<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - [DFW] Red Fever]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usThu, 21 Jun 2018 22:18:24 -0500Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:18:24 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Rangers Extend Season-Long Win-Streak, Beat Royals 3-2]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 22:51:15 -0500https://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.

HYPHENATED BATTERYMATES

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."

WHO'S CLOSING?

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."

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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

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<![CDATA[Rangers Extend Winning Streak to 4, Beat Royals]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:10:47 -0500https://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.

GAME TWO TIDBITS
The Rangers have more than half of their 31 victories in the second games of series. They are 16-8 in Game 2s.

JUST LIKE DAD
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.

ROSTER MOVES
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 23:30:13 -0500https://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.

STRUGGLING
Royals SS Alcides Escobar is in a 3-for-45 drought in his past 12 games.

ROSTER MOVES
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 22:31:43 -0500https://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."

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

LEADING OFF
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.

MAY JUNE BE WITH YOU
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.

UP NEXT
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 19:57:35 -0500https://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."

GETTING ON BASE
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.

STARTING FREE
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."

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 23:32:14 -0500https://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

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 22:26:11 -0500https://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 04:44:06 -0500https://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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

PASSING ICHIRO

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.

UP NEXT

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 20:53:22 -0500https://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 06:06:42 -0500https://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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

HE SAID IT

"I had to face him and get hits off him when he was a lot better." -- Roberts on Colon.

STRUGGLING AGAINST LA

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.

BELTRE AND ICHIRO

With two hits, Beltre tied Ichiro Suzuki for 21st place on the career list at 3,089.

UP NEXT

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 10:42:53 -0500https://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 22:55:00 -0500https://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 19:06:41 -0500https://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 LEADING ROLE
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 HIT COUNTER
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 22:38:21 -0500https://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.

SHORT HOPS
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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.

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<![CDATA[Verlander Recovers From 1st-Pitch HR, Astros Top Rangers]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 22:57:57 -0500https://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.

CORREA SITS AGAIN

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 21:02:03 -0500https://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 06:20:36 -0500https://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.

CONSERVATIVE WITH CORREA

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.

LONG NIGHT WITH MORE LONG BALLS

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."

SHORT HOPS

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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.

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<![CDATA[Colon's 243rd Win Matches Marichal When Rangers Beat A's]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 03:53:25 -0500https://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."

KEEPING THEM STRANDED

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."

SHORT HOPS

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 06:23:30 -0500https://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.

SHORT HOPS

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.

FOR STARTERS

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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."

UP NEXT

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 21:31:25 -0500https://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 20:45:34 -0500https://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.

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<![CDATA[Skaggs, Upton Send LA Angels Past Rangers to Take Series]]>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 18:59:48 -0500https://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.

TROUT CAUGHT
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'S TURN
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 10:25:58 -0500https://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

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<![CDATA[Rangers to Honor Beltre, the Giraffe, With Bobblehead]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 22:42:59 -0500https://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 04:41:10 -0500https://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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT:

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 05:21:27 -0500https://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 SETTLING IN AS CLOSER

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."

FIRST BASE FOR GAMEL?

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.

ROSTER RESHUFFLE

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 05:01:06 -0500https://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.

CHART CLIMBER

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.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

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.

CENTRAL CASTING

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 09:53:58 -0500https://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 19:07:20 -0500https://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 ARRIVES
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 18:16:25 -0500https://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.

SHORT HOPS

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 22:56:17 -0500https://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 19:42:44 -0500https://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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 22:55:19 -0500https://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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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 23:31:27 -0500https://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.

THE OLDEST GETS OLDER
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.

SHORT HOPS
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Royals: Gordon was injured making a diving catch during Wednesday's win at St. Louis.

UP NEXT
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 11:31:57 -0500https://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 23:08:07 -0500https://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.

HOME RUN DERBY
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 00:18:09 -0500https://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."

SHORT HOPS
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.

TRAINER'S ROOM
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.

UP NEXT
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 05:11:50 -0500https://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.

GOING DEEP

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.

EXTRA EXTRA

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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.

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<![CDATA[Rangers to Donate 50/50 Raffle Money to Santa Fe Foundation]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 16:20:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

The Texas Rangers plan to donate the net proceeds of their popular Texas 2 Split 50/50 Raffle with the Santa Fe Education Foundation.

The raffle is a 50/50 raffle where fans buy tickets and a winner is chosen following the sixth inning. The money from the raffle is split 50/50 with the winning fan and the Texas Rangers Foundation.

In this case, the Texas Rangers Foundation will turn their half of the proceeds from Monday and Tuesday night's games with the Yankees to the Santa Fe Education Foundation in memory of the 10 people murdered inside Santa Fe High School last Friday.
 
Raffle tickets may be purchased from the time the Globe Life Park in Arlington gates open until the last out of the sixth inning. More information can be found at texasrangers.com/texas2split.
 
The Rangers will also observe a moment of silence prior to tonight’s National Anthem at 6:56 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Lopez Goes 8 Innings as White Sox Blank Rangers]]>Sun, 20 May 2018 16:36:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Reynaldo-Lopez.jpg

Reynaldo Lopez allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Sunday for their first home series win this season.

Lopez (1-3) struck out eight and walked two in his first victory since Sept. 22 against Kansas City. The 24-year-old right-hander has been Chicago's best starter this year, but has been hurt by poor run support.

Leury Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo homered as the major league-worst White Sox (13-30) took three of four against last-place Texas. They won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row at Kansas City from April 26-28.

Texas (18-30) lost for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Minor (3-3) struck out nine in five innings, but was charged with three runs and six hits.

Shin-Soo Choo singled in the first and Carlos Perez led off the third with a double for the Rangers' only hits. Jace Fry pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Lopez was visited by manager Rick Renteria after he walked Delino DeShields with two outs in the eighth. The crowd cheered when Renteria left Lopez in, and the pitcher pounded his chest after he struck out Choo swinging to end the inning.

Castillo put the White Sox in front with a one-out drive deep into the seats in left in the second. Garcia added an opposite-field, two-run single in the third, with Tim Anderson sliding in ahead of Perez's tag.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: Relief pitcher Chris Martin was activated from the 10-day disabled list and right-hander Ariel Jurado was optioned to Double-A Frisco. Martin had been sidelined by right forearm irritation. ... LHP Matt Moore said his sore right knee has been bothering him since spring training. He was placed on the DL on Saturday. "At this point, it just makes sense to let it cool off," he said. ... INF-OF Drew Robinson (left hip soreness) was scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Frisco.

White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia recently had a follow-up MRI on his right hamstring injury that showed improvement, but the "continued presence" of a Grade 2 strain, according to the team. He will be receiving PRP injections and his rehab activities will be limited for the next three weeks, likely pushing back his return to game action to closer to the end of June. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (arthroscopic shoulder surgery) will join Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and make his next rehab start with the Knights on Thursday. Rodon pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first rehab appearance with Class A Kannapolis on Saturday night.

UP NEXT
Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) makes his 22nd career appearance against the New York Yankees on Monday night in Texas. Colon, who turns 45 on Thursday, is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA against New York, one of his former teams. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73 ERA) pitches for the Yankees.

White Sox: LHP Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.29) starts Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. Santiago has made three starts and nine relief appearances this year, with the White Sox losing all 12 games. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-5, 4.83 ERA) pitches for the visiting Orioles.



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<![CDATA[Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito Led White Sox Over Rangers]]>Sat, 19 May 2018 21:52:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/GettyImages-960265466.jpg

Jose Abreu homered and had three hits, Lucas Giolito tossed six effective innings and the Chicago White Sox rallied from an early deficit for a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Abreu went 3 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs. Daniel Palka added a two-run triple for Chicago, which has won two of three.

Jurickson Profar had a double and two RBIs for Texas.

Giolito (3-4) allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in six innings to win his second straight start. The 23-year-old right-hander has allowed three runs or less in four of his last five starts.

Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless seventh, Jace Fry retired four straight batters and Nate Jones got the final two outs for his third save.

Ariel Jurado (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut for the Rangers.

Texas jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on run-scoring doubles by Profar and Rougned Odor. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third on an unearned run following Yoan Moncada's error.

Jurado retired six of the first seven batters he faced to get through the first two innings smoothly.

After allowing a leadoff double to Omar Narvaez in the bottom of the third, the 22-year-old retired the next two batters and appeared on the verge of escaping unscathed. The final out, though, proved elusive.

Yolmer Sanchez walked before Abreu and Matt Davidson each had a run-scoring single to make it 3-2. Palka then hit a two-run triple off the base of the wall in left-center to put Chicago on top, 4-3.

Abreu's solo blast in the seventh made it 5-3.

ROSTER MOVES

To make room for Jurado on the active roster, Texas put LHP Matt Moore (right knee soreness) on the 10-day DL. Moore allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits in 3 2/3 innings on Friday.

Chicago recalled RHP Dylan Covey and IF Jose Rodon from Triple-A Charlotte. Following Friday's game, RHP Carson Fulmer was optioned to Charlotte and OF Nicky Delmonico (fractured right hand) was put on the 10-day DL.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels, scratched from the opener of the series on Thursday with neck stiffness, will start Tuesday night against the Yankees in New York.

White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon (offseason shoulder surgery) began a rehab assignment Saturday night with Class-A Kannapolis. He allowed one run on three hits in five innings.

UP NEXT

RHP Reynaldo Lopez (0-3, 3.50 ERA) takes the mound in the finale on Sunday as Chicago looks to win its first series since taking three of five from Kansas City from April 26-29. Lopez is winless despite allowing two earned runs or less in six of his eight starts. LHP Mike Minor (3-2, 5.61) pitches for Texas.

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<![CDATA[Choo Hits Grand Slam as Rangers Pound White Sox]]>Sat, 19 May 2018 08:48:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-959976480.jpg

The pitch drifted over the middle of the plate, and as soon as Shin-Soo Choo connected, there was little doubt.

He broke open the game with his first grand slam in eight years, propelling the Texas Rangers to a 12-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. The grand slam was the fourth of his career and his first since Sept. 17, 2010, at Kansas City when he was playing for Cleveland.

Choo didn't remember much about that drive against Bryan Bullington, though it was an unforgettable game for him. He hit three homers and drove in seven runs. Choo had a more vivid memory of his first slam.

"I know my first grand slam (was in) 2006 against Josh Beckett," he said of the homer that came in a victory at Boston on Aug. 3, 2006. "It's been a long time. Yeah, it feels great."

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings following a shaky start by Matt Moore. The Rangers picked up the win after blowing a late lead the previous night to start this four-game series between last-place teams.

With their 10th loss in 12 games, the White Sox are 11-30. It's the worst 41-game start in franchise history, as well as the worst record in the majors this season. They are also 4-16 at home, a low point for them through 20 games.

Jose Abreu had a pair of RBI doubles and scored two runs. But Carson Fulmer (2-4) got optioned to Triple-A Charlotte following another early exit in his third straight loss.

Nicky Delmonico left with a broken bone in his right middle finger, and it all added up to another painful night for the White Sox.

Fulmer struggled with his control on a rainy night after getting knocked out by Minnesota and the crosstown Cubs. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up eight runs and three hits in two-plus innings. He walked five, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

The No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Fulmer has allowed 18 runs (17 earned) over 7 1/3 innings in his last three starts. He has as many walks (11) as strikeouts in that span, and he thinks a mechanical issue might be hindering him.

"It definitely hasn't (panned) out the way I wanted it to," he said. "It's tough to handle. I think I have to take responsibility for my actions and my performance and continue to work like I always have, continue to battle and move on to next one and accomplish as much as I can."

Moore gave up five runs — four earned — and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels' status remained up in the air a day after he was scratched from his scheduled start because of neck stiffness. Manager Jeff Banister said he might be ready to pitch in the three-game series against the Yankees that starts Monday. Hamels hasn't pitched since May 11 so he could be available against New York even if the Rangers place him on the 10-day disabled list. ... Banister said the reports on RHP Tim Lincecum (blister on right middle finger) were "much improved" following his latest rehab outing for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been working in relief and has a 7.11 ERA in five rehab appearances.

White Sox: Delmonico is expected to miss four to six weeks after he was hit by a pitch from Moore in the second inning. The White Sox will make two roster moves with him going on the disabled list and Fulmer getting sent to the minors. ... The White Sox got another visit from Danny Farquhar, and they continue to be encouraged by the reliever's recovery from a brain hemorrhage last month.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Texas will call up RHP Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco to make his major league debut.

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (2-4, 6.91 ERA) looks for a better result at home after going 0-2 with a staggering 13.89 ERA in his first three starts at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Scratch Cole Hamels Due to Neck Stiffness]]>Thu, 17 May 2018 19:33:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-05.jpg

The Texas Rangers scratched left-hander Cole Hamels from Thursday's start against the Chicago White Sox due to neck stiffness.

Hamels said he woke up Wednesday with a stiff neck and it kept getting worse. He could barely sit on the Rangers' plane ride from Seattle to Chicago.

"Sometimes in hotels it happens, I guess," he said. "Everything comes down to timing. If this happened the day after we could get through it and get to the next game. Something that happens right before your start, there's not enough time to be able to get right and go out there and give your team six, seven innings and a hundred pitches without something really disastrous happening."

Doug Fister moved up one day to pitch the series opener against the White Sox on regular rest. The veteran right-hander tossed 6 1/3 innings in Saturday's 6-1 loss at Houston, yielding three runs and four hits.

Asked about the possibilities for Friday's starter, Rangers manager Jeff Banister mentioned Hamels, Matt Moore and Austin Bibens-Dirkx at Triple-A Round Rock. But Hamels said he thinks he will need more time for his neck to loosen up.

"We'll play catch today to see how it feels, and tomorrow, but I think like anything you do want to be at your best," he said. "At times we do pitch through some bumps and bruises, and I did think about how far I could push it. But when you notice you cannot look at a target when you throw a baseball, it's not good."

The 34-year-old Hamels is 2-4 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts this season. He pitched six sparkling innings in a 1-0 victory against the Astros last Friday.

Moore is scheduled to pitch on Saturday, but he also would be on regular rest if he pitches on Friday. The Rangers were off on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Bartolo Colon Dominant as Rangers Shut Out Mariners 5-1]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 20:39:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-959268204.jpg

The line drive off the bat of Seattle's Jean Segura was estimated at 101 mph. As much as Texas starter Bartolo Colon tried to get his glove up and shift his body, there was no way he could avoid being struck.

After Colon picked up the loose ball and threw Segura out at first base, he laughed as the Rangers staff rushed to check on him.

"The important thing is we won the game and I was able to get the out," Colon said through an interpreter. "He got me on the side. It was not in the middle. And I have a big belly so I can (handle) it."

All kidding aside, Colon put together arguably his best performance of the season on Wednesday, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Rangers a 5-1 win over the Mariners. On the cusp of his 45th birthday, Colon (2-1) was excellent spotting his fastball and using his breaking pitches to keep Seattle off balance, a night after the Mariners scored nine runs.

"Everything was working. My curve, my fastball, my slider -- everything was working," Colon said.

It was the second time this season he pitched into the eighth, the previous against Houston when he was perfect through seven innings. Colon struck out two and threw 71 of 96 pitches for strikes.

"It's unbelievable. He's not tricking you. He just executes and gets the job done," Seattle's Kyle Seager said.

Offense was scarce for both teams. The Rangers took advantage of two key mistakes by Seattle in the ninth inning to earn a split of the brief series.

Delino DeShields gave Texas the lead with a two-out RBI double in the eighth inning that scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers added four more in the ninth, all after Ryon Healy's two-out error and two runs scoring on a wacky strikeout.

Ronald Guzman struck out swinging with the bases loaded and two outs, but catcher David Freitas couldn't handle the pitch from Marc Rzepczynski. Jurickson Profar scored from third on the passed ball and Kiner-Falefa from second after Freitas made an unnecessary throw trying to get Guzman at first base.

The Rangers added two more runs -- one due to the hustle of Shin-Soo Choo reaching on an infield hit -- to cap the sloppy inning by Seattle.

"I threw a slider and (Freitas) was thinking fastball. I'll just say that. We got crossed up and it ended up getting by him and cost us two runs," Rzepczynski said.

Seager's homer in the ninth was the extent of Seattle's offense. The Mariners threatened in the eighth after Colon was lifted, but Jose Leclerc got Segura to pop out on the first pitch with runners on second and third.

Seattle starter Christian Bergman didn't allow a hit until Kiner-Falefa reached on an infielder grounder in the fifth inning. Bergman allowed two hits in seven shutout innings making a spot start after being recalled from Triple-A. He was lifted to start the eighth inning after striking out five and throwing 90 pitches.

James Pazos (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits opening the eighth. It was his first run allowed since April 7.

POSITION SWITCH

Seattle manager Scott Servais said there's a chance Dee Gordon could be moved to second base sometime this weekend. Gordon played center field again Wednesday but did pregame work for a second straight day at his old position.

ROSTER MOVE

To clear a spot for Bergman on the 25-man roster, right-handed reliever Eric Goeddel was designated for assignment by the Mariners. He is out of minor league options.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Elvis Andrus will join the team in Chicago and may be able to resume baseball activities like fielding and playing catch. Andrus has been out since breaking his right elbow on April 12.

Mariners: Nelson Cruz was sore a day after getting hit by a pitch on his right foot and leaving a game early. Servais expects it will be a few days before Cruz is back in the lineup but didn't believe a DL stint was needed.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (2-4) makes his 10th start as the Rangers open a series against the Chicago White Sox. Hamels has a 2.73 ERA in his past five starts.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-3) makes his ninth start of the season as the Mariners open a series against Detroit. Gonzales has thrown six innings in each of his last four starts, but took the loss in his last outing also against the Tigers.



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<![CDATA[Mariners Win Over Rangers in Extra Innings]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 04:46:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Hours after losing their All-Star second baseman to a drug suspension, the Seattle Mariners ended the day on a positive note with a win in extra innings.

Guillermo Heredia's single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-1) and advanced to second with David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.

Earlier in the day, Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating MLB's drug policy. Cano, who was already sidelined at least a month by a fractured right hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, was set to serve the suspension immediately.

"Our guys were down in the clubhouse today," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "And with Jean (Segura) being so close to Robbie, he was frustrated by it. But the best way to take out your frustration is out on the field, and on the other team."

It was Seattle's 10th come-from-behind victory this season, which is tied with Houston for fourth-most in the American League behind Boston (14), Toronto (13) and New York (11).

"Despite all the sadness around here, guys were able to pull it together," Heredia said.

Segura reached base four times, including three singles, and stole four bases, which matched the single-game club record. The last Mariners player to do that was Ichiro Suzuki against Texas in 2010.

And Segura's RBI single off Texas reliever Jose Leclerc into left field gave the Mariners an 8-7 lead in the eighth inning.

Texas tied it in the ninth against AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. With one out, Joey Gallo hit a hard grounder right at Healy, who fumbled it for a second before tossing over to Diaz, who outraced the Rangers' slugger to first base.

Seeing Diaz and Gallo run into each other just past the bag, Jurickson Profar raced home without a throw to tie the score at 8-all.

Servais immediately claimed that Gallo interfered with Diaz's ability to throw home, and argued the non-call. He was eventually ejected for the first time this season by first-base umpire Jeff Nelson after a heated exchange.

Erik Goeddel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

The Mariners snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak at Safeco Field.

"This was a game that we were down early and fought back, showed character," Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

CRUZ LEAVES EARLY

Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz left the game in the fourth inning after he was hit by a pitch from Brandon Mann on top of his right foot. He limped to the dugout with the help of two staff members. Results of X-rays were negative. Servais said Cruz has a deep bone bruise, and will miss a game or two.

Cruz was also hit by a pitch from starter Mike Minor in the third.

Cruz made his 358th start at designated hitter for Seattle, breaking a tie with Ken Phelps for most in franchise history.

HOMECOMING

Mann was back in his hometown two days after become the second-oldest Rangers player to make his major league debut at 33.

The left-hander graduated in 2002 from Mount Rainier High School, about 20 minutes southwest of Safeco Field,

"I was a diehard Mariners fan," Mann said. "A few different seasons, my dad took us to 50-70 games."

Mann said outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. was his first childhood idol. Then it became Ichiro.

In 2002, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and spent the past 17 seasons in the minor leagues, independent leagues and pitching in Japan.

Mann got the final five outs for Texas in a 6-1 loss at Houston on Sunday in his big-league debut. Yoshinori Tateyama was 35 when he made his debut with Texas in 2011.

Mann, who turns 34 on Wednesday, came on in relief of starting pitcher Mike Minor against the Mariners on Tuesday and wiggled out of a fourth-inning jam, then pitched a scoreless fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (left hamstring) was placed on the 10-day DL on with a Grade I strain. No official recovery timetable was given. ... LHP Martin Perez (elbow) is still in rehab to reduce the inflammation in his elbow, manager Jeff Banister said. There is no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.32 ERA) is on six days of rest after taking a no-decision in Texas' 5-4 victory against Detroit on Wednesday. He currently has a five-game winning streak against the Mariners, but took a no-decision in Seattle's 9-7 win on April 21 in Arlington.

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (3-3, 3.40 ERA for Triple-A Tacoma) will be added to the team's 40-man roster, and make his first big-league appearance with Seattle since Aug. 30. Last season, he went 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA in his 13 appearances for the Mariners.

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<![CDATA[Beltre Exits With Injury in Rangers Loss to Astros]]>Sun, 13 May 2018 22:11:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Adrian-Beltre-051318.jpg

Dallas Keuchel allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered for the second straight game and the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers 6-1 Sunday.

Keuchel (3-5) struck out eight and walked one, lowering his ERA from 3.53 to 3.10 with his third straight outing giving up three runs or fewer. Houston's starters have the top three ERAs in the American League led by Justin Verlander at a major league-best 1.21. Gerrit Cole is at 1.43 and Charlie Morton at 2.03.

Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive singles in the first, and Keuchel retired 16 of his next 17 batters around Jurickson Profar's two-out double in the fourth.

Carlos Perez homered off Hector Rondon in the eighth. Brad Peacock struck out the side in the ninth, completing a six-hitter. Houston has won five of six after losing five of six.

Matt Moore (1-5) allowed three runs and six hits in three innings. He has given up 18 runs and 26 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his last three starts.

Yuli Gurriel hit an RBI single in the third, and Gattis had a two-run homer. Correa hit a two-run homer in the seventh against Kevin Jepsen, and Derek Fisher added a sacrifice fly.

OLD DEBUT
LHP Brandon Mann was brought up from Triple-A Round Rock and at 33 years, 362 became the second-oldest player to make his debut for Texas when he entered in the seventh. Mann allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. RHP Yoshinori Tateyama was 35 years, 149 days when he debuted in 2011.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Rangers: Beltre left with one out in the seventh after re-aggravating a left hamstring injury. He fielded a Max Stassi slow chopper and was trying to tag Gurriel at third on the play before he came out. Beltre was activated off the disabled list on May 8 after missing 12 games with a left hamstring strain.

Astros: OF George Springer was out of the lineup a second straight day after being hit on the left elbow by a Cole Hamels fastball. "Hopefully, he will be back in there tomorrow," manager A.J. Hinch said. "He was bouncing around the clubhouse, and I think he's done a little activity already."

UP NEXT
Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (3-2) starts Tuesday's opener of a three-game series at Seattle. Minor has allowed at least four runs in two of his last three starts.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (5-1) takes the mound Monday at the Los Angeles Angels. McCullers is 4-0 in six starts since an April 6 loss to San Diego.



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<![CDATA[Morton Fans Career-High 14 to Lead Astros Over Rangers]]>Sat, 12 May 2018 21:33:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Charlie-Morton.jpg

Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven solid innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa all homered to back him up and help the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run without a walk to lower his ERA to 2.03 and extend his career-long winning streak to eight games dating back to last season.

McCann's solo homer gave Houston the lead in the fourth and Gattis added his one-run homer in the next inning after driving in Houston's run in the third with a single.

Correa padded the lead with a soaring two-run shot to straightaway center field to make it 5-1 with one out in the eighth. The Astros tacked on another run in the eighth when McCann singled and Jurickson Profar committed an error that allowed Yuli Gurriel to score from first.

Morton's previous career-best was 12 strikeouts, which he accomplished twice previously, with the last time coming earlier this season against the Rangers. It's his third game this season with at least 10 strikeouts and he's fanned 62 in seven starts this season.

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.

Morton retired the first eight batters he faced before Ronald Guzman's solo homer to the seats in right field with two outs in the third inning. Delino DeShields followed with a double, but Morton struck out Shin-Soo Choo to end the inning.

The Astros didn't get a hit until a double by Josh Reddick to start the third. The single to center field by Gattis scored Reddick to tie it at 1-1. Gattis then stole his first base since August 19, 2016 and just the third of his career, but he was left stranded when Fister retired the next three batters to end the inning.

McCann's homer to the bullpen in right-center came with two outs in the fourth to put Houston up 2-1.

Gattis pushed the lead to 3-1 with his solo shot with one out in the fifth.

Morton had retired 12 of the previous 13 batters when Profar doubled with two outs in the seventh. The Rangers came away from that inning empty-handed when Morton fanned Rougned Odor for the third out.

TRAINER'S ROOM
Houston center fielder George Springer was out of the lineup on Saturday after being hit on the left elbow by a 92 mph fastball from Cole Hamels in the series opener. Manager A.J. Hinch said Springer's bruised elbow was sore on Saturday and wasn't sure when he'd return, but added that he doesn't expect the injury to land him on the disabled list. ... Correa was plunked just above his left hip to start the fourth inning, but was OK and remained in the game.

UP NEXT
Rangers: Matt Moore (1-4, 7.71 ERA) will start for Texas in the series finale on Sunday. Moore will be pitching on extended rest after allowing nine hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings but not factoring into the decision in a 7-6 win over Detroit on Monday.

Astros: Dallas Keuchel (2-5, 3.53) is scheduled to start for Houston on Sunday. He got his second win in his last start by allowing five hits and just one run in eight innings of a 16-2 win over Oakland.



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<![CDATA[Mazara's 2nd Homer Gives Rangers Win Over Detroit]]>Wed, 09 May 2018 23:23:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/186*120/GettyImages-956640242.jpg

Nomar Mazara was looking for something up in the zone in each of his last two at-bats. The young slugger got it, and went deep both times to give the Texas Rangers their first winning home series this season.

After hitting a tying, solo homer in the seventh inning, Mazara led off the 10th by pulling a 1-0 pitch into the right field seats to lift the Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Wednesday.

"I've been feeling pretty good lately, but that's not what it's about ... you just go out there and try and find a way to win games," Mazara said after his first career game-ending homer.

Mazara has seven homers in May and 10 this year, already halfway to the 20 homers he had in each of his first two big league seasons. The 23-year-old right fielder's drive estimated at 447 feet in the seventh made it 4-all. The game-ender went out in a hurry -- with an exit velocity of 117 mph, according to MLB stats, to go 416 feet. He connected off Warwick Saupold (1-1), the sixth Detroit pitcher.

There was a brief conversation in the tunnel behind the dugout between manager Jeff Banister and Adrian Beltre after Mazara's game-tying homer .

"I talked about how Mazara is turning himself into a special player, and that's what he's doing," Banister said. "And he showed that, not only today, but just how he's play all year long."

Rangers closer Keone Kela (3-2) struck out three in two innings, allowing only Niko Goodrum's leadoff double in the 10th.

The Rangers took two of three, but are still 7-16 overall at home. They had lost their first six home series, their most ever to start a season.

Beltre, the DH in his second game back from the DL, had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly for Texas. He has 3,079 career hits and his 1,654 RBIs broke a tie with Tony Perez for 22nd on the all-time list.

Pete Kozma homered in his first big league at-bat this season while Mikie Mahtook had a triple and a sacrifice fly in his return to the majors for the Tigers.

Kozma homered in the third, then reached on an error in the fifth before coming home on Mahtook's fly that tied the game against Bartolo Colon.

Colon threw 98 pitches in five innings, leaving in a tie game after allowing three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts and a walk. The right-hander only two weeks shy of his 45th birthday, stayed at 241 career wins, two shy of Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic.

"He's an animal. He's got all the life in the world in him, enjoys baseball. You can see it. He still can make pitches," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's fun seeing him out there competing. He's smiling."

LEADING OFF

Rangers CF Delino DeShields drew a career-high four walks, all leading off innings. He scored twice, but in the seventh was thrown out at third trying to advance two bases on Isiah Kiner-Falefa's sacrifice bunt. It was the most walks in a nine-inning game by a Rangers player since Milton Bradley Jr. had four at Oakland on July 25, 2008.

"You've got to stay calm, you've got to stay patient to walk four times," Banister said. "Great work by him."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF Leonys Martin had been dealing with soreness behind his left knee for a couple of weeks before an MRI revealed a hamstring strain, and becoming the third Tigers player to go on the DL this week. ... First base coach Ramon Santiago was hit in the upper body by McCann's foul liner in the second inning. Santiago was OK.

Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos was scratched from the lineup because of left wrist soreness. He has been dealing with the issue for about three weeks.

BONUS BASEBALL

Texas is 4-0 in extra-inning games this season. Detroit is 3-2.

HE SAID IT

"Look at what we've done with a depleted lineup. ... You go look at our losses and you could very easily flip-flop our win-loss record based on games that we've been in," said James McCann, who had a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth for the Tigers.

UP NEXT

Tigers: After playing 14 road games in 17 days since their last off day, the Tigers get a break Thursday before opening a six-game homestand. They play Seattle on Friday night.

Rangers: A day off Thursday before opening a 10-game road trip. The Rangers are in Houston on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Palmeiro Says He Has Agreed With Independent Team at Age 53]]>Wed, 09 May 2018 14:03:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rafael-Palmeiro.jpg

Rafael Palmeiro says he has agreed to play with his son for the independent Cleburne Railroaders at age 53.

Palmeiro told the Dallas Morning News in a text Tuesday that he is looking forward to joining the second-year American Association team and will be teammates with his 28-year-old son Patrick.

"Nobody gave me a chance to go to spring training, so I will just take this path," Palmeiro said in the text.

Palmeiro indicated during the winter his desire for the chance at an MLB comeback.

A four-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove-winning first baseman, Palmeiro is one of six players with more than 3,000 hits and 500 homers. He played 20 big league seasons, half of those with the Texas Rangers.

His career ended with Baltimore in 2005 after a positive steroids test. Palmeiro has said he never intentionally took anything, but he fell off the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014 after getting less than 5 percent of the vote.

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<![CDATA[Tigers Spoil Adrian Beltre's 3-Hit Return, Beat Rangers]]>Tue, 08 May 2018 22:44:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-956241270.jpg

Victor Martinez and Jeimer Candelario homered in the first inning and the Detroit Tigers held off the Texas Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night, spoiling Adrian Beltre's three-hit game in his return from an injury.

Jose Iglesias connected on a two-run shot , his first of the season, for a 5-0 lead in the second against left-hander Mike Minor.

Beltre, MLB's active leader in hits, reached 3,078 with three singles after missing 12 games with a left hamstring strain. The 39-year-old hit run-scoring singles in the sixth and eighth to give him 1,652 RBIs, tying Tony Perez for 27th on the career list.

In his 21st season, Beltre became the active hits leader while on the disabled list when Ichiro Suzuki, with 3,089 hits, was removed from Seattle's 40-player roster last week for another role with the Mariners.

Mike Fiers (3-2), winless with an 8.90 ERA in six previous appearances against Texas, took a shutout into the fifth before Jurickson Profar's leadoff homer , his second. The right-hander gave up six hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Shane Greene struck out the side after a leadoff single in the ninth for his first four-out save of the season and seventh overall in nine chances.

Martinez's third homer was a two-run shot after Candelario connected with the bases empty for his fifth. Candelario is tied for the team lead with leadoff hitter Leonys Martin, the former Texas center fielder who was out of the lineup because of left knee soreness.

Minor (3-2) threw five scoreless innings after his rough start, allowing seven hits in a season-high seven innings. A reliever in Kansas City last season after missing two years with shoulder problems, the former Atlanta starter pitched on regular four days' rest for the first time with Texas.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: An MRI was planned for Martin after he showed up with swelling Tuesday. "That's a little alarming, and that's why we're getting it checked out," manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... RHPs Alex Wilson (plantar fascia strain in left foot) and Jordan Zimmermann (right shoulder impingement) went on the disabled list. RHP Zac Reininger and INF Pete Kozma were brought up from Triple-A Toledo. LHP Daniel Norris (left groin injury) was moved to the 60-day DL to clear a roster spot for Kozma.

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (left hamstring strain) was set for a rehab appearance with Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after going 1 for 5 in two games with Double-A Frisco. ... To make room for Beltre, the Rangers sent INF Eliezer Alvarez back to Frisco a day after calling him up.

UP NEXT

RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.29 ERA) makes his sixth start for the Rangers, coming off his first loss when the 44-year-old matched his career high by allowing four homers, all solo shots in Boston's 5-1 win. Tigers LHP Francisco Liriano (3-1, 2.97 ERA) is 5-3 with a save and a 4.03 ERA in 14 appearances at the home of the Rangers, including nine starts. Liriano faced Texas four times last year, three after Houston acquired him at the trading deadline.

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<![CDATA[Lincecum Makes Rehab Appearance]]>Tue, 08 May 2018 06:32:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Tim Lincecum made his first rehab appearance with the Texas Rangers' Triple-A team on Monday night, 21 months after his last big league start.

Lincecum allowed two runs and struck out two while pitching the fifth inning for Round Rock against the Iowa Cubs.

After walking his first batter on four pitches, the first a 90-mph fastball that went to the backstop, the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner allowed an RBI double. Another run scored on a wild pitch before he retired his last two batters on swinging strikes.

Texas plans to use Lincecum as a reliever, even though he has started 270 of his 278 career games. He pitched out of the stretch for Round Rock.

The 33-year-old right-hander has been on the disabled list all season. He signed with Texas after the start of spring training, and developed a blister on his right middle finger before the season.

Lincecum was initially placed on the 10-day disabled list, but was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 15. The earliest he could be activated is May 28.

A three-time World Series champion with the Giants, Lincecum was 108-83 in San Francisco from 2007-15. He had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 and made a brief comeback with the Los Angeles Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts. His last MLB start was Aug. 5, 2016, when he allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings in a loss at Seattle.

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<![CDATA[First Look: Texas Live! Progress]]>Tue, 08 May 2018 16:09:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Texas+Live+tour+1.jpgSet to open in 2018, Texas Live! is an entertainment development located in between AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington. On Monday, NBC 5 got to take a look at the progress inside of the site.

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<![CDATA[Aikman Announces Plans for Arlington Restaurant]]>Tue, 08 May 2018 15:41:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Troy%27s-Entry.jpg

No matter where in the country he is broadcasting an NFL game, Troy Aikman will have a presence near the Dallas Cowboys.

The former Dallas quarterback announced plans Monday for a restaurant called Troy's in the new Texas Live! development during a media tour of the site.

Texas Live! is located between AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Aikman's restaurant will be inspired by beer halls from across the state and feature an indoor/outdoor stage, according to a press release.

The NFL Hall of Famer said he was intimately involved in the development of the restaurant, including the selection of its space within Texas Live!, the decor and the food.

"Some of the menu items are going to be some of my favorites, there will be some healthy options," Aikman said. "Gourmet burgers is what primarily is going to drive this."

Troy's will open late this summer and be ready for football fans just in time for the season.

"You can't have a restaurant with my name on it and not have big screens to be able to watch games," Aikman said. "Especially games that I'm broadcasting."

Other bars and restaurants set to open in Texas Live! include PBR Country Bar, Revolver Brewing and Lockhart Smokehouse.



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<![CDATA[Big Bartolo Still Having Fun]]>Tue, 08 May 2018 06:30:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/vlcsnap-6436-03-15-19h41m34s964.jpg

When Bartolo Colon took the mound for the Texas Rangers in his last start, the big right-hander had pitched against Boston coaches more than twice as much as the current Red Sox players.

No player in the majors is older than Colon, who turns 45 on May 24. And no active pitcher has as many as his 241 career wins or 533 starts, the firsts of both which came for Cleveland in 1997.

Still, the portly pitcher with the nickname of "Big Sexy" is having a blast -- and still success -- in his mid-40s and with his 11th different major league team.

"I feel great. I feel proud," Colon said through a translator.

"He should," said Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire, whose Tigers are in town for Colon's next scheduled start Wednesday. "Pitching this late in your life, it's not easy to do on this level. It takes a special person to even want to put in the work. He's a pretty special baseball player."

While Colon (1-1, 3.29 ERA) is pleasant yet somewhat oblivious to reporters, he loves being around the game. He is constantly chatting with teammates in the clubhouse, in the dugout and on the field. And he often interacts with opponents, and even umpires.

Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin was heading back to the Boston dugout in the middle of the sixth inning last Friday night when he noticed Colon coming directly toward him.

"I was just walking and Bart comes up to me and just says `Hey, my neck hurts.' That, and then he slapped me on the back and he kept going," Goodwin said with a chuckle recalling the encounter soon after Colon had given up his third leadoff homer in the game.

When Colon was pitching for the New York Mets from 2014-16, Goodwin was coaching there.

"He was a joy. I wish I would have played with him," Goodwin said. "But to have him on the Mets team, I know he helped our young guys out, just kind of relax, and "Hey, it's not the end of the world.' Have fun, enjoy what you're doing. Nobody does it more than he does."

Nothing seems to bother him. Colon often nonchalantly tosses the ball up in the air while waiting for retired batters to get back to the dugout, or during stoppages of play.

Even when he took a perfect game into the eighth inning April 15 on the road against the defending World Series champion Astros in a duel of former AL Cy Young winners with Justin Verlander pitching for Houston.

Colon is two wins shy of tying Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal for the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic. He needs four wins to match Nicaragua's Dennis Martinez for the most by a native of Latin America.

After retiring the first 21 Houston batters last month, Colon walked Carlos Correa to start the eighth before Josh Reddick lined a double into the right-field corner. Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove looking toward Reddick, his former teammate in Oakland.

When Colon was removed from the game with two outs and the game tied at 1, after throwing 66 of 96 pitches for strikes, he had a grin on his face when he glanced at Reddick on third base and the two shared some words.

In losing his last game against Rick Porcello, another former Cy Young winner, Colon struck out four without a walk in seven innings against the Red Sox and the only runs came on four solo homers. He threw 91 pitches, with only 22 balls while facing 26 batters.

No longer the hard-throwing pitcher he was a decade ago, Colon has adapted and is still getting hitters out.

"He's made some incredible adjustments over the years, from being a really hard thrower now to manipulating the baseball," Texas pitcher Doug Fister said.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was watching the national TV broadcast of Colon's near perfect game against the Astros.

"That was unreal, the way he's using that back-door sinkers to righties. It starts in the other dugout, and comes back for a strike," said Cora, his teammate with Boston in 2008. "He's pitching a lot different than the norm right now. Usually it's north-south, he's still going east to west and he's still getting people out. And he enjoys the game, which is great."

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus had faced Colon many times before they became teammates.

"He amazes you. You know what he's going to throw, you know his game plan, he's still dealing," Andrus said. "As he's aged, you see the desire that he's got to continue to play this game with that passion is just unbelievable."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Rally Late to Beat Tigers]]>Tue, 08 May 2018 06:26:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Profar+031816.jpg

Delino DeShields wasn't too concerned about the end of his career-best 10-game hitting streak. All that mattered was scoring those two runs for the Texas Rangers.

The speedy leadoff hitter reached on a two-out error in the seventh, and then scored from first on a single to shallow right by Shin-Soo Choo. Jurickson Profar followed with a tiebreaking triple as the Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 7-6 on Monday night.

"I don't really care how I get on base as long as I get on base. I know good things can happen," DeShields said. "Take advantage of their mistakes, and I'm the wrong guy to make a mistake on."

DeShields also had a leadoff walk in Texas' four-run sixth, which ended with the Rangers scoring on four straight two-out hits.

"I was taught really young, God gave me the ability to run. That should never not show up," he said. "And I just love touching home plate."

After blowing a 5-1 lead, Detroit went ahead again with an unearned run in the top of the seventh after a replay review, the first of two overturned calls after manager challenges.

JaCoby Jones ran home from second when Jose Iglesias hit a fly ball to right with two out. Nomar Mazara was nearing the line when the ball hit off his glove and dropped into foul territory.

First base umpire Bill Miller ruled a foul ball, but manager Ron Gardenhire challenged the call and the replay showed Mazara was clearly in fair territory. Jones was awarded home to make it 6-5, and Iglesias took first on what became an error for Mazara.

"We had a lead with (Michael) Fulmer, and just couldn't hold it," Gardenhire said. "The rest of it was we missed plays the rest of the night. We just didn't make the plays we need to make. ... Yes, we're a little disappointed."

In the bottom of the seventh, shortstop Iglesias fielded DeShields' chopper up the middle, but bobbled it briefly before making a clean throw. That was all the time DeShields needed to make it to first, and then second baseman Dixon Machado couldn't get enough of Choo's roller that trickled off his glove.

There were injuries on top of that. The Tigers put pitchers Jordan Zimmermann (shoulder) and Alex Wilson (foot) on the disabled list after the game. Wilson finished the sixth for Detroit.

Texas won a replay challenge in the eighth when Isiah Kiner-Falefa was initially ruled off the bag on a double play. On replay, the rookie second baseman's toe appeared to barely drag across the top of the base when he caught a throw before making the relay to first. That ended the inning instead of Detroit having runners on second and third.

"The replay challenge was the key for us in that situation ... Kiner did the yard work there staying on the bag, the tough catch and it was a tough throw to first base," manager Jeff Banister said.

SHORT HOPS

Leonys Martin, whose career started with Texas from 2011-15, hit his fifth homer. Detroit's leadoff hitter also doubled and scored another run. ... Mazara homered for the fifth time in May, and eighth time overall, when went deep to start the second.

THE PITCHERS

Jose LeClerc (1-0) pitched the seventh, and Keone Kela worked the ninth for his seventh save. Daniel Stumpf (1-2) was the loser.

Both starters allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Fulmer struck out seven, walked three and allowed four hits. Rangers lefty Matt Moore permitted nine hits and walked two.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: 1B Miguel Cabrera jogged in the outfield for the first time since he strained his right hamstring Thursday and went on the 10-day disabled list. "He's getting anxious," Gardenhire said. Cabrera still has another week before he can come off the DL.

Rangers: Drew Robinson was in the original lineup to play second base, but was scratched and placed on the 10-day DL because of left hip soreness. ... 3B Adrian Beltre, who missed his 12th game while on the DL with a left hamstring strain, took some swings and groundballs, and ran the bases. "He's progressing nicely," Banister said.

UP NEXT

Rangers lefty Mike Minor (3-1), a full-time reliever for Kansas City last season after missing two full seasons with shoulder issues, makes his first start for Texas on regular four days' rest. Tigers starter Mike Fiers (2-2, 5.00 ERA) is 0-3 with an 8.90 ERA in his six previous appearances (five starts) against Texas.

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<![CDATA[Sale Fans 12, Boston Tops Rangers; Red Sox Head to Bronx]]>Sun, 06 May 2018 18:45:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-955445584.jpg

Chris Sale wishes he could be on the mound for the Boston Red Sox in their next series at Yankee Stadium.

Sale will have to settle for a spot along the dugout rail to watch the highly anticipated showdown after his 12-strikeout performance for the Red Sox, who beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 Sunday to maintain their AL East lead.

"They're rolling, we're catching our stride again. And it'll be fun," Sale said. "This is our first time going up to New York, so I wish I was getting the ball in one of those games. But there's only so much you can do."

The lefty did his part against the Rangers with his season high for strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 2.02. Sale (3-1) allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked one and hit two batters.

The Red Sox have a major league-best 25-9 record and a one-game lead over the Yankees. Boston has won eight of 12 since its season-long losing streak of three games.

Boston took two of three from the Yankees at Fenway Park earlier this season, but New York has won 15 of 16 overall going into a three-game set that begins Tuesday night.

J.D. Martinez and Sandy Leon homered for the Red Sox, who took three of four in Texas to start a 10-game road trip that matches their longest of the season.

The Rangers have lost their first six home series in a season for the first time. They are 5-15 at home.

Sale got his first five outs by strikeouts and the only run against him was Ryan Rua's homer in the seventh.

"He got sharper," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The stuff that he brings, a fastball 92-97, and he puts it where he wants to ... very minimal pitches in the middle of the zone. Everything else is out on the edges."

The Rangers had the bases loaded in the second on a hit batsman, a single and an error before Sale stabbed a comeback liner by Carlos Perez. Sale put his glove up and his head down for the inning-ending out.

Sale, the Florida native, loved the sunny conditions with temperatures in the mid-80s.

"Little bit easier to stay loose," he said. "Just had a good rhythm, too. Lot of things combined, I gained a little bit more within myself, too."

Doug Fister (1-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

"I felt really good, and location was OK, but this is a good ballclub, a big league club that puts you in the situation, it's make or break," said Fister, who made 15 starts for the Red Sox last season.

Boston went ahead to stay in the first when Mookie Betts, after a leadoff single and being hit in the back by a throw, scored on a double by Mitch Moreland. Martinez doubled in the third and came home on a single by Xander Bogaerts.

Martinez got his eighth homer of the season, and third in five games, with a solo shot in the seventh. That was an inning after Leon's first homer, which came immediately after Fister hit Jackie Bradley Jr. with a 1-2 pitch.

"It's big," manager Alex Cora said of the homers. "It seems like we're one swing away every day from creating a rally. ... It seems like we're always one baserunner away from two runs."

SHORT HOPS

Right-handed starters are 1-15 with a 7.48 ERA in 26 games against the Red Sox this season. ... Rangers leadoff hitter Delino DeShields extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third inning. It's the longest streak by a Rangers player this season. ... Texas struck out 52 times in the four-game series.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Betts left the game in the second inning because of a bruised right shoulder. He was hit on the upper back by first baseman Ronald Guzman's throw when running to second base in the first inning. Betts batted again in the second before getting replaced in the field in the bottom of that inning.

"He's OK," Cora said. "He didn't feel great. So I just took him out. It just makes sense for us. He's got a day and a half off and it should be something day-to-day. He should be hopefully ready for Tuesday."

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (left hamstring) was scheduled to play five innings in the field at Double-A Frisco. He will need to play a few more games there before the Rangers decide if he's ready to rejoin them.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: After a day off Monday, the Red Sox open the series against the Yankees. Drew Pomeranz is expected to start for Boston vs. Luis Severino.

Rangers: Matt Moore (1-4), who allowed 10 runs over four innings in his last start, takes the mound when Texas opens a three-game series at home against Detroit.



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<![CDATA[Kimbrel Quickest to 300 Saves as Red Sox Rally at Texas]]>Sat, 05 May 2018 23:00:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-955146500.jpg

Craig Kimbrel became the quickest pitcher to reach 300 career saves, closing out a 6-5 win by the Boston Red Sox after they rallied and got the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning at Texas on Saturday night.

Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save this season. His 300th save overall came in his 494th career appearance and 330th save opportunity, and just less than three weeks before his 30th birthday.

Andrew Benintendi hit a triple off the right-center wall in the ninth against Keone Kela (2-2) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez.

The Rangers had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth before Joe Kelly (1-0) struck out the only two batters he faced. He fanned Joey Gallo, the slugger who had already hit two impressive home runs, and then got Jurickson Profar on a called third strike to end an 11-pitch at-bat.

Kimbrel ended the game with a foul pop and two strikeouts to reach 300 saves quicker than anyone in terms of appearances, save opportunities and age. Mariano Rivera had gotten his 300th save in his 537th game, Joe Nathan in his 335th save opportunity and Francisco Rodriguez at age 31.

Boston is 24-9, the best record in the majors, and retained sole possession of the AL East lead a game ahead of the Yankees after New York (23-10) won for the 14th time in 15 games earlier Saturday, 5-2 at home over Cleveland. The Red Sox have been alone atop the division since April 1.

Four Red Sox pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, matching the most against Texas this season.

Delino DeShields hit a three-run homer in the fifth that put the Rangers up 4-1, when the ball hit on top of the 14-foot wall down the left field line and ricocheted into the seats. It came immediately after Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez issued a two-out walk on a full-count changeup to No. 9 hitter Ryan Rua.

Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox in the sixth, and they got even in the seventh when Benintendi had an RBI double before coming home on a single by J.D. Martinez.

GALLO DINGERS

Gallo had homers estimated at 466 and 415 feet. It was the fifth multihomer game in Gallo's career. The other four last season, all also at home. He is also only the fourth Rangers player with at least 12 homers in the first 30 games of a season, joining Josh Hamilton (2012), Juan Gonzalez (2003) and Ivan Rodriguez (2000) -- all past AL MVPs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said right-handed reliever Austin Maddox (right shoulder strain) is progressing during extended spring training in Fort Myers, Florida.

Rangers: RHP Tim Lincecum (blister right middle finger) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session Saturday and will join Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday for a rehab assignment. He's on the 60-day DL and not eligible for reinstatement until May 28.

UP NEXT

Rangers RHP Doug Fister (1-2, 2.88 ERA in five starts for Texas), who made 15 starts for the Red Sox last year after joining the team in late June, goes in the series finale. Boston LHP Chris Sale (2-1, 2.14) has won all three of his previous starts at Texas.

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<![CDATA[Red Sox Win at Texas]]>Fri, 04 May 2018 21:56:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nomar+mazara+rangers.jpg

Mookie Betts hit his MLB-best 13th homer and Rick Porcello struck out eight in six innings while matching the AL lead with his fifth victory to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Friday night.

Rafael Devers hit two of the four solo homers off 44-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon (1-1). J.D. Martinez also went deep for the Red Sox, whose 23-9 record is the best in the majors.

Betts homered for the fifth time in three games, putting Boston up 3-1 with his leadoff shot in the sixth. He has gone deep in each of the first two games at Texas after his three-homer game Wednesday at Fenway Park against Kansas City.

Nomar Mazara homered in his fourth consecutive game for Texas, a career-best streak for the 23-year-old slugger who has seven homers this season. That was the lone run, and one of only three hits off Porcello (5-0) in his six innings. Mazara also had a double.

After winning his first four starts, Porcello was coming off consecutive no-decisions in which he went at least seven innings both times. He won each of his first five starts in 2016 on way to 22 wins and the AL Cy Young Award.

Colon struck out four without a walk in seven innings with the only runs coming on the four homers. He threw 91 pitches, with only 22 balls while facing 26 batters.

The portly right-hander, who turns 45 on May 24, has 241 career wins, two short of matching Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic.

Martinez led off the second with a towering flyball that ricocheted off the top of the 14-foot wall in left and into the seats. Devers broke a 1-1 tie leading off the fifth, and homered again in the seventh.

THREE FOR RICK

The Red Sox have won 26 consecutive games when scoring at least three runs for Porcello, a streak that dates back to 2016. In his last 37 starts receiving that much run support, Porcello is 31-0; the Red Sox are 36-1.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: INF Brock Holt (left hamstring) will remain with the team through the weekend before a short rehab stint. He has been on the disabled list since April 27.

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor, out since April 10 because of a left hamstring, is set to start a rehab assignment Saturday at Double-A Frisco. He will be the DH in his first game for the RoughRiders.

UP NEXT

A fresh start for Rangers lefty Cole Hamels (1-4), who had four losses by the end of April for the first time in his career. The Red Sox counter in the third game of the four-game series with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0), who is expected to return from the family medical leave list without missing a start.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Win Over Red Sox and Price]]>Thu, 03 May 2018 22:48:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Nomar+Mazara.jpg

Nomar Mazara drove in five runs while homering in his third straight game and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 11-5 on Thursday night, handing former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price his third loss in a row.

Mazara had a two-run double off Price (2-4) in the third and an inning later hit a towering three-run homer as the first batter after the Red Sox lefty was pulled from the game. Mazara's sixth homer gave Texas a 10-3 lead.

Mookie Betts homered again for Boston, his MLB-leading 12th homer in the third coming a day after he went deep three times at Fenway Park against Kansas City. Betts also had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly as the Red Sox opened an 11-day, 10-game trip.

Texas scored at least 10 runs for the first time this season. The 11 are the most allowed by the Red Sox, whose 22-9 record is still the best in the majors.

Mike Minor (3-1), a full-time reliever for the Royals last year after missing two full seasons with shoulder issues, worked six innings. The right-hander struck out four, walked three and allowed three runs.

Price allowed nine runs, his most since 2013 with Tampa Bay, and seven of those were earned runs. He has been scored on 19 times (16 earned runs) over 17 innings during his three-game losing streak.

The last batter Price faced was rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who came back from a 1-2 count to draw a bases-loaded walk. Hector Velazquez, the reliever, immediately threw a wild pitch to allow a run before Mazara homered.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said lefty Eduardo Rodriguez "most likely" will be back to make his scheduled start Saturday. Rodriguez was placed on the family medical leave list Wednesday. ... INF Brock Holt (left hamstring) is set for early BP on Friday. He could then be ready for some at-bats in rehab games.

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre, now MLB's active career leader at 3,075 hits with Ichiro Suzuki no longer on Seattle's roster, and 2B Rougned Odor both took groundballs and BP before Thursday's game. Both are out with left hamstring strains, Odor since April 10 and Beltre since April 25. "Beltre, he is progressing," manager Jeff Banister said. "For him to go out and do some light jogging, and groundballs and taking BP on the field, that's a good sign."

UP NEXT

In the second game of a four-game series, Boston right-hander Rick Porcello tries to start 5-0 for the second time in three seasons. Bartolo Colon (1-0), the 44-year-old right-hander for Texas, goes for his 242nd career win. Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal's 243 wins are the most for a player born in the Dominican Republic.


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<![CDATA[Encarnacion, Kluber Lead Indians Past Rangers]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 17:15:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kluber.jpg

Edwin Encarnacion's big day included a congratulatory phone call from another Dominican slugger.

Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 12-4 on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Encarnacion said Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols made a FaceTime call to him after the victory.

"We used to talk a lot," Encarnacion said. "He called me almost every day and we'd talk about hitting. He's a great guy."

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. The designated hitter leads the team with nine homers despite a .191 batting average.

"I feel very comfortable about myself and I know what I can do," he said. "It's just about timing and about playing."

Encarnacion also had a slow start last season and was batting .198 in mid-May. He finished with a .258 average, 38 homers and 107 RBIs.

"We've all seen how hot he can get where he can kind of put you on his shoulders a little bit," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also connected in Cleveland's highest scoring game of the season. Kipnis' three-run shot in the second was his first of the season.

Kluber (5-1) allowed three solo homers in seven innings in his fifth straight win. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked none.

"Obviously that's a huge cushion," Kluber said of the offense scoring nine times in the first two innings. "It allows you to go out there and be aggressive and attack the zone and ideally get deep into the game."

Rangers starter Matt Moore (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs in four innings, including three homers. The left-hander gave up 11 hits and walked two while throwing 94 pitches.

"It was a bad day," Moore said. "I've got to do way better. A lot of the pitches, it just seemed like they knew what was coming. I don't have an answer for that."

Each team used nine relievers over the series' first two games, leaving both bullpens overworked. Kluber gave Cleveland exactly what it needed while Moore stumbled.

The Indians got four in the first and five in the second. Michael Brantley hit an RBI single in the first before Encarnacion drove a 1-0 pitch into the bleachers in left for his seventh of the season.

After Kipnis went deep, Lindor singled and Encarnacion made it 9-1 with a two-out drive to center.

Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Juan Centeno homered for Texas, which lost for the third time in four games. Gallo also homered in the 12th inning of Texas' 8-6 win on Tuesday night.

ROSTER NEWS

Texas claimed catcher Carlos Perez off waivers from Atlanta. He will join the Rangers on Thursday.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has been sidelined with a broken right elbow since April 12, was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Andrus is batting .327 with two homers and five RBIs in 14 games. He's eligible to be activated June 11.

BAD PLAY, GOOD PLAY

Texas center fielder Delino DeShields fell down coming in for Erik Gonzalez's hit in the fifth. The ball rolled to the warning track and the play resulted in a triple. DeShields then saved two runs with leaping catch at the wall on Lindor's long drive to end the inning.

BULLPEN MOVES

The Rangers placed right-hander Chris Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a forearm cramp. Right-hander Nick Gardewine was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and worked two scoreless innings.

Indians right-hander Ben Taylor pitched a scoreless ninth after being called up from Triple-A Columbus. Right-hander Matt Belisle was designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Jake Diekman was unavailable after being hit in the back and left triceps by Encarnacion's line drive Tuesday.

Indians: 3B Jose Ramirez (right hip/groin soreness) was out of the lineup for the first time this season.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (2-1, 4.33 ERA) takes on Red Sox LHP David Price (2-3, 3.78 ERA) at Globe Life Park on Thursday night.

Indians: Finish their 11-game homestand with a doubleheader against Toronto on Thursday, with RHP Carlos Carrasco (4-1, 3.08 ERA) and RHP Adam Plutko (first appearance) on the mound. Carrasco's back stiffened up after tripping on the dugout steps in his last start and was limited to three innings.

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<![CDATA[Gallo, Kiner-Falefa Homer in 12th, Rangers Beat Indians]]>Tue, 01 May 2018 22:23:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*127/GettyImages-953570504.jpg

Joey Gallo and Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered on consecutive pitches off Nick Goody in the 12th inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 on Tuesday night.

Michael Brantley tied the game in the ninth with a two-out grand slam off Keone Kela, but the Rangers bailed out their closer who entered the game with a 6-2 lead.

Goody (0-2) recorded the final out in the 10th and stranded two runners in the 11th. The right-hander retired Nomar Mazara to start the 12th, but Gallo homered to dead center to put Texas ahead. Kiner-Falefa, who had a career-high four hits, homered into the bleachers.

Alex Claudio (1-1) pitched the final three innings.

Kela entered the game to begin the ninth in a non-save situation and loaded the bases with one out. Tyler Naquin singled and Bradley Zimmer hit into a fielder's choice. Singles by Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis loaded the bases.

Jose Ramirez struck out on a full count before Brantley hammered an 0-2 pitch to right for his first career grand slam.

Edwin Encarnacion singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Rajai Davis, but Yonder Alonso struck out. Kela, who converted his first six save chances, allowed four runs and five hits in one inning.

Brantley had a chance to win the game in the 11th, but grounded out to end the inning with Ramirez on second.

The Rangers bounced back from Monday's 7-5 loss, when the Indians scored five times in their final two at-bats.

Jurickson Profar drove in a career-high three runs, and Delino DeShields and Mazara homered for Texas.

Texas reliever Jake Diekman was struck in the back by Encarnacion's line drive in the eighth. The pitcher was on the ground briefly, but remained in the game after throwing a few warmup pitches. The ball ricocheted to first baseman Ronald Guzman, who completed the out. Diekman was removed after walking Alonso.

Doug Fister took a shutout into the seventh and was pulled after Kipnis' two-run double. The veteran right-hander gave up Yan Gomes' leadoff single and committed a throwing error after fielding Naquin's ground ball.

Fister retired the next two hitters and his error made both runs he allowed in 6 2/3 innings unearned.

Profar had an RBI double in the fifth and a two-run double in the seventh. DeShields hit a solo home run in the fifth -- his first of the season -- and Mazara's two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the seventh.

Mike Clevinger allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Chris Martin (forearm cramp) was unavailable after allowing four runs in the eighth inning Monday. Manager Jeff Banister said it's too early to know if Martin will need a trip to the disabled list.

Indians: LHP Ryan Merritt (sprained left knee) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus this week. He's been throwing in extended spring training after being injured during the exhibition season.

UP NEXT

Rangers LHP Matt Moore (1-3, 5.33 ERA) faces RHP Corey Kluber (4-1, 2.18 ERA) in the series finale. Moore's last start in Cleveland occurred on May 31, 2013, and ended after one inning in a game that featured 4 hours, 49 minutes of rain delays and ended at 2:53 a.m. Kluber, who also started, pitched two innings and was pulled after a delay. The reigning AL Cy Young winner has won his last four starts.

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<![CDATA[Indians Rally for Win Over Rangers Monday]]>Tue, 01 May 2018 11:53:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-953254322.jpg

Jeff Beliveau's first major league save came four years ago while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays.

It was a long road to No. 2.

Beliveau struck out Joey Gallo with two runners on in the ninth for his second career save and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

Being in the closer's role in a major league game wasn't something Beliveau was expecting when he was called up from Triple-A Columbus last week after ace reliever Andrew Miller went on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

"It's stuff you dream about," he said after his first save since Sept. 14, 2014, against Toronto. "My heart was pumping a little more than usual."

Jose Ramirez's RBI double broke an eighth-inning tie in a four-run rally, but the Indians still needed three outs.

Cody Allen (2-0) got the final two outs in the eighth after Texas scored twice off Tyler Olson. Cleveland's closer put two runners on with one out in the ninth. Jurickson Profar grounded out, but Nomar Mazara's infield hit cut the lead to 7-5.

Allen was pulled by manager Terry Francona after throwing 41 pitches. Beliveau fell behind Gallo 3-0, but came back to strike him out and secure Allen's win.

"Cody did great," Beliveau said. "He threw a lot of pitches. Those are tough batters right there in a big situation. I guess he got the ball to me, never thought I'd be saying that."

Francona knew the late innings wouldn't be easy without Miller, one of the most dominant relief pitchers in baseball.

"We have some guys pitching maybe in situations they haven't pitched before," Francona said. "We may have to win a few games like this. Sometimes that's the way it is."

Texas scored twice in the top of the eighth to go ahead 4-3, but the Indians quickly regained the lead by scoring four times against Chris Martin (0-1).

Rajai Davis led off with a single and took second on Bradley Zimmer's one-out single. Davis stole third and scored when Francisco Lindor hit a chopper over Martin's head. Martin recovered after getting a glove on the ball, but his flip to first base was late.

Jason Kipnis flied out. Ramirez, who had an RBI single in the seventh, doubled to right. Martin left with a forearm cramp and Yonder Alonzo had a two-run single off Jesse Chavez.

"That was tough," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "It felt like once we got the lead, we would be in good shape, but it just got away from us."

Trevor Bauer struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings, but gave up Robinson Chirinos' home run on his 122nd and final pitch of the game.

Bauer had the 10th double-figure strikeout game of his career, holding Texas to four hits.

Kipnis' double off Cole Hamels gave Cleveland the lead in the fifth. The hit scored Zimmer on a call that stood after a Texas challenge.

Hamels allowed two runs -- one earned -- in five innings. He was pulled after the first two hitters in the sixth reached base.

"There was no room for error because Bauer is going to do what he's been doing and keep the game close," Hamels said.

ROTATION PLAN I

The Indians plan to use right-handers Carlos Carrasco and Adam Plutko in a doubleheader against Toronto on Thursday. Francona thinks Carrasco, who strained his back while tripping on the dugout steps Saturday, will be able to make the start. Plutko had a perfect game for 7 2/3 innings for Columbus on Saturday and was removed after 95 pitches.

ROTATION PLAN II

The Rangers placed left-hander Martin Perez on the 10-day disabled list because of right elbow discomfort. He had arthroscopic surgery on his non-throwing elbow in December. Perez broke a bone in a fall after being spooked by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela. The Rangers haven't named a starter for Friday against Boston.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (strained left hamstring), who has been on the disabled list since April 10, will be sidelined for at least another week. General manager Jon Daniels said Odor has jogged on the field for the past few days at extended spring training and has not suffered a setback.

Indians: Miller has been playing catch and will throw off the mound before he's activated from the 10-day disabled list. Miller was injured April 24.

UP NEXT

Rangers RHP Doug Fister (1-2, 3.93 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (2-0, 2.56 ERA). Clevinger has only allowed one run in nine innings against Texas.



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<![CDATA[Blue Jays Hit Three HRs, Beat Rangers to Avoid Sweep]]>Sun, 29 Apr 2018 16:41:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Kevin Pillar homered for the third time in two games, J.A. Happ pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte added solo home runs as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game home losing streak and won for the third time in their past 10. Hernandez reached base three times and scored twice.

Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk made the defensive play of the game, an inning-ending double play in the first. A diving Grichuk managed to cradle Isiah Kiner-Falefa's sinking liner between his forearm and his chest, then threw to second base to double off Delino DeShields.

Kiner-Falefa started a nifty double play of his own to end the fourth. Toronto had the bases loaded when Kiner-Falefa snared Steve Pearce's line drive and stepped on second to double up Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Happ (4-1) allowed two runs and five hits to remain unbeaten since opening day, a March 29 loss to the Yankees. The left-hander walked none and matched a season-high with nine strikeouts.

Ryan Tepera pitched the eighth and Aaron Loup finished.

Renato Nunez hit his first home run of the season for the Rangers, whose season-high three-game winning streak was snapped.

Pillar, who went deep twice in Saturday's 7-4 loss, made it three homers in four at bats with a leadoff blast in the fourth, his fourth.

All three Blue Jays home runs came off left-hander Martin Perez (2-3), who allowed four runs and five hits in four innings. Perez has failed to reach the fifth in three of his past four starts.

Solarte hit a leadoff homer in the second, his seventh, and Hernandez connected to begin the third, his fourth.

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua made a sliding catch in foul territory on Aledmys Diaz's fly ball for the final out of the sixth. Toronto challenged but the call was upheld.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (right shoulder) could rejoin the Blue Jays in Tampa Bay next weekend, manager John Gibbons said. Donaldson started at DH and went 0 for 3 Saturday in his first rehab game at Class-A Dunedin. ... Toronto optioned struggling 2B Devon Travis to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled RHP Carlos Ramirez to bolster its overworked bullpen.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Hames (1-4, 4.41) starts the opener of a thee-game series at Cleveland. Texas has scored two or fewer runs in four of Hames' six starts. RHP Trevor Bauer (2-2, 2.41) starts for the Indians.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 3.69) started the opener of a three-game series at Minnesota. Sanchez struck out a season-high eight in his last start, allowing two runs over six innings against Boston. RHP Lance Lynn (0-2, 7.71) starts for the Twins.

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<![CDATA[Almost 45, Colon Pitches Texas Over Toronto]]>Sat, 28 Apr 2018 21:37:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Whatever is written across the jersey Bartolo Colons wears, it always comes with the same letter: W.

Less than a month shy of his 45th birthday, Colon pitched seven efficient innings to earn his first win with Texas, helping the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 Saturday.

Colon has posted victories with 11 different teams in the majors, including the Montreal Expos. He is the fourth pitcher to win with 11 clubs, joining LaTroy Hawkins, Mike Morgan and Ron Villone -- no one won with more.

"It's incredible what he's been able to accomplish in his 40 years pitching in the big leagues," teammate Delino DeShields joked.

This was his 241st career victory -- two short of tying Juan Marichal's mark for pitchers born in the Dominican Republic, and four from tying the record held by Dennis Martinez for most among Latin-born players.

"He's closing in on a pretty historic mark," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "You're knocking names down that some of these younger guys probably have to go back into the Baseball Encyclopedia to look up and see who they are and what they were."

"It's special, it's our history. It's special for me to even be part of it and see it. You may not get the opportunity to see these type of things, so you need to pay attention," he said.

Asked about his climb up baseball's all-time leaderboards, Colon displayed his trademark nonchalance.

"If I keep passing guys, that's good," he said through a translator.

Colon (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits, walking none and striking out two. He retired the first nine batters in his sixth game for the Rangers, including four starts, and he left with a 2.87 ERA.

Robinson Chirinos returned from a two-game absence to hit two solo home runs and Jurickson Profar added a two-run homer as Texas posted its season-high third straight victory.

"We have really good hitters here," Chirinos said. "I know things are going to turn around for this team."

Jake Diekman worked the eighth for Texas, Kevin Jepsen got two outs in the ninth and Keone Kela finished for his sixth save in as many opportunities.

Kevin Pillar homered twice and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also went deep for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of nine, including four straight at home.

Gurriel's homer was the first of his career. All three Toronto homers were solo shots.

Shin-Soo Choo had three hits and three RBIs for the Rangers, who have won five of seven on the road.

Profar and Chirinos hit back-to-back homers off Jaime Garcia (2-2) in the second. It was the first time this season the Rangers have hit consecutive homers.

Chirinos, who sat out Wednesday and Friday because of a sore left wrist, hit his second off reliever Seung Hwan Oh in the sixth. It was his fifth career multihomer game.

Profar homered for the first time since 2016 with a first-pitch drive off the facing of the third deck in left. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Profar entered with the fifth-longest homer drought among position players, a 227 at-bat slump. Profar has 13 career home runs.

Pillar hit a leadoff homer against Colon in the fifth and added a one-out drive off Kevin Jepsen in the ninth for his third career multihomer game.

Choo's two-run double in the fourth ticked off the glove of center fielder Pillar, who appeared to slow up as he approached the ball, apparently fearful of a collision with left fielder Curtis Granderson.

"We definitely expect to be better than that," Pillar said.

Colon was perfect until Granderson's leadoff double in the fourth, but the veteran right-hander responded by getting the next three batters in order.

"He's not the power guy he used to be but he's a master at what he does," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He picks the plate apart."

GLOVE SAVE AND A BEAUTY

Colon snagged Pillar's line drive back to the mound for the final out of the sixth. The pitch was measured at 89 miles per hour, while Pillar's liner had an exit velocity of 104 mph.

GOING, GOING?

The home run horn sounded on Teoscar Hernandez's leadoff drive to right in the sixth but the ball bounced off the base of the wall for a triple.

BURNING UP THE BASEPATHS

Hernandez's triple was Toronto's sixth of the season, one more than the MLB-record low they had in 2017.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (right shoulder) went 0 for 3 as the DH with Class A Dunedin on Saturday, his first rehab game. ... C Russell Martin and 2B Devon Travis got the day off.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-2, 9.82) is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.72) makes his sixth start of the season. Toronto has won Happ's past four starts.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Close Out Oakland, End A's 4-Game Win Streak]]>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:56:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a go-ahead single in the fifth inning and the Texas bullpen protected the lead Wednesday night, giving the Rangers a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Four Texas relievers worked 4 1/3 hitless innings to stop Oakland's four-game winning streak.

Jesse Chavez (1-0) retired all four batters he faced in relief of starter Doug Fister. Keone Kila pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Kendall Graveman (0-5) got the first two outs in the fifth before four straight batters reached, beginning with Jurickson Profar's double. Texas scored twice in the inning for a 3-2 lead.

Graveman, who entered the game with a 10.07 ERA, recorded season highs with six innings and seven strikeouts.

Khris Davis' two-out, opposite-field home run in the third was his seventh of the season and 19th in 44 career games against Texas, his most against any opponent.

The Rangers' first run scored in the fourth on a grounder when Juan Centeno beat the relay throw to first on what would have been an inning-ending double play. Oakland challenged, and the call stood.

Texas added an insurance run in the eighth on an RBI triple by Ronald Guzman.

Fister was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches. He was out since April 10 with a right hip strain.

As Fister was activated, Texas placed Adrian Beltre on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

SHORT HOPS

Graveman's 112 pitches equaled his career high. . Oakland acquired RHP Wilmer Font from the Dodgers for LHP Logan Salow. . Texas recalled OF Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Beltre on the roster and optioned RHP Matt Bush to Round Rock to make room for Fister.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter left with after facing one batter in the seventh inning with shoulder stiffness.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (3-2 1.23), who no-hit the Red Sox on Saturday, will pitch Friday against Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 3.10).

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (1-1, 3.86), who has lasted six innings in only one of his four starts this season, will face Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (0-2, 8.55) on Friday.



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<![CDATA[Adrian Beltre on the Disabled List With Another Leg Issue]]>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:43:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-03.jpg

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list again with another leg issue, and is the third Texas starting infielder out with an injury.

The Rangers placed Beltre on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. Beltre got hurt the night before in the eighth inning of a 3-2 home loss to Oakland, when he pulled up limping on his way to first base and then gingerly walked off the field after his 3,075th career hit.

It is the fifth time since joining the Rangers in 2011 that the 39-year-old Beltre has gone on the DL because of leg issues. He missed the first 51 games last year because of calf and hamstring problems before becoming the 31st player in MLB history with 3,000 career hits. He then had another DL stint in September.

Beltre, who is in his 21st MLB season, was limited to 94 games last year. That was his fewest games since 77 as rookie with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus is out at least another month after breaking his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch April 12. Second baseman Rougned Odor has been out since April 10 with a left hamstring strain.

Texas recalled outfielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock, the second time in eight days he has come back up because of injuries to other players. The Rangers also activated right-hander Doug Fister from the 10-day DL to start the series finale against the A's on Wednesday night, and optioned reliever Matt Bush to Round Rock.

The entire Rangers starting infield has changed from the lineup that took the field for the season opener less than a month ago.

When Andrus got hurt, Joey Gallo was shuffled to left field from first base, where rookie Ronald Guzman is starting now. Delino DeShields has returned to center field after a broken hand sidelined him for three weeks and weakened the Texas outfield significantly.

Rookie infielder-catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, called up when Odor went on the DL, was in the lineup at third base on Wednesday night, when infielder-outfielder Drew Robinson started at second base. Kiner-Falefa had started seven games at second base and two at shortstop.

Fister had been on the DL since April 10 because of a right hip strain.

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<![CDATA[Lowrie, A's Beat Rangers as Beltre Leaves With Injury]]>Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:56:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night, tagging Cole Hamels with his fourth loss before the end of April for the first time in the left-hander's career.

Texas slugger Adrian Beltre exited with a left hamstring strain in the eighth after pulling up at first base on what would have been a double but was instead a single for his 3,075th career hit.

Lowrie's liner over the glove of diving center fielder Delino DeShields came against reliever Matt Bush after two doubles off Hamels in an inning that included a pair of Oakland baserunners getting thrown out at third base.

Andrew Triggs (2-0) allowed one run in six innings with six strikeouts, and former closer Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Oakland rookie Lou Trivino struck out two batters to finish the eighth after coming in cold when Blake Treinen took a line drive from Shin-Soo Choo off his right leg and had to leave the game.

Trivino was called up from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day when Yusmeiro Petit went on the bereavement list following the death of his mother in Venezuela. Petit was away from the team for four days earlier this month to spend time with his mom.

Hamels (1-4) gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings and plunked three batters, matching the 2008 World Series MVP's career high set on April 20, 2016, in a 2-1 win against Houston. Rangers reliever Jake Diekman also hit a batter with a pitch.

The Rangers clinched their fifth straight series loss at home, the most to start a season since the franchise moved to Texas in 1972.

Mark Canha broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with his third homer, a solo shot that went in and out of leaping right fielder Nomar Mazara's glove just above the fence. Matt Olson hit an RBI double in the eighth.

Beltre's liner to the gap when he was injured was a single that scored Choo from first. The 39-year-old in his 21st season limped to first and went immediately to the dugout. Beltre had two hits and both Texas RBIs, driving in the first run on a sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Liam Hendriks was to have a procedure to remove a cyst in his right hip, with a plasma injection for a muscle tear. Hendriks was already on the disabled list because of a right groin strain. He should be throwing off a mound in a few weeks.

Rangers: RHPs Tony Barnette (right shoulder inflammation) and Tim Lincecum (blister) threw live bullpen sessions. Manager Jeff Banister said Barnette probably won't return before Friday. Lincecum is on the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

RHP Kendall Graveman (0-4, 10.07 ERA), Oakland's opening day starter, has allowed at least four runs without throwing more than five innings in all five starts, the longest such streak to start a season for an A's pitcher since at least 1908. RHP Doug Fister (1-2, 3.59) is scheduled for Texas in the series finale as he returns from a right hip strain. His most recent start was April 9.



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<![CDATA[Semien's Tiebreaking Homer in 9th Sends A's Past Rangers]]>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:09:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning and the surging Oakland Athletics went on to their third straight victory, 9-4 over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

The Athletics (12-11) have won seven of eight, and have a winning record for the first time since they won their season opener before a three-game losing streak.

Semien's third homer of the season, off Kevin Jepsen (0-3), snapped a 3-all tie and ignited a six-run outburst. Matt Chapman had an RBI triple with two outs, then after a pitching change scored on a single by Mark Canha before Jake Smolinski hit a two-run triple.

Ryan Buchter (1-0), the fourth of five Oakland pitchers, retired the only two batters he faced -- the last out of the eighth and the first out in the ninth.

The Rangers, who are 3-11 at home this season, tied the game in the fourth when Jurickson Profar drew a two-out walk from Trevor Cahill and Robinson Chirinos followed with his third homer of the season.

Khris Davis had a two-run double in the third to put Oakland up 2-0, giving him 21 RBIs this season. Chad Pinder's RBI single an inning later made it 3-1.

Rookie second baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the Rangers' No. 9 hitter, doubled in the third for their first hit and scored on a wild pitch.

NO DECISIONS

Both starting pitchers allowed three runs over five innings. Rangers lefty Matt Moore, who was pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the sixth, struck out two and walked two. Cahill, who threw seven scoreless innings in his only other start this season for the A's, had six strikeouts, two walks and the wild pitch that allowed a run.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) felt good a day after throwing a bullpen and is set to come off the disabled list to start the series finale Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Rangers lefty Cole Hamels (1-3), trying to avoid four losses by the end of April for the first time in his career, has lost four consecutive home starts -- including both this season. Right-hander Andrew Triggs, with a 1.02 ERA in four career appearances against Texas, starts for the A's in the middle game of the three-game series.



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<![CDATA['Texas Live!' is Hiring in Arlington]]>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:18:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers+and+Texas+Live+rendering.jpg

The new Texas Live! is looking to fill several positions from entry level jobs to management opportunities.

A job fair is Thursday, April 26 from 2-7 p.m. at the All You Can Eat Porch in Globe Life Park.

Pre-registration is required.

For more information, click here.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Avoid Series Sweep With Win Over Mariners]]>Sun, 22 Apr 2018 22:46:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Martin Perez and Jake Diekman worked out of bases-loaded jams, and center fielder Delino DeShields had a homer-robbing catch in his first game back in the lineup for the Texas Rangers.

With that pitching and defense, and big homers by Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo in the same inning, the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.

"The look in his eyes, we talk about body language," manager Jeff Banister said of Perez. "He still was in control."

The Mariners loaded the bases with on two singles and a hit batter in the second inning before Perez (2-2) retired the next three batters. Texas was up 4-0 after Mazara and Gallo homered in a three-batter span before Perez gave up two runs in three batters without an out in the fifth before another strong finish to the inning.

DeShields, off the disabled list for his first game since March 30, had a homer-robbing catch of a drive by David Freitas in the sixth.

"Prevent runs from touching home plate, that's my job. I take a lot of responsibility in that," said DeShields, who three weeks ago had surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his left hand. "Martin was pitching his tail off."

Perez gave up seven hits, walked a batter and hit another one in six innings before leaving with a 5-2 lead. The Texas lefty, who has given up 36 hits and eight walks in four starts this season, lowered his ERA from 13.14 to 9.82.

Mitch Haniger homered in all three games of the series for Seattle. His two-run shot in the seventh off Matt Bush got the Mariners to 5-4 before they loaded the bases. Diekman had a throwing error and a walk before striking out Freitas and pinch-hitter Mike Zunino to end the threat.

Keone Kela worked a scoreless ninth for his third save. He allowed consecutive hits starting the inning, but the game ended when shortstop Jurickson Profar made a tough catch of a popup in shallow left field.

Mazara pulled a shot into the right-center seats beyond the Rangers bullpen in the fourth, a drive that would have been 441 feet unimpeded. Adrian Beltre then walked before Gallo's opposite-field fly that carried into the Seattle bullpen for his seventh homer and a 4-0 lead over Erasmo Ramirez.

It was the season debut for Ramirez (0-1) after being on the disabled list because of a strained right lat.

"I can say the only good thing is just not being sore," said Ramirez, who allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2-3 innings. "I just wasn't executing pitches. I was behind in the count a lot of times."

ICHIRO STAYS

To make room on the 25-man roster for Ramirez, Seattle optioned Guillermo Heredia, one of its five outfielders, to Triple-A Tacoma. Ichiro Suzuki, the 44-year-old outfielder who stayed, had two infield singles and his first two walks this season. He is hitting .250 in his 12 games, and all nine hits are singles. His 3,089 career hits in the majors are the most for an active player. He had 1,278 hits in Japan before that.

BELTRE EXTRAS

Beltre is next behind Ichiro on the active list with 3,072 hits. Beltre had two doubles Sunday, giving him 1,120 extra base hits to move past George Brett for 17th on that career list.

HOT HANIGER

Haniger also had an RBI double and is hitting .314 with seven homers and 22 RBIs. It is the first time he has homered in three straight games. His eight multi-RBI games are a league high.

"He's making adjustments a little bit quicker," manager Scott Servais said. "The league is certainly pitching him more carefully now that they have a little track record on him. But (Haniger) has been outstanding."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: CF Dee Gordon, the MLB stolen base leader, was out of the starting lineup on his 30th birthday to rest a sore foot. He pinch hit in the ninth, and had the game-ending popout.

Rangers: Carlos Tocci, who had started eight games in CF, was placed on the 10-day DL with a bruised left hip. Tocci banged against the wall in Tampa Bay trying to make a catch last Monday. ... RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session and is on track to come off the DL to start Wednesday against Oakland.

UP NEXT

Mariners: Seattle plays the fourth game of its 10-game trip. Mike Leake (2-1) starts the series opener at the Chicago White Sox.

Rangers: Matt Moore (1-3), the lefty who has allowed only three earned runs over 12 innings his last two games, starts the opener of a three-game home series against Oakland.

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<![CDATA[Cruz Hits 100th Homer at Texas as Mariners Beat Rangers 9-7]]>Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:40:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Nelson Cruz hit consecutive pitches deep into the left-field seats at his former home. The first one was called foul. There was no question about the next swing.

Cruz hit the first of Seattle's three home runs, his 100th at the Rangers ballpark, and the Mariners went on to a 9-7 victory Saturday night.

"He didn't miss that pitch again. He didn't miss it the first time," said Mitch Haniger, who also went deep for the Mariners. "Just shows you how good of a hitter he is, to stay composed and do it again on the next swing."

After a towering drive over the left-field foul pole that was ruled foul, and stood after an 80-second replay review by umpires, Cruz hit the next pitch an estimated 453 feet. The two-run shot off 44-year-old Bartolo Colon was his fourth homer in his 10 games this season.

"You don't often see that on back-to-back pitches," manager Scott Servais said. "The first one was so close to being out, but there was no doubt on the second one."

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh to make it 8-6 and cap a four-run outburst against Alex Claudio (0-1), who gave up hits to all four batters he faced. Haniger hit a solo shot later in the inning off another reliever.

Chasen Bradford (2-0) pitched two innings in relief of Seattle starter James Paxton, who struck out six but gave up five runs in four innings. Edwin Diaz got the final four outs for his AL-leading eighth save even while walking three batters and giving up a run in the ninth.

Seattle's comeback spoiled Colon's bid for his first win with the Rangers, and 21st in his career against the Mariners. Colon, who covered first base for the first two outs in the fifth, exited after 5 2/3 innings with a 5-4 lead.

"He threw the ball well. I think covering first base a couple of times took its toll. Not condition-wise, but the legs," manager Jeff Banister said. "We'd seen the ball starting to rise a little bit on him, not as much sink, and decided to make the move."

Colon retired the first 21 batters at Houston in his previous start six nights earlier. He never flirted with perfection against the Mariners after Dee Gordon singled to lead off the game after the start was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes because of rain and ended one minute before midnight.

But the speedy Gordon was retired on a 3-1 putout in the fifth, a batter after Colon also covered first base to get out Ben Gamel.

"He's a marvel what he's doing at his age and still very, very competitive in this league," Servais said. "He knows how to pitch, and he knows how to cover first base."

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<![CDATA[Mariners Rally Past Rangers]]>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:56:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-rangers-fireworks-ciesco.jpg

Jean Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger's tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Friday night.

The liner to right center from Segura chased Texas closer Keone Kela (2-1), who gave up singles to Daniel Vogelbach and Dee Gordon and got his only out on Guillermo Heredia's sacrifice bunt.

Haniger's fifth homer was a two-out shot to the berm in center field against Chris Martin. Haniger and Kyle Seager added RBI singles in the ninth off Jake Diekman as the Rangers remained the only team in the majors without a win in a series opener, dropping to 0-7.

Juan Nicasio (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out two in the ninth around a walk and a hit batter.

Nomar Mazara hit a tying single and scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice by Ronald Guzman in the sixth for Texas.

Felix Hernandez gave up four hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after hitting friend and former teammate Adrian Beltre with a pitch following Mazara's tying hit.

Texas lefty Mike Minor, trying to become the first pitcher in the 24-year history of the Rangers' home ballpark with three straight starts allowing three hits or less, gave up six hits and a run in 5 1/3 innings with six strikeouts.

EARLY GEMS

There were three defensive gems among the first four outs. Texas shortstop Jurickson Profar made a diving stop and quick flip to Isiah Kiner-Falefa on Cano's run-scoring groundout. The next out came on center fielder Drew Robinson's diving catch in right center on Nelson Cruz's soft liner. Leading off the bottom of the first, Haniger caught Choo's high fly just as he crossed the foul line in right and ran into the wall below the foul pole.

BUSH MOMENT

The Rangers held a moment of silence before the national anthem for former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday in Houston. Former president George W. Bush, one of her sons, once was part of Rangers ownership, lives in Dallas and attends several home games every year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: C Mike Zunino matched his career high with four strikeouts in his season debut after missing three weeks with a strained abdominal muscle. ... 1B Ryon Healy (sprained right ankle) started a rehab assignment with Double-A Arkansas on Friday and could return during the 10-game trip that just started.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) threw a 58-pitch bullpen session without any issues. Fister was eligible to come off the disabled list Friday. ... CF Delino DeShields was expected to play at least seven innings on the second night of a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco on Friday. He broke his left hand March 30 against Houston. ... Profar was cleared from the concussion protocol after missing two games when he was upended at second base by Tampa Bay baserunner Mallex Smith on Monday.

UP NEXT

Rangers RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 1.45 ERA) took a perfect game into the eighth inning in his previous start at Houston on Sunday. The 44-year-old gave up one hit in 7 2/3 innings and didn't get a decision in the Rangers' 3-1 win in 10 innings. Mariners LHP James Paxton (1-2, 4.57) is 2-4 in 10 career starts against Texas.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Baseball Program Bridges Youth With Police]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:37:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RANGERS_GIVE_BACK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1215213635682.jpg

Badges For Baseball Clinic is a life-skills training program that pairs at-risk youth with law enforcement mentors from local communities. Rangers 3rd baseman Tony Beasley and Darren Oliver talk about the impact of this program.]]>
<![CDATA[Julio Pablo Martinez Signs With Texas Rangers]]>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:21:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez has signed as an international free agent with the Texas Rangers, and will make his debut for the organization in the Dominican Summer League.

The Rangers announced the signing of the 22-year-old Martinez on Thursday, more than four months after he held an open tryout for all teams and about six weeks after he could sign with an MLB team.

Martinez debuted with the Cuban national league at age 16, and hit .293 over five seasons. In his final season with Guantanamo and Camaguey, the speedy left-hander hit .333 with six homers and 24 stolen bases in 61 games. He had 52 walks and 30 strikeouts.

On a conference call, the 5-foot-10 Martinez said through a translator that his goal is to be in the major leagues within three years.

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<![CDATA[Moore Goes 7 Strong Innings, Rangers Beat Rays]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 01:03:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Matt Moore had a successful return to Tropicana Field.

Moore allowed an unearned run over seven innings in his first start against his former team, and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Tuesday night.

"A great night in a place that he's been very comfortable in through his career," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Seemed to be in control with a great curveball, changeup mix."

Moore (1-3), who went 39-28 with Tampa Bay before being dealt to San Francisco in 2016, struck out six and allowed five hits and two walks. The Rangers acquired the left-hander from the Giants in December.

"It was a lot of fun," Moore said. "A lot of familiar feelings. You know where everything is at. Just being on that same mound, it's probably one of my more favored mounds."

Daniel Robertson had the lone run off Moore, scoring on shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa's throwing error in the third.

Moore lowered his ERA from 8.76 to 5.59.

"We let him get into a rhythm," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Adrian Beltre, Ronald Guzman and Shin-Soo Choo had two RBIs each for the Rangers. Kiner-Falefa had four hits, including a double.

"One of our better offensive nights," Banister said. "We made some hard outs as well."

Tampa Bay dropped to 4-13, matching the 2001 Devil Rays for the worst 17-game start in team history.

Beltre hit his second sacrifice fly of the game and Guzman had a two-run double off Yonny Chirinos (0-1) as the Rangers went ahead 5-1 in the fifth.

Guzman has hit safely in his first four big league games since being recalled Friday from Triple-A Round Rock.

Beltre drove in Texas' first run with a first-inning sacrifice fly, and Choo made it 2-0 on a sac fly during the second.

Choo added a solo homer in the sixth.

Beltre played in his 2,832nd major league game, moving past Rafael Palmeiro for sole possession of 18th place on the career list. He has 1,647 RBIs, five from tying Tony Perez for 27th since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920.

Rays right fielder Carlos Gomez attempted to throw out Beltre at first after fielding a liner on a bounce in the seventh, but the Rangers star crossed the base safely for his 3,067th hit.

Chirinos gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander entered with a 14 1/3 inning scoreless streak.

Wilson Ramos hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Rays.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: INF Jurickson Profar, who hit the right side of his head on the infield dirt after a collision at second base Monday, remains in concussion protocol. ... Reliever Tony Barnette (right shoulder tightness) was placed on the 10-day DL. ... OF Delino DeShields (broken left hamate bone) has resumed full baseball activities.

Rays: 3B Matt Duffy went on the 10-day DL with a strained right hamstring. ... 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) played seven innings and went 1 for 4 in his first game with Class A Charlotte.

BAT TOSS

Robertson lost control of his bat twice on swings leading off in the first, with the bat both times hitting the protective netting behind the Rangers' dugout. Two batters later, Gomez slammed his bat on the ground and broke it after hitting an infield pop-up.

PINPOINTING THE PROBLEM

Rangers LHP Martin Perez, who allowed eight runs in a second consecutive start Monday night, reviewed video before the game and found an issue with his arm mechanics.

UP NEXT

Rangers LHP Cole Hamels (1-2) and Rays RHP Jake Faria (0-1) are the starting pitchers in the series finale Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Rays Beat Rangers to End 4-game Losing Streak]]>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:28:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Mallex Smith had four hits and Blake Snell struck out nine Monday night to help the Tampa Bay Rays stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

Smith bunted for a single against starter Martin Perez (1-2) in a four-run second inning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead. He doubled and scored in the third on his way to a second four-hit game in eight days.

Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Rays and drove in two runs.

Snell (2-1) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, the third time this season a Tampa Bay starter has pitched at least six innings.

Joey Gallo hit his sixth home run to get Texas on the board in the fourth. It was the first home run by a left-handed hitter against Snell, who has made 47 career starts.

Nomar Mazara added a three-run shot in the eighth off reliever Chih-Wei Hu.

C.J. Cron hit his second homer and Daniel Robertson connected for his first off Perez, who gave up seven runs and 10 hits in four innings.

Rays third baseman Matt Duffy and Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar left the game early with injuries.

Profar was in concussion protocol after being upended by Smith's slide in the second inning. Profar came down on the side of his head after making a throw toward first base.

Duffy left in the first inning with right hamstring tightness.

MOVING DAY

INF-OF Renato Nunez, claimed by Texas on waivers Sunday from Oakland, was added to the 25-man roster and OF Ryan Rua was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. ... The Rangers acquired C Tony Sanchez from Cincinnati for a player to be named or cash and assigned him to Round Rock.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Delino DeSheilds (broken left hamate bone) is hitting off a tee.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier, who tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into second base Sunday, will have surgery Friday and be out two to three months. ... 1B Brad Miller (strained left groin) could start a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Charlotte.

UP NEXT

Rangers LHP Matt Moore, who pitched his first 5 1/2 seasons for Tampa Bay, will make his first start at Tropicana Field as a visiting pitcher. The Rays' starter is to be determined.

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<![CDATA[Colon Perfect into 8th, Rangers Beat Astros in 10]]>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:54:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Age is only a number and Bartolo Colon is evidence of that.

The 44-year-old pitcher carried a perfect game into the eighth and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday night.

"I don't ever think about what age I am or who is facing me," Colon said through a translator. "I always try to do my job and I always feel happy doing my job and that's what I think about."

Colon turned back the clock and dominated the defending World Series champions for seven innings, retiring his first 21 batters in an entertaining duel with Astros ace Justin Verlander.

Of the first 17 batters Colon faced, he went to an 0-2 count on 10 and struck out six in that span.

"He was doing everything he wanted to with that baseball," Chirinos said. "So it was fun to be behind the plate and receive those pitches."

Colon entered the eighth having thrown 83 pitches, 59 for strikes, with seven strikeouts.

"When I pitched seven innings perfect, I started thinking about it," he said. "I know that (Jose) Altuve and all those guys can be a hard out."

Colon walked Carlos Correa on a 3-1 pitch to start the eighth before Josh Reddick lined an 0-2 delivery down the right-field line for a double that put runners at second and third, spoiling the no-hit bid as well.

"He left a changeup up and I was looking over the plate and got enough of it to get it over the first baseman's head," Reddick said.

Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove.

A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed "Big Sexy" is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.

"It was probably top three games I've ever been involved in," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I was getting excited. You find yourself pulling for it, a lot of different things run through your mind in those types of situations. It was his game."

Two outs later, Colon was removed with the score tied at 1. As he walked off the field, he glanced at Reddick on third base and the two shared some words.

"He looked at me and told me I was supposed to at least roll over it and not pull it like that," Reddick said. "He and I go way back from our Oakland days. I told him great job. He's one of the better guys you'll see in the game."

Chirinos homered early for the only hit off Verlander, who struck out 11 over eight innings.

"It's fun, but at the same time, you're hoping for some runs there," Verlander said about going toe-to-toe with Colon. "He was painting. It's like, what are you going to do? You're going to tip your cap. He did an excellent job tonight keeping our guys off balance and not giving anyone anything to hit."

In the 10th, Chirinos launched a two-run double off Hector Rondon (1-1) that short-hopped the wall in straightaway center field. Jake Diekman pitched out of trouble in the bottom half for his first save.

With runners at the corners, Jake Marisnick struck out swinging to end it and slammed his bat to the ground. Marisnick was angry that Diekman's 3-1 pitch was called a strike even though it looked outside.

Keone Kela (2-0) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.

Colon threw 96 pitches, 66 for strikes, and kept the powerful Astros off balance by changing speeds and working expertly to both edges of the plate. He struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings but ended up with a no-decision after Yuli Gurriel tied the score at 1 with a sacrifice fly.

Colon's longest no-hit bid came with Cleveland on Sept. 18, 2000, when he held the New York Yankees hitless for 7 1/3 innings. He finished with a one-hitter in a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.

Kenny Rogers threw Texas' most recent no-hitter, in July 1994.

ROSTER MOVES

The Rangers claimed INF-OF Renato Nunez off waivers from Oakland. Nunez will join the Rangers on Monday when they open a three-game series at Tampa Bay.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tim Lincecum was transferred to the 60-day disabled list after he started the season on the 10-day DL due to a blister on his right middle finger. "Just feel like with him being a number of days away from actually facing hitters, putting him on the 60-day gives a little more room to play with and the opportunity to slow the process down," Banister said.

Astros: LHP Tony Sipp (right oblique soreness) played catch again, manager A.J. Hinch said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (1-1, 11.88 ERA) will make his third start of the season Monday against the Rays. Perez is coming off the shortest start by any Texas starter, lasting just three innings and giving up eight runs.

Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (0-2, 4.20) starts a four-game series Monday at Seattle. Keuchel has never opened 0-3. In his last start, he lasted just four innings.



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<![CDATA[Guzman Caps Rally in Rangers' Win Over Houston]]>Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:15:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Ronald Guzman said he is having the best week of his life, and after Saturday, it's hard to argue.

Guzman's first career homer tied the game in the eighth inning, and he put the Rangers ahead with an infield single in the 10th as Texas rallied from five runs down to beat the Houston Astros 6-5.

The Rangers, who snapped a five-game losing streak, loaded the bases with one out off Will Harris (0-1) before Guzman sent a hard grounder up the middle that Harris tried to grab. It ricocheted off Harris' glove, allowing Jurickson Profar to score.

"I was just ready to hit," Guzman said. "They challenged me, so I was going to do my best to put the ball in play. I wasn't thinking about homers, I was going to hit the ball hard somewhere and make it happen."

Harris struck out Ryan Rua and induced a groundout by Juan Centeno to end the inning.

"He's at 60 feet. He doesn't have much time," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Guzman's hit off of Harris. "He's just got to react and got a little unlucky that it kicked off of him. If he catches it, it's probably a double play. If he gets out of the way somehow, it's probably a double play."

Guzman was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to take the place of injured shortstop Elvis Andrus. He got his first career hit in Friday's game.

"We talked about it the first day with some of these guys, with some of our guys down," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "It's a great opportunity for some of these young guys to show up."

Keone Kela (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win. Chris Martin allowed consecutive singles to start the 10th but induced lineouts from Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel. Alex Claudio came on and retired Josh Reddick on a grounder to earn his first save.

"Obviously, at that point of our order, we feel really good," Hinch said. "Get a couple of guys on with no outs, put some pressure on them and they made pitches and got out of it."

Houston has lost three of four after starting the season 9-2.

Joey Gallo cut the lead to 5-4 with a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the eighth, and Guzman followed two batters later with a solo shot to right to tie it.

"To come back like that and have a guy like Guzman step up in huge situations, I think it speaks a lot about this team," Gallo said. "We are going to fight every day. Whatever the result may be, that's our attitude."

Brad Peacock gave up the three runs in the eighth.

"The one to Gallo was pretty good. I thought he just put the bat on it," Peacock said. "It just wasn't my day today."

Isiah Kiner-Falefa also hit his first big league home run, a drive to left to open the fifth. Adrian Beltre homered to right in the sixth to cut the lead to three. It was the 463rd of his career, tying him with Miguel Cabrera for 35th on the all-time list.

The Astros scored all five of their runs off Mike Minor in the fourth on Correa's two-run double and Gurriel's three-run homer to left. Minor worked five innings, allowing five hits.

Charlie Morton tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in his six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. The right-hander has 25 strikeouts in 18 innings over three starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara did not play because of what Banister called neck stiffness. "He was stiff overnight, came in this morning early to get treatment. He has gotten better. It's a situation where you have a little crick in your neck. It's kind of tough to turn your head and see the baseball in those situations," Banister said. ... OF Delino DeShields (fractured left hamate bone) hit off a tee Saturday.

LOOKING GOOD IN GREEN

Masters champion Patrick Reed sat behind home plate, wearing his green jacket. The Astros presented Reed, who lives and trains north of Houston, with a personalized jersey.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon will make his second start of the season Sunday night in the series finale. He allowed one run over six innings in his previous outing, a no-decision.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (2-0) makes his fourth start of the season and second against the Rangers. Verlander, who has a nine-game regular-season winning streak, struck out nine in seven scoreless innings in his last start Monday at Minnesota.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Confirm Andrus Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Elbow]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:03:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/andrus-injury.jpg

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is out six to eight weeks after his right elbow was fractured when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night.

The team said Andrus, 29, underwent a CT scan and additional X-rays Thursday which confirmed an olecranon fracture in his right elbow. Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister said the fracture is stable and will not require surgery.

Andrus is not expected to return until, at the earliest, May 24, when the team opens a four-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals.

The trip to the disabled list is the first for the shortstop in his 10-year career with the Rangers.

"Listen, you don't replace guys like this. It's such a huge part of the lineup and on the field defensively," Rangers Manager Jeff Banister said, also mentioning Andrus' leadership.

Andrus' injury came in the ninth inning of the team's fourth straight loss when he was hit by a fastball from hard-throwing reliever Keynan Middleton. He immediately grabbed at his right arm and fell to the ground, appearing to be in significant pain.

Angels star center fielder Mike Trout had been hit by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning.

Asked if Andrus getting hit was retaliatory for that, Banister responded, "It's a fair question for you to ask, but I'm not going to speculate on anything like that."

Andrus is batting .327 with two homers and five RBIs from the third spot in Texas' order.

Since making his debut in 2009, Andrus has played at least 145 games every season. He is coming off two of the best seasons. After hitting .302 in 2016, he was a .297 hitter with career highs of 20 homers and 88 RBIs last season. He had never hit more than eight homers before that.

Second baseman Rougned Odor (left hamstring) and center fielder Delino DeShields (left hand) are both already on the disabled list for the Rangers, the first team in the majors with 10 losses.

Jurickson Profar started the last two games at second base for Odor, and now will likely move to shortstop for Andrus.

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<![CDATA[Ohtani RBI and Pickoff in Angels' Win for Sweep at Texas]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 22:56:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Rangers+Logo1.jpg

Shohei Ohtani had an RBI single that put the Los Angeles Angels ahead to stay and was later picked off first base by one of his former Japanese teammates in a 7-2 victory Wednesday night over the Texas Rangers.

Ohtani was in the lineup for the first time since homering in each of his three starts as designated hitter last week. The 23-year-old rookie two-way sensation put the Angels up 1-0 in the second with his opposite-field single and finished 1 for 3 with a walk.

The Rangers were swept in the three-game series, became the first team in the majors with 10 losses and now could be without their shortstop and No. 3 hitter. Elvis Andrus came out of the game after being hit by a pitch on his right arm in the ninth inning. Andrus was clearly in pain when he dropped to the ground.

Kole Calhoun had three hits, including a two-run single, and scored twice as the Angels improved to 10-3 for the first time since 1982. They are alone atop the AL West after defending World Series champion Houston lost 9-8 earlier Wednesday in Minnesota.

Jaime Barria (1-0) allowed one hit, a home run, over five innings to win his major league debut. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out three, walked three and hit a batter.

Matt Moore (0-3) gave up three runs while allowing seven hits and three walks in five innings as the Rangers lost their fourth straight game.

After Ohtani drew a leadoff walk in the eighth, Chris Martin came on as the fourth Texas pitcher. The two played together with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters the last two seasons.

Ohtani was called out on an attempted pickoff by Martin, but umpire Bill Miller's call was overturned on a replay challenge. Martin then got Ohtani out on another move to first.

It was Ohtani's first DH start since pitching seven scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts against Oakland on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on the mound. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter Tuesday.

In six games with an at-bat, Ohtani is hitting .364 with three homers and eight RBIs. He also took a called third strike Wednesday and was retired leading off the sixth when reliever Matt Bush snagged a comeback liner.

Ryan Rua led off the Texas third with his first homer.

Rene Rivera immediately followed Ohtani in the second with another RBI single. Jefry Marte and Zack Cozart both had run-scoring triples.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker will continue to undergo treatment without throwing after tests this week showed no new findings of nerve irritation. Shoemaker felt discomfort in his forearm in first start of the season March 31. Shoemaker missed half of last season because of a forearm issue.

UP NEXT

Angels: After completing their first series sweep of the season, the Angels open a four-game series at Kansas City on Thursday night.

Rangers: Texas is the last team in the majors to get a day off after playing 14 consecutive days to start the season. The Rangers will be off Thursday before opening a three-game series Friday night against the Astros.



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<![CDATA[Angels Have Best Start Since '82 After Win at Texas]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 23:01:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons each homered, Albert Pujols had two more hits in his push to 3,000 and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 11-1 on Tuesday night.

The Angels, who went ahead to stay with a three-run first, improved to 9-3 for the first time since 1982. They lead the majors with their 79 runs, 128 hits and 20 home runs.

Angels rookie two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth after not playing in the series opener Monday night, a day after he threw seven scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts against Oakland. Ohtani could be the DH for the finale in Texas.

Trout's fourth home of the season was a 441-foot solo drive that hit high above the Angels bullpen in left-center in the second inning. Simmons led off the next inning with his first homer to make it 5-1 against Martin Perez (1-1).

Pujols has 2,983 career hits after his two singles.

Tyler Skaggs (2-0) struck out seven while allowing one run and throwing 114 pitches in five innings. The lefty allowed five hits and walked four.

After Perez retired the first two batters in the game, five straight Angels reached base. The first run scored on a wild pitch before Jefry Marte and Chris Young had consecutive RBI singles.

Perez allowed eight runs and nine hits and was done after walking the first two batters in the fourth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: 2B Ian Kinsler (groin) is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Thursday's series opener at Kansas City. ... LHP Andrew Heaney, on the DL because of left elbow inflammation, felt good following a bullpen session Monday and is expected to make his season debut Thursday or Friday against the Royals.

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor (left hamstring strain) and RHP Doug Fister (right hip strain) were put on the 10-day DL after both aggravated injuries in the series opener Monday. Odor is expected to be out three weeks, and Fister will be out two to three weeks.

UP NEXT

Jaime Barria, a 21-year-old right-hander who was pitching in the Class A California League a year ago, is set to make his major league debut for the Angels. Ohtani could DH against a lefty for the first time when Los Angeles goes for a series sweep at Texas against Matt Moore (0-2, 11.05 ERA).



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<![CDATA[Angels Off to Epic Start After Win at Texas]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:48:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Albert Pujols hit his 616th career homer, Martin Maldonado had two RBI singles along with an evasive move to score a run and the Los Angeles Angels extended their best start in more than three decades with an 8-3 win at Texas on Monday night.

The Angels are 8-3 for the first time since 1987, and fourth time in franchise history. Shohei Ohtani, the rookie two-way standout who was chosen AL Player of the Week, didn't play a day after striking out 12 in seven scoreless innings against Oakland.

Pujols led off the fourth with a line shot just inside the pole in left, his second homer this season. He later added a single for his 2,981st career hit.

Jose Alvarez (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced after Angels starter Garrett Richards walked the bases loaded with one out in the fifth. Richards also struck out six in his 4 1-3 innings.

Doug Fister (1-2) struck out five with no walks while allowing three runs in his five innings.

Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez was emphatic in calling Maldonado out in the sixth, but the Angels catcher immediately pointed to manager Mike Scioscia for a replay challenge.

Maldonado came home on Chris Young's double that ricocheted awkwardly off the wall down the left-field line. While the throw beat him to the plate, Maldonado went to both knees and reached around the attempted tag by Robinson Chirinos to make it 5-1.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez will miss the rest of this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and Tommy John surgery has been recommended. ... Scioscia said 2B Ian Kinsler "worked out well" before the game and was "very close." He hasn't played since the season opener because of a strained groin.

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor left the game in the first because of a left hamstring strain sustained when trying to scramble back to first base on a short flyout to right. He tweaked the hamstring stretching for a throw at second base at Oakland on Thursday, but played all three games over the weekend against Toronto.

SHORT HOPS

Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre's single in the fourth was his 3,060th career hit, matching Craig Biggio for 23rd on the all-time list. ... Joey Gallo has 10 RBIs after driving in two runs for Texas. ... Elvis Andrus homered in the ninth for Texas, his second of the season.

UP NEXT

Ohtani could return to the lineup. He's homered in three straight games as a designated hitter. Both teams start 1-0 left-handers, Tyler Skaggs for the Angels and Martin Perez for the Rangers.



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<![CDATA[Blue Jays Homer Twice off Hamels in 1st, Beat Rangers]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 18:19:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Rangers-Spring-training-2018-+%285%29.jpg

Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels' first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Sunday.

Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in the 31-year-old's 176th career start. The left-hander allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, leaving after Joey Gallo's two-run homer. The 445-foot shot down the line in right was the Texas slugger's third of the season.

After becoming the first Texas pitcher to get the first eight outs on strikeouts in a win at Oakland in his previous start, Hamels (1-2) let four of the first five hitters reach in the left-hander's second straight home loss. The first was on opening day.

Hamels, who started 9-1 each of the past two seasons, gave up seven runs -- five earned -- and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts. He struck out 11 in five innings against the Athletics.

Pearce's first career leadoff homer soared well above the 14-foot wall in left field, just inside the foul pole. After Josh Donaldson struck out, Justin Smoak and Yangervis Solarte singled. Morales' liner to the opposite field went into the Texas bullpen in right-center for the switch-hitter's first of the season.

With the bases loaded and the Blue Jays leading 7-3 in the seventh, Ryan Tepera struck out Adrian Beltre and got Gallo on an inning-ending popout . Robert Osuna retired four straight for his fourth save after hitting Rougned Odor with a pitch to load the bases in the eighth.

BARTOLO IN THE BULLPEN

Texas' Bartolo Colon struck out four straight during two scoreless innings in his first relief appearance since 2016 with the New York Mets. The 44-year-old right-hander started the fifth game for the Rangers before Martin Perez came off the disabled list to join the rotation. It was the 10th relief appearance compared to 529 starts for Colon, who is in his 21st season.

SHORT HOPS

Beltre's double in the sixth inning was his 1,117th extra-base hit, tying him with Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the career list. ... Odor was the designated hitter after his girlfriend gave birth to their daughter early Sunday morning. He was 1 for 3 with a double. ... Texas rookie Carlos Tocci singled in the seventh for his first major league hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (back) was not activated two days after throwing on consecutive nights on a minor league rehab assignment. Manager Jeff Banister said the club was still monitoring his recovery coming off those appearances. ... RHP Tim Lincecum skipped a bullpen session to avoid possible irritation of his blister on a chilly day.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Opening-day starter J.A. Happ (1-1, 5.40 ERA) makes his third start Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Baltimore.

Rangers: RHP Doug Fister (1-1, 3.12 ERA) makes his third start for Texas in the opener of a three-game series Monday against the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Fister is 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA in his career against the Angels.

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<![CDATA[Minor Freezes Up Jays for 1st Win as Starter Since '14]]>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 22:32:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Mike Minor pitched two-hit ball over six innings to win a start for the first time since 2014 and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Saturday night in one of the coldest games ever at Globe Life Park.

It was 42 degrees when Minor threw the first pitch, and he froze up Toronto's hitters throughout the game. Minor (1-1) took a no-hitter into the fifth before allowing a one-out triple to Kevin Pillar. Steve Pearce homered an inning later for Toronto's final hit of the game. Minor had seven strikeouts and two walks.

Texas scored four two-out runs in the fifth inning, all charged to Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (0-1). Joey Gallo pulled a two-run double past first base, then scored when Jurickson Profar doubled to right in the next at-bat. Juan Centeno singled to right to break open what had been a 1-0 game.

Minor's previous win as a starter came on Aug. 28, 2014 with the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets. He missed the 2015 and `16 seasons with a torn labrum and was a reliever last season with the Kansas City Royals.

Stroman allowed five runs, six hits and five walks.

The coldest start to a game at Globe Life Park was 38 degrees on April 7, 2007, when Texas beat the Boston Red Sox 8-4.

It was chilly enough Saturday for Rangers manager Jeff Banister to hold Adrian Beltre out of the lineup on his 39th birthday. On Friday night, Beltre got three hits and moved into 24th place on the career list with 3,058.

Kevin Jepsen and Jake Diekman closed out the game for Texas by combining for three hitless innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: SS Aledmys Diaz (back) played the entire game after leaving Tuesday's game.

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (back) returned to the club after making back-to-back rehab appearances Thursday and Friday with Double-A Frisco. He is eligible to be activated at any time.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Jaime Garcia (0-0, 1.50 ERA) allowed one earned run in six innings in his season debut Monday against the White Sox.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.38) has 18 strikeouts, which led the American League going into Saturday's play.



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<![CDATA[Martin Homers, Estrada Solid as Blue Jays Beat Rangers]]>Sat, 07 Apr 2018 00:14:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-942808552.jpg

Marco Estrada faded a bit before finishing another strong showing against the Texas Rangers.

The Toronto Blue Jays gave their right-hander plenty of wiggle room.

Russell Martin homered and hit a pair of RBI singles to back six solid innings from Estrada, and the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 8-5 on Friday night.

Martin's drive to left field for an 8-0 lead in the sixth came right after Yangervis Solarte connected on a solo shot . It was the second homer of the season for both in a game delayed 36 minutes at the start by rain.

Estrada (1-0) took a two-hit shutout into the sixth before Shin-Soo Choo homered for the third straight game. After two singles and a walk with two outs, Estrada got Robinson Chirinos on a flyout on his 105th and final pitch.

"It just was kind of getting away from me late in the last inning, but I felt good overall," Estrada said. "My legs still felt like they were under me. I wish I would have had a quicker inning, maybe give the guys another inning."

Twice a dominant winner in Arlington when Toronto beat Texas in back-to-back AL Division Series in 2015-16, Estrada allowed five hits and a run with a walk and seven strikeouts.

"He had everything working," manager John Gibbons said. "I've seen that so many times, but he was in complete control. They put a little pressure on him there, and he got the big out with the bases loaded."

After the Toronto bullpen gave up four runs in the seventh, closer Roberto Osuna allowed two singles but got Choo to ground into a double play in a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Matt Moore (0-2) had his second straight rough start for the Rangers after leading the NL with 15 losses last season in San Francisco. The left-hander allowed five hits, four walks and six runs -- five earned -- in 3 1/3 innings.

Moore, who didn't have a walk in his first Texas start, also hit Martin with a pitch.

"I felt like I had better control today, which is weird I know, just with my off-speed stuff in general," Moore said. "The walks, those are going to wind up being the Achilles heel."

Josh Donaldson drove in a run among two singles and scored twice, and Solarte walked his first three times up.

A day after becoming the Latin American leader in hits, Adrian Beltre had three more to break a tie with Rickey Henderson for 24th on the career list and is now at 3,058. He and Choo each doubled in a run in the seventh. Elvis Andrus added an RBI single, his third hit.

NO BAUTISTA

The Texas-Toronto rivalry had already cooled a bit with both teams missing the playoffs last year. And now Jose Bautista, who remains unsigned, is gone a little less than two years after a brawl that had its roots in his epic bat flip after the go-ahead homer in the 2015 playoffs.

The Rangers hit Bautista with a pitch in the last regular-season game between the teams in Arlington in 2016, the year after the bat flip. When he slid hard into second base on a force play, Rougned Odor punched him to start a wild bench-clearing melee.

"He wasn't well-liked here, no doubt about that," Gibbons said. "I know Jose will miss (the boos). I'm sure he'd rather be there and getting them. He's always viewed as the bad guy anyway. I do think he liked that, or didn't mind it anyway."

RANGERS-PADRES TRADE

The Rangers traded C Brett Nicholas to San Diego for a player to be named or cash. Nicholas, who had been at extended spring training with the Rangers, was assigned to the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in El Paso.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (0-0, 7.20 ERA) gave up seven runs in four innings in his first regular-season appearance at the home of the Rangers last season, an 11-4 loss. He also lost Game 2 of the AL Division Series in Arlington in 2015.

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (0-1, 3.86) gave up three hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings in his Texas debut and first major league start since 2014, an 8-2 loss to Houston. He was a starter in Atlanta before shoulder surgery sidelined him for two years. Minor returned as a reliever in Kansas City last season.

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<![CDATA[Perez has Encouraging Start in Rangers' Win Over A's]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 23:15:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Texas left-hander Martin Perez had to get a little crafty to keep things from getting out of hand in his first start of the year.

It was a lot easier than dodging a bull -- something Perez wasn't so successful doing in the offseason, which led to the 27-year-old getting a late jump in spring training.

Perez allowed 10 hits but pitched into the sixth inning and Texas held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 before another sparse crowd on Thursday.

"He seemed to be right back where he was at the end of the year confidence-wise, ability to throw strikes," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

"He was only behind three hitters. What I loved the most is that he continued to pound the strike zone, use the sinker, the four-seamer and his off-speed stuff and nothing seemed to rattle him."

Adrian Beltre singled and doubled to become the all-time hits leader among Latin-born players. Shin-Soo Choo homered for the second consecutive day and Nomar Mazara added two hits to help the Rangers split the four-game series.

The crowd of 10,132 was the largest of the series, which attracted 34,613 total for the four games.

Perez (1-0) was activated off the disabled list before the game and allowed three runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings.

Perez was set back in spring training after breaking his right (non-pitching) elbow in December in an incident with a bull on his Venezuelan ranch.

The lefty pitched with runners on base every inning on Thursday, but repeatedly induced ground balls to keep the damage to a minimum.

"I didn't have my best stuff but I can finally compete," Perez said. "I had fun out there. It's good to recover from surgery and help your team win. They hit the ball three times hard. I think I did a great job."

Four relievers combined for eight outs and Keone Kela pitched the ninth for his second save.

Beltre doubled off Oakland starter Daniel Mengden (0-2) and scored in the second then singled in the eighth. With 3,055 hits, Beltre is tied with Rickey Henderson for 24th place on the hits list.

"It's obviously humbling," Beltre said. "It's hard to believe that I caught up to those guys. It is because I've been playing for a long time and I've been lucky enough to stay on the field."

Jed Lowrie had three hits for Oakland. Chad Pinder, Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty added two hits apiece.

The A's put runners on the corners with no outs in the seventh but failed to score. Texas shut down another potential rally in the eighth when right fielder Mazara threw out Piscotty at second base trying to stretch a single into a double.

"We swung the bat better the last two days but today was simply a case of not getting big hits when we needed to," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We're going to have to do better than that."

Mengden allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings and took a line drive off his plant foot in the second inning. The right-hander, winless in 13 starts at the Coliseum, dropped to the turf and was in pain for several moments but recovered to stay in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (lower back strain) begins a rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco. Barnette is expected to make two to three appearances before the team decides on where he goes next. ... RHP Jose Leclerc was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Perez on the 25-man roster.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (forearm tightness) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for Trayce Thompson, who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees and is expected to join the team in Los Angeles. Thompson's brother Klay is an All-Star with the Golden State Warriors, who play next door to the Coliseum.

FIVE-FOR-FIVE

A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw out five runners in the series, including two on Thursday. Since 2010, Lucroy has thrown out 182 runners, tops in the majors.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 9.00) pitches the opener of a three-game home series against Toronto on Friday.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (0-1, 3.40) faces the Angels for the second time this season after allowing four runs in four innings against Los Angeles last Sunday.



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<![CDATA[RoughRiders, Rangers Extend Relationship Into 2020 Season]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:33:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-rough-riders-david-watkins.jpg

The Frisco RoughRiders have some good news on their opening day -- they've extended their development contract with the Texas Rangers by two years.

The Rangers announced Thursday they were extending their longtime affiliation with their Double-A team through the 2020 season. The extension is the longest allowed by the agreement between the major and minor league baseball.

"The partnership began with the Riders’ inaugural season in Frisco in 2003 and matches the Northwest League Spokane Indians for the Rangers’ longest current minor league affiliation," the team said.

“The Rangers are pleased to extend our affiliation with the Frisco RoughRiders and continue a partnership that we believe is as strong as any that exists between a major league parent club and a minor league affiliate,” Rangers Assistant General Manager Jayce Tingler said. “The entire RoughRiders’ ownership and front office staff go out of their way to provide our players with a big league environment at the Double-A level.”

Frisco opens their season Thursday nigth at the Dr Pepper Ballpark against Tulsa.

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<![CDATA[Manaea Goes 8, Pitches A's to Win Over Texas]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:48:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-942061452.jpg

Even as Sean Manaea eased through a 1-2-3 eighth inning and retired his 10th consecutive batter, Oakland manager Bob Melvin had no intention on sending the young lefty back out for the ninth.

Not yet anyway.

Manaea didn't put up much of an argument, either. He was happy enough with a second straight strong outing, which made him the only Athletics starter with a victory this season.

Manaea pitched three-hit ball over eight innings as Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on Wednesday night.

"This early in the year there is no way I'm going to let him go out there in the ninth inning," Melvin said. "There is a residual effect from that. He had only been up five, maybe six times in spring training, then seven times his first time out, eight his next. There was no way. He wanted to, but there was no way I was going to let him go back out."

Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in a four-run fourth. Matt Chapman scored two runs and Bruce Maxwell added an RBI double for the A's, who had lost four of five since winning on opening day.

Every Oakland starter had at least one hit or scored a run.

Manaea (1-1) hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch leading off the game but was dominant after that, allowing just one runner past first base and retiring 11 of his final 12 batters. The left-hander struck out four and walked one on 94 pitches while beating the Rangers for the third consecutive time.

"Obviously I wanted to finish the game, but talking to BoMel it kind of wasn't the right idea this early in the season," Manaea said. "My (velocity) was kind of low toward the later part of the game, but I respect his decision and hopefully I can finish out a game one time."

Manaea is the only A's starter to make it past the fifth inning this season, having done it in both outings. He yielded one run over 7 2/3 innings but took the loss against the Angels last Friday.

"Anytime you can get an outing like that it completely saves the bullpen," Melvin said. "I've often said the starting pitcher on that particular day gives a team the confidence and he's doing that for us."

Choo homered off reliever Yusmeiro Petit leading off the ninth.

The A's got to Doug Fister (1-1) for a run in the second and scored four more in the fourth after catcher Robinson Chirinos dropped a throw from first baseman Joey Gallo for an error.

Chapman singled leading off the inning before Fister plunked Chad Pinder with a pitch and walked Maxwell to load the bases. Gallo then fielded Boog Powell's grounder but his throw home was high and Chirinos dropped the ball as Chapman slid in.

After Marcus Semien's sacrifice fly drove in Pinder, Lowrie lined a 1-2 pitch to left field to make it 5-0 and chase Fister.

Oakland tacked on another run on the seventh when Matt Olson singled in Matt Joyce.

Fister allowed seven hits over 3 2/3 innings and had five strikeouts.

"I was putting them in good hitters' counts and not getting ahead of them," Fister said. "I've got to be better, period."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: With a left-hander starting for Oakland, 2B Rougned Odor was given the night off.

Athletics: Joyce (left ankle) was cleared quicker than anticipated and started in left field. He doubled in the first and then walked and scored in the seventh.

PINDER'S PLAY

The Rangers put the first two batters on base against Manaea in the fifth before Pinder helped his pitcher with a running catch on Jurickson Profar's twisting fly ball deep into the right-field corner for the first out. "Once he hit it I kind of put my head down and tried to beat it to the spot and it carried more than I thought," Pinder said. "I ended up having to make a little bit of an adjustment."

UP NEXT

Texas LHP Martin Perez is scheduled to come off the disabled list to start the series finale Thursday afternoon. Perez had surgery on his non-pitching elbow in December. He will oppose Oakland RHP Daniel Mengden (0-1, 7.94 ERA), winless in 12 career starts at the Coliseum.

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<![CDATA[Globe Life Park Adds Second Dilly Dog Stand ]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:24:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tx-rangers-dilly-dog-cu.jpg

One Dilly Dog hot dog location at Globe Life Park is simply not enough.

With the first home series in the books, Delaware North and Texas Rangers announced a second Dilly Dog location being added to Globe Life Park in Arlington due to high popularity.

Nearly 2,500 of the delicious dogs, made with a cored-out Best Maid dill pickle stuffed with an Angus Beef Jumbo hot dog, were sold during the season opener against the Houston Astros.

The original Dilly Dog is located on the main concourse in Section 41 and the additional location will be located at Section 9 on the main concourse.

"We have been overwhelmed at the demand for the Dilly Dogs by fans at Globe Life Park," said Sportservice Arlington General Manager, Casey Rapp.

With high demand of the ballpark food item, a second location will allow customers to buy their Dilly Dogs quicker and get back to their seats to enjoy the game, Rapp said. 

The new location will be open in time for Friday night’s game at 7:05 p.m. against Toronto Blue Jays.



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<![CDATA[Hamels Pitches Rangers to Win Over Oakland]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:38:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Cole_Hamels_1200x675_637903939949.jpg

Joey Gallo didn't see much of a reason to celebrate becoming the 11th fastest player in major league history to 50 home runs.

A few of his Texas teammates thought differently and repeatedly pelted the first baseman with wadded balls of napkins as he spoke with reporters.

On a night when Cole Hamels was masterful for five innings, Gallo's milestone home run -- coming in his 204th career game -- sparked a scuffling offense and helped the Rangers stop a three-game losing streak.

Hamels struck out 11 in five innings, and Texas beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Tuesday night.

"That's kind of what I do well so it's really not that big a deal," Gallo said. "I've always been that kind of hitter. I don't think too much about it."

Texas third baseman Andre Beltre singled in the second to tie Rod Carew for most hits by a Latin-born player. Rougned Odor singled twice and drove in two runs, and Nomar Mazara added two hits and scored twice.

The Rangers also ended a nine-game skid at the Coliseum.

Gallo connected on a 2-1 pitch from Kendall Graveman (0-1) in the second inning. Gallo, who also went deep on Sunday, moved past Frank Robinson, who reached 50 homers in 213 games.

"This is a special talent," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "This guy has the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark in all directions. Last year when he made the strides to take some pitches, take his walks, really has helped him continue to grow to be a more complete hitter."

Hamels (1-1) bounced back from a rough start on opening day, dominating an A's lineup that had scored three or more runs in four of the first five games. He allowed four hits and walked three.

The left-hander recorded his first eight outs by strikeout. He yielded Chad Pinder's homer in the third and twice pitched out of jams while relying primarily on his cutter and changeup. Eight of his strikeouts came via the two pitches.

"When you have quite a few pitches in the repertoire you have to be able to be fine with them and throw them at any count," Hamels said. "At the same time, I need to be a lot more efficient with the balls and strikes."

Alex Claudio and Chris Martin combined for three scoreless innings and Keone Kela finished for his first save this season.

The game was played in a mostly empty stadium in front of an announced crowd of 9,157. That was slightly more than the 7,416 for Monday's game -- the fewest to attend an A's game at the Coliseum since 2003.

Matt Olson and Matt Chapman had two hits apiece for the A's.

"Right now we're not swinging the bats as well as we're capable of," manager Bob Melvin said. "We're capable of scoring multiple runs and having big innings. We just haven't done that yet."

Beltre's hit was his 3,053rd in the majors. That matches Carew's mark for Latin players and 25th all-time, two shy of Rickey Henderson.

Graveman allowed four runs and eight hits. The A's opening-day starter has given up nine earned runs in 10 innings this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RHP Tony Barnette (lower back strain) threw 24 pitches during an intra-squad game in Frisco. Barnette is slated to make a rehab start Thursday. ... Catcher Cameron Rupp signed a minor league contract and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn, pegged to be the No. 3 starter, underwent a second MRI and continues to be bothered by forearm tightness.

THREE ON, THREE DOWN

A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw out three runners trying to steal, two in the second inning.

UP NEXT

RHP Doug Fister (1-0, 1.80 ERA) makes his second start for the Rangers on Wednesday. LHP Sean Manaea (0-1, 1.17 ERA) goes for the A's seeking his fourth win in eight career starts against Texas.

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<![CDATA[Double in 7th Lifts Oakland Past Rangers]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 04:33:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lowrie-recap-usatsi_2.jpg

The Oakland Athletics got more than they expected in Andrew Triggs' first start since suffering a season-ending hip injury last June. The bullpen was pretty good, too.

Triggs pitched five effective innings, Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and the A's beat Texas 3-1 on Monday night, spoiling the Rangers debut of Bartolo Colon.

"At some point in time it's going to be tough to keep covering four innings of a game," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I'm glad we have an eight-man bullpen because there are a couple guys not available every day, as there will be tomorrow."

Triggs allowed four hits -- including Joey Gallo's RBI single in the fifth -- struck out seven and walked two.

Ryan Buchter followed Triggs with 1 2/3 innings, and Chris Hatcher (2-0) retired two batters for the win. Blake Treinen got five outs for his first save despite allowing the first two batters to reach in the ninth.

"Our team is built to finish games and we've got a lot of good arms in the bullpen that can go multiple innings," Treinen said. "It's a nice luxury to have. You win a game 3-1 against an offense that you see all the time, you tip your cap to Triggs, the bullpen doing the work and the offense coming in with some big hits in the seventh."

Matt Chapman homered for the second time in two days, and Matt Olson and Jonathan Lucroy had two hits apiece for Oakland. The A's had lost three straight since beating the Angels on opening day.

The Rangers have dropped six consecutive road openers and nine consecutive games at the Coliseum.

"If our guys continue to take the approaches that they're taking, get on base, continue to swing the bat and find the barrel, some of those hard-hit balls are going to find the grass and we'll get rolling," Texas manager Jeff Banister said.

Called up from the minors before the game, Colon allowed seven hits in six innings. The A's only run off the portly right-hander came on Chapman's homer leading off the third.

At 44 years, 313 days old, Colon became the oldest player in the majors this season, slipping past Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki, who is four months younger. Last season Suzuki said he wanted to play until he's 50.

Colon might not stick around that long, but he pitched well enough in his first start of the season.

"Mentally and physically I think have a lot to give," Colon said. "I felt great throwing strikes. That's what I do."

The A's went ahead to stay in the seventh. Lucroy hit a one-out double off Kevin Jepsen (0-1). Marcus Semien, who struck out twice against Colon, walked with two down and Lowrie greeted Jake Diekman with a towering double off the wall in right field.

Chapman homered off Colon on an 0-2 pitch. Chapman also connected against Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Delino DeShields underwent surgery on his left hand. The timetable for his return remains four to six weeks. ... RHP Tim Lincecum, on the disabled list since March 29 due to blisters on his right middle finger, threw a bullpen before the game.

DEFENSIVE GEM

Rangers center fielder Drew Robinson threw a two-hopper to the plate to get a sliding Lucroy trying to score from second. Catcher Robinson Chirinos caught the ball just in front of home plate.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

Texas RHP Nick Gardewine was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Colon. RHP Ricardo Rodriguez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. 1B Tommy Joseph cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Double-A Frisco.

UP NEXT

Texas LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 4.76 ERA) makes his second start of the season Tuesday night after taking a loss in the Rangers' season opener. The A's counter with RHP Kendall Graveman (0-0, 9.00 ERA) who allowed five runs in five innings against Los Angeles on opening day.

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<![CDATA[Cole Strikes Out 11 in Houston Debut as Astros Beat Rangers]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:44:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-940774788.jpg

Must be nice to have a rotation so good that Gerrit Cole is the No. 4 starter.

Cole struck out 11 over seven innings in his Houston debut and the World Series champion Astros rolled to an 8-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday to take three of four from their state rivals in the season-opening series.

The 2015 All-Star allowed two hits after teammate Lance McCullers Jr. struck out 10 in another easy Houston win Saturday. They followed a pair of Cy Young Award winners to the mound in Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel.

Cole started on opening day last year for Pittsburgh before an offseason trade to the Astros.

"This is obviously high-end stuff across the board," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "Gerrit would have pitched opening day for a lot of teams, and to have him pitch the fourth game of the year is really indicative of the depth of this rotation."

The first hit off Cole (1-0) was slugger Joey Gallo's opposite-field homer just over the tall wall in left field in the first inning against a four-man outfield. Third baseman Alex Bregman gave chase down the line on Gallo's first of the season.

Facing the four-man outfield again in the eighth, Gallo singled through the vacant left side of the infield.

"You talking about the one that went out of the ballpark?" Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "It was a great job by him beating the shift. I don't think you can put a fifth outfielder over the fence."

Derek Fisher had a tying RBI triple in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on George Springer's sacrifice fly against lefty Mike Minor (0-1), making his Texas debut and first major league start since 2014.

Carlos Correa doubled home two runs in the seventh and AL MVP Jose Altuve had three hits to finish 9 for 16 in the series. Evan Gattis had three hits and three RBIs, including a pair of run-scoring doubles. Max Stassi added an RBI single.

Cole struck out the side in the fifth and seventh innings for his most strikeouts since matching his career high of 12 in his final start of 2014.

The other hit Cole allowed was Elvis Andrus' leadoff double in the sixth, when he got an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners to preserve a 4-1 lead.

"He was in total control of the game, and I think he finished even stronger than he started," Hinch said. "His stuff was electrifying at the end of the game. What a great way to start his Astros career."

Minor, who missed two big league seasons after shoulder surgery in 2015, was a reliever in Kansas City last season before signing as a free agent. He gave up three hits and two runs with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

"I felt like my old self again," Minor said. "Something to build on. I think the strength's going to get better as the season goes on."

BOTTOM FEEDERS

Before Drew Robinson homered in the eighth for Texas, the bottom five hitters in the order were a combined 1 for 38 this season. With center fielder Delino DeShields out at least a month with a broken left hand, Ryan Rua and Robinson could be forced into the lineup more instead of platooning in left. Rookie Carlos Tocci is an option in center, but is considered a defense-first outfielder right now.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday, a day after another batting practice session at the Astros' spring training facility in Florida. Gurriel started the season on the restricted list to serve his five-game suspension for an inappropriate gesture after homering against Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish of the Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series. Gurriel had surgery for a broken bone in his left hand Feb. 28.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton, who was on the mound for the final out in Game 7 of the World Series in Los Angeles, starts the home opener against Baltimore on Monday.

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon is scheduled to start Texas' first road game in Oakland on Monday. The 44-year-old right-hander is set to become the second-oldest player for Texas behind Nolan Ryan, who was 46 when he made the final start of his career in 1993.

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<![CDATA[Astros Top Rangers 9-3]]>Sat, 31 Mar 2018 20:47:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Lance McCullers Jr. struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, Carlos Correa and Jake Marisnick hit two-run homers and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Saturday.

Correa and AL MVP Jose Altuve each had four hits and scored twice for the World Series champions. Marisnick hit second homer, connecting early against Matt Moore.
   
McCullers (1-0) was one short of his career high in strikeouts. It was the seventh time he has fanned 10.
   
Elvis Andrus scored all three Texas runs. He hit a solo homer, and later singled and scored on Adrian Beltre's double that finished McCullers.
   
Houston took a 3-0 lead in the second. Evan Gattis led off with a double and scored when Brian McCann's popup fell in front of right fielder Nomar Mazara for a single. Marisnick followed with his homer.
   
Doubles by Correa and Marwin Gonzalez gave the Astros a run in the third. Gonzalez drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
   
George Springer added an RBI double in the sixth and Correa homered in the seventh.

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<![CDATA[Fister Controls Astros in Texas Debut as Rangers]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:28:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-940293782.jpg

Doug Fister mostly silenced the powerful Houston lineup for five innings in his Texas debut, Nomar Mazara homered for an early lead and the Rangers beat the Astros 5-1 on Friday night.

The right-hander who pitched for the Astros in 2016, the year before they won their first World Series, allowed only Max Stassi's RBI double in the fifth in his new home ballpark, where he had an 8.73 ERA coming in.

Four relievers held the Astros to one hit over the final four innings, capped by Keone Kela pitching around a walk in the ninth.

Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor hit back-to-back sacrifice flies for a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning against 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. Chirinos' drive with the bases loaded was caught at the wall in right field by Josh Reddick.

Keuchel (0-1) allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings for the defending champs, who had a five-game winning streak against Texas after taking the season opener.

Fister (1-0) allowed four hits, struck out three and walked three. The 34-year-old was the first of 166 major league free agents to finalize a deal in the offseason after waiting until May last year.

Mazara, who had one homer in 123 at-bats against left-handers last season, went deep in his first lefty-lefty matchup this season. The solo liner just to the right of berm in center field came in the second inning. He walked and scored in the fourth.

After facing a four-man outfield in four hitless at-bats on opening day, Texas slugger Joey Gallo had two hits, including an RBI double off the top of the wall in center, against a more traditional shift.

Chris Martin and Alex Claudio each had a bases-loaded strikeout to preserve a 3-1 lead in a bizarre sixth inning. The Astros loaded the bases after Odor threw about 30 feet wide of first in the middle of turning around on a botched double-play attempt that didn't get anybody out.

Jose Altuve was initially allowed to score when Odor's throw went into the Texas dugout but was called back to third on review. An earlier review that Mazara trapped Altuve's liner was upheld even though the replay appeared to show Mazara bending to make the catch after running too far back.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Lefty starter Martin Perez (recovering from right elbow surgery) and right-handed reliever Tony Barnette (lower back strain) pitched in an intrasquad game at Triple-A Round Rock on Friday night. Perez threw 87 pitches over six innings, and Barnette struck out all four batters he faced.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers, the Game 7 starter in last year's World Series, is 0-3 in five career starts against Texas.

Rangers: LHP Matt Moore makes his Texas debut in the same park where he beat the Rangers in the 2011 Division Series with Tampa Bay.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[World Series Champ Astros Top Rangers in Season Opener]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:24:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-939810618.jpg

World Series MVP George Springer hit a leadoff homer in the season opener for the second year in a row, Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings and the Houston Astros started their championship defense with a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

Jake Marisnick also homered for the Astros, whose 57th year as a franchise began with them as reigning World Series champs for the first time.

Springer hit a 2-0 pitch off lefty Cole Hamels (0-1) into the right-field seats, becoming the only player in MLB history with leadoff homers in consecutive season openers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It was the 100th career homer for the 28-year-old right fielder starting his fifth big league season -- he hit five home runs in the Series against the Dodgers, connecting in the final four games.

Elvis Andrus led off the ninth against Ken Giles, the third Astros reliever, with a double. Andrus scored on a wild pitch and the Rangers avoided being shut out in a home opener for the first time since 1992.

Verlander (1-0) struck out five, walked two and allowed only four singles. He is 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his six regular-season starts since his last-minute approval of a trade from the Detroit Tigers last Aug. 31 that made him eligible for the Astros' postseason roster. He was 5-0 last September, then won four more postseason games, and was the AL Championship Series MVP.

With Andrus and Adrian Beltre on base with two outs in the sixth, Verlander struck out young slugger Nomar Mazara with a 96mph fastball on his 90th and final pitch.

Hamels struck out seven and walked four in 5 2-3 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits.

Chris Devenski and Brad Peacock each threw a scoreless inning in relief for the Astros.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel is recovering from left hand surgery last month, but started the season on baseball's restricted list to serve his five-game suspension -- for making an inappropriate gesture toward Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish in the World Series -- rather than on the disabled list. Manager A.J. Hinch said the Astros will determine after the first five games if Gurriel is healthy enough to join the team.

Rangers: Four pitchers started the season on the 10-day disabled list: lefty Martin Perez (recovering from right elbow surgery) and right-handers Tony Barnette (lower back strain), Tim Lincecum (blister on right middle finger) and Ricardo Rodriguez (right biceps tendinitis).

UP NEXT

Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel (14-5 last season), the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, starts against Rangers newcomer Doug Fister (5-9 for Boston). Fister was the first of 166 major league free agents to finalize a big league contract, and first to switch teams, during the offseason. The right-hander was unsigned last season until May, and his first big MLB start was June 25 in Boston's 75th game.


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<![CDATA[A New Rangers Season Brings New Food]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:19:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000151.jpg

The Texas Rangers opened up a new season and that means new food. NBC 5's Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney gives us a preview.

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<![CDATA[On Opening Day, Rangers Fans Are Excited About New Stadium ]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:26:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ballpark+Construction.png

It is opening day at Globe Life Park, and it is the second last one before the new stadium is ready.

“The good news is we are on schedule. So that is the most important thing we can be at this time. The excavation has gone well; just about complete,” said Rob Matwick, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Texas Rangers.

There is an observation deck at the top of the stadium, where fans can watch all of the progress. Tom Carr was up there, reflecting on the past.

“I remember standing in the old Arlington stadium, looking at this one as it was built,” said Carr.

He watched the new one go up with his grandson.

“I am excited to see what it looks like,” said grandson Carson McManus.

There was a big crowd on the observation deck watching the cranes. Down on the field, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred talked about the new stadium too.

“It is an ambitious project, and one that is going to be great for fans here in Arlington for decades to come. Not just the stadium, but the overall entertainment experience is really phenomenal," said Manfred.

The stadium will be done for the 2020 season. But Texas Live is slated to open late this summer. Texas Live will be adjacent to the new stadium. It is a 200,000 square foot event venue, that also has outdoor space.



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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Opening Day Kicks Off Season]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 16:51:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Opening_Day_4p_32918.jpg

Pat Doney takes a look at all the action at the Texas Rangers' Opening Day.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Opening Day]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:50:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Opening_Day.jpg

Pat Doney is at Globe Life Park talking what Rangers fans have to look forward to, including seeing Andrian Beltre play.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Fans Celebrate Opening Day]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:44:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Fans.jpg

Texas Rangers fans were out in full force to ring in Opening Day of the season. Tailgaters packed parking lots surrounding Globe Life Park to prep for the big game.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers: Everything to Know About Parking]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:38:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+Park+Sign.jpg

Texas Rangers fans can rejoice, for the day has come. It’s finally Opening Day.

But, as the Rangers prepare to battle the Houston Astros, fans may have to fight for parking spots. The new Texas Live complex and Globe Life Field are being constructed on hundreds of existing parking spots.

The Rangers and the city of Arlington have issued parking warnings for Opening Day and other games throughout the season.

Parking: With the construction of the new Globe Life Field underway, fans should be aware of the following information for the upcoming season:

  • Reserved Parking Spaces (Lots E, J, & L)
  • Parking for Reserved Lots will be the same as prior seasons. However, access to Lot J along Randol Mill Road has moved further east and will be through the J2 entrance.
  • Season Parking Passes (Lots B, C, D, and portions of Lots J & M)
  • Fans with Season Ticket Holder parking can park in any Season Ticket Holder or Cash parking lot, while spaces are available in those lots. Once Season Ticket Holder lots are full, guests can still park in Rangers Cash lots by providing their coupon to the attendant. For a detailed map go here
  • Cash Parking Lots (Lots F, G, N, R, S, and portions of M)
  • These lots will accept cash, credit cards, prepaid parking passes or Season Ticket Holder coupons for access. Please note that Lots C and D will be available only for season parking in 2018.

AT&T Stadium Lot 4

  • On Opening Day, AT&T Stadium Lot 4 will open at the same time as all Rangers lots for game day parking. Attendants will accept Season Ticket Holder parking coupons, or cash, credit cards and prepaid parking passes. Other AT&T Stadium Lots could be used on Opening Day, based upon demand.

Shuttle buses: The Rangers will offer Shuttle Bus service from remote parking lots to Globe Life Field on both the north and south sides of the ballpark. Northside Lots will be picked up at marked stops along AT&T Way, Road to Six Flags and in Parking Lot F.

Southside Lots will be picked up in Lot R, near the R2 entrance, plus make stops at AT&T Stadium lots which are open.

Additional parking: Six Flags Over Texas, the Arlington Convention Center and entrepreneurial lots in the Entertainment District are also expected to offer parking on Opening Day. However, since these parking lots are not controlled by the Texas Rangers, fans should contact those entities to understand hours of operation, prices and any other rules or regulations. Texas Rangers parking coupons are not accepted on these lots.

Parking rates for 2018

  • Advanced Purchase General Parking: $18.00
  • General Parking: $20.00

Uber begins its third year as the Official Rideshare Partner of the Texas Rangers. The Uber Pick Up and Drop Off area for 2018 is again the Camry Lot D where signage will be posted.

Information for parking at Six Flags Over Texas:

Parking cost is:

$60.00 from 7:00 a.m. to noon.

$30.00 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

A parking receipt will be required for each space utilized. Receipt(s) will need to be placed in your driver's side dashboard. Patrols will be made to check for payment.

• Each space used by an individual or group will need to be paid for at the time of entry.

• The parking lot will open at 7:00 a.m. Please refer to the following information for specific entry points and times:

o Far southwest entrance nearest the ballpark opens at 7:00 a.m.

o Magic Mile/ Road to Six Flags intersection entrance opens at noon

o Six Flags Toll Plaza opens at 7:00 a.m.

• Six Flags Season Pass Parking will not be valid for the Opening Day game on Thursday, March 29.

The Rules

• No vehicles will be permitted to park on grass.

• All vehicles must be off Six Flags Over Texas property no later than two hours after the Rangers Opening Day game.

• All aisles must be kept clear for traffic to pass through.

• Excessively loud music or any behavior that disturbs the enjoyment of other tailgaters will result in the person(s) leaving the property without a refund. Responsible consumption of alcohol by adults 21 years of age or older is allowed.

• The use of portable generators will not be permitted.

• Porta-A-Potties will be provided. Private toilets are not allowed.

• No advertising, soliciting of any products or displaying of company/corporate logos will be allowed without prior approval from Six Flags Over Texas management.

• No tents or awnings with company logos will be permitted in the parking lot.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Minor League Coach Howard Johnson out of Hospital]]>Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:05:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/howard+johnson+round+rock+express.jpg

Texas Rangers minor league coach Howard Johnson has been released from a hospital with several fractures in his cheekbone after being hit by a line drive while in the dugout.

The Rangers said Sunday that Johnson's eye function was good and that it didn't appear he would need surgery. The former big league slugger will rest for a week in Arizona and then be re-examined.

Johnson was injured Saturday during the spring training game between Texas and Cleveland. The liner by Erik Gonzalez of the Indians hit Johnson below the left eye, and play was stopped for about 10 minutes while medical personnel treated him.

The 57-year-old Johnson was examined by Arizona Coyotes team ophthalmologist Dr. Jeffrey Edelstein.

Johnson is the hitting coach at Triple-A Round Rock. He guided Class A affiliates of the Rangers to championships the past two years.

Johnson played 14 seasons in the majors and hit 228 home runs.



Photo Credit: Round Rock Express/Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Minor League Coach Hit by Line Drive Out of Hospital]]>Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:59:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/howard+johnson+round+rock+express.jpg

Texas Rangers minor league coach Howard Johnson has been released from a hospital with several fractures in his cheekbone after being hit by a line drive while in the dugout.

The Rangers said Sunday that Johnson's eye function was good and that it didn't appear he would need surgery. The former big league slugger will rest for a week in Arizona and then be re-examined.

Johnson was injured Saturday during the spring training game between Texas and Cleveland. The liner by Erik Gonzalez of the Indians hit Johnson below the left eye, and play was stopped for about 10 minutes while medical personnel treated him.

The 57-year-old Johnson was examined by Arizona Coyotes team ophthalmologist Dr. Jeffrey Edelstein.

Johnson is the hitting coach at Triple-A Round Rock. He guided Class A affiliates of the Rangers to championships the past two years.

Johnson played 14 seasons in the majors and hit 228 home runs.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rangers Leaning Left in Rotation After Rare Losing Season]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:27:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Texas Rangers rotation is leaning quite a bit to the left.

There was no reunion with Yu Darvish or any other high-prized pitching additions during the offseason. The Rangers instead added two more lefty starters to go with Cole Hamels and Martin Perez, along with a free agent right-hander.

"We don't see a lot of lefties in the game, so we're just hoarding them," Hamels said. "I think it'll work out. ... We're going to be able to pick up things and correct each other just because we have some similarities."

With 3,000-hit third baseman Adrian Beltre, 10th-season shortstop Elvis Andrus and young slugger Joey Gallo part of an everyday lineup that hasn't changed too much, the Rangers should be able to hit and score runs. They did last year, despite a losing record for only the second time in nine years after winning the AL West title in each of manager Jeff Banister's first two seasons.

But to contend again in the AL West with defending World Series champion Houston and other improving teams, the Rangers will have to depend on their revamped rotation and a bullpen that blew 21 saves last year and doesn't have a set closer.

Matt Moore lost 15 games (tied for most in the NL) for the San Francisco Giants last season. Mike Minor, another lefty, was a full-time reliever with 65 appearances for Kansas City last year after missing two full seasons because of injury, and hasn't started since 2014 for Atlanta. Doug Fister, a late addition to the Boston Red Sox last season, will likely be the only right-hander in the initial rotation.

"That's great for me," Fister said. "I stand out."

Hamels missed two months last season with a strained oblique and was limited to 148 innings, the fewest since his rookie season in 2006. It was the first time in eight seasons the four-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP for Philadelphia had fewer than 200 innings. He was 11-6 in 24 starts.

"Just the way that everything played out, the numbers and how I pitched, I don't really think justified who I am, and how I can play," said Hamels, 34 and potentially going into the final season with Texas since 2019 is a team option year. "Everybody I think kind of tries to `beat the odds' as you age through the game of baseball, and I feel like I've never really even been at my peak yet."

Here are few more things to know about the Rangers, who open the season at home March 29 against the Astros:

BEST CASE

The starters prove themselves and a reliable closer emerges, allowing Texas to contend for a wildcard spot and maybe give Beltre, about to be 39 and in the last season of his contract, one more World Series chance in his 21st MLB season.

WORST CASE

Beltre, the third baseman whose primary focus is trying to win a World Series, getting that chance with another team. If the pitching and/or hitting falters and they are out of contention at the July 31 trade deadline, or even into August, the Rangers could provide him the opportunity to go to a contender if a deal can be made. And maybe Hamels, too.

BELTRE WATCH

After becoming the 31st player in MLB history with 3,000 career hits last July 30, Beltre now has 3,048 hits, five behind Rod Carew for 25th on the career list. With 100 more hits, Beltre would move to 18th. His 462 homers are tied with Detroit's Miguel Cabrera for 35th on the career list.

FREAK CLOSING?

Two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum hasn't pitched in the majors since August 2016, when he was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels and later had hip surgery. He has started 270 of his 278 career games. He will be a reliever for the Rangers, and maybe even their closer. But he won't be ready for opening day. The right-hander didn't join the team until early March.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Big Papi Wanted Boston To Keep Former Teammate Adrian Beltre]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:02:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-03.jpg

Adrian Beltre and David "Big Papi" Ortiz were teammates in Boston for one season, 2010. Beltre hit .321 while slugging 28 homers and knocked in 102 runs. He even named the Red Sox MVP.

Ortiz told me on my NBC Sports Radio show was not happy when Beltre left as a free agent for the Rangers in 2011.

"I was hurt when he left Boston," said Ortiz. "When they let him go I was mad because I know what my man is capable of and look at the excellent career he already has so it's something...we never know how things are gonna work out. For good or for bad...but that's my guy. I wanna play with for a long time."

Ortiz won three World Series titles in Boston. He reflected on what made Beltre a good teammate, "What you see is what you gonna get. You know what I'm saying? Fun guy to be around. Works extremely hard. This guy-day in and day out-he's ready to go. He's ready to do something, you know what I'm saying? Just watching the way he handles his stuff is unbelieveable."

Hear the interview here. Ortiz starts talking about Beltre at the 5:24 mark. 




Photo Credit: Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers 3rd Base Coach Has Big Plans for 2018]]>Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:52:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+coach+tony+beasley.jpg

The Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley has been cancer-free for more than a year, and is now counting his blessings and looking forward to a big year for the Texas Rangers. NBC 5's Tim Ciesco has his story.

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<![CDATA[MLB Rule Changes That Will be in Place for 2018 Season]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:47:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

Major League Baseball has made some pretty significant rule changes during the off season that will be in place for the 2018 season. NBC 5's Tim Ciesco has a look at some of the new rules you may want to know about.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[The One Thing Jon Daniels is Expecting Out of Cole Hamels]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:51:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Daniels_on_Hamels_10p_03122018.jpg

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels explains what he's expecting out of Cole Hamels in 2018 and why he feels Hamels will return to form.]]>
<![CDATA[Drew Robinson Proving He's a Perfect Fit for the Rangers]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:02:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Ciesco_Robinson_PKG_5p_31118.jpg

Drew Robinson is proving he's a perfect fit for the Texas Rangers as the team heads into the 2018 season.]]>
<![CDATA[Adrián Beltré Gears up for 21st MLB Season]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 00:06:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-03.jpg

Adrian Beltre is gearing up for his 21st MLB season, and he's ready to play the best baseball possible in the 2018 season.

Photo Credit: Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Massive Hole to Become Rangers New Ballpark]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:21:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/globe-life-field-hole-march-7-2018.jpg

The new home of the Texas Rangers, and an associated entertainment complex, are under construction in Arlington. See the progress, including the massive hole that will be Globe Life Field, from Texas Sky Ranger.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Linececum to Wear 44 With Rangers in Honor of Late Brother]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 20:16:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lincecum-tim-night-hat.jpg

After wearing No. 55 for his entire major league career, Tim Lincecum will switch to 44 with the Texas Rangers in honor of his late older brother.

Sean Lincecum's funeral was Saturday, which delayed Tim Lincecum from taking the physical needed to finalize his $1 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. The two-time Cy Young Award winner passed the physical Tuesday and said he will wear the number his brother used as an amateur.

"I always looked up to my brother," Lincecum said. "He was an idol for me. He just had a lot of bad runs with the choices he made in life."

Texas general manager Jon Daniels said the 33-year-old right-hander will be a reliever and could be the Rangers' closer as he attempts to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2016.

"I think it's a great opportunity," Lincecum said. "It was a difficult decision with the Dodgers and the Rangers, but it came down to those two teams. I thought the Rangers would be a better fit. The conversations that we had just made me feel a little bit more warm and fuzzy inside."

Lincecum is fascinated about becoming a closer.

"I feel like I could do that," the two-time Cy Young Award winner said. "I've done that in the Cape (Cod League) and at the college level. It is going to be, obviously, different, but I feel like I could tap into that mentality."

Lincecum has made only eight regular season relief appearances and seven in the postseason.

"Right now, I'm just trying to see where I fit on this team," he said. "The idea was to go to a bullpen role because I felt like that's what would be best for the way I am right now and at this point in my career."

Texas anticipates the four-time All-Star will throw bullpen sessions and batting practice before getting into a spring training game.

"I'm not 100 percent what to expect," Daniels said. "I'm not putting any expectations out there. You are talking about two realities. One, you are talking about one of the best pitchers of this generation. From that standpoint -- it's like what I used to say about Josh Hamilton -- nothing would surprise me. On the flip side, he has had some physical ailments, he didn't pitch last year and he hasn't pitched in quite a while."

A three-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Lincecum was 108-83 for the Giants from 2007-15, nicknamed The Freak for his long hair and 5-11, 170-pound frame. He had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 and made a brief comeback with the Los Angeles Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts

Lincecum impressed during a tryout for scouts during the offseason.

"I feel like it would be tough to give up the game while I still have the ability to play it," he said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Lincecum Arrives at Rangers' Camp for Physical]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:29:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-577717710.jpg

Tim Lincecum arrived at the Texas Rangers' spring training camp, ready to finalize a contract and return to the major leagues for the first time in two years.

The 33-year-old right-hander took a physical Tuesday. He figures to compete for a bullpen spot.

General manager Jon Daniels said the four-time All-Star has been throwing bullpen sessions on his own since a showcase for scouts last month.

"He was in as close to game shape as you're going to be, from that standpoint," Daniels said.

Texas anticipates Lincecum will throw bullpen sessions and batting practice before getting into a spring training game.

"He's further along than I would say most guys are on report date," Daniels said.

A two-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Lincecum was 108-83 for the Giants from 2007-15. He had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 and made a brief comeback with the Los Angeles Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts

Texas thinks Lincecum has good hip movement, flexibility and explosiveness in his delivery.

"Between that and the transition to a bullpen role, gave us some confidence he could be a successful part of the team," Daniels said.

Lincecum has worn No. 55. Texas pitcher Matt Moore, who wears 55 now, expressed a willingness to let Lincecum have the number.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rangers' Moore Looks to Rebound From Rough 2017]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 06:08:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/rangers-matt-moore.png

Early in spring training, many pitchers take the same approach to starts. The basic work-on-stuff, build-innings-and-conditioning, reach-pitch-limit kind of thing.

For Matt Moore, it was a little different.

After a poor year with the San Francisco Giants last season, the Texas lefty faced them Monday in his second outing. He allowed a run on one hit, a pair of walks and a wild pitch over 2 2/3 innings, striking out two. Moore left after giving up an RBI single to Austin Jackson.

"I was looking forward to it, absolutely," Moore said. "Not like I have anything out for them, it's just that those are the guys that I sat in the dugout with for the last year and a half, and got to know them pretty well. It was fun to just compete against them."

The Giants traded Moore to the Rangers for prospects in the offseason after he spent part of 2016 and all of 2017 in the Bay Area. He's in his seventh season in the majors at only 28 years old, and is coming off a season of career lows.

Those included 15 losses, 107 earned runs allowed and a 5.52 ERA. The Giants exercised his contract option last September, and Moore thought he'd still be around.

"I was surprised. You only know what people are writing in the paper and such," Moore said. "I hadn't heard my name out there and then kind of just got a call one day and this might happen, might not."

Moore has no hard feelings, and was able to smile again after a tough year when he learned he was going to Texas. He's on his third team in three years.

"Last year I felt like I fell short in too many of those games where the deciding runs, deciding situations, too many times was I not coming through for the guys for whatever reason," Moore said. "Being on a team, that's all you want to do. You want to feel like you're contributing in a positive fashion and you're pulling on the same side of the rope as everybody else is."

Moore, a 2013 AL All-Star with Tampa Bay, figures to be in a Rangers rotation that could open the season with six pitchers. Cole Hamels, Martin Perez, Doug Fister and Moore are penciled in for four spots.

In trying to fix what didn't work last season, Moore is keeping his back foot on the rubber as long as possible to keep the direction of his pitches true. He's also not trying to rely as much on a cut fastball.

"We think that he's primed to have one of those strike back-type years, trend upwards," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We feel good about it. Still young, still got a good lively arm."



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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Jake Diekman Looks to Have Strong Season]]>Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:32:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Spring_Training_4p_30518.jpg

Spring training continues in Surprise, Arizona, for the Texas Rangers. It's been a full year of ups and downs for pitcher Jake Diekman.]]>
<![CDATA[This Year Expected to be Different for Rangers Infielder Jurickson Profar]]>Sun, 04 Mar 2018 19:16:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ciesco_on_Profar_2018_03_04_17_34_15.jpg

Rangers Infielder Jurickson Profar expects to be a much bigger key player for the team in 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Training: Breaking Down the Rangers Bullpen]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:55:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers.jpg

The Texas Rangers bullpen hopes to turn things around in 2018 after a rough season in 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers OF Willie Calhoun Pushes Past Tragedy to Excel]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:32:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Spring_Training_030118.jpg

One Texas Rangers player isn't letting a personal tragedy stop him from reaching his goal to play in the big leagues.]]>
<![CDATA[Pitcher Tim Lincecum in Discussions With Rangers: AP Source]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:59:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lincecum-file-2015.jpg

Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is deep in negotiations with the Texas Rangers on a one-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the discussions said.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because no deal had been reached. The 33-year-old Lincecum pitched in a showcase for major league teams, executives and scouts earlier this month near his hometown of Seattle.

The Freak appears ready to mount another big league comeback.

He hasn't pitched in the majors since a disappointing nine-start stint in 2016 with the Angels. Texas would likely consider him for a bullpen role, perhaps as a closer.

In 2015, Lincecum went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts for San Francisco after throwing no-hitters -- both against San Diego -- in July 2013 and June '14. He had hip surgery in early September 2015 and didn't immediately sign with a team after concluding a $35 million, two-year deal with the Giants. In nine seasons with San Francisco, he helped the Giants win three World Series titles -- in 2010, '12 and '14.

He had his highs and lows -- and one of his biggest thrills came in Arlington in what might become his new home ballpark.

Lincecum figured things out in 2010, enduring an 0-5 August before adding a new pitch and winning the Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas as the Giants captured their first championship since moving West in 1958. In '12, he endured a 10-start winless stretch in which he went 0-6. A Cy Young winner in his first full major league season of 2008 and again the following year, he posted losing records in each season from 2011-13.

By 2014, he had bounced back to go 12-9. Lincecum was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA over those nine starts and 38 1/3 innings for the Angels two years ago.

Yahoo Sports first reported Lincecum and the Rangers were nearing an agreement.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Surprise Photos, Rangers Spring Training]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:08:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers-spring-training-2018--0223-07.jpgNBC 5 sports reporter Pat Doney is with the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Arizona for Spring Training 2018.

Photo Credit: Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[History Behind Rangers' Rougned Odor's Name]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 21:07:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/223*120/rangers+odor+cage.JPG

There's some interesting family history behind Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor's name. NBC 5's Pat Doney has the story from spring training in Surprise, Arizona. ]]>
<![CDATA[Arlington Reveals Texas Live! Construction Progress]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:09:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Texas+Live%21+Construction+Progress.jpg

Texas Live!, Arlington's 200,000-square-foot entertainment, dining, and hospitality venue, is on track to be completed by late summer or early fall.

Texas Live! will be adjacent to the future home of the Texas Rangers and will have a 5,000 capacity outdoor event pavilion and a 300-room upscale hotel.

The projects are estimated to represent over $1.25 billion and the amenities will include an ultimate fan clubhouse, a 35,000 square foot multi-level arena, a 5,000-capacity outdoor event pavilion, a restaurant created by Guy Fieri and more.

The entertainment venue is bringing 3,025 new jobs to the City of Arlington and Tarrant County, including 1,000 permanent positions once the facility is opened.

"Texas Live! is one of the most exciting, game-changing projects with which we have been involved," says Wesley Weaver, vice president with Manhattan Construction, the same company that built AT&T Stadium.



Photo Credit: Eric Kreindler]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Being Careful with Andrus During Spring Training ]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:53:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_elvis_back_issues_1200x675_1170105411586.jpg

Rangers are being careful with shortstop Elvis Andrus, who's dealing with a back issue. NBC 5's Pat Doney has more from spring training in Surprise, Arizona. ]]>
<![CDATA[Is Rangers Outfielder Nomar Mazara a Future MVP? ]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:49:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_mazara_future_mvp_REDO_1200x675_1170098243784.jpg

One baseball insider feels Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is a future MVP and compares him to a future Hall of Famer. NBC 5's Pat Doney has more from spring training in Surprise, Arizona. ]]>
<![CDATA[Gallo Building Off Last Season with Rangers]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:45:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_gallo_build_off_last_season_1200x675_1170095171659.jpg

Joey Gallo showed signs of being a future superstar after his first full season with Rangers and goes into the 2018 season hoping to build off that momentum. NBC 5's Pat Doney has more from spring training in Surprise, Arizona. ]]>
<![CDATA[What are the Expectations for the Rangers This Season?]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:16:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_doney_grant_expectations_REDO_1200x675_1170097731631.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News discuss the expectations for the Rangers going into the 2018 season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blackburn Impresses, Rangers Honor Parkland Florida Community in First Spring Training Game]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 04:38:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tim_and_pat_webcast_1200x675_1169817667512.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Tim Ciesco join us from Mesa, Arizona where the Texas Rangers played their first game of Spring Training versus the Chicago Cubs. Starting pitcher Clayton Blackburn, who grew up a big Rangers fan, turned in a solid performance Saturday. And both teams took time to honor the victims and survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, FL.]]>
<![CDATA[Pitcher Jesse Chavez, Rangers Reach $1 Million, 1-Year Deal]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:52:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/JESSE+CHAVEZ+ST18.jpg

Pitcher Jesse Chavez and the Texas Rangers have completed a $1 million, one-year contract.

The deal, announced Friday, is not guaranteed. The base salary would escalate to $1.5 million if the 34-year-old right-hander is on the 25-man active roster on opening day.

Chavez was 7-11 with a 5.34 ERA in 21 starts and 17 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last year. He has a 33-51 record and 4.69 ERA over 10 seasons in 70 starts and 283 relief appearances for Pittsburgh (2008-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2010-11), Toronto (2012 and `16), Oakland (2012-15), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2016) and the Angels.

To clear a roster spot, Texas put left-hander Joe Palumbo on the 60-day disabled list.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[With Rangers, A Homecoming of Sorts for Jesse Chavez]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:08:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/JESSE+CHAVEZ+ST18.jpg

The Texas Rangers officially announced Friday that they signed free agent pitcher Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract. 

The deal marks a homecoming of sorts for the 34-year-old. The Rangers drafted drafted him back in 2002.

During his first stint with the organization, Chavez made it up to Triple-A before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006.

Since then he's played in Atlanta, Kansas City, Toronto, Oakland and Los Angeles.

"It was a long road -- a long, twisty one," said Chavez, who joined the Rangers in Surprise, Arizona Friday. "But in my opinion, it was for the best for me personally to go through the troubles and the ups and downs and the success. Those troubles helped me get through the success part. But coming back here, walking in -- a lot of memories come back."

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels called Chavez a "big time competitor and a big time teammate," saying his ability to be a starter and a long reliever can help protect the team's pitching staff in a lot of ways.

Chavez says however the coaching staff wants to use him, he'll be ready.

“I feel comfortable in either [role]," said Chavez. "Obviously, off-season preparation goes for a starter’s workload. It’s tough to add that during the year if you’re not used to it. So if I prepare as a starter in the off-season, the transition from going to relieving or back and forth and vice versa, it makes the transition a little easier.”


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<![CDATA[Rangers' Nomar Mazara Faces Big Expectations in 3rd Season]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:41:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Spring_Training_6p_22218.jpg

Big things are expected out of outfielder Nomar Mazara as he enters his third season with the Texas Rangers. He's already being compared to a future Hall of Famer.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers to Join MLB Teams Supporting FL Shooting Victims]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:19:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/BANNY+ON+PARKLAND.jpg

The Texas Rangers will join other Major League Baseball teams this weekend in supporting the victims and survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida wearing the school's baseball caps.

The Rangers said they plan to wear the caps Saturday ahead of their first preseason game versus the Chicago Cubs and may wear them during the game, as well.

Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo grew up in Parkland and is a graduate of Stoneman Douglas.

Rangers Manager Jeff Banister shared his thoughts on the situation and its aftermath during his daily news conference Thursday.

"I don't have all the answers," said Banister. "All I know, it definitely needs some awareness. As a father of a 15-year-old that's in high school right now -- I know there's a lot of questions and conversations that he and I have had along the way -- and there's got to be some discussion and talk to find what real answers are so these tragedies stop."

In a release, MLB said clubs will be allowed to sign and auction off the caps to benefit funds related to assisting the victims and their families.

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<![CDATA[Why the Rangers Might Use Six-Man Pitching Rotation]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:42:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_DMN_web_hit_1200x675_1167180355536.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney is joined by Dallas Morning News Rangers reporter Evan Grant in Surprise, Arizona, where they discuss why the Rangers going to an unconventional six-man starting pitcher rotation makes sense.]]>
<![CDATA[Spring Training: Breaking Down the Rangers Bullpen]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:42:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TIM_AND_PAT_WEB_CAST_1200x675_1167135299618.jpg

Pat Doney and Tim Ciesco join us from Surprise, AZ with a breakdown on why the Rangers’ bullpen, which struggled last season, could be a special group in 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[New Father Elvis Andrus: 'Having a Kid Will Help You']]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:00:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/ELVIS+ANDRUS+ST18.jpg

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is now entering his 10th season in the big leagues.

While the game has taught him a lot of things over the course of his career, he says a big and recent change in his personal life is helping him like nothing has before.

"Everybody should know when they're ready for a kid, but then yes -- having a kid will help you," said Andrus.

Last July, Andrus' wife gave birth to their first child, Elvis Emilio Andrus Febles.

Being a first-time father comes with its own set of challenges -- but in the case of Andrus, he says it's been rejuvenating experience.

"It just took a lot of things out of my mind," said Andrus. "I'm finally able to go home and forget about my at bats, forget about if I didn't make a swing, or if I struck out with the bases loaded...Going home and disconnecting from the reality of baseball at that moment is huge because you can concentrate on something else. Your body can feel it and your mind can relax. And as soon as I go back to the field the next day, you feel fresh."

He says he looks forward to that feeling carrying him through the 2018 season.

"It did help me and it’s still helping me right now," said Andrus.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Spring Training, Winter Olympics Collide]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:52:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/SHIN+SOO+CHOO1.jpg

While the start of Spring Training has baseball fans everywhere rejoicing, most of the world remains fixed on South Korea and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Rangers' outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who grew up just hours from PyeonChang, is navigating both.

"It's really cool," said Choo, of his home country hosting the games. "I come here [to the Rangers training facility] very early, at 5:30 in the morning, and already people are watching the Olympics. People care about the Olympics. They really love the sports."

He admits he hasn't had as much time to watch the competitions as he would like, but said Tuesday he was impressed what he's seen so far.

"South Korea is a beautiful country," said Choo. "We can show our great country to a lot of people. I'm very happy for my country."

Choo was selected to carry the Olympic Flame as part of the torch relay during the off-season, something he called a "great honor."

Though he's never actually been to PyeongChang, Choo said he'd like to go there during the next off-season.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Reporter Writes Children's Book]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:56:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Emily_Jones_Kids_Book_2018_02_18_23_01_05.jpg

Texas Rangers Dugout Reporter Emily Jones recently wrote a children's book called "A Place for Everyone" that teaches kids to be kind to one another.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Pitcher Edinson Volquez to Minor League Deal]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:52:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-691948298.jpg

Edinson Volquez is back with the organization where he’s professional career began.

The Rangers signed the 34-year old pitcher to a two-year minor league deal on Friday. However, there’s a catch. Volquez is currently in the process of rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery back in August. That means he will likely miss most of the year with the possibility of a return in 2019.

Volquez would earn a $2 million salary if he makes the roster next season and has another $4.5 million worth of incentives for that year on the contract.

So the question on the table- why sign a pitcher that may not step on the mound in Arlington and contribute in 2018?

One benefit that’s being looked at is how Volquez will now have a year to get familiar with the Rangers medical staff and rehab and training facilities. If he returns to full health and makes the roster next year, the Rangers have a veteran in the rotation with World Series experience.

Taking the mound for the Kansas City Royals in 2015, Volquez pitched Game 1 of the World Series and got a no-decision as the Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings. Volquez pitched the game unaware that his father had passed away before the game. His wife told the coaching staff not to tell him until after he was done for the night. After learning of the passing of his father, Volquez stepped on the mound at Citi Field in the series-deciding Game 5 and went six strong innings as the Royals won their first World Series title in 30 years.

Volquez will still get $13 million from the Miami Marlins as part of his two-year, $22 million contract he signed last offseason. Basically, Miami is still on the hook after releasing him last year.

The 34-year old was signed by the Rangers as an 18-year old amateur back in 2001 and was part of the “DVD” trio of pitching prospects with John Danks and Thomas Diamond. Volquez was later included in the package sent to the Cincinnati Reds in 2007 that brought Josh Hamilton to Arlington.

Volquez has a 93-87 career record while pitching in seven different organizations.  He made the 2008 All-Star Team with the Reds and threw his first career no-hitter last season while with the Marlins.

With this move, The Rangers now have 66 players in camp in Surprise, Arizona. Volquez joins pitchers Chi Chi Gonzalez, Joe Palumbo and Shawn Tolleson as players rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Have Quite an Array in Plans for Rotation Variation]]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:20:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Banister_on_Protests_1200x675_1054601795510.jpg

The Texas Rangers have quite an array of pitching candidates behind ace Cole Hamels along with a working plan for some variation outside of a traditional five-man rotation.

Manager Jeff Banister hinted throughout the offseason about the possibility of a six-man rotation.

"We are leaning toward some variation that gives these guys additional rest," general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday before the Rangers went through their first official spring training workout. "It may be flexible, but we are going to look to give guys additional recovery time. That's the priority, both for health and performance reasons."

While their No. 1 starter is healthy after his fewest innings since his rookie season 12 years ago, the Rangers also have returning left-hander Martin Perez. He broke a bone in his non-throwing elbow after being spooked by a cow during the offseason. Matt Bush, a hard-throwing reliever who at 32 is going into only his third MLB season, already declared himself a starter.

Then there are the newcomers:

-- Mike Minor, a lefty who hasn't started since 2014, signed a $28 million, three-year contract. He was a full-time reliever with 65 appearances for Kansas City last year after missing two full seasons because of injury

-- Right-hander Doug Fister agreed to a $4 million one-year deal that could be worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons.

-- Matt Moore, another lefty, was acquired in a trade from the San Francisco Giants. Rangers fans may also remember his unexpected start for Tampa Bay, and his seven scoreless innings to win Game 1 of the 2011 AL Division Series. He tied for the NL lead in losses last year with 15.

-- And then 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, in camp on a minor league deal. The oldest player to appear in both the AL and NL, he hopes to play in his 21st season and with his 11th major league team.

"My motivation is I like to be around this," Colon said through a translator. "Of course, if I make the team, I think I can be a good help for the young guys this team has now."

The schedule was altered a bit because of damp fields after unusual steady rain. Fielding drills were scrapped, though pitchers went through conditioning and bullpen sessions.

"Just not going to risk putting them out on a wet field on day one," Banister said.

Banister said the organization has looked at a number of rotation scenarios, both for the full season and mapping out the first half of the season.

"Don't miss the point of this being health-related, peak performance-related, those types of things," Banister said.

Hamels, Fister and Moore will prepare in spring training like they normally would for a season. Perez will, too, once he catches up on conditioning. A portion of bone was replaced in his right elbow following the fall off a fence at his ranch in his native Venezuela. He had surgery in mid-December and expects to be ready for the start of the season.

Former first-round draft picks Bush and Minor will be making the transition from the bullpen, Bush for the first time in his career. The right-hander, drafted first overall as an infielder by San Diego in 2004, has a 3.08 ERA in 114 innings in 115 games over two major league seasons.

Minor was 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA in 77 2/3 innings last season with Kansas City after missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with shoulder issues. The Braves picked him seventh overall in the 2009 amateur draft, a year before his big league debut.

"Guys are in different categories," Daniels said. "You have Matt and Mike that are making a transition. Mike's done it before, but it's been a few years. ... Mike and Matt, we'll monitor a little differently."

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<![CDATA[Games Begin This Month at Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy ]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:11:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+baseball+bag.jpg

With the baseball season right around the corner, the Rangers have announced the schedule of high school baseball and softball games that will take place at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex.

The baseball portion of the schedule begins on Feb. 20 when Pinkston hosts Sunset at Oates Field. The softball schedule starts up on Feb. 23 with a game against Pinkston and Madison on Josh "Hambone" Hamilton Field.

Pinkston’s baseball team is already practicing at the facility. All Vikings baseball and softball games will be played at the Academy. Entrance is free to all games.

Complete 2018 Schedule:

Oates Field

2303 Bickers Street in Dallas

Feb. 20 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Sunset Baseball

Feb. 27 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Waxahachie Baseball

March 1-3 - Pinkston Baseball Tournament

March 5 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Kimball JV Baseball

March 5 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Kimball Varsity Baseball

March 6 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Western Hills Baseball

March 9 at 7:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Samuel Baseball (Shining Star Night)

March 10 at 11:00 a.m. - Pinkston vs Madison Baseball

March 10 at 3:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Spruce Baseball

March 12 at 1:00 p.m. - Sunset vs Samuel Baseball

March 20 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Molina JV Baseball

March 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Molina Varsity Baseball

March 27 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Adamson JV Baseball

March 27 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Adamson Varsity Baseball

March 29 at 6:30 p.m. - Pinkston vs Carter Baseball

April 3 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Bryan Adams JV Baseball

April 3 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Bryan Adams Varsity Baseball

April 6 at 6:30 p.m. - Pinkston vs Roosevelt Baseball (Middle School Night)

April 10 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs North Dallas JV Baseball (Alumni Appreciation Night)

April 10 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs North Dallas Varsity Baseball

April 13 at 6:30 p.m. - Pinkston vs Wilmer Hutchins Baseball (Teacher Appreciation Night)

April 17 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Seagoville JV Baseball (Teacher Appreciation Night)

April 17 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Seagoville Varsity Baseball

April 24 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Woodrow JV Baseball

April 24 at 7:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Woodrow Varsity Baseball (Senior Night)

May 2 – Middle School Baseball Championship

 

Josh "Hambone" Hamilton Field

3500 Goldman Street in Dallas

Feb. 23 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Madison Softball

Feb. 27 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs North Mesquite Softball

March 2 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Roosevelt Softball

March 9 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Lincoln Softball

March 19 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Carter Softball

March 26 at 6:00 p.m. - Edison vs Zan Holmes Softball

April 9 at 6:00 p.m. - Pinkston vs Woodrow Wilson Softball

April 16 at 6:00 p.m. - Edison vs Stockard Softball

May 2 at 6:00 p.m. - Edison vs Garcia Softball

 

Field of Dreams 

3500 Goldman Street in Dallas

Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. - Sunset vs Thomas Jefferson JV Baseball

Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. - Sunset vs Thomas Jefferson Varsity Baseball

March 13 at 12:00/2:30 p.m. - Pinkston vs Bridgeport

April 17 at 6:30 p.m. - Pinkston vs Lincoln Baseball

April 24 at 6:30 p.m. - Pinkston vs Ranchview Baseball (Senior Night)

April 28 at 1:00 p.m. - DISD Middle School Baseball Tournament

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<![CDATA[Rangers to Sign Infielder Trevor Plouffe]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:19:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/texas-rangers-hat-tight-cu.JPG

The Rangers have reportedly agreed to a minor-league deal with third baseman Trevor Plouffe, according to MLB.com.

The 31-year old Plouffe is coming off a disappointing year after signing with the Oakland A’s. He only played in 58 games and before moving on to the Tampa Bay Rays during the middle of the season. Plouffe ended the 2017 campaign with a .198 batting average with nine home runs and 19 RBI. Prior to that, he spent six seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

The veteran will likely do battle for a roster spot in a reserve role, having also seen time at shortstop and third base during his career. However, the Rangers are set with Adrian Beltre at third base and Joey Gallo getting a bulk of the playing time at first base. Plouffe will also face heavy competition for a utility role on the team during spring training with Jurickson Profar and Ryan Rua in the mix. 

Pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday. The first full squad workout will be next Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[Fmr. Rangers Pitcher Accused of Transporting 44lbs of Drugs]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:07:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-337711.jpg

Former Texas Rangers pitcher Esteban Loaiza, according to NBCSports.com, was arrested Friday in California for allegedly transporting 44 pounds of heroin and cocaine.

Online jail records for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department show Loaiza is to be arraigned Wednesday and his bail has been set at $200,000.

In his career in the majors, Loaiza pitched for Texas for three seasons, but also spent four years with the Pirates and three with both the White Sox and Blue Jays. Loaiza also had quick stops with the Dodgers, A's, Yankees and Nationals.

"His best season came in 2003 when he went 21-9 with a 2.90 ERA for the White Sox, finishing second in the Cy Young balloting. For his career he was 126-114 with a 4.65 ERA in 377 games, starting 333 of them," NBC Sports said.

When Texas traded him in 2000 to Toronto, it was for future superstar and Rangers legend Michael Young.



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<![CDATA[Do the Rangers Have a Shot at the Playoffs?]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:57:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney+grant+rangers.jpg

What needs to happen for the Rangers to have a shot at the playoffs this season? NBC 5's Pat Doney and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News discuss who needs to take the next step for a chance at the postseason. ]]>
<![CDATA[Interesting Trips for Evan Grant During the Offseason]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:51:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_grant_rangers_trips_1200x675_1159139395530.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News about his trips to Las Vegas to visit Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, plus the trips to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. ]]>
<![CDATA[Evaluating the Pitching Situation for the Rangers]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:42:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney+grant+sports+connection.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News discuss the pitching situation for the Rangers going into spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Arizona on Wednesday. ]]>
<![CDATA[Darvish Reportedly Agrees to Deal with the Cubs]]>Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:42:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Darvish+Dodgers+Astros.jpg

All this offseason, the talk was who Yu Darvish would suit up for in 2018. Would the free agent pitcher return to Arlington and rejoin the Rangers? Maybe a trip back to Hollywood and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who he finished last season with, was in the cards.

The answer appeared to have finally arrived Saturday afternoon.

According to multiple sources, the 31-year old righty has agreed to a six-year, $126 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, one of the handful of teams that was in the mix from the beginning. The deal also includes incentives, such as Cy Young Awards, which could push the value up to around $150 million.

At one point the Rangers entertained the thought of a reunion with Darvish if the numbers worked out. However, the organization seems to be leaning against dishing out a lot of money for pitchers over the age of 30 looking for long term deals.

This move also points to the Cubs reloading to make another run towards a World Series championship. They brought home the title in 2016. Darvish said he wanted to go somewhere to have another shot at the World Series after two disastrous starts with the Dodgers during the Fall Classic last year. He was shelled by the eventual champion Houston Astros in Games 3 and 7.

Last month, the Cubs signed catcher Chris Gimenez to a minor league deal. Why was this important? Gimenez was basically the personal catcher for Darvish while the two were in Texas.  Looks like Gimenez did some serious recruiting on behalf of the Cubs.

In 31 combined starts for both the Rangers and Dodgers last season, Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA. He signed with Texas before the 2012 season and was sent to L-A in a trade deadline deal last July.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Trade Seahawks QB to Yankees]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:43:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/russell-us.jpg

The Texas Rangers have traded Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to the New York Yankees for future considerations.

 The Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl.

The Rangers selected Wilson in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in December 2013, about two months before he led the Seahawks to a win over Denver in the Super Bowl.

Wilson spent a day in uniform with the Rangers at spring training in Surprise, Arizona, in 2014 without appearing in a game, and made another cameo appearance at camp the following spring. An infielder, Wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in Colorado's system in 2010-11.

The two-sport professional athlete said he learned so much on the baseball field that translates to his game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL.

In a statement, Wilson thanked the Texas Rangers for drafting him and giving him the chance to experience professional baseball again.

"I've learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL," Wilson said. "While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers."

Wilson is expected to join the Yankees at their spring training camp in March where he'll participate in pregame workouts and watch games from the dugout. He'll be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.

"We've admired Russell's career from afar for quite some time," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "This is a unique opportunity for us to learn from an extraordinary athlete who has reached the pinnacle of his profession. After talking to a number of our players, there is a genuine excitement in having Russell join us for a short time in camp."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Kershaw Open to Darvish Returning to the Dodgers]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:24:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-869166702.jpg

There’s been plenty of talk surrounding a reunion involving Yu Darvish. The free agent righty is still unsigned and the Rangers were one of a handful of teams that appeared to be in the mix. However, general manager Jon Daniels has hinted that the Rangers don’t plan on throwing a lot of money at starting pitching in the free agent market as they look to trim down the payroll. The idea really became solid over the weekend after signing veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal.

However, the aspect of Darvish and a reunion could still be in the works. Just not in Arlington.

There might be a chance that he returns to the Los Angeles Dodgers after all. Three-time Cy Young Award winner and Highland Park native Clayton Kershaw appears to like the idea.

“Obviously, I’ve made my sales pitch, so we’ll just see what happens,” Kershaw recently told The Orange County Register. “We don’t talk about like what offers he’s gotten or anything like that. I don’t want to pressure him too much.”

Darvish and Kershaw have been working together in an off-season throwing program in Dallas. They’ve had plenty of time to talk things over.

The Dodgers could be faced with the same dilemma as the Rangers involving the budget. The payroll stood at around $243.7 million last season. The Dodgers seem to be on board with the idea of falling below the $197 million competitive-balance tax threshold for the first time since 2012. Right now, they are estimated to be sitting around $17.4 and $20.4 million under. Signing Darvish could possibly do some damage to those plans.

If the numbers do work out, would Dodgers Nation welcome the push for Darvish to rejoin? He won four regular season games after being acquired in the deal with the Rangers at last year’s trade deadline. However, Darvish was hit hard by the eventual champion Houston Astros in both Games 3 and 7 of the World Series. Both of those games were the shortest outings of his career.

The Cubs, Twins and Brewers are also rumored to be in the hunt for Darvish, depending on what day of the week it is. These things change on a daily basis. One thing is for sure, spring training is less than two weeks away and Darvish is one of many big free agent names without a home at the moment.

Sounds like Kershaw wouldn’t mind the Dodgers bringing Darvish back into the fold for another shot at the World Series, even if it means flying past that tax threshold. When a future Hall of Famer talks; it can make a difference.

Darvish says he wants another shot at the World Series to redeem himself.  The Dodgers could give him that. The only question is whether the dollars make sense for both sides.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Darwin Barney to Minor League Contract]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:26:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-167235676.jpg

With just over a week before the start of spring training, the Rangers make another signing with an invite to join the spring training fun in Surprise, Arizona.

Texas has signed veteran infielder Darwin Barney to a minor league contract. The 32-year old won a Gold Glove in 2012 while playing second base with the Chicago Cubs. Barney posting a National League-best .997 fielding percentage while playing 141 consecutive errorless games that season. Primary a second baseman during his time in the big leagues, he’s also made over 35 starts at both third base and shortstop.

Barney hit .232 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 129 games for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. He’s a career .246 hitter in 814 games with the Blue Jays, Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. Barney also played in three games against the Rangers while with the Blue Jays during the 2016 ALDS, going hitless in seven at-bats.

The Rangers now have 64 players on the club’s spring training roster- a full 40-man roster with 24 non-roster invitees. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 14 in Surprise.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Announce High School Games at Globe Life Park]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:07:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-664227790.jpg

The Rangers will take the stage at Globe Life Park later in March once spring training starts winding down and the 2018 season starts to rev up. However, there will be baseball starting on Monday night.

Area high school teams will have The Globe to themselves leading up to late March, beginning with Flower Mound taking on Eaton. There will be a total of nine games played through March 14.

Schedule of Games:

Flower Mound vs. Eaton – Feb. 5 at 6 p.m.

Mesquite Horn vs. North Forney – Feb. 10 at 4 p.m.

Denton Guyer vs. South Grand Prairie – Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Mesquite vs. Hebron – Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Keller Central Split Squad – Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.

Jesuit Split Squad – Mar. 5 at 6 p.m.

Weatherford vs. Sachse – Mar. 12 at 2 p.m.

Colleyville Heritage Split Squad – Mar. 13 at 6 p.m.

Buffalo vs. Sunnyvale – Mar. 14 at 6 p.m.

There’s no cost for admission to the games. All access will be through the First Base Gate, which will open one hour prior to the game. Parking will be available in Lot B.



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<![CDATA[Martin Perez Explains Offseason Injury at his Ranch]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:02:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_perez_explains_ranch_injury_1200x675_1154051651651.jpg

Rangers pitcher Martin Perez suffered a arm injury to his non-throwing elbow that required surgery while working at his ranch during the offseason. Perez says he expects to be ready by Opening Day and explains the incident. ]]>
<![CDATA[Series MVP Springer, Astros Reach $24 million, 2-Year Deal]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:10:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-869177476.jpg

World Series MVP George Springer and the Houston Astros avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $24 million, two-year contract.

Springer gets $12 million annually under the deal announced Monday and will be eligible for arbitration again after the 2019 season. The hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday.

He asked for a raise from $4,075,000 to $10.5 million and was offered $8.5 million. His case was bolstered when Mookie Betts defeated Boston in the first hearing last week and was awarded $10.5 million rather than the team's $7.5 million offer.

Springer tied the World Series record with five runs homers, homering in each of the final four games, as Houston won its first title. Springer batted .379 (11 for 29) with five walks in the seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He set career bests during the season with a .283 average, 34 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Houston lost to closer Ken Giles in a case decided Saturday and remains scheduled with a hearing for pitcher Collin McHugh.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rangers Agree To Terms With Bartolo Colon]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:10:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-braves-bartolo-colon.jpg

The Texas Rangers announced Sunday that free agent right handed pitcher Bartolo Colon has agreed to terms on a 2018 minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring training camp.

The 44 year old has 240 victories in his 20 seasons in the major leagues and has played for 10 different teams.  He went 7-14 with a 6.48 era in 28 starts for Atlanta and Minnesota last season. 

Colon is a four-time All-Star and won the American League Cy Young Award back in 2005.

Pitchers and Catchers report to spring training in Surprise, Arizona February 14th.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Return to the Super Bowl with New Commercial]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:37:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/texas-rangers-hat-tight-cu.JPG

There will be no shortage of interesting commercials during the Super Bowl on Sunday. This year, the Ranger decided to get involved in all the fun.

The Rangers will debut a new commercial which will feature an unexpected way to welcome the beginning of baseball season. The spot also announces the return of a limited-time ticket offer that includes Opening Day and a 12th game of fan’s choosing for free with the purchase of a 10-game ticket package. The offer will be available from Sunday morning until midnight on Monday.

"The end of football season means that the hibernation of baseball fans is officially over, and there's no better way to celebrate than with a ticket offer that includes Opening Day free," said Becky Kimbro, Vice President of Marketing for the Texas Rangers.

You can see both the Super Bowl and the Rangers commercial Sunday on NBC 5. Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Rangers season opener is Thursday, March 29 at Globe Life Park in Arlington against the world champion Houston Astros.



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<![CDATA[Rangers' New Ballpark Excavation Nearly Complete]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:46:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6a+tz4+v-arl+ballpark+c_KXASG6YG_2018-01-31-06-32-55.jpg

Excavation on the new $1.1 billion Texas Rangers baseball stadium is nearing its completion and is slated to be finished within a month.

“Excavation is down to the field level,” said John Blake, Executive Vice President of Communications for the Rangers. “There is no delay in that work, and foundations and utilities are moving forward as planned. The expectation is that total excavation will be finished in February.”

The new Globe Life Field is being built in what was formerly the Lot B parking lot, immediately south of Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The general contractor, Manhattan Construction Contract, is overseeing a project that will ultimately haul out approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of dirt – enough dirt to spread out a half inch thick over the entirety of the property for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

That excavation work is happening 24 hours a day, six days a week, according to a team news release.

The dirt is being hauled away from the ballpark site in a seemingly never ending motorcade of large trucks that run along a loop that runs west on Cowboys Way and north on Collins Street to the landfill in Euless. It is estimated that it will take 97,000 truckloads to haul the dirt away from the construction site.

Danyell Johnson, who works as a server at a Waffle House along Collins Street just north of Interstate 30, cannot help but notice the trucks as they parade past her place of business.

“It’s too much. I mean look at them now,” Johnson said, referencing to a row of trucks that rolled pass as she spoke. “They’re hard to miss."

Johnson, a self-professed Rangers fan, acknowledged that she is looking forward to the ballpark construction being completed for more reasons than one.

The new Globe Life Field is slated to open for the 2020 season.

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<![CDATA[New Pitchers Excited About Opportunity with Rangers]]>Sun, 28 Jan 2018 16:38:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fister_moore_with_the_rangers_1200x675_1147988035788.jpg

The Rangers brought in pitchers Doug Fister and Matt Moore to help fill in the open spots in the starting rotation. Both Fister and Moore talk about how excited they are for the opportunity. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Diekman Wins Award for Courage]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:01:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/519447474.jpg

Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman was awarded the Hutch Award Wednesday in Seattle, given to a Major Baseball League player who shows courage.

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<![CDATA[Debating the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Class]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:26:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/pat+and+jjt+baseball+talk.jpg]]><![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jean-Jacques Taylor Talk Baseball Hall of Fame]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:39:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PD-JJT-BaseballHof-012418_1200x675_1145156163761.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jean-Jacques Taylor discuss the Baseball Hall of Fame results and JJT's ballot.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Ranger Vladimir Guerrero Makes Baseball Hall of Fame ]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 20:40:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/hall1AP_726151302836.jpg

Former Texas Ranger Vladimir Guerrero as well as Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

Guerrero was elected in his second try, getting 92.9 percent. The nine-time All-Star slugger is the seventh player who wore a Texas Rangers uniform to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He joins Ferguson Jenkins (1991), Gaylord Perry (1991), Nolan Ryan (1999), Rich Gossage (2008), Bert Blyleven (2011), and Ivan Rodriguez (2017). Ryan and Rodriguez are the Hall of Famers with Rangers caps adorning their plaques. Other Hall of Famers with Rangers connections are managers Ted Williams (1966) and Whitey Herzog (2010), and coach Nellie Fox (1987).

Jones and Thome made it 54 players elected in their first year of eligibility by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Jones drew 97.2 percent (410 of 422) in results announced Wednesday, and Thome was at 89.8 percent.

"It was waterworks," Jones said after hearing the vote.

Jones was an eight-time All-Star third baseman for the Atlanta Braves. The switch-hitter batted .303 with 468 home runs.

Jones was a force for most of the Atlanta teams that won 14 straight division titles — his election puts another member of those Braves clubs in Cooperstown, along with pitchers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, manager Bobby Cox and general manager John Schuerholz.

Thome hit 612 home runs, putting him eighth on the career list. The five-time All-Star played mostly for the Cleveland Indians.

Hoffman was chosen in his third year, getting 79.9 percent after missing by just five votes last time. The former San Diego Padres closer had 601 saves, second to Mariano Rivera's 652.

Designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both tainted by the steroids scandal, edged up but again fell far short.

It took 75 percent for election, or 317 votes. Martinez made a big move up to 70.4 percent and fell 20 votes short. Mike Mussina climbed to 63.5 percent.

Clemens, winner of 354 games and seven Cy Young Awards, got 57.3 percent after drawing 54.1 percent last time. Bonds, the career home run leader and a seven-time MVP, reached 56.4 percent, up from 53.8 percent.

Clemens and Bonds each have four tries left.

The four new members will be inducted on July 29 . They will be joined by Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell, who were picked last month by a committee that considered older players and executives.

Rivera heads the ballot next year, once again raising debate over whether any player will unanimously elected to the Hall. The late Roy Halladay also will be a first-time candidate.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Chipper Jones, Jim Thome Highlight JJT's HOF Ballot]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:31:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/baseball-generic.jpg

It’s truly an honor to be part of the selection process for the baseball Hall of Fame.

You have to be a member of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America for 10 years before you have an opportunity to vote for those who will spend eternity in baseball’s hallowed halls.

This is my second year as part of the process.

Whole my vote is personal every baseball fan that sees my ballot will have opinion on it.

Few, if any, will agree with it 100 percent - and that’s OK.

Some folks don’t believe anyone linked with steroids should be in the Hall of Fame. Others don’t think a designated hitter such as Edgar Martinez should be in the Hall of Fame.

The reality is there no right or wrong ballot. We all view players differently.

Some should be in the Hall of Very Good. Or the Hall of Almost Great.

The Hall of Fame, though, is reserved for the best of the best.

Each of the last two years, I’ve wound up putting players on my final ballot that weren’t on my first.

That’s because once I start studying the players some I thought were good wind up being great.

A Hall of Fame player, to me, is one who has a career of sustained greatness. Or a player who’s so great in the playoffs that you feel like a book about baseball could not be written without a chapter on that player.

Without further ado, here’s my ballot.




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<![CDATA[How Cubs Signing Chris Gimenez Could Impact Yu Darvish]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:40:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/rangers+darvish+gimenez.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are considered the current front-runner to land free agent Yu Darvish. Of course things can change any minute now. Nobody would have guessed the Milwaukee Brewers would be in the sweepstakes but they are.

Now the Cubs haven’t signed Darvish just yet but they did make a move that could increase the chances of the righty heading to the Windy City.

The team from the north side of town has agreed to a minor-league deal with former Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez. If he makes the team, he would be the backup to starter Willson Contreras.

So, why is that important?

Well, Gimenez has a strong history with Darvish. In fact, you could say he was Darvish’s personal catcher. In 26 starts at catcher with Texas, 12 of those were with Darvish on the mound.

Gimenez spent last season with the Minnesota Twins, hitting .220 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 74 games. Interesting enough, he kept in touch with Darvish during the offseason and had previously been recruiting him to play in the Twin Cities.

This move could now jeopardize any chance of Darvish going to Minnesota.

The New York Yankees are also in the mix, along with the Rangers. There could be another team that jumps in at any time now, just like the Brewers. That’s how crazy things are right now.

Bottom line is this- Darvish will sign with a team that show him the money and has a shot to get to the World Series. No doubt that he wants another chance after a poor showing against the Houston Astros while wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform during the last year’s fall classic.

And that may be why the Cubs are the current leader in the clubhouse.



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<![CDATA[Brewers Make Contract Offer to Yu Darvish]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:29:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-869166610.jpg

The pursuit continues with a new interesting twist.

Yu Darvish is a free agent pitcher without a team at the moment. However, there is interest in the righty. The Rangers have entertained the idea of a reunion if the money is right. The New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins have had their names recently linked to Darvish.

Now there is a new team in the fold. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Milwaukee Brewers.

It’s true.

The Brewers have made an official contract offer.  Yahoo Japan first had the report. Darvish linked to the story on Twitter. Either the troll game is strong or there’s something to this.

Word is at least one team has a five-year offer on the team. Could it be the Brewers? Maybe one of the previously mention teams above? That still remains a mystery.

The Brewers were a surprise contender in the National League Central last season. Here’s where things get interesting. Apparently payroll flexibility is not an issue for the Brew Crew. Outfielder Ryan Braun has three seasons left of his five-year, $105 million contract extension with $57 million left to be paid. However, some of that money is being deferred. There’s room available.

They also need a replacement for their No. 1 starter, Jimmy Nelson. The big righty is expected to miss at least a portion of the first half of the season due to shoulder surgery. The Brewers have been actively looking for a front-line starter during the offseason so this is starting to make some sense.

The popular feeling is that the Cubs are the current leaders in the clubhouse for the services of Darvish. However, the Twins also have some payroll flexibility working in their favor. Friendly reminder, Twins general manager Thad Levine was with the Rangers when Darvish took the mound in Arlington before being sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers at last season’s trade deadline.

Now, as far as that reunion in Texas, GM Jon Daniels hinted that if the team was going to spend some money, it might be on the pitching side. However, he once again downplayed the possibility of any major move.

Might want to hold off on those “reunited and it feels so good” shirts if you’re a Rangers fan. 



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<![CDATA[Rangers Fan Fest Takes Over Globe Life Park]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:05:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Fan_Fest_10P.jpg

Texas Rangers fans poured into Globe Life Park on Saturday for the team's annual Fan Fest.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Not Intimidated by World Champion Astros]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:05:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elvis_rangers_astros_rivalry_1200x675_1141651011827.jpg

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus explains how the team is not intimidated being in the same division as the world champion Houston Astros and talks more about the rivalry between the two teams. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers' Diekman Reflects Back on His Past Year]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:14:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/diekman_a_year_later_1200x675_1141295683730.jpg

Rangers reliever Jake Diekman missed most of the 2017 season after having surgery to remove his colon. He explains what the past year was like and which New Orleans Saints player provided a little inspiration.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Embrace Being the A.L. West Underdog]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:06:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_banister_where_we_want_to_be_1200x675_1141293635551.jpg

Being in the same division with the defending World Series champion Houston Astros and much improved Los Angeles Angels, Rangers manager Jeff Banister explains how the team embraces being the underdog. ]]>
<![CDATA[Darvish Still Available, Are the Rangers Interested?]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:06:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/172*120/AP_17306138178100.jpg

There is less than a month before pitchers and catchers put on the Rangers uniform and report for spring training to Surprise, Arizona. No doubt, there are plenty of questions surrounding the team going into the season.

One question currently on the table- is Yu Darvish returning to Arlington?

It didn’t seem likely a few months ago when the righty was pitching in the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers but here we are. The 31-year old is a free agent and still on the market. He didn’t exactly rule out a return to the mound to The Globe when he was traded at last year’s trade deadline.

Money talks but will the price be right for the Rangers?

Most teams around the league seem to be looking to trim payroll rather than increase it, which may explain why many consider the offseason boring this time around. Darvish might be looking for something in the six-year, $160-million dollar range. The thought process of possible back-loaded contracts apparently doesn’t seem to be high on the priority list for teams such as the Rangers.

However, that’s not ruling out a reunion between the organization and its former ace. Darvish still lives in North Texas and is apparently working out at Highland Park.

One team that is considered the front-runner for Darvish is the “evil empire” themselves, the New York Yankees. However, the whole payroll thing is an issue, even with the Bronx Bombers.  The Yankees have no plans to blow past the luxury-tax threshold this year and are shopping outfielder Jacob Ellsbury and his heavy contract. If they find someone willing to take it, that might free up some space to put Darvish in the famous pinstripes.

The Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs are also in the mix. Twins general manager Thad Levine was with Texas when Darvish arrived in the Lone Star State in 2012. The familiarity could play a part in maybe a move to the Twin Cities.

Of course, the asking price could come down and things get really interesting after that. The Rangers likely won’t offer anything more than four years and the price tag of $25 million a year just isn’t happening.  The team has also made moves in the offseason to fill out the pitching staff but they did lose lefty Martin Perez for the start of the season due to elbow surgery on his non-throwing arm after a farming mishap. That could open a door or two.

Another twist to this, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels has maintained a good relationship with Darvish and both sides even got together for dinner recently.  Crazier things have happened.

The hot stove could still be heating up even with spring training right around the corner. File this under the “to be continued” category.



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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Sign 3 to Minor Deals With Spring Invites]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:41:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-rangers-spring-cap-generic.jpg

The Rangers have signed three more players to minor league contracts that include invitations to major league spring training.

Texas announced Thursday that it has signed catcher Curt Casali and re-signed outfielder Jose Cardona and right-hander Tayler Scott. The trio is among 21 non-roster invitees to major league spring training with the Rangers.

Casali has appeared in the majors each of the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, hitting .199 over 161 games. The 31-year-old catcher has thrown out 26 of 85 attempted base stealers, or 31 percent, in his major league games. He spent most of last season at Triple-A Durham.

The 23-year-old Cardona, entering his eight season in the Rangers organization, and Scott are going to major league spring training for the first time.



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<![CDATA[Rangers to Host Painting Experience at Globe Life Park]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:00:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*125/January+26+painting.jpg

The Rangers will be hosting a series of painting classes at Globe Life Ballpark beginning later this month.

The painting classes are the first in a series of new events that will be happening at the ballpark in the future. Each class will be hosted by local instructors.

"Our aim is to make Globe Life Park more accessible year-round and bring new audiences through our doors, while also offering new experiences," said Mark Neifeld, the Rangers Vice President of Events.

Local artist Thomas Menezes will lead the first class on January 26, which will be held in the Cholula Porch.

All attendees will complete a painting they can take home. New paintings will be offered for each class. No experience is required to participate and all supplies are included. A cash bar will also be available for the event. 

Classes are open to ages 16 and older unless class description states otherwise, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Tickets for the painting classes are $40 and can be purchased at texasrangers.com/experiences.

Upcoming Class Schedule:

Friday, January 26                     7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 3                 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14            7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 26               10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 9                         7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 24                   10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12                      10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Add Minor League Players as Non-Roster Invitees]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:01:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-167235676.jpg

The Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher Deolis Guerra to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year old spent the last two seasons in the Los Angeles Angels organization, going 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in 19 games last season. Guerra became a free agent at the end of last season after declining an outright assignment by the Angels.

He has a career record of 7-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 73 games with both the Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Texas has also invited five players from their minor league system to spring training in Surprise, Arizona, three with ties to Double-A Frisco.

Pitcher Reed Garrett, infielder Andy Ibanez and outfielder Scott Heineman spent time with the Roughriders last season.

Garrett went 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA with 10 saves in 44 games last season with Frisco. The 25-year old righty had the fourth most saves in the Rangers farm system after making the move to the bullpen in April. Garrett had a 0.79 ERA with 26 strikeouts over his final 20 relief appearances last season.

Heineman hit .284 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 117 games with Frisco and ranked among the team leaders in several offensive categories. The 25-year old was an 11th round pick in the 2015 Draft and ranked as the Rangers No. 24 prospect.

Ibanez, No. 16 on the Rangers prospect list, spent most of his last two seasons in Frisco. The 24-year old hits .265 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 82 games last year with the Roughriders. He’s seen action at both second and third since signing with Texas as a free agent in 2015.

Pitchers Adrian Sampson and Jeffrey Springs round out the five new non-roster invitees.

In his first season in the Rangers organization, Sampson went 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA in eight starts with rookie-level Arizona Rangers, High-A Down East and Triple-A Round Rock. The 26-year old righty returned to the mound in July after undergoing elbow surgery. He was a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners in 2016.

Springs was 2-8 with a 3.68 ERA and two saves in 31 games last season with Down East. The southpaw led all Rangers minor league pitchers with 146 strikeouts (second in the Carolina League).

With the additions, the Rangers currently have 18 non-roster invitees to the major league camp.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Announce 2017 Minor League Award Recipients]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:12:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Round+Rock+Guzman.jpg

Award season continues for the Rangers with less than a month before the start of spring training. The organization has announced their 2017 Minor League Award recipients.

Tom Grieve Player of the Year – Ronald Guzman

Part of the Rangers famous international “Class of 2011” that also included Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor, Guzman is on the 40-man roster and perhaps the first baseman of the future in Arlington. Considered the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers system, “Condor” hit .298 with 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 125 games at Triple-A Round Rock.

Guzman also led the Express in runs, hits and multi-hit games. Hitting from the left side of the plate, Guzman is at his best when he keeps his swing compact and focuses on drilling line drives to all parts of the field.

Nolan Ryan Pitcher of the Year – Kyle Cody

The Rangers No. 18 prospect, Cody had the lowest ERA among the organization’s minor league pitchers. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound righty went 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 23 games with Low-A Hickory and High-A Down East.

Cody has shown to maintain a 92-95 mph fastball deep into and climbed as high as 98 on the radar gun. He was drafted in the sixth-round by the Rangers in 2016 and has the make-up to be in the starting rotation as early as 2020.

Defender of the Year – Jose Trevino

Trevino rated statistically as the top defensive catcher in the Texas League at Double-A Frisco. The Rangers No. 13 prospect has won two consecutive minor league Gold Glove Awards and is currently on the Rangers 40-man roster.

Known more for his defense, Trevino had a caught-stealing percentage at 41.3 percent behind the plate for the Roughriders. He was a sixth-round pick of the Rangers in 2014 and started at three positions (third base, catcher and shortstop) during his college career at Oral Roberts.

Reliever of the Year – Ricardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez combined to go 5-1 with 17 saves and a 1.34 ERA in 35 relief appearances with High-A Down East and Double-A Frisco. The righty is on the Rangers 40-man roster and made his major league debut against the Detroit Tigers in August, striking out two in one inning of work. He appeared in a total of 16 games last season with the Rangers, striking out 11 in 13 innings and got his first MLB save against the Los Angeles Angels.

The minor league recipients will be honored at the 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner, which takes place this Friday, January 19 at Gilley's Dallas. Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, are now on sale at www.texasrangers.com/awards. Individual tickets for the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner are priced at $110.00 each with tables of ten also available. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Lewis to Receive 2018 Mark Holtz Alumni Award]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:27:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-611853262.jpg

Colby Lewis was always clutch on the mound under playoff pressure for the Rangers. Now the former pitcher will be honored for his contributions to the organization.

Lewis, now a special assistant to the general manager, is the recipient of the 2018 Mark Holtz Alumni Award.

He ranks among all-time Rangers leaders in starts, wins and innings. The 28th overall selection by Texas in the 1999 MLB draft, Lewis made his MLB debut in 2002 and spent parts of three seasons with the Rangers. After spending time with four other MLB organizations and a two-year stint in Japan, Lewis returned to Arlington and was a mainstay in the Rangers starting rotation for seven seasons, winning ten or more games four times.

It was the postseason where Lewis made his money. He went 4-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 10 career playoff games (nine starts). That’s good enough for the most wins and tied for most starts in franchise history. Lewis won two starts in the 2010 ALCS against the New York Yankees, including the series-clinching Game 6 to help send the Rangers to their first-ever World Series. He had the lone win for the Rangers during that series with the San Francisco Giants. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six in the 4-2 win.

Lewis also won Game 2 of the 2011 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He started the infamous Game 6, allowing four runs (two earned) in just over five innings of work. Rangers fans know the rest when it comes to Game 6.

Lewis will be honored at the 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday. Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, are now on sale at www.texasrangers.com/awards. Individual tickets for the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner are priced at $110.00 each with tables of ten also available. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Golf Club to Open this Summer]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 22:50:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+golf+club+sign.jpg

Rangers Hall of Famer Ben Grieve and Arlington mayor Jeff Williams discuss the partnership between the Rangers and the City of Arlington on the new Texas Rangers Golf Club. ]]>
<![CDATA[Will the Rangers Use Turf or Natural Grass at New Ballpark?]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:58:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turf_or_natural_grass_at_new_rangers_ballpark_1200x675_1135949379870.jpg

There are options on the table concerning the new ballpark for the Texas Rangers, which includes using natural grass or turf. Rangers executive vice president Rob Matwick discusses the debate. ]]>
<![CDATA[Hamels Wins 2017 Jim Sundberg Community Service Award]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:06:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ace_Cole_Hamels_And_Wife_Heidi_Donates_Missouri_Mansion.jpg

The following is a news release from the Texas Rangers, published Jan. 10, 2018.

Pitcher Cole Hamels is the recipient of the 2017 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award, it was announced today.

Since its formation, The Hamels Foundation has taken a community-based approach to education by providing financial assistance to schools and other education based non-profits in need of support. This includes but is not limited to providing stimulating learning environments, high-quality educational programs and provisions to promote learning. Because of their commitment, Cole and Heidi underwrite all administrative expenses, so that 100% of funds raised through The Hamels Foundation go directly to support educational programs and projects. The Hamels have awarded more than $1.1 million in grant funds to schools throughout Philadelphia, over $400,000 in grants to schools in Missouri, and another $100,000 in college scholarships.

In December, Cole and Heidi gifted their 32,000 square-foot home in Branson West, Missouri to Camp Barnabas and Barnabas Prep.

Since joining the Texas Rangers in 2015, Cole and his foundation have supported the Texas Rangers Youth Academy in Dallas by funding an educational classroom in the Globe Life Training Center, which was dedicated in December. Also, Cole has presented checks to local, low-income schools to provide a new counseling center and physical education equipment.

The commitment of Cole's work extends globally to Malawi, Africa. The Hamels Foundation has built a 16-classroom primary school that will educate more than 650 students in the Mulanje District of Malawi annually. The $2.5 million project also includes teacher housing, library, kitchen and more. Along with an education, all students receive medical treatment, vision care and daily meals.

In addition to The Hamels Foundation, Cole is involved in the community in many other ways. Annually, Cole oversees Operation 35, a charitable ticket program honoring U.S. Military Veterans and their guests with Rangers game tickets, concession coupons, special t-shirts and the opportunity for a private meet and greet with Cole prior to the game.

Hamels will be honored at the 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner, which takes place on Friday, January 19 at Gilley's Dallas. Tickets for the dinner, which will honor a number of baseball personalities and feature appearances by Texas Rangers past and present, are now on sale at www.texasrangers.com/awards. Individual tickets for the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner are priced at $110.00 each with tables of ten also available. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Gilley's Dallas is located at 1135 S. Lamar St. in Dallas. The 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner is also sponsored by FOX Sports Southwest, CBS11/TXA21, and 105.3 The FAN.

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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Announce 2018 Game Times]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:01:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TEX_TimedSchedule.jpg

The Texas Rangers released the final version of the 2018 schedule Wednesday, revealing the home and road game times.

Regular home game times in 2018 will once again be 7:05 p.m.  for night games; 1:05 p.m. for weekday day games; and 2:05 p.m. for Sunday games.

The confirmed exceptions are --

  • Thursday, March 29, the home opener versus Houston which will take place at 2:35 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 31 versus Houston (3:05 p.m. for FS1 national telecast); Wednesday, May 23 versus New York Yankees (6:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, May 26 versus Kansas City (3:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, June 9 versus Houston (6:15 p.m. for FOX national telecast)
  • Saturday, June 16 versus Colorado (3:05 p.m.)
  • Saturday, June 30 versus Chicago White Sox (8:05 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, July 4 versus Houston (6:05 p.m.)

All game times are subject to change pending changes in the schedule of national television games. The complete 2018 schedule is below.




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<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Mike Ohlman to Minor Deal, Invite to Spring]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:47:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-683488318.jpg

Free agent catcher Mike Ohlman has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will report to major league spring training.

Ohlman made his major league debut last season, when he appeared in seven games for Toronto and went 3 for 13 with one RBI.

Texas also said Wednesday it had agreed to minor league deals with infielder Ryan Brett, right-hander Brandon Cumpton and left-hander Brandon Mann.

Brett's only big league experience was when he went 2-for-3 with a walk in three games with Tampa Bay in 2015. Cumpton was 5-5 with a 4.02 ERA over 22 games (15 starts) with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2013-14. The 33-year-old Mann has never pitched in the majors.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rangers Agree to Terms With Ryan Rua]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:32:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_ryan_rua_1200x675_895889475931.jpg

The following is a news release from the Texas Rangers, Jan. 9, 2018.

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has agreed to terms with outfielder Ryan Rua on a one-year contract for the 2018 season. No further terms were disclosed.

Rua had been eligible for salary arbitration. With this agreement, the Rangers now have three remaining players eligible for salary arbitration for the 2018 season: left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman, right-handed pitcher Keone Kela, and infielder Jurickson Profar.

Rua batted .217 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI over 63 games spanning four stints with the Rangers in 2017: Opening Day-June 15, July 31-August 11, August 21-27, and September 8-end of season. Rua is one of only 10 Rangers to appear at the big league level in each of the last four seasons.

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<![CDATA[Arlington May Rename Golf Course for Texas Rangers]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:40:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Golf+Ball+Generic.jpg

There is a proposal on the table to rename Arlington's Chester W. Ditto Golf Course the Texas Rangers Golf Club, making the team the first in the MLB to have a co-branded golf course.

The plan calls for the city to pay re-branding expenses and would include incentives and discounts for the team, Rangers employees, VIPs and guests staying at Texas Live! In exchange, the team must promote the course -- hopefully driving more golfers onto the links.

The course, a 164-acre 18-hole course not far from the ballpark, is currently being renovated. The city has owned the land at Collins Street and Brown Boulevard since 1968, when it was purchased from the Ditto family, but a golf course wasn't opened there until 1982.

The city called together the Rangers, Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the University of Texas at Arlington to work with Colligan Golf Design to redevelop the course into a "destination golf course that could be one of the best golf courses in North Texas."

In the deal, the city agrees to maintain the course "in a manner so that excellent playing conditions exist for both the championship and the average golfer." Nearby courses, Texas Star (Euless), Tierra Verde (Arlington), Cowboys Golf Club (Grapevine) and Bridlewood (Flower Mound) were all held up as the standard.

The Arlington City Council will vote on the plan Tuesday night during their weekly meeting. If passed, the name would remain in place until Dec. 31, 2054.



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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers, Nippon Ham Fighters Agree to Partnership]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:40:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Rangers, published Jan. 5, 2018.

The Texas Rangers and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball today announced a multi-year partnership agreement beginning in 2018 that will encompass both baseball and business operations.

"The Rangers are very excited to be entering into this new relationship with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters," said team President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "This agreement will allow us to share baseball information and instruction techniques that should be very beneficial to both organizations. There is also common ground in the fact that both franchises are in the process of building new ballparks. We look forward to working with the Hokkaido group in what will be a very productive partnership.

"The Rangers organization has been very active in Japan and the Pacific Rim for a number of years and this agreement allows us to extend our reach."

The teams will be exchanging scouting reports and other baseball operations information. In addition, the Fighters will have a member of their baseball staff work in the Rangers' system as an instructor during spring training and the regular season in 2018. Texas personnel will also travel to Japan to observe the Fighters' operation.

The Rangers will also be advising the Fighters on their plans to build a new ballpark in Sapporo. That project was announced in July 2017 and similar to the Rangers' new Globe Life Field project, is expected to include a mixed-use entertainment district. Hokkaido currently plays in the Sapporo Dome.

"The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are proud to announce the brand new official business partnership with one of the greatest organizations in MLB, Texas Rangers," said Hokkaido General Manager Hiroshi Yoshimura. "We are looking forward to being actively involved in a broad range of fields, including sharing scouting information, personnel exchanges, and mutual cooperation in many different business aspects, including our new stadium. We are hoping this new partnership will help make huge strides and further development for both clubs."

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters play in the NPB Pacific League and are three-time Japan Series champions, most recently in 2016. Former Fighters who have played in Major League Baseball include all-star pitchers Yu Darvish and Hideki Okajima, pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama, and outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo as well as Shohei Ohtani, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels in December. In addition, recently signed Rangers pitcher Chris Martin was with Hokkaido in 2016-17.



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<![CDATA[Camera Installed Outside Globe Life Field Construction Site]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 19:03:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Interior_Seating_Bowl.jpg

Texas Rangers fans can now watch construction progress of Globe Life Field online thanks to a camera installed by the team.

The camera can be seen here.

The following is a new release from the team on the installation.

Texas Rangers fans will be able to watch the construction progress of the team’s new ballpark, Globe Life Field, through the lens of a time-lapse camera that became operational today.

The camera feed, which is programmed on a delayed basis, can be viewed 24 hours a day at texasrangers.com/globelifefield. Fans will be able to pan and zoom in on different images of the camera feed using the technology available on the website.

The camera was manufactured by EarthCam and was installed by Manhattan Construction, the General Contractor of Globe Life Field. The camera is mounted on the back of the right field video board of Globe Life Park in Arlington and provides a view looking south on the 13-acre Globe Life Field construction site.

Installation and wiring of two additional cameras is on-going that will face east (camera installation on east façade of AT&T Stadium), and west (camera installation on utility pole on Stadium Drive).

Founded in 1996, EarthCam is a global company providing webcam content, technology, and services.

Groundbreaking on the 1.1 billion dollar ballpark took place in late September. General site excavation, installation of the soil retention system, pier drilling, and running of underground utilities are the principle construction activities currently in progress. The 1.7 million square foot facility is scheduled to be completed for the 2020 season.



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<![CDATA[Do You Love or Hate Glitter During the Holidays?]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:43:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Young-Glitter.jpg

We all know the battle during the holidays. The "glitter battle." It can make cards and presents look so festive, but then the stuff is left behind EVERYWHERE!

You may have even done the "glitter shuffle" when you get a holiday card in the mail, rip it open and see it's covered in glitter. At that very moment is when the precautions go into place as you try to open and read the card without actually touching it.

Earlier this week, Former Texas Ranger great Michael Young posted on Twitter, expressing his hatred for all things glitter, and I don't blame him.


Sometimes we can even get caught up in the allure of glitter. I found some beautiful holiday cards at the store just the other day. I purchased them only to get home and realize that they were COVERED in red glitter. I did all of my family and friends a favor and boxed them up and put them away in the holiday closet.  Maybe I'll use them one day.


As you do that last minute holiday shopping, there's just one decision you need to make..... will you cover everything in glitter or skip it all together?



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<![CDATA[Andrus Channels Griswold in Rangers Holiday Card]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:49:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/elvis-andrus-holiday-card.JPG

Shortstop Elvis Andrus is the key figure in the Texas Rangers 2017 holiday card -- and he's got a little Griswold in him.

The video card, an homage to the 1989 film Christmas Vacation, was published this week on the team's fan page.

The card begins with several shots of someone stringing up lights around Globe Life Park. The decorator is eventually revealed be Andrus, who then assembles a collection of onlookers to witness his grand illumination.

"Five hundred thousand lights, one magic moment," Andrus says in the video, before flipping a switch.

Fizzle.

True to Christmas Vacation, the lighting doesn't go off without a hitch.

While Andrus fumbles with his mess of wires, Rangers Captain shows up in an odd hairdryer scene. Somehow unplugging his appliance closes Andrus' circuit allowing the ballpark to be bathed in the glorious light of incandescent C9 bulbs.

It's cute. See the card for yourself here on the team's fan page.




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<![CDATA[Darvish Tweets photo with Rangers Jon Daniels]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:15:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/darvish_tweets_photo_with_jon_daniels_1200x675_1122203203589.jpg]]><![CDATA[Rangers Sign Tolleson, Espino to Minor League Deals]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:47:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-519728116.jpg

The Texas Rangers have signed right-handed pitchers Shawn Tolleson and Paolo Espino to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

The 29-year-old Tolleson was 11-7 with 46 saves and a 3.84 ERA for the Rangers from 2014-16. He spent last season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on May 17. He is expected to continue rehabilitation through the upcoming season.

The 30-year-old Espino was assigned outright by Texas to Triple-A Round Rock on Oct. 10. He made six relief appearances with Texas after being acquired in an August trade with Milwaukee.

The Rangers also signed outfielder Brett Eibner and right-handed pitcher Zeke Spruill to minor league contacts.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Cole Hamels Gives Away $10M Mansion]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:21:53 -0500Realtor.com)]]>Realtor.com)]]>https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hamels-with-Mansion.jpg

Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating their $9.75 million mansion in Branson, Missouri, to charity.

The home on Table Rock Lake will be given to Camp Barnabas, a nonprofit organization in southwest Missouri.

See interior and exterior photos of the unfinished home below.

The organization helps individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses.

"Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it," Hamels said. "Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way." 

The 32,000-square-foot mansion will be the largest gift in the history of Barnabas, according to a press release by the Hamels Foundation

The Hamels began building the mansion in 2012. It went up for sale in August of this year. The home sits on 104.7 acres of land with more than 1,700 feet of shoreline along Table Rock Lake.

"Our mission is to change lives through disability ministry, and we've been strategically looking for ways to expand our ministry outside of a summer camp," said Jason Brawner, CEO of Camp Barnabas. "We have no doubt this gift will allow us to do just that." 

You can see more photos of the mansion on our media partner's site, The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Could the Astros Be in the Mix for Yu Darvish?]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:27:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Darvish+Dodgers+Astros.jpg

There’s a chance that Yu Darvish returns to the Lone Star State after all. However, there’s a catch.

 It might not be with the Rangers.

Darvish packed his bags and left Arlington for Hollywood minutes before last season’s trade deadline. The Rangers made the move, sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for prospects. Then the Dodgers punched their ticket to the World Series. Darvish faced off against a team he was familiar with during his days in a Rangers uniform, the Houston Astros.

The results were positive if you were an Astros fan. Their lineup tee’d off on Darvish in his two World Series starts, including the deciding Game 7.  The 31-year old is now a free agent and the Dodgers don’t appear to be interested in bringing him back.

It’s the offseason. Things are about to get interesting.

The team that lit him up in the World Series is now planning on meeting with the righty. The extent of the interest from the Astros is unknown but there’s apparently enough for the two sides to sit down and talk. Keep in mind, Nolan Ryan is with the Astros front office now. He was the Rangers CEO when they signed Darvish prior to the 2012 season.

However, a reunion in Arlington isn’t exactly off the table either. General manager Jon Daniels has reportedly kept an open dialogue with Darvish, who still lives in Dallas. Plus, the ante may have been raised with the recent injury to Martin Perez.

The Chicago Cubs have already met and made their sales pitch to Darvish. The Minnesota Twins are also in the running. Thad Levine, the Twins general manager, was with the Rangers front office when Darvish came on board from Japan. The Rangers are said to be “monitoring” these situations.

Before the postseason, teams were looking at shelling out somewhere around six-years, $160 million for the righty. Those numbers might have come down after the World Series showing. It also remains to be seen how much payroll capacity the Rangers have. They are aiming for the 2018 payroll to come in around the $155 million mark. Signing Darvish could take them well over that point.

There are conflicting reports on if or when the Rangers meet up with their former ace. Jim Bowden of the MLB Network on SiriusXM says a team source told him that Texas will talk with Darvish after the Astros do. However, Daniels said there was no meeting planned at this point.

The Astros aren’t exactly in need of a rotation upgrade with Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Brad Peacock. Although teaming Darvish with Verlander and Keuchel does seem strong as they embark on a repeat. Houston also has some upper-level prospects that could soon become rotation worthy. The Astros look like they are going to be a force for a while.

Another team that has been sneaky quiet but could still enter the picture the Seattle Mariners. They have been thought to make a run at a big-time pitcher after losing out on Shohei Ohtani.

So the pursuit of Yu Darvish continues on with both teams in Texas reportedly in the hunt. Where he goes, nobody knows at this point.

That’s the way baseball go.



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<![CDATA[Rangers' Perez Injured in Bull Pen Incident]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:35:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Martin+Perez+Angels.jpg

The season hasn’t even started yet but the Rangers are already dealing with injuries to the starting pitching staff. This time it involves Martin Perez, a bull and a pen.

Let’s get weird.

Perez broke his right elbow (non-throwing) on his ranch in Venezuela. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told 105.3 The Fan that Perez was in a ‘pen or wherever they keep animals' and a bull moved towards him. He moved to get out of the way and landed on the elbow.

You know, just normal offseason baseball stuff.

Perez underwent surgery on Monday to repair a fracture of the radial head in his right elbow. He’s expected to be on the sideline for about four months, although Daniels is optimistic about a plan for Perez to be ready by Opening Day. That plan includes the lefty to undergo rehab and a throwing program in Arlington after the first of the year.

Before this unfortunate injury, Perez was penciled in as the Rangers No.2 starter behind Cole Hamels. Perez has led Texas in starts in each of the last two seasons.

There has been a fair share of frustration from Rangers Nation when it comes to Perez and it involves the word “inconsistency.” There would be a start where he looks like he’s arrived on the “ace” level. Then the bottom would fall out during the next outing or two. There’s also the belief that Perez is a 4 or 5 starter at best and the idea of sticking him in the bullpen has even been thrown out there.

On second thought, maybe it’s not such a good idea.

This isn’t the first time strange things have happened to Rangers pitchers during the offseason. Remember that one time a few years ago when Derek Holland injured his knee playing with his dog at home.  Holland had knee surgery and was out until the All-Star Break.

Martin Perez just joined that club.

The front office has spent the offseason trying to piece together a starting rotation around Hamels and Perez. Now they are down an arm, thanks to farm animals. Let’s stay on the crazy train here and ask if this adds fuel to the fire in bringing back free agent Yu Darvish. A reunion has been on the table. However, the Cubs recently jumped into the picture and met with Darvish in Dallas on Monday. Both teams are in need of a top-line starter. Now the question is who will pony up the money.

The Rangers had plenty of bullpen problems last season, and now it appears a bull in the pen has caused some damage before spring training even had a chance to arrive.



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<![CDATA[Free Agent Darvish Meets With Cubs, Minus Translator]]>Tue, 19 Dec 2017 09:53:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-869166702.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are making a pitch for Yu Darvish.

The free agent right-hander says he had a "very good meeting" on Monday with Cubs officials. Darvish tweeted a statement in Japanese confirming the get-together amid reports that Chicago executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Dallas to speak with him.

Darvish is one of the top starting pitchers available this offseason, and the Cubs have been busy filling holes on their staff. The NL Central champions already have signed free agent starter Tyler Chatwood and relievers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek.

Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA last season for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers. The four-time All-Star pitched well in a pair of playoff starts but was hit hard by Houston in the World Series, losing both his outings as the Dodgers were beaten in seven games.

Darvish also used the meeting to sharpen his English. The 31-year-old says he did not bring a translator because "I wanted to put myself in a more challenging stage regarding my English."

The 3 1/2-hour sit-down left Darvish "very tired," but he says he "will work hard again tomorrow speaking English."

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<![CDATA[Jeff Banister Discusses A Busy Offseason for the Rangers ]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:40:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_banister_offseason_1200x675_1119386179744.jpg

Manager Jeff Banister talks more about the busy offseason for the Rangers during the team's visit to Cook Children's Medical Center on Monday. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Switch from Bullpen to Starting Rotation for Matt Bush ]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:46:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_bush_talks_switching_to_starter_1200x675_1119255107982.jpg

Pitcher Matt Bush discusses the process involved in moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation during the Rangers holiday visit to Cook Children's Medical Center. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Make Holiday Visit to Children's Hospital]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:25:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers_cook_childrens_hospital_visit_1200x675_1119246915670.jpg

The Rangers spent Monday spreading holiday cheer and putting smiles on children's faces at Cook Children's Medical Center. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Acquire Pitcher Matt Moore From Giants]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:49:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/matt-moore-ap.jpg

Left-hander Matt Moore was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff.

Texas also received $750,000 in international signing bonus pool allotment from the Giants as part of the trade announced Friday.

San Francisco last month exercised Moore's $7 million option for 2018. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings last season, setting a career high for losses, as the Giants finished last in the NL West. He allowed a career-worst 107 earned runs.

He joins a rotation with two other lefties in 13-game winner Martin Perez and Cole Hamels, who won 11 games this year. Right-hander Andrew Cashner, another 11-game winner, became a free agent after completing a $10 million, one-year deal with Texas.

Texas went 78-84 and finished third in the AL West behind the World Series champion Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels.

San Francisco acquired Moore at the 2016 trade deadline from Tampa Bay for third baseman Matt Duffy. The lefty's best season came in 2013, when he was 17-4 with the Rays.

Perez and Hamels were the only holdover Texas starters when the offseason started. Counting Moore, the Rangers have added three options to their rotation.

Right-hander Doug Fister agreed to a $4 million, one-year deal that could be worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons, and lefty Mark Minor received a $28 million, three-year contract.

Minor was a reliever for Kansas City last season but previously was a starter for Atlanta before missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with shoulder issues. Texas general manager Jon Daniels has said the club intends to use Minor as a starter.

In 2011, Moore pitched seven scoreless innings at the Rangers in his playoff debut in Game 1 of an AL Division Series, allowing just two hits in a 9-0 Tampa Bay victory. The Rangers won the next three games to take the series.

In his only postseason start for the Giants, Moore had 10 strikeouts in eight innings to help San Francisco to a 5-2 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 2016 NL Division Series. The Cubs rallied in the ninth for a 6-5 victory to win the series on their way to the World Series title.

The 20-year-old Cruz was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA in three starts and nine relief appearances for the Arizona League Rangers in 2017 this year. Wolff, 26, was 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA and three saves in 16 games at Double-A Frisco this year and 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games at Triple-A Round Rock. He had surgery in August to repair a torn right flexor tendon.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Arlington High Grad Chris Martin]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:15:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chris-martin-rangers-intro.jpg

The Texas Rangers have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Chris Martin to a two-year contract.

"It's a dream come true for me. I've grown up my whole life watching the Rangers," Martin said in the locker room after the team's announcement Friday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, though multiple reports indicate it's worth about $4 million.

The 31-year-old, a 6 foot 8 inch tall RHP who graduated from Arlington High School in 2004, returns to the United States after pitching the past two seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

A shoulder injury nearly ended his career just after high school, but he fought his way back, stocking shelves at Texas Alliance and playing catch with co-workers.

"I'm in a shirt, jeans and boots, trying to catch this guy throwing 80 miles an hour fast balls in a warehouse. When it got to that point almost broke my thumb and the glove, we were like, 'OK, we think you're ready,'" said Jordan Bostick, Martin's longtime friend who hired him at Texas Alliance.

Martin was picked up by the Grand Prairie AirHogs, then the Boston Red Sox. He played a season for the Colorado Rockies and the New York Yankees before going to Japan.

"It's been a whirlwind with my shoulder injury and very humbling working in a warehouse. The experience has driven me throughout my career," Martin recalled.

But his Arlington High School Coach, David Nix, described him as a fierce competitor on the mound and said he wasn't surprised by Martin's perseverance.

"He's a hard worker and loves the game, so we're excited to see him come back," Nix said.

Martin produced the lowest ERA (1.12) and opponents batting average (.154), fewest baserunners per nine innings (6.11), and second-lowest strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.00) among all NPB relievers with at least 90 appearances in 2016-17. He went 0-2 with one save and a 1.19 ERA (11 ER/88.1 IP) spanning 40 appearances for the Fighters in 2017. Martin’s 21 saves in 2016 ranked tied for 5th in the Pacific League.

While with the Rockies, Martin faced the Rangers twice in 2014, including a lone appearance at Globe Life Park on May 7, 2014.

With the signing of Martin, the Rangers now have 39 players on the club’s major league roster.

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<![CDATA[Texas Live!, New Ballpark Construction Moving Along]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:59:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Interior_Seating_Bowl.jpg

Construction of Texas Live! and the new Globe Life Park in Arlington is moving right along.

Texas Sky Ranger was over the area Thursday where development where the frame for Texas Live! is beginning to take shape and where crews and bulldozers were preparing the ground for the new stadium.

The new ballpark, which will cost an estimated $1.1 billion and have a retractable roof, is scheduled to open in 2020.

The groundbreaking for the new ballpark took place at the site of the new stadium's home plate, which was formerly the back of Parking Lot B, on Sept. 28.

Rangers executives call the designs of the new retractable roof stadium "truly amazing."

"It opens a world of possibilities to us," Rangers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rob Matwick said. "We want it to be the best Major League Baseball facility that there is."

The stadium is slated to open before the start of the 2020 season.

The City of Arlington will cover $500 million of the total cost. Voters there overwhelmingly approved extending a package of tax increases that had been used to pay for the construction of AT&T Stadium.

The city's deal with the team keeps the Rangers in Arlington through 2054; their current 30-year lease on Globe Life Park was set to expire in 2024.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Sign Hanser Alberto, Kevin Jepsen to Minor League Deals]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:58:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The Texas Rangers announced Thursday they'd signed infielder Hanser Alberto and right-handed pitcher Kevin Jepsento to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training camp.

The Rangers acquired outfielder Carlos Tocci from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations.

"Tocci was selected by the White Sox in the major league phase of this morning's Rule 5 Draft, and would have to remain on the Rangers' active roster for the entire 2018 season or be offered back to Philadelphia. Also in the Rule 5 Draft, Rangers outfielder Anthony Gose was selected by Houston from the Triple-A Round Rock roster," the team said in a news release.

Below is more information on each player from the team.

Alberto, 25, was not tendered a major league contract offer by the Rangers prior to the deadline on December 1, making him a free agent. He spent the entire 2017 season on the disabled list with right shoulder problems and had surgery to repair right rotator cuff debridement on June 19. His only action was 5 games on injury rehabilitation assignment at Frisco (June 1-4) and Round Rock (June 5-6). Originally signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent on November 23, 2009, Alberto has spent his entire career in the Rangers organization. He appeared in 76 major league games with the club in 2015-16.

Jepsen, 33, saw action at the major league level every season from 2008-16, compiling a 3.92 ERA (174 ER/400.0 IP) over 448 relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels (2008-14), Tampa Bay (2015-16), and Minnesota (2015-16). He tied for the A.L. lead with 75 relief outings and posted a career-best 15 saves in 2015 with the Twins and Rays. In 2017, he signed with the Washington Nationals on June 26 and spent the balance of the season with Triple-A Syracuse, going 0-1 with a 5.32 ERA (14 ER/23.2 IP) and one save over 19 relief appearances. The right-hander recorded 29 strikeouts and held International League opponents to a .237 average (22-93). Jepsen was a non-roster invite with the Arizona Diamondbacks last spring and was released on March 25.

Tocci, 22, combined to bat .294 (142-483) with 19 doubles, 7 triples, 3 home runs, and 52 RBI over 130 games with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the Philadelphia organization last season. He spent the bulk of the campaign with Reading, earning mid-season All-Star honors in the Eastern League. The Venezuela native has spent the majority of his career as a centerfielder, but has also seen action at both corner outfield spots. The right-handed batter and thrower was rated by Baseball America as one of Philadelphia's top ten prospects every season from 2012-15 and entered the 2017 campaign as the organization's 29th-best prospect. He joined Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League on December 6 and has batted .308 (8-26) over his first seven games with the club. Last season, Tocci was named the Venezuelan Winter League Rookie of the Year after batting .323 (70-217) in 59 games with Aragua.

Gose, 27, signed a minor league contract with Texas on December 4, and he had been invited to the club's major league spring training camp. He spent the last of three seasons in the Detroit organization in 2017, when he saw his first action as a pitcher, going 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA (9 ER/10.2 IP) over 11 relief appearances with High-A Lakeland.

With the addition of Tocci, the Rangers now have 38 players on the club's major league roster.

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<![CDATA[Could There Be a Rangers-Darvish Reunion?]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:29:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/darvish-yu-rangers-face.jpg

Is Yu Darvish returning to the Texas Rangers? NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells why he thinks this is a bad idea.

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<![CDATA[Yu Darvish in Town Playing Catch With Former Teammate]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:56:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/yu-clayton.JPG

Former Texas Rangers pitcher, and current free agent, Yu Darvish is in town throwing with a former teammate.

Darvish posted on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday that he was playing catch and asked, "Who has [a] better throwing partner than me?"

Given the location, Highland Park High School, it should be no surprise who Darvish was tossing around the ball with -- current LA Dodger and Highland Park alum Clayton Kershaw.


Darvish, of course, was traded to the LA Dodgers during the 2017 season and ended up starting in two World Series games for the Dodgers. Darvish's Game 3 performance was not good and his Game 7 appearance was, well, no better. In two starts Darvish only managed to pitch 3.1 innings.

Kershaw, on the other hand, won Game 1 and pitched 15.2 innings in three games with 17 strike outs. While his 4.02 ERA isn't great, it's far better than the 21.6 turned in by Darvish.

The answer to Darvish's question ... it's hard to imagine many better.

Despite the awful World Series appearance and having been out in 2015 sidelined by Tommy John surgery, Darvish is still among the top free agents going into the 2018 season.



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<![CDATA[Former Arlington Star Returns Home After Deal with Rangers]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:43:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-471467084.jpg

It’s been a long, unusual journey for Chris Martin, one that has led him back to Arlington.

The Rangers need some arms in the bullpen and Martin was apparently available. So both sides have reportedly come to a two-year, $4 million contract agreement. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the deal includes $550, 000 in incentives each year based on games finished. The Rangers have not yet announced the agreement.

But it’s the journey that makes this move interesting.

The 31-year old righty was an All-State player at Arlington High in 2004 and drafted in the 18th round by the Detroit Tigers. However, Martin did not sign, choosing to go to college instead. He enrolled at McLennan Community College in Waco and received some interest from Division I schools Oklahoma and Texas after his freshman year with the Highlanders.

The Colorado Rockies selected him in the 21st round of the 2005 MLB Draft, but Martin chose to return to McLennan for his sophomore year.  However, the dreaded injury bug struck, with Martin suffering a shoulder injury that would require surgery. The Rockies decided not to offer him a contract. Sometimes, that’s just the way baseball go.

After graduating from McLennan, Martin went the independent league route, signing with the Fort Worth Cats in 2007. However, he never pitched a game for the Cats due to shoulder discomfort. The medical recommendation was to undergo surgery. Martin instead chose to quite the game of baseball.

He then went to work loading trucks for UPS at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, moving refrigerators for Lowe’s and stocking washing machines and clothes dryers at an appliance warehouse in Arlington.

Then Martin began playing catch with a coworker, Jordan Bostick, at the warehouse. Martin noticed his shoulder felt stronger and decided to give the game another shot, with the encouragement of Bostick. After being out of the game for three years, Martin tried out and eventually signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs, now known as the Texas AirHogs. He finished the 2010 season at 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA.

AirHogs manager and former Rangers slugger Pete Incaviglia soon began contacting MLB teams about Martin. The Boston Red Sox offered him a tryout in spring training before the 2011 season and signed him to a minor league contract. Martin was 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 23 games in the minors that season.

After the 2013 season, Martin was part of a trade package sent to the Rockies, who insisted that he was to be included in the deal. Eight years after being drafted by the Rockies, the two sides are reunited.

He made his major league debut in 2014, pitching a scoreless inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He threw a total of 15 2/3 innings for the Rockies to the tune of a 6.89 ERA with 14 strikeouts before being sent to the minors.

The Rockies then traded Martin to the New York Yankees before the 2015 season, where he made the Opening Day roster. He spent the season back and forth between the parent team and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He would finish the season at 0-2 with a 5.66 ERA in 24 games on the major league level.

The Yankees sold the contractual rights to Martin to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan for $750, 000 after the 2015 season. If that team sounds familiar, it’s the same one that Shohei Ohtani suited up for. The Rangers recently missed out on the Ohtani sweepstakes, with the Los Angeles Angels instead landing the “Babe Ruth of Japan.”

During his two years over in Japan, Martin had 22 saves with a 1.12 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP in over 88 innings. He averaged 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 2016-17.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Martin throws a fastball that averages 95 miles per hour. He mixes in a slider and cut fastball. During his time in Japan, Martin struck out 91 while only walking 13.

Now, he returns home.

Once it’s official, Martin gives the Rangers another right-handed setup reliever to go along with Matt Bush, Tony Barnette and Keone Kela. Keep in mind, the Rangers are also considering the possibility of moving Bush into the starting rotation.

The Rangers are in need for bullpen help. A local product might be able to provide some help with that.



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