NY native Iapoce thrilled to be back in Bronx

Rangers hitting coach played at Yankee Stadium as high schooler in 1991

NY native Iapoce thrilled to be back in Bronx

NEW YORK -- Rangers hitting coach Anthony Iapoce, who is from New York City, was last at Yankee Stadium in 2014 for one day as the Cubs' roving hitting instructor.

Prior to that it was June 10, 1991, when he helped Monsignor McClancy of Queens defeat Xaverian of Brooklyn, 3-2, for the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association championship game. Iapoce was playing center field for McClancy and was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

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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.

Time running out to vote Desmond for ASG

Time running out to vote Desmond for ASG

NEW YORK -- The Rangers have the best record in the American League but not in the voting on the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

The rosters for the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard are scheduled to be announced July 5.

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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 roll, tied for MLB wins lead at 49

Rangers roll, tied for MLB wins lead at 49

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers scored three runs in the first inning, and Prince Fielder added a two-run homer in the sixth to back starter Martin Perez, who allowed one run over six in a 6-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Red Sox have lost back-to-back series for the first time since July of last season.

With their 49th victory, the Rangers are tied with the Giants for the most wins in the Majors and are off to the best 76-game start in team history at 49-27.

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

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Perez again on point, posts sixth straight win

Rangers' rotation hit by injuries, but lefty has been stabilizing force

Perez again on point, posts sixth straight win

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have hit hard times when it comes to the health of their rotation, but left-hander Martin Perez has been a constant.

He came through once again Sunday afternoon in his team-leading 16th start, allowing one run over six innings to pick up his sixth straight win in a 6-2 victory over the Red Sox at Globe Life Park. Perez matched his career-high winning streak set back in 2013, and has won six of his past seven outings.

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Rangers hope Yu's back before All-Star break

Righty feels good after 30-pitch 'pen session, may throw sim game Wednesday

Rangers hope Yu's back before All-Star break

ARLINGTON -- In his first bullpen session since being placed on the 15-day disabled list June 13, Yu Darvish threw 30 pitches before the Rangers' 6-2 victory against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Darvish was able to throw breaking pitches along with his fastball and appeared to do so without any noticeable discomfort. The Rangers are hoping to get him back before the All-Star break.

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

Confident Tolleson rounding into form

Rangers reliever delivering quality strikes since return

Confident Tolleson rounding into form

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson said there was no real mystery as to why he's had success of late.

"There's no secret, anything I tell you I'm going to be making up," he said before tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Red Sox.

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Demeritte among top prospect performers Sunday

Rays No. 9 prospect allows two hits in six scoreless frames in Triple-A debut

Demeritte among top prospect performers Sunday

Jacob Faria took the next step toward reaching the Major Leagues on Sunday with an impressive debut for Triple-A Durham.

The Rays' No. 9 prospect fired six innings of two-hit ball as the Bulls fell to Lehigh Valley, 3-2, in 10 innings. He walked one, struck out six and generated seven ground-ball outs, throwing 52 of his 82 pitches for strikes.

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

Rangers come alive to thump Red Sox

Rangers come alive to thump Red Sox

ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus' three-run triple led the charge as the Rangers pounded American League ERA leader Steven Wright for eight runs in 4 2/3 innings as they defeated the Red Sox, 10-3, Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Globe Life Park.

Ian Desmond's solo home run -- his 13th long ball of the year -- and Mitch Moreland's two-run single did the damage in the fourth, and Andrus' big hit highlighted a five-run fifth.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington. He covered the Rangers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Once again, Rangers bounce right back

AL West leaders haven't lost consecutive games in over a month

Once again, Rangers bounce right back

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had one of their toughest setbacks of the season on Friday night against the Red Sox, blowing a three-run lead in the ninth on their way to an 8-7 loss. Things were not looking much better for Saturday, as they were up against American League ERA leader, Steven Wright, whose knuckleball has given teams fits all season.

They wouldn't let the stunning loss a night earlier get the best of them, however, as they scored eight runs off Wright -- more than any team has this season -- in a 10-3 win over the Red Sox. The Rangers haven't lost back-to-back games since being swept by the A's May 16-18 in Oakland, and their 48 wins are tied with the Cubs and Giants for the most in the Majors.

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Odor sneaks into second with amazing swim slide

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Odor sneaks into second with amazing swim slide

Remain calm. Do not adjust your screen. Sure, Rougned Odor seemed dead to rights while trying to steal second against the Red Sox on Saturday. But we promise that what you're about to see really did happen, and to the best of our knowledge did not involve any dark magic and/or rifts in the Matrix. He just managed to adjust his slide on the fly, get his left hand out of the way and balance on his side as he narrowly avoided Dustin Pedroia's tag. You know, like you do.

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Rangers wary of overusing Dyson

Rangers wary of overusing Dyson

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister is aware that his closer, Sam Dyson, is on pace to set a club record with 86 appearances this season. Entering Saturday's game, Dyson's 39 appearances were tied for the most in the American League.

For that reason, he stayed away from Dyson as the team lost a three-run, ninth-inning lead in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.

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Bullpen struggles in four-run ninth

Bullpen struggles in four-run ninth

ARLINGTON -- The Red Sox stunned the Rangers with four runs in the ninth inning and rallied for an 8-7 victory at Globe Life Park. The comeback came against relievers Jake Diekman and Matt Bush as the Rangers were trying to stay away from using closer Sam Dyson.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Penned in: Diekman, Bush struggle

Up three runs in ninth inning, duo allow Red Sox to rally

Penned in: Diekman, Bush struggle

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister wanted to stay away from closer Sam Dyson on Friday night. Left-hander Jake Diekman and right-hander Matt Bush are usually reliable alternatives in those situations.

That wasn't the case on Friday. The Rangers held a three-run lead going into ninth before the Red Sox rallied for four runs against Diekman and Bush in an 8-7 victory. The Rangers had been successful on 16 straight save chances, and this was their first blown save since May 17 in Oakland.

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If selected, Hamels positioned to start ASG

Rangers giving ace an extra day of rest before next outing

If selected, Hamels positioned to start ASG

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are spending Friday and Saturday filling out player ballots for the All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. While the fans pick the starting lineups, the players vote for nine reserves, five starting pitchers and three relievers.

Royals manager Ned Yost, who will manage the American League team, will select seven reserves and then one more player will be added through the Final Vote.

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Murphy: 'Being here felt like home'

Rangers honor retired outfielder with pregame ceremony

Murphy: 'Being here felt like home'

ARLINGTON -- Before retired Rangers outfielder David Murphy was honored prior to Friday night's game against the Red Sox at Globe Life Park, he met with the media to talk about his career, among other things. Accompanying him were his wife, his four children and his parents, making it quite clear why he decided to call it quits at age 34.

"I want to take advantage of being a husband and father now," Murphy said.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Hough discusses life as a knuckleballer

Q&A: Hough discusses life as a knuckleballer

Charlie Hough was raised with a sense of determination. His father, Dick, spent 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II before returning home and celebrating the birth of Charlie.

Maybe that's why Hough was always focused on what it would take to survive. He did, after all, spend 25 seasons in the big leagues as a knuckleball pitcher. He established himself as a closer with the Dodgers, and then -- at the age of 34 -- transitioned into a starting pitcher with the Rangers.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers rolling, own largest MLB division lead

Texas holds a 10-game advantage in the AL West

Rangers rolling, own largest MLB division lead

ARLINGTON -- On June 3, the Rangers entered a three-game series against the Mariners at Globe Life Park staring right down the barrel of a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. At the time, they held a one-game lead over the Mariners for first-place in the American League West.

After their win over the Reds on Wednesday night, they found themselves with a 10-game lead in their division, and ended the grueling stretch at 16-4. The owners of the best record in the American League won't be caught patting themselves on the back, though.

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Rangers show knack for finding bullpen talent

Ability to spot, develop relievers with value has become staple of club

Rangers show knack for finding bullpen talent

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have identified their bullpen as one possible area of upgrade this summer. Recent history shows the odds are good the Rangers will find one or two relievers who fit their need.

During Jon Daniels' 11-year tenure as general manager, the Rangers have done a remarkable job of finding and developing relievers in a variety of low-cost ways.

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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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Tracy Ringolsby

#ASGWorthy: Desmond's bounceback key to Rangers' success

Late signing, position change don't faze athletic veteran

#ASGWorthy: Desmond's bounceback key to Rangers' success

Ian Desmond is not into history.

He may have been drafted by the Expos and debuted at shortstop with the Nationals after the franchise moved to Washington, D.C. He may have been seemingly frozen out on the free-agent market in the offseason, not agreeing to terms with the Rangers until Feb. 29, after Spring Training began.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamels continues dominance of Reds

Hamels continues dominance of Reds

ARLINGTON -- Backed by a four-run fourth inning, Cole Hamels struck out eight and allowed one run in six innings as the Rangers defeated the Reds, 6-4, to split the two-game series Wednesday night at Globe Life Park. .

Hamels continued his dominance against the Reds dating back to his time with the Phillies, and he is now 10-1 with a 1.93 ERA against them in 15 career starts. Hamels left with a 4-1 lead, and Ian Desmond's seventh-inning home run against J.J. Hoover was the difference when Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run off left-hander Jake Diekman in the eighth.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Rangers fan makes incredible barehanded catch

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Rangers fan makes incredible barehanded catch

Some things in this life are just inevitable, like the changing of seasons and the next themed Cubs road trip. But some things seem to be simply preordained, written in the stars by the hand of destiny.

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Count on Cole: Ace steps up his game

Lefty will be counted upon with rotation beset by injuries

Count on Cole: Ace steps up his game

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels steered the rotation back in the right direction on Wednesday night. That may become an increasingly important job for him in the potentially turbulent weeks ahead.

Hamels held the Reds to one run in six innings and the Rangers held on for a 6-4 victory at Globe Life Park. Hamels allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight, raising his record to 8-1 with a 2.79 ERA.

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Lewis out 2 months with strained lat muscle

Lewis out 2 months with strained lat muscle

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis is expected to miss up to two months with a strained lat muscle in the back of his right shoulder.

The injury showed up during an MRI on Wednesday. The Rangers originally thought Lewis was dealing with soreness in the right triceps area, but the examination showed it was a problem with the lat muscle.

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Rangers place Holland on DL, recall Jackson

Rangers place Holland on DL, recall Jackson

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers placed left-hander Derek Holland on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation and recalled right-hander Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock before Wednesday's game against the Reds.

Holland has allowed seven earned runs over his last two starts, both of which he wasn't able to make it through five innings, and has a 5.20 ERA this season.

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Profar goes deep, but Rangers' win streak over

Profar goes deep, but Rangers' win streak over

ARLINGTON -- The hottest team in baseball was stopped on Tuesday night. Behind four RBIs from Jay Bruce and three from Zack Cozart, the Reds marched to an 8-2 victory over the Rangers that snapped their seven-game winning streak.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who was four outs from a perfect game his last time out, saw his night go sideways quickly. Bruce's three-run homer gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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.