Source: Odor, Texas agree on extension

Source: Odor, Texas agree on extension

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers are in agreement with second baseman Rougned Odor on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension, according to Major League sources and multiple media outlets.

The Rangers have not yet made an official announcement, but have been working on an extension with Odor for much of Spring Training.

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Yu to make 1st Opening Day start for Texas

Darvish is Rangers' ninth different starter in past nine seasons

Yu to make 1st Opening Day start for Texas

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister confirmed that Yu Darvish will be the Opening Day starter on April 3 against the Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

It will be the first Opening Day start for Darvish in the Major Leagues, although he did it five times in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He is the ninth different Opening Day starter for the Rangers in the past nine years.

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Martinez K's six, Rua homers vs. Mariners

Martinez K's six, Rua homers vs. Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Dillon Overton, a southpaw acquired from the A's in January, threw six innings of one-run ball in his second Cactus League start as Seattle topped the Rangers, 3-1.

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua ripped a first-inning home run off an Overton changeup, but the 25-year-old gave up just four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in a 71-pitch outing.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rougned Odor splashes Felix Hernandez with some water

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Rougned Odor splashes Felix Hernandez with some water

For much of the baseball season, friends have to suit up on opposing teams and try to beat each other on a regular basis. Only one team can win a division, after all, and postseason spots can be elusive. Competition can get intense.

Friendship is also intense, albeit in a different way. Felix Hernandez and Rougned Odor (who just agreed with the Rangers on a big six-year contract extension) recently spent a couple of weeks together on the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic, but their regular roles are as key participants on two clubs vying for AL West supremacy.

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Gomez still out; Lucroy extension talks tabled

Outfielder's shoulder among handful of injuries to track before opener

Gomez still out; Lucroy extension talks tabled

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Carlos Gomez remains sidelined with a jammed left shoulder, and the Rangers aren't sure when he'll be back in the lineup.

The Rangers are still expecting Gomez to be ready for Opening Day, but Saturday marked the fourth day he was out of the lineup since injuring the shoulder.

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Martinez, Gamboa going all out for roster spots

Pitchers doing everything they can to earn rotation or bullpen job

Martinez, Gamboa going all out for roster spots

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Nick Martinez and Eddie Gamboa have done their best to give the Rangers some options in the rotation and bullpen.

Now they must wait for the final roster moves, but at least they made it hard on the Rangers.

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Hauschild, Alvarez bullpen options with Scheppers out

Hauschild, Alvarez bullpen options with Scheppers out

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Mike Hauschild and left-hander Dario Alvarez could be headed for the Opening Day roster in an eight-man bullpen now that Tanner Scheppers is sidelined with a strained abdominal muscle.

Alvarez would give the Rangers a second left-hander out of the bullpen to go along with Alex Claudio. Hauschild, a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Astros, would give the Rangers a true middle/long reliever ahead of their power right-handed relievers.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Beltre on motivation, 3,000 hits

Rangers' star seeks elusive World Series ring

Q&A: Beltre on motivation, 3,000 hits

Adrian Beltre was a late arrival in Texas, signing with the Rangers as a free agent at the age of 31. In his six seasons, he has made his presence felt, enjoying the best stretch of his career. Beltre has hit .308 with 167 home runs and 563 RBIs.

Beltre, however, has yet to win a World Series championship, and that, he admits, is something missing from his career. He talked about his situation in this week's Q&A:

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Andrus' 2 RBIs back Perez's gem vs. Padres

Andrus' 2 RBIs back Perez's gem vs. Padres

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Martin Perez had the upper hand over Jhoulys Chacin in the battle of Venezuelan starters as the Rangers held on to defeat the Padres, 4-3, at Surprise Stadium on Friday. Perez followed up his two starts for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic by holding the Padres scoreless over five innings. He allowed three hits and one walk, striking out six while throwing 80 pitches.

"It was a good game," Perez said. "It's close to the season and I want to do what I have been doing. It's great for me. I'm trying to build myself up for the regular season."

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucroy returns prepared, full of patriotism after WBC '17

Lucroy returns prepared, full of patriotism after WBC '17

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The next World Baseball Classic is due in 2021. Jonathan Lucroy said getting guys to play for Team USA should not be a problem.

"If any player turns it down, they should look in the mirror and check themselves," Lucroy said. "I get the starting pitchers because of the timetable. There is no excuse for anybody else. Everyone else should want to go. It's an experience like no other. You put USA across your jersey, you can't replicate that anywhere else. You are playing for an entire country. There is nothing like it."

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Dyson rejoins Rangers after WBC '17 tour

Standout closer didn't allow a baserunner in six innings over five games in championship run

Dyson rejoins Rangers after WBC '17 tour

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Sam Dyson has gone viral after the World Baseball Classic. Well, almost.

"According to Instagram, I got 25 to 50 more followers," Dyson said. "I went over 5,000 followers and said, 'Yeah!'"

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Anthony Castrovince

Choo's motor not slowing down with age

Choo's motor not slowing down with age

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Shin-Soo Choo is equal parts eager to please and impossible to satisfy. He expects so much from himself that when things inevitably go awry somewhere in the midst of a 162-game schedule, he wears those struggles on his sleeve, feeling he's let both himself and his team down. That's how it's been for the entirety of Choo's Major League career, and that was especially how it was in a lost 2016 that saw him make four trips to the disabled list.

Having played alongside Choo previously, Mike Napoli knows this. And so when Napoli re-arrived to the Rangers early in this spring camp and moved into a locker positioned not-so-coincidentally near that of Choo, he began what has been an ongoing process of getting Choo to lighten up, ease the pressure he places on himself and ease the burdens of his daily prep.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dyson, Claudio on track after WBC '17 run

Rangers' bullpen in solid shape after duo's strong showing in tourney

Dyson, Claudio on track after WBC '17 run

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers reliever Sam Dyson threw just 12 pitches in a scoreless inning for the United States against Japan on Tuesday in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

That's why Rangers manager Jeff Banister was fine with Dyson pitching in the championship game Wednesday against Puerto Rico. Banister relayed that to Team USA manager Jim Leyland.

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Gee battles, Rangers scuffle vs. LA's ace

Gee battles, Rangers scuffle vs. LA's ace

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Chase Utley got the Dodgers started with a two-run home run in the first inning, and behind ace Clayton Kershaw, they went on to a 10-2 victory over the Rangers at Surprise Stadium on Thursday.

Kershaw was sharp for six scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out 11. He threw 71 pitches and lowered his spring ERA to 2.14.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Griffin tightens grip on Rangers' rotation job

Righty regains confidence in changeup, curve this spring

Griffin tightens grip on Rangers' rotation job

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A fourth starter has been identified in Rangers camp. A.J. Griffin was given the front-line starting pitcher treatment Thursday when the Rangers let him do his work in a Minor League game. Dillon Gee, who is still in competition for the fifth spot, started against the Dodgers in the Cactus League game.

Griffin started for the Class A Down East Wood Ducks against Modesto and allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out six. Griffin threw 76 pitches while working in unusually cool temperatures and high gusts of desert wind on the back field.

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Loney a long shot to make Rangers' roster

Veteran first baseman can opt for free agency Wednesday

Loney a long shot to make Rangers' roster

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- James Loney is the consummate professional. He has forged an 11-year career by being a solid hitter, accomplished defender and outstanding teammate.

These are attributes worthy of respect and admiration. They may not be good enough to earn him a spot on the Rangers' Opening Day roster, and he understands that.

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Robinson among top prospect performers

Robinson among top prospect performers

J.D. Davis is heating up at the perfect time. As the season draws near, hits are coming in bunches for the Astros' No. 13 prospect.

The 23-year-old third baseman went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of Spring Training, in Houston's 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

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

Rangers can lean on versatility in left field

Rua, DeShields, Profar give Texas options at multiple positions

Rangers can lean on versatility in left field

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers' competition in left field is coming to a close in Spring Training.

It may end without a winner or loser being declared. Ryan Rua, Delino DeShields and Jurickson Profar have all put themselves in position to be on the Opening Day roster.

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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.

Loney gets big hit in Rangers' early surge

Loney gets big hit in Rangers' early surge

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout hit his first home run of the spring, but it wasn't enough to prevent the split-squad Angels from falling to the Rangers, 7-4, on Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

James Loney's two-run double off Angels starter Alex Meyer capped a three-run outburst for the Rangers in the first, though the Halos scored three times in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 3. The Rangers restored their lead on Jurickson Profar's tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the second and went ahead 5-3 on Drew Robinson's RBI double in the third.

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After Classic stint, Beltre returns to Rangers

After Classic stint, Beltre returns to Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There was a large wreath of roses standing next to Adrian Beltre's locker when he returned to Rangers from the World Baseball Classic Tuesday.

The banner across the wreath said, "Rest In Peace, D.R."

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Chirinos' contract extended through 2018

Chirinos' contract extended through 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers showed they hold Robinson Chirinos in higher regard than the average backup catcher when they signed him to a contract extension through 2018 on Tuesday with a club option for 2019.

"He is one of the leaders on this team," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is an underrated player. The leadership, the work ethic, and the standards he set are well-known throughout the clubhouse and the game. He is a guy others look to. He is a leader among a talented group of players that we've put together."

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Hamels gets in a rhythm against White Sox

Hamels gets in a rhythm against White Sox

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran pitchers Cole Hamels and James Shields put on a good show at Surprise Stadium Tuesday night, though neither was around when Michael De Leon singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 Rangers victory over the White Sox.

The Rangers scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning when White Sox pitcher Jace Fry uncorked a wild pitch with a runner on third base. De Leon then knocked in the game-winner.

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Beasley to sing anthem on Opening Day

Beasley to sing anthem on Opening Day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Tony Beasley is back as the Rangers third-base coach after being out all of last season while getting treatment for rectal cancer.

Beasley will celebrate his return by performing The Star-Spangled Banner on Opening Day at Globe Life Park.

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Gallo shut down due to tight hamstring

Gallo shut down due to tight hamstring

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers infielder Joey Gallo has been shut down because of tightness in his left hamstring.

The Rangers don't know how long Gallo will be down. He had an MRI on Tuesday and the club was waiting for Dr. Keith Meister to read the results. It is the same hamstring that forced Gallo out of playing winter ball after just three games in Venezuela.

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Bush open about rocky past, focused on future

Bush open about rocky past, focused on future

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of a terrible day for Rangers reliever Matt Bush and he continues to be asked about it.

It's still a compelling story even as Bush tries to move forward with his life and get ready for his second Major League season. He is willing to answer the questions because he understands he has an important message to deliver.

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Classic a great experience for Rangers' Perez

Friendship with King Felix, pitching for Venezuela a boon for lefty

Classic a great experience for Rangers' Perez

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Martin Perez has a new best friend and it's a pitcher on one of the Rangers' biggest rivals.

Perez returned to the Rangers from the World Baseball Classic on Monday and said the highlight of the experience was being able to spend time with Mariners All-Star pitcher Felix Hernandez. The Rangers left-hander, expected to be their No. 3 starter going into the season, said he and Hernandez talked about everything.

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Why the AL West could be the game's most fun division

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Why the AL West could be the game's most fun division

Heading into the 2017 season, most pundits will likely either peg the Astros or Rangers as de facto "favorites" to win the American League West. 

But beyond those two Texas rivals, who will once again battle it out for the Silver Boot, there's a lot to see throughout the rest of the division. In fact, considering the fun factor of all five organizations this season, it is this author's opinion that there's reason to believe the AL West will be the most entertaining of all in the upcoming year. 

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Texas open to in-season contract talks with Yu

Texas open to in-season contract talks with Yu

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers are not facing a deadline at the end of Spring Training in their contract discussions with pitcher Yu Darvish, as general manager Jon Daniels said that those discussions could carry on into the regular season.

Some clubs are opposed to having contract discussions once the season starts, but the Rangers are willing to do so.

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