Rangers ready to welcome Hamilton back

ANAHEIM -- The news that outfielder Josh Hamilton is close to returning to the Rangers has his former teammates excited and ready to welcome him back.

"Who doesn't need a guy like Josh Hamilton," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "We know Josh and who he is. I just know as a teammate, if it does happen, we'll do our best to help him think about baseball and not be a distraction."

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Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton's tumultuous stint in Southern California is nearing a resolution, one that would save the Angels some money and send the embattled outfielder back to the place he once thrived.

The Rangers are closing in on a deal to acquire Hamilton from the Angels, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Neither club has confirmed the trade, which still needs to clear several logistical hurdles before it's completed. But a source said the Angels would be receiving about $15 million in cash considerations, and no players, for a contract that will pay Hamilton about $90 million through the 2017 season.

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Hamilton had quite the highlight reel with Rangers

Slugger hit first walk-off in Texas and had four-homer game

Hamilton had quite the highlight reel with Rangers

ANAHEIM -- With Josh Hamilton reportedly set to rejoin the Rangers, let's take a look back at some of the best moments from his five-year stint in Arlington, during which he won the 2010 American League MVP Award and helped the Rangers win two pennants.

July 9, 2008
Hamilton hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Angels. It was his first walk-off home run.

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Richard Justice

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Theirs was a nearly perfect marriage for five seasons, and that surely is what this reunion is about. Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers may have needed one another more than they ever understood, and maybe this is about both of them attempting to recapture some of the old magic. So here's to second chances and happy endings.

If nothing else, we're likely to find out if Hamilton can still be a productive Major League player. It's not just a matter of his staying healthy, although that's obviously a large part of the equation. It's also about his rediscovering plate discipline and patience, two things in short supply during two disappointing seasons with the Angels.

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Prospect Eickhoff comes within two outs of no-hitter

Prospect Eickhoff comes within two outs of no-hitter

ANAHEIM -- Triple-A pitcher Jerad Eickhoff came within two outs of throwing a no-hitter at Round Rock on Friday night.

Eickhoff, pitching against Colorado Springs, started the ninth by getting Ben Guez on a fly ball to center. But then he walked Donnie Murphy and gave up a home run to Matt Long. Eickhoff was taken out at that point, having thrown 108 pitches. He walked two and struck out 11. Round Rock ended up with a 7-2 win.

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Verrett designated for assignment to make room for Rodriguez

Rangers long reliever was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four appearances

Verrett designated for assignment to make room for Rodriguez

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers ended their trial with long reliever Logan Verrett, designating him for assignment on Friday to make room for Wandy Rodriguez.

Verrett was a Rule 5 Draft pick, so he must go through waivers. If he clears, then he has to be offered back to the Mets for $25,000. The Orioles took him in the Rule 5 Draft and the Rangers claimed him on waivers at the end of Spring Training. He was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four appearances.

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Rangers top prospect Gallo set to return after late start

Rangers top prospect Gallo set to return after late start

Joey Gallo is coming soon to a ballpark near you.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect and the No. 10 prospect on MLB.com's Top 100 list, is expected to make his season debut for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders this weekend, according to FOX Sports Southwest. The club has not confirmed.

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Nadel's concert for charity sure to be a hit

Rangers broadcaster raising money for Focus on Teens with show on April 30

Nadel's concert for charity sure to be a hit

ARLINGTON -- Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel's fourth annual birthday bash is on.

The concert, which has grown to be an annual part of the Rangers' social events, will be held at 8 p.m. CT on April 30 at the Kessler Theater in Dallas. Texas natives Jimmy LaFave and Emily Ebert will headline the concert, which will benefit Focus on Teens.

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Tough luck, shaky defense cost Gallardo in loss

Tough luck, shaky defense cost Gallardo in loss

PHOENIX -- Twenty-four hours before he was scheduled to take the mound at Chase Field on Wednesday in his much-anticipated return to a National League stadium, Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo stood in front of his locker and answered questions about getting back in the batter's box. No, Gallardo wasn't going to swing for the fences. Yes, he misses hitting. Maybe, he is a little bit rusty.

A day later, not long after the Rangers' 8-5 loss to the D-backs, Gallardo was perched in front of his locker once again, but the focus had shifted to a more familiar theme: pitching and defense.

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Rangers settle for split after late rally falls short

Rangers settle for split after late rally falls short

PHOENIX -- Archie Bradley overcame a difficult first inning to register another quality start, as the D-backs beat the Rangers, 8-5, on Wednesday night to earn a two-game split at Chase Field.

After allowing a run in the first -- thanks to three walks and a hit batter -- Bradley kept the Rangers off the board for the next five innings. The Rangers did not get their first hit off Bradley (2-0) until Yovani Gallardo's single to lead off the fifth.

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Wandy to start Friday; Detwiler bumped from rotation

Wandy to start Friday; Detwiler bumped from rotation

PHOENIX -- The Rangers have made a shift to their starting rotation. Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will start against the Angels on Friday in Anaheim, and he could be in line for at least two starts.

It's unclear when Ross Detwiler will start again.

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Harrison targets June for return to Rangers

Harrison targets June for return to Rangers

PHOENIX -- Injured Rangers starter Matt Harrison is targeting a June return to the big leagues.

Harrison, who is recovering from spinal fusion surgery and working out at the club's Spring Training facility in nearby Surprise, joined his teammates Tuesday at Chase Field.

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Pudge out to early lead in Rangers Franchise Four voting

Pudge out to early lead in Rangers Franchise Four voting

Ivan Rodriguez is the early leader in Rangers voting for the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to elect the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each Major League franchise out of eight nominees.

Nolan Ryan is second in voting for the Rangers, followed by Michael Young and Adrian Beltre. Other Rangers candidates include: Juan Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton, Frank Howard and Rafael Palmeiro. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot.

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Prince of pop: Red-hot Fielder snaps HR drought

Prince of pop: Red-hot Fielder snaps HR drought

PHOENIX -- It had been almost a year since Prince Fielder hit a home run in a game -- and close to 18 months since he had hit one on the road. But the Rangers' first baseman is not keeping track of the time.

He might be the only one.

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Rangers' offense erupts late vs. D-backs

Rangers' offense erupts late vs. D-backs

PHOENIX -- A four-run eighth inning helped the Rangers beat the D-backs, 7-1, on Tuesday night in the first of a two-game series at Chase Field.

With the game tied at 1, Rangers left fielder Jake Smolinski reached first on a one-out error by Cliff Pennington, before Leonys Martin drew a walk. Elvis Andrus then drove home Smolinski with a chopper over Pennington's head, and Prince Fielder capped the rally with a two-run homer.

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Martinez steered to mound by father

Move to pitching came with dad's encouragement, coaching from former Rangers lefty Alvarez

Martinez steered to mound by father

SEATTLE -- Nick Martinez has proven to be a huge asset to the Rangers' pitching staff. Not the pitcher, the father.

If Nick Martinez, a general contractor in South Florida, had not badgered his son Nicholas into taking pitching lessons from former Rangers pitcher Juan Alvarez in high school, well ...

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Fielder, Moreland to continue sharing time at DH

Fielder, Moreland to continue sharing time at DH

SEATTLE -- Prince Fielder started at designated hitter for the sixth time on Sunday, one less than he has started at first base so far this season.

So technically Fielder is still the Rangers' starting first baseman and Mitch Moreland is at designated hitter. But manager Jeff Banister is still using Fielder much more at DH than expected and that will continue.

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Walks put bullpen in 'bad situation' as lead melts away

Rangers allow 5 runs in final 2 innings of loss

Walks put bullpen in 'bad situation' as lead melts away

SEATTLE -- Setup reliever Tanner Scheppers said closer Neftali Feliz shouldn't have been put in that position. Scheppers blamed himself.

"It really [stinks] to put my team in a bad situation," said Scheppers after the Mariners rallied for an 11-10 win on Sunday afternoon.

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Bass' relief effort a bright spot in tough loss

Rangers looking to identify 5th starter

Bass' relief effort a bright spot in tough loss

SEATTLE -- Right-hander Anthony Bass once again had to take over for an ineffective starting pitcher on Sunday afternoon. This time he did more than just tidy up in a losing effort.

Bass could have earned his first win of the season but the Rangers let a 10-5 lead slip away in the last three innings. He also put his best argument forward for being added to the rotation after throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the Rangers' 11-10 loss on Sunday.

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Rangers' bats break out but Cruz too much to handle

Rangers' bats break out but Cruz too much to handle

SEATTLE -- The Mariners rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Rangers closer Neftali Feliz in an 11-10 victory on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Nelson Cruz delivered the big hit with a two-out single through the left side for his fifth RBI of the day after hitting a solo home run in the first and a three-run shot in the third.

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Moreland feels better after BP, could avoid elbow surgery

Moreland feels better after BP, could avoid elbow surgery

SEATTLE -- Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland took early batting practice on Saturday, hit a handful of balls into the outfield bleachers and said afterward he was "optimistic" he could avoid surgery on his left elbow.

Tests showed that Moreland is dealing with a "loose body" -- most likely a bone chip -- in the left elbow. Moreland will be able to deal with it as long as it doesn't settle in the wrong place like the elbow joint.

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Big bats come up empty vs. Seattle's ace

Fielder, Choo, Beltre finish 0-8 vs. Hernandez

Big bats come up empty vs. Seattle's ace

SEATTLE -- Prince Fielder had a simple remedy for what is ailing the Rangers offense.

"We need to score more runs ... that's all I got," Fielder said. "That's the way it is right now. But when we are struggling to score runs, we're facing good pitching. That's part of it."

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Lewis battles to keep it close but homer is costly

Rangers righty allows 3 runs on 10 hits in first loss

Lewis battles to keep it close but homer is costly

SEATTLE -- Colby Lewis threw a curveball to strike out Brad Miller with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning. Lewis' next pitch was a slider to open the fifth after his team had tied the score in the top of the inning.

The slider wasn't as good as the curve. Mike Zunino hit it over the left field wall for a home run that gave Mariners starter Felix Hernandez a 2-1 lead. On a night when Hernandez gave Lewis little room for an error, the slider to Zunino was the key pitch of the night.

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Rangers bats quiet vs. Hernandez; Seattle evens series

Rangers bats quiet vs. Hernandez; Seattle evens series

SEATTLE -- The Mariners had been in search of a momentum starter, and the Rangers were seeking to continue the good vibes from the previous night's victory. Saturday's game was set for high drama on a beautiful night at Safeco Field, but when it was over, Felix Hernandez had become the story once again. On his bobblehead night, Seattle's ace gave up only two hits and a run while striking out 12 in seven innings, and the Mariners got enough timely hits to break a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win before 43,017.

Things weren't looking good early for the Mariners, who followed a recent pattern of knocking on the door but not capitalizing on chances early in the game. They took a 1-0 lead on a Seth Smith sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against Rangers starter Colby Lewis, but Texas tied the game in the top of the fifth on an Elvis Andrus fielder's choice RBI.

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Martinez, Gallardo ready to break out bats in Arizona

Martinez, Gallardo ready to break out bats in Arizona

SEATTLE -- Nick Martinez and Yovani Gallardo are scheduled to be the Rangers starting pitchers on Tuesday and Wednesday when they play the D-backs in Arizona. That means they will also be hitting under National League rules, so they took batting practice Saturday afternoon.

"It's a little bit different being in the American League but it is important if you're playing Inter-League games," Gallardo said. "It will feel nice to go out and swing the bat. It takes your mind away from pitching. It relaxes you."

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Martin, back in leadoff spot, gets offense rolling early

Martin, back in leadoff spot, gets offense rolling early

SEATTLE -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said before Friday's game he was thrilled with what he was getting from Prince Fielder.

"The bottom line is we've got to get guys on in front of him," Banister said.

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