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, an injury he suffered Friday in his first game after being called up to take Bartolo Colon's roster spot. Carlos Perez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock. RHP Nick Gardewine was placed on the 60-day DL with a right forearm strain.

Giants: Posey will undergo hip surgery Monday in Colorado and will miss 6-8 months, ending what has been a painful and frustrating year for the six-time All-Star. . RHP Jeff Samardzija will seek a second opinion on his troublesome pitching shoulder. Samardzija has been on the DL since July 15.

Rangers RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-2, 6.06 ERA) has six wins in 10 career starts against the Giants. San Francisco LHP Derek Holland (6-8, 3.75), who won 62 games over eight seasons with Texas, makes his third career appearance against his former club.

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<![CDATA[Odor HR, Chirinos BB Rally Rangers Over Giants]]>Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:42:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-082418.jpg

The potential final out bounced off Joe Panik's glove, and the San Francisco Giants couldn't recover after that.

Rougned Odor hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning, Robinson Chirinos drew a bases-loaded walk in the 10th and the Texas Rangers rallied from six runs down to beat San Francisco 7-6 on Friday night.

The Rangers trailed 6-4 and were down to their last strike when Shin-Soo Choo reached on second baseman Panik's fielding error. Odor homered off closer Will Smith in the next at-bat, sending a shot over the right field wall and into McCovey Cove.

Odor's 16th homer was his first splash hit and the second in Rangers history. Mitch Moreland had the other on June 9, 2012.

Texas scored the go-ahead run off former Rangers reliever Sam Dyson (3-3). Chirinos drew a four-pitch walk that scored Jurickson Profar, who started the rally with a one-out single.

"(Dyson) lost his command there, but it was lost earlier," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "We had the bases-loaded with one out in the eighth and couldn't put the ball in play. Those things come back to hurt you. It's a tough game to lose."

Cory Gearrin (1-0) pitched out of that eighth as part of two scoreless relief innings. He was a Giant when he collected his last win on July 1 against Arizona.

San Francisco had a chance to extend a 6-4 lead in the eighth, but Gearrin escaped a based-loaded, one-out situation, striking out Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria.

"Huge strikeout against Belt," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I think that was probably one of the biggest keys in the game."

Gearrin came over along with outfielder Austin Jackson in a trade with the Giants on July 8.

"I felt good," Gearrin said. "I've pitched in this stadium many times, so it wasn't new to me being out there and being there in a situation with the bases loaded, it was fun. Those are the kind of games you want to be in."

Giants starter Derrick Rodriguez had another solid outing. The 26-year-old left-hander and son of Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez struck out four and gave up two runs, three hits and three walks.

Jose Leclerc pitched a scoreless 10th inning for his seventh save.

The Rangers trailed 6-0 going into the sixth, when Choo had a two-run single.

Joey Gallo came up lame leaving the batter's box after his broken bat single off reliever Mark Melancon scored Nomar Mazara with two outs in the eighth that made it 6-4. Gallo left the game for pinch-runner Carlos Tocci.

He rolled his ankle and is day-to-day, Banister said.

Gallo hit his 34th home run leading off the seventh on Giants reliever Reyes Moronta's first pitch.

Pudge Rodriguez was on hand to watch his son pitch, but he apparently didn't come ready to contribute. A popup foul ball came right to Rodriguez behind home plate, but the 13-time Gold Glove Award winner let it fall through his hands. Derrick Rodriguez laughed when he realized pops had let one get away.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (lower back strain) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Tuesday. ... INF Hanser Alberto was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday in a corresponding move.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder tightness), who has been on the DL since July 15, experienced soreness in his shoulder pitching on a rehab assignment game with Double-A Richmond on Wednesday, manager Bruce Bochy said. The 33-year-old was scheduled to meet with team doctors Friday evening. "A little concerned to be honest, he's got some soreness," Bochy said. "He's not real close." . RHP Casey Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento after Thursday night's game. The Giants activated Rodriguez in a corresponding move.

LHP Martin Perez (0-2, 6.93 ERA) will pitch for Texas on Saturday. The 27-year-old is winless in eight starts going back to April 29. Giants rookie LHP Andrew Suarez (4-9, 4.68) is 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA through four starts in August. The 25-year-old is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in three interleague starts this season.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Colon Goes on Disabled List With Back Strain]]>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 19:25:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1016276928.jpg

Texas Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon has been put on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained lower back.

The 45-year-old Colon is 7-11 with a 5.45 ERA. The Rangers made the move before Friday night's game at San Francisco.

Colon was scratched from a start last Sunday against the Angels because of back stiffness. The right-hander pitched Monday at Oakland and was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. Colon had won two starts in a row after losing five straight.

Earlier this month, Colon became the winningest pitcher born in Latin America in major league history. The Dominican Republic native posted his 246th victory, passing Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez.

The Rangers recalled infielder Hanser Alberto from Triple-A Round Rock before playing the Giants.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rangers Go Deep Twice to Back Minor in Win Over A's]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 19:11:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Mike-Minor-Getty-082218.jpg

Shin-Soo Choo's home run on the first pitch of the game ensured the Texas Rangers would avoid a third consecutive shutout.

A fourth straight strong outing from Mike Minor was just as big for manager Jeff Banister's ballclub.

Minor pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight, Joey Gallo backed up Choo with his 33rd homer and the Rangers snapped out of their offensive slump to avoid a series sweep, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Wednesday.

"Choo getting off early, getting a run on the board, allowed our offense to kind of settle in," Banister said. "It gave our guys some confidence to go out and swing the bat and attack."

Texas was shut out in the first two games of the series and had a 19-inning scoreless streak before Choo's leadoff homer on the first pitch from Oakland starter Edwin Jackson (4-3) in the first inning.

It was Choo's fourth game-opening home run this season and the 27th of his career.

After Choo walked and scored on Beltre's single in the third, Gallo opened the fourth with a towering drive off Jackson. Gallo's 74 home runs since the start of last season are the most by a Rangers player over a two-year span since Mark Teixeira had 76 from 2005-06.

"We kept fighting," Gallo said. "That's baseball. Sometimes you get shut out and that's the way it goes. Sometimes things don't go your way."

Adrian Beltre had a pair of RBI singles to help the Rangers end a six-game losing streak to the A's. Jurickson Profar added two hits. Elvis Andrus singled and scored after going hitless in his previous 12 at-bats.

Stephen Piscotty had an RBI double for Oakland, which fell one game behind Houston in the AL West.

"You look at the homestand and you have to feel good about winning the series," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We've been playing great and bringing the same attitude every day."

The same could be said of Minor, who has been the Rangers' most effective starter for the past three weeks.

Minor (10-6) was crisp while striking out four and walking one in his most effective start in nearly two months. The lefty, who was scratched from his scheduled start last Friday because of back stiffness, allowed only two runners and faced the minimum through six innings. Both runners were erased on double plays.

"I feel good about the zeros on the board, but I think there's room for improvement," Minor said. "I still didn't throw good breaking balls, the changeup was just OK and the fastball location was OK."

Cory Gearrin, Alex Claudio, Chris Martin and Jose Leclerc combined to retire nine batters and complete the four-hitter.

The A's loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Leclerc struck out Nick Martini on a check swing for his sixth save in 10 opportunities.

Beltre singled in Andrus in the fifth to make it 4-0 and chase Jackson, who allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings and lost for the first time since July 20. The right-hander had yielded two runs over his previous 24 1/3 innings.

"I was off today," Jackson said. "I was under the ball a lot and that caused the ball to go flat and up in the zone."


Because their next series is across the San Francisco Bay against the Giants at AT&T Park, the Rangers won't have to board a plane and instead will stay in the same hotel where they've been since Monday.


Rangers: Profar started again at third base in place of Beltre, who's had recurring hamstring problems, and made a diving stop on Ramon Laureano's sharp grounder in the first inning.


Rangers: RHP Drew Hutchison (2-2, 5.71 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season Friday against the Giants. Hutchison won his previous outing when he allowed two runs in five innings against the Angels.

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (5-2, 3.12) pitches the opener of a four-game series in Minnesota on Thursday. Cahill has won four consecutive decisions, his longest winning streak since 2013.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Open 2019 at Home Against Cubs]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:26:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Opening_Day_4p_32918.jpg

Rangers will also host Arizona, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis in interleague play; Red Sox and Yankees to be featured in final homestand ever at Globe Life Park.

The Texas Rangers have mostly revealed their 2019 schedule -- their final year at Globe Life Park.

The final season will open March 28 against the Chicago Cubs and will end with a final homestand against the Yankees and Red Sox.

The 2019 opener will mark the 28th time in 48 seasons that the Rangers have opened the season at home, the fourth straight and the ninth occasion in the last 11 years. It will be the first time Texas has opened with the Cubs and it will be Chicago’s first trip to Arlington since May 21-23, 2010.

Texas will close the regular season with three games each against Boston, Sept. 24-26, and the New York Yankees, Sept. 27-29.

The 2019 home schedule also features four-game series with the Cleveland, Kansas City, and Minnesota. Texas will be at home on Independence Day, Thursday, July 4 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Game times for the 2019 schedule will be announced at a later date. The complete schedule is below.

2019 Texas Rangers Opponents

Opponent | Home Games | Road Games
Baltimore Orioles | 3 | 4
Oakland A’s | 9 | 10
Boston Red Sox | 3 | 4
Seattle Mariners | 9 | 10
Chicago White Sox | 3 | 4
Tampa Bay Rays | 3 | 3
Cleveland Indians | 4 | 3
Toronto Blue Jays | 3 | 3
Detroit Tigers | 3 | 3
Arizona Diamondbacks | 2 | 2
Houston Astros | 10 | 9
Chicago Cubs | 3 | 0
Kansas City Royals | 4 | 3
Cincinnati Reds | 0 | 3
Los Angeles Angels | 10 | 9
Milwaukee Brewers | 0 | 3
Minnesota Twins | 4 | 3
Pittsburgh Pirates | 2 | 2
New York Yankees | 3 | 3
St. Louis Cardinals | 3 | 0

<![CDATA[Oakland Blanks Texas Rangers]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 05:27:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/recapusatsi.jpg

Khris Davis is right on the cusp of a third straight 40-homer season and just reached 100 RBIs for the third time in as many years with the Athletics, and he is still aiming for far more.

The playoffs are the primary focus as he clears the fences at a remarkable rate.

Davis homered for the second straight night to back Brett Anderson's gem, and Oakland blanked the Texas Rangers again 6-0 Tuesday night.

Davis hit a two-run shot in the seventh for No. 38 of 2018, his fourth home run in three games and ninth in 15.

"I'm just trying to do my job and do what I do," the soft-spoken Davis said. "I'm just glad I show up. I've just got to continue working hard and helping this team win ballgames. That's probably my main focus just getting to the playoffs."

Anderson (3-3) struck out six and walked one over seven impressive innings, his seventh straight start with one walk or fewer. He earned his first victory in five starts since beating the Rangers on July 23, coming off three straight no-decisions.

He didn't allow a hit until Shin-Soo Choo's leadoff double in the fourth -- the only hit the lefty surrendered -- but the Rangers couldn't capitalize. A's relievers Jeurys Familia and Lou Trivino each pitched an inning to finish the two-hitter in 2 hours, 26 minutes, Oakland's second straight shutout and 12th in all.

Davis, Jed Lowrie and Nick Martini each hit RBI singles among their two hits for the A's, while Josh Phegley drove in a run on a groundout. Stephen Piscotty had a pair of singles.

Lowrie put Oakland on the board with his first-inning single.

These upstart, surprising young A's won for the eighth time in 10 games and are showing no signs of letting the Astros out of their sights as September nears. A 9-0 win Monday night moved the A's into a first-place tie with reigning World Series champion Houston atop the AL West.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin certainly thinks Davis is deserving to start getting mentioned in all the MVP talk.

Fans are chanting "M-V-P!"

"Why wouldn't you?" Melvin quipped. "I'm hearing some talk on some of the broadcasts, national broadcasts, his name's not even brought up. How can you not? What is he second in the league in RBIs, second in homers? It's ridiculous that he's not part of the conversation."

"I think just as remarkable is the number of RBIs in not even the later part of really August yet," Melvin added.

Davis, now with 102 RBIs, appreciates the thought but it's not something he worries about.

"Obviously we've got to continue to look at how we pitch him and the mistakes that we make," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "He hasn't just hit mistakes."

Rangers rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-3) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in his sixth career start and is winless in his last three outings.

Adrian Beltre returned to the Rangers' lineup at designated hitter and went 0 for 3 after missing two games nursing a tender left hamstring that he re-injured last Monday against the Diamondbacks.

Texas, shut out for the eighth time, has managed only five total hits in the first two games of the series. The Rangers lost their sixth straight to the A's for their longest skid in the rivalry since dropping seven in a row from Aug. 25-Sept. 28 last year.

Oakland is 13-4 in August and 21-8 since the All-Star break.


A day after Davis had 10-year-old Anthony Slocumb sign his jersey and then hit a monster home run, the A's slugger gifted the jersey to the Oakland sixth-grader while also deciding to auction another uniform to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation -- the group Slocumb attended with Monday.

"It was such a perfect day/night," Slocumb's mother, Natalie Sanchez, said in an email. "We are so humbled and grateful for everything. Anthony is gleaming with excitement still."


Rangers: LHP Mike Minor, scratched from his scheduled start last Friday against the Angels with back stiffness and now set to pitch Wednesday afternoon's series finale, isn't expected to have lingering issues over the long haul with his back, according to Banister.

Athletics: OF Matt Joyce, sidelined by a strained lower back, went 0 for 3 playing left field while beginning a rehab appearance for Triple-A Nashville. Melvin said he would then be off for a day then play designated hitter. The hope is Joyce would be available to rejoin the A's around Sept. 1 as the minor league season nears the end.


Minor (9-6, 4.61 ERA) is riding a three-start winning streak for his longest such stretch since Sept. 16, 2012, to April 10, `13, with Atlanta. The A's counter with righty Edwin Jackson (4-2, 2.58) is 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA over his last four starts -- his longest winning streak since June 30-July 11, 2013, when he also won three straight decisions.

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<![CDATA[Athletics Rip Rangers, Catch Houston Astros]]>Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:10:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

On a night they both homered — and Ramon Laureano for the first two times in his career — the rookie learned far more about teammate Khris Davis than just his ability to clear fences.

Davis' heart shined through as far as that 438-foot home run he hit sandwiched between Laureano's two longballs.

Davis hit a towering drive after letting a young fan from the Make-A-Wish Foundation sign his jersey, Laureano drove in five runs on his two shots, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-0 on Monday night.

"Wow, he's awesome," Laureano said. "That's so emotional, it's so cool that he did that for that kid."

Davis' shot for his 37th homer of the year clanked off a window in the suite-level in left-center field. He did it wearing a uniform signed by 10-year-old Anthony Slocumb. The Oakland sixth-grader, in remission from a rare cancer, attended the game with a group from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Davis asked him to sign his jersey before the game.

Davis had no thoughts of switching uniforms, saying, "I wanted to rock that."

"I thought about him around the bases," Davis said. "There's not a better feeling than hitting a home run, so hopefully he got some excitement and joy from watching that."

Laureano connected in the second and again in the sixth with a three-run shot that chased Bartolo Colon (7-11), the 45-year-old Rangers starter scratched a day earlier against the Angels because of back stiffness.

"Of course it bothers me," Colon said through an interpreter. "But I'm in good condition so I think I will try to keep pitching."

Stephen Piscotty homered in the seventh for Oakland.

Marcus Semien added an RBI double to back Mike Fiers (9-6) as Oakland tied the Astros for the AL West lead. The A's took two of three during a weekend series against the reigning World Series champions to stay right on Houston's heels.

"This is fun," Laureano said. "Everybody is doing their jobs, so I have zero pressure. I'm just trying to play my game, help the team win, take good at-bats, and that's what I focus on."

Fiers allowed one hit, struck out eight and walked one over seven innings in his third start for the A's, who have won the last five against the Rangers.

Colon was trying to win his third straight start after losing five in a row. He allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings facing his former club. Colon pitched in 2012-13 for the A's, serving a 50-game suspension in `12 after testing positive for testosterone.

Colon also pitched at the Coliseum in his Rangers debut on April 2.

Texas began a weeklong stay in the Bay Area with an interleague series set for this weekend against the Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Both teams squandered early chances, with the A's having first and second with one out in the first and the Rangers first and second in the second with none out.


The A's are 7-3 during a current stretch playing 12 straight games and 19 of 23 vs. AL West opponents.


Rangers star Adrian Beltre won't decide until after the season, his 21st in the big leagues and the last year of a contract with Texas, what's next.

He said he will evaluate how he is playing and whether he still believes he can perform at his best and compete with the young players.

"Everything on the baseball field, everything with my family, everything with how I feel mentally is going to be part of it," Beltre said. "But I'm not going to make a decision until the season is over. Bring it all together and be at peace with which way I'm going to go. I might answer those questions, but I might not be truthful because I don't know myself.


Sure, the A's had just faced division contenders Seattle and Houston in consecutive series at home.

Manager Bob Melvin wasn't about to let his club treat the Rangers any differently.

"If we relax against this team, we're going to get it handed to us," Melvin said. "You look up and down their lineup, they've been as good as any American League team in the second half. It is a potent offense, so we're going to have to play really well to beat these guys. Not much pressure on them, either."


Rangers: 3B/DH Beltre had a second straight game off as he nurses a tender left hamstring that he re-injured last Monday against the Diamondbacks. He is expected to play the next two days and likely to share designated hitter duties for now with Shin-Soo Choo. "Just another 24 hours helps him," manager Jeff Banister said of Beltre, who was available off the bench. The Rangers hadn't considered a disabled list stint for the 39-year-old Beltre.


Rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-2, 6.41 ERA) makes his sixth career start in the middle game of the series looking for his first win in three outings, while the A's counter with Brett Anderson (2-3, 3.90). The lefty has three straight no-decisions and seeks for his first victory in five starts since beating the Rangers on July 23.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Storm Causes Damage to Wall at New Rangers Stadium]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:17:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ballpark+Construction.png

Saturday's thunderstorm that delayed the start of the Rangers game by more than two hours and nearly blew the tarp off the field caused a little more significant damage to the construction site of the team's new stadium.

Rangers officials confirmed damage to free-standing rebar being used to form a wall in the Northwest corner of the stadium. Construction crews were on hand Sunday to start removing the debris as officials further evaluated the damage. A Rangers spokesperson said the damage is not expected to impact the construction schedule. While the incident may create a setback in the construction of that specific area of the stadium, crews can work instead on other areas. The new stadium, which will feature a retractable roof is scheduled to open for the start of the 2020 season.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Odor Home Run Sends Rangers Past Angels to Cap Soggy Weekend]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 19:00:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-Getty-081918.jpg

Rougned Odor didn't let a little rain get in the way of his torrid August.

The Texas second baseman connected on a go-ahead, three-run homer with rain falling in the seventh inning, and the Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Sunday to wrap up a soggy weekend.

Odor's 15th home run of the season came minutes before the second rain delay of a game that started 13 hours after the previous night's game ended. The Angels wrapped up that 11-7 win at 12:59 a.m. local time Sunday after a 2 1/2-hour delay at the start.

"We can't change the weather," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "What's going to happen is going to happen. It was just the way it was."

The rain had just started for the third time in Sunday's regularly scheduled game when Odor pulled a pitch from reliever Noe Ramirez (4-4) into the seats above the Texas bullpen in right-center field.

"We played through very similar conditions last night for seven innings," manager Jeff Banister said. "It's another one of those situations to add to what (Odor) has been able to do this year to right the ship and move himself forward."

Odor, who had the most RBIs in the majors in August going into the game, added four to give him 23 for the month. His previous career high for a month was 18.

A 24-year-old already in his fifth season, Odor is hitting .338 with a 1.094 OPS this month, and is up to .279 for the season. He didn't get his batting average above .200 for good until late May.

"You don't get to this point without putting in the work," Banister said. "Now, there are a number of things along the way. Whether, it's did he get to a low point and go through some realization. Physically, he's still the same talented, young player that we've seen."

Shohei Ohtani doubled and scored the run that put the Angels up 2-1 in the fourth inning.

Three Texas relievers retired all nine hitters, starting with Matt Moore (3-6) in the seventh. The left-hander, who began the season in the Texas rotation before getting sent to the bullpen, won for the second time in the series.

Cory Gearrin pitched the eighth, and Jose Leclerc worked the ninth for his fifth save.

Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and scored two runs, the first on Odor's RBI single in the first inning.

The delay after Odor's homer lasted 56 minutes following an 18-minute stoppage moments after he grounded out to end the fifth, making the game official with the Angels leading 2-1.

The sun came out before the tarp was in place for the first delay, and it was removed in less than 10 minutes. The game didn't stop during a brief shower between the two delays.

Both Los Angeles runs came home without a hit in the fourth. Before Ohtani scored on Andrelton Simmons' double-play grounder, Albert Pujols drove in David Fletcher on a fielder's choice when Fletcher avoided the tag by catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a slightly wide throw from first baseman Ronald Guzman.

Ohtani connected on his second pinch-hit homer of the season in Saturday's win. He's the first Angels player with two pinch homers in a season since Russell Branyan in 2011. The two-way Japanese star has reached in eight of 17 pinch-hit appearances.

"Shohei is as prepared as any player I've seen, even more so," Scioscia said. "But pinch-hitting is different than going up there and having four at-bats against a pitcher. There's less margin of error as far as when you miss a pitch that you should hit. He's been terrific."

Angels: Ohtani threw 20 pitches Saturday in his third bullpen session in eight days. The right-hander is expected to face hitters at the club's minor league facility in Arizona this week. Ohtani hasn't pitched since June 6 because of a ligament sprain in his right elbow.

Rangers: Banister said the club would wait until after flying to Oakland to determine whether 45-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon can start the opener of the series against the Athletics on Monday. Colon was scratched from Sunday's scheduled start because of back stiffness.

RHP Felix Pena (1-3, 4.35 ERA) was announced as the Angels' starter for the opener of a two-game series at Arizona on Tuesday. If Colon can't start for Texas, Banister hasn't indicated who would take his spot.

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<![CDATA[Rangers CF DeShields to DL With fracture in Middle Finger]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 15:58:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1016797428.jpg

Texas Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture on the tip of his right middle finger.

The move was made before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

DeShields got hurt in the series opener Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt.

Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock for his third stint with Texas this year.

It is the second time this season that DeShields has gone on the DL. He missed 20 games after a hamate bone fracture in his left hand the first week of the season. He is hitting .204 with 22 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 85 games.

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<![CDATA[Rougned Odor Drives in 3 for Rangers in Win Over Angels]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:21:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1018407076.jpg

Rougned Odor drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, Joey Gallo ripped a two-run double and the Texas Rangers beat the pitching-depleted Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Friday night.

Odor's two-run single capped a five-run outburst in the second inning off recently acquired Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1), the 14th starting pitcher used by the Angels this season.

Drew Hutchison (2-2) struck out six and allowed two runs over five innings in his third start for the Rangers. Jose Leclerc struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Gallo's double into the right-field corner made it 2-0 before he scored on a groundout by Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Odor's two-run single was the fourth consecutive Rangers hit after that, and he added a sac fly in the seventh inning.

Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer, his eighth, that got the Angels within 5-4 in the sixth.

Carlos Tocci had three hits and scored twice for Texas.

Despaigne, acquired Tuesday from the Miami Marlins in exchange for cash considerations, allowed five runs in four innings while becoming the 34th pitcher used by Los Angeles. Two relievers made their big-league debuts in the series opener for the Angels, who had never used more than 31 pitchers in a season.


Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker, who made only one start before going on the DL with a right forearm strain the first week of the season, is working out in Arizona. Manager Mike Scioscia said "Shoemaker is making some great strides, and that's great to see." The Angels play in Arizona next week.

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture on the tip of his right middle finger. He got hurt in the series opener Thursday night when he got hit by a pitch on an attempted bunt. ... 3B Adrian Beltre missed his third consecutive game since coming out Monday night after aggravating his trouble left hamstring that has already landed him on the DL twice this season.


Angels lefty Andrew Heaney has gone nearly three years since winning a start on the road. His streak of 16 consecutive winless road starts has already tied Rudy May (1965-69) for the longest such streak in team history. Heaney is 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA in two career starts at Texas. He is 0-5 in 11 road starts this year, and 7-2 in 11 starts at Angel Stadium. The Rangers hadn't announced a starter by the end of Friday's game.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Still Out of Texas' Lineup Because of Left Hamstring]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:13:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-080118.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is still out of the lineup because of his troublesome left hamstring, but still on the active roster and hoping to avoid a third trip to the disabled list this season.

"That's the question right now. We want to wait a couple days," the 39-year-old Beltre said Thursday.

Beltre aggravated the hamstring Monday night when scoring from second base on a bloop single to left-center field. The active career hits leader didn't play Tuesday night before the Rangers had a day off.

"Medically, it's a grade 2 (strain). But physically, I don't feel that bad," Beltre said before the opener of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

"It's not something that's going to take you six weeks to get back. Hopefully, in the next couple days, it'll show some improvement. If it's going to 10 days (on the DL), just 10 days."

The Rangers activated right fielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list. He hadn't played since the All-Star break because of a sprained right thumb. Mazara was back in the lineup, batting fourth.

Outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Calhoun hit .275 with nine RBIs in 22 games with the Rangers after being called up July 20 when Mazara was formally put on the DL.

Beltre missed 12 games while on the disabled list from April 25-May 8, and was back only five games before returning to the DL on May 14 and missing 16 more games. Beltre missed 61 games last season for two DL stints, first for right calf tightness and then the left hamstring late in the season.

"I think it's definitely the first time that it's happened three times in one year. Obviously, we tried to do everything in our power to not let it happen, but it's baseball," he said. "Stuff happens. Sometimes you can't prevent it."

The four-time All-Star, in his 21st big league season and the last year of his Rangers contract, was asked if he would treat things different being at this stage in his career.

"That brings the question, is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight it back?," Beltre said. "It's a sign of maybe ... time to get close to, you know, say bye to you guys. But again, it's something that I've been dealing with all my career, since I was 20 years old."

Beltre is hitting .278 with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 86 games this season. He is a .286 hitter with 3,137 hits and 469 homers in 2,900 career games.

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<![CDATA[Profar Starts Triple Play and Homers, Rangers Rally Past LAA]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:30:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/GettyImages-1017851988.jpg

Jurickson Profar started an especially rare triple play and homered to help the Texas Rangers rally from an early five-run deficit for an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Rougned Odor singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth after an out call that would have ended the inning was reversed. Nomar Mazara went deep in his return from the disabled list, and Joey Gallo also homered for the Rangers.

Texas turned the sixth triple play in franchise history in the fourth. With the bases loaded, David Fletcher hit a low liner toward third base that Profar picked on a short hop. Playing near the bag, Profar stepped on third to force out Eric Young Jr. and then tagged Taylor Ward, who had stumbled off the base into foul territory. Profar then threw to Odor, and the second baseman tagged Kole Calhoun between first and second.

It was the majors' first triple play without retiring the batter since June 3, 1912, when the Brooklyn Dodgers turned the trick against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Rangers scored three runs in the eighth as Justin Anderson (3-3), the seventh of eight Angels pitcher in a "bullpen game," allowed the first four batters to reach base.

Odor, batting with the bases loaded, hit a comebacker that reliever Osmer Morales deflected with his glove toward second base. Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons threw to first and Odor was called out by umpire C.B. Bucknor, but the call was overturned following a replay review. Texas added another run on a wild pitch by Morales.

Matt Moore (2-6) earned his first win since April 17 by pitching two shutout innings in relief of starter Ariel Jurado. Jose Leclerc worked a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Jurado allowed the Angels' first five batters to score. He also gave up Calhoun's homer in the second inning.

Calhoun had three hits, including his 17th home run.

Career reliever Taylor Cole made his second major league start, both this week, and retired only three of eight batters for Los Angeles.


Angels: RHP Hansel Robles (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday. To replace him, LHP Ty Buttrey was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake. Buttrey and Morales made their major league debuts, giving Los Angeles a club-record 14 players who have done so this season and a team-record 56 players who have appeared in a game this year.

Rangers: Mazara played for the first time since July 14, when he injured his left thumb. OF Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. ... 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) missed his second straight start after being removed from Monday's game. Texas plans to wait a few days before deciding if Beltre needs to go on the disabled list for the third time this season.


Angels: RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 5.31 ERA), acquired Tuesday from Miami, will become Los Angeles' 14th pitcher to make a start this season. The franchise record is 17, set in 1967.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (9-6, 4.61) has pitched 123 innings in 22 starts after throwing 77 2/3 innings last season as a Kansas City reliever in his return after missing the 2015-16 seasons with a torn labrum.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Goldschmidt Homers, Corbin Sharp in D-Backs Win Over Rangers]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:32:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Patrick-Corbin-081418.jpg

Paul Goldschmidt hit his 27th homer to put Arizona ahead to stay, All-Star lefty Patrick Corbin worked seven innings for his 10th victory and the NL West-leading Diamondbacks beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Corbin (10-4) struck out seven without a walk while allowing three runs and throwing 66 of 96 pitches for strikes. He has made 10 consecutive starts without allowing a homer, the longest span for the Diamondbacks in 15 years and matching Boston's Chris Sale for the longest active streak in the majors.

Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first with a solo shot off Yovani Gallardo (7-2). Arizona led 4-0 in the fourth after Daniel Descalso had an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch. Descalso earlier had an RBI groundout.

Alex Avila's sixth homer was a two-out solo shot to straightway center in the sixth.

Gallardo only went 3 1/3 innings, the shortest of his 10 starts since re-joining the Rangers two months ago. The right-hander walked three with one strikeout.

Jurickson Profar had a sacrifice fly for Texas before an RBI double to end his 0-for-15 slide .

Brad Boxberger worked the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances, despite giving up a leadoff triple to Profar before a sac fly by Robinson Chirinos.

The Rangers acquired minor league OF Alexander Ovalles from the Cubs on Tuesday, completing the July 27 trade that sent lefty Cole Hamels to Chicago for RHPs Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later. The 17-year-old Ovalles is playing in the Dominican Summer League.

Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock, who was out May 15-July 2 because of a broken left thumb, got the day off after playing 18 consecutive games since July 25. "It just felt like it was a good time to give him this off day," manager Torey Lovullo said.

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre was out of the lineup a day after he re-aggravated the left hamstring injury that has already put him on the disabled list twice this season. The 39-year-old Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader, will be re-evaluated Thursday. ... RHP Chris Tillman, signed by Texas to a minor league deal after being released by the Baltimore Orioles on July 27, threw only 11 pitches for Triple-A Round Rock before leaving with a groin strain.

Diamondbacks: A day off Wednesday in the middle of a nine-game road trip before a four-game series at San Diego.

Rangers: After playing 13 days in a row, and 25 of 26 since the All-Star break, the Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game home series Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Out of Rangers Lineup After Hurting Hamstring Again]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:03:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-080118.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has initially avoided going on the disabled list for the third time this season because of a troublesome left hamstring.

Beltre was out of the lineup Tuesday, a night after the active career hits leader re-aggravated the hamstring injury that has already put him on the DL twice this year. He got hurt when scoring from second base on a bloop single to left-center field.

"We're going to give him a couple of days, see how he feels," manager Jeff Banister said before the finale of a quick two-game set against Arizona.

The Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game series at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, when the 39-year-old Beltre will be reevaluated again. Beltre wasn't seen in the clubhouse when it was open to reporters before Tuesday's game.

"I don't get any indication that it's going to be anything long-term at this point," Banister said. "But again, still reserve the right to let it kind of settle down for a couple of days and see where we're at after that."

Beltre got hurt in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night. Beltre, who has 3,137 career hits, appeared to pull up a bit after rounding third base.

This is the last year of Beltre's contract with the Rangers, though he and the team haven't ruled out a return in 2019 for a 22nd big league season. This is his eighth season in Texas, where he appeared in his only World Series in 2011.

The last-place Rangers were open before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline about the possibility of Beltre being traded to a contending team for the shot at finally winning a World Series, but no deal materialized. The possibility remained that he could get dealt in August, but another hamstring issue could affect that.

Beltre is hitting .278 with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 86 games this season. The four-time All-Star is a .286 hitter with 469 homers in 2,900 career games.

After missing 12 games while on the disabled list from April 25-May 8, Beltre was back only five games before returning to the DL on May 14 and missing 16 more games. Beltre missed 61 games last season for two DL stints, first for right calf tightness and then the left hamstring late in the season.

"It doesn't matter if you're 28 or 38, hamstrings are such that once you've done them once, they can be recurring," Banister said. "It seems like he's managed it very well to this point. It's one of those situations, he got a great read last night, he was feeling good, and came around third base, and felt a little bit. So no real rhyme or reason."

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<![CDATA[Rangers to Honor Bartolo Colon Before Saturday's Game]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:52:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1016276928.jpg

The Texas Rangers will hold an on-field ceremony prior to Saturday's game, honoring Bartolo Colon for becoming the all-time Major League Baseball leader in wins for a native Latin American.

He surpassed Dennis Martinez with his 246th career victory last Tuesday against Seattle.

 Martinez will be in Arlington for the ceremony, which will include several presentations to Colon from Rangers management and players.

Colon will also be signing autographs in the New Era Alumnia Alley from 5:45-6:30 p.m. before the ceremony.

Colon has competed for the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Mets, Braves, Twins, as well as his current stint with the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Record-Setting Colon Wins Again as Rangers Top D-Backs]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:25:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bartolo-Colon-Getty-081318.jpg

Bartolo Colon won his first start since setting the record for victories by a Latin American pitcher, going five innings to help the Texas Rangers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday night.

Robinson Chirinos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth inning to end Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke's streak of nine straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. Chirinos added an RBI single in the eighth.

The Diamondbacks began the night a game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the lead in the NL West.

Colon (7-10) retired 10 consecutive batters after allowing run-scoring doubles by A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. in the first. Pollock's liner was misplayed in right field by Joey Gallo.

The 45-year-old right-hander got his 247th career win, two more than Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua. A native of the Dominican Republic, Colon has four more victories than countryman and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

Chirinos' 443-foot drive into the visitors' bullpen in left-center was his 16th homer of the season. Ronald Guzman led off the third with his 13th homer after Greinke (12-8) retired the first six Texas hitters.

Colon allowed four hits and three runs while setting a Texas record with his 22nd straight start with two or fewer walks. He issued one free pass and struck out three. Colon has won both his starts in August after losing all five in July.

Rangers reliever Eddie Butler retired all six batters he faced. Cory Gearrin got Eduardo Escobar on a tapper in front of the plate to end the eighth with runners at the corners, and Jose Leclerc struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save.

Greinke allowed six hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said he believes CF Jarrod Dyson (right groin strain) will play again this season. Dyson did side work Monday after a day off. He has been on the disabled list since July 5.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister is headed home for the season because his right knee strain isn't responding to treatment as hoped. Fister hasn't pitched since limping off the mound after throwing the first pitch of the sixth inning against Houston on June 8. ... RF Nomar Mazara (right thumb sprain) will play nine innings in a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday. He's been out since July 17.

Arizona LHP Patrick Corbin (9-4, 3.15 ERA) makes his first career appearance against the Rangers in the finale of the two-game series. Texas RHP Yovani Gallardo (7-1, 6.11) has the most wins in the majors since June 23 with seven, and the highest run-support average by almost two runs at 11.43 during that same span.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Rangers OF Recovering From 'Life-Threatening' Infection]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:50:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Leonys-Martin-Rangers-Getty-081318.jpg

Former Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, who currently plays for the Cleveland Indians, is recovering from a bacterial infection that Cleveland team president Chris Antonetti described as "life-threatening."

Martin is in stable condition at the Cleveland Clinic. Antonetti provided an update on Martin's status when he addressed the team prior to Monday's series opener against the Reds.

Doctors determined Martin had a bacterial infection that entered his bloodstream and created toxins that damaged his internal organs, compromising their function.

"It was very serious," Antonetti said. "Thankfully he's made a lot of progress in the last 24 to 36 hours and he has regained a lot of the organ function. He's in a good path right now and we're hopeful he'll make a full recovery. But, he has a long way to go."

Martin played in Tuesday's game against the Twins, and then felt sick in the middle of the night. When he continued to feel sick the following morning, Martin was transported to the Cleveland Clinic and his condition quickly worsened.

"It progressed rapidly," Antonetti said. "It was life-threatening."

Martin, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday, is batting .333 with two homers and four RBIs in six games since he was acquired from Detroit at the trade deadline. He is hitting .255 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs overall in 84 games.

Outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to replace Martin. The Indians have been dealing with injuries to outfielders all season and hoped adding Martin would provide stability.

Cleveland could bring in another outfielder before the Aug. 31 trade deadline for players who have cleared waivers.

"We'll continue to spend the month of August looking for opportunities to improve our team," Antonetti said last week. "What impact Martin's condition or illness has on that, we're not yet sure."

Antonetti expects outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall, who has played in only 29 games because of calf injures, to return this season. Outfielder Tyler Naquin had surgery on his right hip on Aug. 3 and could be back before the season ends.

Antonetti stressed that Martin's infection is not communicable and that doctors haven't defined the specific type of bacteria or how it entered Martin's system.

Antonetti would not speculate on whether Martin will play again this year. Martin's wife, father, and brother are now with him at the Cleveland Clinic, according to Antonetti.

"I really haven't thought about baseball yet," Antonetti said. "Leonys continues to get treatment and we're optimistic he'll have a full recovery. He is able to communicate. He was able to get up and sit in a chair for a few hours yesterday. He's in a much better spot than he was a couple of days ago."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Countdown Final 100 Games in Globe Life Park]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:12:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Texas Rangers will begin the countdown of the 100 remaining scheduled regular season games at Globe Life Park tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

At the end of the fifth inning, Rangers Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer will participate in a ceremony unveiling a sign in left field that will track the countdown until the end of 2019. The sign will continue to countdown at the end of every fifth inning until the Rangers' home finale in 2019. 

Rangers' alumni, longtime season-ticket holders, employees and other individuals associated with Globe Life will take part in the unveiling.

Originally opening as 'The Ballpark in Arlington' in April of 1994, host of 25 postseason games and the '95 All-Star Game, the park has been the home of the Rangers for nearly 25 years.

The Rangers have played 1980 regular season games in Globe Life.

Globe Life Field, the new facility, broke ground on Sept. 28, 2017. The new, nearly 2-million square-foot park, which is located right next door, will include a retractable roof. It is expected open in March of 2020.

Surrounding entertainment options have already opened up, with Texas Live just feet away from both ballparks.

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<![CDATA[Sabathia, Stanton Lead Yankees Over Rangers]]>Sun, 12 Aug 2018 17:40:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Giancarlo-Stanton-Getty-081218.jpg

Traded to the Yankees after the 2014 season, Didi Gregorius had the unenviable task of following Derek Jeter as New York's new shortstop.

A smooth fit, it's been.

Gregorius homered and turned in a pair of nifty defensive plays as the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday.

Gregorius has been praised by his manager and teammates for his play on the field and his leadership in the clubhouse. Just like his predecessor.

"Taking over for who he took over for and being able to have three 20-homer seasons in a row, it's incredible," winning pitcher CC Sabathia said. "If he wouldn't have came in and did what he did the last three or four years, we'd still be talking about 'Jeet' and how we need leadership."

Sabathia threw six shutout innings of one-hit ball and Giancarlo Stanton homered for the fifth time in six games. New York has won six of the last seven.

The postgame talk was about Gregorius' fifth-inning gem.

The 28-year-old slid to his right to cut off a grounder in the hole by Delino DeShields, rose to his feet and fired a perfect throw to first in one smooth motion, nabbing the Texas speedster by a half-step.

The crowd chanted his name after the play and Gregorius smiled and tipped his cap.

DeShields was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list earlier in the day.

"When I was at second base, he was like, 'Man, sorry I took that hit,"' DeShields said. "I said, 'Nah, bro, you do what you got to do.'"

Said Sabathia: "That was one of the better plays I've ever seen at shortstop."

Joey Gallo had two hits for Texas, which dropped three of the four games in the series. He also reached over the left-field wall to take a home run away from Austin Romine in the eighth.

Sabathia (7-4) struck out seven to win for the first time since July 4. The burly left-hander allowed just one ball out of the infield and lowered his ERA to 3.32 -- the 38-year-old has not finished a season with an ERA lower than 3.38 since 2011.

Stanton hit his 30th home run, giving New York a first-inning lead for the second straight day, connecting off Martin Perez (2-5). Stanton has the most home runs by any Yankees player in his first season with the team since Mark Teixeira hit 39 in 2009.

The Yankees scored five times in the fifth to chase Perez. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run single and Gregorius capped the burst with his 21st homer.

"A really active day for me," Gregorius joked.

The shortstop also made a slick backhanded play in the first.

"Oh, man, he did it all," New York manager Aaron Boone said.

Texas scored twice in the seventh against Sonny Gray. DeShields drove in a run with an infield single.

Gray ran into trouble again in the eighth, allowing the first two batters to reach, but Jonathan Holder wiggled out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts. Expected to be a key component of New York's rotation, Gray has given up nine earned runs over his last 5 2-3 innings since being moved to the bullpen.

New York Yankees trainer Steve Donohue was awarded the National Athletic Trainer Association's Most Distinguished Athletic Award. Now in his 40th consecutive season in the organization, and seventh as the team's head athletic trainer, Donohue became part of a viral video earlier in the week when he was captured on film removing a moth from umpire Bruce Dreckman's left ear.

Yankees: Stanton continues to be limited by a sore left hamstring that keeps him in a designated hitter role. Boone commented that Stanton's ability to play the field is examined daily. . OF Clint Frazier (post-concussion migraines) was able to hit in the batting cage Saturday, but continues to experience symptoms.

Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara (right thumb sprain) was again limited to designated hitter duties with Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (15-5, 3.11 ERA) pitches for the Yankees against Mets ace RHP Jacob deGrom (6-7, 1.77 ERA) Monday to close out the Subway Series on what was originally an off-day for both teams. The game was scheduled for July 22, but was postponed because of heavy rain. Severino's 15 wins lead the AL. DeGrom continues to lead the majors in ERA and is coming off his first victory since June 18.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-10, 5.18) pitches against RHP Zack Greinke (12-7, 2.89 ERA) as Texas opens a two-game interleague matchup with Arizona. Colon allowed four runs over seven innings to defeat Seattle on Aug. 7, passing Dennis Martinez to become the career leader for most wins in MLB by a pitcher from Latin America.

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<![CDATA[Chapman, Yankees Weather Heavy Rain, Hold Off Rangers]]>Sat, 11 Aug 2018 16:58:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Aroldis-Chapman-081118.jpg

Somehow, Aroldis Chapman was able to prevent this game from slipping away.

Rain pouring off his hat, the New York Yankees closer struck out Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded in a steady storm to end it, preserving a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

"You concentrate on the catcher, you try to keep your hand as dry as possible, you try to keep the ball as dry as possible and you want to make sure you land firmly," Chapman said through a translator. "At the end of day, look at the catcher and hit the target."

Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Yankees newcomer Lance Lynn turned in another strong start. New York has won five of six.

Chapman took over to begin the ninth and the Rangers tried to rally with a walk and a single. With home plate beginning to turn into a puddle, Chapman hit Adrian Beltre with a pitch to load the bases with two outs. The hard-throwing lefty has struggled with his command of late, allowing three runs with five walks over his previous two appearances.

"Almost every single ball I was throwing back to him was soaked," catcher Kyle Higashioka said. "I can't imagine him throwing strikes at 100 mph. It was pretty incredible."

After falling behind Profar in the count 3-1, Chapman then came back to get him to swing through a 98 mph fastball to secure his 30th save in 32 chances.

"It's not always going to be easy," New York manager Aaron Boone said. "We did a lot of good things today and found a way to win a game when it was hard. A good win considering the conditions."

On June 27, 2016, in fact, Chapman was called on to protect a one-run lead against Texas amid steady showers. On a slippery mound, he walked the leadoff hitter and soon there was a delay of more than 3 1/2 hours in a game New York ultimately lost.

Profar also struck out with runners on second and third to end the seventh. Texas had tied it at 3 earlier that inning after recently acquired reliever Zach Britton was again shaky.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th home run, connecting for the fourth time in five games for the Yankees.

Stanton singled off Chris Martin (1-3) in the seventh and Andujar hit his 17th home run. Andujar leads all rookies with 56 RBIs.

Martin, who hadn't allowed a homer over his last 19 appearances, stood off the mound with his hands on his knees watching the ball sail over the wall.

"I've got to know the situation better," Martin said. "It's a tie game, runner on first. He's looking for a fastball in the zone and I laid it up there for him, put it on a tee and he did his job."

Greg Bird, who began the day in a 4-for-40 slump, had two doubles for the Yankees.

A day after becoming the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees, Ronald Guzman went 0 for 2 with two walks. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and scored twice for Texas.

Acquired from Minnesota on July 30 for infielder Tyler Austin, Lynn was solid in his second start for New York. He began his Yankees career with 14 scoreless innings before Elvis Andrus' RBI single in the third. Allie Reynolds and Slow Joe Doyle share the team record with 18 1-3 scoreless innings to begin their Yankees careers.

Lynn allowed one run in five innings and struck out eight.

Britton, dealt from Baltimore to the Yankees shortly before the trade deadline, walked home a run in the seventh and was pulled. Dellin Betances (3-3) balked home the tying run.

Britton has allowed five runs on six hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings since joining New York.

Making his second start with his new team, Drew Hutchison gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Yankees: Stanton continues to deal with a sore left hamstring, Boone said. Although the All-Star has yet to miss a start, Stanton has been limited to designated hitter duties in six of the last eight contests . INF Neil Walker returned to the lineup after missing Friday night's game with a sore neck and an illness. After receiving treatment, Walker returned to action and made his first career start in right field.

Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara (right thumb sprain) went 0 for 4 Friday night as the designated hitter for Triple-A Round Rock. Manager Jeff Banister is hopeful to see Mazara play consecutive nine-inning games in the field before being activated. Mazara logged five innings in right in his fist rehab game on Aug. 9.

Of Andujar's 17 home runs, eight have either tied the game or given New York the lead. The young third baseman has four go-ahead hits in the seventh inning or later, to lead the team.

In a matchup of left-handers, Texas' Martin Perez (2-4, 6.15 ERA) takes on CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.49 ERA) in the series finale. Perez has posted allowed 12 earned runs in 12 2-3 career innings against New York, despite a 2-1 record, while Sabathia looks for his 12th career victory over the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Stanton Hits Hardest HR Clocked by Statcast, Yanks Top Texas]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:43:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Giancarlo Stanton's teammates jumped out of the dugout, amazed at how fast the power hitter's latest homer sped into the Yankee Stadium seats.

The Yankee slugger? Well, it was just another one in his ledger.

Stanton hit the hardest homer ever measured by Major League Baseball's Statcast system, Neil Walker hit two more home runs and New York beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 on Thursday night.

"It's cool when you get to numbers like that," Stanton said. "But in general, if it goes over the fence, it goes over the fence. If it doesn't, it doesn't. So, I seen balls 95 mph go over."

Stanton's 28th homer was measured at 121.7 mph, the fastest long ball tracked by Statcast since the system was introduced in 2015. The line drive landed a few rows into the second level of seats in left field.

Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks also went deep, helping the Yankees win their fourth straight since a five-game skid that included a four-game sweep at AL East-leading Boston.

J.A. Happ (12-6) pitched six effective innings in his return from hand, foot and mouth disease. Happ was acquired from Toronto last month and has won both his starts with New York. He allowed three runs, four hits, a walk and struck out nine Thursday.

Hicks kicked off New York's homer barrage after a questionable decision from Texas manager Jeff Banister.

Rookie Ariel Jurado (2-2) got Stanton to hit into a double play in the first inning, but then Banister ordered an intentional walk to Didi Gregorius.

Hicks followed with a shot, is 20th, to right field for a 2-0 lead.

"I was trying to throw my pitches to sink outside," Jurado said of his 3-1 pitch. "But I think a couple of pitches were close but they were not strikes. That's what happened."

Hicks was more concerned with Stanton's latest feat.

"For the rest of us, I think it's a normal base hit and for him it's a homer," he said. "It's special the way that he's able to make contact on a baseball."

After his bullpen got taxed during their three-game set in Chicago, Yankees manager Aaron Boone was looking for a longer outing from Haap, who had not pitched since July 29. He didn't disappoint.

"I knew that we needed some innings," Happ said. "I did what I could out there. Would have like to (have) gone one or two more."

Haap struck out the side in the first after hitting Shin-Soo Choo to start the first of a four-game series against Texas. The 35-year-old retired the next five before once again nailing Choo with a pitch in the third before Rougned Odor flew out to end the inning.

Jurickson Profar hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, and Choo added a two-run double in the fifth to make it 5-3.

Stanton hit his lined shot out to left in the fifth inning, making it the third straight game he's homered in. Walker's home run in the sixth made it 7-3.

All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman walked two in the ninth before getting a fielder's choice from pinch-hitter Isiah Kiner-Falefa and striking out Choo and Odor.


Hicks' two-run homer gave him a career-high 53 RBIs.


Walker homered from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career. It was his sixth multi-homer game of his career, last on May 26, 2017 at Pittsburgh while with the New York Mets.


Walker's two-homer game was New York's 20th multi-homer game of the season, four shy of the MLB record of 24 set by the 1961 Yankees and 1966 Atlanta Braves.


Rangers: OF Delino DeShields Jr. is still dealing with concussion symptoms and the team is still unsure whether he will be activated as early as Friday. DeShields hurt himself trying to make a sliding catch and banged his head on the ground about four weeks ago and went on the 7-day concussion list last Saturday, a day after he was taken out of the lineup due to headaches.

Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (groin) was schedule to do some running at the team's facility in Tampa. He's been on the disabled list since July 24 and is expected to rejoin the team at home this weekend for further evaluations. ... RHP Chance Adams was demoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Wednesday night's game in Chicago to make room for Haap.


New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-2, 3.76 ERA) starts opposite LHP Mike Minor (8-6, 4.53) in the second game of the series. In five starts against Texas, Tanaka is just 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Grand Opening of Texas Live! Set for Thursday Night]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:50:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texaslive1.jpg

Texas Live!, a $250 million dining and entertainment event center, will celebrate its grand opening Thursday in Arlington’s Entertainment District.

Texas Live! will occupy a piece of prime real estate, situated squarely between the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The 200,000-square-foot complex will be open 365 days a year, and is a joint venture between the city of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies.

“It’s a big trend to want to create world-class experiences around professional sports stadiums and increase the fan experience so they can come early and stay late. Texas Live! takes that idea to a whole new level,” said Reed Cordish, a principal and partner at the real estate development company that bears his family name.

Texas Live! will be home to several restaurants, including Troy’s – named for Hall of Fame Cowboys Quarterback Troy Aikman – Pudge’s Pizza – named for Hall of Fame Rangers Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, a signature venture by celebrity chef Guy Fieri and Lockhart Smokehouse.

In addition, there are multiple bars throughout the space, including Live! Arena – located in the heart of Texas Live! and featuring several large screen televisions showing sports 365 days a year, PBR Texas – a Texas-themed location tied to the professional bull riding tour, and the Arlington Backyard - 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion.

“To think about places for families to come to during the day and the nighttime, to be able to watch the sporting events, or to see a concert or see a band perform – there are lots of things to do and lots of things to see here,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams.

Texas Live! officially opens its doors to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday, and there is a whole slate of special grand opening events set through the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Gallo, Gallardo Stay Hot, Rangers Beat Mariners]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:18:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yovani-Gallardo-080818.jpg

Yovani Gallardo and Joey Gallo both remain on a roll for the Texas Rangers.

Gallo homered twice and drove in four runs, Gallardo won his fourth straight start and the Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 11-7 on Wednesday.

Gallardo (7-1) leads the majors with seven wins since June 23. He allowed three hits, two runs and three walks while striking out two in six innings.

Through being released by Cincinnati in April, and then pitching at Triple-A Round Rock for more than two months, Gallardo said, "I'm the same guy, same person I've been throughout my career."

Rangers manager Jeff Banister agreed with Gallardo's comments.

"That's who he is. He's very similar to what we saw when he was here previously. He knows how to pitch in winning situations."

In 2015, Gallardo's only other season with Texas, he was 13-11.

Gallo also has been on a roll, with 10 of his 31 homers in his past 19 games. He went 3 for 5 to raise his batting average above .200 for the first time since June 16.

Gallo's homers against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales gave him 12 against left-handers this season, the most by a Texas left-handed batter since Rafael Palmeiro hit 15 in 2003.

"I've always hit left-handers pretty good. I don't really mind the lefties. My dad was lefty throwing to me when I was younger, so maybe that helped me."

Banister saw something else.

"I think he's calmer in the batter's box."

Gonzales (12-7) gave up career highs of 12 hits and seven runs in five innings. He has lost two games in a row after a career-best five-game winning streak.

"They were on him," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "You have to give them credit, they've been swinging the bat very well."

Seattle used five singles to score four runs in the seventh to pull within 7-6, but the Rangers answered with four runs to pull away.

Mike Zunino hit two homers for the Mariners.

The Rangers have supported Gallardo's starts with 10.48 runs per inning. Their season-high 19 hits included 11 extra-base hits. Those were the most Texas extra-base hits and doubles (eight) in a game since 2011.

Seattle led only in the first inning. With one out, Jean Segura walked, went to second base on Gallardo's wild pitch and scored on Mitch Haniger's single to center field.

"That first inning went a little bit longer than I expected to," Gallardo said. "The second inning I was able to get some early contact. Just getting weak contact."

The Rangers came back for a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.

Mariners: 1B Ryon Healy (heat-related illness) and RHP Sam Tuivailala (strained right Achilles tendon) left the game. Manager Scott Servais said Tuivailala is likely to go on the disabled list. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez (strained shoulder muscle) is scheduled for a fifth injury rehab start, with Triple-A Tacoma. Ramirez has been on the disabled list since May 1. ... RHPs Dan Altavilla (sprained elbow) and LHP Roenis Elias (strained triceps) will go on rehab assignments "real soon," Servais said.

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara (sprained right thumb) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus doubled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, tying Cleveland's Michael Brantley for the major league season high.

On Tuesday, on his sixth try, Texas RHP Bartolo Colon reached a goal of 246 wins to become the winningest MLB pitcher born in Latin America. According to manager Jeff Banister, Colon will not be taking it easy. "We're still in the same rotation as before (Tuesday's) game. Colon is tied for 50th among all pitchers, with five of those ahead of him foreign-born. Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, born in the Netherlands, holds the record for wins by a non-American-born pitcher with 287.

Mariners: Head to Houston on Thursday night, with LHP James Paxton (9-5, 3.51 ERA) opposing Astros RHP Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.19).

Rangers: Travel to New York with rookie RHP Ariel Jurado (2-1, 4.02) against Yankees LHP J.A. Happ (11-6, 4.05).

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<![CDATA[Colon Might Not Have Enough Time to Pass Marichal Again]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 17:13:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1012918476.jpg

Bartolo Colon still has another lofty goal after becoming the top winning pitcher from Latin America.

"This year is almost getting close to the end. But there is one thing that I will look for, is Juan Marichal has more innings than me," Colon said through a translator. "For the Dominicans, I want to beat him also."

But there likely won't be enough time left in his 21st big league season for the 45-year-old Texas Rangers right-hander to do that.

After needing six tries to get his 246th career victory and finally break a tie with Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez for the most win by a Latin American, Colon now would have to throw 61 2/3 more innings to pass Hall of Famer and fellow countryman Marichal on another list.

The last-place Rangers have only 46 games left in this long and hot summer. Colon, who has averaged just under six innings in his 21 starts, would probably have no more than nine starts remaining in a five-man rotation and if he stayed on his turn.

But the Rangers are clearly focused on the future and likely will want to look at some younger pitchers, especially after rosters expand Sept. 1. Plus, they are already lined up with six starters and Colon won't pitch again until next week, even though the team has no off days before then.

When asked Wednesday if Colon's workload would be lessened down the stretch, manager Jeff Banister responded, "We're still in the same rotation as before."

Colon (6-10) gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings Tuesday night in his 11-4 milestone win over the Mariners. The portly and popular right-hander retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced after Seattle had two triples in the third, an inning after back-to-back homers by Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.

When Colon got his 243rd career win on June 6 against Oakland, he matched Marichal for the most by a Dominican pitcher. The Rangers hurler passed the "Dominican Dandy" on the victory list when he beat Kansas City on June 18.

Marichal, who threw 244 complete games in his career, pitched 3,507 innings in 471 games over 16 years.

Colon is at 3,445 2/3 career innings, the most among active pitchers, as are his wins, after beating the Mariners in his 560th career game. He has pitched 130 1/3 innings this season.

After catching Martinez at 245 wins on June 30 against the Chicago White Sox, Colon went 0-5 with a 6.46 ERA in his five July starts before breaking the tie.

"The pretty remarkable thing about 246 (wins), we've been talking about all morning, there's a couple guys with outside shots," Banister said. "If Bart got to 250, he could be the last to get to 250. That would be the crazy thing about it."

CC Sabathia, the 37-year-old Yankees pitcher, has 243 career wins. Houston's Justin Verlander, who is 35, is third among active pitchers with 199 wins. Felix Hernandez, the loser against the Rangers on Tuesday night, has 168 career wins for the most by a Venezuela-born pitcher.

"He loves the game," Banister said of Colon. "He loves to play, which is pretty refreshing. And we know it."

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<![CDATA[Colon Gets Record 246th Win as Texas Beats M's, King Felix]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:02:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1012918476.jpg

Bartolo Colon became the top-winning pitcher born in Latin America, punctuating his 246th career victory with a nifty snag as the Texas Rangers roughed up Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners 11-4 on Tuesday night.

The 45-year-old Colon, from the Dominican Republic, made his sixth start since earning his 245th win on June 30 that matched the mark held by Dennis Martinez from Nicaragua.

Colon (6-10) gave up four runs and eight hits in seven innings. The portly and popular right-hander walked none and struck out one.

Colon retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced after Seattle had two triples in the third, an inning after back-to-back homers by Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.

After throwing his 94th and last pitch, Colon reached out and snagged Dee Gordon's comeback liner while slipping into a squat on the mound, but managing to stay upright on the inning-ending play.

Adrian Beltre, Jurickson Profar and Rougned Odor all homered off Hernandez (8-10), who allowed a career-high 11 runs -- seven earned -- in six innings. Odor also had a two-run double.

When Beltre struck out in the first against his old friend and former teammate, Hernandez laughed while playfully pointing him back toward the dugout. Beltre grounded into a double play in the third, but his 468th career homer was a solo shot to straightway center in the sixth that made it 11-4.

Hernandez, whose 168 career wins are the most by a Venezuelan-born pitcher, struck out two and walked four. He was hurt by two errors by third baseman Kyle Seager that led to four unearned runs.

The Mariners led 3-0 before Texas had a four-run third. Odor's double made it 3-all and Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI single to extend the longest active hitting streak in the majors, and his career best, to 18 games.

Profar's three-run homer made it 8-4 in the fifth right after Seager misplayed Beltre's two-out grounder.

Odor's two-run shot in the sixth was his 14th homer. Center fielder Cameron Maybin then made a running, leaping catch with his glove extended near the top of the wall to take a hit away from Andrus before Beltre put a shot over the wall.


Mariners: Maybin was struck on the upper leg while waiting in the on-deck circle in the ninth inning when Chris Herrmann sliced a foul ball. Maybe appeared to be OK, even smiling briefly. Maybin then grounded out.


Yovani Gallardo, 6-1 since rejoining Texas in mid-June for the first time since 2015, starts the series finale against Seattle and lefty Marco Gonzales (12-6). While Gallardo has a 4.76 ERA in his last seven starts, the Rangers have averaged an MLB-best 11.57 runs per nine innings with the right-hander on the mound. No AL pitcher has more than his six wins in that span. Gonzales had won five starts in a row with a 1.57 ERA before losing Friday against Toronto.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Arlington Reveals Rangers 'Going to the Show' Statue]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:30:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/going-to-the-show-statue.jpg

A statue commissioned by the city of Arlington will forever remind Texas Rangers fans of the elation surrounding the team's first World Series berth.

The scene was Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The top of the ninth, two out and former Rangers infielder Alex Rodriguez was up for the Yankees. The Rangers were up 6-1 and stalwart closer Neftali Feliz was on the mound. Feliz's fourth pitch, a 1-2 offering that caused A-Rod to buckle at the knee, resulted in a called strike that closed the door on the Yanks and sent the Rangers to their first World Series.

Feliz and catcher Bengie Molina met between the mound and home plate, jumped and hugged -- a moment now forever captured in art.

The statue, dubbed "Going to the Show," was unveiled outside the under construction Globe Life Field on Tuesday morning. Molina joined city leaders and ballpark PA announcer Chuck Morgan in the unveiling ceremony.

"The project is a dream that has now been fully realized after the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau assisted the City of Arlington in creating a master plan concept to memorialize Entertainment District events with a sculpture trail in 2011," the city said in a news release Tuesday. "As part of that initiative, the City commissioned an artist, Harry Weber, to develop a sculpture depicting a realistic portrayal of pitcher Neftali Feliz and catcher Bengie Molina embracing following the final out of Game 6 of the 2010 American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington."

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said the statue celebrates the first time the Rangers made it to the World Series and said city leaders were extremely proud of the artist's work.

"Our residents can now remember and appreciate this important moment in Rangers history that happened right here in their hometown," Williams said.

The statue will be permanently installed in a new plaza between the new ballpark, Globe Life Field, and the Texas Live! entertainment complex. The North Plaza, which will be the north entrance to Globe Life Field, will open to the public with the opening of Texas Live! on Thursday, Aug. 9.

"The Rangers want to thank the City of Arlington and its Parks and Recreation Board for taking the lead on this statue project," said Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rob Matwick. "Harry Weber has done an outstanding job of depicting one of the most iconic moments in the history of the Texas Rangers. Going to the Show will be a great addition to the North Plaza and will be enjoyed by millions of visitors for years to come."

The Grand Opening celebration for Texas Live! will take place Thursday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 12 in Arlington's Entertainment District.

Festivities kick off Thursday with a free concert on the Arlington Backyard stage featuring the Toadies. Texas Live! will feature the Arlington Backyard concert venue, Live! Arena, PBR Texas Country Bar, Troy's, Sports & Social Arlington, Pudge's Pizza, Guy Fieri's Taco Joint, Miller Tavern & Beer Garden and Lockhart Smokehouse.

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<![CDATA[Mariners Push Past Rangers]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 05:09:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Ryon Healy let out a sigh of relief, and the Seattle Mariners regained the lead in extra innings when his hard grounder got through the left side of the Rangers infield.

Healy singled past diving Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre and beyond the reach of also-diving shortstop Elvis Andrus to drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 12th inning, and the Mariners won 4-3 at Texas after blowing an early three-run lead Monday night.

"Never feel comfortable when I hit a ball that way, and Elvis Andrus is no slouch either. That man (Beltre) is an unbelievable defender," Healy said. "It took me a while to finally see the ball get to the outfield."

Mitch Haniger scored from second base. He had doubled into the left field corner off Eddie Butler (2-2) a pitch after Jean Segura was thrown out trying to steal second base.

"Every game's a big one and that's how we're approaching each night," Haniger said. "Just keep it simple and try to win each day."

Mike Zunino had three hits and homered for the playoff-contending Mariners, who have won back-to-back games since a season-worst five-game losing streak.

Sam Tuivailala (4-3), the seventh Seattle pitcher, had a perfect 11th for his first decision in four appearances since getting acquired July 27 in a trade from St. Louis. Edwin Diaz pitched the 12th for his majors-best 42nd save in 45 chances despite allowing a pair of singles.

The Rangers trailed 3-0 before six consecutive batters reached base in the seventh against starter Wade LeBlanc and three relievers. LeBlanc threw 82 pitches and allowed only a walk and two singles.

"Got to the point in the game, felt really good about going to the bullpen there, 95, 96 degrees out here, Wade threw outstanding," manager Scott Servais said. "Guys in the bullpen, in the seventh inning, just struggled."

LeBlanc was done after Andrus' one-out single that extended his hitting streak to 17 games, his career best and the longest active streak in the majors. Adam Warren then walked a batter, allowed an RBI double to Jurickson Profar and hit Robinson Chirinos on his hand on a full-count pitch. Scott Servais argued the pitch hit the knob of the bat, but the call stood and the bases were loaded after a 2-minute replay review .

Zach Duke walked Joey Gallo , the only batter he faced, to force in a run before Alex Colome allowed an RBI single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa for a 3-3 tie. Colome did get five outs before three different pitchers had 1-2-3 innings to get to the 12th.

Tuivailala's final out in the 11th was a deep flyball by Profar that kept carrying and was caught by Cameron Maybin against the center field wall .

"I think LeBlanc kept us off-balance just with the volume of offspeed," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Maybe we were a little anxious, didn't let the ball travel early."


The Mariners improved to 9-1 in extra-innings games this season.


After Healy led off the sixth with a double and scored on Maybin's single, Seattle loaded the bases with no outs before speedy leadoff hitter Dee Gordon's grounder turned into a nifty double play by Rouged Odor. The second baseman made a backhanded pick of the short hopper, stepped on the bag and threw with his body falling away from the base. First baseman Profar snagged the one-hop relay while sliding into a split as a run scored to make it 3-0.


Rangers starter Martin Perez gave up 10 hits over seven innings. He is still without a win in five starts since coming off the disabled list.

"Seemed to have traffic the entire time. I thought he did a great job being able to navigate for the most part," Banister said.


Mariners: Gordon was back in in the lineup after missing two games because of a sore right ankle. He twisted the ankle trying to turn a double play Thursday. He played Friday, but not Saturday or Sunday.

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara, out since the All-Star break with a sprained right thumb, is taking batting practice and Banister said he could possibly start a rehab assignment later this week. Mazara said the thumb is getting stronger every day.


A matchup of struggling former AL Cy Young Award winners when 45-year-old Rangers hurler Bartolo Colon (5-10, 5.18 ERA) goes against Seattle and Felix Hernandez (8-9, 5.49). The last victory for both right-handers was June 30. Colon, the 2005 Cy Young winner while with the Angels, has lost five consecutive starts since his 246th career win that matched Dennis Martinez for the most by a player born in Latin America. The 32-year-old Hernandez, who won the Cy Young with the Mariners in 2010, is 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA his last four starts.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Trumbo Homers Twice, Drives in 5 as Orioles Beat Rangers]]>Sun, 05 Aug 2018 18:33:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Trumbo-080518.jpg

Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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<![CDATA[Gallo, Odor HR in 3rd Straight for Texas in Win Over O's]]>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 21:14:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-Elvis-Andrus-080418.jpg

Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor both homered for the third straight game, Mike Minor worked an efficient seven innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 on Saturday night.

Gallo hit a scorching liner into the right field seats right after Adrian Beltre started the fourth by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Renato Nunez. His 29th homer of the season put the Rangers up 2-0 against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (7-10).

Odor went deep in the eighth, a towering 445-foot solo shot beyond the Rangers bullpen in right-center. It was his 13th homer.

Minor (8-6) went seven innings for the first time in six starts, throwing 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes. The lefty struck out six without a walk while allowing one run and four hits.

Jose Leclerc, the expected closer after Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh earlier this week, worked a perfect ninth for his first save in five chances.

Bundy struck out six and walked two in his six innings. He has allowed 27 homers this season, one more than Kansas City's Jakob Junis for the most in the majors.

The last time Rangers teammates homered in three consecutive games was Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler in the first three games of the 2011 season. ... Texas SS Elvis Andrus extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to 15 games with his double in the first. ... Texas has won three straight and seven of eight overall after going 2-11 its previous 13 games.

Orioles: OF Craig Gentry, out since late June with a left rib fracture, could start a rehab assignment early next week. Manager Buck Showalter said Gentry is ahead of INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique), who initially was also set to start rehab last week. "I don't know if I'd call it a setback," Showalter said. "We just don't want to push it and say well, here's the schedule. Let's see what the players' bodies are telling us."

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields is on MLB's seven-day concussion disabled list. The Rangers announced the move Saturday, more than three weeks after DeShields banged the back of his head when trying to make a sliding catch in Boston. He had been scratched from Friday's lineup because of headaches.

Right-hander Drew Hutchison will start the series finale for the Rangers a day after agreeing to a major league contract. The Rangers announced his signing in the eighth inning of Saturday night's game. It will be his first big league start since 2016 with Pittsburgh. He began this season in the Phillies bullpen but was designated for assignment May 31. He rejected an outright assignment, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers and was with Triple-A Oklahoma City before requesting and being granted his release last Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Rangers CF DeShields on 7-Day Concussion DL 3 Weeks Later]]>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 18:44:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Delino_Deshields_on_NFL_Protests_1200x675_1054605379971.jpg

Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields has been placed on the disabled list with post-concussion syndrome more than three weeks after banging the back of his head when trying to make a sliding catch.

The Rangers announced the move Saturday, a day after DeShields was scratched from the starting lineup because of headaches and placed on MLB's seven-day concussion DL. The earliest he could return is next Friday.

DeShields hit his head in the sixth inning of a game at Boston on July 11. He was in then in concussion protocol but was back in the lineup when the Rangers played their next game two days later.

Manager Jeff Banister said Saturday that DeShields indicated his neck was hurting more than anything else then, and that the outfielder had "passed all impact testing pretty quickly" then.

Banister said DeShields hadn't complained of any headaches until Friday.

Texas recalled outfielder/infielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.

<![CDATA[Odor, Gallo, Chirinos Homer in 4th, Rangers Top Orioles]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:41:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Rougned Odor hit a grand slam and Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos had back-to-back homers in a seven-run fourth inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 on Friday night.

Texas has outscored the Orioles 28-11 in winning the first two of a four-game series between last-place teams.

Rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-1) won his second straight start for Texas after a loss in his major league debut. He has twice been recalled from Double-A Frisco, where he was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA.

Jurado left after giving up six hits, two walks and two runs while striking out three in six innings.

Another rookie, Baltimore's David Hess (2-6), didn't make it out of the fourth inning in his 10th major league start.

Rookie Evan Phillips, acquired from the Braves on Tuesday, retired all six Rangers he faced, striking out three.

The Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Hess made two errors on the same play. After Odor singled with one out, Elvis Andrus hit a ground ball to the left of the mound, off Hess's glove. When he retrieved the ball, Hess made a hurried throw past first baseman Chris Davis, allowing Odor to score.

Hess hit Adrian Beltre with a pitch leading off the fourth. Gallo then hit his second homer in two nights, and 28th of the season, to right field, and Chirinos followed with another homer to the back of the lower deck in left.

Donnie Hart relieved Hess with the bases loaded and one out. Odor hit a 1-0 pitch for his second homer in two nights into the right field seats.

Baltimore scored twice against Jurado in the fifth with two-out RBI singles by Jonathan Villar and Tim Beckham.

Davis doubled home a run in the sixth against Rangers reliever Alex Claudio.

Willie Calhoun put Texas in double figures with a two-run double in the eighth. He scored on Shin-Soo Choo's single.

Andrus' eighth-inning single extended his hit streak to 14 games, the majors' longest current streak.


Orioles: RHP Jhan Marinez went on the 10-day disabled list. He strained his right hamstring while warming up between innings and left Thursday's game. RHP Phillips replaced Marinez on the 25-man roster.

Rangers: CF Delino DeShields was a late scratch because of a headache. Carlos Tocci replaced DeShields. ... OF Nomar Mazara (sprained right thumb) has been on the disabled list for two weeks. "Hopefully, by the end of the weekend we'll have an opportunity to make a decision on whether or not he's ready to go on a rehab assignment," manager Jeff Banister said.


Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-9, 4.53) faces Rangers LHP Mike Minor (7-6, 4.73) in a matchup of the teams' wins leaders.


Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Rangers Score 10 in First 2 Innings, Beat Orioles]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 22:10:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Jurickson Profar hit a three-run home run and a run-scoring single as Texas scored 10 runs during the first two innings, Rougned Odor homered and walked a career-high five times, and the Rangers routed the Baltimore Orioles 17-8 on Thursday night.

Yovani Gallardo (6-1) won his third straight start but lasted only 5 1/3 innings despite having a 13-1 lead through four. Gallardo, a former Oriole, allowed five runs on nine hits, including home runs by Mark Trumbo and Caleb Joseph, plus two walks on a season-high 104 pitches.

The Rangers have won five of their last six games for their best stretch since winning seven straight from June 16-23.

The 17 runs and 18 hits were season highs for Texas, while the Orioles allowed their most runs this year.

Andrew Cashner (3-10) retired only five batters, allowing eight runs on seven hits. He struck out one, walked one and had a wild pitch.

The Orioles have lost 12 of their last 13 away games and are 13-41 on the road this season, worst in the majors.

Profar's homer, his 11th of the season, sailed into the upper deck in right field.

Odor, who hit .341 in July, blasted a two-run homer into the right-field second tier in the sixth, his 11th of the year. His first four walks came in the first four innings.

Joey Gallo hit his team-leading 27th home run for Texas in the seventh.

Elvis Andrus had two singles and a double to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the majors.

Trumbo had three RBIs, with a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and the two-run homer in the fifth, his 13th of the season.

Joseph's two-run homer, his third of the year, chased Gallardo in the sixth.

Trey Mancini hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth, his 15th. Tim Beckham had his second three-hit game in four games.

Eddie Butler earned his first career save by pitching the final 3 2/3 innings.

First baseman Danny Valencia was Baltimore's final pitcher and faced one batter, striking out Gallo looking.


2B Jonathan Villar played his first game with Baltimore after being acquired Tuesday from Milwaukee and went 2 for 5. To make room for Villar on the roster, INF Breyvic Valera was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. ... Texas signed former Orioles RHP Chris Tillman, who was released July 27, to a minor league contract.


Orioles: RHP Jhan Marinez left after pitching one inning with an unspecified injury.

Rangers: Manager Jeff Banister said there's no concern about OF Nomar Mazara (sprained right thumb) even though he hasn't played since July 14.


Friday's game will match rookie right-handers. Baltimore's David Hess (2-5, 5.94 ERA) will make his first start since June 29 and hasn't won since May 25. Texas' Ariel Jurado (1-1, 4.22) replaced Cole Hamels in the rotation last Saturday and held Houston to one run in six innings.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Still With Rangers, Still Could Go to Contender]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:56:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-080118.jpg

Adrian Beltre was back in Texas, still with the Rangers on Wednesday after a road trip that ended on the same day as the non-waiver trade deadline.

That doesn't necessarily mean that baseball's active career hits leader will finish this season, the last on his contract and maybe the last of his Hall of Fame-caliber career, with the last-place Rangers.

The possibility remains that, in the right situation, Beltre could get dealt to a contending team in August for a shot at finally winning a World Series title.

"More or less knowing where I'm going to be for the next -- who knows," Beltre said after the non-waiver deadline passed Tuesday when the Rangers were in Arizona. "I cannot sit here and say 100 percent I'm going to finish the season here, which I'd be happy to do. But you never know what comes up."

Beltre, 39 and in his 21st big league season, has been to the World Series only once. That was in 2011, his first season in Texas.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was in constant contact with the Beltre in the weeks leading up to the non-waiver deadline, letting the veteran third baseman know when other teams inquired about him. Beltre, who could veto any trade, also gave the GM some feedback on the teams that made sense to him and why.

"If he was going to go somewhere, it was going to be somewhere he could win, but also somewhere he could play and contribute," Daniels said. "He didn't want to be a cheerleader. He was very clear about that. He also was very clear that he didn't want to go somewhere that would lead us to not getting a good deal."

Beltre, who described the last couple of weeks as "a lot of thinking" and "wait and see," said nothing got close enough for him to have to make a decision. He said there weren't many teams willing to meet his requirements.

"I didn't want to be a bench player, and it didn't work out," Beltre said, not identifying any potential teams.

The Rangers, who swept three games at defending World Series champion Houston before splitting two interleague games in Arizona, had a day off Wednesday before starting a seven-game homestand. They play four games against Baltimore, the opponent when Beltre got his 3,000th career hit last year, and three against Seattle, one of his former teams.

Beltre, a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove Award winner, is a .287 career hitter with 3,127 hits and 467 homers. His average this season is the same, .287, with five homers and 33 RBIs in 75 games that include 21 starts as the designated hitter.

Like pretty much all Texas players, Beltre will be put through trade waivers this month. If Beltre is claimed by another team, the Rangers would have two days to work out a deal or pull back the waiver claim. If he clears waivers, a deal could be made with any club.

Daniels said he would keep an open communication with Beltre like he has throughout the process.

Beltre has indicated that if he plays another season, he'd like to finish his career with the Rangers. When Daniels was asked if he expected Beltre to play again next year, he said he didn't know.

"I don't know that he knows," the GM said. "What he's told us is very similar to what he said publicly, which is he's going to digest everything, go home and be with his family, see how his body feels in the winter.

"I don't know if that's November, December, January," Daniels said. "I don't know what exactly the timeline is, and I don't think it's really fair of us to ask him right now."

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<![CDATA[Arizona Retakes NL West Lead, Sweep Rangers]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 04:13:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Arizona Diamondbacks got two pieces to bolster their bullpen just before the non-waiver trade deadline, a big-time start from Zack Godley and reclaimed their spot atop the NL West on Tuesday.

It was a fantastic day until the very end -- when some injury news on Jake Lamb gave it a sour twist.

Godley matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, leading the Diamondbacks over the Texas Rangers 6-0 to leap ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place.

After the game, manager Torey Lovullo announced that Lamb might need surgery to repair his injured left shoulder. Lamb is already on the 10-day disabled list. He met with specialists in Los Angeles, who found fraying in his rotator cuff.

"We're going to huddle up over the next 48 hours and figure out what the best plan is," Lovullo said. "There's a conservative route and there's also a surgical route. If surgery is the option, I think he would be out for the year."

Lamb was an All-Star in 2017 but is hitting just .222 with six home runs and 31 RBIs this season.

The Diamondbacks, though, appear covered at third should they lose Lamb for an extended period. They traded with Minnesota for Eduardo Escobar last week. Escobar has four hits in his first three games with his new team.

Arizona (60-49) overtook the Dodgers (59-49) for first place when Los Angeles fell 1-0 to Milwaukee. That came hours after the Diamondbacks added relievers Brad Ziegler and Jake Diekman via trades. Diekman was acquired from the Rangers and was driven from one clubhouse to another by Arizona's bullpen cart.

Godley was the star on Tuesday, though. He allowed only two hits and improved to 12-6, striking out the leadoff batter in each of his seven innings.

"I felt good in locating my pitches really well and getting some weak contact, which is awesome," Godley said. "I just had a good feel for all my pitches."

Nick Ahmed hit a two-run double as part of a three-run fourth inning to give Godley more than enough support.

Rangers starter Bartolo Colon (5-10) was knocked around for five runs and seven hits in five innings. Colon was bidding for career win No. 246, which would have given him the most career wins for a pitcher from Latin America, but came up short in his fifth attempt at the record.

"It didn't happen. The most important thing is I feel good and healthy," Colon said in Spanish. "When it comes, it will come. I don't want to put more pressure on myself because it will be worse for me if I think about it."

A.J. Pollock's first-inning homer cleared the high wall in center field, his 15th of the year and the 24th that Colon has allowed.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead on Paul Goldschmidt's two-out double to drive in Jon Jay in the third inning, then Ahmed made it 4-0 in the fourth when he lined his double into the left field corner to score Steven Souza Jr. and Daniel Descalso.

"I got down 0-2 and was able to battle to 3-2 to get one more over the plate to drive," Ahmed said.

Jay singled in Ahmed before the inning ended, and Ahmed raced home on a wild pitch in the sixth to make it 6-0.

The Rangers' four-game winning streak came to an end.


Left-hander Jeffrey Springs came on for Colon in the sixth for his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day. Springs allowed a run on one hit, a walk and a wild pitch, but recorded his first three career strikeouts in two innings of work.

"I was hoping for the ball but I wasn't sure," Springs said. "It's everything I thought and more."


Rangers: RHP Chris Martin was activated from the 10-day disabled list after the trade of Diekman and pitcher Keone Kela to Pittsburgh.

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta was held out of the lineup with right shoulder tightness for the second straight night. ... RHP Shelby Miller was transferred to the 60-day disabled list with elbow inflammation as part of the roster move to make room for Ziegler. ... LHP Andrew Chafin was placed on the paternity leave list.


Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-1) faces Baltimore at home on Thursday after Wednesday's day off.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (12-5) pitches the opener of a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday. He's 12-2 in 18 career starts against the Giants.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Trade 2 Relievers at Deadline]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:50:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+Rangers+073118.jpg

The Texas Rangers traded two more pitchers ahead of Major League Baseball's trade deadline Tuesday afternoon. As NBC 5's Newy Scruggs tells us, this is just the latest move in what will likely be a lengthy rebuilding process.

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<![CDATA[Diekman From Rangers to Diamondbacks While in Arizona]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:10:32 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Jake-Diekman-073118.jpg

Left-hander Jake Diekman went from one clubhouse to the other in Arizona after being dealt by the Texas Rangers to the Diamondbacks just before the non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday.

Diekman struck out two while pitching the ninth inning for Texas in its win at Arizona on Monday night. Diekman was 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA in a team-high 47 appearances for the Rangers this season.

Texas got right-hander Wei-Chieh (Way-Jay) Huang and a player to be named later from Diamondbacks. Huang was assigned to Double-A Frisco.

Arizona designated left-hander Jorge De La Rosa for assignment.

Diekman was the fourth pitcher traded by the Rangers in the past two weeks. Lefty starter Cole Hamels and reliever Jesse Chavez were sent to the Chicago Cubs in separate deals earlier this month, and closer Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh late Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Pirates Acquire RP Kela From Rangers]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 04:59:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/KelaGettyImages.png

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named.

The teams announced the deal early Tuesday morning.

Kela is a 25-year-old right-hander with 24 saves and a 3.44 ERA this season. He will be arbitration eligible beginning next season and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.

The surging Pirates are 3 1/2 games behind Arizona for the final NL wild-card spot, with Atlanta and Colorado also ahead of them in the standings. The Pirates entered Monday with a 4.23 bullpen ERA, 10th best in the NL.

"Kela is an experienced, quality, high-leverage reliever who projects to be a significant addition to our late-game options for the next few seasons," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.

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<![CDATA[Choo Drives in 4 in Rangers' 9-5 Win Over Diamondbacks]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 04:59:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

A storm knocked out the lights at Chase Field. The Texas Rangers are starting to find a little of their power, even if it is too late.

Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and had four RBIs, helping the Rangers rally after a power outage delay to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Monday night.

"We went through a stretch where later innings were a challenge for us," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Late runs are always quality for us and it's a situation where we're seeing some of these young guys grow in their at-bats."

Choo hit a three-run homer off Robbie Ray in the fifth inning and added a solo shot against Matt Andriese (0-1) in the eighth for his sixth 20-homer season.

A thunderstorm outside Chase Field caused some of the lights to go out in the sixth and, after a 21-minute delay, pinch-hitter Willie Calhoun lined a run-scoring single to right to put the Rangers up 5-4.

Eddie Butler (2-1) got the final out in the sixth inning and Rougned Odor hit a solo homer off Andriese in the seventh for the go-ahead run.

Texas, which had 12 hits, has won four straight since losing five of nine, but is still 21 games behind Houston in the AL West.

"It's something we've seen throughout some of the challenges of these games, offensive guys continue to show up, battle through at-bats, find a way to put runs across the board," Banister said.

Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer and Eduardo Escobar had two RBIs in his first game at Chase Field since being traded from Minnesota to Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored one run after the power delay while Texas had four.

"The timing couldn't have been worse," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "I felt like it could have been a different outcome had that not happened. But we've got to make a pitch and we didn't execute."

Ray worked through some traffic in the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The left-hander walked two and Choo lifted his 19th homer over the wall in left for a three-run shot.

The Diamondbacks answered in the bottom half with the help of a throwing error by third baseman Adrian Beltre, going up 4-3 when Souza bounced a three-run homer off the top of the wall in left.

Ray was lifted after a one-out walk in the sixth inning and Texas went ahead 4-3 on Robinson Chirinos' run-scoring single against Yoshihisa Hirano.

Ray allowed four runs on three hits and struck out six with four walks.


While Escobar had a strong first game at Chase Field, Andriese did not. The right-hander was acquired from Tampa Bay and had one appearance on the road, allowing a run in two innings against San Diego.

Andriese entered Monday's game in the seventh inning and was hit hard in two innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

"it's very frustrating, but it's baseball," he said. "You just have to go out there and compete. The next opportunity I get, it's a new day."


Choo had four strikeouts against Houston on Sunday, a rarity during his 14-year career. He struck out his first at-bat against Arizona, but hit a hard ground ball his second and followed with two homers.

"After the first at-bat, he came into the dugout and found a rhythm with his swing," Bannister said. "The second at-bat, he fouled some pitches off and on that ground ball to second base, he seemed to barrel it up. I think that unlocked him a little bit, just with his timing and his swing."


Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta was held out of the starting lineup after exiting Sunday's game against San Diego in the sixth inning with right shoulder tightness.


Texas RHP Bartolo Colon will make his fifth attempt at becoming MLB's all-time wins leader among Latin American pitchers when he faces Arizona RHP Zack Godley. The 45-year-old Colon is tied with Nicaraguan Dennis Martinez with 245 wins after losing his previous four outings.

<![CDATA[Vladimir Guerrero Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 19:43:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Vladimir-Guerrero-072918.jpg

Greeted by hundreds of fans waving Dominican Republic flags, Vladimir Guerrero spoke in his native Spanish in a speech that lasted just five minutes at his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

He thanked his father and mother, who cooked dinners for him and does the same now for his son, and the fans and the people in his hometown of Don Gregorio. His son Vladimir Jr., the top prospect in the minor leagues with the Blue Jays, was in attendance.

The nine-time All-Star outfielder batted .318 with 449 homers and 1,496 RBIs and is the first player inducted wearing the cap of the Angels, the team where he enjoyed his greatest success.

Guerrero helped the Texas Rangers to the 2010 American League title in his only season with the club. At age 35, Guerrero hit .300 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs. He was named to the American League All-Star team and earned a Silver Slugger award.

A crowd estimated at about 50,000 gathered on a sun-splashed day to honor six former players. Also enshrined were Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman and former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell.

Jones didn't bow to the pressure of the moment, and it was considerable.

He stood there delivering his speech with wife Taylor staring up at him, hours away from giving birth to a son to be named Cooper in honor of the special day.

Faced with that daunting task, Jones delivered flawlessly, just as he did during his 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves.

"She changed my life forever," Jones said as his wife brushed away tears. "It took me 40 years and some major imperfections in me along the way to find my true profession. Now we've taken our two families and blended them together. It has given me what I've been searching for my entire life --true happiness."

Jones controlled his emotions in a speech that took the crowd through his entire career, starting with his rookie season when he helped lead the Atlanta Braves to the 1995 World Series title. He was one of the greatest switch-hitters in baseball history, in the mold of his dad's favorite player, Mickey Mantle, and finished with a .303 career batting average, 468 home runs, and 1,623 RBIs, credentials that earned him election on the first try.

Jones also heaped praise on his mom and dad.

"You're the reason I'm on this stage," he said.

He ended his speech by thanking the loyal Atlanta fans.

"You stuck by me," he said. "You're the reason I never want to play anywhere else. I love you guys. Thank you."

Emotional during a Hall of Fame visit in February to tour the museum to prepare for this day, Thome held it together despite having to wipe away tears after his daughter Lila sang the national anthem.

"I'm so honored to be part of something so special," Thome said. "Baseball is beautiful and I am forever in its service."

The lefty-swinging Thome hit 612 home runs, eighth all-time, and had an MLB record 13 walk-off homers, mostly for the Cleveland Indians. He also had 1,699 RBIs, scored 1,583 runs and drew 1,747 walks.

Among the many he thanked, Thome praised former Cleveland manager Charlie Manuel, who served as the Indians' hitting coach in the late 1980s and 1990s. Manuel was in the audience.

"He told me I could hit as many home runs as I wanted to," Thome said. "I knew this was someone I could connect with."

Just as he did in his unflappable role in the bullpen during his career as an ace reliever, Hoffman was flawless in delivering his speech, closing it by thanking his wife.

"You shared with me this amazing journey of ups and downs from the beginning, always never letting me get too high or get too low," Hoffman said. "I love you."

Hoffman, chosen in his third year on the ballot, played the bulk of his career with the San Diego Padres before finishing with the Milwaukee Brewers. After failing to impress the front office in three years as a shortstop, he switched to the bullpen and became a star. Using a stultifying changeup, Hoffman recorded 601 saves over 18 seasons, second all-time to former Yankees star Mariano Rivera's 652.

He credited his parents for his success.

"Mom, dad, you're the biggest reason I'm on this stage," Hoffman said. "In fact, you're all of my reasons. Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for all both of you have done. I love you both beyond words."

Morris, now 63, pitched 18 seasons for the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays and Indians, and played on four World Series champions. In the 1980s, he led all pitchers with 2,444.2 innings pitched and 162 wins and topped all AL pitchers in strikeouts with 1,629.

Among those he thanked were his late parents and the late Sparky Anderson, who managed the Tigers to the 1984 World Series championship.

"I know Sparky Anderson is with us today," Morris said. "He taught me so many things. He taught me to fight through adversity."

The crowning achievement of Morris' career was his 1-0 complete-game victory in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series while pitching for his hometown Twins against the Braves. Minnesota manager Tom Kelly wanted to take him out after nine innings and the 36-year-old Morris convinced him not to. Morris also thanked Kelly for that decision.

Trammell and Morris were selected together in December by a veterans committee, which made the day extra special for them.

Trammell played shortstop for 20 seasons -- all for the Tigers -- and earned six All-Star Game selections, four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards. His .977 fielding percentage ranks sixth among shortstops with at least 2,000 games played.

Trammell formed a stellar double play combination with Lou Whitaker, who was in the audience on a special day for Tigers fans and put a plug in for his old teammate.

"For 19 years Lou Whitaker and I formed the longest running double play combination in the history of baseball," Trammell said, recalling the two were called up to the Tigers on the same day. "Lou, it was an honor and a pleasure to have played alongside you all those years. I hope someday you'll be up here, too."

Trammell also thanked Anderson, who took over as manager of the Tigers in 1979 after leading the Cincinnati Reds to great success.

"Little did we know our lives were about to change," Trammell said. "We thought we were good ballplayers, but we found out we didn't know squat."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Win, Become 1st Team to Sweep Astros This Year]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:16:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jurickson-Profar-Delino-DeShields-072918.jpg

Jurickson Profar had just taken a cleat to the face and blood was trickling down his left cheek when Texas manager Jeff Banister went out to check on him in the sixth inning Sunday.

Before Banister could say anything, his young shortstop spoke. "He told me he wasn't coming out of the game," Banister said.

Profar hit a go-ahead double deflected by the pitcher and stayed in despite his injury as the Rangers became the first team to sweep Houston this year, beating the Astros 4-3.

Texas took three in a row from the AL West leaders and extended the Astros' skid to a season-high four games.

"I want to forget it to be honest," manager A.J. Hinch said. "I don't really want to talk about it ... we're getting beat up. I think we need to get to the next series. We have some things to address. We are not working as perfectly as we normally do."

Banister lauded the grit Profar showed on Sunday and said the way he plays is a bright spot in this trying season for the last-place Rangers.

"The defense, the at-bats, the aggressive baserunning, it's fun to watch a young guy play that way," he said. "We encourage our guys to continue to play that way. It kind of epitomizes why we won a baseball game today. Aggressive in certain situations. He showed some toughness to stay on the field and not have to come out."

The Rangers won even though they struck out 19 times -- the most Houston pitchers have recorded in a nine-inning game in franchise history.

It was 1-all in the sixth when Rougned Odor doubled and Profar hit a grounder nicked by Lance McCullers (10-6) that rolled into the outfield. Astros second baseman Yuli Gurriel lost his balance and kicked Profar in the cheek with his cleats as he slid into second base.

Profar was bleeding from cuts to his face and left the field briefly before returning with a bandage covering the injury. He did not receive stitches, but had the cuts glued shut after the game and he wore four small bandages on them as he spoke to reporters about the play.

He said it hurt quite a bit during the game, but he didn't have time to contemplate how close the cleats came to his eye.

"I wasn't thinking about how scary it was," he said. "I was just trying to play."

He advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs before scoring when Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on error by Gurriel.

Gurriel made his first career start at second base a day after reigning MVP Jose Altuve went on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a sore knee.

The Rangers pushed the lead to 4-1 on an RBI double by Ronald Guzman that chased McCullers.

Mike Minor (7-6) allowed four hits and two runs while striking out eight in six innings for his first win since June 27. Keone Kela allowed a run in the ninth before retiring George Springer with two on to get his 24th save.

McCullers yielded six hits and four runs -- three earned -- and struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings to lose his third straight start.

Tyler White, recalled from Triple-A Fresno before the game, put Houston up 1-0 with two outs in the second with a home run.

McCullers retired the first 11 batters he faced, fanning six, before Profar singled with two outs in the fourth inning. Delino DeShields hit an RBI double in the fifth that tied it at 1.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa (back soreness) took groundballs on the field before the game and will travel with the team to Seattle to continue to ramp up his activity as he moves closer to a rehabilitation assignment.

Rangers: Martin Perez (2-4, 7.08 ERA) is scheduled to start for Texas on Monday in the opener of a two-game interleague series at Arizona. Perez allowed seven hits and one run in six innings in his last start against Oakland but did not factor in the decision.

Astros: Gerrit Cole (10-2, 2.54) will pitch for Houston on Monday when the team opens a three-game series against the Mariners. Cole ranks fourth in the American League with 186 strikeouts.

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<![CDATA[Odor Hits Two Home Runs, Rangers Beat Astros]]>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 21:01:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-072818.jpg

Rougned Odor hit two home runs, including one inside-the-park, and went 5-for-5 as the Texas Rangers beat Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros 7-3 on Saturday.

Odor's strong effort backed a stellar start from Ariel Jurado (1-1), who was called up from Double-A Frisco for this start. He set down 12 of the first 13 batters he faced.

The only blemish through his first four innings was a solo home run hit by George Springer in the fourth. It was Springer's 18the of the season. Jurado gave up one run on two hits, struck out two and walked one in six innings for his first major league win.

Joey Gallo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added homers for the Rangers to back Jurado.

Kiner-Falefa hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning off Verlander (10-6) and went back-to-back games with a home run for the first time in his career.

Odor rocketed a ball to right-center field in the fifth inning, which Springer made a leaping attempt on but missed. The ball ricocheted off the wall and rolled along the warning track. Odor raced around the bases and beat the throw home for his first career inside-the-park home run.

This marked the 28th in Rangers franchise history and the first since Delino DeShields hit one on September 26, 2017 against the Astros.

Odor hit his second home run of the night in the seventh off new Astros reliever Ryan Pressly. It is the ninth multi-home run game of Odor's career and first since August 19, 2017 against the White Sox.

Gallo extended the Rangers lead with a three-run homer in the ninth, his 26th of the year.

Verlander gave up two runs on nine hits, struck out seven and walked one in five innings.

In his last 11 starts, Verlander has given up 13 home runs, compared to the five he gave up in his first 12 starts of the season.

Alex Bregman hit his 22nd home run of the year in the ninth inning. The Astros have lost four of their last five.

DeShields was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and RHP Ariel Jurado was recalled from Double-A Frisco. LHP Brandon Mann was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Rangers: OF Ryan Rua (back spasms) after being scratched from the lineup prior to Friday's game was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

Astros: Carlos Correa (stiff back) took a full group of ground balls on the field early and it was "the most energy and the most progress" Hinch has seen to date even before they shut him down. Hinch said Correa would do that again on Sunday and after that they could establish a timeline . Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) is feeling better, bouncing around being himself according to Astros manager AJ Hinch. It was predetermined that he would be held out of the lineup again on Saturday.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (6-6, 4.83 ERA) gets the ball against the Astros on Sunday seeking his first win since June 27. Minor is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA in four starts in the month of July.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (10-5, 4.01 ERA) starts the Astros' final regular season game against the Rangers on Sunday. McCullers has lost his last two starts giving up a combined 11 runs in those losses.

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<![CDATA[Chirinos Hits 2-Run Homer as Rangers Beat Astros 11-2]]>Sat, 28 Jul 2018 06:19:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-06.jpg

The Texas Rangers capped a difficult day with a big win over their in-state rival on Friday night.

Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer and Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jurickson Profar added solo shots as the Rangers romped to a lopsided 11-2 win over the Houston Astros on a day Texas dealt veteran left-hander Cole Hamels to the Cubs in what could be just the first of several moves to come.

The victory snapped a franchise-long eight-game losing streak to the Astros and ended a four-game skid overall.

"Our core group of guys, they continue to play, those offensive guys continue to battle every night ... they understand it was a challenging day losing one of their leaders, just a great pitcher for us and a great human being and teammate," manager Jeff Banister said. "However, they understand the business of the game of baseball and I was proud they went out and had great energy and played."

The Rangers led by a run in the fifth inning with two out and one on when Chirinos sent a fastball from Dallas Keuchel (8-9) onto the train tracks atop left field to make it 3-0. It was the first homer Keuchel had allowed since giving up three to the Mariners on June 5.

Shin-Soo Cho hit an RBI triple in the sixth and the Rangers made it 5-0 when he scored on a sacrifice fly by Profar.

Evan Gattis hit his 20th homer in the seventh inning for Houston's first run on a night the team played without reigning American League MVP Jose Altuve, who sat out after leaving Wednesday's game with a sore right knee. The Astros managed just six hits and were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

"That was not a great night for us on both sides," manager A.J. Hinch said. "On the offensive side, as the game went on, I thought we had little bit better at bats and broke through a little bit. Clearly not enough."

Kiner-Falefa's shot to the seats in left field came in the eighth inning to make it 6-1.

Texas starter Yovani Gallardo (5-1) allowed two hits while walking four in 5 1-3 scoreless innings for his second straight win.

"I think we caught them on a night when their offense was a little stalemated I think due to what Yovani was able to do," Banister said. "I thought just a masterful job by Yo."

Keuchel gave up six hits and three runs in five innings to end a season-long five-game winning streak. The left-hander had bounced back from a tough start to the season and had pitched well lately, allowing just four runs combined in his previous four starts.

Profar's homer came on the first pitch of a ninth inning where the Rangers tacked on five more runs to extend the lead to 11-1.

Chirinos doubled to start the second inning before a one-out single by Isiah Kiner-Falefa sent him to third. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead when Chirinos slid in just before Max Stassi could apply the tag on a sacrifice bunt by Carlos Tocci.


Rangers: OF Ryan Rua was scratched about 25 minutes before the game because of back spasms.

Astros: Hinch said Altuve is day-to-day and wasn't sure if he'd return to the lineup on Saturday. "He's still pretty sore and we're going to hold him out as a precautionary measure," Hinch said. "I don't know what that means for this series or anything more than today." ... SS Carlos Correa, who hasn't played since June 25 because of back soreness, said he's feeling better and the team hopes he's getting close beginning a rehabilitation assignment.


The Astros added bullpen help Friday night when they traded for Minnesota right-hander Ryan Pressly. Houston sent two prospects -- right-hander Jorge Alcala and outfielder Gilberto Celestino -- to the Twins. The 29-year-old Pressley is 1-1 with a 3.40 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 51 appearances this season. He adds depth in the bullpen to a team that sent closer Ken Giles to the minors earlier this month after he struggled most of the season. Pressly has spent his entire six-year career with the Twins, where he's 17-16 with a 3.75 ERA in 281 games.

Houston optioned LHP Cionel Perez to Triple-A Fresno to make a spot for Pressly on the roster.


Texas right-hander Ariel Jurado (0-1, 7.71 ERA) will start on Saturday in place of Hamels on Friday. Justin Verlander (10-5, 2.19) will start for Houston after striking out 11 in six scoreless innings in a 7-0 win over the Angels in his last start.

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<![CDATA[Athletics Beat Rangers to Complete Sweep]]>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 04:12:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Oakland Athletics kept right on rolling and delayed Bartolo Colon's latest attempt at a milestone.

Trevor Cahill ended a nine-start winless streak, Colon failed for his fourth consecutive outing to become the winningest major league pitcher born in Latin America and the A's beat the Rangers 7-6 on Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep and extend their winning streak to six games, matching their season high.

Matt Chapman homered, tripled twice and scored three runs for the A's, who have swept three four-game series on the road for the first time since 1928. Oakland is a majors-best 27-7 since June 16 and trails Seattle by one game for the AL's second wild card.

Oakland, at 61-43, is 18 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 9, 2014.

"It's great to come out of here with four wins," Chapman said. "It's huge for us."

During the game, four-time All-Star Cole Hamels embraced Rangers teammates and left the dugout amid reports that he was being traded to the Chicago Cubs, though the club didn't announce any deal Thursday. After the game, the left-hander's locker was empty, his nameplate above the locker gone.

"Our ace the past two, three years. It is sad but understandable," Elvis Andrus said. "I wish him the best."

Cahill (2-2) allowed five runs, seven hits, three walks and a hit batter in five innings. He had been 0-2 since beating the Chicago White Sox on April 17 and twice went on the disabled list.

Blake Treinen allowed Adrian Beltre's leadoff single in the ninth, and pinch-runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa advanced on a wild pitch. Treinen then retired Jurickson Profar, Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos in order for his 27th save in 31 chances.

Colon (5-9) allowed six runs and nine hits in seven innings, throwing a season-high 106 pitches. He has 245 wins, tied with Dennis Martinez.

"The most important thing is I battled and gave us a chance to win," Colon said through an interpreter.

Texas dropped to 42-62 and is 20 games under .500 for the first time since finishing 2014 at 67-95.

The game was tied at 3 in the fourth when Dustin Fowler and Martini hit consecutive RBI triples, and Marcus Semien followed with a run-scoring single.

Profar hit a two-run triple in the fifth, and Jonathan Lucroy's sacrifice fly in the eighth boosted the lead to 7-5. Jeurys Familia, acquired from the New York Mets last weekend, threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the bottom half.


Khris Davis was held without a home run after homering in his previous six games against Texas and the previous four games overall. He was one short of Ken Griffey Jr.'s mark for consecutive games with a homer against the Rangers, set in 1994. Davis went 1 for 4 with a single and two strikeouts.

Davis, Oakland's regular DH, is scheduled to make his eighth start of the season in left field on Friday in the opener of an interleague series at Colorado.


The A's had four triples for the first time since 1967. ... Oakland rookie OF Nick Martini, leading off for the third time this season, reached base four times and scored twice. . Beltre had three singles, raising his hits total to 3,122. . The Rangers were 4 for 20 with runners in scoring position with eight strikeouts.


A's: OF Matt Joyce (lumbar strain) has felt sick in recent days, and the club will reassess his status next week.

Rangers: RHP Chris Martin (groin strain) threw 20 pitches of batting practice and could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.


A's: LHP Sean Manaea (9-6, 3.3) is to start Friday at Colorado, He is 4-0 in his last five starts and is seeking to match his career best for consecutive winning decisions.

Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (4-1, 7.18) will open a three-game series at Houston on Friday. He pitched six scoreless innings in beating Cleveland last Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Trading Cole Hamels to Cubs: Source]]>Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:50:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/1532455770-NS_07RANGERSASTROS31SP_63136756%281%29.jpeg

The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery will help Cole Hamels return to form.

The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander in a trade with the Texas Rangers, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams haven't announced the move. Texas is reportedly sending cash with Hamels to Chicago for a couple of minor leaguers.

Hamels is in the midst of perhaps the worst year of his career, going 5-9 with a 4.72 ERA in 20 starts with last-place Texas. He is just 1-3 with an 11.12 ERA in four starts in July.

But the 34-year-old Hamels is an experienced playoff pitcher with a history of success at Wrigley Field. He was the NL Championship Series and World Series MVP when Philadelphia won the title in 2008. He is 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 career postseason starts.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was in Tampa Bay's dugout when Hamels led the Phillies past the Rays for the championship 10 years ago.

"He's been pretty good. I've not liked him for a long time," Maddon cracked after Chicago's 7-6 victory over Arizona on Thursday. "He's pitched some really big games against teams I've been involved with and he's done really well. He's a great competitor, got good stuff. But he just competes and he knows what he's doing out there, so I'd have to rank him as a pretty competent major league left-handed pitcher."

Hamels' locker was cleaned out and his nameplate was gone when the media entered the Texas clubhouse following the Rangers' 7-6 loss to the Athletics on Thursday night.

"He was a great teammate, a guy who was good here in the clubhouse, a good teammate," Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos said. "He was a good player. Everybody's going to miss him."

Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.76 ERA in six career starts at Wrigley. The San Diego native struck out 13 while pitching a no-hitter at Chicago's iconic ballpark in his final start with the Phillies in 2015. He was traded to Texas six days later.

The Cubs are on top of the NL with a 60-42 record entering Friday night's game at St. Louis, but they haven't received much length from their starting pitching. All-Star Jon Lester and Mike Montgomery, who began the year in the bullpen, have been their most consistent performers.

Yu Darvish, who signed a $126 million, six-year contract in February, is on the disabled list with a right elbow impingement and inflammation, and it's unclear when he might return. Tyler Chatwood, another free-agent pitcher who signed with Chicago over the winter, leads the majors with a whopping 85 walks in 94 innings.

Jose Quintana was winless in June, but the Colombian lefty is showing signs of coming around. He is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last three starts.

Quintana was acquired in a costly trade with the crosstown White Sox last July that included touted prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. The Cubs emptied their once rich farm system on the way to three straight NLCS appearances and a historic championship in 2016, hurting their chances of making a major trade this year.

The deal for Hamels is their second trade with Texas in the past couple weeks. Jesse Chavez was acquired in a July 19 trade for a minor league pitcher, and the veteran reliever pitched five scoreless innings over his first four appearances with Chicago.

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<![CDATA[Athletics Rally Again to Beat Rangers]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 04:43:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Banister_on_Protests_1200x675_1054601795510.jpg

Oakland slugger Khris Davis has more homers than anyone in the majors since the start of the 2016 season. The Texas Rangers have seen way too many of them.

Davis homered two more times in Texas, including a towering two-run homer with two strikes and two outs in the ninth inning Wednesday night, as the Athletics rallied again to beat the Rangers 6-5.

"Honestly, I blacked out and I couldn't tell you," Davis said when asked what he was thinking when down to his last strike. "I was telling myself, `Swing at a good pitch,' and it showed up. It was amazing. I felt like I did my job."

Davis hit a three-run homer in the seventh to get the Athletics to 5-4. He went the opposite way in the ninth, a no-doubt blast into the upper deck of seats in right field off Jose Leclerc (2-3) for his 27th homer of the season.

"Up and away fastball, he did a great job at staying on it, hitting it out to right," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He's one of those guys that probably feels very comfortable in the box against us."

Of his 112 homers the past three seasons -- three more than Giancarlo Stanton of the New York Yankees -- Davis has gone deep 24 times against the Rangers in that span. He has homered in six consecutive games against them.

Texas led 5-1 going into the seventh, a night after being ahead 10-2 into the seventh and losing 13-10 when Davis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the 10th.

Davis has 25 homers and 57 RBIs in 49 career games overall against the Rangers -- 15 homers and 31 RBIs in 26 road games, though he insisted he doesn't really feel any different when hitting in Texas.

"The moment that you think you have it figured out, it will bite you in the behind," he said. "I just take it pitch by pitch," he said.

Then as reporters started walking away from his locker, he called out, "See you tomorrow."

Only Ken Griffey Jr. has homered in more consecutive games against Texas -- seven in a row with the Mariners in 1994.

Leclerc, without a save in his four chances, worked Wednesday in place of Keone Kela, the regular closer who threw a career-high 40 pitches and had his first blown save in 24 chances this season on Tuesday night.

Oakland has won the first three games of the four-game series, and 26 of 33 overall. They have won 10 of their last 11 series, with a split in the other.

Lou Trivino (8-1), the fifth Oakland pitcher, worked a scoreless eighth. Blake Treinen struck out the side in the ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances.


The A's have scored 24 of their 34 runs in this series in the seventh inning of later. They lead the majors with 201 runs scored in the seventh inning or later. "They try and tell me this is supposed to make me younger. I don't know that it makes me any younger. It might make him (Davis) younger," A's manager Bob Melvin said.


The loss overshadowed six strong innings by Texas starter Martin Perez, who allowed only one run over six innings in his third start since coming back from 2 1/2 months for his second DL stint recovering from a broken right elbow during the offseason. "Probably one of the brighter spots of the night," Banister said.


Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer for Texas and Adrian Beltre doubled in the third, giving him 5,221 career total bases and matching Dave Winfield for 16th on that list. Beltre's RBI single in the fifth pushed him past Winfield and put the Rangers up 5-1 against A's starter Edwin Jackson.


Oakland is the MLB record-matching 13th team for Jackson. Texas is the 11th team for Bartolo Colon, the Rangers scheduled starter Thursday. Colon pitched for the A's in 2012-13, making that one of four franchises both he and Jackson have pitched for -- they've never been teammates. The common franchises include Colon pitching for the Montreal Expos before that team to the nation's capital, where Jackson pitched for the Washington Nationals. Overall, the two have pitched for 20 of the 30 current franchises.


Colon, the 45-year-old portly right-hander, makes his fourth attempt to break a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most wins in the majors by a native of Latin America. Colon and Martinez each have 245 career victories. Colon was 28-15 with a 2.99 ERA in 54 starts for the A's, and has gone 10-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 22 career starts against them. Trevor Cahill (1-2) pitches for Oakland.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Rangers' Hamels Struggling at Time He Could be Trade Target]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 18:58:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Daniels_on_Hamels_10p_03122018.jpg

Cole Hamels was coming off a no-hitter when he got traded to the Texas Rangers three years ago.

With Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline approaching and the Rangers now at the bottom of the AL West and far out of contention, the left-hander would seem to be a target for contending teams.

Except the 2008 World Series MVP is in a stretch that he calls "probably the worst of my career so far."

In his last home start for Texas before the deadline, Hamels (5-9) allowed seven runs on Monday night against Oakland. It was the third time in four July games he allowed seven runs, including at Baltimore when he got only two outs on 41 pitches on a day four runs were unearned.

"He's a competitor, man, and I think the way everything's happened this year, it's affecting him. He's a guy that his whole career he's been in contention," Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said Wednesday. "I think he's kind of like thinking too much out there while he's pitching right now."

Along with the extended struggles by Hamels, some of the Rangers relievers scouted by other teams also are in rough patches.

Texas took a 10-2 lead into the seventh inning against Oakland on Tuesday night and lost 13-10 in 10 innings. Closer Keone Kela threw a career-high 40 pitches in his first blown save after converted 23 in a row to start this season, and left-hander Jake Diekman walked three batters and hit another while allowing four runs.

Hamels is 1-3 in his last five starts, allowing 25 earned runs in 22 innings and raising his ERA from 3.41 to a career-high 4.72. He has given up 23 homers in 20 starts and has thrown fewer than 100 pitches in eight of his last 10.

"When you're not performing physically, there's an easier excuse," Hamels said. "But when it kind of snowballs into multiple games, especially when they're back-to-back-to-back, that's when the mental side can kind of creep in a little bit more."

When asked after the 15-3 loss to Oakland if the idea of being traded again had entered his mind, he said that was part of the game and something players have to deal with.

"You can't run away from it," said Hamels, whose next scheduled start for the Rangers is Saturday at Houston.

The 34-year-old pitcher is owed about $8 million for the rest of this season. His contract includes a $20 million club option for 2019 that includes a $6 million buyout.

Hamels is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 10 home starts this season but 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts away from Arlington. Overall, he has lost 13 of 20 decisions since opening his Rangers career with a 31-7 record.

"Professional, very competitive. Look at the expression on his face, I think that tells a little bit about the story, but I don't think he's ever lost the drive and the competitiveness," manager Jeff Banister said.

The 25-year-old Kela converted 25 consecutive save chances dating to last year before Tuesday night, when he entered with one out in the eighth. He allowed Stephen Piscotty's tying homer in the ninth.

Diekman, the reliever who was traded with Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies, has pitched in 44 games this season -- 22 each at home and on the road. The results have been drastically different, with a 7.94 ERA with 18 walks in 17 innings at home and an 0.47 ERA with five walks in 19 innings on the road.

"I feel terrible when I pitch at home," Diekman said. "Just keep pitching and figure it out."

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<![CDATA[3-Run HR in 10th Rallies As Past Rangers]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 04:39:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Oakland Athletics kept up their power surge and took advantage of Texas' bullpen struggles to get a rare late-inning comeback win from an eight-run deficit.

Khris Davis' three-run homer in the 10th inning capped the Athletics' big rally in a 13-10 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Davis' went deep against Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2-3) as the Athletics scored 11 runs over the final four innings to rally from 10-2 down. It was Oakland's fourth homer of the night -- their club-record third consecutive game with that many. Oakland's 92 homers on the road lead the majors.

"Honestly, it didn't feel like we were down that many runs," Davis said. "We were just playing the game like we're supposed to. This team is really good."

The last time the Athletics rallied from eight runs down after six innings came on Aug. 30, 1939, when the team was based in Philadelphia.

The Rangers, meanwhile, were 471-0 in franchise history when leading by at least eight runs in the seventh inning or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Oakland scored three in the seventh and four more with just one hit in the eighth. Stephen Piscotty's solo homer leading off the ninth tied the score against Keone Kela, who blew his first save of the season in 24 chances.

Elvis Andrus hit his first career grand slam and tied his career high with five RBIs for Texas, but his error in the eighth inning on a potential inning-ending double play ball aided Oakland's comeback.

"Seven walks late, a costly error," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "In winning situations, you've got to be able to throw strikes and get hitters out."

Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie also drove in three runs each for the A's in a spirited comeback against a wild Rangers bullpen. Brandon Mann walked the first two batters of the seventh and both came around on Semien's two-run double in a three-run inning.

Jake Diekman then walked the bases loaded in the eighth, and Andrus booted Semien's hard grounder to score one run, then Diekman hit Nick Martini to push across another run.

Kela relieved and gave up a two-run single to Lowrie before getting out of the inning with a one-run lead. But Piscotty connected on the reliever's first pitch of the ninth to tie it.

"Kind of running out of words to describe these comebacks," Piscotty said. "That was a special one. In the seventh, we got some runs to get it semi-close and then the huge eighth put us right there. We could taste it."

Andrus hit his grand slam off reliever J.B. Wendelken in the Rangers' six-run sixth that gave them their eight-run lead. But that was Texas' last hit of the game as the A's bullpen gave up just one walk over the final 14 hitters.

Jeurys Familia (2-0) pitched two perfect innings for his second win in two appearances for the A's since being acquired from the Mets on Saturday. Blake Treinen pitched the 10th for his 25th save in 29 chances.

Willie Calhoun's first home run of the season snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth, and Joey Gallo hit his 25th homer of the season on reliever Ryan Buchter's first pitch of the sixth as Texas batted around.

Rangers starter Mike Minor needed 104 pitches to get through five innings, but he gave up just two runs on solo homers by Mark Canha and Lowrie. He crossed the 100-inning mark for the season after pitching only 77 2/3 innings in the previous three seasons combined.

Oakland's Frankie Montas, recalled from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, gave up five hits and four runs in five innings.


Texas pitchers have given up 53 runs in five games since the All-Star break, and that includes a shutout Sunday against Cleveland. Nothing Banister has tried has seemed to work.

In a 16-3 loss to Cleveland on Saturday, Bibens-Dirkx gave up 11 runs, a club record for a reliever. And the Rangers used outfielders Carlos Tocci and Ryan Rua to pitch in the Athletics' 15-3 win on Monday.

Diekman's three earned runs allowed swelled his ERA to 7.94 at home, compared to 0.47 on the road.


The Rangers added some bullpen depth by recalling LHP Mann from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room for Mann, Delino DeShields was sent down to Round Rock.

And while Mann lasted only four batters and gave up three runs, DeShields' replacement in center field, Tocci, was hit on the right hand by Montas' pitch in the fifth inning. However, X-rays were negative and Tocci remained in the game and singled in a run in the sixth inning.


Athletics: The team's opening day starter, Kendall Graveman, will have Tommy John surgery, which will be performed by Texas Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister. Graveman had an 8.89 ERA in six April starts before getting sent down to Nashville.

Rangers: Gallo was back in the lineup Tuesday after missing one game with a sprained left ankle.


Oakland's RHP Edwin Jackson (1-2, 2.93) will make his sixth start of the season, and his first start against the Rangers since 2011 when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox. LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 8.05) will make his eighth start of the season for the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Sent Struggling CF DeShields to Triple-A Round Rock]]>Tue, 24 Jul 2018 16:12:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Delino_Deshields_on_NFL_Protests_1200x675_1054605379971.jpg

Struggling Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers made the move before Tuesday night's game against Oakland. They recalled left-hander Brandon Mann from Triple-A to add another arm to their bullpen a day after using two position players to pitch for the first time in team history, in a 15-3 loss to the Athletics.

DeShields was hitting only .065 (3 for 46) in 15 games this month, including a career-worst 0-for-28 span he snapped Friday. The 25-year-old outfielder has started 75 of his 77 games in center and is hitting .204 overall in his fourth big league season.

Even with the struggles, DeShields still leads the American League with 10 bunt hits and nine sac bunts. He is fourth in the league with 18 stolen bases.

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<![CDATA[Lucroy Slam as A's Beat Rangers for 24th win in 31 Games]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 22:00:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jonathan-Lucroy-072318.jpg

Jonathan Lucroy hit a grand slam off his former battery mate and the surging Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 15-3 on Monday night for their 24th win in 31 games.

Stephen Piscotty also went deep against Rangers starter Cole Hamels (5-9), a potential trade target for some contending teams even though he has struggled at home all season.

Oakland right-hander Brett Anderson (2-2) struck out six over six innings.

Hamels allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings, with five strikeouts, two walks and a hit batsman. The lefty is 1-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 10 home starts this season, and 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts away from Arlington.

The A's (58-43) are a season-best 15 games over .500 after the 24-7 stretch since June 16 that is the best in the majors during that span. They are still third in the loaded AL West, behind Houston and Seattle.

Elvis Andrus had a two-run homer that was his 1,500th career hit for last-place Texas, which is 4-13 in July.

Lucroy, hitting ninth in the Oakland lineup, made it 4-0 with his slam in the second inning that was only his second homer this season. Lucroy was traded from Milwaukee to Texas at the non-waiver trade deadline in 2016, then sent to Colorado at the same time the following season. Texas was 11-7 in games Hamels started with Lucroy catching.

Piscotty ended an 0-for-11 slide with his 13th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth that made it 7-2. He added an RBI double after Hamels was out of the game, when Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer and had an RBI double. Khris Davis went deep for the 24th time this season.

Texas used two position players to pitch for the first time in team history. Carlos Tocci got the last two outs of the eighth and Ryan Rua pitched a 1-2-3 ninth. They were the only of the five Rangers pitchers who didn't allow a run.

Athletics: OF Matt Joyce, on the DL again with a lumbar strain, started rehab with some dry swings back in Oakland. ... Manager Bob Melvin said right-hander Daniel Gossett, out since June 4 with a strained right elbow, "had a little bit of a setback" and has stopped throwing. Gossett will see another doctor soon after again feeling some tightness.

Rangers: Slugger Joey Gallo was out of the lineup a day after exiting the series finale against Cleveland with a sprained left ankle. Manager Jeff Banister indicated the injury wasn't serious, and said he just wanted to give Gallo some extra time. ... RHP Chris Martin, on the DL since July 5 with a left groin strain, could throw live BP later this week.

Rangers lefty Mike Minor (6-6), who pitched only 77 2/3 innings as a reliever for Kansas City last year after missing two full seasons because of shoulder surgery, will reach 100 innings this season when he records two outs in his 19th start for Texas. The A's will recall RHP Frankie Montas (5-2) from Triple-A Nashville for his first big league start since six scoreless innings at Houston on July 9.

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<![CDATA[Fans Brave Sweltering Heat at Globe Life Park in Arlington]]>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 21:26:32 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers+heat+072218.jpg

Sunday brought another day of triple digit temperatures to DFW.

The sweltering heat did not stop fans from heading to Globe Life Park to watch the Texas Rangers take on the Cleveland Indians, though many fans left by the last inning.

Paper fans kept the Savage Morton family in the stands on Sunday afternoon.

"I don't think that some people realize how hot it gets at these games and there's no wind underneath here," said Crystal Savage Morton, sitting in the right field seats.

Temperatures hovered at or above 105 degrees for most of the game, taking a toll on some fans.

"Literally a lady right in front of us, she just went face first, I mean just straight down," Savage Morton said.

A first-aid cooling tent provided a respite for anyone needing to step inside the 80-degree tent.

"This is a least our sixth time to come inside the room," said Rainey Hulsey of Boyd.

But it was not enough for many fans who opted to leave the ballpark early, missing much of the game.

"We were third row behind the Cleveland dugout," Craig Karseno said. "Lasted about four innings and then had to move about 20 rows back in the shade. One hundred ten in the heat was a little tough. But you know, it's Rangers baseball and you have to come out here and support."

Some good news for fans who found the conditions of the day game to be unbearable.

The Rangers' next series begins Monday at home against the Oakland Athletics. The series will consist of all night games.

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<![CDATA[Odor Leads Rangers Over Indians in 108-Degree Heat]]>Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:57:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rougned-Odor-072218.jpg

Rougned Odor thrived in oppressive conditions.

Odor drove in three runs, Ryan Rua hit a two-run homer and the Texas Rangers withstood the heat on a 108-degree afternoon to beat the Cleveland Indians 5-0 on Sunday, stopping a four-game losing streak.

The game time temperature was 102 degrees -- 5 shy of the stadium record set Friday and matched Saturday -- then rose in the afternoon sunshine.

"Where I'm from it's really hot like this," said Odor, a native of Venezuela. "So, this is no problem for me playing with this weather. I like playing in this weather."

Yovani Gallardo (4-1) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter against the AL Central leader, which had outscored Texas 25-11 in the first two games of the series.

"I just worked quickly, kept a tight strike zone and get guys to swing the bat," Gallardo said.

That was key for the Rangers.

"I think the biggest part of it was Gallardo, all our pitchers, keeping our guys off the field for extended periods of time," Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Gallardo allowed three hits and four walks in six innings, his longest scoreless outing since Aug. 22, 2015, at Detroit. Jose Leclerc and Jake Diekman each pitched a one-hit inning, and Cory Gearrin got three straight outs on seven pitches.

Mike Clevinger (7-6) lost his third straight start, allowing two runs, four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings.

"I walked the nine-hole hitter twice and that's just really, really bad baseball," Clevinger said. "It's just not acceptable no matter what the score of the game is."

"In the final meeting between the teams this year, Odor hit an RBI single in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth, then added a home run in the eighth against Oliver Perez.

Delino DeShields, hitting .073 (3 for 41) in July coming in, walked twice, stole two bases and scored the first two runs.

"We need for him to be on base," Banister said. "We gave him a day after a rough day to get some work in. It was his speed that created for us early."

Joey Gallo has three assists in his first two games in right field. He got one during a rundown play Saturday, threw out Jason Kipnis trying to go from first to third on a second-inning single Sunday and then threw to first base to double up Melky Cabrera, who was running on a fly ball to right in the fourth. Gallo has two assists in 98 big league games in left and center field.

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller, who hasn't pitched for the Indians since May 25 because of a strained left hamstring, threw 19 pitches and allowed one hit in his third one-inning appearance for Triple-A Columbus, pitching against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rangers: Gallo left the game in the eighth after landing on first base awkwardly while running out a grounder and spraining his left ankle.

Indians: RHP Corey Kluber (12-5, 2.76) starts Monday's series opener against visiting Pittsburgh, which starts RHP Trevor Williams (7-7, 4.36).

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (5-8, 4.36) could make his final home start for Texas in Monday's series opener against Oakland and LHP Brett Anderson (1-2, 6.08).

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<![CDATA[Alonso, Carrasco Lead Indians to 16-3 Win Over Rangers]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 21:35:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Yonder Alonso homered twice, Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning, and the Cleveland Indians scored in each of the last five innings in a 16-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Alonso's two-run home run in the fifth inning highlighted a six-run outburst that broke a scoreless tie. His second, a solo homer and 15th of the season, came in the seventh.

Carrasco (12-5) gave up two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to tie teammate Corey Kluber and four others for second place in the majors in wins, two behind Luis Severino of the New York Yankees. One win came in relief, last Sunday against the Yankees on the day before the All-Star break.

Carrasco took a shutout into a seventh before giving up a two-run homer to Adrian Beltre. He struck out eight and walked one.

Bartolo Colon (5-8) failed in his third bid to record his 246th career win and break a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most career wins for a major league pitcher born in Latin America. He allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Alonzo's homers and one by Tyler Naquin came off Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day. Bibens-Dirkx pitched four innings and allowed 11 runs in relief, a club record, and 13 hits.

Shin-Soo Choo went 0 for 4 to end his 52-game on-base streak. That stretch tied Kevin Millar's streak in 2007 as the longest since Orlando Cabrera's 63-game streak in 2006.

The first-pitch temperature of 107 degrees fell one degree short for the second consecutive night of this season's major league high. When the Los Angeles Angels hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 7, it was 108 degrees at first pitch.


Cleveland 3B Jose Ramirez singled and tripled for his 39th multi-hit game, tying him with Boston's J.D. Martinez and Atlanta's Nick Markakis for the major league lead. ... Indians RF Melky Cabrera had two doubles and a single in his first major league game since June 13. ... Cleveland LHP Ryan Merritt, who had a memorable start in the 2016 ALCS, cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Columbus. ... Texas optioned RHP Ricardo Rodriguez to Round Rock.


Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer (right shoulder), sidelined since mid-June, will miss another 8-12 months following arthroscopic surgery Friday in Dallas.

Rangers: LHP Alex Claudio (left-ankle sprain) was activated off the 10-day disabled list.


Indians: RHP Mike Clevenger (7-5, 3.47) has the American League's fifth-best road ERA (2.61), going 4-2.

Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 8.60) equaled a season high by allowing six earned runs in his previous start, an 8-4 loss at Boston on July 10.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Rangers Put OF Mazara on Disabled List, Call up OF Calhoun]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:00:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nomar+mazara+rangers.jpg

The Texas Rangers have put outfielder Nomar Mazara on the 10-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers made the moves Friday before hosting the Cleveland Indians in their first game after the All-Star break.

Mazara has a sprained right thumb, which is on his glove hand. He got hurt on a defensive play early in last Saturday's game at Baltimore. He finished that game but didn't play Sunday.

Calhoun, a top prospect, was acquired when Rangers traded Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers got last summer. He finished last season with the Rangers, but this is his first big league stint this year.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Indians Win in 11th at Texas After Debuting New Relievers]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:25:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Both of Cleveland's new relievers got into the game before the Indians closer had a rare blown save.

Manager Terry Francona had to go deep into his bullpen -- using seven relievers after All-Star starter Trevor Bauer's early exit -- before the big hitters in the heart of the lineup finally put Cleveland ahead to stay.

Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift the Indians to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. Jose Ramirez, who earlier had hit his majors-best 30th homer, had a leadoff double off the right-center wall against Matt Moore (1-6).

Those key hits came after Zach McAllister (1-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the 10th inning.

Elvis Andrus was retired on a force at home after Ronald Guzman's grounder to third baseman Ramirez. Robinson Chirinos and Joey Gallo -- whose back-to-back homers off closer Cody Allen with two outs in the ninth had tied the game -- then both struck out.

"Tough that we lost," Gallo said. "I think it showed the grit in this team, though. ... Personally, it was a pretty good game for me, but I did want to win it there in my last at-bat."

Shin-Soo Choo, the only All-Star this season for the Rangers, singled in each of his first two at-bats to extend his majors-best on-base streak to 52 games.

Gallo homered twice, giving him 24 for the season. His two-run blast to right-center in the seventh got the Rangers within 7-6 when he was the first batter to face Brad Hand, the Indians' newly acquired All-Star reliever.

Hand, who was the closer for the Padres, and rookie right-handed sidearmer Adam Cimber were traded from San Diego on Thursday. Hand retired his next three batters and was followed by Cimber, who gave up a one-out single before inducing a double-play grounder that ended the eighth.

"I thought it was good we got Hand in. Well, we got everybody in. Hand, I think he got a little slider happy with Gallo. If he just probably elevated the fastball, I think he'd have been OK," Francona said. "But Cimber came in and did a really good job after giving up an 0-2 hit."

Allen had only one blown save in his 21 chances before the All-Star break.

Bauer had a season-high five walks and allowed nine hits, and was pulled after three consecutive singles to start the fifth. Bauer struck out seven. He also started Sunday in Cleveland's last game, and didn't pitch in the All-Star Game.

With a temperature of 107 degrees at first pitch, it was the hottest start ever for game at the Rangers ballpark, which is in its 25th season. It was still 92 degrees when the game ended 4 hours and 48 minutes later -- just a few minutes before midnight.

The only hotter game in the majors this season was July 7, at 108 degrees when the Los Angeles Angels threw their first pitch against the Dodgers.


Choo's 52-game streak reaching base is the longest in the majors since Kevin Millar's 52-gamer for Baltimore in 2007, and doesn't include his single in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night. It is the longest single-season streak in Rangers history. Will Clark reached in 59 consecutive games in 1995-96. ... Adrian Beltre had two hits, giving him 3,116 and passing Alex Rodriguez for 19th on the career list.


The Rangers had two home games with 106-degree temperatures in 2011 during an extended stretch of warm weather and 100-degree days in North Texas. The expected high on Saturday is 109 degrees, when they play at night again, and 108 for the Sunday afternoon series finale.


To make room on the active roster for Hand and Cimber, the Indians optioned outfielder Greg Allen, right-hander Adam Plutko and lefty Tyler Olson to Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland also recalled 3B Yandy Diaz from Columbus and brought back OF Melky Cabrera.


Indians: OF Bradley Zimmer's right shoulder surgery was performed Friday by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister. Zimmer hit .226 with nine RBIs in 34 games with the Indians before getting sent down to Triple-A on June 5.

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was put on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, because of a sprained right thumb. He hurt the thumb on his glove hand on a defensive play when he last played, Saturday at Baltimore.


Bartolo Colon made his major league debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. Now 45 and with the Rangers, his 11th team, Colon makes his third attempt at his 246th career win to break a tie with Dennis Martinez for the most in the majors by a native of Latin America.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Texas Heat: Hottest Home Game for Rangers in 25 Seasons]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 21:18:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-1002944720.jpg

Mother Nature is bringing the heat at the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers.

The temperature was 107 degrees for the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Friday, when the Rangers played the Cleveland Indians in their first game after the All-Star break. It was the highest temperature ever at the start of a game at the Texas ballpark, which is in its 25th season -- and the second-warmest in the majors this season.

When the Los Angeles Angels hosted the Dodgers on July 7, it was 108 degrees at first pitch, a record for a game in Anaheim, California.

At Texas, there were two games with 106-degree temperatures in 2011 during an extended stretch of warm weather and 100-degree days in North Texas.

There will be extreme heat for the entire series against the Indians. The expected high on Saturday is 109 degrees, when the teams again play at night, and the forecast for Sunday's afternoon finale calls for a high of 108.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[New Renderings of Rangers' Globe Life Field North Plaza]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:59:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers-GLF-Render-NorthPlaza-July2018-1.jpg

The Texas Rangers released new renderings of Globe Life Field and Texas Live! Thursday, showing off the North Plaza which will be the north entrance to the new ballpark.

The granite and concrete North Plaza, complete with six towers and large video boards, is nearing completion and will open to the public along with Texas Live! on Thursday, Aug. 9.

The plaza will also house a fountain that is 60 feet 6 inches in diameter, the same distance from home plate to the pitcher's mound, where programmed water shows can be performed.

The team also shared construction updates for Globe Life Field, including the installation of concrete risers that will help make up the seating bowl and the completion of structural steel work for the Rangers’ office building.    

The team and city broke ground on the 1.7 million-square-foot ballpark on Sept. 28, 2017. The new climate-controlled stadium will include a retractable roof and is expected to open in March 2020.

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<![CDATA[Cole Hamels Among Established Pitchers on the Trade Block]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:13:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fox_sports_southwest_cole_hamels_reeve_hamels.png

From aces to closers, pitchers will be on the move this month.

Teams trying to make a push for the postseason are always looking to add new arms. There are some big names available on the trade market who can make a difference in the starting rotation or bullpen.

Here are 10 pitchers -- five starters and five relievers -- who could be changing uniforms before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:

COLE HAMELS: The MVP of the 2008 World Series and NLCS has been through this before, going from the Phillies to the Rangers in July 2015. Hamels has a career-worst 4.36 ERA and he's already allowed 21 homers, but he's a proven lefty who could benefit from pitching away from a hitter-friendly ballpark. Hamels has a 2.93 ERA in 10 starts on the road. Texas may have to eat some of his salary, however. His contract includes a team option for $20 million next year or a $6 million buyout. Hamels also has a no-trade clause for 20 teams.

J.A. HAPP: Another former Phillies lefty, Happ is in the final season of his contract with Toronto. He had three rough starts leading to his first All-Star appearance but has been a consistent starter in baseball's toughest division for a few years. Happ is 10-6 with a 4.29 ERA and is averaging more than one strikeout per inning for the first time in his career in a season in which he's pitched at least 100 innings.

MATT HARVEY: After rejuvenating his career in Cincinnati following his release from the Mets earlier this season, Harvey could find himself back in a pennant race. The righty is 5-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 12 starts.

JORDAN ZIMMERMANN: He's 4-1 with a 3.79 ERA in 12 starts after an atrocious 2017 season. Zimmermann has the highest strikeout percentage of his career (23.6 percent) but he's owed $50 million over the next two seasons, so the Detroit Tigers might have to pay some of his salary to deal him.

NATHAN EOVALDI: Back on the mound after missing 2017 following Tommy John surgery, Eovaldi is 3-4 with a 4.59 ERA in nine starts for the Rays. The righty was roughed up in his final start before the All-Star break but pitched well in his previous three starts. He is only making $2 million this season, so he's a cheap option for budget-conscious teams.

ZACH BRITTON: The hard-throwing lefty had 120 saves between 2014-16 before injury cut his season short in 2017. He's back healthy and hasn't allowed a run in 13 of his 15 appearances. Britton is making $12 million this season, and the Baltimore Orioles will have plenty of suitors.

BRAD HAND: A two-time All-Star, Hand is signed through 2020 with a team option for 2021 and will be one of the most pursued relievers. He has 24 saves with 65 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings, and the San Diego Padres will be asking for a lot in return.

RAISEL IGLESIAS: The Reds have no urgency to move a 28-year-old closer who won't become a free agent until 2022, but Iglesias can net solid prospects in a trade. He has 19 saves and a 2.36 ERA.

JOAKIM SORIA: After returning to closing, Soria is having his best season since 2015 in his first year with the White Sox. He has 14 saves and a 2.75 ERA for a team that should be a seller.

KYLE BARRACLOUGH: He has a 1.28 ERA and nine saves for Miami in 44 appearances and is under team control for multiple years, so the Marlins will get plenty of calls for the tough righty.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Machado Homers, Exits Early in Orioles' Win Over Texas]]>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:02:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Manny-Machado-071518.jpg

For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."

Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."

After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game."'

Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."

In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."

The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"Textbook," Showalter said.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."

Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.

Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.

Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Orioles Use Combined 4-Hitter, Schoop RBI to Beat Rangers]]>Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:37:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Yefry-Ramirez-071418.jpg

A huge crowd, a well-pitched game and the appearance of a local legend provided the Baltimore Orioles with a rare feel-good moment during a very unenjoyable season.

Rookie Yefry Ramirez and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Schoop drove in a run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 Saturday night in a matchup of last-place teams.

In part because of a promotional giveaway (Maryland script flag jerseys), a crowd of 38,328 came to support the club with the worst record in the big leagues. Also in attendance: Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson , the 81-year-old former Oriole was introduced as the team's new special adviser.

And so, on a perfect night for baseball, Baltimore fans were treated to a victory and a bit of nostalgia.

"It's been a tough season so far for our fans," Orioles manager Buck Showalter conceded. "Getting a chance to see Brooks, that's a highlight of any day or any season, really."

So was the win. Making his fourth start and bidding for his first major league victory, Ramirez pitched five innings of two-hit ball before being pulled in a scoreless game.

Brad Brach (1-2), Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens followed before Zach Britton worked the ninth for his third save.

It was pretty special, especially for a team that came in with collective 4.92 ERA.

"Yeah, absolutely," Britton said. "When I got out to the bullpen today, I was like, 'Oh, I know it's a giveaway but we got a nice crowd on hand and they're into it.'"

Brach, Britton, shortstop Manny Machado and center fielder Adam Jones are among those likely to be dealt by the last-place Orioles before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

After languishing on the disabled list for 11 weeks, Rangers lefty Martin Perez (2-4) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings in his first start since April 29. It was the best of his six starts this season, but he didn't get a win to show for it.

"It was a good outing for me," Perez said. "To come back after two months and a half and throw again like this, make me happy."

Neither team got a runner to third base until the sixth inning, when the Orioles scored on a walk, an infield hit and a sacrifice fly by Schoop .

The Rangers used a single and an error to get two on with no outs in the eighth. But pinch-runner Isiah Kiner-Falefa was picked off second base, and the uprising fizzled from there.

"We stranded eight runners and made a base-running mistake that hurt us late," manager Jeff Bannister said.

Texas designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo went 1 for 2 with two walks, extending to 50 his team-record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch. He is the seventh player since 2001 to have a run of 50 games and the first since Kevin Millar in 2007.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, teammate Delino DeShields went 0 for 2 and is hitless in his last 25 at-bats since July 4.

Rangers: To make room for Perez, LHP Alex Claudio (left ankle sprain) was placed on the 10-day DL and OF Austin Jackson was released. ... Manager Jeff Banister said C Carlos Perez, who's been sidelined since mid-June with a right ankle sprain, will finish his rehab assignment on Tuesday. The team will then decide whether to bring him off the DL.

Orioles: RHP Jimmy Yacabonis is too sick to make his scheduled start Sunday, manager Buck Showalter said. Yacabonis was slated to start for injured Andrew Cashner (neck spasms). RHP Chris Tillman, who is slated to conclude his rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Norfolk, is an option.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (6-5, 4.56 ERA) takes Texas into the All-Star break, pitching the series finale Sunday. The 30-year-old will seek to add a notch to his team-leading victory total.

Orioles: The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the Orioles (27-69), who last year lost their 69th game on Sept. 7.

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<![CDATA[Rua's Home Run in 7th Leads Rangers to Win Over Orioles]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:09:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-998325152.jpg

Ryan Rua had a tiebreaking, pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Friday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Cole Hamels (5-8) won for the first time in almost a month, allowing four runs and five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings in a matchup of last-place teams.

Rua broke a 1-1 deadlock with the first pinch-hit of his career, off rookie Tanner Scott. Nomar Mazara added an RBI double later that inning, which made it 5-1 and boosted Scott's ERA from 5.88 to 6.84 over 26 appearances.

Baltimore pulled within a run on Caleb Joseph's three-run double against reliever Jose Leclerc in the bottom half of the inning. The Orioles loaded the bases in the eighth but Jake Diekman got out of the jam by getting Chris Davis on a short pop out.

Keone Kela got the last three outs for his 23rd save.

The Orioles have lost 17 of 20 and fell to 14-33 at Camden Yards, the second-worst home mark in the majors behind Kansas City.

Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead when he led off the fifth with a home run off Alex Cobb (2-12). The Orioles answered in the bottom half when Adam Jones hit a double just inside the left-field foul line and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia.

Cobb left his previous start against the Twins in the sixth inning with a blister on his right index finger. He did not appear hampered by the injury and allowed two runs and six hits with three strikeouts and no walks over 6 1/3 innings.

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<![CDATA[Sale Helps Red Sox Beat Rangers for 9th Straight Win]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:58:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chris-Sale-071118.jpg

Chris Sale came off the mound, yelling something into his glove that wasn't fit for his mother's ears.

It wasn't another strikeout that got him fired up, though he had 12 of those on Wednesday night. It was a comebacker that he stabbed out of the air to start an inning-ending double play.

"Sometimes, the ball catches you," he said after leading the Red Sox to their ninth straight win, a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. "Anybody out there would be fired up."

Sale pitched seven innings of shutout ball in his final start before the All-Star Game, and major league batting leader Mookie Betts had two hits for Boston. J.D. Martinez had a pair of RBIs to pad his major league-leading total of 79 as the Red Sox improved to 36 games above .500 for the first time since Bucky Dent homered over the Green Monster in a one-game playoff to settle the 1978 AL East title.

"We don't care where we're at or who we're facing," said Sale (10-4), who allowed six hits and walked one to win his fifth straight decision. "We come to win games, and that's all you can expect."

Bartolo Colon (5-7) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and two walks, striking out three in six innings. Elvis Andrus had three hits for the Rangers, who struck out 18 times to lose for the fifth time in six games.

Andrus doubled to lead off the sixth, and then Nomar Mazara singled before Sale struck out Adrian Beltre. Rougned Odor hit a hard chopper back up the middle that Sale snagged, throwing to second to start the double play.

He walked off the mound shouting into his glove. Asked what he was yelling, he said, "My mom watches this. I can't say that."

Xander Bogaerts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of 16 games. It's the second nine-game winning streak for the Red Sox this season; they also won nine straight after losing on opening day.


The Red Sox took a 4-0 lead into the eighth before Texas scored one off Heath Hembree and loaded the bases; Craig Kimbrel walked in a second run but then struck out Joey Gallo to end the inning.

He struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save, and his 19th in a row.

"Good pitches there to Gallo," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "And then he came back and dominated."


The Rangers had difficulty with three different popups in shallow center field.

In the second, Eduardo Nunez reached on an error by second baseman Rougned Odor that scored Bogaerts to make it 1-0. After Martinez already drove in a pair of runs with a fifth-inning double, Bogaerts lofted one to left-center that caused a collision between left fielder Gallo and center fielder Delino Deshields, resulting in an RBI triple.

Nunez blooped another one into center in the sixth that Deshields dove for. Nunez was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

"The challenge is when the ball isn't in the air long enough to make the catch," Rangers manager Jef Banister said.


Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi finished second in the voting for the final spot on the AL All-Star roster, losing out to Seattle shortstop Jean Segura. Benintendi had two hits on Wednesday for his sixth straight multi-hit game. He also scored for the sixth game in a row but failed to double, ending a streak of five straight games.


Sale made his 200th career start. ... It was the 11th time in his 20 starts this season he gave up one run or none. ... It was his ninth game this season with at least 10 strikeouts and his fifth straight with at least 11 strikeouts and no more than one walk.


Rangers: Deshields left the game after diving for Nunez's bloop in the sixth inning. He was evaluated for neck and shoulder problems. Later the same inning, Odor talked to the training staff after stretching awkwardly to hold the bag on a force at second.

"He's being evaluated; back, upper-neck area," Banister said after the game. "I just took him out to be evaluated."

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was scheduled to return home to Arizona to continue his rehab from left knee surgery.


Rangers: Off Thursday, visit Baltimore on Friday, when LHP Cole Hamels (5-6) faces RHP Alex Cobb (2-11).

Red Sox: Host Toronto on Thursday, with David Price (9-6) facing a Blue Jays pitcher TBA.

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<![CDATA[Denton-Native Austin Jackson Designated for Assignment]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:40:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

The Texas Rangers announced that outfielder Austin Jackson has been designated for assignment.

Jackson, who played for Denton Ryan High School, was acquired with right-handed pitchers Jason Bahr and Cory Gearrin from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later.

He was batting .242 with 13 RBIs in 59 games for the Giants. The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or outright move Jackson to the minor leagues.

The clubs major league roster is now at 39 players.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Beat Rangers for 8th Straight Win]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:07:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Benintendi-071018.jpg

Andrew Benintendi bolstered his All-Star credentials with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in his final game before fan votes are tallied, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to eight games.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of RBI doubles and Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple as Boston scored five runs in the third and won for the 15th time in 18 games.

Matt Barnes (3-2) got the win with one inning of relief, striking out the side in the seventh after the Rangers had pulled within 6-4 with two runs in the sixth. He was the fourth of five relievers the Red Sox rode to another victory and improve on the best record in the majors.

Rougned Odor homered and Joey Gallo hit a two-run double for the Rangers, who have lost four of five.

Yovani Gallardo (3-1) made it through the first two innings without allowing a baserunner, but ran into trouble in the third.

After entering the inning with a 1-0 lead, Gallardo faced the entire Boston lineup in the third as the Red Sox tagged him for six hits -- three of them doubles -- and five runs.

Blake Swihart and Bradley started the rally on back-to-back doubles with one out. Gallardo struck out Mookie Betts for the second out, but Benintendi doubled in a run, Martinez singled and Xander Bogaerts hit a triple over the head of Delino DeShields in the center-field triangle to drive in two more and put the Red Sox up 5-1.

Hector Velazquez allowed one run on two hits over the first three innings. Jalen Beeks, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier Tuesday, pitched the next 2 1/3, allowing three runs on four hits, before he was pulled for Brandon Workman with one out in the sixth and runners at second and third.

Odor, whose homer in the second cleared the Texas bullpen and landed deep in the tunnel in right, singled and Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled before Workman came on to face Gallo, whose double to center scored two to pull the Rangers to 6-4.

Barnes took over in the seventh, Brandon Workman pitched the eighth and Ryan Brasier finished it off with a scoreless ninth.

Red Sox: Catcher Christian Vazquez (broken finger) and IF Marco Hernandez (left shoulder) both had surgery Tuesday. Hernandez will miss the rest of the season and Vazquez is out 6 to 8 weeks, the Red Sox said.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-6, 4.65 ERA) gets another chance at passing Dennis Martinez as the winningest Latin-American pitcher in major league history. Colon and Martinez are tied with 245 career victories.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (9-4, 2.36) has struck out 11 or more in each of his last four starts.

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<![CDATA[Martinez Leads Red Sox to Win Over Rangers]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:25:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JD-Martinez-Red-Sox-070918.jpg

J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 28th home run, Steve Pearce added a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings on Monday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers and their seventh straight win.

The Red Sox won for the 14th time in 17 games to end the day with their biggest lead over the Yankees in the AL East since April. Boston led New York, which lost the opener of a doubleheader in Baltimore, by three games pending the outcome of the nightcap.

Pearce, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last month, lined a 3-2 pitch into the Monster Seats with two outs in the first inning to make it 2-0. It stayed that way until Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi singled to lead off the eighth and Martinez put one into the Monster Seats to give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead.

That was plenty for five Red Sox pitchers, who combined on a five-hitter.

Rodriguez (11-3) held Texas hitless until Adrian Beltre singled with one out in the fourth. He allowed just three singles and three walks, striking out five. No one made it past second base for the Rangers until Robinson Chirinos tripled to lead off the seventh. He was stranded there when Brandon Workman struck out Joey Gallo and then retired Delino DeShields and Elvis Andrus on groundouts.

Mike Minor (6-5) allowed two runs on six hits, striking out four in 5 1/3 innings for his first loss since May. The Rangers have lost five of their last seven.

Mookie Betts made a running catch on Andrus' line drive to left-center in the fifth. Betts, who played center field for just the fifth game all season, was elected to the All-Star Game for the third straight year. He also had a ground-rule double to center in the fifth and a single to lead off the eighth.

In their first game since the All-Star selections were announced, the Red Sox played all three regulars who were selected to the AL roster for next week's game in Washington: Betts, Martinez and Mitch Moreland. Closer Craig Kimbrel sat back down after Martinez's homer; Chris Sale is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Benintendi is among those eligible for the final spot to be determined by a fan vote. The Red Sox campaigned for him by writing (hash)VoteBenny in chalk in the dirt behind home plate. He had a double, a single and struck out twice.

Beltre, the active major league leader in hits, moved past Dave Winfield and into 20th place on the career list with his fourth-inning single. He now has 3,111, four behind Alex Rodriguez at No. 19.

The Rangers activated RHP Corey Gearrin a day after he was acquired from San Francisco along with OF Austin Jackson and RHP Jason Bahr. Austin Bibens-Dirkx was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to open a spot on the roster.

Gearrin got five outs, striking out one batter.

Red Sox C Christian Vazquez will need surgery on his right pinky and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. He was placed on the disabled list Sunday.

Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (3-0, 8.17) makes the start in the second game of the series.

Red Sox: The Boston starter for Tuesday night's game against Texas was not announced.

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<![CDATA[Shin-Soo Choo Named to First Career All-Star Team]]>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 20:22:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shin-Soo-Choo1.jpg

Rangers' outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was named to his first career All-Star Game Sunday.

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will be played July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Choo was hitting .294 with 17 home runs and 42 RBI through Sunday and is in the midst of a 47-game on-base streak -- the longest in Rangers history.

According to the Rangers, Choo is third native of South Korea to make an all-star team, following the Dodgers' Chan Ho Park in 2001 and Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim in 2002.

Choo is the Rangers' lone representative. Other Texas players in the mix included closer Keone Kela, who has 21 saves, and third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has a .296 batting average.

On a local note, Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, an Irving native, made his first all-star team. Story, 25, is batting .282 with 16 long balls and 60 runs batted in this season.

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<![CDATA[Choo Extends Streak as Rangers Top Tigers]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:35:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shin-Soo-Choo-070818.jpg

After grounding into a double play to end the top of the seventh inning, Shin-Soo Choo still held out hope that he'd have another chance to extend his on-base streak.

"I still believed I'd get another at-bat," Choo said.

Choo's Texas teammates came through, reaching base enough times to bring him back to the plate with two outs in the ninth, when he hit an infield single to extend the streak to 47 games. Choo surpassed Julio Franco's club record of 46 games, set in 1993 -- and the Rangers blanked the Detroit Tigers 3-0 on Sunday.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched impressively into the sixth inning for Texas, and Jurickson Profar homered in the first.

Choo reached on an error in the second, but he was without a hit or a walk after seven innings. The Rangers sent five men to the plate in the eighth, and Ronald Guzman's one-out single in the ninth allowed Choo to bat again. He hit a slow grounder to third and made it to first without a throw.

"I don't know how I did it -- 47 games already," Choo said. "A lot of people helped, especially my teammates."

Bibens-Dirkx (2-2) allowed three hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Jose Leclerc struck out five in 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief for Texas. Jake Diekman pitched the eighth, and Keone Kela finished for his 22nd save in 22 chances.

Texas manager Jeff Banister was ejected in the second inning after one of his players was called out for interference.

Michael Fulmer (3-8) allowed two earned runs and five hits in seven innings.

"He got us deep into the game and gave us a chance, but we didn't do anything offensively," Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Detroit scored seven runs in the first inning of a win Saturday, but the Tigers have not crossed the plate since. This time it was Texas that took the lead in the opening inning on a solo homer by Profar.

The Rangers went ahead 2-0 in the second on an RBI single by Guzman. With men on first and second, Carlos Tocci dropped a bunt and was hit by the throw as he neared first. The ball bounced away, and it looked like Texas had scored another run, but Tocci was called out for interference, and the runners were sent back to first and second.

Banister argued and was ejected. Choo followed with a grounder that skipped past first baseman John Hicks for an error, and a run scored on that play to make it 3-0.


Choo was named to his first All-Star team Sunday. He said he found out before the game.

"I try to focus myself. Very exciting but I tell myself, still same poker face, same body language," Choo said. "It's hard to do."

Detroit's representative was a bit of a surprise. Reliever Joe Jimenez was rewarded for posting a 2.85 ERA in 41 innings.

"There were a lot of tears. I started crying as soon as Gardy told me, and so did my family when I told them," Jimenez said. "This is what you dream about when you start playing baseball -- getting a chance to play with all of the best players."


It was the 14th ejection of Banister's managerial career and his third this season.

"It looked like to me he was on the line -- kind of splitting hairs there. We've seen some more egregious situations that weren't called," he said. "However, it's the judgment of the umpire. He makes the call. Apparently it was just a situation where I said a little too much."


Texas acquired RHPs Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr and OF Austin Jackson from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash.

Tigers INF Dixon Machado was sent outright to Triple-A Toledo. Detroit also optioned RHP Artie Lewicki to Toledo.


Rangers: Texas moved RHPs Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Tony Barnette (right shoulder strain) to the 60-day DL.

Tigers: OF Nicholas Castellanos was a late scratch with mild left wrist soreness. ... Detroit announced that RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) will be reinstated from the DL before Monday's game.


Texas LHP Mike Minor (6-4) takes the mound Monday night against Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3) in the start of a three-game series at Boston.

Detroit begins a three-game set at Tampa Bay, with Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (3-5) starting against RHP Chris Archer (3-4).

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Banister Ejected in 2nd Inning Against Tigers]]>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 14:42:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Banister-ejected-061018.jpg

Texas manager Jeff Banister was ejected from Sunday's game at Detroit in the second inning after one of his players was called out for interference.

With men on first and second and the Rangers already up 2-0, Carlos Tocci dropped a bunt and took off for first. The throw hit him and bounced away, and it looked like Texas had scored a run on the play, but Tocci was called out for interference, and the runners were sent back to first and second.

Banister argued for a while. The ejection was the 14th of his managerial career and his third this season.

Texas did score that run anyway on an error by first baseman John Hicks, but that was the only further scoring in the top of the second.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Acquire Denton-Native Austin Jackson in Trade]]>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 14:35:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Austin-Jackson-070818.jpg

The Texas Rangers have acquired Denton-native Austin Jackson, Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Jackson, a Denton Ryan High School alum, was drafted in the 8th round by the New York Yankees in 2005. He spent the first five seasons of his career playing center field for the Detroit Tigers, before bouncing around with the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants.

Jackson is a career .274 hitter, batting .242 with 14 walks in 59 games this season.

Cory Gearrin, who was drafted in the 4th round of the 2007 draft by the Atlanta Braves, is a right-handed reliever. 

Gearrin has posted a 4.2 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 35 appearances this season.

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<![CDATA[Tigers Chase Hamels in 7-Run First to Beat Rangers]]>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 18:57:32 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cole-Hamels-070718.jpg

Long after the Detroit Tigers broke the game open, JaCoby Jones made the play of the day.

Maybe even the play of the year in the Comerica Park outfield.

Jones' twisting, backhanded catch in the sixth inning took a home run away from Adrian Beltre in Detroit's 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

The Tigers scored all their runs in the first, chasing Cole Hamels before that inning was over. It was still 7-0 when Jones made his spectacular catch in left-center field.

Beltre's drive was headed toward the Texas bullpen, but Jones came over from center and jumped, reaching over the wall with his left hand and backhanding the ball. Jones' momentum spun him around a bit, and he fell forward onto the ground, holding on for the out.

"You have to time it," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "As you saw, his whole arm went over the fence, and he snagged it behind. It's a timing thing, and you have to be athletic to be able to do some of those things."

Jones did not stay in the clubhouse to talk to reporters afterward.

Hamels (4-8) retired only two batters for the Rangers in his shortest start since 2010.

Mike Fiers (6-5) allowed a run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six with one walk.

Rougned Odor hit a solo homer for Texas immediately after Beltre was robbed by Jones. Shin-Soo Choo doubled twice for the Rangers to extend his on-base streak to 46 games, tying Julio Franco's club record set in 1993.

Niko Goodrum had four hits for the Tigers.

Nicholas Castellanos opened the scoring with a solo homer with one out in the first. John Hicks added an RBI single, and Jose Iglesias hit an infield single with two outs and the bases loaded to make it 3-0.

Hamels still would have made it out of the inning, but center fielder Delino DeShields misplayed a line drive by Jones for an error , allowing three more runs to score.

"It just knuckled on me," DeShields said. "I was trying to stay with it, but it swerved on me at the last second. It's frustrating, because you are doing everything you can to make the play, but he hit it right on the screws and right at me, and that's when a ball will take off on you."

Mikie Mahtook followed with an RBI double, and Hamels was replaced after allowing five hits, two walks and three earned runs. He threw 41 pitches.

It was the shortest start for Hamels since June 1, 2010, when he also lasted two-thirds of an inning for Philadelphia at Atlanta. That start was shortened because of a rain delay.

Hamels had gone at least five innings in each of his first 17 starts this year.

"By the time he gave up the double, he was pushing 40 pitches, and that's my limit," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "Once you get to 40 in one inning, you are pitching fatigued, and it is too much of a risk to leave him out there. I'm not going to do that to one of my pitchers."

Goodrum had his second four-hit game in a week. He also went 4 for 4 at Toronto on July 1.

He's hitting .464 (13 for 28) over his last seven games.

"I didn't know that," he said. "The only stats I can see is what they show on the board of everyone."

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus appeared to foul a pitch off his left leg in the fifth but remained in the game. He was taken out in the eighth.

Michael Fulmer (3-7) takes the mound for Detroit against Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2) in the series finale Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Zimmermann Denies Colon's History Bid, Tigers Beat Rangers]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 19:50:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-993054346.jpg

Jordan Zimmermann denied Bartolo Colon's bid at baseball history, striking out 11 batters in eight innings as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night.

Colon was trying to become the winningest Latin-American pitcher in major league history. He remains tied with Dennis Martinez with 245 career victories.

He pitched well, allowing three runs -- including homers by James McCann and JaCoby Jones -- in an eight-inning complete game, but Zimmermann (4-0) was better. The Tigers right-hander allowed one run and four hits and struck out 10 or more for the first time since his no-hitter for Washington against Florida on Sept. 28, 2014.

Joe Jimenez pitched the ninth for his third save, helping the Tigers end a three-game losing streak by winning for just the third time in 17 games.

At 45 years, 43 days old, Colon (5-6) became the oldest pitcher to throw a complete game since Jamie Moyer (47 years, 199 days) on June 5, 2010. Tim Wakefield and Randy Johnson are the only other 45-year-olds to pitch complete games in the 21st century.

Colon first faced Detroit on May 10, 1997, allowing one earned run in six innings for Cleveland in a loss at Tiger Stadium. He's the last active major league player to have played at Tiger Stadium, which closed in 1999.

The Rangers took the lead on the game's second pitch as Shin-Soo Choo hit a homer into the shrubbery beyond the center-field fence. The home run extended his on-base streak to 45 games, the longest in the majors this season.

McCann put the Tigers ahead with a two-run homer in the second inning, but Zimmermann and Colon took over after that.

The Tigers had the next significant threat, putting runners on the corners with two out in the fifth, but Jones grounded out to end the inning. Jones, though, homered off Colon in the eighth to make it 3-1.


Rangers: Choo returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday. Choo is limited to playing designated hitter because of a sore quadriceps, and Adrian Beltre started there Thursday after an emergency dental procedure.

Tigers: Closer Shane Greene had tests on his sore pitching shoulder, and they showed no significant problem. Greene is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 12.


The game was played in a brisk 2 hours, 5 minutes. It ended at 9:15 p.m., just four minutes after sunset in Detroit.


The teams continue their four-game series on Saturday, with Cole Hamels (4-7, 4.05) pitching for Texas against Detroit's Mike Fiers (5-5, 3.79).

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<![CDATA[Gallo, Guzman Lead Rangers to Win Over Tigers]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 07:59:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-992508482.jpg

The Texas Rangers were great until the rain showed up. After that, they were holding on.

The Rangers led 5-0 when heavy showers forced a 29-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night. The first batter after the delay hit a two-run homer to give the Rangers a 7-0 lead, but it was all Detroit Tigers after that.

The Tigers had the winning run at the plate with no one out in the ninth inning, but closer Keone Kela retired the next three batters to finish off a 7-5 victory and snap a three-game losing streak.

The Rangers didn't arrive in Detroit until the early hours of Thursday morning after an extra-inning loss to the Astros the previous night.

"We had a tough night last night and some tough travel, but our guys showed up tonight," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We needed to get a win to gain some momentum and gain some confidence."

Yovani Gallardo (3-0) got the win, giving up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two while winning his third straight start.

Kela allowed a run in the ninth -- the first he's given up in 12 career innings against Detroit -- before finishing off his 21st save.

Matthew Boyd allowed a season-high seven runs and seven hits in four innings. He is 0-3 with a 10.59 ERA in his last four starts.

"Everyone goes through good stretches and bad stretches at this level, and a lot of it depends on luck," he said. "Once the game is over, you have to put it away and focus on getting ready to take the ball in five days."

Tigers bench coach Steve Liddle, who managed while Ron Gardenhire recovered from the heat exhaustion that caused him to leave Wednesday's loss in Chicago, wasn't pleased with Boyd's pitch selection.

"He never threw his fastball, so they were sitting on his soft stuff all night," Liddle said. "They saw what he was doing and made adjustments, but he never made any adjustments to counter that.

"You can't throw the same thing over and over and expect to win games."

Detroit lost is third straight and dropped to 2-14 since June 17.

"We were down a touchdown early and we had the winning run at the plate in the ninth," Liddle said. "That's something positive we can take from this."

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Gallo became one of the few players to clear Comerica Park's right-field stands with a home run. Gallo came into the game hitting .191 with 20 homers.

Nomar Mazara made it 3-0 with an RBI grounder in the third, and Tigers third baseman Ronny Rodriguez misplayed Adrian Beltre's grounder to allow a fourth run to score.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa's fourth-inning RBI single extended the Rangers' lead to 5-0 on the final pitch before a 29-minute rain delay. The game had started 15 minutes late due to a brief rain shower.

On Boyd's fifth pitch after play resumed, Guzman hit a two-run homer to put Texas ahead by seven.

The Tigers made it 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth on RBI singles by John Hicks, Jim Adduci and Rodriguez, but Gallardo got Jose Iglesias to hit into an inning-ending double play.

"It's tough coming out of the rain delay," Gallardo said. "We were ready to start the game and it rained, and then I had to stay loose through the second one. I gave up those three runs, but we got out of it."

Goodrum homered in the sixth to make it 7-4.

Rodriguez started the ninth with an infield single and Iglesias reached on an error by third baseman Jurickson Profar. Victor Reyes followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5, but pinch-hitter Jeimer Candelario bounced into a force at second.

Kela struck out Nicholas Castellanos and retired Goodrum to end the game.


Rangers: RHP Chris Martin (groin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. ... LHP Martin Perez (elbow) was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Round Rock on Thursday. Perez has not pitched for the Rangers this season after elbow surgery.

Tigers: Gardenhire was told by doctors to stay in the air-conditioned clubhouse with the heat index approaching 100 degrees at game time. Temperatures are forecast to be much cooler in Detroit on Friday. ... RHP Drew VerHagen (broken nose) is expected to make one more rehab appearance for Triple-A Toledo before rejoining the Tigers.


The win was Banister's 300th as a manager in his 574th game, making him the fastest manager to 300 wins in Rangers history. "It's a nice milestone for the organization and the ball club," he said. "I've been fortunate enough to be granted a great opportunity here."


Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.76) will try to break a tie with Dennis Martinez for most wins by a pitcher born in Latin America when he starts against the Tigers on Friday. Colon is the last active major-league player to have played at Tiger Stadium, which closed in 1999. Jordan Zimmermann (3-0, 3.91) is scheduled to start for Detroit.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Reliever Barnette on DL With Strained Lat Muscle]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:55:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Tony_Barnette_1200x675_638232132002.jpg

Rangers reliever Tony Barnette won't throw for at least four weeks after an MRI revealed a strained lat muscle.

Barnette had the MRI exam Wednesday, a day after leaving a game in the middle of a batter. The team had initially said the right-hander had a shoulder strain after he came out of Tuesday night's game.

The Rangers said after their 5-4 loss in 10 innings on Wednesday night that Barnette will be re-evaluated in four weeks. The reliever will not throw during that time.

Working the eighth inning in a 5-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, his second inning of the game, Barnette felt something different in his shoulder on his first pitch to Marwin Gonzalez. Barnette (2-0) threw two more pitches before exiting the game.

Texas recalled right-hander Chris Martin from Triple-A Round Rock. Martin was optioned to the minors on Tuesday, but was able to come back before 10 days by replacing a player on the DL.

Martin (1-2) worked the 10th inning against the Astros, and fell down after one of his pitches. The Rangers said after the game that he had a left groin issue that would be re-evaluated.

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<![CDATA[Gattis' Sac Fly in 10th Lifts Astros Over Rangers]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 21:31:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Evan Gattis hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to send home Jose Altuve and lift the AL West-leading Houston Astros over the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Altuve had his MLB-leading 115th hit with a one-out single in the 10th that snapped an 0-for-13 slide. Chris Martin (1-2) then hit Yuli Gurriel with a pitch before an errant pickoff throw allowed both runners to move up. Gattis followed with a flyball to right-center.

Gurriel homered, doubled and scored twice as the Astros overcame an early four-run deficit. His fifth homer, leading off the fifth against starter Mike Minor, tied the game at 4.

That came an inning after Gurriel had a leadoff double and scored when Josh Reddick went deep.

Shin-Soo Choo homered and had a single to extend his on-base streak to 44 games, the longest in his career and in the majors this season. That matches Otis Nixon's streak in 1995 for the Rangers, and trails only Julio Franco's 46-gamer in 1993 for the team record.

The Astros won their eighth consecutive road game against Texas and are a majors-best 32-14 on the road this season. Houston has a 12-4 advantage in the season series between the instate division rivals that has only a three-game set remaining in Houston later this month.

Collin McHugh (4-0) allowed only one hit over three scoreless innings. Ken Giles worked the 10th for his 12th save in 12 chances.

Texas led 4-0 after Choo's one-out solo homer started a three-run outburst in the third off starter Gerrit Cole. Jurickson Profar added an RBI single before scoring on Rougned Odor's double.

Profar also scored in the second inning, when he was hit by a pitch, stole a base and went home on Robinson Chirinos' double.


The Astros have homered in 24 consecutive road games, three short of the MLB record set by the Oakland Athletics earlier this season. Baltimore also went deep in 24 consecutive road games in 1996.


Cole, who threw 108 pitches to get through five innings, struck out seven to increase his season total to 158. The only Astros pitcher with more strikeouts before the All-Star break is Mike Scott, with 167 in 22 starts in 1986. Cole has made 18 starts, with two more scheduled before the break.

Astros: Manager A.J. Hinch said C Max Stassi was feeling better than expected after getting hit by a pitch on his right (throwing) wrist in the first inning Tuesday, on the same day starting catcher Brian McCann had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Tim Federowicz started at catcher Wednesday.

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader (3,108), was scratched from the lineup about an hour before the game because of an infected tooth. ... RHP Tony Barnette went on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain. The reliever had an MRI, a day after leaving Tuesday night's game in the middle of a batter.

Astros: Justin Verlander (9-4), who has lost his last two starts, is on the mound when the Astros return home for the opener Thursday night of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Rangers: The Rangers open a 10-game, 11-day trip that will take them to the All-Star break when they play Thursday night at Detroit. Texas also plays at Boston and Baltimore before the break and their next home game July 20.

<![CDATA[Infected Tooth Knocks Beltre Out of Rangers Lineup]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 18:08:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-adrian-beltre.jpg

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been scratched because of an infected tooth.

Baseball's active career hits leader was taken out of the lineup about an hour before the scheduled first pitch Wednesday night against the Houston Astros.

Jurickson Profar switched from second base to third base, and moved up a spot to bat fourth in place of Beltre. Rougned Odor, the regular second baseman who was going to get a night off, was inserted in the No. 5 spot in the order.

Beltre's 3,108 hits are two shy of Dave Winfield for 20th on the career list.

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<![CDATA[Astros Win on Road Again With Victory at Rival Rangers]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 22:18:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Josh Reddick and Tony Kemp homered, Dallas Keuchel worked seven solid innings to win for only the second time in his last nine starts and the AL West-leading Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Houston is 11-4 this season against its instate division rival, with seven consecutive road wins in the series. Houston is a majors-best 31-14 on the road this season.

Texas leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo walked twice and had two singles to extend his career-best on-base streak to 43 games, the longest in the majors since Atlanta's Freddie Freeman's 46-gamer two years ago. Choo is three games shy of Julio Franco's team record of 46 in a row set 25 years ago.

Keuchel (5-8), the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, struck out seven while allowing only two runs.

The Astros used three relievers to get through the eighth. Texas already had a run in before Hector Rondon took over against pinch-hitter Joey Gallo, who worked a 12-pitch at-bat into a two-out walk to load the bases before Robinson Chirinos struck out. Rondon then worked the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.

Houston went ahead to stay in the first when Yuli Gurriel and Reddick had RBI doubles off Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2). Reddick added a solo homer in the third before Kemp's two-run drive that just cleared the eight-foot wall in right-center.

The Astros have homered in 23 consecutive road games, a club record and four from matching the MLB record set by Oakland earlier this season.

Bibens-Dirkx allowed five runs and nine hits over six innings. The right-hander struck out four, walked two and hit two batters, including catcher Max Stassi on his throwing hand in the first inning on the same day the Astros put catcher Brian McCann on the disabled list to have surgery on his troublesome right knee.

Stassi stayed in the game to run, but Tim Federowicz took over at catcher in the bottom of the first. X-rays were negative and the Astros said Stassi is day to day with a bruised right hand.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa, out since June 26 with lower back soreness, has been working out daily in Houston. Manager A.J. Hinch said it was uncertain if Correa will be ready to play Friday when eligible to come off the DL. He hadn't gone through any baseball activities yet.

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette left the game after a 2-1 pitch to Marwin Gonzalez in the eighth. The Rangers said he had a right shoulder strain and would be evaluated further Wednesday. ... 1B Ronald Guzman had two hits and scored twice after being activated from the seven-day concussion DL. His head slammed into a knee when diving back into a base on an attempted pickoff on June 26.

Gerrit Cole (9-2) will pitch on regular rest for the Astros after they made a slight tweak in their rotation. Lance McCullers Jr., who was scheduled to start, was instead pushed back to Friday. Rangers lefty Mike Minor (6-4) took a perfect game into the seventh inning of his last start, a win last Wednesday over the San Diego Padres.

<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Two International Prospects, Per Report]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:28:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers have agreed to deals with two international prospects, including the younger brother of Atlanta Braves rookie Ronald Acuña Jr., according to MLB.com reporter Jesse Sanchez.

Sanchez reported the Rangers had shown interest in the Venezuelan prospect, shortstop Luisangel Acuña, nearly 3 months ago. Now Sanchez is reporting the club signed Acuña for $425,000.

The club also reportedly signed Venezuelan catcher Jose Rodriguez, a highly rated international prospect, to a deal worth $2 million.

Acuña's older brother Ronald is currently batting .269 with 6 home runs through 32 games with the Braves.

Their father also played professionally.

The team has not yet confirmed the deals.

<![CDATA[Construction Progressing on New Globe Life Field, Texas Live]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 06:44:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/globe-life-field-progress.jpg

If you haven't taken a drive through Arlington's Entertainment District in a while, you may find that the landscape looks quite different as crews continue to make progress on the new Globe Life Field and Texas Live! complex.

The $1.1 billion, retractable roof stadium is beginning to take shape. A section of the lower seating bowl, stretching from home plate out to right field, now stands on the site, which for months was essentially a large hole in the ground.

"When you look at the renderings, you can point to what the finished product will look like and now you can point across the street and see where you are in the construction process," said Rob Matwick, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Texas Rangers. "The feedback has been great. The fans are excited. Certainly a few more of these hundred degree days and I know everybody will be looking forward to that air conditioning."

Globe Life Field is scheduled to open at the start of the 2020 baseball season.

The Texas Live! complex, meanwhile, is slated to open in a matter of weeks.

Crews have now begun installing exterior signs for the various restaurants that will be calling the building home. They've also started on an interactive fountain that will sit on the plaza between Texas Live! and Globe Life Field — and will soon install large video screens on the ornate, illuminated poles that sit just outside the building.

"It's fascinating to see how quickly things are moving," said Matwick. "You look at the project one day, and if you miss a day or two and come back and take a look at it again, it's changed completely."

Most of the work left to be done is on the interior of the building.

The Rangers and Cordish Companies, which will manage the property, have announced nearly a dozen restaurants and bars that will await fans inside.

They include "Troy's," a burger concept by Cowboys great Troy Aikman, as well as "Pudge's Pizza," which is a pizza joint owned by Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Pudge Rodriguez.

Matwick said it's full steam ahead to meet the Aug. 9 grand opening date.

"There's no doubt there's work to be done and I'm sure we'll be working up until the last hour on August 8 and maybe up til noon on August 9 to get it done," said Matwick. "But construction has a fascinating way of falling into line and getting to the finish line. We need to hope that we continue having good weather so we can stay on schedule, but we're gonna meet that schedule and we're looking forward to our grand opening."

Texas Live! will also function as a live music venue. Several concerts have already been lined up for opening weekend, including The Toadies and country artist Kip Moore.

A Loews Hotel is also under construction next to Texas Live! That is expected to be complete in 2019.

<![CDATA[Bartolo Ties Win Record, Rangers Beat White Sox 13-4]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 10:28:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Bartolo Colon has long had two milestones on his mind. Now he has both of them in hand.

The 45-year-old right-hander overcame a sluggish start to earn his 245th major league win and match Dennis Martinez for the most by a pitcher from Latin America when the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 13-4 on Saturday night.

Colon already had the most wins by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, having surpassed Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for that distinction with his 244th victory at Kansas City on June 18, six days before a loss at Minnesota. Colon won again Saturday in his first home start since June 6 to tie Martinez, who is from Nicaragua.

Asked if he was able to put all his achievements in perspective, Colon made it clear there were two that were especially important to him.

"Not every milestone," he said through a translator. "Marichal and Dennis Martinez, and I got those."

The night was done for Colon (5-5) after Matt Davidson led off the sixth with a homer to center field that pulled the White Sox to 5-3. Four relievers closed it out for Texas.

"We want to be able, if he's got an opportunity, to put the W behind his name to make sure he gets this," manager Jeff Banister said. "Obviously we want to win every game we possibly can, but a situation like this for him, and the overall history and his impact on the game, and impact on himself, and just what it means for the game of baseball."

Joey Gallo and Ryan Rua homered for the Rangers, who won for the 11th time in 13 games and clinched their fifth consecutive series. Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run double in the fourth inning that put Texas ahead to stay.

White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Shin-Soo Choo, who has a major league-best on-base streak of 41 games, didn't play for Texas because of right quad soreness. Choo said he has dealt with the issue for at least 10 days and it really bothered him recently.

Chicago's first two batters got hits, though neither scored. Colon then threw 42 of his 79 pitches in the second inning, when he gave up three hits and his only two walks while the White Sox took a 2-0 lead.

"He's kind of my half-hero," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. "I told (pitching coach Don Cooper), look at that guy. He's still out there getting after it. Good for him. ... Even though he gave up a couple runs early, he just kept pitching. No panic, no concern, just keep throwing strikes and let me see what happens."

Affectionately nicknamed Big Sexy, the portly Colon retired 10 of 11 batters before Davidson went deep. Colon even got over to cover first base in time to get speedy Leury Garcia, who dove headfirst as the pitcher took a toss from Gallo to start the third. Colon had a grin on his face walking back to the mound.

"I thought that if I didn't get the guy out, I was going out," Colon said. "So thanks that happened that he was out, so I could continue the game."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Rangers' Choo Out With Sore Quad Amid 41-Game Streak]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 22:18:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-962819120.jpg

Shin-Soo Choo is out of the Texas Rangers lineup a night after reaching base in his 41st consecutive game.

Choo said before Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox that he has been dealing with a sore right quad for at least 10 days. He said it has really bothered him the last couple of days.

Manager Jeff Banister said it was a chance to get Choo off his legs with a day off. But the manager didn't rule out him being a pinch-hitter.

Choo's on-base streak is the longest for the Rangers since Otis Nixon's 44-gamer in 1995, and five short of Julio Franco's team record set in 1993. Choo matched Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera for the longest in the majors this season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Choo Extends On-Base Streak as Rangers Rip White Sox 11-3]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:16:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/SHIN+SOO+CHOO1.jpg

Shin-Soo Choo reached base for the 41st straight game and hit one of five Texas home runs in the first three innings as the Rangers trounced the Chicago White Sox 11-3 on Friday night.

Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos and Nomar Mazara homered in a seven-run second inning. Joey Gallo and Choo went deep in the third.

The Rangers have won 10 of their last 12 games. The White Sox reached their season's halfway point at 28-53, one win better than the franchise's worst record through 81 games.

Yovani Gallardo (2-0), making his third start since joining Texas on June 17, retired his first 10 batters and allowed all three runs on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 seven innings. Gallardo struck out seven.

Dylan Covey (3-3) allowed four homers and nine runs - eight earned - in 2 1/3 innings.

Choo greeted White Sox reliever Chris Volstad with his 15th homer of the season to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Before the game, Choo said he hasn't thought much about the streak while continuing to focus on reaching base at least twice a game.

"Is this really a big deal? I don't know," Choo said. "Every game, every at-bat, I just focus on trying to get on base no matter how."

Chicago outfielder Matt Davidson made his big-league pitching debut and worked a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout.


White Sox 3B Yolmer Sanchez, who turned 26 on Friday, was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons after sustaining a left quad contusion Thursday. Sanchez could return Saturday. . Choo's on-base streak is the longest since Atlanta's Freddie Freeman reached in 46 straight games in 2016. . Covey's ERA in five career innings vs. Texas is 25.20.


White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (shoulder) was recalled from his rehab assignment because of discomfort during a side session following Sunday's start. Gonzalez will be re-evaluated.

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (right elbow) will make his second rehab start on Saturday for Double-A Frisco. Perez struck out nine and allowed only two singles in five innings Monday for Single-A Hickory.


White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2) will seek his second consecutive win on Saturday. Rodon worked eight innings to match a career high and allowed just two runs to Oakland on Sunday. Rodon will face Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon (4-5) whose 244 career wins are one short of Dennis Martinez's record for the most by a native of Latin America.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Minor Perfect Into Seventh, Rangers Beat Padres]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 21:30:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-985717546.jpg

Mike Minor took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Shin-Soo Choo reached base for the 40th straight game and the Texas Rangers beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Minor (6-4) was perfect until Eric Hosmer's single up the middle with one out in the seventh. One out later, center fielder Delino DeShields preserved Minor's shutout by leaping to rob Hunter Renfroe of a home run.

Minor struck out five and threw 85 pitches. The left-hander benefited from two strong defensive plays.

In the fifth inning, Jose Pirela hit a sharp grounder into the hole on the left side of the infield with two outs. Shortstop Elvis Andrus' long throw barely beat Pirela. Austin Hedges then hit a 105-mph liner to third baseman Adrian Beltre for the second out of the sixth inning.

Choo tied Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera for the longest on-base streak in the majors this season. Choo was hit by a pitch leading off the first inning and also had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Padres scored twice in the eighth inning but left the bases loaded. Keone Kela pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save, the most in the majors this season without a blown save.

Clayton Richard (7-7) hit three batters and allowed four runs and 10 hits over seven innings. He sought his career-best fifth consecutive winning start.

Minor signed with Texas as a free agent last December. He returned to the majors in 2017 after having shoulder surgery in 2015. He made 65 relief appearances for the Kansas City Royals last year.

Choo's on-base streak is the fourth longest in Rangers history. ... The first-pitch temperature of 101 degrees made it the hottest game played in the majors this season. .. The Padres used their 77th different lineup this season, second most in the majors, playing their 83rd game.

Texas RF Nomar Mazara (tight left hamstring) was held out of the lineup for the first time since June 16.

Padres: Rookie LHP Eric Lauer (3-4, 5.05) will open the weekend series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Rangers: RHP Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 12.08) will make his third start for Texas on Friday at home against the Chicago White Sox.

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<![CDATA[Padres Rally Past Rangers as Choo Extends On-Base Streak]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 04:21:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Shin-Soo Choo is a game away from matching the majors' longest on-base streak this season only because the Texas Rangers couldn't protect a late lead in a loss to the San Diego Padres.

Choo singled with two outs in the ninth inning to reach base in his 39th straight game after Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe hit run-scoring doubles as part of a three-run eighth that helped the Padres rally for a 3-2 win Tuesday night.

The Rangers led 2-0 when Choo struck out looking in the seventh to drop to 0 for 4. Instead of the streak ending in a win, though, Choo kept the Texas ninth alive with a liner over leaping shortstop Freddy Galvis before Brad Hand got Nomar Mazara to fly out with two runners on for his 22nd save.

"After fourth at-bat, strikeout, I wish we just finish the game," said Choo, who is trying to match a 40-game streak by Philadelphia's Odubel Herrera from March 30 to May 19. "That's a nice, clean game, 2-0. I'm not really expecting the fifth at-bat."

Four of six San Diego hitters reached against Jake Diekman (1-1). After Myers ended the Texas shutout, Christian Villanueva lifted a tying sacrifice fly to left before Renfroe's go-ahead liner down the line in left.

"We needed it a lot," said Eric Hosmer, whose one-out single helped get the rally going after a leadoff walk to Travis Jankowski. "Offensively, we haven't been firing on all cylinders, so it was big to come from behind, kind of steal this one."

Rougned Odor hit a solo homer for Texas in the second and Robinson Chirinos added one in the fourth against former teammate Tyson Ross.

San Diego relievers struck out five straight batters, starting with the second of two from Matt Strahm (2-2) in the seventh. Kirby Yates fanned the side in the eighth and Hand finished the Padres' second win in 10 games. The Rangers lost just their second in the past 10.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up two hits, struck out six and walked four in five innings in his fourth start for Texas. The right-hander is in a similar fill-in role from last season, when he made his major league debut as a 32-year-old following 12 years in the minors and won five games.

"Everyone before me did their job," Diekman said. "My job is to get it done and I didn't do that. That stings really hard."

Mazara had three hits a night after leaving early for precautionary reasons because of tightness in his left hamstring.


Ross had another solid start in a bounce-back season after posting a 7.71 ERA for Texas last year before his late-season release in his return from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. The right-hander gave up five hits in six innings. Ross leads San Diego starters with a 3.32 ERA.


Texas right-hander Bartolo Colon was honored before the game for passing Juan Marichal for the most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher. The 45-year-old earned his 244th career win at Kansas City on the most recent road trip. Manager Jeff Banister presented him with a jersey with "244" on the back, and a quote from Marichal was shown on the videoboard calling the milestone "a special achievement for your career and your country." Colon needs two wins to pass Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua for the most wins by a pitcher from Latin America.


Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list a day after the rookie's head struck the knee of Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva when Guzman was diving back on an attempted pickoff. ... LHP Martin Perez struck out nine in five scoreless innings for Class A Hickory in his first rehab start Monday. Perez has been on the DL since May 10 with right elbow discomfort. Perez had arthroscopic surgery on that elbow in December. He broke a bone in a fall after being spooked by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela.


LHP Clayton Richard (7-6, 4.23 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Padres in the finale of the three-game series. Richard is 6-2 during a streak of nine straight starts with at least six innings, the longest active streak for a lefty in the majors. Texas LHP Mike Minor (5-4, 5.06 ERA) hasn't allowed a homer in his past two starts after giving up at least one in each of the previous seven.

<![CDATA[Rangers Place 1B Ronald Guzman on 7-Day Concussion DL]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:25:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ronald-Guzman.jpg

The Texas Rangers have placed first baseman Ronald Guzman on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled utilityman Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers made the move Tuesday, a day after Guzman left in the sixth inning of a 7-4 win over San Diego after his head struck the knee of third baseman Christian Villanueva when the rookie was diving back on an attempted pickoff.

Guzman was called up to become the regular first baseman early in the season after injuries forced the Rangers to juggle their lineup. The 23-year-old is hitting .227 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.

Rua, who was on the opening-day roster, is set for his fifth stint with the Rangers this season. Primarily a left fielder and first baseman, Rua has a .163 average with two home runs with the Rangers and is hitting .236 with three homers in Round Rock.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Stars Step into the Batting Cage at Globe Life Park]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:13:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stars-batting-practice.jpg

Monday was “Dallas Stars Night” at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Texas Rangers with a specially-themed evening at the ballpark to honor the pro hockey team in North Texas. Prior to the game against the San Diego Padres, several members of the Stars showed what they can do on the diamond.

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<![CDATA[Choo Reaches in 38th Game in Row as Rangers Beat Padres]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 04:50:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-962819120.jpg

The Texas Rangers took full advantage after a changed call. A misplayed flyball only made things worse for the San Diego Padres.

Robinson Chirinos drove in the first of five runs Texas scored in a decisive sixth inning on the next pitch after it appeared he had struck out, and right fielder Hunter Renfroe was charged with an error on the next play as the Rangers rallied for a 7-4 win Monday night.

There were two runners and Chirinos had two strikes when he had a foul tip. Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo initially indicated he was out, and it looked like catcher Austin Hedges had secured the ball in the mitt that kicked up dirt when he reached down.

But was changed to a foul ball after the umpires got together to discuss the play.

"From my vantage point, our dugout, we saw dirt fly, which seem to indicate that the ball hit the ground," said Rangers manager Jeff Banister, who said the umps got together on their own.

Padres manager Andy Green obviously had a much different view.

"Yeah, it's frustrating. They missed it. I think it's obvious when you see the film that they missed it," Green said. "It's a frustrating overturn on an obvious call. We had chances, though. We had some plays we could have made that we didn't make. It's one of those innings that flat out got away from us."

After Chirinos' got Texas within 4-2, Ronald Guzman then hit the deep flyball misplayed by Renfroe, who drifted to the ball on a windy night into the right-center cutout. Guzman wound up at second on the error and was credited with a sac fly. Delino DeShields and Choo followed with consecutive RBI singles, and Elvis Andrus added a sac fly.

"You've got to be mentally tough enough to bounce back from it and make a better pitch than what I made," said Craig Stammen (4-1).

Choo extended his career-best on-base streak to 38 games with three hits, including that tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth. Chirinos had an RBI double in the seventh.

San Diego (35-46) reached the midpoint of its season by losing for the eighth time in nine games. The Rangers (35-45), who play their 81st game Tuesday night, have won eight of nine.

Tony Barnette (2-0) retired all three batters he faced after Manuel Margo and Jose Pirela homered off Rangers starter Cole Hamels. Keone Kela worked the nine for his 19th save, the most in the majors without a blown chance and matching the longest season-opening span in team history.

"Being able to see what the team was able to do when you put them a little behind, they were able to battle," Hamels said. "When you're winning, everybody's happy, and you can move on to the next day."


Margo's three-run homer in the fifth was his second homer in as many days, and his third overall. His only other homer this season came April 5. ... Pirela went deep to start the sixth for a 4-1 lead and chase Hamels.


San Diego starter Joey Lucchesi allowed only one hit over four scoreless innings. But the lefty was limited to 70 pitches in only his second start after being out more than a month because of a right hip strain.

"You're managing a guy's career as much as you are a baseball game," Green said. "To me, wasn't quite stretched out enough to send him back out there for the fifth inning."


The Padres had allowed five runs or fewer in their 14 previous road games, a club record. ... It was the 10th time in Hamels' 16 starts this season that Texas scored no more than one run while the lefty was on the mound.


Padres: Green said an MRI on the pitching elbow of RHP Jordan Lyles showed that he does just have inflammation. Lyles was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday after feeling discomfort while warming up. Lyles will rejoin the team in Texas, but won't start throwing again before the weekend.

Rangers: Guzman left in the sixth and went into MLB concussion protocol. His head struck the knee of third baseman Christian Villanueva when diving back on an attempted pickoff by Hedges. "It was very evident when we got out there, just his words, kind of the symptoms that he gave us," Banister said. ... RF Nomar Mazar left with tightness in his left hamstring after an infield single in the eighth. Banister described that as "pretty precautionary."


Padres right-hander Tyson Ross (5-5), who received no run support in his last two starts, faces the team he pitched for last year. Ross was 3-3 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 games in his only season with the Rangers after previously being with San Diego from 2013-16.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Winning Streak Ends in Loss to Twins]]>Sun, 24 Jun 2018 17:26:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joey-Gallo-062418.jpg

Once Jose Berrios escaped a jam in the first inning, the rest of the day belonged to the ace right-hander.

Berrios struck out a career-best 12 in seven innings, helping the Minnesota Twins beat Bartolo Colon and the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Sunday.

Shin-Soo Choo jumped on Berrios' first-pitch fastball for a leadoff double, but Berrios settled down before the Rangers could grab an early lead.

"Yeah, he surprised me," Berrios said through an interpreter. "I threw a fastball right down the pipe and he obviously connected as you guys know. That kind of gave me a heads up like, 'Oh, OK, game on here.'"

Eddie Rosario had two hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bobby Wilson and Robbie Grossman each singled in a run.

Berrios (8-5) surrendered just three hits while improving to 3-0 in June. Trevor Hildenberger pitched a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney finished the three-hitter for his 17th save.

The Rangers had won seven in a row and missed out on a chance for a perfect six-game road trip. Colon (4-5) yielded two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

"I think I pitched a great game, but I have to give credit to Berrios because he also pitched a great game too," Colon said through an interpreter.

Choo reached base safely for the 37th straight game with the leadoff double. He advanced to third on Adrian Beltre's two-out single to left, but didn't try for home with Rosario charging the ball. Berrios then struck out Rougned Odor to end the inning.

No other Texas runner reached second against Berrios. Only four batted balls left the infield, three coming in the first.

"Sometimes you got to tip your hat to a guy that throws the ball extremely well," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We saw him last year, very similar stuff, electric fastball, very loose arm, hard to pick up the release point off of him mixed with a solid breaking ball and changeup, just kept us off balance."

Berrios retired 14 of 16 batters at one point and struck out at least two batters in each of the first four innings. Berrios has allowed eight earned runs over his last 34 1/3 innings (2.10 ERA).

"Every time when I warm him up before the game, I have in my head that it's going to be a special day," said Wilson, who was behind the plate for the Twins. "He's just that electric of a pitcher and has that good of stuff. You just have a good feeling every time you see him on the mound. His pure stuff is elite in the game."

There were no further incidents after an intriguing sequence during Texas' 9-6 win on Saturday. Jurickson Profar stole second base in the fourth inning with a 9-2 lead. Profar was later hit on the leg by reliever Addison Reed with a pitch that appeared intentional.

The interaction drew a quip from Twins manager Paul Molitor when he was asked before Sunday's game about the three hit-by-pitches for Profar.

"The first one, our pitcher got his cleat caught in the dirt, the second one was a borderline strike," Molitor said. "With the armor these guys wear, they don't worry about getting out of the way. And the last time, we wanted to give him an opportunity to steal another base."

Before the game, Minnesota optioned rookie starter Fernando Romero to Triple-A Rochester and recalled right-handed reliever Alan Busenitz. The Twins bullpen had to account for 7 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss after Jake Odorizzi's short start.

The Twins will need a fifth starter again on Saturday in Chicago. Romero (3-3, 4.38 ERA) won't be eligible to return unless a player is put on the disabled list. Molitor said the likely starter on Saturday isn't on the current 25-man roster.

After the game, Minnesota optioned outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Triple-A and will make a corresponding move before Tuesday's game in Chicago.

Rangers: Joey Gallo was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with left hamstring tightness. Gallo said the injury has lingered for much of the season but he has played through it. He was at designated hitter on Sunday after playing first base on Saturday.

Twins: Byron Buxton (10-day disabled list, left great toe fracture) went 0 for 2 while playing designated hitter in his fifth rehab game for Triple-A Rochester, which was later suspended due to rain. Buxton is 3 for 16 on his rehab stint and there is no timetable on his return to Minnesota.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (4-6, 3.41 ERA) starts on Monday as Texas returns home against the San Diego Padres. Hamels has a 2.89 ERA over his past seven starts and has pitched into the seventh inning in five of the appearances. San Diego counters with LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 3.86 ERA).

Twins: After an off day, RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.64 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. Lynn owns a 1.73 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 36 1/3 over his last six starts. Chicago will start RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-5, 3.59 ERA).

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<![CDATA[Rangers Continue Their Win-Streak, Beat Twins 9-6]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:42:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Adrian Beltre has helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games over the years. On Saturday, he found a surprising way to spark his team to its seventh straight victory.

Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered to help Yovani Gallardo win for the first time since last July as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Saturday.

The home run wasn't anything unusual -- he's got 466 of those his 21-year major league career. But he led off the second inning by beating out a ground ball to shortstop, no easy feat for a 39-year-old who has spent almost a month on the disabled list this year with a strained left hamstring.

The infield single led to a six-run rally to help the Rangers overcome an early 2-0 deficit.

"Speed kills -- don't you know that?" a grinning Beltre said. "Over the last week or so, we've been able to find out how to get guys on, and now we're getting more consistent in bringing those guys in."

Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs for the Twins, while Logan Morrison also homered and Mitch Garver had three hits. Minnesota lost its third straight when it couldn't overcome a short start from veteran Jake Odorizzi (3-5).

The Twins did rally for three runs in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. But Rangers closer Keone Kela struck out Morrison with the bases loaded to end the game, earning his 18th save in 18 chances.

Gallardo (1-0) was making his second start for Texas after opening the year with Cincinnati. He promptly fell behind 2-0 just five pitches into the game before turning it around and pitching into the sixth inning.

Joe Mauer led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single to left. Then Rosario hit the first pitch he saw into the right-field seats for his 17th home run of the season.

But Gallardo settled down, at one point retiring 12 of 13. Morrison's two-run homer with one out in the sixth inning ended Gallardo's day, but he earned his first victory since July 29, 2017, when he was pitching for Seattle.

Odorizzi retired the side in order in the first inning, but the Rangers knocked him out in a six-run second. The big blows were two-run singles by Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara.

Beltre's second hit of the inning finally spelled the end for Odorizzi, who lasted just 1 2/3 innings. It was the shortest start of his career, other than a one-inning start in 2017 that he was forced to leave due to an injury.

"It just started to unravel," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "A couple guys got on, then he slipped on the mound, then he hit a guy, and even later in the inning after he'd given up some, we still had chances. He got ahead of Mazara 0-2, Beltre he got ahead of, but we just couldn't finish."

Odorizzi, the Twins' opening day starter, has seen his ERA climb steadily in his last six outings. He's allowed 25 earned runs in 25 2/3 innings over that stretch, driving his ERA to a season-high 4.97.

"It's upsetting and frustrating . It's not something I take lightly." Odorizzi said. "I take a lot of pride in getting guys out. Trust me, I'm more frustrated about this than anybody in this clubhouse. This has been one of the tougher stretches in my short big league career."


Rangers 3B Jurickson Profar was hit by pitches three times on Saturday, tying a team record that he also matched just two weeks ago. But the Rangers were not happy with the circumstances surrounding the third time it happened.

Profar stole second base in the fourth inning when the Rangers were leading 9-2. The next time Profar came to bat, Twins reliever Addison Reed threw three inside fastballs, finally hitting him in the leg with the third one.

"I thought the intent there was excessive, especially they tried to dial him up three different times," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The guy's playing baseball hard. I guess you can just look at it that there's a difference in what they're focusing in on and what we're focusing in on."

Molitor didn't try to rationalize Reed's approach to Profar, but he also didn't deny that the dugout took notice when Profar stole a base with a seven-run lead.

"The thought process between the unwritten rules of the game is not clearly defined," Molitor said. "What I might think and what he might think might be different things. I was surprised that (Profar) ran with the score the way it was, when he did. And getting hit there was something that Banister felt wasn't appropriate."


After the game the Twins optioned rookie RHP Fernando Romero to Triple-A Rochester, with a corresponding move to be announced on Sunday. Romero, who made his major league debut on May 2 and won his first two starts, is 3-3 with a 4.38 ERA in 10 starts.


Rangers: 1B Joey Gallo left the game in the third inning with left hamstring tightness. He was replaced by Ronald Guzman.

Twins: 3B Eduardo Escobar returned to the starting lineup for the first time since he was hit by a pitch on the right elbow in the first inning of Thursday's game against Boston.


Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-4, 4.91 ERA) returns to Target Field to face his former teammates in the series finale Sunday afternoon. Colon went 5-6 in 15 starts for the Twins last season as he helped them clinch the second AL wild card spot.

Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.51) will be looking for his first victory since June 7 as Minnesota tries to avoid being swept. In his last two starts he's allowed two earned runs in 12 1/3 innings but took no-decisions against Detroit and Boston.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Minor Pitches Rangers Past Twins For 6th Straight Win]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:45:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mike-minor-signed.jpg

Mike Minor apparently isn't superstitious. Rolling along in June after a rough May, Minor didn't flinch when asked how he's feeling about his new mustache.

"I think I might take it off," the veteran left-hander said, adding that he's getting tired of the new look.

Everything else is working pretty well at the moment.

Minor threw six solid innings, Shin-Soo Choo homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Minor's sharp performance continued a string of solid outings by Texas starters, easing the blow of a roller-coaster news day for the team's minor league pitchers.

Aside from a 13-12 win at Colorado, Texas' pitching staff has held opponents in check during the streak; the Rangers have outscored their opponents 26-9 in the other five games.

"Our starting pitching has been quality for us in this stretch," manager Jeff Banister said. "We've played clean defense."

Minor (5-4) has thrown three straight quality starts for the first time since throwing six straight in 2014 for Atlanta. He allowed one run and three hits, lowering his June ERA to 2.84. Banister called it one of Minor's best starts this year.

"Yeah, just because they haven't been very good this year," Minor quipped when told of Banister's comment.

Minor faced the minimum number of batters through five innings despite a first-inning single by Brian Dozier to deep left. Dozier tried to stretch for second, but Joey Gallo had a good jump and easily threw him out to end the inning. Minor retired his next 12 batters before Max Kepler doubled in the sixth.

"He was good, especially early," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He didn't have to throw a lot of pitches, got some first-pitch outs leading off innings, which kind of hampers the next guy up."

Texas opened the fourth with three straight singles off Fernando Romero (3-3), including a run-scoring hit up the middle by Adrian Beltre. Rougned Odor then drove in Nomar Mazara with a fielder's choice.

Choo's two-run shot off Romero made it 4-0 in the fifth.

Chris Martin got three outs before Jesse Chavez finished for his first save. Choo, Mazara and Beltre each drove in runs off Matt Belisle in the ninth.


"I forgot to turn my invisible powers on hoping he wouldn't see me, but he did," Dozier said of getting thrown out at second after his single in the first.


Texas had both good and bad pitching news in the minors on Friday. Joe Palumbo will continue his comeback from Tommy John surgery when he starts for the Arizona League Rangers on Sunday, and Martin Perez (elbow) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Class-A Hickory on Monday. On the other hand, prospect Alex Speas is set for Tommy John surgery, and Yohander Mendez -- demoted to Triple-A this week for breaking unspecified team rules -- was sent all the way down to Class A on Friday. The team said the move was not punitive.


Dozier made a diving grab at second to begin a flashy inning-ending double play in the seventh.


It was Choo's second homer on Texas' six-game road trip, and Friday marked his 35th straight game reaching base -- the longest such streak of his 16-year career.

"I know people always talk about it, the TV, my teammates," Choo said. "A lot of people talk about it, but I tell myself I just focus every at-bat."


Minnesota lost by seven for the second straight night. The Twins finally broke through in the sixth when Joe Mauer's one-out double scored Kepler, putting runners on second and third. But Minor retired Eddie Rosario and Dozier on popups, ending the threat.


Rangers: Martin (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day DL. Texas optioned Ricardo Rodriguez to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to make room for Martin, who was hurt while attempting to run onto the field during a benches-clearing brawl with the Dodgers last month. ... Banister said he expects Perez to work at least three innings. ... Sunday will mark Palumbo's first action since April 2017.

Twins: Rosario went 0 for 4 after missing a game with shoulder soreness. ... INF Eduardo Escobar pinch-hit in the eighth after taking a pitch to the elbow Thursday against Boston. Molitor said before the game he was optimistic Escobar would be ready to start Saturday. ... RHP Ervin Santana (finger) threw 35 pitches to hitters on Friday. "He said it's one of the better days he's had in a while, so I was encouraged by that," Molitor said.


Rangers: Yovani Gallardo (0-0) will make his second start of 2018 after exiting Sunday's game against Colorado trailing 5-1.

Twins: RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-4) makes his seventh career start against the Rangers and first of the season. He's 4-0 with a 2.02 ERA against Texas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rangers Extend Season-Long Win-Streak, Beat Royals 3-2]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 21:51:15 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Rougned Odor homered and the Texas Rangers extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Bibens-Dirkx (1-1) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings for his first victory since last Sept. 6 in a relief appearance at Atlanta -- and sent the Royals to their ninth straight loss.

Kansas City's slump is its longest this season, and the Royals have dropped 15 of 16 overall and been outscored 102-38 while losing 16 of 18 in June. Their worst June in franchise history was 7-19 in 1970, the team's second year in existence.

Bibens-Dirkx, a 33-year-old right-hander, spent 12 years in the minors, including two seasons with independent league teams before making his big league debut last year. He was called up to replace Yohander Mendez, who was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after violating team rules.

Jake Diekman worked the ninth for his second save, but not before yielding a leadoff homer to Mike Moustakas.

Odor homered into the Royals' bullpen with two outs in the sixth on a 1-2 pitch from Royals starter Jakob Junis, who has lost his last five starts and has not won since May 18. Junis (5-8) has given up 19 home runs to tie for the American League lead. He allowed three runs and five hits with four walks and a hit batter.

Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a single, extending his on-base streak to 34 games. He stole second, moved to third on Elvis Andrus' high chopper back to Junis and scored on Nomar Mazara's fly out to center fielder Rosell Herrera.

The Rangers loaded the bases with no outs in the second on singles by Jurickson Profar and Odor and Joey Gallo's first of three walks. The Rangers, however, converted that into only one run when Isiah Kiner-Falefa grounded into a double play.

Alex Gordon singled with one out in the Kansas City second and scored on Hunter Dozier's double.

Alcides Escobar, who's in a 3-for-53 skid, debated a called third strike to lead off the eight for Kansas City and was ejected by plate umpire Chad Fairchild. The Royals have three ejections in four games after having none in the first 70.


Bibens-Dirkx and Kiner-Falefa became the first starting pitcher and catcher in big league history with hyphenated last names. This was Kiner-Falefa's first time to catch in the majors, although he started five games this season with Triple-A Round Rock. "He's excited about doing it," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It'll be fun to watch. We think that he has a good chance to be able to make this a success."


After the Royals traded closer Kelvin Herrera to Washington, who will inherit that role? "All of them," Royals manager Ned Yost said of his relievers. "Opportunity exists down there. We'll have to see who takes advantage of it. I'll look at different guys, but I would prefer one guy to emerge, take advantage of the opportuity. But it's wide-open right now."


Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (elbow discomfort) threw batting practice to C Robinson Chirinos and OF Carlos Tocci. He is hopeful to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday. "There were some quality pitches inside the set, like a guy that was getting ready to take the next step of the rehab process," Banister said. ... RHP Chris Martin (right calf strain) also threw to hitters. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. "He's close," Banister said.


Rangers: Off on Thursday before opening a weekend series Friday at Minnesota with LHP Mike Minor (4-4, 5.35) starting.

Royals: Travel day on Thursday to Houston, where LHP Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.55) will start the series opener Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Rangers Extend Winning Streak to 4, Beat Royals]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 22:10:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-cole-hamels-texas-rangers-1.jpg

Cole Hamels allowed four hits over seven innings, Delino DeShields doubled home two runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games.

The Royals have lost eight straight, matching their season high, and 14 of 15. They own a major league-worst 10-28 home record and their 22-51 overall mark is the worst in franchise history after 73 games.

Hamels (4-6) picked up his first win since May 22. The run off him in the fifth was unearned and he has yet to allow an earned run in 20 innings over three starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Keone Kela pitched a spotless ninth for his 17th save in as many chances.

DeShields' second-inning double scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Robinson Chirinos.

Kiner-Falefa, who had three hits and walked, doubled home Adrian Beltre in the third. Jurickson Profar scored the second run of the inning after Mike Moustakas' fielding error to make it 4-0.

Royals starter Jason Hammel (2-8) was removed after 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and four walks. Hammel is 0-6 in nine home starts since an Aug. 20 victory over Cleveland.

Rosell Herrera's two-out double in the fifth scored Alex Gordon with the Kansas City run.

Whit Merrifield led off the Royals' first with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and stole third with none out, but did not score. Salvador Perez grounded into his 12th double play after Moustakas walked to end the inning.

Alex Gordon picked up his seventh outfield assist of the season, throwing out Elvis Andrus trying to score from second on Profar's ninth-inning single.

The Rangers have more than half of their 31 victories in the second games of series. They are 16-8 in Game 2s.

Adalberto Mondesi doubled off Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon on Monday. His father Raul Mondesi went 2 for 11 off Colon. The Mondesi family is the fourth father-son combo to each record a plate appearance against the 45-year-old pitcher.

Rangers: LHP Yohander Mendez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after violating team rules. RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx was recalled from the same club.

Royals: RHP Heath Fillmyer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 4-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 13 starts. He will be used in relief.

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) went 2 for 5 with a three-run homer and a double in Omaha's 9-2 victory Tuesday in Reno in his second minor league rehab game. OF Jorge Bonifacio, who is suspended for the first 80 games for violating the MLB's drug policy, is hitting .448 in seven games with Omaha.

Rangers: Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 6.55) will start the series finale. He went 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 11 starts with Round Rock.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (5-7, 4.43) has lost his past four decisions. He has never faced the Rangers.

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<![CDATA[Colon Passes Marichal for Most Wins by Dominican Pitcher]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:30:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bartolo-Colon-061818.jpg

Bartolo Colon earned his 244th win, passing Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, and the Texas Rangers beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Monday night.

Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer for the Rangers, who won their third straight game. The 45-year-old Colon (4-4) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings to break a tie with Marichal on the career wins chart.

Only right-hander Dennis Martinez has more victories among pitchers from Latin America. Martinez, a native of Nicaragua, won 245 games in the majors.

The Royals have lost seven straight and 13 of 14. They've dropped 27 of 37 games at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors. Kansas City is 2-14 in June, having been outscored 95-35.

Colon was 1-3 with a 9.51 ERA in his five previous starts. Kansas City loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but the portly and popular right-hander affectionately nicknamed Big Sexy got out of the inning when Hunter Dozier grounded into a double play.

Keona Kela tossed a spotless ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Beltre homered in the third off Ian Kennedy, with Elvis Andrus and Nomar Mazara aboard, to give the Rangers a 5-0 advantage. Mazara had three hits.

Kennedy (1-7) is 1-13 in his last 28 home starts. He is winless in 13 starts since an April 7 victory at Cleveland.

The right-hander gave up a home run to Shin-Soo Choo on his fourth pitch, a drive that just cleared the Royals' right-field bullpen fence. Choo reached base five times, including a double and three walks.

Kennedy yielded five runs on four hits, two of them home runs, and three walks.

Adalberto Mondesi had a run-producing double in the Kansas City third and scored on Mike Moustakas' sacrifice fly.

Rosel Herrera had a run-scoring triple in the fourth for his first extra-base hit and RBI, trimming the lead to 5-3.

Delino DeShields' bunt single in the eighth scored Jurickson Profar for the final Texas run.

Royals SS Alcides Escobar is in a 3-for-45 drought in his past 12 games.

Rangers: Andrus was activated after missing 59 games with a broken right elbow. RHP Ricardo Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, where he had allowed one unearned run in 13 1/3 innings. C Jose Trevino was optioned to Double-A Frisco after hitting a game-ending, two-run single in the ninth on Sunday. RHP Deck McGuire was designated for assignment.

Royals: Whit Merrifield was in the lineup as the designated hitter after leaving in the second inning Sunday with a bruised left knee after fouling a pitch off his leg.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (3-6, 3.69 ERA) starts Tuesday night at Kansas City.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (2-7, 4.89) is winless in his last eight home starts.

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<![CDATA[Trevino, Rangers Rally for 4 Runs in 9th to Beat Rockies]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:31:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jose-Trevino-061718.jpg

Father's Day was the crowning touch on rookie catcher Jose Trevino's wild week.

Trevino blooped a two-run single to left-center field, capping a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning that sent the Texas Rangers over the Colorado Rockies 13-12 on Sunday.

He has been a father for only a week, and a major leaguer for three days.

"It has been one of the craziest weeks of my life," a teary-eyed Trevino said in a television interview. "I can't wait to tell (my son) about it."

Rockies closer Wade Davis (0-2) retired only one batter while walking four and allowing singles to Rougned Odor and Trevino. He entered his third major league game in the top of the ninth after starting catcher Robinson Chirinos was hit on a foot by a foul ball.

Trevino is 2 for 8 for Texas, including a game-tying single in Saturday's 5-2 victory.

It was the fourth blown save in 24 opportunities for Davis, who threw 23 balls and 15 strikes while tying his season-high 38 pitches. As a result, Colorado lost for a National League-high 21st time after holding a lead.

"It looks as though his release point was way off," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "We'll address that."

Trevino took advantage.

"It's everything a kid dreams about, except for there was one out instead of two," he said.

Trevino has impressed manager Jeff Banister.

"Pretty incredible week for the young man. I think he'll look back on these first few days in the big leagues and think about how special they really are."

Colorado took a 5-1 lead in the fifth inning of the seesaw game. The Rangers scored five runs to take a 6-5 lead in the sixth, including Jurickson Profar's three-run homer off starter Jon Gray.

The Rockies responded with a five-run seventh to go ahead 10-6. Colorado's Gerardo Parra drove in four runs, three on a bases-clearing double in the seventh.

Texas pulled within 10-9 with three runs in the seventh. Trevor Story hit a two-run homer in the Colorado ninth against Jesse Chavez (3-1).

Yovani Gallardo, pitching for his hometown Rangers for the first time since 2015, allowed the Rockies' first five runs in five-plus innings.

Nomar Mazara drove in three Texas runs with two singles and a groundout.

Story, the National League leader with 54 RBIs, drove in two runs with his 15th homer.

Gray retired the Rangers' first 10 batters, striking out seven, before Delino DeShields singled, stole second base and scored on a single by Mazara.

Gray's only walk of the game led to the five-run sixth.

"You'd like to have your starting pitcher be a good front-runner and attack," Black said. "That inning, Jon got behind guys, 2-0 to the first hitter, 2-0 to the second hitter."

Rockies: LHP Mike Dunn (rhomboid strain) and RHP Scott Oberg threw bullpen sessions before the game. "Both successful," Black said. "No timetable on their returns. I suspect that they'll throw another bullpen during the next couple days."

Rangers: RF Mazara (sore left wrist) and C Robinson Chirinos (body soreness) returned to the lineup after missing two games. Chirinos now may miss more time with a foot injury. "Pretty sore, pretty numb in the area where he got hit," manager Jeff Banister said. ... SS Elvis Andrus (fractured right elbow) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, where he was 0 for 2 with two walks leading off as the DH. Banister said he expected Andrus to make the trip to Kansas City for a series beginning on Monday.

Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu hit his second leadoff homer this season and of his career. The Rangers' leadoff batter, DH Shin-Soo Choo, extended his on-base streak to 31 games with a sixth-inning single.

SS Jurickson Profar leads the Rangers with 33 RBIs since May 1. For the season, he has 41 RBIs after totaling only 53 in his first four injury-riddled seasons.

Profar has five of his career-high eight home runs in his last 11 games. He has four homers in four starts batting fourth in Texas' lineup this season.

Rockies: They return home, where they have lost seven in a row, to play the Mets on Monday. LHP Tyler Anderson (4-1, 4.48) will start for Colorado against New York RHP Jacob deGrom (4-2, 1.55).

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-4, 4.94) will start the series opener on Monday at Kansas City against RHP Ian Kennedy (1-6, 5.13). ... Trevino will be making his first major league road trip. He said, "It should be some fun."

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<![CDATA[Beltre Triples as Rangers Beat Rockies to End 7-Game Skid]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:57:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jose-Trevino-061618.jpg

Jose Trevino went from preparing for a game in Double-A to playing twice in less than 24 hours for the Texas Rangers, and delivering a tying RBI with his first big league hit.

The rookie catcher's single in the seventh inning tied Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies, and 39-year-old active career hits leader Adrian Beltre put the Rangers ahead with a two-run triple in the eighth as they stopped a seven-game skid with a 5-2 victory Saturday.

"I couldn't tell you if I was more excited to get the tying RBI or my first hit, but I knew if I got the RBI, it'd be a hit," Trevino said. "It's been crazy, just trying to soak it all in and slow it down."

Trevino was going through his pregame workouts Friday at Frisco, about 35 miles from the Rangers' ballpark, when he got the late call-up to the big leagues. Rangers starting catcher Robinson Chirinos was going to serve his one-game MLB suspension for the scuffle after a home plate collision with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Carlos Perez started Friday night behind the plate, but he injured his right ankle in the second inning, and Trevino quickly made his big league debut.

"No time to be nervous," Trevino said.

When Perez got to the ballpark Saturday for a day game, he found out he was in the starting lineup. Perez went on the 10-day disabled list, and Chirinos was still sore from the collision.

"He's handled it great. To be forced into duty on a night when he came in as kind of an emergency," manager Jeff Banister said. "That at-bat at the end there (Saturday) was tremendous. He needs to be proud of himself."

Rougned Odor led off the Texas seventh with triple. He scored on a double by Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who came home when Trevino grounded a ball through the left side of the infield to tie the game at 2.

Beltre, who has been on the disabled list twice this season because of a strained left hamstring, got the triple on a fly ball that went over the head of right fielder Carlos Gonzalez and ricocheted off the bottom half of the outfield wall. It was Beltre's 3,095th career hit.

"As soon as I hit it, I knew it was enough to score the runs, so that's all I cared," Beltre said.

"Off the bat, it looked like it was going to go over the fence. I tried to do as much as possible," Gonzalez said. "I guess we can say we got lucky that it didn't go over the fence."

Delino DeShields drew a leadoff walk against Harrison Musgrave (0-2), and went to third on Jurickson Profar's single before Beltre's 38th career triple. Pinch-runner Ryan Rua came home on Odor's sacrifice fly.

Jose Leclerc (2-2) struck out two in a perfect eighth and Keone Kela worked the ninth for his 15th save, the most in the majors without a blown chance.

Rangers starter Mike Minor struck out six while matching his season long with seven innings. He had a balk and a wild pitch, both playing into the Rockies runs.

Ian Desmond walked in the second and advanced on a balk before a two-out single by Gonzalez. D.J. LeMahieu had a leadoff single in the sixth, and was at third after a wild pitch before coming home on Nolan Arenado's sac fly.

But Minor worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.

"To keep the score the way it was, to give our guys that little energy level to say `Hey, we're still in this'," Banister said. "If we give up a couple of runs there, it's probably a little different situation."

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo had a leadoff walk in the first, before adding two hits. He has reached base in 30 consecutive games for the longest streak in the American League this season.

Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland, who won all four of his interleague starts as a rookie last season, permitted two runs and eight hits in seven innings.

"He's made great strides. I think there's a confidence level there to utilize a couple of different pitches," manager Bud Black said. "He's limiting mistakes, especially with runners on base. We're seeing growth before our eyes."

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus, out since fracturing his right elbow April 11, was moved from Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock. He could rejoin the Rangers as early as Monday.

RHP Yovani Gallardo, who has pitched for three different major league teams since leaving his hometown Rangers after the 2015 season, is expected to start the series finale for Texas. He has been at Triple-A since signing a minor league deal in April after being designated for assignment by Cincinnati. RHP Jon Gray, with a 7.98 ERA his last six starts, goes for the Rockies.

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<![CDATA[Desmond Homers Twice as Rockies Rally for Win at Rangers]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:32:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-975916760.jpg

Ian Desmond homered twice and Trevor Story had a pair of RBI hits in his first game near home as the Colorado Rockies overcame a quick five-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 in the opener of an interleague series Friday night.

It was Desmond's first game in Texas since the converted shortstop was an All-Star center fielder in his only season with the Rangers in 2016.

Story grew up about 15 minutes away from the Rangers' ballpark before he was the 45th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Rockies out of Irving High School. The shortstop, who still lives in the area in the offseason, had an RBI single in a six-run sixth and added a run-scoring double in the seventh to push his NL-best total to 52 RBIs.

Texas has a seven-game losing streak, its longest of the season. The Rockies had lost five of their previous six games.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each hit two-run homers in the first when the Rangers jumped out to 5-0 lead against Chad Bettis (5-1), another Texas native.

Bettis, who is from Lubbock and played at Texas Tech, pitched into the sixth without giving up another run. The right-hander struck out six and walked three.

Desmond homered to lead off a six-run second against Yohander Mendez (0-1), the lefty making his first big league start. D.J. LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon had consecutive RBI singles before Nolan Arenado snapped a career-worst 0-for-19 slump with a two-run double.

Arenado led off the ninth with his 13th homer.

Desmond's second homer, in the fifth, was his 14th of the season for Colorado's primary first baseman. It is his fifth career multihomer game, and the first by a Rockies player at an American League park since Blackmon at Yankee Stadium in 2016


Rockies: RHP Carlos Estevez, who has been out all season with a left oblique and elbow strain, threw a bullpen session. Manager Bud Black said he threw all of his pitched at a high-level intensity and is "really gaining momentum."

Rangers: Carlos Perez, starting in place of Chirinos, rolled his right ankle extending to catch a ball in the top of the second inning. Jose Trevino, recalled from Double-A Frisco, made his big league when he batted for Perez in the bottom of the inning and then stayed in the game as the catcher. ... RF Nomar Mazara was a late scratch from the lineup because of left wrist soreness. ... Right-handed relievers Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Chris Martin (right calf strain) were put on the 10-day DL.


Lefty Kyle Feeland (6-6), the Denver native who was 4-0 in interleague starts as a rookie last season, takes the mound for the Rockies in the first of consecutive day games to close out the interleague series. Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (4-4) is working on extended six days of rest after Texas had two off days during the week.

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<![CDATA[MLB Suspends Rangers C Chirinos, Dodgers OF Kemp for Scuffle]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:26:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dodgers-and-Rangers-Come-to-Blows-in-Game-21.jpg

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a home plate collision.

Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, announced the suspensions, along with undisclosed fines.

Chirinos was not in the Rangers lineup Friday night for a series opener at home against Colorado, and the team said he was serving his suspension. Kemp is appealing his suspension, making him available for Los Angeles' game against San Francisco.

Kemp was trying to score from second base on a two-out single by Enrique Hernandez in the third inning of Wednesday night's game at Dodger Stadium. Chirinos caught a pinpoint throw by right fielder Nomar Mazara and had his glove out to tag Kemp, who barreled into the catcher with his arms up and leading with his shoulder. Chirinos' helmet flew off as both he and Kemp fell to the ground.

Both benches and bullpens cleared after Chirinos and Kemp got up and shoved each other. Kemp was restrained by Rangers starter Cole Hamels.

No punches were thrown, but Chirinos and Kemp were both ejected.

Rules have been put in place to outlaw runners from plowing into catchers, and catchers have to give runners a lane to the plate in most cases. In this play, the throw home took Chirinos directly into Kemp's path home.

In a series of moves before Friday's game, the Rangers recalled catcher Jose Trevino from nearby Double-A Frisco even though they will be playing with 24 players because of the suspension.

Texas placed right-handed relievers Matt Bush (right elbow strain) and Chris Martin (right calf strain) on the 10-day disabled list. Martin felt a twinge in his leg when running out of the bullpen Wednesday night at the start of the scuffle.

The Rangers also recalled right-hander Yohander Mendez from Triple-A Round Rock to start Friday night's game, a day after infielder Hanser Alberto was sent back to Round Rock. Lefty reliever Brandon Mann was also recalled.

Mazara was a late scratch from the Texas lineup because of left wrist soreness.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Edge Texas in 11 Innings]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 03:44:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dodgers-and-Rangers-Come-to-Blows-in-Game-21.jpg

First, there was a violent play at the plate that led to two ejections and a benches-clearing incident. Then the game was won on a play at the plate with an unusual tag.

Enrique Hernandez dodged home on a wild throw by pitcher Matt Bush in the 11th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Hernandez drew a leadoff walk from Jesse Chavez (2-1) and moved up on a long flyout. Yasiel Puig was intentionally walked and Chavez was yanked after a walk to Logan Forsythe loaded the bases.

Austin Barnes followed with a comebacker, and Bush reached out to grab it. But Bush hurried as he spun around, and his throw home for a potential forceout pulled catcher Carlos Perez off the plate. Hernandez stepped over Barnes' bat, pirouetted around the catcher and touched home with his right hand, leaving Perez tagging nothing but air.

"Just bringing back my Latino roots, showing off my salsa moves," Hernandez joked.

Matt Kemp gave Hernandez a rave review: "Great slide, avoided the tag, very limber."

The Rangers asked for a replay review, and the safe call was upheld. After Barnes' at-bat, the Dodgers would've run out of position players -- instead, Bush's error sent Texas to its season-worst sixth straight loss. The last-place Rangers got swept for the third time this season and second straight series.

Adam Liberatore (2-1) got the win in relief.

In the third, Kemp and Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos got ejected and the benches and bullpens cleared.

With two outs, Hernandez singled to right and Kemp tried to score from second base. Chirinos caught a pinpoint throw by Nomar Mazara and had his glove out to tag Kemp.

Kemp barreled into Chirinos with his arms up, leading with his shoulder. Chirinos' helmet flew off as he got knocked over and Kemp fell, too. Chirinos held onto the ball for the out.

Chirinos and Kemp jostled as they got up. That led to both benches and bullpens clearing and forming a scrum at the plate. Kemp was restrained by Rangers starter Cole Hamels.

"I didn't know he was going to come after me like that," Chirinos said. "I got mad when Kemp got up and he leaned into me and put his shoulder into me. That's when I rushed him. Everyone knows the rule, they preach it to us in spring training. It was emotional."

No punches were thrown.

"It's not a big deal," Kemp said. "Two guys shoving each other and it's over."

The rules outlaw runners from plowing into catchers, and catchers have to give runners a lane to the plate in most cases. In this play, the throw home took Chirinos directly into Kemp's path to the plate.

"I think it's unclear to everybody," Kemp said of the newer rule. "He was blocking the plate. I don't know the rule. I don't even know how it works. I didn't have a clear path to slide. All I could really think about when I saw him blocking the plate was Washington when I slid into home and messed up my ankle. I didn't want to do that again."

Crew chief Bill Welke said Kemp didn't violate the rule, and both players were ejected for their tussle after the play.

"The runner is protected by the blocking of the plate if he slides," Welke told a pool reporter after the game. "Kemp choose not to slide, therefore he lost his protection."

Hernandez called the third-inning brouhaha "a little bit of old-school baseball."

"I'm one of the older guys now and when I first came up that's how they slid into home, but the game has transitioned," Hamels said. "Sportsmanship has changed. I can't give you definite answer if Kemp broke the rule or not. It's a tough way to lose."

With two outs in the ninth and Yasiel Puig on third, Delino DeShields robbed pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal of a home run at the center field wall. DeShields leaped and caught the ball before landing on his rear to send the game into extra innings.

Texas tied the game 2-all in the fourth on RBI singles by Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo.

The Dodgers led 1-0 in the first on Justin Turner's homer. They added a run in the second on a double steal by Puig and Forsythe. Puig scored from third.

Hamels allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked four. Turner's homer was the 18th given up by Hamels this season.

Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda allowed two runs and five hits in five innings while facing the Rangers for the first time in his career. He walked three and struck out one in his first start since May 29 after being on the DL with a right hip strain.


Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (right elbow fracture) went 1-for-7 in his first two rehab games at Double-A Frisco and was to set to be the DH and play seven innings on Wednesday. Manager Jeff Banister says Andrus' return depends on when he's in shape to play every day. Andrus isn't expected to rejoin the team before this weekend. ... LHP Matt Moore won't start this weekend and is being sent to the bullpen to work on his delivery and make necessary adjustments.

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) threw a bullpen for the second straight day, with president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and manager Dave Roberts watching. Kershaw also worked on mechanics with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. ... LHP Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) will make a rehab start Thursday for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. If it goes well, Hill will rejoin the rotation next week in Chicago. ... LHP Alex Wood threw a bullpen session.


Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre doubled in the fourth inning, giving him 3,090 career hits to break a tie with Ichiro Suzuki for the most by a a non-U.S. native.


Rangers: Following a day off, LHP Yohander Mendez gets recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to start the series opener Friday against Colorado. He made a brief appearance earlier this season with the Rangers and has started 10 games for the Express with a 5.26 ERA this season. Mendez is filling in for injured RHP Doug Fister (knee). RHP Mike Minor had been set to start Friday, but will be pushed back to Saturday.

Dodgers: After an off-day, RHP Ross Stripling (5-1, 1.65) will start Friday's home opener against the rival Giants. He and Wood are flip-flopping, with Wood getting an extra day before he starts Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Top 5 Draft Picks, Including 3 Prep Pitchers]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:53:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers-draft-picks-061218.jpg

Cole Winn, Owen White and Mason Englert donned Texas Rangers jerseys Tuesday at the team's ballpark, across the street from where a new stadium is under construction.

The Rangers hope the three prep right-handers, among their top five picks in last week's draft, are foundation pieces for their big league pitching staff in the future.

"I think just drafting three pitchers in the top five rounds is going to really push us to be better," said Winn, the first-round pick who got a $3.15 million signing bonus. "We're all going to push each other, so it's going to be really exciting."

Texas has signed all of its first five picks, including Arizona high school shortstops Jonathan Ornelas and Jayce Easley. All were introduced Tuesday before flying together to the team's complex in Arizona.

"They got guys with all similar and positive characteristics," Englert, the 6-foot-5 pitcher from nearby Forney who was the fourth-round pick, said about the quintet. "I think we all have leadership skills. It's going to be really fun to see what we can all do together."

White, the second-round pick, got a $1.5 million bonus while Englert got $1 million. Ornelas, the third-round pick, got $622,800 and fifth-round pick Easley, the switch-hitting son of former big leaguer Damion Easley, got $500,000.

The Rangers took 10 pitchers and four shortstops with their first 14 picks. Of their 40 picks overall, 25 were college players, but the first five were straight out of high school.

"Didn't really plan it that way," Kip Fagg, the team's senior director of amateur scouting said when introducing those top five picks.

Fagg said that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels asked him the night before the draft who were the top six players he wanted. Fagg said he put together two lists of six players, and that their top five picks were all on both lists.

"What separates this group right here is their makeup, their toughness, their work ethic, and all the things that go in being great baseball players," Fagg said.

In introducing Winn, the 15th overall pick, Fagg talked about him as "a future starter, workhorse" in the upper part of the rotation. The scouting director described White, who like Winn has a four-pitch mix, as "one of the cornerstones of our starting rotation moving forward."

Winn was 8-2 with a 0.20 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 70 innings for Orange Lutheran High in Orange, California. The 6-2 Winn was Gatorade's California high school player of the year, after being Gatorade's 2017 top player in Colorado before his family's move to the west.

The 6-4 White, the 55th overall pick, was the Gatorade prep player of the year in North Carolina this year after going 10-1 with a 0.22 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 63 2-3 innings.

"They've blessed us, God's blessed us. I think everybody should thank God for this position we're in," White said. "I definitely think that we all three have the ability to be up here in the next couple of years."

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Batter Colon for 8 Runs in 12-5 Win Over Rangers]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 05:06:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/164*120/GettyImages-972811246.jpg

After muddling their way through the first two months of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting their stride in June.

Joc Pederson, Max Muncy and Yasiel Puig homered off ageless wonder Bartolo Colon, and the defending NL champions broke loose for seven runs in the fourth inning to rout the last-place Texas Rangers 12-5 on Tuesday night and improve to 8-2 this month.

Los Angeles moved two games above .500 for the first time this season.

"Winning is contagious," said Cody Bellinger, who reached base safely in four of five plate appearances. "When you're winning, everything comes together."

The Dodgers pounded out 16 hits in taking their second straight game.

"We're taking a lot of good swings," manager Dave Roberts said.

Colon, the 45-year-old right-hander, has allowed 19 homers this season. He recorded his 2,500th career strikeout against Muncy in the first.

Colon (3-4) got tagged for season highs in runs (eight) and hits (nine) over 3 1/3 innings after tossing at least five innings in 10 of 11 starts. He was trying to break a tie with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher -- they both have 243.

"They took advantage of me. They got heated up good," Colon said through a translator. "That's what happened, so I couldn't do (anything). They were very aggressive and I couldn't hold them."

The Rangers lost their season high-tying fifth in a row in their first visit to Dodger Stadium since 2015. They fell to 14-19 on the road, having lost four of their last five.

Texas manager Jeff Banister liked Colon's velocity early on before watching it tail off.

"Couldn't get the sinker where he wanted it to. It seemed like all pitches were getting hit pretty good," he said. "Fastball was elevated and couldn't land the off-speed stuff down in the strike zone where he wanted to."

Edward Paredes (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief.

Daniel Corcino pitched three innings for his first career save, but stumbled with two outs in the ninth when he allowed two runs. Jurickson Profar had an RBI single and Delino DeShields scored on a throwing error by Puig in right field.

Pederson's two-run homer in the second -- his seventh in eight games -- gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead after Puig drove in their first run with a two-out double.

Pederson notched his fourth three-hit game of the season. He hit just one homer in the first 53 games, and now has seven in his last eight games since June 2.

"What I used to do in the past is worry about the results," he said. "Used to get real frustrated with not getting results. Instead, I'm just sticking to the process. I've been hitting some balls hard on the ground. Now I'm able to get some balls in the air and do some damage."

Muncy hit his team-leading 13th homer, going deep in his fourth straight game, to make it 4-2 in the third. He made his first start of the season at second base.

The Dodgers batted around in the fourth, with Puig powering a two-run homer to get the scoring started. Chris Taylor added an RBI single and scored on an error by Profar at shortstop. Bellinger had an RBI double and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run single in extending their lead to 11-2.

Muncy's groundout in the fifth made it 12-3.

Caleb Ferguson allowed two runs and five hits in four innings during his second major league start for the Dodgers after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day. The left-hander struck out three and walked two.

Adrian Beltre had an RBI single for the Rangers, and Shin-Soo Choo homered leading off the fifth.


Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus will be the designated hitter and play seven innings in the second game of a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler went on the 10-day DL with a right rib microfracture, an injury sustained when he was hit by a 108 mph line drive by Colorado's Trevor Story on May 21. ... LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back strain) threw a bullpen, and a simulated game will occur soon. "He's reassured me he feels great," Roberts said. ... LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) threw a bullpen.


"I had to face him and get hits off him when he was a lot better." -- Roberts on Colon.


Colon has never fared well against the Dodgers. He is 2-7 with a 6.12 ERA in 11 career starts. He's struck out 39 and walked 10. His eight runs were the most he's allowed since June 5, 2017, when he gave up eight against the Phillies over 3 2/3 innings.


With two hits, Beltre tied Ichiro Suzuki for 21st place on the career list at 3,089.


LHP Cole Hamels (3-6, 3.86 ERA) goes for the Rangers in the series finale, having allowed 17 home runs, second-most in the majors. RHP Kenta Maeda (4-4, 3.61) makes his first start since May 29 after being on the DL with a right hip strain. He's never faced Texas.

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<![CDATA[Rangers SS Andrus' Rehab Starts 2 Months After Broken Elbow]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:42:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/andrus-injury.jpg

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has played in his first game since his right elbow was fractured when he got hit by a pitch two months ago.

Andrus started an injury rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Monday night. He went 0 for 3 at the plate and had four assists on defense while playing five innings.

Andrus got hit on his throwing elbow by a fastball from hard-throwing reliever Keynan Middleton in the ninth inning of a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on April 11.

This is the first time in his 10-season career that Andrus has been on the disabled list. Monday was the first day he was eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day DL, though he is expected to play several rehab games. He is scheduled to be the designated hitter when the RoughRiders play a midday game Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Admiration is a Two-Way Street for Rangers, Iraq War Veteran]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:55:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Banister-Victoria-Hare-061018.jpg

Thursday night the Texas Rangers hosted the Houston Astros in a June regular season game that didn't stand out to most baseball fans.

But for one Rangers fan, it was a special night.

Victoria Hare is an Iraq War veteran and a huge Rangers fan. She was back in Texas before she returns to the Middle East for a second tour of duty.

During her first tour, she had the opportunity to fly an American flag in a helicopter combat mission in honor of anyone she wanted to honor. She chose the Rangers.

Following the mission, she contacted me to see if I could get the flag to Rangers manager Jeff Banister. When Banister heard the story, he wanted to set up a meeting with Hare so he could receive the flag in person.

Hare not only met Banister to present the flag, but met the whole team. She also received a custom jersey, an autographed baseball and was recognized on the videoboard during the game.

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<![CDATA[Balk Gives Astros Win, First 4-Game Sweep of Rangers]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 18:06:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff-Banister-ejected-061018.jpg

Houston manager A.J. Hinch thought it was clear that Texas closer Keone Kela balked with the go-ahead run at third base in the ninth inning.

Rangers counterpart Jeff Banister says he had never seen a balk ruling after umpires didn't make the call immediately when a pitch was thrown.

Either way, the Astros have the first four-game sweep of their Texas rivals.

George Springer scored the tiebreaking run on Kela's balk after homering on the first pitch of the game, and the Astros beat the Rangers 8-7 Sunday despite blowing a six-run cushion early and a one-run lead late.

Kela had already thrown the pitch to Evan Gattis with two outs when Hinch came out of the dugout. Crew chief Sam Holbrook said the umpires stopped Hinch before he could argue to discuss whether Kela had declared that he would pitch out of the windup with runners at second and third.

Once the umpires agreed Kela hadn't made such a declaration, they awarded Springer home. Replay showed Kela (3-3) not pausing in his delivery, and Banister was ejected by Holbrook while arguing the decision.

"There was nothing, no umpire called a balk," Banister said. "My argument was didn't know that we could come out and get the umpires to convene to try to see what everybody came up with. Upsetting in the sense that you can't argue against a balk."

Springer walked to lead off the ninth, went to second on a wild pitch and took third on a flyout by Yuli Gurriel after an intentional walk to Jose Altuve. As for the confusion after the pitch to Gattis, Hinch didn't think there was much of an argument.

"It was a weird play and I think it caught everybody off guard, including the umpiring crew," he said. "Kela does that all the time with nobody on, so I think he was so focused on the hitter, he decided to do a quick pitch, which you can't do."

Kela didn't have much of an argument himself.

"I didn't know exactly what the call was but I've done it previously," he said. "I've used the quick pitch a lot. So when I came set, I felt I had come to a set stop and then make my pitch. But under the umpire's discretion it wasn't enough time for me to hold the ball."

The World Series champion Astros won their fifth straight and moved a season-high 17 games over .500 (42-25) despite Dallas Keuchel failing to hold a 6-0 lead.

The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner couldn't get through five innings, matching a career worst by allowing 13 hits while throwing 106 pitches in just 4 1/3 innings.

Gurriel's fourth hit was a tiebreaking homer in the seventh, but the Rangers got even again when Nomar Mazara doubled and Adrian Beltre singled him home with two outs in the eighth against Will Harris (2-3).

Hector Rondon struck out the side in the ninth for his third save of the season and second in as many games.

Texas dropped a season-high 14 games under .500 (27-41) despite a season-best 16 hits.

Ronald Guzman's RBI single for a 6-6 tie finished off Keuchel in the fifth, and the Astros stayed even when lefty Tony Sipp came on thanks to Gurriel's leaping grab of a liner from Shin-Soo Choo that turned into an unassisted double play at first base.

Choo, who reached base in a majors-leading 26th straight game, and Carlos Perez had two-run singles for the Rangers.

Springer's major league-leading fifth leadoff homer of the season was his third against Texas, this time against struggling left-hander Matt Moore after the previous two were off lefty ace Cole Hamels. Last year's World Series MVP leads the Astros with 14 home runs.

Beltre had three hits to push his career total to 3,087. The 39-year-old in his 21st season needs two hits to tie Ichiro Suzuki for the most among non-U.S. natives and 21st on the all-time list.

Astros: RHP Joe Smith went on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow soreness, and LHP Reymin Guduan was recalled from Triple-A Fresno. The move on Smith was retroactive to Thursday. ... SS Carlos Correa was out of the lineup a fourth straight day since leaving a game Wednesday with soreness on his right side. He's expected to be ready after Monday's off day.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister went on the DL with a right knee strain. He left his start Friday after throwing one pitch in the sixth inning. Manager Jeff Banister said he expects Fister's absence to go beyond June 19, the next time the Rangers would need him to take his turn in the rotation. INF Hanser Alberto was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3, 3.94 ERA) takes the opener of a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday. McCullers has beaten the A's twice this season, allowing seven hits and two runs in 12 innings.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 4.16) goes in the opener of a two-game series at the LA Dodgers on Tuesday. The 45-year-old is tied with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher at 243.

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<![CDATA[Springer, Astros Overcome Wild Morton Start to Top Rangers]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 21:38:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

George Springer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and the Houston Astros overcame a wild start from Charlie Morton to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Morton tied an American League record with four hit batters and had a career-high six walks as the Astros allowed 10 walks, a season high. But the Rangers tied a club record with 17 runners left on base in a nine-inning game, most in the majors without extra innings this season.

The hard-throwing right-hander who had a 10-game winning streak stopped in his previous start gave up two runs without allowing a hit in the second. The only hit Morton surrendered in 3 2/3 innings was a third-inning double from Ronald Guzman that didn't factor in the scoring.

After hitting Rougned Odor and walking Robinson Chirinos and Guzman in the second, Morton struck out Shin-Soo Choo before Delino DeShields hit a chopper up the middle that second baseman Jose Altuve fumbled for an error as Odor scored. Nomar Mazara followed with a sacrifice fly for an unearned run and a 2-2 tie.

Reliever Brad Peacock hit Isiah Kiner-Falefa with his final pitch in the sixth to break Houston's franchise record with five hit batters.

The Rangers also set a club record by getting hit five times but the worst hitting team in the majors with runners in scoring position went 1 for 17 in those situations. Texas stranded 12 runners in scoring position.

Tony Sipp (1-0) struck out the first three hitters he faced in the sixth and seventh, and Hector Rondon got pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre to bounce into a game-ending double play for his second save.

Springer's go-ahead single landed just in front of a sprinting Joey Gallo in left field against Jose Leclerc (1-2) after Guzman's RBI single had pulled Texas even in the fifth.

Max Stassi homered leading off the fifth for Houston, and Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel had run-scoring hits in the first.

Three of Houston's walks went to Choo, who reached base in his 25th straight game to extend his majors-leading streak.

The last AL pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Orlando Hernandez with the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Morton now shares the franchise record with the late Darryl Kile, who hit four against St. Louis in 1996. ... Texas' Jurickson Profar was hit twice in a game for the first time in his career.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa missed a third straight game with soreness on his right side. Manager A.J. Hinch said Correa could be available Sunday if he doesn't start, and the club is optimistic he will be ready after an off day Monday.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus took live batting practice for the second straight day and will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Monday. He broke his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch April 11 against the LA Angels.

The Astros go for a four-game sweep with LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-8, 4.13 ERA), who is tied for the major league lead in losses. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner pitched seven scoreless innings against Texas in his most recent victory May 13. LHP Matt Moore (1-5, 7.47) is 0-3 in six home starts for the Rangers after an NL-leading 15 losses last year with San Francisco.

<![CDATA[Verlander Recovers From 1st-Pitch HR, Astros Top Rangers]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:57:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-970025604.jpg

Justin Verlander struck out nine in seven innings after Shin-Soo Choo homered on the Houston ace's first pitch of the game, and the Astros went on to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3 Friday night.

The hard-throwing right-hander gave up three earned runs after allowing just two in his first 40 2/3 innings on the road this season, but the Astros gave him a 4-1 lead in the second, capped by George Springer's two-run double .

Houston held on even after Rangers slugger Joey Gallo bunted against the shift for a base hit in the sixth inning, drawing a big ovation from the crowd. The Astros had been putting six defenders to the right side of second base when Gallo batted this season, and old-school baseball fans had been urging him to bunt toward third and beat the shift. Verlander escaped that inning to preserve a 5-3 lead.

Jose Altuve's two-run homer off reliever Matt Bush gave the Astros their biggest lead in the seventh.

Alex Bregman connected on a solo shot in the fifth against Texas starter Doug Fister, who left the game with right knee soreness after throwing one pitch in the sixth.

It was the third time in 24 starts for Houston, including the playoffs, that Verlander has allowed three earned runs. And that's the most the 2012 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner has given up since joining the Astros for the final month on the way to their first World Series title last year.

Verlander (8-2) bounced back from Choo's 11th homer with five straight strikeouts. Adrian Beltre fanned three times against Verlander in his first four-strikeout game since 2012.

Nomar Mazara had a two-run double in the third as Verlander's major league-leading ERA rose to 1.45.

Fister (1-7) allowed six hits and five runs in five innings, remaining winless in 10 starts since beating the Astros in his Texas debut on the second day of the season.

Marwin Gonzalez had a tying RBI double in the second before the speedy Tony Kemp's infield single put the Astros in front for good. Springer followed with a liner into the corner in left field.

Choo, who extended his majors-leading streak of reaching base to 24 games, also had a walk and a bunt single.


Astros shortstop Carlos Correa missed his second straight game since coming out after seven innings against Seattle on Wednesday because of soreness on his right side. Correa said an MRI didn't show anything abnormal, but manager A.J. Hinch said the club won't rush it. "I think what gives us comfort is that he hasn't had any pain since the night that he got injured. He's not feeling anything when he coughs, when he breathes, when he laughs, any sort of body movement," Hinch said. The Astros have a day off after this four-game series.


Astros: C Brian McCann was activated from the disabled list after missing nine games with right knee soreness, snapping a 1-for-29 slide with a single in the ninth inning.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus took light batting practice. He's been on the disabled list since April 13 after breaking his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch. Andrus is eligible to come off the 60-day DL Monday.


Houston RHP Charlie Morton (7-1, 2.84 ERA) is coming off his first loss in his worst start of the season -- nine hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 9-3 loss to Boston. Texas LHP Mike Minor (4-4, 5.76) is facing the Astros for the third time this season. He was 0-1 with a 6.52 ERA in the first two.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Give Jon Daniels a Multi-Year Contract Extension]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:02:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_JON_DANIELS_ON_MOVES_AND_TEAM_FIGHT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_963222595946.jpg

The Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract extension with President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels.

Daniels was hired back in 2005, becoming the youngest MLB general manager ever, at the age of 28. 

The Rangers noted his track record, which includes back-to-back AL pennants in 2010 and 2011, as part of their reasoning for extending Daniels, despite the team's recent struggles.

"Coming into the season, extending Jon Daniels' contract was a priority for us," Managing Partner Ray Davis said, according to a statement released by the team. "Over the last decade, the Rangers have the fifth best winning-percentage in the major leagues and have gone to the playoffs five times in a period of success unsurpassed in franchise history."

Details of the contract extension are still unknown.

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<![CDATA[Gattis and Cole Lead Astros Past Rangers 5-2]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 05:20:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Evan Gattis homered in a happy homecoming, aided by a favorable matchup.

The Astros slugger and Dallas native hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, and Gerrit Cole allowed one run over six solid innings as Houston topped the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Thursday night.

"I've watched a lot of games here growing up," said Gattis, whose parents and brothers were in attendance. "I love this park. Sweet."

It was Gattis' 10th homer of the season, nine coming in his last 20 starts. It was Gattis' fourth homer off Cole Hamels in 34 career at-bats.

"I know I've had some success against him," Gattis said of Hamels. "I don't know why. It's been different pitches and different stuff, but maybe some guys you just kind of see better."

Alex Bregman also homered for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had three singles after coming in with a big league-leading 85.

Cole (7-1) gave up just three singles - and none after the third inning - had eight strikeouts and walked three while throwing 102 pitches. He entered the game leading the American League in strikeouts (116) and was second in opponents' batting average (.171).

"Try to minimize damage early knowing that the guys are going to be able to back us up," Cole said.

Hamels (3-6) didn't allow a hit until Bregman's one-out double in the fourth. Altuve singled home Bregman to tie it at 1 and scored on Gattis' two-out homer. Bregman chased Hamels with his homer in the eighth. Hamels gave up five runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 1/3 innings, his longest start of the season. The six losses equal the most in a season during his time with Texas, which he joined midway through the 2015 season.

"Just not locating," Hamels said. "If you at look everything that he's hit and when he's hit it throughout his career, a lot of balls down the middle."

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Adrian Beltre's bloop single to center field that scored Shin-Soo Choo.

Choo had two singles and a walk to extend his 23-game on-base streak, which is the longest active run in the majors.

The game started after a 40-minute rain delay.


Astros shortstop Carlos Correa didn't play after leaving Wednesday's game after seven innings with soreness in his right side. Correa said an MRI showed nothing abnormal.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch said the team would know more when Correa swings a bat again in the next day or so.

"Just happy the first diagnosis is that it's nothing serious, and that hopefully we'll get him back soon," Hinch said.


Hamels has allowed 17 homers this season. He went into the game tied for fifth in the league in homers allowed.

"Some of the home runs he's given up are to pretty good hitters," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "When you make mistakes, good hitters are going to make you pay. The stuff is still there."


Houston left fielder Tony Kemp robbed Isiah Kiner-Falefa of an extra-base hit in the sixth inning with a leaping catch. ... The Astros began a season-high 10-game road trip. ... Kiner-Falefa made his 27th start at third base. That equals the total for Beltre, who DH'ed and has been on the disabled list twice this season with a strained left hamstring. ... Beltre's single was his 3,084th career hit. He's five behind Ichiro Suzuki, who's in 21st place on baseball's career list.


Astros: C Brian McCann (right knee soreness) will be activated Friday with a corresponding roster move made.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (fractured right elbow) will begin a rehab assignment next week with either Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco.


Astros: Justin Verlander (7-2, 1.24 ERA) is 1-1 with one no-decision vs. Texas this season. His ERA leads the majors.

Rangers: Doug Fister (1-6, 4.13 ERA) has split two decisions vs. Houston this season, holding it to one run in five innings on March 30 for his win.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Colon's 243rd Win Matches Marichal When Rangers Beat A's]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 02:53:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bartolo-colon2.jpg

Bartolo Colon has always admired Hall of Fame pitcher and fellow countryman Juan Marichal.

Now the 45-year-old portly right-hander known as "Big Sexy" has matched the "Dominican Dandy" for the most wins by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic.

Colon got his 243rd career victory after working five innings Wednesday night as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2.

"It's a little different tonight because I tied the mark of a Hall of Famer. I feel very proud and honored to do that," Colon said through a translator. "It means a lot. He's Dominican and the first guy from the Dominican to become a Hall of Famer."

In his fourth attempt at the milestone victory, Colon (3-3) got it against one of the 10 other major league teams he has pitched for since his big league debut in 1997 with Cleveland. He allowed two runs with one strikeout and two walks.

"Really incredible moment for Bartolo, for this team," manager Jeff Banister said. "More importantly, I think for Bart, just continue to write his name in the history books and some legacy. ... To sit and watch a guy like this go out and compete every time he takes the ball, it's incredible to watch."

Colon leads all active pitchers with 243 wins and 3,383 2-3 innings pitched. His 2,499 strikeouts are third among active pitchers, behind CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander -- all three are former AL Cy Young Award winners. Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez, with 245 wins, is the only Latin American native with more wins than Colon.

"Milestones are very important. That's why I keep playing," Colon said. "It's not the money. It's something I try to fulfill. That's why I keep playing, to meet these goals."

Marichal was 243-142 in 471 games (457 starts) for three teams from 1960-75, spending the first 14 of those 16 seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Colon is 243-179 in 550 games (539 starts)

Jurickson Profar homered twice, while Joey Gallo and Ronald Guzman also went deep for the Rangers in the first four innings against Oakland right-handed starter Daniel Mengden (6-5). Profar had his first multihomer game, and added a two-run single in the seventh for a career-high five RBIs.

Colon held the A's scoreless until Khris Davis hit his 15th homer, a two-run shot that made it 6-2 with two outs in the fifth. Colon got an inning-ended flyball on his 97th pitch and then did fist-bumps with teammates in the dugout.

Texas led 3-0 in the first after Profar hit a two-run shot and Gallo immediately followed with his 17th homer. Both also homered Tuesday night, when the Rangers went deep a season-high five times against Oakland.

Profar hit another in the third, giving him homers in three consecutive at-bats. He walked in his final plate appearance Tuesday after his sixth-inning homer then. Guzman's two-run homer in the fourth made it 6-0.

"Didn't give up very many hits, but they all ended up being homers," Mengden said. "Sometimes that's a good thing. Solo homers usually don't hurt you, but in this case, four of them that hurts."


Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc came on with two on and no outs in the eighth, and the A's didn't score. He has allowed only one of 23 inherited runs to score. Right fielder Nomar Mazara threw out Davis trying to score on Mark Canha's single for the last out.

"The difference for him is the calmness, the confidence and pounding the strike zone with all of his pitches," Banister said. "His confidence continues to ramp up."


Oakland has homered in 19 consecutive road games, two short of the club record. ... The A's have played six games in a row without an error, their longest streak this season.


Athletics: OF Matt Joyce, who hasn't played since leaving in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game at Kansas City, was put on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain. ... OF Stephen Piscotty didn't play after coming out of Tuesday's game early with left quad soreness.

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre was out of the starting lineup for the second time in six days since coming off the DL (left hamstring strain) for the second time this year. "Just easing him back into it," Banister said.


Athletics: Oakland is back home Thursday to start a 10-game homestand. RHP Frankie Montas (2-0) goes against Kansas City.

Rangers: Cole Hamels (3-5), with a 2.89 ERA his last seven starts, pitches for Texas on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game home series against Houston. The lefty threw six scoreless innings against the Astros on May 11.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Tiebreaking HR Among 5 for Rangers, Who Beat A's 7-4]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:23:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/161*120/Adrian+Beltre+3000+hits+DR+011.jpg

Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers went deep against the A's.

Beltre hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the eighth, and the Rangers scored all of their runs on a season-high five long balls in a 7-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

"I think our offense is capable to do this more often," Beltre said.

Beltre made it 5-4 when he connected off reliever Lou Trivino (3-1), who then walked Jurickson Profar before Joey Gallo pulled a two-run shot into the right-field seats. It was Gallo's 16th homer, and Profar had hit his fourth earlier in the game.

After missing 28 games during two stints on the disabled list because of a left hamstring strain, and playing only his fourth game since being activated again, it was only Beltre's second homer this season. His first at home was his 3,083th career hit, the most among active players.

"It's tremendous for Adrian to get on the board with a home run there late when we needed something big to kind of pick us up in that situation," manager Jeff Banister said.

Chris Martin (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for his first big league victory, and Keone Kela struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 14th save -- the most in the majors without a blown chance.

Shin-Soo Choo stretched his majors-best on-base streak to 21 games with a leadoff walk in the first. His game-tying two-run homer in the seventh, right after Delino DeShields had a bunt single to end an 0-for-21 stretch, gave Choo a 12-game hitting streak to match Colorado's Charlie Blackmon for the longest active in the big leagues.

Robinson Chirinos, on his 34th birthday, and Profar also homered for Texas

"This ballpark is a little bit conducive to it, especially when it's playing like it is tonight with the wind blowing," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You've got to keep the ball down. Some of their best hitters got some big hits for them."

Khris Davis had an RBI double and scored on Matt Olson's single in the first for Oakland. Davis hit a solo homer, his 14th, in the fifth for a 3-1 lead. Olson's second RBI single of the game made it 4-2 in the seventh, when the A's left the bases loaded.


DeShields had a highlight play in center field in the second when he ran a long way and made a leaping catch to take extra bases away from Stephen Piscotty. DeShields slammed into the wall after making the catch, knocking his cap off his head. ... The Rangers hit five homers at home for the first time Aug. 31, 2016, against Seattle.


A's lefty starter Sean Manaea, who threw a no-hitter in April but was 1-4 with a 7.18 ERA in his six May starts, allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

"Thought I threw pretty well and overall I felt good," Manaea said. "If you can get through those games like that, it can do a lot of things. Just take away the positives and build off that."

Rangers left-hander Matt Moore, still without a win in his six home starts, gave up three runs over six innings.


Athletics: RHP Liam Hendricks (strained right groin) was activated from the 10-day DL, and RHP Daniel Gossett (right elbow strain) went on the DL after an MRI on Monday. ... OF Boog Powell, who has missed 52 games because of a strained right knee, has been in extended spring training. He could start working out with the A's this weekend, and then go on a rehab assignment.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus, who has missed 49 games with a broken right elbow and is eligible to come off the 60-day DL next Monday, took groundballs and made throws to first base. He is scheduled to take batting practice on the field soon. "He's progressing nicely, moving forward," Banister said. "Starting to see a little positive excitement that we can see a little light."


Bartolo Colon (2-3), the 45-year-old Rangers right-hander, makes his fourth attempt at getting his 243rd career victory to match Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic. Colon spent two seasons with Oakland, going 18-6 for the A's in 2013. Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-4) was 4-1 with a 1.51 ERA in six May starts.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Release Former Cy Young Award Winner]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 20:31:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/timmy-giants-ap.jpg

Tim Lincecum won't be making a major league comeback with the Texas Rangers, who had signed the two-time NL Cy Young winner during spring training with plans for him to be a reliever.

The Rangers granted Lincecum his unconditional release Tuesday after the end of his 30-day rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock.

"Despite best intentions and a lot of hard work, we just didn't feel that it was the right move to bring him up right now," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He was throwing OK, still kind of inconsistent with this command. We just were not of the mindset that it was going to be an upgrade on our relievers who are here. Our bullpen's been very, very good here."

A three-time World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, Lincecum hasn't pitched in the majors since August 2016 with the Los Angeles Angels.

Lincecum, who will turn 34 on June 15, had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 while still with the Giants. He made a brief comeback with the Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts, the last on Aug. 5, 2016.

After Lincecum impressed during an offseason tryout for scouts, the Rangers signed him in March with the idea that he might even become a closer. But he developed a blister on his right middle finger and started the season on the disabled list. With his rehab assignment up Tuesday, the Rangers had to make a move.

In 10 appearances for Round Rock, Lincecum had a 5.68 ERA with 10 strikeouts and nine walks in 12 2-3 innings.

"Obviously we took a calculated risk there in spring training based on what we had seen," Daniels said.

Going in Tuesday night's home game against Oakland, Rangers relievers hadn't given up a run in 11 innings and had allowed only three runs over 31 2-3 innings in a 10-game stretch with four wins and three saves.

Lincecum has started 270 of his 278 career big league games. He was 108-83 in San Francisco from 2007-15.

The Rangers GM said he had spoken with Lincecum, who he described being as appreciative of the opportunity.

"I think he's planning on heading back to the West Coast and continuing to work," Daniels said.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Select Prep Right-Hander in 1st Round of MLB Draft]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 19:45:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

The Texas Rangers selected a high school right-handed pitcher with their first round pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

Cole Winn was the 15th player taken overall in the draft, which began Monday night, after a senior season at Orange Lutheran High School in which he

went 7-2 with a 0.23 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.

Winn moved to California from Colorado for his senior season, according to MLB.com, because he wanted to face tougher competition.

"In Colorado, every once in a while you would face a guy who would be going Division I. Out here, you face lineups of guys who are going D-I," Winn

told USA Today.

Winn was the fourth high school pitcher taken in the draft.

<![CDATA[Skaggs, Upton Send LA Angels Past Rangers to Take Series]]>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 17:59:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tyler-Skaggs-060318.jpg

Tyler Skaggs pitched six scoreless innings of four-hit ball and Justin Upton homered in the Los Angeles Angels' 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Luis Valbuena had an early two-run double as the Angels managed only four hits, but took two of three from their AL West rivals in the weekend series with three consecutive strong starts from their rotation.

Skaggs (4-4) ended his six-start winless skid despite laboring for long stretches of his six innings. The left-hander needed 70 pitches to get through the first three innings alone, but still managed to keep the Rangers scoreless while walking three and striking out six.

Nomar Mazara homered in the eighth inning and Shin-Soo Choo had two doubles while reaching base in his 20th consecutive game for the last-place Rangers, who went 3-4 on their road trip.

One day after the Angels' inconsistent bullpen wasted a stellar start by Garrett Richards in a 10-inning loss, three Los Angeles relievers nearly did it again.

After Noe Ramirez gave up Mazara's homer in the eighth, Justin Anderson got two outs in the ninth before walking three consecutive Rangers -- all three on borderline pitches that didn't persuade home plate umpire Chris Conroy.

But Anderson finally got Isiah Kiner-Falefa to pop out, ending his second save.

Doug Fister (1-6) provided another solid, innings-eating start for the Rangers, giving up four hits and three runs in six innings.

The Angels went up 2-0 in the second inning when Shohei Ohtani and Zack Cozart doubled and Valbuena drove them home. After yielding those three consecutive hits, Fister retired the next 13 Angels in order.

Upton interrupted Fister's roll with a solo homer to right. The shot was his 12th of the season, but the veteran slugger's first in 16 games since May 15.

Mazara got the Rangers on the board in the eighth with his 14th homer.

Mike Trout went 0 for 3, ending his six-game hitting streak. The center fielder also appeared to be shaken up after running into the wall while catching Delino DeShields' long drive in the fifth inning. Trout stood with his hands on his knees for a long moment, but stayed in the game.

Ohtani began the Angels' rally in the second inning when he singled for just his second hit since May 24. He is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against Kansas City on his usual once-a-week mound schedule. The Angels gave extra rest time to their two-way rookie before his last start in Detroit.

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez threw another bullpen session. He is on the disabled list with nerve inflammation in his right arm.

Angels: Cozart returned from a four-game absence with a strained left forearm. The Angels' regular third baseman played shortstop, his former position in Cincinnati, to give a rest day to Andrelton Simmons, who had missed only two previous games all season.

Rangers: After a day off, Matt Moore (1-5, 7.85 ERA) looks for a turnaround start when Texas opens a two-game home series with Oakland.

Angels: Nick Tropeano (3-3, 3.80 ERA) takes the Big A mound Monday in the opener of a three-game series with Kansas City. The right-hander has capably filled a gap in Los Angeles' rotation, and he will attempt to win three straight starts for the first time in his big-league career.

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<![CDATA[Odor Dives Home in 10th to Lift Rangers Over Angels 3-2]]>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 09:25:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo2.jpg

Rougned Odor keeps finding himself at the center of critical moments, and Los Angeles Angels fans keep finding him with their jeers.

It worked out a little better for the Texas Rangers' fiery second baseman Saturday night.

Odor beat a throw home by left fielder Justin Upton on Ronald Guzman's single in the 10th inning, lifting Texas over the Angels 3-2.

Odor singled with one out in the 10th and later dashed in from second on Guzman's grounded single into left, diving around catcher Martin Maldonado for the go-ahead run. Odor was booed as he celebrated a night after his hard slide into second base cut shortstop Andrelton Simmons and led to a benches-clearing incident.

"(Odor) was running about as fast as he could," manager Jeff Banister said. "Just a great game all around."

The game went to extra innings after an unusual play allowed Texas to tie it in the ninth. With runners at the corners and one out, Adrian Beltre hit a fly ball to deep left field. Jurickson Profar tagged up from third, and so did pinch runner Carlos Tocci at first. Upton caught the ball and threw to second base, and his throw beat Tocci for the final out of the inning.

Stadium fireworks went off and some employees ran onto the field believing the game was over before a replay review determined that Profar touched home before Tocci was tagged out, tying the game at 2 heading to the bottom of the inning.

"That's a timing play. They got the call right," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "The runner was tagging. You've got to get that putout at second before he touches the plate. If he touches the plate first, then that run counts."

Mike Trout was a double shy of the cycle. Trout's solo home run -- his 19th of the season -- gave the Angels a 1-0 lead. Trout also stole his 13th base.

Texas left-hander Cole Hamels also pitched well, save for the two homers he gave up. He allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out eight but didn't figure into the decision.

Jake Diekman (1-0) got the win for the Rangers. Alvarez (2-2) gave up Guzman's hit and took the loss.

Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run off Hamels in the sixth inning to homer in back-to-back games. He's hit in six consecutive games.

Garrett Richards threw a gem and bounced back from a rough outing in his previous start in which he walked five. He allowed one hit and one unearned run, struck out nine and walked one, the last batter he faced. He had his best stuff of the season. The Angels struck out a combined 13 batters and allowed a combined one hit through eight innings but the Rangers were able to win.

Odor was booed during all of his at-bats. On the last play of Friday's game, the benches cleared as Odor slid in an attempt to break up a double play and caught Simmons with his spikes, causing a gash.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Rangers to Honor Beltre, the Giraffe, With Bobblehead]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 21:42:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Beltre-giraffe.jpg

A giraffe at the Fort Worth Zoo named after Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is getting his very own bobblehead next Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Cruz Homer Sparks Mariners to Win Over Rangers]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 03:41:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Seattle Mariners have been waiting for Nelson Cruz to get going. They have been waiting for Dee Gordon to return from the disabled list. And they had been waiting for a victory after two losses at home.

They got all three Thursday night in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.

Cruz hit a two-run home run, Gordon came back in full force from a stay on the 10-day DL caused by a fractured big toe, and the Mariners got another effective start by Wade LeBlanc to salvage a split in the four-game series and finish off an impressive May in which they went 18-11.

"There's no easy wins in this league, but our offense really did a nice job tonight," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Just consistent pressure."

Gordon led off the game against Rangers starter Mike Minor with a triple and scored in a close play at home on Jean Segura's shallow sacrifice fly, testing Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara's arm and barely arriving safely with a head-first slide in which his hand beat Texas catcher Robinson Chirino's glove.

"It was very shallow," Servais said. "But nothing surprises me with Dee Gordon when it comes to speed. He wants to challenge it and show everybody he's the fastest man in the world, I think. . It was a really close play, but he was safe."

Cruz padded the Mariners' lead in the third. After Segura hit a one-out double and moved to third on Mitch Haniger's grounder, Cruz hit his 10th homer of the season to left-center field, a 399-foot shot that gave Seattle a 3-0 cushion.

"Obviously not the pitch Mike wanted to make," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Looking to get Cruz to chase there. You know he's in swing mode. . A guy like Cruz, you make a pitch and he can make you pay."

It was Cruz's third homer in six games after a 16-game drought. He also had a sacrifice fly, giving him three RBIs on the night and nine over his last seven games.

LeBlanc, the journeyman left-hander filling in for injured Erasmo Ramirez, continued his brilliant early season work, giving up one run and four hits in five innings despite feeling a bit under the weather. LeBlanc struck out four and walked two.

The only blemish against him was a solo homer by Mazara, the Rangers' outfielder's 13th of the season, which led off the fourth.

"I didn't feel great," said LeBlanc, who earned his first win of the season after five consecutive starts without a decision and posted a 1.72 ERA in May.

"I didn't do a great job of picking up the bullpen, but they did a great job of picking me up."

Relievers James Pazos, Juan Nicasio and Chasen Bradford combined to finish with four scoreless innings.

The Mariners scored twice in the fifth on a throwing error by Texas third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa on a fielder's choice by Haniger and Cruz's sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.

Ryon Healy added an RBI single in the seventh to cap the scoring.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre returned from the disabled list and singled twice to move past Cap Anson for 22nd place on baseball's all-time hits list with 3,082.


Rangers: Banister said Beltre would split time between DH and third base for the time being. Beltre batted in the cleanup spot on Thursday.

Mariners: With the return of Gordon, the Mariners decided to option infielder Gordon Beckham to Triple-A Tacoma and keep utility man Andrew Romine on the active roster. Servais said Romine's versatility and experience at more positions in the field gave Romine the nod.


Rangers: Texas heads to Anaheim for a weekend series vs. the Angels. Veteran RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.55 ERA) starts Friday's game against Angels RHP Jaime Barria (4-1, 2.97 ERA).

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (5-3, 4.93 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday's opener for against Tampa Bay RHP Sergio Romo (1-1, 6.33 ERA).

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Chirinos' 2-Run Single Completes Rangers' Rally]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 04:21:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Even without injured stars Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, catcher Robinson Chirinos still sees plenty of potential in the Texas Rangers' lineup.

And the past two nights, the Rangers flashed late-game maturity to go along with it in topping the Seattle Mariners.

Chirinos' tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning capped another late-inning rally, and the Rangers beat Seattle 7-6 on Wednesday.

The Rangers did damage in back-to-back games against a wild and ineffective Seattle bullpen which surrendered five runs in the sixth and seventh inning after ace left-hander James Paxton departed with a 4-2 lead.

"These guys continue to stay in the at-bat, grind them out and we were able to push across some runs," Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Delino DeShields (walk) and Shin-Soo Choo (single) reached base for Texas to open the seventh against right-hander Ryan Cook.

Two batters later, Nomar Mazara greeted left-hander Marc Rzepczynski with a sharp two-run single to center field to tie the game at 5-all.

"His sinker is really good, so he is going to keep it throwing to me," Mazara said. "I was able to put a good swing on it and find a hole."

Rzepczynski walked Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo before he was pulled without getting an out.

"The key for relievers is that first batter you come in to face," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Tonight, (against) all of our guys, the first (hitter) got on. Our guys are human."

Against Juan Nicasio, Seattle's third pitcher of the inning, Chirinos lined a hit off Ryon Healy's glove at first base, easily scoring the go-ahead runs.

"We have the talent to win close games," said Chirinos, who had a season-high three RBIs, going 3 for 5. "Guys have been working hard to be consistent at the plate."

Rzepczynski (0-1) saw his ERA jump from 7.04 to 9.39. He has given up runs in three of his seven May appearances.

A night after issuing eight walks in a 9-5 loss, Seattle pitching gave up seven walks Wednesday.

"Our bullpen has kind of gotten away from us a little bit," Servais said. "We've gotten a little sloppy with the walks, which has hurt us. It catches up to you."

It was the Rangers' first back-to-back wins on the road since taking the first two games of a series in Toronto, April 27-28. Right-hander Tony Barnette (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in relief of Matt Moore. Keone Kela earned his 12th save, giving up an RBI single in the ninth to Nelson Cruz.


Kela, who graduated from nearby Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, had registered four consecutive scoreless outings in the past week before Wednesday. He has become the team's primary ninth-inning option.

"I had to grow into it," Kela said. "I've always enjoyed pitching in high-pressure situations - the defining moments."


After the Mariners acquired left fielder Denard Span in a trade with Tampa Bay on Friday, Servais noted that outfielder Ben Gamel could see action at first base with Healy.

Gamel played one game at first base last season.

"I took a lot of early work there last year," Gamel said. "But nothing this year. It is something I obviously need to get work in at."

As the fourth outfielder, Gamel said he is willing to try anything to stay in the lineup.


Rangers: To clear room for Moore on Wednesday, the team optioned Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock. ... Despite being 8 for 22 (.364) in his past five games and hitting a bases-clearing double in the ninth inning Tuesday, second baseman Rougned Odor was out of the starting lineup Wednesday. Banister said it was just a planned rest day.

Mariners: After taking his second loss Tuesday, closer Edwin Diaz was unavailable to pitch Wednesday. He has pitched in six of the team's past eight games. Recently acquired Alex Colome would have pitched in a save situation, Servais said.


Rangers: Third-baseman Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took extended batting practice and running sprints Wednesday, as well as fielding ground balls as he gets closer to coming off the 10-day disabled list. Banister would not give a definitive date on when he would return to the lineup. Beltre did disclose that the plan once he's back is in the first few weeks, he would play one game in the field, then serve as the designated hitter or take the next day off. "It makes sense," Beltre said. "The last couple of times I got injured were in day games (after a night game)."

Mariners: Backup catcher Chris Herrmann tweaked his rib cage during batting practice Tuesday, and was placed on the 10-day DL an hour before first pitch Wednesday. David Freitas, who was in Triple-A Tacoma, was already with the team, just in case a move was made. . Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) had his batting-practice throwing session delayed yet another day Wednesday with a stiff neck.


Rangers: Left-hander Mike Minor (4-3, 5.63 ERA) has a team-high four wins. And even though he has had an awful May (2-2, 6.91 ERA this month), he won his last start in Kansas City on Friday. He has two no-decisions already against the Mariners this season.

Mariners: Left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 2.70 ERA) has given up just five runs in 26 1/3 innings (1.71 ERA) in five starts. The most he's given up in any start is two runs. This will be his first career start against Texas.

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<![CDATA[Odor's Double Sends Rangers Past Mariners]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 04:01:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/223*120/rangers+odor+cage.JPG

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor is fiery and energetic, much like the hard-throwing pitcher he was facing Tuesday night with the game on the line.

And for the second time in his career, Odor got the best of Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz in the ninth inning.

Odor broke a tie with a three-run double and the Rangers beat Seattle 9-5 to end the Mariners' four-game winning streak.

Ronald Guzman went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and Shin-Soo Choo homered for the Rangers, who tagged Diaz (0-2) in the ninth.

The AL saves leader loaded the bases with one out and Odor hammered a high slider just off the outer part of the plate the opposite way to left field, clearing the bases for an 8-5 Texas lead.

It was Aug. 30, 2016 -- Diaz's rookie season -- when Odor hit a two-run homer off the reliever in a dramatic 8-7 Rangers victory at Texas.

"I just try to do my best," Odor said. "He's a pitcher kind of like me -- he competes and he's got a lot of energy. I like to face him."

Mariners manager Scott Servais saw Diaz didn't have "the feel or the life on the fastball," adding that he was rushing his pitches.

"That (slider) was a bad pitch," Servais said. "It's tough to execute it all the time."

Diaz blew a save against Texas earlier this month when he gave up the tying run in the ninth inning of a 9-8 Mariners win at Safeco Field

"We've had some moments against Diaz in the past," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Anytime he comes in, it raises the concentration level for all of our guys."

With the score tied 5-all, Diaz gave up a single to Jurickson Profar to open the ninth. Two batters later, Isiah Kiner-Falefa went the opposite way for a single to right field, and Profar reached third. Joey Gallo walked to load the bases for Odor.

Diaz was pulled after getting just one out. He was charged with four earned runs when Chasen Bradford allowed Guzman's run-scoring single.

Before his meltdown, Diaz had allowed only five earned runs in 28 appearances this season. His 19 saves lead the American League.

"You'll have those games where you don't have your command, and you have to battle," Diaz said. "If something bad happens, it's unfortunate. You come back the next day."

Mariners pitchers issued eight walks, hit two batters and uncorked a wild pitch.

Texas reliever Chris Martin (1-1) got the win after giving up the tying run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Jean Segura, who had three hits.

Seattle remained a game behind first-place Houston in the AL West.


With his strikeout of Choo in the fifth, Seattle starter Felix Hernandez moved past Dodgers great Sandy Koufax and tied Kevin Brown for 44th place in career strikeouts at 2,397.


The only big leaguers with hyphenated last names -- the Rangers' duo of Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Kiner-Falefa, and former Mariners pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith -- met outside the visitors' clubhouse for a group photo before the game. Bibens-Dirkx and Rowland-Smith were teammates at Triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto organization in 2014.


It was Mitch Haniger -- not Denard Span -- who played center field for the Mariners with Guillermo Heredia getting a night off. Servais said he changed his mind on that alignment after talking to the newly acquired Span about it Tuesday, leaving him put in left field. "That is what he's done in Tampa," Servais said.


Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) is nearing a return to the team. For the first time since being placed on the 10-day disabled list May 15, Beltre ran the bases on a dirt infield before the game. He fielded grounders at third base and took batting practice. Banister wants to see his four-time All Star repeat the workload and come out of it feeling OK. "The last hurdle is being able to repeat and recover," Banister said. "Obviously, it is a great sign to see him go through everything he did today." ... RHP Tim Lincecum (blisters), who starred in high school up the road from Safeco Field, is nearing the end of his 30-day minor league assignment. Banister said Lincecum has to show consistency and "put together some competitive innings" at Triple-A Round Rock before the team would consider bringing him up. Lincecum has a 7.45 ERA in eight appearances. ... RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (arm) was activated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Round Rock.

Mariners: 2B-CF Dee Gordon (toe) is expected to activated from the DL when first eligible Thursday, Servais said. ... RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (shoulder) had his live batting practice session delayed until Wednesday because of tightness in his neck.


Rangers: After battling right knee soreness, left-hander Matt Moore (1-5, 7.99 ERA) will be activated from the 10-day DL to make his 10th start of the season Wednesday. He is tied for third in the league with 40 runs allowed. Moore has had a good career track record against the Mariners, going 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts.

Mariners: Left-hander James Paxton (4-1, 3.10) beat the Tigers 2-1 last Friday. He has logged six consecutive quality starts in May. Of all AL West opponents, Paxton has struggled most against Texas, going 2-4 with a 5.10 ERA in his career. He had a no-decision in April at Texas, allowing five earned runs in four innings.

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<![CDATA[Pudge Rodriguez's Son Called Up to Big Leagues]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 08:53:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pudge-rodriguez-and-son-052818.jpg

Just to make sure it was real and not some sort of flashback to his childhood, he checked the name above the clubhouse locker.

Dereck Rodriguez.

Yep, it was his all right and not that of his father -- Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

"I've been to a lot of stadiums. But I wasn't here for me. I was here for my dad," the right-hander said. "It's nice coming here and having my name on the locker and not his."

The San Francisco Giants purchased his contract from Triple-A Sacramento, where he went 4-1 with a 3.40 ERA after signing as a minor league free agent on Nov. 15. He will be in the bullpen Monday against Colorado looking to make his major league debut.

His mom has already arrived in Denver. But his father, whose nickname was "Pudge," happened to be out of the country in Colombia. Rodriguez said he spoke to his dad, who was "probably the most emotional out of everybody."

His father was a 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove catcher who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. He played in 2,543 games with Texas, Detroit, Washington, New York Yankees, Houston and Florida (now Miami).

The father posted on his Twitter account: "Congrats son very proud of you and welcome to the big show."

To make room on the 40-man roster for Rodriguez, the Giants designated left-hander D.J. Snelten for assignment.

Dereck Rodriguez was actually watching Netflix late Sunday and preparing for his start the next day when he received a call from his manager.

"He told me it's the phone call I've been waiting for my whole life," he recounted. "I started tearing up and stuff. It was an emotional, fun phone call."

He quickly called his mom, even though it was early in Florida.

"Woke her up," Rodriguez said. "She didn't sleep. She flew in."

Rodriguez began his career as an outfielder after being selected by Minnesota in the sixth round of the 2011 draft. The 25-year-old transitioned to the mound in 2014.

He was in the Twins system before signing with the Giants. That decision was due in part to conversations with Pablo Sandoval as they worked out in Miami.

"I talked to him and asked him how they were and all that stuff. I know how the guys were, just wanted to hear from an insider," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez liked what he heard. He's a little surprised at how rapidly he progressed -- nine starts with Sacramento -- but credits his accuracy. He struck out 53 and walked 11 this season.

"It's a great story. Obviously with his dad, making a position change and here he is up in the big leagues now," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "As a converted guy, it looks like he's getting a nice feel on pitching. Secondary pitches just got better in the short time he was there. He uses his fastball well and looks like he has good command."

Rodriguez recalled running around the clubhouse in Denver in 2004, when his dad was with the Detroit Tigers.

And now here he is with his own locker.

"It's something, I'll tell you," Rodriguez said. "It'll probably hit me when I stand out there for the national anthem."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Fall to Mariners in 1-Run Game]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 18:07:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Marco-Gonzales-052818.jpg

Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and did not allow an earned run for a third consecutive start, helping the Seattle Mariners top the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Monday.

Seattle won for the ninth time in 10 games and reached 13 games above .500 for the first time since late in the 2014 season. And it was once again a one-run win. The Mariners have been held to three runs or less in seven of the past eight games, but are 7-1 in those games thanks largely to their pitching.

Seattle has 16 one-run wins, best in the majors.

Gonzales (5-3) lasted 6 2/3 innings and has not allowed an earned run since May 12 when he gave up four runs in a loss to Detroit. His only issue against Texas was walks. Gonzales walked four, including Ryan Rua with two outs in the seventh inning to conclude his day.

James Pazos got the final out of the seventh, before letting the duo of Alex Colome and Edwin Diaz work together for the first time. Colome, an All-Star closer acquired from Tampa Bay late last week, struck out a pair sandwiched around a two-out hit to finish the eighth inning, and Diaz pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

The only run for Texas came in the third inning when Rougned Odor reached on a bunt single and eventually scored on a passed ball.

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-5) cruised through the first five innings, the only hit allowed a single by Andrew Romine in the third. It was a defensive miscue that created the opportunity for Seattle to take the lead.

With one out in the sixth, Denard Span hit a grounder to second base that should have ended the inning. Odor briefly bobbled the grounder and the Rangers were unable to turn the double play. Mitch Haniger's base hit barely eluded the diving attempt of shortstop Jurickson Profar, and Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager followed with line-drive RBI singles.

Span, who also came over in the trade with the Rays, made his debut after being added to the 25-man roster. The Mariners optioned outfielder John Andreoli to Triple-A Tacoma to clear the roster spot. Span was 0 for 4.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus and 3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) took ground balls before the game. It was the first time Andrus had done any field work since suffering a right elbow fracture in early April.

Mariners: SS Jean Segura was originally in the lineup, but was scratched. Segura was inadvertently kicked in the head during Saturday night's game and missed Sunday's game. ... The Mariners expect Dee Gordon will be able to return to the lineup Thursday barring any setbacks in his recovery from a toe injury.

Rangers: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) will make his second start since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock. Bibens-Dirkx allowed four earned runs and eight hits in his debut against Kansas City.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (5-4) will try to have a better first inning than his last start when he gave up four runs in the first to Oakland. Hernandez has struggled early in games and has re-examined some of his routine in hopes of being better from the start.

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<![CDATA[Hammel Outpitches Hamels as Royals Beat Rangers]]>Sun, 27 May 2018 17:16:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/GettyImages-963123548.jpg

Jason Hammel struck out 10, Drew Butera and Salvador Perez homered, and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 Sunday.

Hammel (2-5) pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings. He gave up four hits, including three doubles, and two walks.

Perez and Butera each homered off Cole Hamels (3-5), who allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings with a season-low two strikeouts. Hamels didn't give up more than two earned runs in any of his five previous starts.

Hammel left with runners on the corners and one out. Jurickson Profar grounded into an inning-ending double play on Tim Hill's second pitch.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a scoreless ninth inning after allowing a leadoff single for his 11th save in 12 chances.

The Rangers' runs came on seventh-inning homers by Joey Gallo, his 15th of the season with one on, and Robinson Chirinos, his seventh.

Texas went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position, 0 for 7 during the first three innings.

Royals rookie Hunter Dozier, who grew up about 45 miles north of Globe Life Park in Denton, Texas, had a two-out, two-run single in the first inning and his third straight multihit game.

When Hammel held St. Louis to one run in seven innings to win last Wednesday, it ended a string of 13 winless starts for the 35-year-old. He went into Sunday's game leading the American League in hits allowed with 71.

Butera, who caught while Perez was the designated hitter, sliced a solo home run down the right-field line in second inning. It was Butera's first homer of the year and the first of his 17 career homers that went to the opposite field.

Perez's home run, his ninth of the season, was a two-run shot pulled into the visitors' bullpen in the third inning.


Hammel struck out a career-high 11 on June 1, 2015, at Miami while with the Chicago Cubs. . Jon Jay has hit in nine straight games and 18 of his last 19. . Nomar Mazara's two-out walk in the bottom of the first was the first issued by Hammel in 62 consecutive batters. . Hamels' 11 combined hits and walks were his most this season.


Royals: With LHP Eric Skoglund (left UCL sprain) placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, rookie RHP Brad Keller will make his first major league start Wednesday vs. Minnesota.

Rangers: LHP Matt Moore (right knee) will be activated off the 10-day DL and start Wednesday at Seattle.


Royals RHP Jakob Junis (5-3) has 14 wins in his first 30 career appearances, tied for the most in franchise history with Rich Gale (1978) and Jose Rosado (1996-97).

Rangers RHP Doug Fister (1-4) has allowed 15 earned runs in his last four starts, raising his ERA from 2.88 to a season-high 4.22.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Helping Choo Find Record Setting Baseball]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 21:56:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-962819120.jpg

The Texas Rangers are asking for your help.

Shin-Soo Choo became the top major league home run hitter born in Asia on Saturday.

Choo's 176th career homer moved him past Hideki Matsui for the most by an Asian player, but that home-run ball is nowhere to be found.

The ball landed in the Kansas City Royals bullpen. The ball was then tossed to a lucky fan in the outfield.

In a tweet, the Texas Rangers stated that Choo would like to have the ball back. The tweet said to reply on Twitter with proof/ticket stub if you have the ball.

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<![CDATA[Choo New Top HR Hitter From Asia, Lifts Texas Over KC in 10]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 18:42:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-962819120.jpg

Shin-Soo Choo became the top major league home run hitter born in Asia, connecting for a leadoff drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Saturday.

Choo's 176th career homer moved him past Hideki Matsui for the most by an Asian player.

Choo hit a 3-1 pitch from Kevin McCarthy (3-2) for his eight home run this year. It was his third career walk-off homer and first in five seasons with the Rangers.

Alex Claudio (3-2) got the win by working the 10th.

Bartolo Colon, pitching two days after his 45th birthday, gave up five hits in seven innings for Texas. He remained stuck on 242 career wins and will have to wait at least one more start to tie Juan Marichal for most wins by a native of the Dominican Republic.

In 97-degree heat, Colon allowed four hits during a three-run third. He gave up just two runners over the other six innings and struck out four.

After falling behind 3-0, the Rangers tied it with single runs in the third, fourth and sixth. Ronald Guzman, who had homered in his previous four starts for Texas, tied it with an RBI double.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single in the third, and Joey Gallo doubled in a run in the fourth, just missing a homer when the ball hit high up on the right-center-field wall.

The Royals did their only damage against Colon by getting to him early in counts in the third. After Hunter Dozier beat out an infield single, Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay each singled on the first pitch they saw, scoring one run.

Whit Merrifield then hit a 1-0 pitch into the left-field corner for a two-run double.

Royals starter Ian Kennedy gave up five hits and two runs in five innings and hasn't won since April 7, a stretch of nine consecutive starts. Guzman's tying hit came off reliever Brad Keller.


Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund, who started Friday night, was put on the disabled list with a left elbow sprain. He is likely to have an MRI on Monday. Kansas City called up LHP Eric Stout from Omaha for his second stint with the club this year. . Manager Ned Yost said Lucas Duda would remain on the disabled list, even though he's eligible to come off, as he battles plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus has started swinging a bat as he recovers from a fractured right elbow suffered on April 11. Andrus took dry swings Saturday and hopes to be taking batting practice by the end of next week. . LHP Matt Moore threw another bullpen session Saturday. He is on the disabled list with a sore right knee.


Royals: RHP Jason Hammel (1-5, 5.70) takes the mound Sunday in the series finale. Hammel won for the first time in 2018 by holding the Cardinals to one run over seven innings Tuesday.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (3-4, 3.38) starts Sunday for Texas. The lefty has won his last two starts, allowing just five hits in 13 innings against the Astros and Yankees.

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<![CDATA[Guzman HRs Again, Drives in 3 as Rangers Beat Royals]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 21:55:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-962548176.jpg

Ronald Guzman homered in his fourth straight start and drove in three runs, leading the Texas Rangers over the Kansas City Royals 8-4 on Friday night.

The rookie first baseman finished 2 for 4, including his sixth home run of the season. Guzman started three games against the New York Yankees earlier this week and homered in each, but struck out as a pinch-hitter against the Royals on Thursday night.

Nomar Mazara also had a homer and three RBIs for Texas, which has won three of the first five games of a seven-game homestand.

Mike Minor (4-3) gave up home runs to Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler, but earned the victory that ended Kansas City's season-best three-game winning streak. Minor allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Keone Kela retired Salvador Perez on a flyout with the bases loaded for his 11th save in as many opportunities.

Royals lefty Eric Skoglund (1-5) allowed three home runs, all to left-handed batters. Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo homer in the first inning, Guzman gave the Rangers their first lead with a two-run shot in the fourth and Mazara added his 12th of the season in the fifth.

Moustakas had given the Royals a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with his 11th home run, a liner to right field.

Choo brought Texas within a run in the bottom of the inning with a line-drive homer into the corner of the right-center field bullpen.

The Rangers tied it in the third when Delino DeShields led off with a triple and scored as Mazara beat a double-play relay to first base on what would have been the third out.

Soler's two-out solo homer in the top of the fourth restored Kansas City's lead at 3-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Guzman hit a two-run homer, a towering fly ball into the right-field seats, to put Texas ahead for the first time at 4-3.

Mazara added a two-run homer in the fifth for a 6-3 lead. His opposite-field fly ball bounced off the top of the wall just inside the left-field foul pole.

Ramon Torres doubled home the Royals' fourth run in the seventh.

Texas added two runs in the eighth on Guzman's triple and a squeeze bunt by DeShields.


Royals: OF Alex Gordon missed his second straight game because of a sore hip and stiff neck. Manager Ned Yost said Gordon is day-to-day.

Rangers: Manager Jeff Banister said LHP Matt Moore, on the disabled list with a sore right knee, was OK after throwing in the bullpen Thursday. He's scheduled to throw again Saturday and will be evaluated Sunday.


Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (1-5, 5.30) will start Saturday's game at Texas.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-2, 3.51) will oppose KC two days after his 45th birthday. It will be his second attempt to tie Juan Marichal with 243 career wins, the most by a Dominican pitcher.

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<![CDATA[Perez Plays Ball Off Choo's Nose To Help KC Top Texas]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 22:31:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Shin-Soo-Chool.jpg

Danny Duffy didn't need much help Thursday night. Still, he and catcher Salvador Perez got a nifty assist from Shin-Soo Choo's face.

Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning after Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Choo in the nose, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 for their season-best third straight victory.

Perez had four RBIs on a pair of two-run singles with two outs, first in the fifth and then the seventh innings. But the catcher's caught stealing in the first inning was more memorable.

Duffy's pitch in the dirt bounced off Perez and then hit Choo in the face, sending the left-handed hitter staggering out of the box. Perez scrambled to get the ball from in front of home plate, then threw out Delino DeShields trying to take second on the play.

"I saw the ball like right in front of me," Perez said. "I said, 'Bro, I think you're bleeding."'

Choo remained in the game and drew a walk in the plate appearance.

Duffy (2-6) allowed a run and four hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 2/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. The veteran left-hander entered the game with a 6.88 ERA this season and had allowed at least five earned runs in five of his previous 10 starts.

"It was nice to do something beneficial to the team," said Duffy, who said his slider might have been his best of the season.

"He needed it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was on the attack. He was throwing the ball in good spots and was ahead in the count."

Last season against Texas, Duffy allowed only one run in 15 2/3 innings. Both of Duffy's 2017 appearances vs. Texas were 1-0 Rangers wins. He got one loss and one no-decision.

"I've been throwing baseballs professionally for almost 11 years now. You notice trends that you have success against people," Duffy said.

After DeShields led off Texas' first inning with a single to right field, Duffy didn't allow another hit until Choo singled in the seventh. Rougned Odor broke up the shutout bid with a two-out single in the eighth, ending Duffy's night.

Texas' offense struggled a night after matching a season high for runs in a 12-10 win over the New York Yankees.

"(Duffy) had a good start tonight," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "There's not a whole lot other that you can say."

Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) gave up six runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He made his season debut for Texas after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day.

Ramon Torres had two hits and three runs in his first appearance of the season. He was a late lineup replacement for Alex Gordon, who had a sore hip and a stiff neck.

The Royals scored two unearned runs in the second inning after having no one on with two outs. Torres, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last Saturday, followed Ryan Goins' single to center that rolled past DeShields' glove. Goins and Torres both scored on the three-base error.

Bibens-Dirkx filled the rotation spot left vacant when left-hander Matt Moore went on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a sore right knee.

Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the major leagues' oldest active player, turned 45 on Thursday. His teammates honored him with a cake before the game, and his face ended up in the cake during the celebration.

Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, from the Dominican Republic like Colon, said he had pictures of Colon on his bedroom walls when he was a teenager.

"He was my idol," Herrera said.

To make room for Bibens-Dirkx on Texas' 40-man roster, left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock. Mann appeared in three games, making his major league debut on May 13, after pitching 15 years in the minors and Japan.

Royals: Gordon was injured making a diving catch during Wednesday's win at St. Louis.

Royals LHP Eric Skoglund (1-4) has lost three straight. He allowed six earned runs in five innings Sunday in the New York Yankees' 10-1 win.

Rangers LHP Mike Minor (3-3), who spent last season as a Royals reliever, has also lost three straight. He gave up 14 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings in the three games.

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<![CDATA[George W. Bush Cheers on Mascot of Himself at Rangers Game]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 10:31:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GeorgeWBush1.jpg

Among the crowd of Rangers fans at the ballgame Wednesday night, former President George W. Bush cheered on a familiar face: the mascot version of himself.

"Get moving!" Bush hollered as the mascot shuffled to the finish line in a race between mascots of Nolan Ryan and Sam Houston.

The Bush mascot won the race, just as the Rangers would win against the Yankees 12-10.

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<![CDATA[Profar 3-Run Double Trumps 4 Yankees HRs in Texas Win]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 22:08:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/profar.jpg

Jurickson Profar had a bases-clearing double to put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay in a wild, series-clinching 12-10 win over the New York Yankees, who matched a major league record with four more homers Wednesday night.

Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankee ever to homer in three consecutive games and Aaron Judge hit a 471-foot blast as New York became only the third team in major league history with 21 homers in a five-game stretch -- 12 of those in Texas.

Torres, a 21-year-old second baseman playing in his 27th career game, and Judge both homered during a six-run fifth to put New York ahead 10-5. The Rangers then scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, and an inning later got Profar's three-run double to make it 11-10 after reliever David Robertson (3-2) had already given up a bases-loaded walk.

Didi Gregorius and Neil Walker also went deep for the Yankees, who have at least three homers in five consecutive games for the first time in team history. The only other teams with 21 homers in a five-game span were the 1999 Reds and the 1977 Red Sox, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Rangers rookie Ronald Guzman also homered in his third straight game, a three-run blast in the fourth off starter CC Sabathia after Nomar Mazara had a two-run shot earlier in the inning.

Alex Claudio (2-2), the third of six Texas pitchers, struck out three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Keone Kela struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.

The Yankees are 5-5 since a 17-1 stretch.

Texas is 9-17 at home this season but took two of three against New York and has won consecutive home series for the first time this season. The Yankees had won their last four road series, and eight in a row overall.

The 19 homers (12 by the Yankees, seven by Texas) matched the most ever in a three-game series at the Rangers ballpark that opened in 1994. The only other time that happened was Aug. 1-3, 2003 when the Rangers had 13 homers and Cleveland six in a three-game set.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery), who could make his season debut with the Yankees this weekend, hit a two-run homer in his rehab game at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... C Gary Sanchez was held out of the starting lineup after coming out of Tuesday night's game because of calf cramps. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning against Kela.

Rangers: OF Carlos Tocci has been sent to Triple-A Round Rock from Double-A Frisco to continue his rehab from a bruised left hip that has caused him to miss 28 games.

Yankees: After completing only five games in 10 days since their last home game, the Yankees have the day off Thursday before opening a three-game weekend series at home against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who was 32 last May when he made his major league debut after 318 games over 12 minor league seasons, is set for his 2018 season debut in the opener of a four-game home series against Kansas City on Thursday night. He will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Lefty Danny Duffy (1-6) is scheduled to start for the Royals.

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<![CDATA[Hamels Limits Slugging Yankees as Last-Place Rangers Win]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 23:18:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-cole-hamels-texas-rangers-1.jpg

Cole Hamels is focused for now on trying to help the last-place Texas Rangers win some games and being a mentor to so many of their young players.

Down the stretch this season, the veteran lefty could be pitching for a contender -- maybe a team like the New York Yankees.

Hamels limited the slugging Yankees to four hits over seven innings, and Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the Rangers in a 6-4 win Tuesday night.

"I'm just here to play and trying to remain healthy and maintain what I can do out on the field, and just getting good results and enjoy playing the game of baseball," Hamels said. "That's really all I can care about. ... All of the decisions are not up to me. The only decision I have in my hand is to throw the baseball and get guys out."

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven and walked two during his first start in 11 days. He was scratched from his previous turn because of neck stiffness.

"He was really good. The cut fastball was a real weapon for him, threw some good changeups," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "We knew we had a tough opponent tonight in Hamels."

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamels was fresh and had "probably the best mix pitches we have seen from him all year. ... Kept the hitters off balance."

The 2008 World Series MVP for Philadelphia, which won the NL pennant again in 2009, Hamels was acquired by Texas in the middle of the 2015 season. The Rangers have a $20 million club option for 2019 that includes a $6 million buyout.

"It's May. There's a lot of baseball, a lot of things could happen," Hamels said. "So it's just a matter of just going out there and playing baseball. I have a job to do, and it's to win here. This is where I've wanted to be."

Profar's three-run homer in the first that just cleared the wall in center put Texas ahead to stay. Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right-field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before starter Domingo German (0-2) came out.

Texas had provided only one run of support for Hamels in four of his previous five starts and five of the last seven. Opponents hit just .206 in his last six starts before the Yankees went 4 for 25 (.160) against him.

"He's still Cole Hamels. He's still a good pitcher. He was able to go attack the zone today and that's what he did," Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said.

New York, still a big league-best 31-14, had won 22 of its previous 26 games and was coming off a three-game stretch with 14 homers and 28 runs.

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save in nine chances, the Rangers' first save since May 11 when he closed out a 1-0 win at Houston in Hamels' prior start.

Boone was ejected for the first time as a major league manager for questioning balls and strikes while Gary Sanchez was batting in the sixth. After a high strike for an 0-2 count that led to Boone's ejection by plate umpire Pat Hoberg, Sanchez drew a walk. The catcher left in the middle of the inning because of a calf cramp.

Yankees rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels. Torres, who homered twice in the series opener Monday, has seven homers in his first 26 career games.

Austin Romine, who replaced Sanchez, hit a two-run homer in the eighth but the Yankees fell short of becoming the first team to homer four or more times in four consecutive games.

Texas led 5-0 after scoring twice without a hit in the second, when German hit a batter, walked two and had three wild pitches. Still, the rookie right-hander didn't blame the extended nine days between starts for that.

"Sometimes things are not going your way when you're out there," German said through a translator. "Sometimes it's hard to make the adjustment and get on track. That's part of the experience of pitching in the big leagues."

There have been 25 wild pitches and seven passed balls with Sanchez behind the plate. ... Yankees RHP Giovanny Gallegos was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game.

Yankees: Boone said "there is a shot" that 1B Greg Bird, who has 20 homers in 94 career games, could make his season debut this weekend at home. Bird has been on the disabled list all season recovering from right ankle surgery and is rehabbing at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (broken right elbow) began taking dry swings with a fungo bat. ... 3B Adrian Beltre (strained left hamstring) took some grounders at an easy pace for the first time since reinjuring his hamstring May 13.

New York will try to win its ninth consecutive series and fifth straight on the road in the finale Wednesday. Yankees lefty CC Sabathia's 2,879 career strikeouts are tops among active pitchers, and his 239 wins are second only to Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the loser in the series opener. Doug Fister (1-4) pitches for Texas.

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<![CDATA[Yankees' Power Stretch Takes Victory Over Rangers]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 04:11:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Gleyber Torres was only three months old when Bartolo Colon made his major league debut.

Now Torres is a rookie second baseman helping the New York Yankees in a power stretch never accomplished by past Bronx Bombers -- none of those teams with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris or Reggie Jackson.

Torres hit two of the four Yankees homers off Colon, and they had five overall in a 10-5 win Monday night at Texas. New York has at least four homers in three consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, and is the first MLB team to do that since the Rangers in May 2011.

"We have a lot of really good hitters, a lot of power, so I'm not surprised when we do these kind of things, but obviously it's hard to keep that kind of pace," manager Aaron Boone said. "It just shows you how difficult that is, and obviously how rare it is."

No. 9 hitter Torres, playing his 25th career game, had a two-run homer in the second. His solo shot in the sixth, his sixth homer already, ended Colon's bid for a milestone victory only three days before his 45th birthday.

"The lineup is awesome. Everybody does their job," Torres said. "I just try to help my team too, try to put in something, hit or defense too."

Colon (2-2), whose big league debut was on April 4, 1997, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings in his 178th career loss. The portly right-hander remained one win short of matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marchial's 243 victories, the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic.

"He gave up the home runs, two of them to a young guy that seems to be very hot right now," manager Jeff Banister said.

Aaron Judge and Neil Walker also went deep against Colon. Judge's 12th homer, leading off the fifth, snapped a 4-all tie and put the Yankees ahead to stay. Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York, which had a season-high 10 extra-base hits with only two singles.

"It's awesome, it's fun," Hicks said. "We can attack from the top to the bottom, and everybody contributes."

Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) limited the Texas to three hits over five innings, but walked four and gave up two homers. The right-hander struck out three.

"Saw some encouraging signs," Boone said. "I didn't think he had his split to get his chases with to put guys away, and that's why it was a little bit of a grind for him."

Joey Gallo's 14th homer led off the Texas second. Rougned Odor's three-run blast, his first this season, tied the game at 4 in the fourth. Ronald Guzman hit a second-deck shot to start the Rangers seventh against reliever Chad Green. Gallo, Odor and Guzman all went into the game hitting under .200 -- though Gallo is now at .201.


Torres' first multihomer game was the MLB-best 12th for the Yankees. The MLB single-season record of 24 individual multi-homer games is held by the 1961 Yankees and 1966 Braves. ... The combined eight homers averaged 420 feet, according to MLB stats. The longest was Judge's 436-footer, and the only under 415 feet was Hicks' 369-footer.


The Yankees won 10-1 at Kansas City on Sunday, when they had tied their previous season high with eight extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples, four homers). The Yankees also had a season-high five homers Saturday, and have 72 overall. ... Yankees SS Didi Gregorious was in a 1-for-48 slide before an RBI double in the sixth. ... Four of the five Texas hits were for extra bases.


Yankees: RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder) won't rejoin the team in Texas, but Boone said he could be ready to return from the DL for the first time in more than a month when the Yankees are back home next weekend.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (broken right elbow) started throwing during the weekend in Chicago and hopes to start swinging the bat by the end of this week. The broken elbow is on his non-throwing arm. Andrus said his goal is to ready to rejoin the Rangers on June 11, when he's eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list.


Cole Hamels (2-4) makes his first start for the Rangers in 11 days, and New York rookie right-hander Domingo German (0-1) pitches for the first time in 10 days. Hamels was skipped his last turn in the rotation because of neck stiffness. German was backed up because of a strange schedule, when the Yankees already had two scheduled off days this week before the first game of their series at Washington was suspended before a rainout the next day.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[TX Rangers HOFer John Wetteland Charged With Child Sex Abuse]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:26:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john-wetteland-mug-blur.jpg

World Series MVP pitcher John Wetteland is out on bond, accused in North Texas of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14.

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