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Published: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:52:21 -0600

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Rangers Acquire Pitcher Matt Moore From Giants

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:49:16 -0600


Left-hander Matt Moore was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff.

Texas also received $750,000 in international signing bonus pool allotment from the Giants as part of the trade announced Friday.

San Francisco last month exercised Moore's $7 million option for 2018. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings last season, setting a career high for losses, as the Giants finished last in the NL West. He allowed a career-worst 107 earned runs.

He joins a rotation with two other lefties in 13-game winner Martin Perez and Cole Hamels, who won 11 games this year. Right-hander Andrew Cashner, another 11-game winner, became a free agent after completing a $10 million, one-year deal with Texas.

Texas went 78-84 and finished third in the AL West behind the World Series champion Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels.

San Francisco acquired Moore at the 2016 trade deadline from Tampa Bay for third baseman Matt Duffy. The lefty's best season came in 2013, when he was 17-4 with the Rays.

Perez and Hamels were the only holdover Texas starters when the offseason started. Counting Moore, the Rangers have added three options to their rotation.

Right-hander Doug Fister agreed to a $4 million, one-year deal that could be worth up to $11.5 million over two seasons, and lefty Mark Minor received a $28 million, three-year contract.

Minor was a reliever for Kansas City last season but previously was a starter for Atlanta before missing the 2015 and 2016 seasons with shoulder issues. Texas general manager Jon Daniels has said the club intends to use Minor as a starter.

In 2011, Moore pitched seven scoreless innings at the Rangers in his playoff debut in Game 1 of an AL Division Series, allowing just two hits in a 9-0 Tampa Bay victory. The Rangers won the next three games to take the series.

In his only postseason start for the Giants, Moore had 10 strikeouts in eight innings to help San Francisco to a 5-2 lead over the Chicago Cubs in Game 4 of the 2016 NL Division Series. The Cubs rallied in the ninth for a 6-5 victory to win the series on their way to the World Series title.

The 20-year-old Cruz was 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA in three starts and nine relief appearances for the Arizona League Rangers in 2017 this year. Wolff, 26, was 2-3 with a 3.54 ERA and three saves in 16 games at Double-A Frisco this year and 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 24 games at Triple-A Round Rock. He had surgery in August to repair a torn right flexor tendon.

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Rangers Sign Arlington High Grad Chris MartinChris Martin, with the Texas Rangers, Dec. 15, 2017.

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:44:44 -0600

Chris Martin, with the Texas Rangers, Dec. 15, 2017.

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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Texas Live!, New Ballpark Construction Moving AlongThe Texas Rangers release new architectural renderings of the team's new $1 billion stadium set to open before the 2020 season.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:59:55 -0600

The Texas Rangers release new architectural renderings of the team's new $1 billion stadium set to open before the 2020 season.

Construction of Texas Live! and the new Globe Life Park in Arlington is moving right along.

Texas Sky Ranger was over the area Thursday where development where the frame for Texas Live! is beginning to take shape and where crews and bulldozers were preparing the ground for the new stadium.

The new ballpark, which will cost an estimated $1.1 billion and have a retractable roof, is scheduled to open in 2020.

The groundbreaking for the new ballpark took place at the site of the new stadium's home plate, which was formerly the back of Parking Lot B, on Sept. 28.

Rangers executives call the designs of the new retractable roof stadium "truly amazing."

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

The stadium is slated to open before the start of the 2020 season.

The City of Arlington will cover $500 million of the total cost. Voters there overwhelmingly approved extending a package of tax increases that had been used to pay for the construction of AT&T Stadium.

The city's deal with the team keeps the Rangers in Arlington through 2054; their current 30-year lease on Globe Life Park was set to expire in 2024.

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Rangers Sign Hanser Alberto, Kevin Jepsen to Minor League Deals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:58:09 -0600


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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Could There Be a Rangers-Darvish Reunion?Dodgers acquire Yu Darvish from Rangers

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:29:50 -0600

Dodgers acquire Yu Darvish from Rangers


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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Yu Darvish in Town Playing Catch With Former TeammateYu Darvish posted a photo of he and Clayton Kershaw playing catch at Highland Park High School, Dec. 12, 2017.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:56:31 -0600

Yu Darvish posted a photo of he and Clayton Kershaw playing catch at Highland Park High School, Dec. 12, 2017.

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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Former Arlington Star Returns Home After Deal with RangersNEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Chris Martin #57 of the New York Yankees celebrates the final out of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays earning his first save of the season at Yankee Stadium on April 28, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:43:51 -0600

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Chris Martin #57 of the New York Yankees celebrates the final out of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays earning his first save of the season at Yankee Stadium on April 28, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)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[...]


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Rangers Trade Talk: Profar for Harvey on the Table?ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 05: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers fields a ball against the Boston Red Sox in the top of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:11:34 -0600

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 05: Jurickson Profar #19 of the Texas Rangers fields a ball against the Boston Red Sox in the top of the ninth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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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Rangers Add Shortstop Lost by Braves in Scandal: APThe Texas Rangers logo to the entrance of the press box. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:13:14 -0600

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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.

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Japanese Star Ohtani Reportedly Joining AngelsGiants miss out on two-way Japanese star Ohtani, Angels win sweepstakes

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:38:55 -0600

Giants miss out on two-way Japanese star Ohtani, Angels win sweepstakes

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.

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Texas Rangers Give Out Baseball Gloves

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:00:06 -0600




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Texas Rangers Hand Out New Gloves to Students

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 19:01:42 -0600


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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The Pursuit for Japanese Superstar Shohei OhtaniShohei Ohtani

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:15:13 -0600

Shohei Ohtani

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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Rangers Announce Minor League Coaching AssignmentsFrisco RoughRiders players (File photo)

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:08:46 -0600

Frisco RoughRiders players (File photo)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 MikulikPitching Greg HibbardHitting Jason HartTrainer Jacob NewburnStrength Wade Lamont Down East (High-A)Manager Spike OwenPitching Steve MintzHitting Kenny HookCoach Carlos MaldonadoTrainer Alex RodriguezStrength Al SandovalHickory (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 HolmbergPitching Jono ArmoldHitting Jared GoedertTrainer Bronson SantillanArizona (Rookie)Manager Matt SiegelPitching Henderson LugoPitching Chris Egelston*Hitting Salomon ManriquezHitting Jeremy MooreCoach Guilder RodriguezStrength Chandler GellerDominican (Rookie) Manager Carlos Cardoza Pitching Jesus DelgadoPitching Pablo Blanco Hitting Chad Comer Coach Alexis Infante Coach Chu Ovalle Asst.Coach Roberto De La Rosa Coach Luis Encarnacion Strength Eduardo Thomas Roving InstructorsField Coordinator Corey RagsdalePitching Coordinator Danny ClarkHitting Coordinator Josue PerezCatching Coordinator Chris BrionesBase Running Coordinator Damon MashoreHitting/Outfield Coordinator Dwayne MurphyAsst. Pitching Coordinator Jeff AndrewsInfield Coordinator Kenny HolmbergDirector, Peak Performance Josiah IgonoMedical Coordinator Jason RobertsRehab Coordinator Sean FieldsAsst. Medical and Rehab Coord. Chris OlsonStrength and Conditioning Coord. Napoleon PichardoAsst. Strength and Conditiong Coord. Eric McMahonRehab Strength and Cond. Coord. Ric MabieRehab Pitching Coordinator Keith ComstockSpecial Assistant, Pitching Mark ConnorArizona Complex OperationsCoordinator, Arizona Operations Stosh HooverMinor League Equipment Manager Chris AckermanThe 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 A[...]


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How the Rangers Could Land Shohei Ohtani

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:13:23 -0600




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.


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Rangers Complete $28 Million Deal With MinorThe Texas Rangers welcome LHP Mike Minor to the team, Dec. 6, 2017. L-R: Manager Jeff Banister, Mike Minor and general manager Jon Daniels.

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The Texas Rangers welcome LHP Mike Minor to the team, Dec. 6, 2017. L-R: Manager Jeff Banister, Mike Minor and general manager Jon Daniels.

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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'Muchas Gracias, Beisbol': Beltran Retires After 20 SeasonsIn this file photo, outfielder Carlos Beltran smiles during a news conference to announce his signing a one-year contract with the Houston Astros Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Houston. Beltran announced his retirement from the MLB on Nov. 13, 2017 after winning his first World Series title with the team.

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In this file photo, outfielder Carlos Beltran smiles during a news conference to announce his signing a one-year contract with the Houston Astros Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Houston. Beltran announced his retirement from the MLB on Nov. 13, 2017 after winning his first World Series title with the team.

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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Gallo Hits HRs 40, 41 to Lift Rangers Over A's 8-4ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers runs the bases after hits his fortieth MLB home run in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers runs the bases after hits his fortieth MLB home run in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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.

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Rangers Manager Jeff Banister Speaks on Players' Protests

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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.


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Twitter Helps Rangers Yu Darvish Find Pitching FlawYu Darvish of the Texas Rangers gives up a home run to Christian Yelich of the Miami Marlins at Globe Life Park in Arlington July 26, 2017. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers gives up a home run to Christian Yelich of the Miami Marlins at Globe Life Park in Arlington July 26, 2017. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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Monday's Sports Headlines With Pat Doney and Chris James

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NBC 5's Pat Doney and Chris James talk Rangers baseball, Cowboys playoff chances, Stars problems with consistency and TCU basketball.


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Rangers in the Mix for Japanese Superstar Shohei Ohtani

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:11:05 -0600




NBC 5's Pat Doney and Chris James discuss the Rangers pursuit of Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.


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Rangers Ink 4 Minor League Deals, Includes Spring InvitesPHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 04: Chi Chi Gonzalez #21 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch in the third inning of the spring training game against Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 04: Chi Chi Gonzalez #21 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch in the third inning of the spring training game against Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

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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Rangers Do Not Tender 2018 Contracts to Four PlayersSAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: A Texas Rangers hat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 19, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: A Texas Rangers hat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 19, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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Altuve, MLB Helping Disaster Victims

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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.


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Fister Finalizes $4M Deal With Rangers, Who Need Starters

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:52:45 -0600


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.

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Rangers Claim Catcher Juan Centeno from Astros SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: A Texas Rangers hat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 19, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: A Texas Rangers hat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 19, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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Fister Agrees to Deal With Rangers Pending PhysicalBOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Doug Fister #38 of the Boston Red Sox reacts in the first inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Doug Fister #38 of the Boston Red Sox reacts in the first inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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.

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Report: Rangers to Sign Starting Pitcher Doug FisterBOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Doug Fister #38 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 08: Doug Fister #38 of the Boston Red Sox throws a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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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Current and Former MLB Players to Help Disaster Victims

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:05:04 -0600


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.

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Where the Rangers Stand in the Sweepstakes for OtaniTOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan hits a double, which is stuck on ceiling of the stadium, in the seventh inning during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 13, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)

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TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 13: Pinch hitter Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan hits a double, which is stuck on ceiling of the stadium, in the seventh inning during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on November 13, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)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 t[...]


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Frisco Roughriders to be Featured on Popular Food ShowFrisco RoughRiders players (File photo)

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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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Morgan Urges Voters to Keep Steroid Users Out of HOFFILE - In this Oct. 10, 2010, file photo, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan throws out a ceremonial pitch before Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series between the Reds and Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati. Morgan and Jon Miller are out as announcers on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" after 21 seasons. ESPN made the announcement Monday, Nov. 8. No replacements were named. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2010, file photo, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan throws out a ceremonial pitch before Game 3 of baseball's National League Division Series between the Reds and Philadelphia Phillies in Cincinnati. Morgan and Jon Miller are out as announcers on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" after 21 seasons. ESPN made the announcement Monday, Nov. 8. No replacements were named. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)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[...]


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Get Your Calendar, Rangers Reveal Spring Training Dates

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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 begin[...]


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Texas Rangers Add Six Players to 40-Man Roster

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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.
 
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Rangers Trade LHP for Yankees' Ronald HerreraANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 14: Ronald Herrera #41 of the New York Yankees looks on after giving up a two-run homerun to Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the seventh inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 14, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 14: Ronald Herrera #41 of the New York Yankees looks on after giving up a two-run homerun to Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the seventh inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 14, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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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Elvis Andrus Named Rangers Player of the YearARLINGTON, TX - MAY 14: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a rbi double against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 14: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a rbi double against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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Rangers Complete Coaching Staff for 2018 SeasonSURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Manager Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers participates in a spring training workout at Surprise Stadium on February 19, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Manager Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers participates in a spring training workout at Surprise Stadium on February 19, 2016 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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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Rangers Exercise Option on Perez, Decline Napoli, BarnetteMike Napoli #5 of the Texas Rangers hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on August 30, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)

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Mike Napoli #5 of the Texas Rangers hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on August 30, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)

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.

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Offseason Outlook for the Rangers

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Texas Rangers 106-Year-Old Super Fan Passes AwayElizabeth Sullivan, 105, tossed the first pitch before the Texas Rangers game April 6, 2016, at Globe Life Park.

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:32:45 -0600

Elizabeth Sullivan, 105, tossed the first pitch before the Texas Rangers game April 6, 2016, at Globe Life Park.

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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The Debate Over the Nolan Ryan Statue in Arlington

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:28:40 -0600


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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Newy's 2017 World Series PredictionLos Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, left, and Houston Astros' Jose Altuve.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, left, and Houston Astros' Jose Altuve.

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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Rangers Infielders Gosselin, Middlebrooks Now Free Agents A detail of the Texas Rangers logo painted on the wall outside the locker room. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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A detail of the Texas Rangers logo painted on the wall outside the locker room. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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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Rangers Missed Postseason, But It's Not Time to Panic

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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.


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Rangers Not Considered A Rebuilding Project Going into 2018ARLINGTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04: Captain, the Texas Rangers mascot, waves the team flag after the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 4, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04: Captain, the Texas Rangers mascot, waves the team flag after the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 4, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)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 t[...]


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Rangers Make Bullpen Change, Exercise '19 Option on BanisterARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 3: Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers watches from the dugout as the Texas Rangers take on the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 3, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 3: Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers watches from the dugout as the Texas Rangers take on the Cleveland Indians in the fifth inning on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 3, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)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[...]


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After 3K, Beltre Wants 2018 in Texas for Another Ring ChanceMINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: American League All-Star Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: American League All-Star Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) 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 HAMELSHamels 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 NUMBERSOdor was the first Ranger to play [...]


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Athletics End Last-Place Season With 5-2 Win Over RangersARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Jared Hoying #31 of the Texas Rangers beats the tag at second base against Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Jared Hoying #31 of the Texas Rangers beats the tag at second base against Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)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 PROTESTA'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 f[...]


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Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Texas Rangers Game

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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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Choo Homers as Rangers Top A's 5-3ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 20: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers hits a two run single in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 20: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers hits a two run single in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 20, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)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 ROOMAthletics: 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 NEXTAthletics: 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[...]


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Healy, Manaea Lead A's Past Slumping Rangers 4-1A.J. Jimenez #53 of the Texas Rangers tags out Ryon Healy #25 of the Oakland Athletics at home in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 28, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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A.J. Jimenez #53 of the Texas Rangers tags out Ryon Healy #25 of the Oakland Athletics at home in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 28, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)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 ROOMA's: Rookie utility player Chad [...]


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Globe Life Field Ground Breaking (Full Program)

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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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Globe Life Field Ground BreakingOfficials 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.

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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.


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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Officials Break Ground on Rangers' Globe Life FieldOfficials 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.

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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.

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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Astros Wrap Up Sweep, Rout Rangers 12-2Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros walks back to the dugout between innings against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 27, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros walks back to the dugout between innings against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 27, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)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.------TRAINER'S ROOMAstros: 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 NEXTAstros: Brad Peacock (12-2) pitches Thursd[...]


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Rangers Fans Push for Public Transportation to New BallparkThe Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing what the team's new home is expected to look like.

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:59:12 -0600

The Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing what the team's new home is expected to look like.

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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Astros Rout Rangers 14-3; Texas Eliminated in Wild Card RaceCameron Maybin #3 of the Houston Astros is greeted at home plate by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros and Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros after Maybin's sixth inning home run in a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Cameron Maybin #3 of the Houston Astros is greeted at home plate by Brian McCann #16 of the Houston Astros and Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros after Maybin's sixth inning home run in a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)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 ContributionsThe 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 Housto[...]


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Rangers on Brink of Elimination After 11-2 Loss to AstrosStarting pitcher Andrew Cashner #54 of the Texas Rangers throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park September 25, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

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Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner #54 of the Texas Rangers throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park September 25, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)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 McCuller[...]


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Rangers' Delino Deshields Speaks on Athletes' Protests

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Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields speaks about the protests by athletes during the national anthem that have drawn criticism from President Trump.


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Davis Slugs 41st, Cotton Goes 5 Strong as A's Top Texas 8-1OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics trots around the bases after hitting a two-run homer off of Martin Perez #33 of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the fifth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 24, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics trots around the bases after hitting a two-run homer off of Martin Perez #33 of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the fifth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 24, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)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.QuotableSaid 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 ProtestA's catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee[...]


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Maxwell Kneels for Anthem, Davis Belts 40th as A's Top TexasOAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Closing pitcher Blake Treinen #39 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with Dustin Garneau #12 after a win against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 23, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Closing pitcher Blake Treinen #39 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with Dustin Garneau #12 after a win against the Texas Rangers at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 23, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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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Rangers Manager Jeff Banister Leaves to be With Sick MotherARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 21: Manager Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers talks with home plate umpire Bill Welke following the in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 21, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 21: Manager Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers talks with home plate umpire Bill Welke following the in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 21, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

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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Rangers Fall 3 1/2 Back for Wild Card With 4-1 Loss to A'sOAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Blake Treinen #39 and Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics shake hands after they defeated the Texas Rangers 4-1 at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 22, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Blake Treinen #39 and Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics shake hands after they defeated the Texas Rangers 4-1 at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 22, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)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 TEAROlson 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 th[...]


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Ivan Rodriguez Helping Native PR With Hurricane Relief DriveCOOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 30: Ivan Rodriguez gives his induction speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 30, 2017 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 30: Ivan Rodriguez gives his induction speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 30, 2017 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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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Hamels Tames Mariners, Rangers Stay Close in Wild-Card HuntCole Hamels of the Texas Rangers delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)

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Cole Hamels of the Texas Rangers delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)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 [...]


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New Renderings Revealed of Texas Rangers' New Ballpark

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The Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings Thursday, showing what the team's new home is expected to look like.


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Free Rangers Tickets for Arlington Residents Sept. 28SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 20: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers greets Rougned Odor #12 after Odor hit a grand slam home run off of relief pitcher Andrew Albers #63 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Mazara, Robinson Chirinos #61 and Adrian Beltre #29 during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field on September 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 20: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers greets Rougned Odor #12 after Odor hit a grand slam home run off of relief pitcher Andrew Albers #63 of the Seattle Mariners that also scored Mazara, Robinson Chirinos #61 and Adrian Beltre #29 during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field on September 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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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New Renderings Revealed of Rangers New ParkThe Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing what the team's new home is expected to look like.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:23:07 -0600

The Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing what the team's new home is expected to look like.
The Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing with the team's new home is expected to look like.

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Architects Unveil Plans for Texas Rangers' New StadiumThe Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing with the team's new home is expected to look like.

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The Texas Rangers released new architectural renderings showing with the team's new home is expected to look like.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 prov[...]


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Rangers Beat Mariners 8-6, Move Closer to Playoff SpotNomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers greets Rougned Odor after Odor hit a grand slam home run during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field in Seattle Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers greets Rougned Odor after Odor hit a grand slam home run during the fourth inning of a game at Safeco Field in Seattle Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)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 — [...]


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Rangers Score Twice in 8th Inning for 3-1 Win Over MarinersElvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers shatters his bat as he hits an RBI-single that scored Delino DeShields during the eighth inning of a game at Safeco Field in Seattle Sept. 19, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers shatters his bat as he hits an RBI-single that scored Delino DeShields during the eighth inning of a game at Safeco Field in Seattle Sept. 19, 2017. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)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 [...]


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Gallo Blast Helps Rangers to Win Over AngelsDelino DeShields #3 and Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrate with teammates after the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in their MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 17, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The Rangers defeated the Angels 4-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

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Delino DeShields #3 and Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrate with teammates after the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in their MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 17, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The Rangers defeated the Angels 4-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)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, [...]


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Angels Gain in Wild-Card Race, Beat RangersStarting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers reacts as Justin Upton #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning, his second of the game on September 16, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers reacts as Justin Upton #9 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim circles the bases after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning, his second of the game on September 16, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)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[...]


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Angels Beat Rangers, Gain Ground in AL Wild-Card RaceBlake Parker #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim backs up the play as Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers scores on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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Blake Parker #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim backs up the play as Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers scores on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning of the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 15, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)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 [...]


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Cruz, Seager Lead Mariners Past Rangers 10-4Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers pulls Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers from the game against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers pulls Keone Kela #50 of the Texas Rangers from the game against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 14, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Time is starting to run out in the AL wild card race.The Seattle Mariners got a bit of a boost with the return of Felix Hernandez in a 10-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night that extended a three-game win streak."After losing the first game of the series here, kind of regrouping, understanding where we were at was important," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "I thought our urgency, our intensity level was right on point the last three nights."Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as Seattle remained 3½ games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card with 15 games remaining."It's exciting to see everybody, not only with the patience that we go up there and battle," Cruz said. "It's nice to see everybody on the same page."Texas entered the game one-half game behind Seattle in the wild card race and fielded a surprise lineup looking for a spark from injured veterans Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli.One night after making an unexpected appearance as a pinch hitter Beltre was batting fourth as the designated hitter. This was just two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 strain in his hamstring and he was expected to miss at least four weeks, likely the remainder of the season.Beltre, who joined the 3,000-hit club this season, went 1 for 3 with a single and was replaced by a pinch runner in the seventh inning.Napoli is dealing with a stress reaction in his lower right leg and is playing through pain. General manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday the Rangers would have to manage his playing time, but Napoli was in the lineup and playing first base Thursday. He went 0 for 2.Texas departs on nine-game trip with its season on the line."We've been punched in the mouth," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We'r[...]


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Zunino Homers Twice in Mariners' 8-1 Win Over RangersMartin Perez #33 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 13, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Martin Perez #33 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the top of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 13, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Mike Zunino hit the longest homer of his career, and then went deep again. Those two home runs helped the Seattle Mariners jump over two teams in AL wild-card chase.Zunino broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with a rare shot into the second-level club deck in left field, and the Mariners went on to an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night to hand Martin Perez his first loss in eight starts."There's always that urgency that sets in. Obviously, we're running out of time," Zunino said. "You want to come together and play as well as we can."Jean Segura also homered for the Mariners (73-73), who went a half-game ahead of both the Rangers (72-73) and Kansas City (72-73). Seattle remained 3½ games behind the second wild card spot held by Minnesota with the only team between them the Los Angeles Angels, who the Mariners play on the final weekend of the regular season."Guys have busted their tails all year to put themselves in this position, to play meaningful games," manager Scott Servais said. "We want to stay after it and be aggressive, and just see what happens."Zunino hit a curveball about 470 feet for only the 23rd homer to reach that club level section in the ballpark that is in its 24th season. His second solo homer, his 23rd of the season, capped a five-run seventh-inning for the Mariners.Three batters after Zunino's first homer, Segura hit a two-run shot deep into the lower level of seats in left.Mike Leake (3-0) struck out five and allowed one run in 5.2 innings to win his third consecutive start for the Mariners since they acquired him from St. Louis on Aug. 30. The right-hander was 7-12 in 26 starts for the Cardinals this season.Perez (12-11) had won seven consecutive starts since losing Aug. 4 at Minnesota, and missed the chance to match Kenny Roger[...]


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Return for Yu: Prospect From Darvish Deal Makes Texas DebutWillie Calhoun of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Willie Calhoun of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Willie Calhoun was planning to drive from Arizona to California on Tuesday since his Triple-A season was over. Instead, the prized prospect the Rangers got in the Yu Darvish trade flew to Texas for his major league debut.Then he got an RBI single in his first at-bat."It's been pretty crazy," Calhoun said before the game.The Rangers purchased Calhoun's contract from Triple-A Round Rock, and he batted seventh and played left field against Seattle. He pulled a single through the right side of the infield in the second inning.Calhoun was one of three minor leaguers the Rangers got from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the July 31 trade that sent Darvish to the NL's top team."I try not to think about it as much. I don't put any extra pressure on myself at all," the 22-year-old Calhoun said about being acquired for the former Rangers ace. "I don't really think about that when I'm on the field. I just go out there and play my game and have fun."Texas released right-hander Tyson Ross (3-3, 7.71 ERA) to make room on the 40-man roster. Ross, signed as a free agent last winter, missed the first 2½ months of the season recovering from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and was out another 2½ weeks because of a blister on his right index finger.When Round Rock's season ended Sept. 4, the Rangers didn't immediately promote Calhoun. But since then, center fielder Carlos Gomez rolled his right ankle coming out of the batter's box Saturday, and right fielder Nomar Mazara was the designated hitter again Tuesday while dealing with left quad tightness.Plus, part-time left fielder Joey Gallo is needed in the infield with third baseman Adrian Beltre (left hamstring strain) and first baseman Mike Napoli (ankle) both banged up.The first action for Calhoun came in the top of the second when Mike Zunino had an RBI single to left. The 5-foot-8 rookie cleanly fielded the ball but[...]


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Texas Rangers Release 2018 ScheduleBaseball fans applaud at the end of the national anthem before the Cleveland Indians played the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 3, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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Baseball fans applaud at the end of the national anthem before the Cleveland Indians played the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 3, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros will be in Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers in the 2018 season opener.

The game is set for March 29th, which is the earliest opening day in club history.

The Rangers will host the Astros for a four game series before hitting the road for the west coast.

The Rangers will be at home on Independence Day against Houston and on Labor Day against Los Angels Angels.

The entire schedule is listed below. Games times will be announced at a later date.




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Big Shots by Gamel, Seager Push Mariners Past Rangers 10-3Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners hits a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners hits a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington Sept. 12, 2017. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Kyle Seager put himself in some elite Seattle Mariners company with another big blast against Texas.Seager and Ben Gamel both hit three-run homers to help power the Mariners to a 10-3 victory Tuesday night in a matchup of wild card hopefuls."We've been in some tight ball games, and haven't quite been able to get over the hump," Seager said. "So it's nice to get a bunch of runs early and kind of let everything settle down."The Mariners led 7-1 after Seager went deep in the third for his 150th career home. He became only the third player to reach 150 homers with the Mariners before turning 30 — joining Alex Rodriguez (696 career homers) and Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (630)."That's good names to be associated. I think they might have been slightly younger when they hit their 150th," said the 29-year-old Seager, in his seventh season. "For me to stick in the big leagues I had to hit for more power. I wasn't going to steal a bunch of bases."Seager's 22 homers against the Rangers are his most against any team, and matched Mike Trout and Adam Lind for the most by an active player against Texas.Texas (72-72) and Seattle (72-73) have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League's second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3½ back after the Twins also won.Mariners manager Scott Servais felt his team, with 17 games left, responded well after a meeting before Tuesday's game."I thought we did get after it," Servais said. "It's too late if you wait till there's five or six games left so you've got to win them all. Our guys are focused."Marco Gonzales (1-1), traded from St. Louis to Seattle on July 21, got his first victory in six starts for Seattle.[...]


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DeShields Helps Pace Rangers in 5-3 Win Over MarinersDelino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers gets showered with water by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers after the 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 11, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Delino DeShields #3 of the Texas Rangers gets showered with water by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers after the 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 11, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Delino DeShields homered after taking a speedier trip around the bases for an earlier run as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series matching teams still hoping to get one of the AL's two wild cards.Cole Hamels (10-3) struck out seven in six innings to win for the first time in his last four starts.DeShields reached on a one-out bunt single in the second, when he was initially called out before a replay challenge overturned the call. DeShields then raced home from first on Shin-Soo Choo's two-run double that made it 4-1, running through a stop sign from fill-in third-base coach Jason Wood and scoring on a nifty headfirst slide.Two innings later, DeShields hit his fifth homer.Alex Claudio worked a perfect ninth to get his eighth save in 12 chances for the Rangers (72-71), who got within two games of idle Minnesota for the American League's second wild-card spot. Seattle (71-73) is 3 1/2 games back.Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger homered for Seattle. Seager led off the second with his 23rd homer and Haniger, who had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle, had a two-run shot in the third.Mariners starter Ariel Miranda (8-7) allowed gave up six hits and walked three in only 1 2-3 innings.Texas led for good when Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double in the first -- a ball that ricocheted off the upper half of the wall in right-center field.COACHING THIRDWood, the Rangers' Triple-A manager, coached third base with Tony Beasley out to deal with a personal matter. But the Rangers said it wasn't a health issue for Beasley, who was limited last season while un[...]


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Judge, Sanchez 2 Homers Each in Yankees' 16-7 Win at TexasARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Austin Romine #27 of the New York Yankees scores against Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Austin Romine #27 of the New York Yankees scores against Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)Aaron Judge reacted with a sense of awe about the company of Yankees legends the young slugger joined with his 40-homer season."Pretty surreal. Never as a kid did I think that I would be in the same sentence with those guys," Judge said. "It's quite an honor. It's pretty humbling."The 25-year-old Judge homered twice Sunday in New York's series-clinching 16-7 win at Texas, becoming only the second major league rookie with a 40-homer season. He also joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees to hit 40 homers at age 25 or younger.Gary Sanchez also hit two homers for the AL wild card-leading Yankees, giving him 30 this season and 50 in 161 games since his 2015 debut."It's incredible what they've both done," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.Mark McGwire hit a league-high 49 homers as a rookie for Oakland in 1987, and Judge -- who leads the AL with 41 -- remembers following Big Mac."Especially when he was in that home run hunt, with Sammy Sosa, it was fun to watch," Judge said. "It was pretty cool to see as a kid. To be in the same category with him, it's pretty special."Judge had his fourth multihomer game this year, his first since June 11. He has four homers in seven games since breaking a homerless skid of 57 at-bats and 15 games that stretched back to Aug. 16."He's a big strong guy, he's capable of doing some special things," Brett Gardner said. "He's a big reason why we're right on the Red Sox."Didi Gregorius tied a career high with four hits while driving in four runs for the Yankees (77-65), who have won three straight series for the first time since late Ju[...]


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Chapman Gets Save, Yankees Allow 1 Hit to Top Rangers 3-1ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees leaps with Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees as they celebrate the win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees leaps with Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees as they celebrate the win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth inning of a save situation for the first time since he was removed as the New York Yankees' closer last month.The hard-throwing left-hander made it look as easy as 1-2-3.Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth to finish a one-hitter in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.Tyler Austin hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning for the wild card-leading Yankees."I feel good about him out there," manager Joe Girardi said. "This is a guy that's been too good for too long, for me, to lose it. It's good to get him back out there. He threw well."Before the game, Girardi said he would prefer to settle on a closer over the committee approach he has employed since demoting Chapman after he gave up two runs in a non-save situation in a 9-6 loss at Boston on Aug. 18.Chapman had his fifth scoreless outing in six appearances since, capping it with a swinging strikeout of pinch-hitter Mike Napoli on a 102 mph fastball for his team-leading 17th save in 21 chances."Really nice," said starter Luis Severino, who struck out 10 in seven innings in his first no-decision since July 15 at Boston. "I know he can throw a strike. I know he can get that role, that save."The only hit off Severino was Brett Nicholas' run-scoring double with two outs in the fifth. Will Middlebrooks, the lone runner past second against Severino, scored from first.David Robertson (7-2) pitched a perfect eighth.Chase Headley drove in two runs without a hit -- a tying sacrifice fly in the eighth and a bases-loaded walk for a 3-1 le[...]


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Rangers Rally to Beat the Yankees 11-5Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 8, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)Martin Perez won his seventh straight start after the playoff-hopeful Texas Rangers rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the AL wild card-leading New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night.Elvis Andrus had three hits, including the tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth that put the Rangers up 7-5.Perez (12-10) became the first Rangers pitcher to win seven straight starts since Kenny Rogers set the club record in 2005 with eight in a row. The left-hander allowed five runs, only two earned, while giving up eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.Nomar Mazara homered for Texas (71-69), which stayed within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the AL's second wild card. The Twins won at Kansas City to move within 1 1/2 games of New York (75-65).Andrus, hitting .400 (28 of 70) over his last 16 games, had the go-ahead hit as the first batter after Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (11-11) threw his last pitch with two on and no outs in the fifth. Andrus also had two doubles, giving him 40 for the season.Tanaka had won his last three starts, and struck out seven Rangers. But the right-hander allowed seven runs and eight hits, and had a wild pitch that allowed Robinson Chirinos to score the tying run.Chirinos was 2 for 2 with two walks, and has reached base in 23 consecutive games.The Yankees led 4-0 after Gary Sanchez had a two-run single in the second. That capped a four-run outburst in in the inning when only one of the runs was earned after an error by second baseman Rougned Odor. Todd Frazier got an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded[...]


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Freeman's Double Helps Braves Beat Rangers 5-4 for SplitKurt Suzuki #24 of the Atlanta Braves falls back after sliding safely across homeplate against Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the second inning at SunTrust Park on September 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Kurt Suzuki #24 of the Atlanta Braves falls back after sliding safely across homeplate against Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers in the second inning at SunTrust Park on September 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves finally found a way to beat the Texas Rangers.Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double during Atlanta's five-run second inning against Cole Hamels, Teheran pitched around five walks and the Braves held off a rally to beat the Rangers 5-4 and split a doubleheader Wednesday night.Nomar Mazara had a two-run homer off Teheran in the nightcap for Texas, which won the first game 12-8 behind four hits from Elvis Andrus .Otherwise, Teheran (10-11) avoided mistakes. He earned his second straight home win, allowing three runs, five walks and five hits in five innings."Obviously I don't want to give in or make a mistake," Teheran said. "... I know five walks is a lot but I didn't want to throw the ball over the plate where they could hit it."The Braves took one win in the three-game series.The Rangers are two games behind the Twins in the race for the second AL wild card.Hamels (9-3) gave up five runs, four earned, in six innings. After facing 10 batters in the second, he allowed only one hit over his next four innings."Putting up a five-spot is definitely not the right way to go about it," Hamels said. "It's a tough thing to see from my side and, I'm sure, from my teammates."Arodys Vizcaino gave up two-out singles to Jared Hoying and Carlos Gomez in the ninth. Vizcaino ended the game on Joey Gallo's fly ball to center for his 10th save.Andrus drove in three and hit his 20th homer in the first game.The Rangers finished interleague play with a 14-5 record, their 11th straight season finishing .500 or [...]


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Andrus, Rangers Spoil Gohara's Debut, Top Braves 12-8Will Middlebrooks #15 of the Texas Rangers hits a fourth inning pinch hit triple against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Will Middlebrooks #15 of the Texas Rangers hits a fourth inning pinch hit triple against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Elvis Andrus drove in three runs with four hits, including a homer, and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 12-8 on Wednesday to spoil the major league debut of Luiz Gohara.Gohara (0-1), a 21-year-old native of Brazil, allowed six runs in four innings in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The lefty gave up four hits, walked four and struck out six.Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Braves reliever Matt Wisler in the fifth.The early afternoon game of the doubleheader was scheduled when Tuesday night's game was postponed by rain. There were 19,971 tickets distributed, but it appeared that only a few hundred fans were in the stands.Andrus, who began his career in the Braves' organization, hit a homer over the 400-foot mark on the center field wall in the first. It was the 20th homer of the season, including four in the last three games, for Andrus, whose previous career high was eight in 2016.Matt Kemp and Ender Inciarte hit homers off Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed four runs in three innings. Inciarte had three hits.Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-2) threw three scoreless innings in relief of Gonzalez.Matt Adams hit a run-scoring double off Tyson Ross in the ninth and scored on a single by Rio Ruiz. Alex Claudio replaced Ross and got David Freitas on a game-ending groundout.Andrus has 23 stolen bases. The only other Rangers shortstop to have at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in a season was Toby Harrah, in 1975 and 1977.Gohara lost a 4-2 lead in the fourth, when he was hurt by walks to Joey Gallo and Napoli. Brett Nic[...]


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Rangers-Braves Rained Out, Doubleheader Set for WednesdayATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 5: The Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers wait out a pregame rain delay at SunTrust Park on September 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 5: The Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers wait out a pregame rain delay at SunTrust Park on September 5, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The second game of an interleague series between the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers was rained out Tuesday night.A day-night doubleheader will be held Wednesday.A line of severe storms moved across SunTrust Park about the time of the scheduled first pitch.The game never began, and most fans headed for home long before it was finally called at 9 p.m. after a delay of nearly 2½ hours.Officials knew all along it would be a lengthy delay under the best of circumstances, given the extensive line of storms, but held out hope the system would move out in time to provide a window to get the game in.This is the playoff-contending Rangers' only appearance in Atlanta and both teams wanted to avoid a doubleheader on Wednesday — the final day of the series essentially the only option for making the game up.The Braves called up 21-year-old Brazilian Luiz Gohara to make his major league debut.Now, the heralded left-hander will have to wait a bit longer.Miguel Gonzales (7-10) was scheduled to make his first start for the Rangers since being acquired from the White Sox in a trade last week. He made 22 starts for Chicago.Texas began the night two games out of an AL wild-card spot.Inclement weather has plagued the Braves' first season at their new suburban stadium. In addition to numerous delays — including one game that ended at nearly 2 a.m. following a stoppage of more than three hours — this was the second rainout at SunTrust Park.With the Braves long out of playoff contention, they are using a six-man rotation the rest of the[...]


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Homer-Happy Rangers Take Easy Win Over BravesRoughned Odor of the Texas Rangers hits a fifth inning two run home run against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park Sept. 4, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Roughned Odor of the Texas Rangers hits a fifth inning two run home run against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park Sept. 4, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Nomar Mazara looked around the Rangers' clubhouse at all the power hitters on his team.It's quite a display."We've got strong guys here that can get the ball out of the ballpark," he said. "It's crazy, but that's how it is. When you hit homers, it's always fun."Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Mazara homered, Andrew Cashner pitched six strong innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Monday night.The homer-happy Rangers have won two straight and five of seven to stay relevant in the playoff race. They're two games out of the second wild-card spot.Even with slugger Adrian Beltre nursing a hamstring injury and sidelined for the next four weeks, Texas still has plenty of power. The Rangers lead the majors with 215 homers, matching their total from last season."Some of the guys had big swings tonight," Cashner said. "Rougy put the dagger in there late. I think we're swinging the bats really well. Guys are feeling good. We've been playing really good baseball lately."Andrus, who homered twice on Sunday, made it 1-0 in the first inning with his 19th long ball. Mazara's 17th homer and Odor's 28th, a two-run shot, made it 8-2 in the fifth. That gave Texas seven homers over the last two days.Cashner (9-9) gave up six hits, two runs and two walks and struck out five. In his last 10 starts, Cashner is 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA."Getting those soft-contact outs is key for him," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It allowed him to grind through some innings with his curveball that allowed him to get some[...]


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Elvis Leaves Building Twice, Rangers Beat Angels 7-6ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Carlos Gomez #14 of the Texas Rangers argues with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook as he is held back by manager Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers and Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers after being ejected in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 3, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 03: Carlos Gomez #14 of the Texas Rangers argues with home plate umpire Mike Estabrook as he is held back by manager Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers and Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers after being ejected in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 3, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)The Texas Rangers are back to .500 with a month to go in the regular season, and still fighting to get one of the American League's two wild cards."Our guys continue to grind, that's who they are, that's their DNA," manager Jeff Banister said after a 7-6 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Angels. "Doesn't always look pretty at times. However, they find a way to get things done."Elvis Andrus hit two of the four homers by the Rangers, who held on in another long game against their AL West rival and fellow wild-card chaser. Los Angeles scored three times in the ninth before the nearly four-hour game ended on a grounder with the bases still loaded."We're not going to give up," Andrus said. "We're going to keep battling here through the tough times, that's what's happening right now."The Rangers (68-68) went ahead to stay when Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields hit back-to-back homers in the fourth off Andrew Heaney (1-1), who gave up a solo homer to Andrus an inning earlier. No. 9 hitter Chirinos' two-run homer tied the game at 4 before DeShields went deep.Andrus' two-run homer in the sixth, his 18th, proved to be the difference in the game.Texas, without injured third baseman Adrian Beltre, moved within three games of Minnesota for the A[...]


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Calhoun's Single Breaks Tie in 10th, Angels Beat Rangers 7-4ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 2: Cliff Pennington #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by teammates after scoring on an RBI single hit by C.J. Cron #24 during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Angels won 7-4. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 2: Cliff Pennington #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is congratulated by teammates after scoring on an RBI single hit by C.J. Cron #24 during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park September 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Angels won 7-4. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Saturday night.Los Angeles remained 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the AL's second wild card berth. Texas fell to four games behind the Twins.Losing pitcher Jose Leclerc (2-3) walked the first three batters in the 10th. Two scored when Calhoun looped his single into left field, and the third came in on a sacrifice fly by C.J. Cron, who had three RBIs in the game.The Rangers led 4-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth before Luis Valbuena doubled and Cron lined his 13th home run into the left field stands against rookie Ricky Rodriguez to tie the game at 4.Yusmeiro Petit (4-0), the fifth Los Angeles pitcher, earned the win, and Blake Parker worked a hitless 10th inning for his fifth save in seven opportunities.Carlos Gomez homered and scored twice for Texas. He led off the second inning with his 17th homer and led off the fourth with a double. Joey Gallo singled home Gomez for a 3-1 lead.For the Angels' first two runs, in the fourth and sixth, Mike Trout doubled and scored on a two-out single by Albert Pujols. He has 21 RBIs in his last 19 games.The first four Texas runs were scored by a batter leading off an inning.Delino DeShields walked in the first and cr[...]


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Rangers Outlast Angels 10-9, Move up in AL Wild-Card RaceARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 1: Rougned Odor #12 and Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrate the win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 10-9. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 1: Rougned Odor #12 and Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrate the win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 1, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 10-9. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)Carlos Gomez scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch and the Texas Rangers moved up in the AL wild-card race, holding off the Los Angeles Angels 10-9 Friday night in a game that lasted more than 4 1/2 hours.The matchup took 4 hours, 33 minutes, setting franchise records for both teams as the longest nine-inning game in club history.Texas stopped the Angels' three-game winning streak and closed within three games of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot. Los Angeles is 1 1/2 games behind the Twins.The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before Alex Claudio (4-1) retired Eric Young Jr. on a grounder. Young had entered in the eighth as a pinch-runner for Albert Pujols, who had four hits and drove in four runs.Pujols now has 1,904 RBIs and moved past Willie Mays into ninth place on the career list.Cam Bedrosian (4-4) threw the wild pitch that let Gomez score.Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton made their Angels debuts a day after being acquired in trade. Upton doubled, singled and scored a run, and also made an error in left field. Phillips had a hit and scored.It was 9-all when Gomez walked in the eighth, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. He scored when Bedrosian's pitch in the dirt to Mike Napoli skipped away from Maldonado.Gomez also homered in the Rangers' [...]


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Beltre to Miss Minimum of Four Weeks Due to Hamstring StrainST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 31: Third baseman Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers fields the single by J.D. Davis of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a game on August 31, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 31: Third baseman Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers fields the single by J.D. Davis of the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a game on August 31, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The Rangers are barely staying in the A.L. wild card race. If they are to make a move and climb up the standings, they will do it without Adrian Beltre.The Rangers third baseman is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks due to a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The recovery time could carry into the final weekend of the regular season. Beltre appears optimistic that he will be back this season. However, chances of seeing the captain back on the field to finish out 2017 may be unlikely unless the Rangers somehow manage to sneak into the playoffs.Beltre suffered the injury fielding a grounder during the seventh inning in Thursday’s 5-1 loss to the Houston Astros in Florida. Beltre would leave the game with Drew Robinson taking over the hot spot.  Joey Gallo was already in the lineup, seeing time at both first base and left field. Gallo will likely take over at third just like he did when Beltre missed the first 51 games of the season with a strained calf.Beltre was hitting .315 with 16 home runs and 66 RBI’s in 80 games this season prior to the injury. He collected his 3,000 career hit in July, making him the 31st player in major league history to reach the milestone.This will be the first time Beltre plays in fewer than 100 games in a season since his rookie year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1997.The Range[...]


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Astros Top Rangers 5-1 in Last Game Before Return to HoustonJose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate with teammate Alex Bregman #2 after both scoring off of a two-run single by Derek Fisher during the eighth inning of a game on August 31, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros celebrate with teammate Alex Bregman #2 after both scoring off of a two-run single by Derek Fisher during the eighth inning of a game on August 31, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)After a difficult three-game "home" series in front of sparse crowds 1,000 miles from their ballpark, the Houston Astros are heading back to their flood-ravaged city. And they're putting their inconvenience in perspective.Jose Altuve homered, the Houston bullpen pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Thursday in the last game before they return to Houston.Josh Reddick added an RBI single for the AL West-leading Astros, who avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of their instate rivals at Tropicana Field, where the series was relocated because of Hurricane Harvey."It's been a tough week," Astros pitcher Collin McHugh said. "Obviously, we're really fortunate in so many ways, to have been able to escape the devastation that's actually happened in Houston. We've been away for a while, and we're all ready to get back home."Houston will have a previously unscheduled day off Friday and play a doubleheader Saturday against the Mets at Minute Maid Park. The downtown Houston stadium escaped major flood damage. Astros president Reid Ryan has said he hopes the weekend games "can serve as a welcome distraction" for the city.For the Rangers, it was their first loss all year at the Tampa Bay Rays' home park. They swept the Rays in a three-game series in June.Chris [...]


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Cashner Shuts Down Astros; Rangers Win 8-1 in St. PeteMike Napoli #5 of the Texas Rangers hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on August 30, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)

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Mike Napoli #5 of the Texas Rangers hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on August 30, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jason Behnken / Getty Images)Andrew Cashner pitched eight strong innings, Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 8-1 Wednesday night in a game relocated to Florida because of Hurricane Harvey.A crowd of 6,123 -- up from 3,485 the previous night for the opener of a three-game series at Tropicana Field -- watched Cashner (8-9) limit the AL West leaders to three hits, one after the second inning.Napoli's homer off Dallas Keuchel (11-3) capped a six-run fourth inning for the Rangers, who've won two straight following a three-game skid.Houston's third loss in four games was overshadowed by the announcement earlier Wednesday that the Astros will return to home after Thursday's finale to face the New York Mets this weekend.After an unscheduled day off, the Astros will play a doubleheader Saturday and afternoon game Sunday against the Mets.Manager A.J. Hinch broke the news to relieved players at an afternoon meeting. In addition to reuniting with family and friends, many of them plan to spend part of Friday assisting people affected by the storm.Returning to Minute Maid Park figures to be emotional."I know it will be a warm welcome. ... You never know how much home means to you until you're not allowed to go home," Hinch said, adding it's difficult to anticipate exactly what the scene will be like Saturday."Our [...]


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Choo Paces Rangers' 12-2 Rout of Astros in FloridaST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 29: A fan shows his support for Houston during the Texas Rangers versus Houston Astros game at Tropicana Field on August 29, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 29: A fan shows his support for Houston during the Texas Rangers versus Houston Astros game at Tropicana Field on August 29, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida.It wasn't just another night at the ballpark for the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, who can't stop thinking about everyone back home affected by Hurricane Harvey.The stands at Tropicana Field were mostly empty, the "home" team dressed in the visitors clubhouse, and the "road" team wore white uniforms they usually wear at home.The three-game series that concludes Thursday was moved from Minute Maid Park because of flooding in the Houston area, with the Astros serving as the home team after the Rangers declined a proposal to play the games in Arlington, Texas."I thought both teams kind of handled the situation, getting on a plane and flying over here and really getting set up to play a baseball game," manager Jeff Banister said after the Rangers opened a series moved 1,000 miles to St. Petersburg, Florida, with a 12-2 victory in front of an announced crowd of 3,485.Shin-Soo Choo homered and drove in four runs, backing the strong pitching of Martin Perez, ironically helping Texas move ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL wild-card standings while playing in the Rays' ballpark.Adrian Beltre of the Rangers drove in three runs to pass Hall of Famer Ernie Banks for 28th on the career RBI list with 1,637 while Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer off Mike Fiers (8-9)."We were really motivated to do well for Houston, but looking on the TV wit[...]


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Backlash Over Rangers/Astros Series is Rubbish ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 13:Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers reacts to umpire Bill Welke #3 for being ejected from the game against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning by Tripp Gibson #73 umpire at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 13, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 13:Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers reacts to umpire Bill Welke #3 for being ejected from the game against the Houston Astros in the fifth inning by Tripp Gibson #73 umpire at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 13, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)The Houston went out of their way to make the Rangers look bad. Rangers GM Jon Daniels is being called a lot of nasty names because the teams will play a three games series in Florida instead of Arlington. The Astros chose to play the series in Florida. The Rangers offered Houston the opportunity to play three games in Arlington. The club was going to make the Astros the home team and the Rangers were going to give Astros all profits and donate expenses and reimbursement and raffle money to charity.Repected outlet USA Today got it right with this column by Bob Nightengale but unfortunately the video inside the written column by Nightengale is an unfair to the Rangers because the host Taylor Maycan doesn't have the all the facts.Joel Sheehan did a great write up on what happened. Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report passed it on. I feel compelled to share it as well.As you’ve probably heard by now, the Rangers/Astros series originally scheduled to be played at Minute Maid Park this week has been moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg due to the flooding in Houston. This isn’t all that rare an occurrence; every few years, a series ends up being relocated[...]


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Series Between Rangers and Astros Moved to Florida SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: A Texas Rangers hat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 19, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 21: A Texas Rangers hat at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 19, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The Rangers were expected to conclude their current road trip in Houston against the Astros this week. Those plans were changed.Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area, the three-game series has now been moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Both teams will play at Tropicana Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Rays.The games will be played at 6:10 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday and 12:10 p.m. on Thursday.Tropicana Field was considered the best alternative due to the dome and the fact that the Rays are on the road this week. After the series with the Rangers, the Astros will stay in the Tampa area and play the New York Mets.Another option would have been the Rangers and Astros switching home series, playing this week in Arlington and then going to Houston at the end of September. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers offered to play the games as the visiting club but declined to swap home-and-home series. Tickets for that series at The Globe in September have already been sold and could create an issue with asking the ticket holders to change things up in three weeks.  On the baseball side of things, it would also create a two-week road trip for the Rangers, who are still in the race for the final wild card spot in the American Leag[...]


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Harvey Flooding Puts Rangers, Astros Series in LimboBest of MLB: Benches clear during Astros' win over Rangers

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Best of MLB: Benches clear during Astros' win over RangersAfter wrapping up a three-game set in Oakland, the Texas Rangers were due to return home Sunday before traveling to Houston for three games against the Astros. Due to Hurricane/TS Harvey, when and where that series will be played is now in limbo.The Rangers said Sunday that due to the devastating condition in the Houston area, the players will remain in North Texas awaiting updates on the status of this week's scheduled games at Minute Maid Park.Both teams were scheduled days off Monday and were to play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.“Obviously the primary concern at this time is the welfare and safely of the residents of the Houston area and South Texas who are dealing with a catastrophic weather situation,” said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “The thoughts of our entire organization are with those individuals to be safe.When asked if the teams could play the three game set in Arlington, the Rangers would only say there are a number of possible scenarios that could take place.The Rangers and Astros were just the latest teams to change their travel plans because of the storm.The NFL's Texans flew to Dallas after their preseason game Saturday in New Orleans instead of returning home and have said they'll stay there until conditions improve enough for them to come back to Houston. The Texans are scheduled to host the Co[...]


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A's Beat Rangers Ending Hamels' StreakCole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)Chad Pinder homered twice to help the Oakland Athletics end Cole Hamels' five-game win streak with an 8-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.Jed Lowrie drove in three runs for the A's, who put back-to-back victories together for the first time since Aug. 5-6 at the Los Angeles Angels. The A's have not won more than two in a row since a three-game streak July 29-31.Adrian Beltre drove in three runs for the Rangers, who lost their second straight after winning 11 of their previous 15 games. Texas has not lost more than two in a row since ending a four-game slide on Aug. 2.Sean Manaea (9-8) won for the first time since July 16, ending a personal three-game slide. He gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings. Manea walked one and struck out three.Hamels (9-1) left a game trailing for the first time all season. He was nicked for six runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings, matching his shortest outing of the year. He walked three and struck out two. Hamels has walked 10 over his past three games after issuing 10 in eight starts between July 1 and Aug. 11.Beltre doubled in two runs in the first and added a run-scoring groundout in the seventh.Pinder hit solo homers in the first and third and Matt Joyce singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth.Hamels gave up three hits, a sacrifice fly and walked one through the f[...]


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Khris Davis Homers Twice to Power A's Past Rangers 3-1Nick Martinez #22 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Nick Martinez #22 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on August 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Khris Davis hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh after his tying solo shot in the fourth, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Friday night.Kendall Graveman (4-4) struck out six and didn't walk a batter in seven innings, improving to 3-0 at home in his fifth start back from a stint on the disabled list. He allowed one run and nine hits.Davis notched his 15th career multihomer game and fourth this season with Nos. 35 and 36 of the year, then Matt Chapman added an RBI single insurance run in the seventh.Adrian Beltre hit an RBI single in the first before Davis' one-out drive in the fourth tied it.Blake Treinen -- Oakland's second reliever following a scoreless inning by Chris Hatcher -- finished the 2-hour, 26-minute game for his sixth save since coming to the A's in a July 16 trade with the Nationals.Right-hander Nick Martinez (3-5), called up from Triple-A Round Rock to make the start, struck out seven with two walks in seven innings and allowed three runs and four hits.This marked the AL West clubs' first meeting since the Rangers swept a three-game series at home from May 12-14 and the initial meeting of 10 remaining g[...]


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