Rangers finish April with offense in a rut

Lineup tallies 15 strikeouts in 5-2 loss to Angels

Rangers finish April with offense in a rut

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' offense ended the month of April much like the team has played the entire month, misfiring on its way to a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas hitters struck out 15 times against the Angels, the most since the Rangers had 16 on June 30, 2016, against the New York Yankees.

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Anthony Andro is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Choo's homer not enough to pick up Perez

Choo's homer not enough to pick up Perez

ARLINGTON -- Jefry Marte drove in three runs and JC Ramirez racked up a career-high-tying nine strikeouts as the Angels clinched a series win over the Rangers with a 5-2 victory on Sunday.

Ramirez allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings to help the Angels finished April with a winning record for only the second time since 2012, now sitting at 14-13. It was Ramirez's first Major League win as a starter since moving to the rotation earlier this month, and his second straight strong performance. 

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Anthony Andro is a contributor to MLB.com. He covered the Rangers on Sunday.

Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com. He covered the Angels on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers claim Kozma, option Profar to Minors

Rangers claim Kozma, option Profar to Minors

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers claimed infielder Pete Kozma off waivers from the New York Yankees Sunday.

To make room for Kozma, the Rangers optioned Jurickson Profar to Triple-A Round Rock.

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Anthony Andro is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner, McCullers open Lone Star Series

Cashner, McCullers open Lone Star Series

The Rangers and the Astros open play Monday at Minute Maid Park with native Texan Andrew Cashner getting the nod opposite Lance McCullers Jr. in the intrastate rivalry.

Cashner was born in Conroe. Monday's game will be his first start for the Rangers against their division rivals. He'll aim to pitch better than he did in his last start, when he matched a career high with six walks and pitched just four innings in a 5-2 loss to Minnesota.

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Anthony Andro is a contributor for MLB.com based in Arlington.

Ben DuBose is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Texas aims to keep up trend vs. Astros

Houston hopes to make Lone Star Series less lopsided

Justice: Texas aims to keep up trend vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- Nothing will be decided in the four-game series between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros that begins Monday night. It's simply one little curve in a long, long road. Whatever happens could be long since forgotten by the dog days of August and September.

So why does it feel like something more?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez's cycle backs hard-working Darvish

Gomez's cycle backs hard-working Darvish

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle for the second time in his career and led the Rangers to a 6-3 victory over the Angels on Saturday night. It's the third time a player has hit for the cycle in the Major Leagues this season, as Gomez joins Wil Myers of the Padres and Trea Turner of the Nationals.

"It's hard to do," Gomez said. "It's exciting to do that. And you can enjoy it when you win. This month we've been bouncing up and down a lot. Two nights ago we had a great game and tonight we did this, so I think we're going in the right direction and hopefully everything will start from here."

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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.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas.

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Richard Justice

Will cycle get Go-Go going? Texas hopes so

On son's 8th birthday, Gomez's impressive skillset on display

Will cycle get Go-Go going? Texas hopes so

Carlos Gomez is one of the rare players who can make hitting for the cycle look routine. That's surely what dozens of current and former teammates are thinking when they learn he did it Saturday night for the second time in his career.

They've all pretty much said it, everyone from Ryan Braun to Jose Altuve to Carlos Beltran. When Gomez is at his best, there aren't many better players in the game.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Darvish rewards manager's confidence in him

Despite high pitch count, "ace" left in to work out of sixth-inning jam

Darvish rewards manager's confidence in him

ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish, trying to protect a 4-2 lead, walked the bases loaded in the sixth inning and had thrown 117 pitches. The Rangers had Tony Barnette warmed up in the bullpen.

But manager Jeff Banister stayed with Darvish in the pivotal moment of the Rangers' 6-3 win over the Angels 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.

Off to the laces: Gomez gets cycle in socks?

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Off to the laces: Gomez gets cycle in socks?

Carlos Gomez was on a roll during Saturday night's 6-3 win over the Angels. He became just the 10th Rangers player to hit for the cycle and the first since Adrian Belte on Aug. 3, 2015. He christened his achievement with a majestic homer to center field, capping a fantastic night.

The only thing that could slow him down at all was, oddly, his equipment.

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Rangers still assessing Griffin's status

Righty could return Wednesday; DeShields gets first start vs. RHP

Rangers still assessing Griffin's status

ARLINGTON -- A.J. Griffin rejoined the Rangers on Saturday, but no decision has been made on if he'll come off the disabled list and start Wednesday against the Astros.

Griffin is on the disabled list because of gout in his left ankle. He threw 37 pitches in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.

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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.

Perez on scorching stretch for Crawdads

Perez on scorching stretch for Crawdads

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Yanio Perez (Rangers' No. 15), Hickory vs. Columbia (3 p.m. ET)

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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.

Martinez giving Texas something to think about

Martinez giving Texas something to think about

ARLINGTON -- There may be some intrigue building in the Rangers' rotation.

Nick Martinez is the one causing it because he is pitching like a guy who doesn't want to go back to Triple-A Round Rock. He'll know in five days if that's the case.

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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.

Late homer sinks Rangers vs. Angels

Late homer sinks Rangers vs. Angels

ARLINGTON -- Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Friday night. The Angels have now won five straight, while the Rangers have lost three of four.

The home run, coming off Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress in a tie game, was Pujols' third of the season and the 594th of his career. It also gave him 1,838 RBIs, passing Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th all time and one behind Ted Williams.

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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.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Gallo throws out Simmons from his backside

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Gallo throws out Simmons from his backside

Joey Gallo found himself in a bit of a tough spot in the second inning of the Rangers' game against the Angels on Friday night. Playing in near the infield grass at third, he manged to snare a sharp grounder from Andrelton Simmons -- but fell to the ground while he did it.

With Simmons well on his way to first base, there was no time to get to his feet. So, Gallo did the only thing he could: He threw Simmons out from his rear end.

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Yu rescues, adopts local pit bull on night off

Yu rescues, adopts local pit bull on night off

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish is getting an extra day of rest, and that may have saved a pit bull named Sage from the dog pound.

Darvish was up later than usual on Thursday night because he is not pitching until Saturday. He saw on Twitter that Sage was headed to the dog pound if somebody did not adopt her.

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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 gaining big league confidence

Third baseman impressing Rangers while filling in for Beltre

Gallo gaining big league confidence

ARLINGTON -- The Joey Gallo era has begun in Arlington. After several false starts and growing doubts, he is making a convincing argument that he is here to stay.

The mystery that cloaks Adrian Beltre's right calf injury no longer seems relevant to Gallo's situation. Gallo belongs in the Major Leagues, and it goes beyond being tied for the American League lead in home runs.

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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.

Rua's slam caps Rangers' 8-run 8th in win

Rua's slam caps Rangers' 8-run 8th in win

ARLINGTON -- Ryan Rua hit his first career grand slam in an eight-run eighth inning to help cap off the Rangers' 14-3 comeback win over the Twins on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Eduardo Escobar's two-run home run in the second gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead before the Rangers came back in the middle innings. Rua's grand slam and a three-run home run by Shin-Soo Choo were the final blows in the Rangers' big eighth inning.

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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.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas that covered the Twins on Wednesday.

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Beltre recovering slowly from calf injury

Rangers third baseman has no timetable for return

Beltre recovering slowly from calf injury

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers initially hoped they would get third baseman Adrian Beltre back before the end of April.

That isn't going to happen, and May is starting to look murky too as he continues to experience soreness in his right calf muscle. The Rangers have no timetable for his return and continue the refrain they are taking a conservative approach.

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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.

DeShields makes case, reaches 5 times in win

Rangers' speedster got sixth start of season on Wednesday

DeShields makes case, reaches 5 times in win

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields made one thing clear about his lack of playing time.

"I don't want to use it as an excuse," DeShields said. "I still have to find ways to prepare myself and do what I can do."

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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 Foundation to co-host 'Durrett' event

Fundraiser will be held during June 16 game against Mariners

ARLINGTON -- The Do It For Durrett Foundation and the Texas Rangers Foundation will combine to host the social event of the season during the Rangers' game against the Mariners on June 16 at Globe Life Park.

The Do It For Durrett Goes Yard will be held in the climate-controlled comfort of the Hyundai Club overlooking center field.

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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 homers, but seven-run inning sinks Texas

Gallo homers, but seven-run inning sinks Texas

ARLINGTON -- Twins pitcher Ervin Santana continues to build on one of the best starts to a season in his career, holding the Rangers to one run over seven innings in an 8-1 victory at Globe Life Park on Tuesday.

The Twins, who had a season-high 14 hits, have won two straight over the Rangers to start this three-game series. They also have won four straight against the Rangers dating back to last season and 10 of 13 going back to 2015.

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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.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas.

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Rangers' aggressive baserunning backfires

Rangers' aggressive baserunning backfires

ARLINGTON -- The state of the Rangers' offense suggests they can't afford to give up too many outs running the bases.

But it can also be argued the struggling Rangers hitters need to find some way to manufacture runs, especially when facing possibly the hottest pitcher in the American League.

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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 holding baby catches foul ball

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Rangers fan holding baby catches foul ball

The Rangers have been forced to start this season without team leader and all-around expert showman Adrian Beltre, who's still sidelined with a calf injury -- but his presence was still felt at Globe Life Park in the team's 8-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday night.

Rougned Odor lofted a foul ball toward the second deck in the seventh inning, and it eventually wound up in the hands of a fan proudly wearing a Beltre shirsey.

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Mendez goes seven strong

Mendez goes seven strong

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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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.

Early runs not enough in loss to Twins

Early runs not enough in loss to Twins

ARLINGTON -- Brian Dozier hit a three-run double off Rangers starter Martin Perez and the Twins made it stand up with a 3-2 victory on Monday night at Globe Life Park. The Twins had lost seven of nine at home before opening their six-game road trip with a win and snapping the Rangers' four-game winning streak.

Twins starter Phil Hughes earned the win by holding the Rangers to two runs in six innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out two, raising his record to 3-1 with a 4.71 ERA.

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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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Rangers endure frustrating night

Rangers endure frustrating night

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had much to be frustrated about after their four-game winning streak came to an end in a 3-2 loss to the Twins on Monday night.

There were scoring opportunities that were wasted early in the game and a failure to mount any offense in the final five innings. There was Martin Perez's three-walk meltdown in the fifth.

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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.

Bush gets first 2017 save under his belt

Manager pleased with how righty carried himself before, during outing

Bush gets first 2017 save under his belt

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister admitted he was watching reliever Matt Bush closely in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon.

Robinson Chirinos had just hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead, and Bush took over for his first save opportunity as the newly promoted closer. Bush had a save last year, but it was only because Sam Dyson was given the day off.

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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.

Darvish comes up Yu-ge with 8-inning outing

Rangers right-hander rebounds from shaky start against Royals

Darvish comes up Yu-ge with 8-inning outing

ARLINGTON -- This was Yu Darvish's 22nd start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer.

It was also his most exceptional beyond just a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. Darvish himself provided Exhibit A in his postgame press 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.