<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - [DFW] Red Fever]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usTue, 24 Apr 2018 19:33:38 -0500Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:33:38 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![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.

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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.



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<![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.

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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. 




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<![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.

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<![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.

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<![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.



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<![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.

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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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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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.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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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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<![CDATA[Rangers Trade Talk: Profar for Harvey on the Table?]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:11:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-809491436.jpg

Could the Dark Knight be making his way to Arlington?

The MLB winter meetings are underway this week in Orlando, Florida. Know what that means? All sorts of fun topics that make their way out into the real world.

One such example is the rumor that the Rangers and New York Mets have engaged in trade talks involving pitcher Matt Harvey and infielder Jurickson Profar. Keep in mind, it’s just chatter right now but crazier things have happened. That’s what the winter meetings are for. It’s like a college mixer, talk to some people and see if anything comes from it.

The Mets are in need infield help and considering moving their former ace in the process. Harvey is projected to earn $5.9 million in arbitration before reaching the free agent marking at the end of the season. Plus, the love affair between Harvey and the Mets appears to be over. If a deal is done and he can return to form, the Rangers have another ace in the rotation to go along with Cole Hamels.

Harvey was known for bringing the heat during his days in the Big Apple, with the four-seam and two-seam fastball ranging 93-98 miles per hour with movement, mixed in with a slider that can top out at 92. The overhand power curve had plus potential but wasn’t used as frequently. Harvey favored the slider instead.

Meanwhile, the Rangers have ran out of minor league options for Profar, who’s been frustrated over not being on a major league roster and there doesn’t appear to be an open one in Texas. This makes the Rangers’ forgotten man trade bait. Profar didn’t get the September call-up last season, a decision that left the Rangers with three more seasons of arbitrary control, which only enhances his trade value.

Profar’s overall big league numbers doesn’t seem too attractive on paper- .229 batting average with 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 206 games from 2012-17. However, he’s only 24 years old with a high ceiling. It wasn’t that long ago that Profar was going to be the starting second baseman before suffering a shoulder injury. As a result, Rougned Odor got his chance at second and never looked back.

The Rangers need pitching. Matt Harvey is a pitcher. This makes sense.  Whether the front office in Arlington feel that Harvey is a risk to take remains to be seen.

The winter meetings are officially off and running. Buckle up, it might be a wild ride. 



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<![CDATA[Rangers Add Shortstop Lost by Braves in Scandal: AP]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 18:13:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-127235790.jpg

The Texas Rangers have signed free-agent shortstop Yenci Pena, one of the players taken from the Atlanta Braves as punishment for circumventing international signing rules, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The agreement comes after the Rangers missed out on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, who chose the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.

The Rangers had one of the largest amounts of international bonus money for the pursuit of Ohtani at more than $3.5 million. They can spend that money on other international players.

The 17-year-old Pena is from the Dominican Republic and was among 13 prospects the Braves lost when former general manager John Coppolella was banned for life by Major League Baseball last month.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB's investigation determined the Braves funneled extra signing bonus money to five players in 2015-16 by giving the funds first to another player considered a foreign professional under baseball's rules and having the money redistributed to the other five.

If the money had been counted for the other five, the Braves would have exceeded their pool by more than 5 percent and been restricted to signing bonuses of $300,000 or under for international amateurs through June 15, 2019.

Because of that, MLB voided the contracts of nine players the Braves would have been ineligible to sign. Pena's $1.05 million deal was among them.

Three other players the Braves signed were set free because Atlanta gave additional money to their agents by signing others to deals with what MLB called "inflated" bonuses. A contract with South Korean shortstop Ji-Hwan Bae was rejected because of compensation outside the deal.

Pena played 45 games last season for the Braves' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate, hitting .230 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Japanese Star Ohtani Reportedly Joining Angels]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:38:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ohtani-ap.jpg

Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, known as the Babe Ruth of Japan, will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, his agent says.

Aside from the Rangers, the Dodgers, Cubs, Giants, Padres and Mariners all had interest in Ohtani.

Ohtani is the rare player who was both a pitcher and a hitter in Japan and grades out high in both. Now the 23-year old wants to do the same thing on the world’s biggest baseball stage to show he’s the real deal.

In 403 career games for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Ohtani had 48 home runs and 166 RBIs. On the mound, he went 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts. The fastball was clocked as high as 102 mph and touches triple digits regularly. Combine that with his splitter and slider and the repertoire is just nasty.

Bottom line- He’s an All-Star in both phases.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Give Out Baseball Gloves]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:00:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Rangers_Give_Out_Baseball_Gloves.jpg

The Texas Rangers gave some C.F. Carr Elementary School students an early holiday present, a new baseball glove.]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Hand Out New Gloves to Students]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:01:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Rangers+Gloves.jpg

The Texas Rangers gave some West Dallas elementary students an early holiday present.

Rangers players handed out gloves donated by State Farm at a C.F. Carr Elementary School assembly Thursday afternoon.

School officials say 95 percent of the students there are on free or reduced lunch.

Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation said it wanted the kids to know what its like to have a glove of their own.

Some players say they grew up in poverty and still remember that feeling.




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<![CDATA[The Pursuit for Japanese Superstar Shohei Ohtani]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:15:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/ap-shohei-otani3.jpg

The pursuit for the Babe Ruth of Japan continues and the Rangers are right in the mix.

The process of elimination for the services of Shohei Ohtani is underway with seven teams still in the running. Out of those seven, the Rangers and Chicago Cubs are the only two that are not on the West Coast. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners also have Ohtani.

The Japanese superstar has until Dec. 22 to make the call on where he’ll sign his first pro contract in the United States. All seven teams have met with Ohtani and made their sales pitch on why he should wear their uniform.  Now, the wait begins.

So why is he the cool kid that everybody wants to hang out with?

Ohtani is the rare player who was both a pitcher and a hitter in Japan and grades out high in both.  Now the 23-year old wants to do the same thing on the world’s biggest baseball stage to show he’s the real deal.

In 403 career games for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Ohtani had 48 home runs and 166 RBI’s at the plate. On the mound, he went 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts. The fastball was clocked as high as 102 mph and touches triple digits regularly. Combine that with his splitter and slider and the repertoire is just nasty.

Bottom line- He’s an All-Star in both phases.

So what chance do the Rangers have in landing Ohtani? Well, they made it to the final round of seven over teams such as the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and world champion Houston Astros. Plus, the rumor that Ohtani likely prefers the small market teams over the big market ones plays helps and could also eliminate the Los Angeles teams in the long run. Add in the fact that the Rangers were one of the teams courting Ohtani out of high school helps present a strong case.

However, Rangers Nation may not feel the same way. According to a recent poll on NBCDFW.com, 57 percent said Texas wouldn’t land Ohtani.

There was a similar feeling in 2012 with a Japanese pitcher named Yu Darvish. Granted, the international rules and posting system was different compared to now but very few gave the Rangers a chance to win the bidding war over teams like the Yankees and Red Sox.

If the magic does happen, you could be looking at a Rangers team with a six-man starting rotation with Ohtani in the mix. Plenty of clubs fell out of the hunt early when they said they weren’t willing to budge on letting him both pitch and hit, eliminating the possibility of seeing something special.

Ohtani’s two-way ability may also lead to something that baseball has never seen. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News pointed out, that ability would eliminate the need for an extra bat on the bench and make more room available in the bullpen. Keep in mind, the Rangers ran through some pitchers last season in a bullpen that was among the worst in the majors.

And keep in mind, Darvish is a free agent and there’s always the possibility that a deal between him and the Rangers could lead to a reunion. It may sound like crazy talk but there’s a chance.

Could it be déjà vu all over again? Waiting is the hardest part.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Announce Minor League Coaching Assignments]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:08:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-rough-riders-david-watkins.jpg

The Texas Rangers announced Thursday the managers, coaches, and staff for all minor league affiliates in 2018.

Texas affiliates combined for three division titles and one league championship in 2017.

Former major league infielder Spike Owen has been elevated to manager at High-A Down East as he enters his third season as a skipper in the Texas farm system. He managed the club's High-A affiliate in 2015, leading High Desert to a second half division title and the California League semifinals. Matt Hagen will manage Hickory after his debut season as a manager with Spokane last year. Hagen led the Indians to the postseason in his only season at the helm. Kenny Holmberg returns to a managerial role in 2018, taking over for Hagen at Spokane. Holmberg previously managed the DSL Rangers in 2011 and the AZL Rangers from 2013-15. In addition to managing in Spokane, Holmberg will retain his responsibilities as the organization's infield coordinator.

Several Texas coaches will be with new affiliates in 2018. The Round Rock staff will feature a pair of new coaches in pitching coach Brian Shouse and hitting coach Howard Johnson. Shouse spent last season at Frisco, while Johnson led Down East to a Carolina League co-Championship as a manager. Johnson has been a major league hitting coach with Seattle (2013-15) and the New York Mets (2008-10).

In addition to Johnson, there will be new hitting coaches at several affiliates, as Kenny Hook (Down East), Chase Lambin (Hickory), Jared Goedert (Spokane), and Jeremy Moore (AZL Rangers) will all have new assignments. Greg Hibbard (Frisco) and Jono Armold (Spokane) will serve as pitching coaches with new clubs in 2018.

Round Rock (AAA)  

  • Manager Jason Wood
  • Pitching Brian Shouse  
  • Hitting Howard Johnson  
  • Coach Geno Petralli  
  • Trainer Carlos Olivas
  • Strength Eric McMahon

Frisco (AA)

  • Manager Joe Mikulik
  • Pitching Greg Hibbard
  • Hitting Jason Hart
  • Trainer Jacob Newburn
  • Strength Wade Lamont

Down East (High-A)

  • Manager Spike Owen
  • Pitching Steve Mintz
  • Hitting Kenny Hook
  • Coach Carlos Maldonado
  • Trainer Alex Rodriguez
  • Strength Al Sandoval

Hickory (Low-A)

  • Manager Matt Hagen  
  • Pitching Jose Jaimes  
  • Hitting Chase Lambin  
  • Coach Turtle Thomas  
  • Trainer Luke Teeters Strength Ed Yong
  • Strength Adam Noel

Spokane (Short-A)

  • Manager Kenny Holmberg
  • Pitching Jono Armold
  • Hitting Jared Goedert
  • Trainer Bronson Santillan

Arizona (Rookie)

  • Manager Matt Siegel
  • Pitching Henderson Lugo
  • Pitching Chris Egelston*
  • Hitting Salomon Manriquez
  • Hitting Jeremy Moore
  • Coach Guilder Rodriguez
  • Strength Chandler Geller

Dominican (Rookie)

  • Manager Carlos Cardoza
  • Pitching Jesus Delgado
  • Pitching Pablo Blanco
  • Hitting Chad Comer
  • Coach Alexis Infante
  • Coach Chu Ovalle Asst.
  • Coach Roberto De La Rosa
  • Coach Luis Encarnacion
  • Strength Eduardo Thomas

Roving Instructors

  • Field Coordinator Corey Ragsdale
  • Pitching Coordinator Danny Clark
  • Hitting Coordinator Josue Perez
  • Catching Coordinator Chris Briones
  • Base Running Coordinator Damon Mashore
  • Hitting/Outfield Coordinator Dwayne Murphy
  • Asst. Pitching Coordinator Jeff Andrews
  • Infield Coordinator Kenny Holmberg
  • Director, Peak Performance Josiah Igono
  • Medical Coordinator Jason Roberts
  • Rehab Coordinator Sean Fields
  • Asst. Medical and Rehab Coord. Chris Olson
  • Strength and Conditioning Coord. Napoleon Pichardo
  • Asst. Strength and Conditiong Coord. Eric McMahon
  • Rehab Strength and Cond. Coord. Ric Mabie
  • Rehab Pitching Coordinator Keith Comstock
  • Special Assistant, Pitching Mark Connor

Arizona Complex Operations

  • Coordinator, Arizona Operations Stosh Hoover
  • Minor League Equipment Manager Chris Ackerman

The organization's entire group of roving instructors return in 2018.

The lone new hire in the organization is Chris Egelston as a pitching coach with the AZL Rangers. Egelston previously operated his Triple Play Baseball Academy in Blue Springs, Missouri and joined the organization during the 2017 campaign.

A look at the 2018 staff (changes from 2017 underlined in italics; new hires denoted by*):

The organization's roving instructor staff remains completely intact from 2017. Corey Ragsdale will lead the group in his third season as Field Coordinator. Danny Clark begins his 13th season in the Texas system and 10th as the organization's pitching coordinator. Josue Perez will be in his fourth season in the role of hitting coordinator.

Former major league infielder Jason Wood returns for a fourth season at the helm of the Express and ninth season overall in the organization. Newcomers Howard Johnson and Brian Shouse join Wood in Round Rock this season, while former Texas backstop Geno Petralli will be on the staff for a fourth straight season. Carlos Olivas (athletic trainer) and Eric McMahon (strength and conditioning) both return. McMahon will continue with additional responsibilities as the organization's assistant strength and conditioning coordinator.

Joe Mikulik returns to Frisco for his fourth season, his 20th season overall as a minor league manager. Former Ranger Jason Hart enters his seventh season as the Frisco hitting coach and Greg Hibbard joins the staff after two seasons at Round Rock. Jacob Newburn begins his third season as Frisco's athletic trainer and Wade Lamont will be the strength and conditioning coach for a second straight year.

Owen's staff at Down East will feature Steve Mintz (pitching), Kenny Hook (hitting), and Carlos Maldonado (coach). Mintz is the only holdover from the 2017 staff, as Hook spent last season at Hickory and Maldonado was a player/coach at Frisco. Alex Rodriguez (athletic trainer) and Al Sandoval (strength and conditioning) round out the staff.

Hagen will be joined in Hickory by Jose Jaimes (pitching), Chase Lambin (hitting), and Turtle Thomas (coach). Lambin and Thomas were both apart of Hagen's staff in Spokane last season and Jaimes enters his third season with the Crawdads. Athletic trainer Luke Teeters also moves to Hickory in 2018 and Adam Noel will be in second season as the team's strength and conditioning coach.

Holmberg's staff will feature nearly all newcomers to the Spokane club. In addition to Holmberg, Jono Armold (pitching) will move to Spokane after spending last season with the AZL Rangers. Hitting coach Jared Goedert will have a new role on the staff following one season as the team's fourth coach. Athletic trainer Bronson Santillan will also be in his first season at Spokane. Strength and conditioning coach Ed Yong returns for his 10th season with the Indians.

Matt Siegel will manage the Arizona League Rangers for a third straight season. Henderson Lugo and Egelston will serve as pitching coaches. Salomon Manriquez returns as a hitting coach, while Jeremy Moore joins the staff after one season as a coach for Down East. Former Ranger Guilder Rodriguez will be a member of the AZL Rangers staff for a second straight year. Chandler Geller returns for his second season as the club's strength and conditioning coach.

Carlos Cardoza will manage the Dominican Summer League Rangers for a third straight season. Jesus Delgado and Pablo Blanco both return to the staff as pitching coaches, while Chad Comer, Alexis Infante, Chu Ovalle, Roberto De La Rosa, and Luis Encarnacion also return. Eduardo Thomas will be the team's strength and conditioning coach for an 11th season.



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<![CDATA[How the Rangers Could Land Shohei Ohtani]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:13:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+doney+grant+ohtani.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Evan Grant from the Dallas Morning News discuss the possibility of the Rangers getting free agent pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Complete $28 Million Deal With Minor]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:22:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mike-minor-signed.jpg

The Texas Rangers completed a Minor deal Wednesday while waiting for Shoehi Ohtani to decide where he wants to play.

A day after meeting in Los Angeles with the Japanese pitcher and outfielder, Rangers officials were back home in Texas to introduce left-hander Mike Minor after finalizing a $28 million, three-year contract.

General manager Jon Daniels described Minor as a primary target in the team's offseason pursuit to replenish and bolster its pitching staff.

"He's somebody that we've liked back in his amateur days. ... Gets to the big leagues, promising starter, had a hiccup and then dominant last year again," Daniels said of Minor, a standout reliever for Kansas City last season.

While the Rangers' interest in Ohtani has been well-known, Daniels and other team officials didn't want to talk Wednesday about the pitcher-outfielder or their visit with him.

Ohtani was put up for bid last week by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. The 23-year-old has until 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 22 to agree to a contract with an MLB team. The Rangers are among seven teams he is considering.

Meanwhile, Minor is the second pitcher the Rangers have signed in a week. He gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $8 million next season and $9.5 million each in 2019 and 2020. He has a limited no-trade provision that allows him to list 10 teams each year he can't be traded to without his consent.

When the offseason began, the Rangers had only left-handers Cole Hamels and Martin Perez signed for their 2018 rotation. Right-hander Doug Fister last week agreed to a $4 million, one-year deal that could be worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons.

Minor was 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA in 77 2/3 innings over 65 relief appearances last season with Kansas City. He previously was a starter for Atlanta before missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with shoulder issues. The Braves picked him seventh overall in the 2009 amateur draft.

"Our plans are for Mike to start for us," Daniels said. "He's done both with success in the big leagues. There is some flexibility that his past provides us."

Minor, who turns 30 the day after Christmas, became a free agent last month when he declined his $10 million player option to stay with the Royals. He was 38-36 while starting 110 of 111 games in Atlanta from 2010-14, and said he wanted to be a starter again.

"I wanted that to be an option for teams, and I felt like Texas was the only team that kind of stepped up and gave me that option," Minor said. "As everybody knows, I've always been a starter. Last year was my first year in the pen, and I was comfortable doing it. Deep down in my well, I still feel like there's something there and I feel like I can help this team being a starter."



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<![CDATA['Muchas Gracias, Beisbol': Beltran Retires After 20 Seasons]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:10:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17317625723703.jpg

After 20 seasons, Carlos Beltran is leaving baseball on top.

After winning his first World Series ring with the Houston Astros this year, the outfielder is retiring, he announced Monday in a personal essay for The Players' Tribune

"I am blessed to have played this game for 20 years. I am blessed to have played for so many great organizations," he wrote. "And I am blessed to be a champion."

Beltan played for seven teams -- Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Houston Astros -- and made nine All-Star appearances. He won the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year award and three Gold Gloves.

But he almost didn't even pursue the sport, he revealed in his Tribune essay. The Puerto Rican native was equally passionate about volleyball as a teenager, but he ultimately realized there is more opportunity for success in baseball. 

Baseball, he wrote, was always about more than winning.

"And as I got older, and I became the player that the younger guys came to for advice, I started to understand something … that my purpose in this game is not only to hit home runs or to win championships. It is to share what I know with the younger players, like so many other players have done for me," he wrote. "It is to give back to the game of baseball."

He realized this purpose when he nervously approached slugger Barry Bonds during the 2007 All-Star weekend to ask for hitting advice and Bonds received him with kindness and a willingness to coach him. 

He finishes his 20-year career with with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases.

Beltran said he never felt pressured to win a World Series before he retired, determined instead to "give back to the game of baseball."

"But it still feels nice to have a ring," he wrote. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Gallo Hits HRs 40, 41 to Lift Rangers Over A's 8-4]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:00:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/GettyImages-856069900.jpg

Joey Gallo hit his 40th and 41st home runs, Andrew Cashner pitched six solid innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Saturday night.

Gallo had a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the third, becoming the sixth Ranger to hit 40 homers in a season and the first since Josh Hamilton had 43 in 2010. Gallo ranks fifth in the majors in home runs. He also walked twice and scored on a single by Rougned Odor in the seventh.

Cashner (11-11) limited Oakland to five hits and two runs in six innings. He finished his season with a 3.40 ERA, good for ninth in the AL.

Gallo gave Cashner an early lead when he homered on a 1-1 pitch from Daniel Gossett (4-11) that hit the batter's eye in straightaway center.

Texas tacked on two more runs in the second when Odor and Jared Hoying had back-to-back doubles and Delino DeShields singled, knocking out Gossett after 1 2/3 innings.

Oakland cut the lead to 5-2 in the sixth on a double by Khris Davis and an RBI groundout from Matt Chapman.

Texas added two more runs in the sixth when Willie Calhoun had an RBI single and then scored on a double from Elvis Andrus.

Matt Joyce hit a solo homer for Oakland in the eighth and Marcus Semein homered in the ninth.

HELPING OUT

Oakland RHP Kendall Graveman made his final start on Sept. 27 against Seattle, but he's still helping out his teammates during the series against Texas and has been volunteering his time as a clubhouse assistant.

"He seems to be enjoying himself with it," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "And actually you have to almost take a double take when you walk by him, because he actually looks like he fits in pretty well doing it. The guys are getting a kick out of it."

MAXWELL KNEELS AGAIN

Bruce Maxwell took to a knee in the Oakland bullpen during the national anthem. The catcher was warming up Gossett and out of view from many fans, but was still booed by a handful of attendees.

Maxwell has been the only major league baseball player to kneel for the anthem, a movement started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest police treatment of blacks. Mawell was booed before each plate appearance Saturday.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rangers: Rangers manager Jeff Banister said 3B Adrian Beltre (strained hamstring) could make an appearance Sunday -- possibly as a pinch hitter -- so fans could see and honor the player to close out the season.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2) will make his fourth start since getting recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 5.

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (12-5) will close out the season for Texas and looking to rebound from a loss against the Houston Astros on Sept. 26.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Rangers Manager Jeff Banister Speaks on Players' Protests]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:06:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeff_Banister_on_Protests_1200x675_1054601795510.jpg

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister speaks about the protests by athletes during the national anthem, which includes at least one Major League Baseball player, that have drawn criticism from President Trump.]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter Helps Rangers Yu Darvish Find Pitching Flaw]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:45:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-823253876.jpg

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is coming off the worst start of his MLB career and he might have found the reason for his struggles on Twitter.

Last Wednesday, in what might have been his last start with the Rangers, Darvish gave up 10 runs on two walks and nine hits — including two home runs — in 3⅔ innings pitched.

Three days later, Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan tweeted that a Marlins official told him Darvish was pausing slightly before throwing his fastball.

An hour after Passan's tweet, Darvish thanks Passan for passing the information along.

Darvish told MLB.com's Sam Butler he wouldn't have known he was tipping his pitches if not for Passan's tweet, as the subtleties are often hard to find.

"I didn't know if I was tipping or not" he told MLB.com. "I watched the video, and when I would throw a fastball, I paused. And then breaking ball was faster [in my delivery]."

Darvish's next scheduled start is Tuesday night at home against the Seattle Mariners. He has been rumored to be available by trade before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline at 3 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Monday's Sports Headlines With Pat Doney and Chris James ]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:54:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney+sports+james+webcast1.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Chris James talk Rangers baseball, Cowboys playoff chances, Stars problems with consistency and TCU basketball. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers in the Mix for Japanese Superstar Shohei Ohtani]]>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:11:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+chat+pic.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Chris James discuss the Rangers pursuit of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Ink 4 Minor League Deals, Includes Spring Invites]]>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 17:37:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-648038308.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Rangers, published Dec. 4, 2017.

The Texas Rangers today announced the signings of four players to minor league contracts with invitations to 2018 major league spring training camp: right-handed pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez, outfielder Anthony Gose (pronounced Goes), left-handed pitcher David Hurlbut, and infielder Christian Lopes.

Gonzalez, 25, was not tendered a 2018 contract offer by the Rangers prior to the deadline on December 1, which made him a free agent. He missed the entire 2017 season with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery on July 24. The Rangers' first selection in the 2013 June draft, Gonzalez saw major league action with the club in 2015-16, combining to go 4-8 with a 4.54 ERA over 17 games/13 starts.

Gose, 27, spent the last of three seasons in the Detroit organization in 2017, when he saw his first action as a pitcher. The left-hander posted a 0-2 record with a 7.59 ERA (9 ER/10.2 IP) over 11 relief appearances with High-A Lakeland, recording 14 strikeouts against 6 walks with a 1.219 WHIP and .189 opponents batting average. He last pitched on July 2 before missing the duration of the season with left elbow inflammation. Once rated as one of the top prospects in baseball, Gose owns a career .240 batting average with 12 home runs, 69 RBI, and 57 stolen bases across 372 major league games as an outfielder for Toronto (2012-14) and Detroit (2015-16).

Hurlbut, who turned 28 last month, was 10-8 with a 3.44 ERA (50 ER/130.2 IP) over 23 games/22 starts with Triple-A Rochester. The southpaw was selected by Minnesota in the 28th round of the 2011 June draft out of Cal State Fullerton and has compiled a 3.27 ERA over 151 games/114 starts in seven minor league seasons. He currently has a 2-0 record with a 3.38 ERA (10 ER/26.2 IP) in 6 games/5 starts with Licey in the Dominican Winter League.

The 25-year-old Lopes played at three levels of the Toronto farm system in 2017, batting .269 (94-349) with 7 home runs and 46 RBI over 96 games with rookie-level Bluefield, High-A Dunedin, and Triple-A Buffalo. He has appeared at shortstop, second, third, and left field since the Blue Jays chose him in the seventh round of 2011 June Draft out of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Do Not Tender 2018 Contracts to Four Players]]>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:55:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-167235676.jpg

The Rangers have cleared some space on the roster with spring training just a couple of months away.

Texas will not tender 2018 contract offers to right-handed pitchers Chi Chi Gonzalez, A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez, along with infielder Hanser Alberto.

Gonzalez missed the entire 2017 season with an ulner collateral ligament tear in his pitching elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery in July. Once considered a top prospect with a future as a starter, Gonzalez struggled at times in Arlington. He was 4-8 with a 4.54 ERA in 2015 and 2016 as both a starter and reliever with the Rangers.

Griffin was a reclamation project that the Rangers took a flyer on after being released by the Oakland A’s after the 2015 season. He was signed to a minor league contract right before Christmas of that year. Griffin got off to a hot start last season but missed a large chunk of time with an oblique injury. He struggled upon his return; finishing 6-6 with a 5.94 ERA in 18 games, 15 of those were starts.

Nick Martinez logged plenty of mileage up and down I-35 between Arlington and Round Rock, home of the Triple-A Round Rock Express. He had four different stints with the Rangers this season, going 3-8 with a 5.66 ERA in 23 games as both a starter and coming out of the bullpen.

Alberto spent all of last season on the disabled list with right shoulder problems and had rotator cuff surgery in June. Of course, Alberto will always have a spot in the hearts of Rangers Nation with his go-ahead single in the 2015 ALDS Game 2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

With today’s movements, the Rangers now have 35 players on the major league roster.



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<![CDATA[Altuve, MLB Helping Disaster Victims]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2017 19:04:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jose_altuve_disaster_relief_help_1200x675_1107163715579.jpg

American League MVP Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, along with Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez and other current and former MLB players, help build homes and raise funds for disaster victims. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fister Finalizes $4M Deal With Rangers, Who Need Starters]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:52:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-859063586.jpg

Right-hander Doug Fister spent a lot less time on the free agent market this offseason, finalizing a $4 million, one-year deal Tuesday with the pitching-needy Texas Rangers.

After being unsigned last season until May, Fister became the first of this year's 166 major league free agents to complete a big league contract and the first to switch teams.

"The Rangers approached me with a quality offer, and I figured it was definitely a fair one, and I think that was something we both can benefit from," Fister said. "That's kind of why I went ahead and went with it."

Asked if his experience last year made him want to move a bit more quickly this offseason, Fister responded, "I'm sure that it had something to play into all of this."

Fister moves into a Rangers rotation that had only left-handers Cole Hamels and Martin Perez signed for next season. Fister will get a $3.5 million base salary for next year, and the contract includes a $4.5 million team option for 2019 with a $500,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old right-hander agreed last May to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He made three Triple-A starts before he requested his release and was claimed off waivers by Boston.

Fister made his debut with the Red Sox on June 25, and went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA while starting 15 of his 18 games. He had a seven-start stretch from July 1-Sept. 6 when he went 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA and held opponents to a .194 batting average. He earned $956,284 in base salary plus $450,000 in performance bonuses for starts, a total of $1,406,284.

"I really feel like I've reverted back to some of my old ways, of pitching philosophy and physical mechanics," said Fister, who also got his sinker back.

In 230 games over the past nine major league seasons with five teams, Fister is 82-85 with a 3.68 ERA. His best season was with Washington in 2014, when he was 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts.

After going 5-7 for the Nationals in 2015, he went to Houston as a free agent and was 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA in 32 starters before his extended free agency.

"Doug profiles the kind of guy we were looking for, excellent makeup, pounds the strike zone, success in the American League," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Without elite velocity, he has got excellent command and excellent movement."

Daniels said the Rangers are still in the market for starting pitching and bullpen help. Texas is among the teams interested in Shohei Ohtani, the star pitcher-hitter from Japan.

Fister said he was able last season to make changes that allowed him to repeat his delivery and get his pitch quality back where it used to be. He also looks forward to being able to prepare for and go to spring training.

"Having that natural timeline of getting into the season I feel like is going to be a benefit for me," Fister said. "I feel 100 percent healthy and being able to get back and manipulate the baseball the way I used to."

A day earlier, right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became the first of the big league free agents to finalize a deal, a minor league contract to remain with the Seattle Mariners.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Rangers Claim Catcher Juan Centeno from Astros ]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 17:51:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-167235676.jpg

The Rangers added another catcher to the mix on Monday, claiming Juan Centeno from the Houston Astros in a waiver claim.

Centeno spent some time as a backup catcher with the World Series champion Astros, hitting .231 with two home runs and four RBI in 22 games during three different stints on the major league club. He’s a career .235 hitter in 101 games with the Astros, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets.

Defensively, the scouting report on Centeno reads that he’s struggled to throw out runners during his brief major-league career and has graded out as a poor pitch-framer.

With that being said, the Rangers are thin at the catching position. Robinson Chirinos and Brett Nicholas are the only two catchers on the 40-man roster with big league experience. The Rangers did add one of their top overall prospects, Jose Trevino, to the 40-man roster last week.

Trevino hit .241 with seven home runs and 42 RBI last season with Double-A Frisco while receiving the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award as one of the best catchers in the minors.



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<![CDATA[Fister Agrees to Deal With Rangers Pending Physical]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:34:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-859070452.jpg

The Texas Rangers have made the first move toward replenishing their starting rotation, agreeing on a contract with free agent right-hander Doug Fister.

A person familiar with the move told The Associated Press that the completion of the deal was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because that process wasn't finished.

Fister will get a $4 million deal, with a base salary of $3.5 million next season plus potential incentives, and a club option for 2019 that includes a $500,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old right-hander started 15 of his 18 games with the Boston Red Sox last season. He was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA.

Fister was among the final free agents to sign last season, when he agreed in May to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He made three Triple-A starts before being released and getting claimed off waivers by the Red Sox and making his debut with them on June 25.

This offseason, he is one of the first free agents to sign. He joins the Rangers, who are looking to fill three rotation spots behind left-handers Cole Hamels and Martin Perez.

In 230 games over the past nine major league seasons with five different teams, Fister was 82-85 with a 3.68 ERA. His best season was with Washington in 2014, when he was 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts. He was 5-7 for the Nationals in 2015 before becoming a free agent, then went 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA in 32 starts for Houston in 2016.

Texas also is interested in Shohei Ohtani, the pitcher-hitter from Japan.

Yu Darvish was traded by Texas to the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Tyson Ross was released in September, and the Rangers said after the season that they wouldn't make a $17.4 million qualifying offer for free agent Andrew Cashner, who is seeking a multiyear deal after going 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in his only season in Texas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Report: Rangers to Sign Starting Pitcher Doug Fister]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 17:06:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Red+Sox+Doug+Fister.jpg

There’s no doubt the Rangers need starting pitching. On paper, there’s Cole Hamels, Martin Perez and several question marks afterwards.

However, the first step in possibly answering at least one of those question marks appears to have happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston is reporting that the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with righty Doug Fister, pending a physical.  The deal would also include a team option for 2019. Rangers Nation may remember Fister from his days in the A.L. West with the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros. Now it seems this time around Fister will be wearing the Rangers uniform when stepping onto the mound in Arlington.

The numbers from last season don’t look that impressive on the surface. Fister was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA as both a starter and a reliever. He was last seen giving up three runs in 1.1 innings against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. However, look beyond the surface and the signing of Fister may not be such a bad idea, despite the obvious desperation to fill out the starting rotation before spring training rolls around in February.

The velocity and strikeouts improved during Fister’s year in Beantown.  The 33-year old had 83 strikeouts in 90.1 innings pitched, averaging 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. That average was 5.7 in 2016 with the Astros, plus 5.5 and 5.4 in his two seasons before that with the Washington Nationals.

Fister flourished under the Red Sox coaching staff after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. Now the question is whether that improvement can be maintained once he arrives in Arlington.

Even with the addition of Fister, there is still work to be done with the Rangers starting rotation.  There are even names on the free agent market with Texas Connects Us ties such as Yu Darvish, Andrew Cashner and John Lackey. Other interesting options include Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, Tyler Chatwood and C.C. Sabathia.

And then there’s the pursuit of outfielder/pitcher Shohei Ohtani. The Rangers are among the favorites to land the “Japanese Babe Ruth” once he’s eligible to be posted as a free agent by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, which can be as soon as Friday.

One thing is for sure, the signing of Fister could be the beginning of an interesting offseason for the Rangers.



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<![CDATA[Current and Former MLB Players to Help Disaster Victims]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:05:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pudge_Puerto_Rico_Fundraiser_6p_92317.jpg

More than 50 current and former major leaguer baseball players will roll up their sleeves to help displaced flood victims return home, when they visit the Habitat for Humanity warehouse in Dallas to frame two houses for victims of the Houston floods caused by Hurricane Harvey. 

Among of the former and current players involved in the project is former Rangers catcher and Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez and American League MVP Jose Altuve of the World Series champion Houston Astros.

When complete, the structures will be trucked to their Houston locations where they will be prepared for occupancy in spring 2018. 

While at the Dallas warehouse, the players and their families will also assemble holiday gift packages for 177 Houston Habitat for Humanity families who lost their homes to the flooding.

Later that evening, the Players Trust will host a fund-raising dinner and auction at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas to benefit victims of the recent disasters that have devastated areas across the Americas.

For additional information, visit www.PlayersTrust.org.

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<![CDATA[Where the Rangers Stand in the Sweepstakes for Otani]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:10:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MLB+Shohei+Otani.jpg

At some point, the sweepstakes is expected to begin for the player known as the “Babe Ruth of Japan.” This magic could happen as early as 7 p.m. tonight.

Shohei Otani is possibly the most sought after free agent this offseason. That is if or when he becomes available to major league teams.

The MLBPA did extend their deadline to finalize an agreement regarding the transfer system for players moving between Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball. The stopping point is at 7 p.m.  Parties in interest are expected to continue negotiating in hopes of finding an agreement on posting rules that will allow clubs from NPB to make certain players available to MLB teams. The rules call for the Japanese club to set a maximum $20-million posting fee and any MLB club willing to bid that amount would be able to negotiate with a player such as Otani for 30 days.

The Rangers are considered to be among those in the running for landing Otani. The 23-year old played both outfield and pitcher in five seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. The left-handed hitter has 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 403 career games.  His slugging percentage is an even .500 with a .859 OPS. At 6-foot-5, Otani is very athletic with raw power. If he was just a hitter alone, teams would still roll out the red carpet for him.

On the mound, Otani went 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and 624 strikeouts during that same stretch. While he hits from the left side of the plate, Otani is a righty when he totes the rubber. His fastball has been clocked as high as 102 mph and touches triple digits regularly. Otani throws in a nasty splitter and slider that’s just as good.

Otani wants to be a two-way player in the big leagues and will likely get that opportunity if everything works out as planned. Scouts feel he has the tools to do it, the only remaining question is which uniform will he be wearing.

The New York Yankees are considered the front-runners in the sweepstakes, with the Los Angeles Dodgers mentioned in the same breath. The Yankees have already started making roster moves in what might be considered to make space for Otani.

However, Texas is also in the mix and may have one big advantage on their side. Let’s talk international bonus pool money.

The Rangers come in with over $3,535,000 in international bonus pool money remaining, $285-thousand more than the Yankees. The Minnesota Twins are the only other team with at least $3 million to invest in signing bonus. Money talks and the Rangers are banking that Otani will listen to them.

Don’t forget, the Rangers were able to pony up the money and shock the “big-market” clubs in 2012 to land another player from the Nippon Ham-Fighters- a right-handed pitcher named Yu Darvish.

Let’s also not forget the Darvish aspect in all of this. Otani grew up idolizing Darvish, which a few months ago probably made the Rangers the favorite. However, after Darvish was sent to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, things got a little more interesting.

Darvish is now a free agent, and where he lands could possibly impact the pursuit of Otani. Could you see both in a Rangers uniform next season? Chances are you are more likely to see Otani on the field in Arlington than Darvish. However, crazier things have happened.

The Rangers have had success in the past in bringing in international free agents and making them feel at home. They are banking on that magic once again.



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<![CDATA[Frisco Roughriders to be Featured on Popular Food Show]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-rough-riders-david-watkins.jpg

The dining choices available during Frisco Roughriders games at Dr. Pepper Ballpark will soon be featured on a popular food show.

The Travel Channel’s Food Paradise will focus on those dining choices in the “Minor League Baseball” episode, which premieres on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Food Paradise visited Dr. Pepper Ballpark last season to sample the signature dining choices available to fans at games. Food from other minor league ballparks were featured as well.

“We’re proud that Food Paradise has chosen to showcase our menu of one-of-a-kind food offerings, along with the best ballpark in Minor League Baseball, with the rest of the country,” RoughRiders Executive Vice President and General Manager Jason Dambach said in a statement.

The Roughriders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, open the 2018 season on April 5 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.



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<![CDATA[Morgan Urges Voters to Keep Steroid Users Out of HOF]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:12:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joe-Morgan-P1.jpg

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep "known steroid users" out of Cooperstown.   

A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man ballot for the 2018 class, the 74-year-old Morgan argued against the inclusion of players implicated during baseball's steroid era in a letter to voters with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The letter from the vice chairman of the Hall's board of directors was sent Tuesday using a Hall email address.   

"Steroid users don't belong here," Morgan wrote. "What they did shouldn't be accepted. Times shouldn't change for the worse."   

Hall voters have been wrestling with the issue of performance-enhancing drugs for several years. Baseball held a survey drug test in 2003 and the sport began testing for banned steroids the following year with penalties. Accusations connected to some of the candidates for the Hall vary in strength from allegations with no evidence to positive tests that caused suspensions.   

About 430 ballots are being sent to voters, who must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years, and a player needs at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 24.  

Writers who had not been covering the game for more than a decade were eliminated from the rolls in 2015, creating a younger electorate that has shown more willingness to vote for players tainted by accusations of steroid use. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens each received a majority of votes for the first time in 2017 in their fifth year on the ballot.   

Morgan said he isn't speaking for every Hall of Famer, but many of them feel the same way that he does.   

"Players who failed drug tests, admitted using steroids, or were identified as users in Major League Baseball's investigation into steroid abuse, known as the Mitchell Report, should not get in," Morgan wrote. "Those are the three criteria that many of the players and I think are right."   

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. They were joined by former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta executive John Schuerholz, who were voted in by a veterans committee.   

Some baseball writers said the election of Selig, who presided over the steroids era, influenced their view of whether tainted stars should gain entry to the Hall.   

Morgan praised BBWAA voters and acknowledged they are facing a "tricky issue," but he also warned some Hall of Famers might not make the trip to Cooperstown if steroid users are elected.   

"The cheating that tainted an era now risks tainting the Hall of Fame too," he wrote. "The Hall of Fame means too much to us to ever see that happen. If steroid users get in, it will divide and diminish the Hall, something we couldn't bear."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Get Your Calendar, Rangers Reveal Spring Training Dates]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:46:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-rangers-spring-cap-generic.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Rangers, published Nov. 20, 2017.

The Texas Rangers are scheduled to play 34 spring training games in 2018, including 32 Cactus League contests. The club released its complete spring training schedule and pricing on Monday.

The schedule includes a pair of exhibition games with the Cincinnati Reds at Globe Life Park in Arlington to close the spring schedule on Monday, March 26 (7:05 p.m. CT) and Tuesday, March 27 (1:05 p.m. CT). It will mark the fourth straight season that the club has hosted exhibition games versus a major league team in Arlington to close the spring training slate. Ticket information will be announced at a later date for those games.

Texas’ 32-game Arizona schedule features 17 contests at Surprise Stadium/Billy Parker Field. The Rangers will be the home team for 15 of those games and will be the visiting club for two contests against the Royals, who share the Surprise complex with Texas. Those two teams will play three times overall in Surprise in 2018, the Surprise Sundancers Charity Game on Monday, March 12 at 6:05 p.m. MT, a Royals’ home game, and a day-night split doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 at 12:05 p.m. MT (Royals home game) and 6:05 p.m. MT (Rangers home game).

In addition, the Rangers will play the Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners twice each in Surprise with single home games against the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants. At the other Cactus League parks, the team has two games versus the White Sox, Indians, and A’s with one each against the Cubs, Reds, Rockies, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers, Padres, Giants, and Mariners.

Texas will play a record four night games in Surprise in 2018, all at 6:05 p.m. MT. In addition to the Kansas City games on March 12 and 17, the Rangers will host the Rockies on Monday, March 19 and the Reds on Thursday, March 22 under the lights. All other Rangers games in Surprise will begin at 1:05 p.m. MT with the exception of the day game versus Kansas City on March 17 and the team’s Cactus League finale versus Cleveland on Saturday, March 24, both at 12:05 p.m. MT.

2018 individual ticket prices for Texas Rangers games at Surprise Stadium: Lower Premium--$30.00; Lower Dugout--$29.00; Upper Dugout--$26.00; Infield--$25.00; Plaza--$19.00; and Lawn--$8.00. Dynamic pricing may apply to select premium games with ticket prices ranging from $12.00-$35.00. Full season, half season, and 7-game ticket packages are also available as well as group ticket packages. Parking is free to all games at Surprise Stadium.

Season ticket packages go on sale Saturday, Dec. 9, and information is available by calling 623-222-2222 or by going to texasrangers.com. Spring training individual tickets for 2018 may be purchased in one of four ways:

  • BY MAIL beginning Saturday, Dec. 9. Fans can go to surprisespringtraining.com to download an order form.
  • ON THE INTERNET beginning Saturday, December 9 at texasrangers.com.  
  • BY PHONE beginning Saturday January 6, 2018 at 623-222-2222.
  • IN PERSON beginning Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Surprise Stadium Ticket Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. in Surprise.

RANGERS ANNOUNCE REPORTING AND FIRST WORKOUT DATES

The Rangers also announced the dates for reporting and first workouts for their 2018 spring training camp in Surprise, Arizona:

Wednesday, February 14—Pitchers and Catchers Report
Thursday, February 15—Pitchers and Catchers First Workout
Monday, February 19
—Infielders and Outfielders Report
Tuesday, February 20
—First Full Workout.

The complete 2018 spring training schedule is below.




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<![CDATA[Texas Rangers Add Six Players to 40-Man Roster]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Rangers, published Nov. 20, 2017.

The Texas Rangers today announced the following roster moves:

  • Purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Ariel Jurado, catcher Jose Trevino, and infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa from Double-A Frisco of the Texas League.
  • Purchased the contracts of right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez and left-handed pitchers Brett Martin and Joe Palumbo from High-A Down East of the Carolina League.

The 21-year-old Jurado was 9-11 with a 4.59 ERA (80 ER/157.0) over 27 starts with Double-A Frisco. The right-hander earned Texas League Mid-Season All-Star honors and will be in big league spring training for the 2nd straight year.
 
Kiner-Falefa, 22, batted .288 (148-513) with 31 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, and 48 RBI over 129 games with Frisco, setting career bests in nearly every offensive category. Kiner-Falefa saw action at second base, third base, shortstop, center field, and a career-high 33 games at catcher.
 
The 24-year-old Trevino batted .241 (130-402) with 12 doubles, 7 home runs, and 42 RBI over 105 games with Frisco. The Corpus Christi native rated statistically as the top defensive catcher in the Texas League and earned his 2nd consecutive Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove. Trevino was a non-roster invite to spring training in 2016.
 
Hernandez, 21, combined to go 5-11 with a 4.03 ERA (50 ER/111.2 IP) in 23 games/22 starts with Low-A Hickory and High-A Down East. The Dominican Republic native represented the Rangers at the All-Star Futures Game in Miami and posted a 2.20 ERA (14 ER/57.1 IP) in his final 12 games/11 starts for the Wood Ducks.
 
The 22-year-old Martin went 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA (44 ER/84.1 IP) over 16 starts for Down East. The southpaw went 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA (13 ER/34.1 IP) and 37 strikeouts over his final 6 starts with the Wood Ducks.
 
Palumbo, 23, made three starts at Down East before undergoing UCL surgery on April 26. The left-hander entered the season as the club’s 9th-best prospect according to Baseball America and compiled a 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP) with 22 strikeouts in the 3 starts.
 
With these transactions and the acquisition earlier today of right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera from the New York Yankees, the Rangers have 37 players on the major league roster.
 
The updated Rangers’ roster is below.




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<![CDATA[Rangers Trade LHP for Yankees' Ronald Herrera]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:18:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-696105450.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Texas Rangers, published Nov. 20, 2017.

The Texas Rangers announced today that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Reiver Sanmartin.

Herrera, 22, has been added to Texas’ major league roster. He combined to go 8-1, 1.91 (16 ER/75.1 IP) in 14 starts at Double-A Trenton, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the Rookie League Gulf Coast Yankees in 2017. Herrera also made his major league debut, issuing two runs in 3.0 innings in two relief appearances with New York.

After opening the year on the Trenton disabled list, Herrera excelled with the Thunder, going 8-0, 1.13 over nine starts and earning Eastern League pitcher of the week honors for June 5-11. He was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 24 but was on the disabled list from July 7-Sept. 1 with right shoulder inflammation. Overall, he had a 4.35 ERA in 2 starts at SWB and was 0-1, 4.00 in three starts on rehab assignment for the Gulf Coast Yankees.

Herrera was recalled by the Yankees from Trenton on June 14 and made his major league debut that night at Anaheim, allowing two hits and two runs in 2.0 innings to take the loss in relief vs. the Angels. He returned to Trenton the next day. He was also with the Yankees from June 26-30, working 1.0 scoreless inning in his only appearance on June 29 at the Chicago White Sox.

Originally signed by Oakland as an amateur free agent in May 2012, Herrera was traded to San Diego in May 2014 and to the Yankees in November 2015. On April 26, 2016, he pitched the first 8.0 innings of a combined no-hitter with Jonathan Holder for Trenton against New Hampshire. Herrera was 10-7 in 23 starts with Trenton in 2016 and was named the club’s pitcher of the year. He was added to New York’s 40-man roster after the 2016 season.

Sanmartin combined to go 7-2, 2.45 in 14 games/11 starts between Short Season A Spokane and Low-A Hickory in 2017, his third season in the Texas organization.

The Rangers have 31 players on their major league roster pending additions of several minor league players later today.



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<![CDATA[Elvis Andrus Named Rangers Player of the Year]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:21:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-683092186+%281%29.jpg

The 2017 season was considered a disappointment for the Rangers. Yes, they were in the wild card hunt until the final weeks of the season. But once the smoke cleared, the Rangers finished under .500 and then watched the in-state rival Houston Astros make their march towards a World Series title.

Needless to say, that really didn’t sit well in Arlington.

However, there were a few bright spots for the Rangers last season, one of those being the play of shortstop Elvis Andrus.  Simply put, Andrus had himself a career year. For that, he was named the Rangers Player of the Year by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Andrus hit .297 with career highs in runs (100), hits (191), doubles (44), home runs (22) and RBI (88) in 158 games. He also ranked third in the American League in hits and was also a finalist for the Gold Glove award for his defensive work at shortstop.

The two-time All-Star turns 29 in August. Why is that important? Andrus is in the prime of his career and continues to grow as a player, both on the field and in the clubhouse. That will be a key ingredient if the Rangers want to return playing October baseball.

Andrus is signed through 2022 with an opt-out clause following the 2018 season.

Other award recipients will be named in the upcoming weeks, including the Rangers’ 2017 Pitcher and Rookie of the Year. 

Andrus will accept his award at the 2018 Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 19 at Gilley’s Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Complete Coaching Staff for 2018 Season]]>Mon, 06 Nov 2017 21:05:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-511292554.jpg

Don Wakamatsu is back with the Texas Rangers as their bench coach, and now working with one of his neighbors.

The Rangers on Monday announced the hiring of Wakamatsu, who was initially on their staff from 2003-07. They also hired former New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen as assistant pitching coach.

Manager Jeff Banister said he and Wakamatsu, bench coach for the Kansas City Royals the past four seasons, live in the same area in North Texas and both have sons that play baseball.

Wakamatsu was available after the Royals decided that he wouldn't return next season. Banister had vacancies on his staff, but bench coach wasn't one of them.

"We did not set out this winter to change bench coaches," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Had this one particularly candidate not come about, we would have gone down the path that initially looked like we were going down looking for a first base coach. This is just about a specific candidate becoming available."

Steve Buechele, the bench coach the past three years, agreed to switch to first base coach. Hector Ortiz moved from first base coach to bullpen coach last month when the Rangers said Brad Holman wouldn't return in that role.

Wakamatsu was bench coach for Texas from 2003-06 and third base coach in 2007, then was bench coach in Oakland for a season before serving as Seattle's manager from 2009 until August 2010. He was Toronto's bench coach for two years before going to Kansas City.

Warthen spent the last nine-plus seasons with the Mets, as pitching coach since June 2008. He was also pitching coach for five other teams, included Detroit from 1999-2002, with current Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail as one of his relievers those first two seasons.

The Rangers have also hired former pitcher Colby Lewis as an assistant to the general manager and promoted Ross Fenstermaker from being an international cross-checker to director of pro scouting.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Exercise Option on Perez, Decline Napoli, Barnette]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:01:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-841038816.jpg

The Texas Rangers declined their 2018 club options for slugger Mike Napoli and reliever Tony Barnette on Monday, and won't make a $17.4 million qualifying offer to free agent pitcher Andrew Cashner.

Texas did exercise its $6 million club option for 13-game winner Martin Perez, a 26-year-old left-hander, while Napoli and Barnette became free agents.

Perez, who would have gotten a $2.45 million buyout if his option hadn't been picked up, had team highs with 32 starts and 185 innings pitched. He became the first Rangers pitcher to make at least 30 starts in consecutive seasons since Matt Harrison in 2010-11.

General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers wouldn't make qualifying offers on any of their free agents. That includes Cashner, the Texas native who was 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 starts in his only season with the Rangers, and center fielder Carlos Gomez.

When Napoli signed last spring to return for his third stint with the Rangers, he got $8.5 million for this year with an $11 million club option for 2018. He will instead get a $2.5 million buyout after hitting a career-low .193 with 29 home runs.

Napoli started 116 games, 90 at first base and 26 as the designated hitter. He didn't play after Sept. 14 because of a stress reaction in his lower right leg.

Texas had a $4 million club option on Barnette, who will get a $250,000 buyout. He was 2-1 with a 5.49 ERA in 50 appearances this year.

Daniels said the team still has an interest in bringing Barnette back, and is still talking to him.

The GM said the Rangers "haven't necessarily closed the door on Nap either." But Daniels said the initial focus this offseason is on pitching, and that corner bats aren't a top priority for position players at this point.

Cashner last November agreed to a $10 million, one-year deal to join the Rangers. He was a first-round pick by the Chicago Cubs out of nearby TCU in 2008.

While the Rangers will stay in touch with Cashner, Daniels said the pitcher is hoping to get a multiyear deal. The GM wasn't sure if Cashner would have accepted the qualifying offer, but said it was an economic decision by the team not to extend one.

Catcher A.J. Jimenez and right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who was 32 last May when he made his major league debut after 318 games over 12 minor league seasons, were assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock and can choose free agency.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Offseason Outlook for the Rangers]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 22:01:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rangers+offseason.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jared Sandler from 105.3 The Fan and the Rangers Radio Network discuss the hot topics surrounding the Rangers during the offseason. ]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Rangers 106-Year-Old Super Fan Passes Away]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:32:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/elizabeth+sullivan+105.jpg

One of the Texas Rangers' biggest and oldest fans has died.

Elizabeth Sullivan, 106, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 1, her family confirmed to NBC 5.

"Not the reason that I wanted to return to Texas, but will celebrate that she and my Granddad are reunited again, and together in a better place," said Rick Taylor, Sullivan's grandson, who lives in Washington.

The Rangers invited Sullivan to throw out the first pitch before the team's season-opening homestand in April 2016 and Sullivan was thrilled.

"Why would they choose me, who doesn't amount to a hill of beans, while just last year they had a former President of the United States?" she said to NBC 5 back then.

Sullivan was one of the oldest people to ever throw out a Major League first pitch.

Back when Sullivan turned 100, she said she credited her good health to drinking a bottle of Dr Pepper every day.

When Dr Pepper got wind of that, the company promised her free drinks for life.

Details surrounding Sullvan's death were not provided. Her funeral arrangements are pending. 



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<![CDATA[The Debate Over the Nolan Ryan Statue in Arlington ]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:28:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/globe+life+park+nolan+ryan+statue.jpg

Nolan Ryan is forever linked to the state of Texas. The Hall of Fame pitcher took the mound wearing both the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros uniform during his illustrious career. Three of his seven career no-hitters happened in those uniforms (two with Texas, one with Houston). His number is retired by both franchises.

The Rangers will soon be taking the field at a brand new ballpark. They will leave the comforts of Globe Life Park for a new home in 2020. No need to worry, the new home will be in the same vicinity as the current one so no extra mileage is needed when making those spring and summer trips to witness “Baseball Time in Arlington.”


Right now, you are probably asking yourself “what do these two have in common?” The answer is simple – a statue.

The million dollar question is whether the Nolan Ryan statue currently at The Globe will be moved to the new ballpark. Now is when things get fun.

Ryan didn’t exactly leave Arlington on the best of terms with the Rangers. He retired as the Rangers president and CEO in 2013 after a well-documented power struggle with team president and general manager Jon Daniels. It was like a bad divorce. The Rangers made their only World Series trips in 2010 and 2011 with those two in the front office. That was all that was left after the separation.

As fate would have it, Ryan was then hired by the Astros in 2014 as an executive advisor to owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow. His son, Reid Ryan, is the Astros president. Basically, Ryan lends his voice whenever needed.

Once again, a team tied with Nolan Ryan on the office payroll is playing in the World Series, this time for the Rangers’ heated in-state rival Houston. Maybe that bothers part of Rangers Nation and those on “Team Daniels.” Maybe it doesn’t.

That leads us back to that statue of the Hall of Famer at The Globe. Does the fact that Ryan now works for the Rangers biggest rival warrant enough displeasure to leave that statue behind when the move to the new ballpark is made? Some may think so. Then again, we are talking about the best pitcher to ever put on a Rangers uniform. Is that enough to let the statue live on in Arlington?

Let the debate begin.



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<![CDATA[Newy's 2017 World Series Prediction]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:43:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kershaw+altuve+split.jpg

Give me the Dodgers to win the 2017 World Series over the Astros.

I know Sports Illustrated put the Astros on the cover of their magazine three years and called for them to be the 2017 World Champions.

Give me the best team in baseball, the Dodgers. Give me the best pitcher in the game, Clayton Kershaw of Highland Park to follow in the footsteps of other legendary Dodgers pitchers: Orel Hershiser (1988), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Sandy Koufax (1965), Don Drysdale (1963), Johnny Podres (1955).

Kershaw has three Cy Young awards, a MVP award, seven All Star appearances, a Gold Glove, a no hitter, five time NL ERA leader and three time NL strikeout leader. All he needs to cap his Hall of Fame career is a World Series title.

Give me the Dodgers in six games. 




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<![CDATA[Rangers Infielders Gosselin, Middlebrooks Now Free Agents]]>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:11:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-105658084.jpg

Texas Rangers infielders Phil Gosselin and Will Middlebrooks have become free agents after declining outright assignments to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers said Tuesday that Gosselin, Middlebrooks, right-hander Paul Espino and outfielder Jared Hoying cleared waivers and were assigned outright to the Triple-A team.

Gosselin, acquired from Pittsburgh on a waiver claim Aug. 12, hit .125 in 12 games over three stints with the team. Middlebrooks led Round Rock with 23 homers and 64 RBIs before being called up by the Rangers on Sept. 1, and then hit .211 in 22 games.

Espino had a 5.68 ERA in six relief appearances after being acquired from Milwaukee in an Aug. 26 trade. Hoying hit .222 with one homer in 36 games.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Missed Postseason, But It's Not Time to Panic]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:04:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_RANGERS_WEB_HIT_1200x675_1063956547928.jpg

The Texas Rangers failed to make the postseason in 2017, but NBC 5's sports director Newy Scruggs tell you why you need to trust general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister.]]>
<![CDATA[Rangers Not Considered A Rebuilding Project Going into 2018]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:37:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers+Flag.jpg

There’s no playoff baseball in Arlington this year. That realization was on display Monday when walking through the locker room at The Globe and seeing boxes being packed sitting next to empty lockers.

Of course, any season that doesn’t involve a trip to the playoffs is considered a disappointment and that’s no different for the Rangers. Despite all the injuries and bullpen problems, Texas was in the wild card hunt until the last week of the season. “Never Ever Quit” is more than a motto, it’s a lifestyle.

“We expect to win,” said general manager Jon Daniels. “We are always going to have that mindset.  The Astros are going to be a team to beat in the publications and on paper. Our division is very challenging.”

The Rangers finished the season fourth in the A.L. West at 78-84, 23 games behind the division champion Astros and seven games out of the wild card. So, is this a team in a rebuilding phase? Daniels is not looking at it that way and points to the teams that were in the playoff picture and even punched their ticket to the postseason as an example why rebuilding isn’t in the plans.

 “This is not a rebuild,” Daniels said. “I know sometimes teams will say it’s not a rebuild. I think you look at teams like Milwaukee, Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, even the Yankees this year; these were not clubs that came into the season in an ‘all in’ mode. They were building, they were developing, and as things happened they made the right moves.”

PITCHING ISSUES:  Addressing the pitching issues is at the top on the list of things to do this offseason for the Rangers. They say you can’t win a pennant in April but you can lose one. That seemed to play out in Arlington as the bullpen never got on track, costing some much needed wins during the first month of the season while the Astros took off.  The Rangers soon fell in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The bullpen was among the worst in baseball with 21 blown saves in 50 opportunities. There remains no real answer at the closer role, with Matt Bush and Keone Kela the favorites to make a case. However, both had chances to seal the deal during the season and struggled. Lefty specialist Jake Diekman missed most of the season after having his colon removed but made the inspirational return to the mound in September and figures into the plans going into next year. Everything else remains up in the air.

“We probably have two starters and four relievers that we can pencil in right now,” said Daniels. “There are a number of other guys in competition.  We are going to look to remake half the staff. We are going to get after that this winter.”

The starting pitching ranked in the middle of the pack in the American League statistically in 2017. After Yu Darvish was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deadline deal, Cole Hamels took over sole possession of the ace role. Hamels did struggle down the stretch but was solid for most of the season, one that saw him miss some time with an oblique strain. He finished at 11-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 24 games.

“All in all; didn’t hit any of the goals so I think that was the tough part,” said Hamels. “At least during the season you can at least say you hit one of your realistic goals. An injury can certainly put a damper on any realistic goal but sometimes a postseason can kind of cover that up and make things better. Unfortunately for us not being able to do so, you have to re-adjust. I know I’m confident that we are going to be able to do what we set out to do next year. It makes you come back that much harder. “

The Rangers are still waiting for Martin Perez to take the next step as a starter and move past the “one big inning” that continues to creep up and be a problem. The lefty did lead the team in wins with a 13-12 record in 32 games. However, his ERA remains high at 4.82. He did have a strong end to the season, going 8-3 in 12 games. The Rangers have felt Perez is a number three starter but that remains in question.

COACHING DECISIONS: The Rangers have picked up the 2019 contract option on manager Jeff Banister. He won two division titles in 2015 and 2016, his first two years at the helm in Texas.

“With Jeff as our manager, we have had a lot of success over the last three years,” said Daniels. “Despite a number of challenges with injuries and other circumstances in 2017, our team stayed in contention until the last week of the season. His leadership and work ethic played a significant role in that. I look forward to working with Jeff as we begin planning and preparing for 2018.”

However, part of the coaching staff will be different next season. The organization has decided to not exercise the 2018 option for bullpen coach Brad Holmen. First base coach Hector Ortiz will now take over that role.

WORTH THE HYPE: The 2017 season saw the emergence of Joey Gallo, who became one of the most feared power hitters in the game. Gallo would put Statcast to work on any given night with moonshots that were legendary. He finished third in the A.L. in home runs with 41 and eighth in the league with a .537 slugging percentage.

Gallo’s bat became so valuable that the Rangers were forced to play him at different positions in order to just keep him in the lineup. He started the season at third base with Adrian Beltre out with an injury. As the season went along, Gallo also played at first base, left field and saw time at DH.

“I’m sure we will continue to evaluate what is the best option for Joey Gallo,” said Banister. “Coming off a year where a young man had some significant growth at the major league level, I look at it as I’m proud of the challenges he was able to accept and excel at. Ultimately with most players, you would like to think there is a singular position for them that they could play.”

With Beltre returning at third, you could possibly see Gallo more at first base should the Rangers decide not to bring Mike Napoli back. Napoli has an $11 million option with a $2.5 million buyout for 2018.

BRIGHT SPOT: One of the most memorable moments from a tough season was on a Sunday afternoon in July when Beltre became the 31st player to collect 3,000 career hits, usually a sure lock for the Hall of Fame.

The 38-year old is showing no signs of hanging up the cleats anytime soon. However, whether his career continues in a Rangers uniform is on the table this winter. Beltre is expected to talk to Daniels about the direction the Rangers are going. He says he wants to stay but also wants another shot at winning before he retires.

“You never know,” said Beltre. “The future is always up in the air. Obviously I don’t want that to be the case but it’s out of my control right now. I know that I want to be here.”

Beltre will be in the final year of his contract next season.

FIELDER RELEASED: The Rangers also officially released first baseman/DH Prince Fielder. The move was made to free up a roster spot going into next season. Fielder spent the entire 2017 season on the 60-day disabled list after having neck surgery last year. His last game on the field wearing a Rangers uniform was on July 18, 2016. He finished his major league career with a .283 batting average, 319 home runs and 1,028 RBI with the Rangers, Brewers and Tigers.



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<![CDATA[Rangers Make Bullpen Change, Exercise '19 Option on Banister]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:10:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-664243766.jpg

The Texas Rangers are making some adjustments to manager Jeff Banister's staff, which will no longer include bullpen coach Brad Holman after a rough season for the relievers.

Holman's contract option for 2018 is not being exercised by the Rangers. Hector Ortiz, the team's first base coach the past three years, will take over as the bullpen coach and continue his role as catching instructor.

"An ex-catcher who communicates very well with a pitching staff, who sees and thinks situationally with the approach of pitching and different situations throughout the game," Banister said of Ortiz. "I think it just adds a different element to this group."

Texas also exercised its 2019 option on Banister's contract Wednesday. When he initially joined the Rangers, Banister got a three-year contract with an option for 2018. That option was exercised last year when he got a reworked contract that added the 2019 option.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail, third base coach Tony Beasley, bench coach Steve Buechele, hitting coach Anthony Iapoce and assistant hitting coach Justin Mashore are all expected to return next season. The team said major league field coordinator Josh Bonifay will also return, but in a role to be determined that could be at the major or minor league level.

Banister has a 261-225 record over three seasons in his first managerial job. The Rangers were AL West Division champions his first two seasons but missed the playoffs this year with a 78-84 record, largely because of the bullpen woes, though they weren't eliminated from wild card contention until the 157th game.

Holman had been the bullpen coach the past two seasons. Before that, he spent time seven years as a pitching coach in the Rangers minor league system, with stops at Low-A Hickory, High-A Myrtle Beach and Triple-A Round Rock.

"By no stretch are we putting the bullpen struggles on Brad," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We all came in thinking we were going to have one of the better bullpens in the league. We thought we had one of the better pens. We weren't alone."

After leading the majors with a club-record 56 saves in 2016, the Rangers this season had only 29 -- the second-lowest total in the majors. They converted 29 of 50 saves, that 58-percent success rate the second-lowest in the American League. Relievers allowed a majors-high 40 percent (104 of 263) of inherited runners to score.

Sam Dyson, who became the closer in 2015, lost that role after blowing his first three save opportunities two weeks into the season. He was designated for assignment in June before getting traded to San Francisco.

Hard-throwing Matt Bush, who has discussed with Rangers officials the possibility of becoming a starter, also had a stint as the closer before left-hander Alex Claudio was used primarily in that role late in the season.

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<![CDATA[After 3K, Beltre Wants 2018 in Texas for Another Ring Chance]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:26:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-452286106.jpg

Adrian Beltre is signed through next season with Texas, and wants his 21st major league season to be with the Rangers.

The third baseman who joined the 3,000-hit club this season also wants another chance to win a World Series.

And there lies a possible conundrum for the Rangers (78-84) coming off only their second losing season in nine years. While Beltre and Elvis Andrus provide solid leadership and offense, and there are young sluggers like Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor, the starting rotation is thin going into the offseason and the bullpen needs a boost.

"There's no doubt that we have a lot of questions to be answered," said Beltre, who will turn 39 early next season.

Beltre wants to know that the Rangers are still trying to win, and not planning a rebuild, and has spoken with general manager Jon Daniels about that.

"It doesn't matter what stage (of his career) he's at, that's always where his head is. ... He wants to win," Daniels said. "That's a lot of what he brings to the table, that winning mindset. I wouldn't expect anything less."

Beltre finally got to play in the World Series in 2011, his first season with the Rangers. They won the AL West the past two seasons, then lost to Toronto in the AL Division Series. He hit .312 this season, starting 51 games late because of calf issues and ending the year with a strained left hamstring.

Ace pitcher Yu Darvish, near the end of his six-year contract after leaving Japan, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for three prospects on July 31. That was the day after Beltre got his 3,000th career hit .

With Andrew Cashner (11-11, 3.40 ERA) set to become a free agent, the remaining starters set for the rotation are left-handers Cole Hamels (11-6) and Martin Perez (13-12).

After a single in Sunday's finale for his 3,048th hit, Beltre was lifted for a pinch-runner and got an extended rousing ovation. He was asked after the curtain call if he thought it might his last in Texas.

"You never know obviously," Beltre said. "The future is always up in the air, and obviously I don't want that to be the case. But it's out of my control right now."

Some other things to know after the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time in manager Jeff Banister's three seasons:

HEALTHY HAMELS

Hamels ended the season healthy after missing more than seven weeks with a right oblique strain. He threw only 148 innings after seven consecutive years of at least 200 innings.

"You want to finish the season healthy. I think that's the case, and it's good to build off of that," Hamels said.

SOME NOTABLE NUMBERS

Odor was the first Ranger to play all 162 games since Michael Young and Mark Teixeira in 2006. Odor hit only .204 but had 30 home runs. ... Nomar Mazara's two-run single in his final at-bat gave him 101 RBIs. Juan Gonzalez and Ruben Sierra are the only other Rangers with 100-RBI seasons at age 22 or younger. ... Andrus had career highs with 191 hits, 100 runs, 44 doubles, 20 homers and 88 RBIs.

GALLO GOING DEEP

With Beltre on the DL, Joey Gallo started the season as the everyday third baseman. The 23-year-old slugger remained in the majors all season playing third, first base and left field. His 41 homers ranked third in the AL.

SMALL PREVIEW

Willie Calhoun, the primary prospect the Rangers got back in the Darvish deal, hit .265 with a homer in 13 games after his September call-up. He finished with a five-game winning streak. Mainly a second baseman in the Dodgers organization, Calhoun also showed some progress playing left field.

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<![CDATA[Athletics End Last-Place Season With 5-2 Win Over Rangers]]>Sun, 01 Oct 2017 17:12:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-856091600.jpg

Daniel Mengden struck out eight, Khris Davis hit his career-best 43rd homer and the last-place Oakland Athletics ended the season with a 5-2 win at Texas on Sunday.

The Athletics (75-87) finished at the bottom of the AL West for the third consecutive season, a franchise first, but won six more games than last season thanks to 17 victories in their last 24 games. Manager Bob Melvin even got a contract extension this week, adding a year through 2019.

Texas didn't have a base runner against Mengden (3-2) until Adrian Beltre's 3,048th career hit, a single leading off the fifth. Mengden walked one and allowed only four singles in his seven innings.

Blake Treinen worked the ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances.

After winning the AL West title the past two seasons, the Rangers (78-84) slipped from 95 wins last year.

Oakland went ahead to stay after four consecutive hits to open the third off Cole Hamels (11-6). Dustin Garneau and Marcus Semien had singles before Matt Chapman's RBI double. Jed Lowrie followed with his 49th double, extending his single-season team record while driving in two runs.

Davis, already only the second A's player other than Jimmie Fox (1932-34) with consecutive 40-homer seasons, went deep in the eighth. Davis hit 42 homers last season.

The Rangers didn't score until Nomar Mazara's two-run single in the eighth, giving him 101 RBIs.

Beltre played for the first time since Tuesday, the night the Rangers were eliminated from wild-card contention. He missed only two weeks after a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring Aug. 31, but was back two weeks later and was the DH in 13 consecutive games when the team still had a chance to make the playoffs.

After being lifted for a pinch-runner, Beltre got an extended ovation from the crowd that included a curtain call. The 38-year-old third baseman, who hit .312 in his 20th major league season, is signed with the Rangers through next season.

Hamels struck out five in his three innings. The lefty, who missed more than seven weeks because of a right oblique strain, ended the season with 148 innings -- his fewest since 132 1/3 innings as a rookie with Philadelphia in 2006. He had thrown at least 200 innings each of the past seven seasons.

MAWELL PROTEST

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem, something he did the last nine games of the season. He is the only Major League Baseball player who has done that, and the series at Texas was the first on the road. He kneeled in front of teammates before Sunday's finale, and loud boos were heard after the anthem.

UP NEXT

Athletics: At home for their 2018 opener on March 29 against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rangers: Their 2018 opener is March 29 at home against Houston.

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<![CDATA[Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Texas Rangers Game]]>Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:21:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas+rangers+logo.jpg

A big celebration at Globe Life Park tonight as the Texas Rangers honor law enforcement.

Law enforcement officers, correction officers, and 9-1-1 dispatchers came together for a pre-game presentation.

The first 1,000 fans went home with a limited edition law enforcement themed Texas Rangers cap.

The North Richland Hills Police Department tweeted out a photo of several of their motorcycle officers as they were feature on the jumbo-tron.




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<![CDATA[Choo Homers as Rangers Top A's 5-3]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 23:08:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-541905318.jpg

Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Friday night.

Martin Perez (13-12) allowed three runs and five hits as Texas ended a seven-game skid. The 13 wins are a career high for Perez and the loss guaranteed Oakland would finish last in the AL West.

A's catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem and was booed by a portion of the crowd before and after the song. It was the first time Maxwell has taken a knee on the field in an opposing ballpark. He took a knee during the anthem on Thursday, but he was warming up starting pitcher Sean Manaea in the bullpen and out of view from television cameras and fans.

Maxwell wasn't in the lineup Friday, and took a knee in alongside his standing teammates in front of the dugout. He entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh and grounded out to second.

Perez had an early lead to work with after Choo and Elvis Andrus scored on an infield single by Nomar Mazara in the first.

The single gave Mazara 99 RBI for the season. With an RBI in the final two games Mazara would become the just the second Ranger in the past five seasons to have 100 RBI in a season.

Choo homered on the first pitch he saw in the fifth and doubled the lead to 4-0.

It was the final pitch of the night for A's starter Raul Alcantara (1-2), who allowed five hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Texas tacked on another run in the fifth against reliever Sam Moll when Mazara scored on Willie Calhoun's single to left. Renato Nunez hit a three-run homer in the in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 5-3.

Nunez had a chance to give Oakland lead in the eighth, but struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Alex Claudio worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 11th save for Texas.

"I DO"

Teresa and Lloyd Price exchanged vows and were married between the second and third inning. They wore Rangers jerseys and the wedding was officiated by a judge that had come to the game with the couple. They were appropriately named the "Fans of the Game" on the Rangers television broadcast.

TRAINERS ROOM

Athletics: Oakland manager Bob Melvin said that CF Dustin Fowler (knee) is progressing well and the hope is that he'll be ready to compete for a starting job in spring training.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (4-10) is making his 18th start and will be making his first start against Texas.

Rangers: RHP Andrew Cashner (10-11) will make his 28th start of the season and is trying to finish with a .500 record or better for just the second time in his career.

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<![CDATA[Healy, Manaea Lead A's Past Slumping Rangers 4-1]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:48:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-855328848.jpg

Ryon Healy hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Thursday night.

It was the fifth straight road win for the Athletics and seventh consecutive loss for the Rangers. It's Texas' longest skid since an eight-game slide in 2015.

Bruce Maxwell took to a knee in the Oakland bullpen during the national anthem. The catcher was warming up starter Sean Manaea, out of view from many fans and cameras. One fan near the Oakland dugout said "boo" in a normal voice, and a small number of fans booed when Maxwell batted in the second inning. Maxwell has been the only major league baseball player to take to a knee, mirroring protests by NFL players against racial injustice. This was Maxwell's first road game since he began his protest last weekend.

A's manager Bob Melvin said before the game he expected the protest to continue because of Maxwell was committed to it.

Manaea (12-10) gave up three hits and no earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 20 opportunities.

Oakland's sixth-inning runs came with two outs. Jed Lowrie singled and went to third base on a double by Khris Davis. Healy then looped a fly ball that dropped in front of center fielder Delino DeShields.

Matt Chapman also drove in two runs, with his 14th home run in the fifth and a single in the ninth.

Drew Robinson tied the game for Texas with a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Chapman's homer off losing pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (8-13) cleared the center field fence just above the outstretched glove of DeShields.

Manaea had been scratched from his previous scheduled start, at home against the Rangers on Saturday, because of a strained left upper back.

Oakland is 16-5 in September. By beating fourth-place Texas, the A's retained hopes of avoiding their third straight last-place finish in the AL West. The Rangers have a two-game lead with three to play.

Earlier in the day, the A's announced an extension of Melvin's contract through the 2019 season.

Melvin, who took over as the A's manager after the 2011 season, had been signed through 2018. In late July, the 55-year-old earned his 1,000th managerial win. He currently has a 1,029-1,040 career record with Seattle, Arizona and Oakland. His 536 wins with Oakland trail only Tony LaRussa (798) and Art Howe (600). Melvin has been a Manager of the Year in both leagues.

TRAINER'S ROOM

A's: Rookie utility player Chad Pinder, who sustained a concussion when crashing into a wall last Friday, isn't expected to play again this season. Pinder made starts at six different positions.

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor, who has continued to play since spraining his left ankle Sept. 10, wasn't in the starting lineup. It was only the third time in the Rangers' 159 games that he hasn't started this season. But he did pinch hit and still has a chance to be the first Rangers player to appear in all 162 games since 2006, when Michael Young and Mark Teixeira both did.

UP NEXT

A's: Right-hander Raul Alcantara (1-1), who was designated for assignment by Oakland in late April after one start, is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four games (two starts) since returning to Oakland three weeks ago after Triple-A Nashville ended its season. Both of his career wins have been against Texas.

Rangers: Martin Perez (12-12, 4.83 ERA) will make his team-high 32nd start, one shy of his career high. The lefty has lost two of three starts since a career-best seven-game winning streak.

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<![CDATA[Globe Life Field Ground Breaking (Full Program)]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:00:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe_Life_Field_Groundbreaking_Full_Program_1200x675_1057310275678.jpg

Officials with the city of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Major League Baseball broke ground on the team's new $1.1 billion stadium Thursday, Sept. 27, 2017. To close the program, Rangers Hall of Famers Kenny Rogers and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez tossed out the ceremonial first pitch -- they tossed out the first game pitch at the Ballpark in Arlington in 1994.]]>
<![CDATA[Globe Life Field Ground Breaking]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:00:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+Field+Groundbreaking+2.jpg

Officials with the city of Arlington, the Texas Rangers and Major League Baseball broke ground on the team's new $1.1 billion stadium Thursday, Sept. 27, 2017. To close the program, Rangers Hall of Famers Kenny Rogers and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez tossed out the ceremonial first pitch -- they tossed out the first game pitch at the Ballpark in Arlington in 1994.

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<![CDATA[Officials Break Ground on Rangers' Globe Life Field]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:08:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe+Life+Field+Groundbreaking+2.jpg

Officials with the Texas Rangers and city of Arlington broke ground Thursday on the team's new $1.1 billion stadium, Globe Life Field.

Rangers Hall of Famers Kenny Rogers and Ivan Rodriguez — who pitched and caught the first regular-season pitch at the current stadium April 11, 1994 — performed a "ceremonial first pitch" at Thursday's event.

The groundbreaking took place at the site of the new stadium's home plate, which was formerly the back of Parking Lot B.

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[Astros Wrap Up Sweep, Rout Rangers 12-2]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:13:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-854795512.jpg

Justin Verlander struck out 11 to win his fifth straight start since getting traded to Houston, major league batting leader Jose Altuve reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row, and the AL West champion Astros completed a dominating three-game sweep by routing the Texas Rangers 12-2 on Wednesday.

Carlos Correa hit two home runs and George Springer had a grand slam as Houston (98-60) outscored Texas 37-7 in the series. The Astros are trying to catch Cleveland for the best record in the American League -- the Central champion Indians began the day at 98-59.

Correa went deep in consecutive innings, hitting a solo shot in the fifth and a two-run homer soon after Springer's slam in a seven-run sixth. Correa had four hits and drove in four runs.

The Rangers (76-82), who had won the AL West the past two seasons, lost their sixth straight game and ensured themselves a losing record for only the second time in nine seasons. They were eliminated from the wild-card race Tuesday night.

Verlander (15-8) matched his season high for strikeouts while allowing two runs without a walk in six innings. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his five starts since being traded from Detroit to Houston on Aug. 31.

Willie Calhoun and Drew Robinson hit solo homers off Verlander. It was the first career homer for Calhoun, the young outfielder who was the main piece the Rangers got back when they traded Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31.

Altuve, who is hitting .347, got his 200th hit on a single in the first off Nick Martinez (3-8), who gave up six runs and 10 hits pitching into the sixth.

The Astros second baseman is only the fourth right-handed hitter in major league history with four consecutive 200-hit seasons. The last was Michael Young, with five in a row for Texas from 2003-07. Altuve has a chance to be the first player to lead the AL or NL in hits outright four consecutive seasons.

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TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: OF Josh Reddick, who didn't play in the Rangers series because of a sore back, is likely to return to the lineup Thursday in Boston.

Rangers: A day after Texas was eliminated from playoff contention, 3B Adrian Beltre (strained left hamstring), CF Carlos Gomez (right ankle) and catcher Robinson Chirinos (hamstring) were out of the lineup. They all are likely done for the season.

UP NEXT

Astros: Brad Peacock (12-2) pitches Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at AL East-leading Boston, a matchup of teams that could meet again in the AL Division Series next week.

Rangers: The final homestand of the season, a four-game series against last-place Oakland, starts Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Fans Push for Public Transportation to New Ballpark]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:59:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe_Life_Field_Aerial.jpg

A new survey by the Texas Rangers shows fans favor adding public transportation to the new $1 billion ballpark.

According to the survey, 36 percent of those responding said mass transit was the best way to improve the “travel and parking” experience.

Other solutions — like more parking, better ingress/regress, and a shuttle service — were far down on the list.

Arlington has been criticized for years for a lack of public transportation.

One fan from Richardson said he can easily travel to Dallas Stars or Mavericks games but has no options when he comes to Arlington to a Rangers game.

"It's a shame that this ballpark is so nice," he said. "But it's so hard to get out here, especially during the weeknights during the year. It's awful."

“We don’t have mass transit here and it’s something on everyone’s lips these days,” said Arlington council member Roxanne Thalman.

The problem is funding, she said. Public transportation projects have been turned down three times by voters.

A large-scale bus service is not in the cards for Arlington, Thalman said.

She suggested the answer is in new technology like ride-sharing or even driverless cars.

"The old systems that have worked for our surrounding cities are probably not solutions that we're looking at," she said.

Fort Worth also is grappling with how to pay more for public transportation — a key requirement in Amazon’s search for a city to build a huge new headquarters.

Some city leaders in Fort Worth are pushing a regional approach to transportation funding, which likely would include Arlington.



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<![CDATA[Astros Rout Rangers 14-3; Texas Eliminated in Wild Card Race]]>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:54:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-854453798.jpg

The Houston Astros know they will begin their best-of-5 American League Division Series at home in Minute Maid Park, with the opponent yet to be determined.

Carlos Correa, Brian McCann and Cameron Maybin had three RBIs each and Dallas Keuchel allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings as the Astros routed the Texas Rangers 14-3 on Tuesday night to clinch no worse than the second-best record in the AL.

Houston (97-60) trails Cleveland by one game with five to play in the race for the league's best record. The Indians own the tiebreaker, having won the season series.

The Astros will face the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or Minnesota Twins.

"This team has earned those first couple home games and home-field advantage," manager A.J. Hinch said. "We'll see how it shakes out, who we play, but some playoff baseball's coming to Minute Maid pretty soon."

"We're still trying to lock up home-field advantage (for the ALCS), too," Keuchel said. "That would be real nice."

Texas was eliminated from wild-card contention when Minnesota won earlier Tuesday night. The Rangers were only 2½ games out of the second wild-card spot with 10 games left only to lose their last five, equaling their longest skid of the season, by a margin of 38-7.

"Obviously it's a disappointment," Adrian Beltre said. "We knew we had a shot. We played pretty well down the stretch until the last week."

Keuchel (14-5) struck out eight and walked one. Owning a 9-0 record before going on the disabled list in early May with neck discomfort, he improved to 5-5 since.

"I've been feeling a lot better, and better to the point of I'm back in mid-season form," he said.

The Astros chased Rangers ace Cole Hamels (11-5) before he could record an out in the fourth inning. Hamels allowed four runs in the first inning and two in the fourth, giving up six hits and four walks. It was his shortest outing since allowing seven runs in 1.2 innings on Sept. 5, 2016 in a 14-6 loss at Seattle.

Charitable Contributions
The Rangers held a telethon during Tuesday's local telecast to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey on Texas' gulf coast. The Astros Foundation — in partnership with Crane Worldwide, FedEx and the Houston mayor's office — will send 240,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The Astros' Carlos Beltran, who has already donated $1 million to his home island, teared up while talking about the club's efforts: "I talked to my brother the other day. He said there's no water to drink. When you hear that and you know that your family . it means a lot to me."

Short Hops
Maybin, with a home run and three RBIs Tuesday, has four homers and 12 RBIs in 18 games with Houston. ... Delino DeShields' sixth-inning inside-the-park home run was the Rangers' second this season, marking the first time since 1997 that the club has had more than one in a season . ... Home plate umpire Carlos Torres wore a Rangers catcher's mask since his crew's gear didn't arrive by game time.

Trainer's Room
Rangers: 3B Beltre played in the field for the first time since being on the disabled list Sept. 1-11 with a strained hamstring. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning.

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (bruised left forearm) sat out after being hit by a pitch on Monday night. Hinch said Altuve might start Wednesday afternoon's series finale.

Up Next
Rangers RHP Nick Martinez (3-7) is 0-4 with six no-decisions and a 7.02 ERA since winning at Yankee Stadium on June 25.

Houston's Verlander (14-8) is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA in four Houston starts. In his last Arlington appearance with Detroit, he allowed five runs in six innings in a 10-4 loss on Aug. 15. He'll then have six or seven days' rest before starting Game 1 or 2 of the ALDS.

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<![CDATA[Rangers on Brink of Elimination After 11-2 Loss to Astros]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:17:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-853837470.jpg

Collin McHugh indicated he wasn't trying to hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch.

Gomez, his former Houston Astros teammate, felt otherwise.

The one certainty Monday night was that the AL West champion Astros won 11-2, clinching the season series over the Texas Rangers while delivering a virtual knockout blow to their in-state rival's chances of getting into the playoffs.

Batting immediately after Joey Gallo's 39th homer for Texas in the second inning, Gomez took the first pitch high and tight before changing bats. He was then quick-pitched, fouling it off before glaring at McHugh and taking several steps toward the mound. The benches and bullpens emptied, though no punches were thrown.

"I asked him what the issue was and he said, 'Yeah, I got a problem with you.' And everybody else was out there by that point in time," McHugh said. "The game goes on. I don't want to spend any more mental effort thinking about Carlos Gomez. It is what it is."

Marwin Gonzalez had four hits and three RBIs for the Astros (96-60), now within two games of AL Central champion Cleveland for the best record in the league. The Indians own the tiebreaker for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs if they finish with the same record.

Gonzalez had two hits and scored twice in an eight-run fourth when only one run was earned. Gonzalez had a two-run single that chased starter Andrew Cashner (10-11), then two innings later hit his 23rd homer.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve, the AL leader with 199 hits and a .348 batting average, left in the eighth inning after he was hit by a 95 mph fastball. The team said X-rays were negative and Altuve had a bruised forearm.

"He immediately knew that it wasn't broken. He was coming out of the game anyway," manager A.J. Hinch said. "It was unfortunate that he got hit."

Texas (76-80), division champs the past two years, had an early 2-0 lead before losing its fourth straight game. The Rangers dropped six games behind idle Minnesota for the second American League wild card with six to play.

Gomez has been hit by pitches an AL-high 19 times this season, including by McHugh in a game last month.

McHugh was on the disabled list in early May when he had a heated exchange of words with Gomez, who had to be restrained from Houston starter Lance McCullers Jr. after a pitch thrown behind Mike Napoli's head.

"It's always going to be I am the troublemaker. I'm always going to get blamed," Gomez said. "The truth is I got told by one of the people who work for them that he was going to hit me. So, last time I faced him he hit me right away. No one said anything about that, but I react to something, I'm the troublemaker. How am I supposed to react?"

When they were still teammates last season, McHugh responded on the mound with an obscenity after Gomez lost a fly ball while playing center field and it went over his head.

McHugh (4-2) struck out six while throwing 112 pitches in five innings. The right-hander is 15-0 with a 2.94 ERA in 19 starts in September or October during his four seasons with the Astros.

And His ERA Went Down
Cashner's ERA actually dropped — from 3.44 to 3.42 — after becoming the first Rangers pitcher since knuckleballer Charlie Hough in 1987 to allow seven unearned runs, and the third pitcher in the majors this season. There were no Rangers errors in the game when Hough gave up seven unearned runs, but instead six passed balls by catcher Geno Petralli.

The Astros' fourth inning included four hits — two each by Gonzalez and Evan Gattis, who had a two-run double — and was helped by two walks, a hit batter and two errors with two outs.

Trainer's Room
Rangers: Manager Jeff Banister rejoined the team after missing the previous two games to be with his mother in the Houston area after she experienced some complications following surgery. "She made it evident that it was necessary for me to come back here," Banister said.

Astros: OF Josh Reddick, who has been dealing with a sore back, was out of the lineup for the second time in three games. Houston manager A.J. Hinch said Reddick is fine but probably won't play Tuesday.

Up Next
Dallas Keuchel and Cole Hamels, left-handed aces who have both missed more than 50 games this season, pitch the middle game of the series. Keuchel (13-5) is making his 12th start since missing 53 games during two DL stints (pinched nerve in back, neck discomfort). Hamels (11-4) missed 51 games because of a right oblique strain.

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<![CDATA[Rangers' Delino Deshields Speaks on Athletes' Protests]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:09:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Delino_Deshields_on_NFL_Protests_1200x675_1054605379971.jpg

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields speaks about the protests by athletes during the national anthem that have drawn criticism from President Trump.]]>
<![CDATA[Davis Slugs 41st, Cotton Goes 5 Strong as A's Top Texas 8-1]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:44:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-853200194.jpg

Nearing the end of a long, disappointing season, the Oakland Athletics are finally on a roll.

Khris Davis hit another big home run, Jharel Cotton pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball and the Athletics extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

Cotton (9-10) struck out six and allowed one walk as he won his fourth straight decision.

"I was excited to come out today for the team and myself, and we're on a seven-game winning streak, so it's pretty fun," Cotton said. "It's a fun clubhouse right now."

Texas got swept over three games at an inopportune time. The Rangers entered the series in contention for the second AL wild card, but fell 5½ games behind Minnesota with a week left in the season. The Twins swept Detroit over four games this weekend.

The Rangers have lost eight straight in Oakland and 10 of 15 overall.

"We made it tough on ourselves," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "This series was a bad one for us. We expect to come here and at least win the series. It didn't turn out that way."

The Rangers will take their longshot odds back to Arlington on Monday for a seven-game homestand to close out their regular season

"It will be nice to get home tomorrow and finish up with the seven at home," interim manager Steve Buechele said.

Davis' 41st home run, projected at 445 feet by Statcast, came on a 1-1 changeup from starter Martin Perez (12-12). It highlighted a decisive five-run burst in the fifth inning for Oakland.

A's pitchers held the Rangers scoreless for a season-high 21 consecutive innings in the series — their previous best was 16.

The Rangers broke through in the seventh, when Nomar Mazara hit a solo home run — his 20th — off Simon Castro.

Quotable
Said A's catcher Josh Phegley: "We're just kind of relaxing and playing our game and I think we need to take a lesson from that. We need to play like that all the time and I think we come into next year with that same mentality and just play with what we have, have fun, play hard for each other. We've got a great team."

Anthem Protest
A's catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem for the second straight day. On Saturday, he became the first major league baseball player to participate in the protest movement.

Trainer's Room
Rangers: Buechele said it wasn't known when manager Jeff Banister will rejoin the team. Banister flew to Texas on Saturday morning to be with his ailing mother Verda, who lives in Clear Lake.

Athletics: First baseman Matt Olson came out of the game after suffering a hamstring injury turning a double play in the top of the sixth inning. The severity of his injury wasn't immediately known, A's manager Bob Melvin said. ... OF Chad Pinder was out of the lineup for a second straight day and has entered concussion protocol, and it's not clear whether he'll be cleared to play before the end of the season, Melvin said. Pinder suffered injuries previously thought to be whiplash after crashing into the center-field wall on Friday. He was sent home Saturday after his symptoms worsened. ... OF Boog Powell (knee) is on roughly the same timetable as Pinder. ... Maxwell is close to completing concussion protocol tests and could be behind the plate for Monday's game, Melvin said.

Up Next
Rangers: RHP Andrew Casher (10-10, 3.44 ERA) will start Monday's series opener against Houston. He is 1-4 with a 4.06 ERA against the Astros in five starts this season. He'll be the first Rangers pitcher to start six games against the same opponent since 2012 (Yu Darvish, vs. the Los Angeles Angels).

Athletics: RHP Daniel Gossett (4-9, 5.38) will pitch Monday's series opener against Seattle. Gossett has lost three of his last four decisions and is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.



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<![CDATA[Maxwell Kneels for Anthem, Davis Belts 40th as A's Top Texas]]>Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:12:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-852683902.jpg

Bruce Maxwell became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem, and then Khris Davis hit his 40th home run to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Saturday night.

Maxwell dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside Oakland's dugout during the anthem, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. Maxwell's teammates stood in a line next to him. Teammate Mark Canha, who is white, put his right hand on one of Maxwell's shoulders.

The Athletics released a statement on Twitter shortly after the anthem, saying they "respect and support all of our players' constitutional rights and freedom of expression" and "pride ourselves on being inclusive."

Davis became the first A's player to hit 40 home runs in consecutive seasons since Jimmy Foxx (1932-34). He's the fourth player in franchise history with multiple 40-homer seasons. Foxx (3), Mark McGwire (3) and Jose Canseco (2) are the others.

Davis homered against Miguel Gonzalez (8-12) leading off the second inning as the A's won their season-high sixth straight game.

Raul Alcantara (1-1) threw five shutout innings of two-hit ball in which he struck out five and allowed two walks.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Manager Jeff Banister Leaves to be With Sick Mother]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:58:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/523069048.jpg

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister left the team on Saturday morning to be with his ill mother.

Banister's mother, Verda, lives in Clear Lake, Texas.

Bench coach Steve Buechele will manage the last two games of the Rangers' series against the Oakland Athletics.

The Rangers were on the fringe of the American League wild card race, going into Saturday trailing the Minnesota Twins by 3 1/2 games for the second wild card spot.

"The circumstances of this are terrible, but family first," Buechele said.

Buechele learned about Banister's situation on Friday night but said he didn't know Banister would be flying back to Texas until Saturday morning.

"I don't think he knew," Buechele said.

Buechele surfaced as a candidate for the Colorado Rockies managerial vacancy in 2012. He interviewed by phone for the position before the Rockies hired Walt Weiss.

"In the game of baseball, you don't ever know what will be given to you or afforded to you," Buechele said. "I feel lucky to have the job I have now. Should the opportunity arise somewhere down the road, yeah that would be nice, but that's certainly not on my radar right now."

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<![CDATA[Rangers Fall 3 1/2 Back for Wild Card With 4-1 Loss to A's]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:16:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-852069514.jpg

The Texas Rangers are running out of time to avoid missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

Rookie Matt Olson hit his sixth home run in seven games, a second-inning drive off Nick Martinez that helped the Athletics beat Texas 4-1 on Friday night and damaged the Rangers' playoff hopes.

"We haven't been able to play good baseball here in Oakland," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "But we've got to a scratch that out and stay positive. Tomorrow is a big game for us."

Texas, which had won four straight, dropped 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card. The Rangers are tied with the Los Angeles Angels.

Shin-Soo Choo hit his 21st home run for Texas in the third but the Rangers were blanked the rest of the way and lost at Oakland for the sixth time in seven games this season.

"At the end of the day tomorrow, we could quite possibly be back to 2 1/2 games back," Banister said.

Martinez (3-7) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in six innings. He is winless in six starts and four relief appearances since June 25.

Kendall Graveman (6-4) gave up one run, six hits and three walks in seven innings as Oakland won its fifth straight, and Blake Treinen retired three batters for his 10th save. The A's were eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the evening.

"The changeup was really good tonight so we used it," Graveman said. "That's been a pitch that in the last six weeks has kind of come into play, and I'm just trying to make it better each time I go through a bullpen and each time I have an outing."

Texas went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. The Rangers stranded a runner at third base in the second, left two on in the fourth and failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth. Choo ended the game by striking out with runners at second and third.

Third baseman Drew Robinson's fielding error led to an unearned run in the third.

OLSON'S ROOKIE TEAR

Olson homered following a leadoff walk to Khris Davis, his 13th home run in September and his 16th in his last 23 games.

"I'm feeling pretty good up there," Olson said. "Finding myself swinging too hard sometimes, but continuing to still feel good."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Adrian Beltre is moving better and manager Jeff Banister hasn't ruled out the slugger returning to third base before the end of the regular season. Beltre spent time on the 10-day DL this month with a left hamstring strain.

Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to start Sunday. Cotton missed his last turn because of a groin strain. ... C Bruce Maxwell is undergoing concussion protocol. He did some light running before the game. ... OF Boog Powell's knee injury has been diagnosed as a bone bruise.

UP NEXT

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (8-11, 4.75 ERA) is to start for Texas on Saturday in his fourth appearance for the Rangers since he was acquired from the Chicago. Gonzalez has allowed 12 earned runs over 10 1/3 innings. LHP Sean Manaea (11-10, 4.56 ERA) is slated to pitch for Oakland. with Texas.



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<![CDATA[Ivan Rodriguez Helping Native PR With Hurricane Relief Drive]]>Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:56:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pudge+Hall+of+Fame.jpg

Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is on a mission to help his native Puerto Rico.

Pudge will be helping collect relief supplies through Sept. 29 as part of the United for Puerto Rico, a program brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in an effort to help those affected by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

Pudge says most of his family still lives in Puerto Rico. He says he didn't hear from his father until five days after Hurricane Maria hit. His family is okay but Pudge says he gets emotional seeing the destruction in his homeland.

"My mom is sending me videos every day and it makes me cry because its tough, i mean, there's nothing in Puerto Rico that stayed there, it's gone," Rodriguez said.

Among the supplies needed are generators, tents, construction lumber, first aid kits, hygiene products, over-the-counter medicines, blankets, clothing and bottled water.

The drop-off locations are:

Adobos Puerto Rican Cafe
3013 N. Beltline Road
Irving, TX

2800 Story Road West
Irving, TX

For more information, you can visit http://unidosporpuertorico.com

HURRICANE HARVEY BENEFIT: On Tuesday, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host a special benefit during the Rangers' Fox Sports Southwest telecast to raise funds in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. The benefit will feature a live online auction where fans can bid on sports and entertainment packages.

The Rangers open up a three-game series with the Houston Astros starting on Monday in Arlington.



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<![CDATA[Hamels Tames Mariners, Rangers Stay Close in Wild-Card Hunt]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:24:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-851162896.jpg

Cole Hamels has a long history of winning down the stretch, and he gave the Texas Rangers exactly what they needed Thursday night.

Hamels dominated for eight innings, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo went deep and the Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 to hang around the AL wild-card hunt.

Texas and the Los Angeles Angels are 2½ games behind Minnesota for the second wild card. The Angels lost to Cleveland, while the Twins blew out Detroit.

Hamels (11-4) allowed three hits and a run while striking out eight. He gave up a solo homer to Nelson Cruz — his 35th — in the seventh, along with a pair of singles to Jean Segura.

Hamels has a 29-16 career record in September and October, including 8-3 in three seasons with Texas.

"That's veteran leadership showing up," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "That's knowing how to go out and perform and put your team in a winning situation. We've seen it so many times before from him."

Keone Kela got his second save despite yielding a solo homer to Robinson Cano in the ninth. It was Cano's 22nd this season and 300th of his career.

"It means a lot," Cano said. "In a humble way, it's something that makes me proud of myself, proud of my family and the way they raised me to help me get to this level."

The Mariners have lost five straight games and are five back in the wild-card chase with nine games remaining.

James Paxton (12-5) allowed two runs in 3.2 choppy innings. The hard-throwing left-hander was making his second start since a pectoral injury landed him on the disabled list, and he's struggled both times.

"I was moving the fastball around better, breaking stuff was sharper," Paxton said. "Not as sharp as I can be, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. Tonight, unfortunately, it wasn't enough."

Carlos Gomez had a two-run double in the first that caromed off the glove of Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager.

"It's important for us to finish strong," said Gomez, now in his 11th big-league season. "We showed the young guys that this is going to be tough but we never give up."

Beltre hit his 17th home run in the sixth and Choo hit his 20th in the seventh. For Beltre, that tied him with Jose Canseco, Adam Dunn and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera for 35th on the career home run list with 462.

Safe at Home
Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, whose home island of Puerto Rico has been battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, finally heard from his family Wednesday. His cousin called and said the damage was minimal.

"Nothing bad. I'm happy for that," he said, although he doesn't know the status of his house or his grandmother's house.

Diaz has been anxious but said he has to block it out.

"The game is one part and my family is another part," he said. "When I'm in the game, I have to do my work. I think about them, but I have to concentrate 100 percent on what I do."

Trainer's Room
Rangers: Gomez started in center field after missing most of 10 games with a right ankle sprain. He did appear in one game, Tuesday, as a pinch hitter.

Mariners: RHP Dan Altavilla, rested the past couple games with a bruised foot, entered with two outs in the fourth inning.

Up Next
Rangers: RHP Nick Martinez (3-6, 5.47) goes into the Oakland Coliseum, where he has a 1.77 ERA in seven appearances, ninth lowest ever there (min: 35 innings). He'll be opposed by A's RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 4.39).

Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (5-6, 4.56), re-acquired in a July 28 trade with Tampa Bay, makes his 10th appearance with Seattle. Since arriving, he is 1-3 with a 4.22 ERA. The Indians will start RHP Trevor Bauer (16-9, 4.41).

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<![CDATA[New Renderings Revealed of Texas Rangers' New Ballpark]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:20:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rangers_Stadium_6p_92117.jpg

The Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings Thursday, showing what the team's new home is expected to look like.]]>
<![CDATA[Free Rangers Tickets for Arlington Residents Sept. 28]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:06:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-850367994+%281%29.jpg

The Texas Rangers will break ground on their new stadium, Globe Life Field, Sept. 28. That same day, Capital One is inviting Arlington residents to Globe Life Park to see Rangers host the A's for free as a way to mark the milestone.

To get the free tickets, Arlington residents need only go to TexasRangers.com/Arlington to claim their four seats -- though they can also request them at the stadium box office.

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis in the Corner Box, Lower Reserved, Outfield Plaza, Lexus Club Terrace, Upper Box, and Upper Reserved seating areas.

Proof of Arlington residency will be required (via credit card billing address) for redeeming the tickets either on-line or in person. Tickets will then be sent to fans on game day via text.

The Texas Rangers revealed new renderings of Globe Life Field Thursday. The ballpark is expected to open in March 2020 and will hold about 41,000 fans.

The groundbreaking for Globe Life Field will take place earlier in the day Sept. 28 -- game time vs. the A's is 7:05 p.m.



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<![CDATA[New Renderings Revealed of Rangers New Park]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:23:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe_Life_Field_Aerial.jpgThe Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing with the team's new home is expected to look like.

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<![CDATA[Architects Unveil Plans for Texas Rangers' New Stadium]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:03:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Globe_Life_Field_Aerial.jpg

The Texas Rangers say they're finally ready to break ground on their new $1.1 billion retractable roof ballpark.

Thursday, the architects working on the project unveiled brand new artist renderings, giving fans their most complete look at Globe Life Field to date.

"We're really creating the first next generation ballpark here," said Bryan Trubey, Executive Vice President and Director of Sports & Entertainment for HKS, the architecture firm designing the ballpark.

The new stadium will be built just south of Randol Mill Road, across the street from Globe Life Park.

Trubey says they wanted the ballpark to have a distinctly Texas feel, which is why they incorporated a lot of brick, limestone, arches, and landscaping into the design.

"We started with something that the Rangers know is a part of their brand," said Trubey. "The term backyard has come to mind. And that term actually means family, it means security, it means entertainment, and a larger familial connection across their fanbase."

He says another major goal of their design was to bring a lot of natural light into the ballpark, even when the roof is closed. The roof itself will have clear panels and there will be glass walls on multiple sides of the stadium.

"All this works together to make it feel like even though you're inside, you're actually in an outdoor environment," said Trubey.

He also notes that when the roof is open, it will not be visible to fans seated in the ballpark. Instead, it will push back to the west, essentially providing an overhang for one of the stadium parking lots.

Rangers executives call the designs "truly amazing."

"It opens a world of possibilities to us," said Rob Matwick, Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Texas Rangers. "We want it to be the best Major League Baseball facility that there is."

Matwick believes the climate control and more intimate seating arrangement (Globe Life Field will have a seating capacity of 41,000 -- about 8,000 fewer seats than Globe Life Park) will enhance the fan experience.

As it relates to the team, he says Globe Life Field will provide them with a year-round training facility and a new bargaining chip when trying to attract players.

"It's state-of-the-art, best in the business," said Matwick. "It also becomes attractive to free agents as we're trying to put teams together. So our job design-wise is to make sure it's absolutely the best it can be."

The Rangers will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Globe Life Field on September 28. It's slated to open at 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 (sales tax, car rental tax, hotel occupancy tax) 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 Beat Mariners 8-6, Move Closer to Playoff Spot]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:02:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-850367994+%281%29.jpg

Alex Claudio put his worries aside and made sure Rougned Odor's grand slam did not go to waste.

Odor capped a seven-run fourth inning in style and Claudio earned a six-out save to preserve Texas' 8-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners as the Rangers made up ground in the playoff chase Wednesday night.

"What a gutsy performance the last two nights for him," Texas manager Jeff Banister said of Claudio, whose family is in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. "All of our hearts go out for these guys and everybody in Puerto Rico and all their families."

The Rangers moved within 2½ games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card after the Twins lost 11-3 to the New York Yankees. Seattle dropped its fifth straight and remained four games behind Minnesota.

"We've got 11 to play," Banister said. "We've still got some yard work to do. We've got to go out and continue to play good baseball and continue to get good starts from our starting pitcher."

Seattle, which trailed 7-1 early, pulled to 8-5 on Robinson Cano's two-run single in the seventh but then left the bases loaded. The Mariners made it 8-6 in the eighth on consecutive doubles by Mike Zunino and Ben Gamel.

"Our guys kept fighting," manager Scott Servais said. "Proud of the group there. We kind of knew what we were up against at that point in the game, and we did not quit until the last out."

Andrew Cashner (10-10) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings for Texas. He struck out two and walked three. Claudio got six outs for his 10th save.

"We wouldn't be where we're at right now without him," Cashner said of Claudio. "Especially with everything he's dealing with back home. For him to give us two huge innings tonight against a good ballclub, that's kind of what he's done all season. He comes in in big spots, and he's the same guy. He's just calm, collected and makes pitches."

Longtime ace Felix Hernandez (5-5), making his second start for Seattle since coming off the disabled list, allowed six runs — five earned — on two hits and three walks in 3.1 innings.

Texas capitalized on two errors to set up the decisive outburst in the fourth. Hernandez retired his first nine hitters before walking Delino DeShields to open the inning.

Shin-Soo Choo singled to right, with DeShields taking third on an error by Mitch Haniger. Third baseman Kyle Seager then mishandled Elvis Andrus' bouncer, allowing DeShields to score. Adrian Beltre walked to load the bases and Nomar Mazara followed with a two-run single to make it 3-1.

After Joey Gallo struck out, Robinson Chirinos walked to load the bases again. Andrew Albers relieved and Odor drove a 1-2 pitch to right-center for his 30th home run.

"The first three innings, I was going after hitters," said Hernandez, limited to 15 starts this season because of injuries. "I was throwing a lot of strikes. That was the difference from the first three and the fourth."

Texas added a run in the sixth on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Choo, robbed of a grand slam on a leaping catch above the wall by center fielder Guillermo Heredia.

The Mariners loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth, but Cashner allowed just one run on a double-play grounder.

Solo homers by Nelson Cruz in the fifth, his 34th, and Haniger in the first, his 14th, accounted for Seattle's first two runs.

"They hurt, there's no question about it," Servais said of the loss. "It definitely hurts. I think everybody feels it in our clubhouse. We have to play better baseball. You're not going to the playoffs if you continue to make errors and don't execute in critical situations, and pitches. That's where we're at. That's the reality of it."

Haniger Stays Hot
Haniger, whose two stints on the disabled list cost him 60 games, has reached base safely in 17 of his last 19 games. During that span, he is hitting .388 with six home runs, six doubles, 13 RBIs and 15 runs.

Trainer's Room
Mariners RHP Tony Zych (right elbow), on the 10-day DL, threw a bullpen but is not ready to return.

"It wasn't as good as he was hoping, which is a little disappointing considering we'd love to have him back," Servais said. "I'm not saying he can't be back, but I was kind of hoping he'd do cartwheels as he came out of the bullpen. That wasn't quite the case."

Up Next
Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.96 ERA) starts the finale of the three-game series Thursday night. Hamels is 1-3 with a 5.97 ERA in his last five starts. He is 2-3 with a 5.73 ERA in six career starts at Safeco Field.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (12-4, 2.98) makes his second start after more than a month on the DL. Paxton struggled with command in his return, allowing three runs and four hits in 1.1 innings with two walks and two wild pitches.

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<![CDATA[Rangers Score Twice in 8th Inning for 3-1 Win Over Mariners]]>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:49:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-849852648.jpg

Carlos Gomez had not seen live pitching in more than a week due to a sprained ankle, but he kept asking Texas manager Jeff Banister for an opportunity as a pinch-hitter.

Banister gave Gomez his chance, and the decision helped boost the Rangers' slim playoff chances.

Gomez's leadoff double in the eighth inning started a two-run rally that lifted Texas to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly broke a 1-all tie, and Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single as the Rangers won their second straight after a five-game losing streak.

More importantly, Texas pulled within 3½ games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.

"He's been by my side and in my ear the last few days telling me he's ready to hit for us and do things like that," Banister said about Gomez. "It was a situation we felt like it was a good time for him."

It was actually the combination of Gomez and Delino DeShields that manufactured the two runs in the eighth. Gomez doubled off Nick Vincent (3-3), and DeShields followed with a perfect bunt single to put runners at the corners with no outs. Choo hit a fly ball deep enough that pinch-runner Will Middlebrooks scored easily to give Texas the lead, and Andrus' broken-bat single scored DeShields.

"It was a good bunt. It's something I've really taken pride in," DeShields said. "After my first year playing professional ball I got convinced it could be used as a weapon, especially with my speed. It's something I work on every single day."

Seattle lost its fourth straight and squandered an opportunity to move within three games of Minnesota. And it was a major baserunning mistake that came back to bite the Mariners.

"Disappointing night, obviously. A chance to gain ground in this race and you lose another day," manager Scott Servais said.

With one out and runners at the corners in the seventh inning, Yonder Alonso was caught too far off third base as Guillermo Heredia pulled back on a bunt attempt. Alonso was easily thrown out by catcher Robinson Chirinos. Heredia eventually singled against Tony Barnette (2-1), but Ben Gamel popped out to end the threat.

"If it's a strike, I'm sure [Heredia[ puts it down and then Yonder scores easy. It wasn't a strike. He did the right thing, backing off it," Servais said. "But again, Yonder got a little bit too aggressive down the line and they made a play on him. It's a point in the game and where we were at, I thought it was worth a gamble."

Starting Off
Texas starter Martin Perez and Seattle counterpart Mike Leake were both excellent but didn't figure in the decision.

Leake allowed one run in 6.2 innings, scattering six hits and striking out five. His only major trouble came in the second when Adrian Beltre led off with a single, advanced to third on Nomar Mazara's double and scored on Joey Gallo's groundout. Leake limited the damage to just that run and immediately went on a roll, retiring 14 of the next 15 before Andrus reached on an infield single with two outs in the sixth. Leake has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his four starts since being acquired by the Mariners from St. Louis.

Perez also allowed just one earned run on Gamel's RBI double in the fifth. He gave up four hits and struck out four, pitching at least six innings for the seventh time in nine starts.

"As a pitcher, if I do what I did tonight, we're going to have a chance," Perez said.

Alex Claudio worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Shut Down
Servais said the club is out of time for right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to return this season. Iwakuma has been rehabbing for months trying to come back from shoulder troubles that first popped up in May. He went on the disabled list May 10 and never returned. Servais said Iwakuma is seeking opinions about whether surgery might be needed to correct the problem.

Back at it
Gomez did some running before the game and Banister said he wanted Gomez to do more defensive drills pregame before putting him back in the outfield.

Up Next
Rangers: Andrew Cashner (9-10) will make his 26th start of the season. Cashner is 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts since July 5. But he is 1-4 in his career against Seattle.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez (5-4) makes his second start since coming off the disabled list. Hernandez will likely be in the range of 70 or 80 pitches.

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<![CDATA[Gallo Blast Helps Rangers to Win Over Angels]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:41:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-848605894.jpg

Joey Gallo wasn't sure how far he'd hit his monster home run Sunday, but he knew he hit it good.

All 490 feet of it, according to Statcast. Gallo's second inning solo home run — his 38th of the season, combined with a solid effort from Miguel Gonzalez led the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

The ball Gallo hit landed near the top of the grass hill in center field, a jaw-dropping home run at Angel Stadium. Gallo was more impressed he was able to fight back in the at-bat.

"It was two strikes. He's nasty," Gallo said of Garrett Richards. "He was nasty all game. Honestly, I was just trying to get something up and put the ball in play and hope for the best. Got the barrel to it and it went out."

It was his 38th home run of the season.

"You need a cab ride to get to it," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I don't think he's going to stop amazing us with the length of home runs. They're far, they're high, they're impressive. He's an incredible talent. Big-time power. It's fun to see him when he gets the barrel to it and they fly like that."

Said Angels manager Mike Scioscia: "That ball was hit."

The Angels dropped two games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card, a day after closing within one game of the Twins. The Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak.

Adrian Beltre ht a two-run double to center field in the first inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Gallo's blast made it a 3-0 lead.

Gonzalez (8-11) didn't allow a hit through four innings and earned his first win in a Rangers uniform. He did allow plenty of baserunners via five walks and one hit-by-pitch.

"I was a little wild, but we got it done," Gonzalez said. "(Robinson) Chirinos called a really good game back there, and we got some really good defense."

Mike Trout, batting leadoff for the second straight game, hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the fifth to put the Angels within 3-1. Trout also hit an eighth-inning solo home run to center field against reliever Matt Bush.

Gonzalez allowed one run on two hits in five innings. The Rangers then turned it over the bullpen, which had been the sore spot this season, but it got the job done. Jake Diekman got five outs for his first save.

Garrett Richards (0-2) gave up three runs in five innings of work. He was making his fourth start of the season and was better as the game went on. He threw 74 pitches, the most he's thrown since coming off the disabled list with a biceps injury that sidelined him most of the season. Richards retired the last 12 batters he faced and struck out the side in the fifth. He struck out seven and allowed two hits, one of which was the home run.

"I just overthrew the slider a little bit," Richards said of the Gallo home run. "He swung threw a couple early on and I think I tried to make that last one a little bit too good. He caught it out in front, and good for him."

MVP! MVP!
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning MVP, was in attendance for Sunday's game. Westbrook grew up in Southern California and played at UCLA.

Strikeout City
Six Angels pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters Sunday, which matched a season high.

Bet on Beltre
Adrian Beltre had 2 RBI Sunday. Against the Angels this season, he has five home runs and 13 RBI in 10 games.

Trainer's Room
angers: OF Nomar Mazara (quadriceps) was back in the lineup Sunday after returning as a pinch hitter Saturday . Adrian Beltre (hamstring) has been the DH in the lineup for the fourth straight game.

Angels: INF Brandon Phillips (lower back tightness) is still day-to-day .. LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) is playing catch and being evaluated every day. A timetable has not been set for his return yet.

Up Next
Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (12-11, 4.82 ERA) will make his team-leading 30th start of the season Tuesday in Seattle. Perez had his seven-game win streak snapped by the Mariners last week in an 8-1 loss Wednesday.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (2-5, 4.37) won his last start by pitching seven scoreless innings against Houston. It was his first win since April 22. Skaggs will start Tuesday against Cleveland.



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<![CDATA[Angels Gain in Wild-Card Race, Beat Rangers]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:38:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-848161004.jpg

Justin Upton changed teams, but that hasn't slowed his groove. It's followed him from Detroit to Anaheim.

Upton hit two home runs, Parker Bridwell outpitched Cole Hamels and the Angels moved up in the AL wild-card race, beating the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Saturday night.

Los Angeles closed within one game of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot. The victory also prevented Houston from clinching the AL West, leaving the Astros' magic number at one over Los Angeles.

"It was awesome. Every game means a lot to us right now," said Upton, acquired from the Tigers last month. "Any time you can contribute to the win and send us in the right direction, it's fun."

Upton connected in the first inning and again in the eighth. He has 31 home runs and a career-high 103 RBIs this year with Detroit and the Angels -- it's his second straight season with at least 30 homers.

The 30-year-old Upton had just one homer in his first 13 games for the Angels before twice tagging Hamels (10-4).

"I've faced him a lot," Upton said. "He mixes it up really well. He can cut it and run the fastball and throws four-seamer, curveball, changeup, everything. You've got to be ready for anything. If you can get it in the zone and lay off some pitches, you'll put yourself in a good position. I was able to get a couple of good pitches."

Bridwell (8-2) retired the first 13 batters he faced and left after a leadoff walk in the seventh. He allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked two, just what the Angels needed. The Angels are 16-2 in games Bridwell has pitched this season.

Yusmeiro Petit retired the side in the ninth for his third save, completing a combined three-hitter.

Hamels gave up four hits in 7 1/3 innings. He pitched around four walks and struck out five.

"He's been a true warrior on the mound," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It was two pitches. It was a tough loss."

ALWAYS ON THE BASEPATHS

Robinson Chirinos drew a walk for Texas in the fifth and has reached base safely in 29 consecutive games.

CONCERT WITH A CAUSE

Nick Jonas did a postgame concert on the field which benefited "Strikeout for Slavery," an organization starter by Albert Pujols and his wife, Deidre, aimed at ending human trafficking.

Jonas and his brothers chatted with Pujols before the game and took batting practice.

"It's a great cause they're here for," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I think it says a lot about their social justice commitment. And, they have nice swings. They swung the bat OK."

It was Nick Jonas' 25th birthday.

A RARE CATCH AT LEADOFF

Mike Trout was in the leadoff spot on Saturday for the first time in more than four years -- June 18, 2013 was the last time.

"(There's) not a lot of flexibility in our lineup today with some of the guys who are banged up," Scioscia said. "We need to write them up and try to get guys as many looks as we can, so that's why he's leading off."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara (quadriceps) pinch-hit in the eighth.

Angels: INF Brandon Phillips (tightness lower back) is still day-to-day and Scioscia was hopeful he would be back in the lineup Sunday. ... LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder) is expected to play catch soon and then will be re-evaluated . INF Yunel Escobar (right oblique strain) will start to swing a bat on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (7-11, 4.86 ERA) hasn't pitched more than three innings in either of his two starts for the Rangers since he was acquired from the White Sox in an August trade.

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (0-1, 1.38) has allowed one or fewer runs in each of his three starts for the Angels this season, since coming off the disabled list with a right biceps strain.

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<![CDATA[Angels Beat Rangers, Gain Ground in AL Wild-Card Race]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:22:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-847650164.jpg

Blake Parker ran in from the Big A bullpen with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth inning. The Los Angeles closer knew he probably had to pull off a six-out save to preserve a victory that the Angels really needed in their playoff chase.

Parker and the Angels haven't been in the best situations in September. They still keep getting it done.

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer to cap the Angels' five-run rally in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles trimmed its deficit in the AL wild-card race to two games with a 7-6 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Andrelton Simmons had two run-scoring singles for the Angels (75-72), who gained a game on the Minnesota Twins (77-70) with just their third win in eight games.

"This is when baseball gets fun," Cron said. "Last year, we were out of the playoffs at this time, and it wasn't as much fun."

Given the atrocious injury problems plaguing their patchwork pitching staff, the Angels won this one in a manner that was somehow fitting. Los Angeles used seven pitchers in a bullpen start, with former closer Bud Norris getting the first six outs and Yusmeiro Petit (5-0) pitching two perfect innings after Jesse Chavez blew an early two-run lead.

Parker then had to come in early after Cam Bedrosian allowed three straight Rangers to reach base in the eighth with a 7-4 lead.

"We have a really tight-knit group in the bullpen, and it makes us want to pick each other up," Parker said. "You want to come in and throw quality strikes, just try to minimize the damage."

Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre drove in runs with sacrifice flies, but Parker kept the Angels ahead. He finished his sixth save -- the first six-out save of his career -- when Mike Trout made a sprinting catch on Rougned Odor's liner.

"That was huge, obviously," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Parker. "For him to just keep the lead after that eighth inning is huge. He made great pitches all night. Blake showed up big-time today."

SLIPPING RANGERS

Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Texas (72-75). The Rangers have lost four straight and six of seven, their playoff hopes down to a flicker.

"I'm proud of our guys and the way they continue to battle," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "They came up, really, one out short. There was good energy in the dugout and on the field. We just could not get the outs we needed in the sixth."

Brett Nicholas drove in two runs for Texas, and Nick Martinez pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning. Yohander Mendez (0-1) took the loss.

TIDE TURNED

Choo connected for his 19th homer in the sixth off Chavez to put the Rangers up 4-2, but Los Angeles answered with three run-scoring drives off three pitchers. Justin Upton doubled home Trout and scored on Simmons' tying single before Luis Valbuena's sacrifice fly put the Angels up 5-4.

Cron added his 15th homer moments later, a 427-foot shot into the bullpens beyond left field.

TIGHTENED RACE

The Angels lost ground in the playoff race during their recent malaise, but managed to claw back one game after the Twins lost to Toronto earlier Friday. Los Angeles is six games behind the wild card-leading Yankees (81-66).

STARTER BUD

Norris made his first start since Aug. 31, 2016, after the Angels decided to use their bullpen for the start in place of Andrew Heaney, who had to skip his turn in the rotation due to injury.

"I'd love to do it (again)," Norris said. "I just want to help this team get in the playoffs and make a run at it."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Carlos Gomez is taking batting practice less than a week after spraining his right ankle. The club is hopeful he can return before the season ends.

Angels: 2B Brandon Phillips left the game before the eighth inning after feeling tightness in his side on a swing during the seventh. Scioscia isn't sure of the injury's severity.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Cole Hamels (10-3, 4.05 ERA) has allowed 17 earned runs over 21 1/3 innings in his last four starts, but is 4-1 in his career against the Angels.

Angels: Parker Bridwell (7-2, 3.94 ERA) continues his improbable run in the rotation with his 17th start. The Angels are 14-2 when the unheralded April acquisition from Baltimore takes the mound.

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