Rangers' three-run sixth sinks Halos

Rangers' three-run sixth sinks Halos

ARLINGTON -- Trailing by a run in Friday's sixth inning, the Rangers strung together three two-out runs against Angels starter Hector Santiago, getting key hits by Prince Fielder, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland to capture a 4-2 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who entered with a 9.06 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Angels, gave up a Geovany Soto solo homer, an RBI single to Soto and nothing else through seven innings, improving to 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA.

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Rangers' Fielder knocks in run No. 1,000

Rangers' Fielder knocks in run No. 1,000

ARLINGTON -- Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder delivered the 1,000th RBI in his career on Friday night. It's a notable milestone for any Major League player but his 1,000th RBI and his 839th career run scored were both big plays in the Rangers 4-2 victory over the Angels at Globe Life Park.

They both came in the sixth inning as the Rangers wiped out the Angels 2-1 lead with a three-run rally off of left-hander Hector Santiago. All three runs crossed the plate with two outs.

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Darvish set to head out for rehab stint

Darvish set to head out for rehab stint

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish threw 20 pitches in the bullpen on Friday, his last session before beginning a medical rehabilitation assignment on Sunday in Frisco.

Darvish is scheduled to throw two innings and 30 pitches in his first rehab start for Double-A Frisco against Corpus Christi. Darvish, who underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery on March 17, 2015, would likely get 4-5 starts on his rehab assignment, building up to 90 pitches, before he is an option at the big league level.

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Rehab assignment set for Rangers' Hamilton

Rehab assignment set for Rangers' Hamilton

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is scheduled to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Frisco on Saturday.

Hamilton is expected to play five innings in the outfield against Corpus Christi.

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Rangers get Pujols out -- but on the bases

Rangers get Pujols out -- but on the bases

ARLINGTON - Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor alertly kept a tag on Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols and a replay review turned it into a big moment in the Rangers 4-2 victory over the Angels.

The Angels led 2-1 at the time and Pujols getting called out when he seemed to be standing firmly on second base helped cut short their budding sixth-inning rally.

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Music Man: Griffin's second passion is guitar

Music Man: Griffin's second passion is guitar

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin said there is a big difference playing the guitar in front of a small crowd at an Arizona watering hole and pitching in front of a sellout crowd at a Major League ballpark.

"I'm more nervous playing music," Griffin said. "You can mess up on a pitch in a game and strike a guy out. But in music, you miss a note, everybody knows. I feel there is a little more pressure. I'm not as good at music as I am pitching."

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Demeritte among top prospect performers Thursday

Pirates prospect continues to impress while Boston outfielder stays hot at the plate

Demeritte among top prospect performers Thursday

With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13.

The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk. Taillon scattered five hits and issued two walks in the outing, which was his longest of the season for the Indians.

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Holland seeks third win as Rangers face Angels

Holland seeks third win as Rangers face Angels

Rangers left-hander Derek Holland is off to a good start for the Rangers, taking a 2-1 record and a 3.13 ERA into Saturday's start against the Angels.

His goal now is to do a better job of throwing strike one and getting ahead of hitters. Holland, through his first four starts, is throwing strike one 54 percent of the time. The American League average is 63 percent.

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Elvis' tie-breaking triple takes care of Yankees

Elvis' tie-breaking triple takes care of Yankees

ARLINGTON -- Starter Martin Perez earned his first win of the season, and the Rangers took their second straight over the Yankees with a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. The Yankees have lost 10 of their last 14 games.

Perez, now 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA, allowed two runs on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. All three strikeouts came in the first inning. The back end of the Rangers' bullpen closed it out, with Jake Diekman pitching two scoreless innings and Shawn Tolleson working the ninth for his seventh save.

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Andrus having an April to remember

Andrus having an April to remember

ARLINGTON -- The score was 2-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, and it looked as though Rangers starter Martin Perez was done for the night. So shortstop Elvis Andrus decided to have a word with Rougned Odor as the Rangers were getting ready to hit.

"I was talking to Odor, I said, 'Martin has been pitching tremendous, and we haven't been able to get him some runs to make him feel comfortable,'" Andrus said following Texas' 3-2 win over New York on Wednesday night. Odor went up there and I said, 'Get on base and I'll get you in.'"

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Payano, Jenkins among top prospect performers Wednesday

Indians' No. 3 notches three extra-base hits, Rangers' No. 29 prospect strikes out 11 in one-hit shutout

Payano, Jenkins among top prospect performers Wednesday

Bobby Bradley is on a roll right now, and his hot hitting continued on Wednesday.

Baseball's No. 90 overall prospect (Indians No. 3) helped Class A Advanced Lynchburg to a 12-6 win over Winston-Salem by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Bradley's three-run homer was part of a 10-run fifth inning for the Hillcats, who erased a 4-1 deficit.

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Darvish, Hamels set to make Sunday starts

Japanese righty will begin rehab assignment with Double-A Frisco

Darvish, Hamels set to make Sunday starts

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are planning on having both Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels return to the mound on Sunday.

Texas has announced that Darvish will begin a medical rehabilitation assignment on Sunday with Double-A Frisco. Darvish is scheduled to pitch two innings against Corpus Christi in a game that will start at 4:05 p.m. CT in Frisco.

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With start at first, Hanser a true utility infielder

With start at first, Hanser a true utility infielder

ARLINGTON -- Hanser Alberto is now a complete utility infielder, with first base officially on his resume.

Alberto made his first start at first base in Wednesday night's 3-2 win as manager Jeff Banister stacked his lineup with right-handed hitters against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Ryan Rua, a more experienced first baseman, was also in the lineup, but at designated hitter.

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With booming bats, Texas puts brakes on skid

With booming bats, Texas puts brakes on skid

ARLINGTON -- A five-run third inning helped bring the Rangers out of their offensive malaise, and they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.

The Rangers finished with 13 hits after scoring four runs on 23 hits in their previous four games. Elvis Andrus had three hits, and Nomar Mazara had a two-hit night on his 21st birthday. Nine of the Rangers runs scored with two outs, including those on homers by Ian Desmond and Rougned Odor.

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Griffin makes strong case to stay in rotation

Griffin makes strong case to stay in rotation

ARLINGTON -- Fifth starter A.J. Griffin doesn't look like a guy who is simply holding down a spot in the rotation until Yu Darvish gets off the disabled list.

Instead, his April statistics after a 10-1 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday look eerily similar to those of the guy at the head of the rotation.

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Rangers find spark by cashing in on chances

Rangers find spark by cashing in on chances

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' offense found what it was missing, shortstop Elvis Andrus said after Tuesday's 10-1 victory over the Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak.

"We were able to get the key hit," Andrus said. "Previously, we were creating a lot of opportunities, and we weren't able to get the hits to get the offense going. Today everything changed. That's what happens if you keep creating opportunities."

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Rangers avoid no-no, but not a loss

Rangers avoid no-no, but not a loss

ARLINGTON -- Starter Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a leadoff single to Nomar Mazara, and the Yankees held on for a 3-1 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

Eovaldi was trying to become the first Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter since David Cone's perfect game on July 18, 1999. That bid ended when Mazara grounded a single through the left side. There have been 10 no-hitters in the regular season in Yankees history in addition to Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

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Gallo among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 1 hits go-ahead shot in third multi-homer game, Reds' No. 4 strikes out nine in scoreless start

Gallo among top prospect performers Monday

No. 7 overall prospect Joey Gallo slugged his sixth and seventh home runs of the season on Monday, including a go-ahead blast in the top of the 12th inning to help push Triple-A Round Rock past Memphis, 6-5.

The Rangers' No. 1 prospect drove in three runs and scored three times, also walking twice, as part of a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Gallo connected on a two-run shot to right-center field in his first at-bat against Memphis starter Jeremy Hefner, and then took reliever Heath Wyatt deep to right field to open the 12th inning.

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Rangers need bats to break out, snap skid

Rangers need bats to break out, snap skid

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Brett Nicholas hit his first Major League homer on Monday night, and it came in the eighth inning off two-time All-Star reliever Dellin Betances. But it was the only real offense the Rangers could muster in a 3-1 loss to the Yankees at Globe Life Park.

"It was really special and cool to come off that good of a pitcher," Nicholas said. "But having won would have made it even better."

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Rangers' offense stalls during series in Chicago

Texas hits .198 for the series, .176 with runners in scoring position

Rangers' offense stalls during series in Chicago

CHICAGO -- The postmortem on the Rangers' three losses to the White Sox this weekend begins and ends with the offense.

The Rangers either ran into some really good pitching or were just bad at the plate during the series, which ended with a 4-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.

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Start voting to send Beltre, Andrus to All-Star Game

Start voting to send Beltre, Andrus to All-Star Game

CHICAGO -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has played in four All-Star Games. Elvis Andrus has played in two.

Both are off to good starts this season, putting them in position to get noticed right away as the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot was revealed online Sunday. The 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard is July 12 at San Diego's Petco Park.

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Holland, Mazara do their part, but Rangers fall

Holland, Mazara do their part, but Rangers fall

CHICAGO -- Mat Latos won his fourth straight start as a member of the White Sox, as the South Siders completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. This White Sox sweep marked their first one at home of the Rangers since July 3-5, 2012, and ran their record to 5-2 on the first homestand.

"Without the days off and things like that, this is a tough series," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You get L.A. that comes in here, they have a lot of offense. I think our pitchers did a tremendous job of being able to go through two high-powered offenses and give us a chance to win some games. We break even with the Angels and get this one with the Rangers -- our guys are pitching at a high level right now."

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Mazara's leaping grab caps day of great D

Desmond, Andrus, Moreland and others also shine with glove

Mazara's leaping grab caps day of great D

CHICAGO -- The play of the day in the Rangers' 4-3 loss to the White Sox was outfielder Nomar Mazara's catch in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Rangers and the White Sox were tied, 3-3, with two outs when Todd Frazier drove a ball to deep right field. Mazara jumped up and caught the ball, possibly taking away a game-winning home run.

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Banister forced to change 'pen plan in loss

Banister forced to change 'pen plan in loss

CHICAGO -- The Rangers had a one-run lead going into the bottom of the eighth on Saturday afternoon, and manager Jeff Banister had Bullpen Plan A ready to go. Sam Dyson would pitch the eighth, Shawn Tolleson would pitch the ninth and the Rangers would celebrate into the Chicago night.

Banister wouldn't have to use left-hander Jake Diekman. The Rangers wanted to give him a couple of days off to ease his workload, especially since the White Sox have a predominantly right-handed lineup.

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Desmond scores thrice, but Rangers lose in 11th

Desmond scores thrice, but Rangers lose in 11th

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning Saturday to cap a wild 4-3 White Sox win against the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

What started as a pitchers' duel between Carlos Rodon and Colby Lewis turned into an extra-innings thriller. Lewis surrendered only one run in six innings, and Rodon gave up two over 6 2/3. After that, things got wacky before the White Sox won it against Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez, who loaded the bases to set up Abreu's grounder that sneaked through three Rangers on the left side of the infield. Abreu had only four hits in his past 45 at-bats entering the 11th.

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Hamilton, Gimenez debut in extended spring games

Injured Rangers to continue rehab in regular Minor League games before returning to bigs

Hamilton, Gimenez debut in extended spring games

CHICAGO -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and catcher Chris Gimenez are both back playing in games in extended spring training.

Hamilton was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks as a designated hitter in a game against the D-backs on Friday in Arizona. Hamilton, who is recovering from surgery on his left knee, will play in the controlled environment of extended spring training for about a week and then begin a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

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Rangers tripped up in opener with White Sox

Rangers tripped up in opener with White Sox

CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana threw seven scoreless innings and got help from a White Sox triple play in the seventh during a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at chilly U.S. Cellular Field.

Quintana entered the seventh with the five-run lead and having retired 11 straight. The Rangers loaded the bases on Prince Fielder's double, Adrian Beltre's single and a walk to Ian Desmond, before Mitch Moreland's line shot to right fielder Adam Eaton turned into a triple play and the first for the White Sox since Sept. 18, 2006, against the Tigers.

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