Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy

Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy

My name is Nomar Mazara, but you can call me "Big Chill." I'm cool with that. I'm an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, and this is me in real life.

Baseball means everything in the Dominican Republic. It's the top sport there, and every little kid dreams of being in the Major Leagues. I'm only 22, but I have come a long way from sleeping in my baseball uniform with my glove under my pillow in Santo Domingo when I was a boy.

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Nomar Mazara is a 22-year-old outfielder for the Texas Rangers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What's ahead for Rangers at catcher?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers Texas fans' questions

Inbox: What's ahead for Rangers at catcher?

The Rangers have a decision to make on re-signing Jonathan Lucroy, although I could argue the money it would take could go toward more pressing needs, like starting pitching. Given that Jose Trevino is the future catcher, how far away is he from being able to take the job next year, with Robinson Chirinos to back up and mentor him?
-- Andrew B., McKinney, Texas

You're exactly right. Lucroy is going to be a tough sign, because this is his chance to get a big contract, the Rangers are going to need money for starting pitching and they already have sizable commitments to Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Cole Hamels and Shin-Soo Choo.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli, Rangers back battling Yu, tame Tigers

Napoli, Rangers back battling Yu, tame Tigers

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli and Pete Kozma hit solo homers as part of a 12-hit Rangers barrage off Matthew Boyd, supporting Yu Darvish through five innings as Texas took a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series at Comerica Park.

The Rangers (24-21) have won 11 of their last 12, and eight of their last nine in Detroit. The Tigers finished a 3-3 homestand against Baltimore and Texas, falling back to .500 at 21-21 before embarking on a three-city, 11-game road trip.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Have a blast: Kozma, Napoli party like it's '13

Have a blast: Kozma, Napoli party like it's '13

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli and Pete Kozma homered like it was 2013 and that was good enough to lift the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park on Sunday night.

Napoli's home run was reminiscent of a homer he hit against the Tigers in the '13 postseason while with the Red Sox, and Kozma's shot was his first since '13. Together they helped the Rangers leave Detroit having won two out of three against the Tigers.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner to make his Fenway debut in opener

Cashner to make his Fenway debut in opener

DETROIT -- Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner will be making his first career start at Fenway Park when he faces right-hander Rick Porcello and the Red Sox in the first of a three-game series Tuesday night.

First baseman Mitch Moreland is expected to be in the lineup for the Red Sox as he faces his old team for the first time since leaving as a free agent after last season.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli's monster HR clangs into camera well

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Napoli's monster HR clangs into camera well

With nearly 250 career home runs to his name, Mike Napoli is no stranger to the long ball. Among those hundreds of home runs, though, a select few are certain to stick out as special or unique.

In the fifth inning of the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Tigers Sunday night, Napoli hit one of those homers that he will likely remember.

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Cashner finally feeling close to full strength

Rangers starter began season on DL with right biceps tendinitis

Cashner finally feeling close to full strength

DETROIT -- Rangers pitcher Andrew Cashner earned his first victory of the season last Wednesday when he held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in a 9-3 win. It came in his seventh outing.

Cashner, who pitches Tuesday against the Red Sox, began the season on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, but he said he is close to being back to full strength.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo to keep manning third base for now

Beltre continues to progress toward return from DL

Gallo to keep manning third base for now

DETROIT -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he is not thinking about a possible position change for third baseman Joey Gallo right now.

The Rangers may have to consider that when Adrian Beltre is ready to come off the disabled list, but Banister said now is not the time to be worrying about that.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Griffin has 'dry-erase board' type of outing

Right-hander gives up 3 consecutive homers in first

Griffin has 'dry-erase board' type of outing

DETROIT -- The Rangers' 10-game winning streak started with an A.J. Griffin shutout against the Padres and ended with the right-hander experiencing one of the roughest starts of his career.

Griffin allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including three consecutive home runs in the first, and the longest winning streak in the Majors came to an end in the Rangers' 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park on Saturday night.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre clears big hurdle, begins to run bases

Third baseman could return to lineup by beginning of June

Beltre clears big hurdle, begins to run bases

DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a significant milepost in his recovery from a strained right calf muscle.

Beltre started running the bases on Saturday. That is always a big step for a player coming back from a leg injury.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucroy HRs, but Tigers halt Rangers' win streak

Lucroy HRs, but Tigers halt Rangers' win streak

DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers' 10-game winning streak ended Saturday with something louder than a thud. Four Tigers home runs off A.J. Griffin, including a Miguel Cabrera blast in his return from an oblique injury, put Detroit in command early for Justin Verlander on their way to a 9-3 win at Comerica Park.

It was the Rangers' first loss at Comerica Park since Aug. 20, 2015, ending a franchise-best seven-game winning streak in Detroit. Texas' 10-game winning streak overall ended as the fourth-longest in club history, and best since a 12-game streak in July 2011.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Rangers hoping to give Bush's arm a rest

Rangers hoping to give Bush's arm a rest

DETROIT -- Rangers closer Matt Bush had to work extra hard to earn his fifth save on Friday night in a 5-3 victory over the Tigers. Bush allowed an unearned run on two hits, a walk and shortstop Elvis Andrus' throwing error before striking out Alex Avila to end the game.

Bush ended up throwing a career-high-tying 33 pitches. He also threw nine Thursday, so Rangers manager Jeff Banister was hoping to stay away from using Bush on Saturday against the Tigers.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pudge visits Comerica, talks Cooperstown

Pudge visits Comerica, talks Cooperstown

DETROIT -- After a couple rounds of golf in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the past two days, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez came to Comerica Park as a Tiger Alumni Saturday guest, reflecting on his time in Detroit and looking ahead to his enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Rodriguez, a first-ballot Hall of Famer after 21 seasons, was on-hand for a game between the Tigers and Rangers, the two teams with which he spent most of his career. He debuted with Texas in 1991, and spent his first 12 years there (as well as part of the 2009 season), made 10 consecutive All-Star teams and won the 1999 American League MVP Award.

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Jordan Horrobin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Napoli, Gallo homer as win streak hits 10

Napoli, Gallo homer as win streak hits 10

DETROIT -- The Rangers rolled into the Motor City on Friday and continued their winning ways, propelled by Mike Napoli and Joey Gallo home runs for their 10th consecutive victory in a 5-3 decision over the Tigers.

The Rangers' winning streak is the longest in the Majors this year, the fourth longest in club history and their longest since capturing 12 in a row in 2011. The club record is 14, set in 1991. The Rangers have also taken seven in a row at Comerica Park, their longest streak in Detroit.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo's HR off lefty sets Statcast Era mark

Gallo's HR off lefty sets Statcast Era mark

DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo may be having trouble with left-handed pitching this season, but he made Statcast™ history on Friday night with his two-run homer in the sixth inning off Tigers southpaw Daniel Norris.

Gallo's blast left the bat with an exit velocity of 114.9 mph. That's the hardest-hit home run by a left-handed hitter against a lefty in the three years of Statcast™. It also ultimately provided the winning margin in the Rangers' 5-3 victory over the Tigers.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sadzeck goes eight strong for Frisco

Sadzeck goes eight strong for Frisco

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross could join Rangers in first week of June

Ross could join Rangers in first week of June

DETROIT -- Right-hander Tyson Ross is still trying not to look too far ahead, but he is getting closer to joining the Rangers' rotation.

Ross threw 65 pitches in an extended spring training game on Thursday in Arizona, allowing two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five in his second extended outing.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mazara sits, but will face southpaws in future

Mazara sits, but will face southpaws in future

DETROIT -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara took an eight-game hitting streak into Friday's matchup against the Tigers. Manager Jeff Banister still decided not to start him with Detroit left-hander Daniel Norris on the mound.

Mazara is 4-for-28 (.143) off lefties this season. The Rangers could possibly face three more southpaws over the next five games with Matthew Boyd pitching for the Tigers on Sunday and Chris Sale and David Price likely to go for the Red Sox next week in Boston. Banister said Mazara is not going to sit against all three guys.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas bats on his side, Perez finds new gear

Texas bats on his side, Perez finds new gear

ARLINGTON -- Rangers lefty Martin Perez entered Thursday's series finale against the Phillies having received such scant run support this season that his catcher practically had to remind Perez how to pitch with a comfortable lead.

When the day began, before the Rangers' 8-4 victory extended their winning streak to nine games, Texas had scored only 2.67 runs per start for Perez, the second-lowest run support average in the Major Leagues. Hence Robinson Chirinos' pep talk after the Texas bats erupted for eight runs between the fifth and sixth innings: Perez was in an unfamiliar situation.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas clicks; 9th straight W caps homestand

Texas clicks; 9th straight W caps homestand

ARLINGTON -- Propelled by Ryan Rua's three-run homer, the Rangers wrapped up a perfect homestand on Thursday afternoon with an 8-4 victory over the Phillies. Texas won its ninth consecutive game to cap its 8-0 homestand.

By sweeping the Padres, A's and Phillies at Globe Life Park, the Rangers have quickly made a winner out of a club that seemed to be spinning its wheels in the season's first five weeks. Though Texas has picked up only a half-game in the American League West behind the dominant Astros, the Rangers have put their 13-20 start well behind them and are two games above .500 for the first time this season.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Thursday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Discipline key to Texas' emergence from rut

'Nothing magical' about fundamentals during win streak, Banister says

Discipline key to Texas' emergence from rut

ARLINGTON -- Before the Rangers began their eight-game homestand on May 10, they were sitting in last place in the American League West, six games below .500 at 14-20. 

Before Thursday's series-closing 8-4 win over the Phillies, Texas' ninth straight overall, wrapped the homestand with an 8-0 record, manager Jeff Banister said the Rangers didn't panic during their early struggles.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

President George W. Bush cameo in Arlington

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President George W. Bush cameo in Arlington

How will you spend your days when you're retired? If you're anything like President George W. Bush, you'll go to a lot of baseball games. Bush, a former co-owner of the Rangers, is around Globe Life Park a lot. 

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Eight is great: Rangers extend win streak

Eight is great: Rangers extend win streak

ARLINGTON -- For the first time this season, the Rangers are above .500. They extended their winning streak to eight games, and Andrew Cashner picked up his first win of the season, as Texas knocked off the Phillies, 9-3, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers jumped on Phillies starter Zach Eflin early, scoring seven runs in the first four innings before Eflin was lifted for Luis Garcia. Jared Hoying and Delino DeShields led the way with four hits each, and Shin-Soo Choo was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in his first game back since being scratched from Sunday's game against the A's with back spasms.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Debut a long time coming for Bibens-Dirkx

Debut a long time coming for Bibens-Dirkx

ARLINGTON -- Austin Bibens-Dirkx could hear the dugout from where he was situated in the right-center-field bullpen. His teammates had been clamoring for Rangers manager Jeff Banister to put him in the game, and when Banister finally made the call, they let Bibens-Dirkx know how excited they were for him.

With the Rangers holding a seven-run lead in the top of the ninth over the Phillies Wednesday night, a game Texas went on to win, 9-3, Banister signaled for the 32-year-old rookie to enter his first Major League game.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers manufacture runs and a victory

Texas doesn't rely on the long ball to extend streak

Rangers manufacture runs and a victory

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers finally found a way to manufacture runs for pitcher Andrew Cashner. They just added Jared Hoying to the mix.

Hoying had four hits, including his first Major League home run, in helping spark the Rangers to a 9-3 victory over the Phillies at Globe Life Park on Wednesday. The Rangers have now won eight straight games, the longest active winning streak in the Majors, and they are hitting .316 while averaging 6.4 runs per game in that stretch.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers fan surprised himself with a foul catch

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Rangers fan surprised himself with a foul catch

A birthday at the ballpark. It doesn't get much better than that -- unless you happen to snag a foul ball while celebrating your special day.

That's precisely what transpired in the second inning of Wednesday's Phillies-Rangers game at Globe Life Park. Ahead in the count 3-1, Mike Napoli cracked a foul down the left-field line that was caught by a young man who thrust his glove into the air and came down with the baseball.

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Choo might see more time in outfield

Choo might see more time in outfield

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo returned to the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday night after missing two games with lower back spasms. Choo was used at designated hitter for the 26th time as opposed to his nine starts in right field.

Choo began the season as the primary DH because that seemed to be the Rangers' best lineup and it was more conducive to keeping him healthy. But the need for him to be able to play the outfield appears to be increasing.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.