Darvish returns to Rangers as if he'd never left

Darvish returns to Rangers as if he'd never left

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister answered multiple questions about Yu Darvish after a 5-2 Rangers victory over the Pirates on Saturday night. His final words went directly to the point.

"Look, he showed up [as] Yu Darvish tonight," Banister said at the end of his postgame news conference.

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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.

Yu, Adrian! Pair leads Rangers past Pirates

Yu, Adrian! Pair leads Rangers past Pirates

ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish struck out seven and allowed one run through five innings in his first start back from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, and Adrian Beltre passed the 1,500-RBI mark, as the Rangers beat the Pirates, 5-2, Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

"I was very calm. ... I felt fine," Darvish said. "I saw that my fastball was going very well. They weren't on time with my fastball, and it made my other pitches better."

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Saturday.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Ft. Worth and covered the Pirates on Saturday.

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Guzman among top prospect performers Saturday

Guzman among top prospect performers Saturday

For a player who bypassed the Class A-Advanced level, Harrison Bader hasn't had any problems adjusting to the advanced competition in Double-A.

On Saturday, the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect connected on his third home run in as many games to help fuel Springfield's four-run eighth inning and eventual come-from-behind win against Frisco. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate and also tallied a double to go along with his 11th home run in 46 games this season.

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Beltre's milestone RBIs help Rangers back Yu

Beltre's milestone RBIs help Rangers back Yu

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers gave Yu Darvish plenty of run support in his 2016 debut, scoring four runs during the right-hander's five innings of work in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Pirates.

Prince Fielder drove in the first run of the game in the first inning on a groundout to shortstop Jordy Mercer, scoring Jurickson Profar.

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Wilson has earned Rangers' No. 1 C role

Wilson has earned Rangers' No. 1 C role

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Bobby Wilson was behind the plate for the Rangers on Saturday night with Yu Darvish on the mound. Manager Jeff Banister said that's not because Wilson will be Darvish's personal catcher.

It's because Wilson has earned the right to be the Rangers' No. 1 catcher, with Bryan Holaday serving as the backup.

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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 send down Gallo to make room for Darvish

Rangers send down Gallo to make room for Darvish

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers sent down third baseman Joey Gallo on Saturday to make room for pitcher Yu Darvish, who was activated off the disabled list.

Gallo was called up on Monday to give the Rangers an extra bat off the bench, but he had just one at-bat while he was up.

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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 show kids benefit of PLAY at ballpark

Chirinos, Holland pitch in to show children importance of healthy lifestyle

ARLINGTON -- When Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos was growing up in Punto Fijo, Venezuela, he never had the chance to take batting practice with a Major League baseball player and spend time learning from them.

Saturday morning at Globe Life Park, approximately 140 kids got that opportunity, as the Rangers hosted the National PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) Campaign, teaching the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle for children.

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

Southpaws Perez, Liriano match up in series finale

Southpaws Perez, Liriano match up in series finale

It will be a battle of two left-handers Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park, as the Rangers' Martin Perez will take the mound against Francisco Liriano of the Pirates in the finale of the three-game series.

Liriano got plenty of run support in his last start on Tuesday, as the Pirates beat the D-backs, 12-1. Liriano picked up his fourth win and allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings, despite walking five batters.

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Hamels' winning streak ends at 12 vs. Pirates

Hamels' winning streak ends at 12 vs. Pirates

ARLINGTON -- Pirates left-hander Jonathan Niese outpitched Cole Hamels and handed him his first loss since Aug. 7, 2015, in a 9-1 victory over the Rangers on Friday night. The Pirates, with four home runs on the night, have won 10 of their last 12 games to go a season-high nine games over .500.

Hamels was 12-0 with a 2.99 ERA in his last 19 starts before allowing six runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings. This was Hamels' shortest outing in 22 starts for the Rangers and his first loss at Globe Life Park since being acquired from the Phillies on July 31 last year.

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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.

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Mazara, Desmond OK after scary OF collision

Mazara, Desmond OK after scary OF collision

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielders Nomar Mazara and Ian Desmond both remained in the game after a near head-on collision during the top of the sixth in the team's 9-1 loss to the Pirates Friday night.

Desmond and Mazara converged toward right-center after Jung Ho Kang hit a drive into the gap. Desmond had the ball in his glove for a split-second, before the collision forced it out.

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Profar to play second base in Odor's absence

Rangers' former top prospect collects first MLB hit since 2013

Profar to play second base in Odor's absence

ARLINGTON -- Jurickson Profar is back with the Rangers for the first time since 2013, and manager Jeff Banister will use him as the team's starting second baseman while Rougned Odor serves his seven-game suspension.

"He is going to be emotional. It's been two-plus years. It will be emotional for him," Banister said. "There will be excitement and anxiety. He is better equipped to handle it. He has been here before."

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Odor starts serving 7-game suspension; Profar up

Odor starts serving 7-game suspension; Profar up

ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension has been reduced by one game to seven, and Odor will begin serving the suspension on Friday night, when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Pirates at Globe Life Park.

"He's a big part of our team," manager Jeff Banister said. "We're going to miss him."

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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.

Tolleson takes leave to be with ailing father

Rangers call up Profar to fill reliever's spot on 25-man roster

Tolleson takes leave to be with ailing father

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson is taking a family emergency medical leave to be with his father Mark, who is dealing with cancer.

"My dad's been in pretty poor health for the last nine months," Tolleson said. "Toward the end of last season, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and colon cancer, so he's been battling. For the last two weeks, he's not been feeling very good.

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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' rotation on Darvish: Yu complete me

Ace set to join Hamels, Holland, Perez, Lewis

Rangers' rotation on Darvish: Yu complete me

ARLINGTON --This is the rotation the Rangers have been waiting for, going back to last year when they acquired Cole Hamels from the Phillies, and Derek Holland and Martin Perez showed they were over their injuries.

A.J. Griffin and Cesar Ramos did a nice job filling in as fifth starters, but now Yu Darvish has completed his 14-month recovery from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. He will join Hamels, Holland, Perez and Colby Lewis in the rotation, pitching against the Pirates 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.

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For Banister, sentiment comes with facing Bucs

Skipper's history with Hurdle, organization enhances Rangers-Pirates series

For Banister, sentiment comes with facing Bucs

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister says he's sure to feel a swirl of emotions on Friday, when he looks across the diamond and sees all those familiar faces wearing the black and gold of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"Twenty-nine years of my life," Banister said. "That's how long I wore that uniform. I love the organization. I love everything it stands for. There are a lot of ties."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mazara's mighty HR is downright dreamy

Rookie's 491-foot blast is MLB's longest of 2016

Mazara's mighty HR is downright dreamy

ARLINGTON -- It took Nomar Mazara until his 38th game to hit his first career home run at Globe Life Park -- a solo homer Tuesday night in the Rangers' win over the Angels. He would not wait long to hit his second.

Mazara's solo shot to lead off the second inning Wednesday afternoon would have traveled a projected 491 feet, according to Statcast™, making it the longest home run in the Major Leagues this season. It also sparked a three-run rally that propelled the Rangers to a 15-9 win that clinched a series victory over the Angels.

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

Mazara's monster HR leads Rangers over Angels

Mazara's monster HR leads Rangers over Angels

ARLINGTON -- Sparked by Nomar Mazara's epic home run and big production from the lower half of the order, the Rangers outlasted the Angels, 15-9 on Wednesday afternoon. The Rangers have won five of their last six, including two of three from the Angels.

Mazara, hitting in the No. 5 spot, had the memorable blast of the afternoon with his home run to lead off the second inning. But the bottom four hitters in the lineup -- Ryan Rua, Mitch Moreland, Elvis Andrus and Bobby Wilson -- were a combined 10-for-16 with eight runs scored and five runs batted in. Wilson had four hits, a career high for him and the most by a Rangers player this season.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , 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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Andrus tries to take extra base, slips and fall

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Andrus tries to take extra base, slips and fall

When it came for Prince Fielder last season -- not once, but twice -- we turned the other way. "Running the bases is hard sometimes!" we said, "it's only natural that a player would hilariously slip and fall from time to time." But then, just last week, we began to wonder -- what could possibly have made Adrian Beltre scramble back to first base like he was in a Scooby-Doo chase scene?

And during Wednesday's Angels-Rangers game, our worst fears were finally confirmed: The basepaths at Globe Life Park are clearly haunted. Behold, the havoc they wreaked on Elvis Andrus just for thinking about taking an extra base.

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Barnette comes up big to escape pivotal 6th

Righty limits damage in bases-loaded, no outs jam to keep Rangers in front

Barnette comes up big to escape pivotal 6th

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Tony Barnette was the closer for the Yakult Swallows and had 41 saves last season. Now with the Rangers, Barnette has turned into a utility reliever, a guy who can pitch in any situation and in any part of the ballgame.

On Wednesday afternoon, Barnette was needed in the sixth inning, entering the game with the bases loaded, nobody out and the Rangers leading 7-5 over the Angels. Barnette's ability to get out of the inning with the Rangers still in the lead was a huge moment in their 15-9 victory at Globe Life Park.

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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 to be proactive in giving Yu extra rest

Rangers to be proactive in giving Yu extra rest

ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish's first start for the Rangers will be on five days rest rather than his normal four. It could be a semi-regular occurrence.

Manager Jeff Banister said the Rangers will look for opportunities to give Darvish extra rest during his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

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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.

Holland pushed back to ensure rest, split up lefties

Banister: Left-hander is 'stronger and sharper [with] an extra day'

Holland pushed back to ensure rest, split up lefties

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are pushing Derek Holland back in the rotation, allowing Martin Perez and Colby Lewis to take their next starts on regular four days' rest.

Holland, who started Monday against the Angels, was in line to follow Cole Hamels (Friday) and Yu Darvish (Saturday) and pitch Sunday against the Pirates. Instead he will be pushed back to Tuesday against the Indians in Cleveland.

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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 powers Perez's win over Angels

Mazara powers Perez's win over Angels

ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez threw six scoreless innings and Nomar Mazara belted a two-run home run as the Rangers beat the Angels, 4-1, Tuesday night at Globe Life Park, evening the three-game series.

Perez recorded his first win in May, despite a 2.59 ERA in his previous four starts of the month. He entered the game receiving an average of 2.10 runs per start, the lowest in the American League. The left-hander struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits in six innings of work.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

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Perez puzzles Halos with 6th-inning escape

Rangers lefty whiffs Trout, Giavotella in pivotal moment

Perez puzzles Halos with 6th-inning escape

ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Martin Perez was terrific for five innings on Tuesday night, holding the Angels scoreless on three singles and a walk.

He almost let that effort go to waste when he ran into trouble in the sixth while holding a 1-0 lead. But Perez's ability to stay cool against the Angels' best hitters proved to be the pivotal moment in the Rangers' 4-1 victory at Globe Life Park.

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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 one step closer to new ballpark

Arlington City Council unanimously approves plan for retractable-roof stadium

Rangers one step closer to new ballpark

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers and the city of Arlington have taken another step toward realizing the dream of a new $1 billion state-of-the-art ballpark opening in 2021.

The Arlington City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a master agreement that outlines the partnership between the city and ballclub for construction of a new retractable-roof ballpark and supporting development in the Entertainment District.

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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 place Choo, Stubbs on DL; Gallo up

Top prospect recalled; Hoying also gets call from Triple-A

Rangers place Choo, Stubbs on DL; Gallo up

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers placed outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs on the disabled list Monday and called up outfielder Jared Hoying and infielder Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock. Choo went on the DL with a left hamstring strain, and Stubbs is sidelined by a sprained toe on his left foot.

Hoying was in the starting lineup on Monday night making his Major League debut. He and Ryan Rua will likely split time in left field with Nomar Mazara staying in right while Choo is on the disabled list.

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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.

Ortiz, Guzman among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Ortiz, Guzman among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Run support lacking for Holland's solid effort

Run support lacking for Holland's solid effort

ARLINGTON -- Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run off Rangers starter Derek Holland, and the Angels took the opener of a three-game series with a 2-0 victory on Monday night.

Starter Nick Tropeano combined with four relievers to pitch the Angels' third shutout of the season, and Joe Smith pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save while filling in for Huston Street as closer. The Rangers had seven hits and three walks but were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

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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.

Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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