Pitching, power help Rangers corral Yankees

Pitching, power help Rangers corral Yankees

NEW YORK -- Rangers rookie right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx held the Yankees to one run in seven innings and was backed by home runs from Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos in an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Judge's 26th home run provided the only run for the Yankees, as starter Luis Cessa took the loss. Cessa allowed three runs in five innings while continuing to fill in for injured left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees, despite winning the series opener on Friday, have lost nine of their last 11 games.

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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.

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Bibens-Dirkx continues to give teams fits

Rangers' 32-year-old rookie puts his experience to good use

Bibens-Dirkx continues to give teams fits

NEW YORK -- Pitching coach Doug Brocail had some words of encouragement for Rangers starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx before his start on Saturday against the Yankees.

"Don't worry, you're going to have a good day," Brocail told him before the Rangers' 8-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

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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 may finally start getting staff in place

Rangers may finally start getting staff in place

NEW YORK -- When the Rangers open a four-game series with the Indians on Monday, they could go with four starters who were expected to be in the rotation at the start of the season.

Yu Darvish is among them. He was feeling good on Saturday, the morning after leaving his start against the Yankees after seven innings with tightness in his right triceps. Darvish said he was confident he will be able to start against the Indians on Wednesday.

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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.

Fractured right thumb tip lands Perez on DL

Fractured right thumb tip lands Perez on DL

NEW YORK -- Rangers left-hander Martin Perez was hoping to avoid going on the disabled list, despite a fracture on the tip of his right thumb. But he is not currently able to get his hand in his glove, so the Rangers placed him on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

"I can't do anything with my right hand," Perez said. "I can't even touch anything."

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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.

Chirinos couldn't make catch thanks to net

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Chirinos couldn't make catch thanks to net

Who among us has not walked face-first into a plate glass door? Or has tried to reach through a sparkling clean window for something (like a pie, perhaps?) on the other side? Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos had the baseball-version of this event befall him during Saturday's game against the Yankees

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Martinez looks to grab rubber game in Bronx

Martinez looks to grab rubber game in Bronx

Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez is set to take the mound on Sunday near his old stomping grounds. The right-hander played college ball at Fordham University, where he was mostly an infielder.

Martinez (2-3, 4.33 ERA) will face off with Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.56 ERA) in the final game of a three-game series at 2:05 p.m. ET, which will follow the Yankees' Old Timers' Day. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.

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Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yu K's 10, but Bush can't close door on NY

Yu K's 10, but Bush can't close door on NY

NEW YORK -- After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night's biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Torreyes drove home Gary Sanchez with the winning run after Brett Gardner cracked a game-tying solo home run off Matt Bush with one out in the ninth, the right-hander's third blown save in his last five chances. Texas scored the game's first run in the top half of the inning when Elvis Andrus came home on a passed ball.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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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Darvish, Bush left with different discomforts

Starter pitches well but tightens up; closer blows third save in five tries

Darvish, Bush left with different discomforts

NEW YORK -- Rangers pitchers Yu Darvish and Matt Bush were both in some discomfort after a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Yankees on Friday.

Darvish was dealing with tightness in his right triceps. That's what forced him out of his scoreless duel against Masahiro Tanaka after seven innings and 88 pitches.

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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 breaks tip of right thumb, may avoid DL

Hamels throws bullpen session, in line to return for start Monday vs. Tribe

Perez breaks tip of right thumb, may avoid DL

NEW YORK -- The Rangers' attempt at getting a fully healthy rotation continues to be an elusive proposition.

Left-hander Martin Perez suffered a broken tip of his right thumb on a hotel door on Thursday night and may miss his next start. The Rangers aren't ready to put Perez on the disabled list because it is his non-throwing hand.

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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 could seek 'pen help through trade

Rangers could seek 'pen help through trade

NEW YORK -- The Rangers' bullpen has become their biggest need as clubs gear up toward the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Rangers called up Preston Claiborne on Thursday, and he'll be the 16th reliever used by them this season. Tony Barnette (right ring finger) and Jeremy Jeffress (back) are currently on the disabled list.

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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.

Go-Go, power Ranger! Carlos leads charge

Gomez launches two homers, extends hit streak to 10 games

Go-Go, power Ranger! Carlos leads charge

ARLINGTON -- After playing five straight games following his return from the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Carlos Gomez got the day off on Wednesday to rest and recover. Whatever he did on that off-day evidently did wonders, as his career day catapulted the Rangers past the Blue Jays on Thursday, 11-4.

Gomez hit two home runs, the fifth time in his career he's had a multi-homer game, and he drove in five RBIs, matching his career high. His three-run homer in the third inning put the game out of reach, clinching a split with the Jays and ensuring the Rangers finished their seven-game homestand at the .500 mark (36-36).

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

Rangers rope 4 homers to top Blue Jays

Rangers rope 4 homers to top Blue Jays

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers exploded for four home runs -- including two from Carlos Gomez -- and jumped out to an early lead they never relinquished in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays in the series finale on Thursday at Globe Life Park.

Texas hung seven earned runs in four innings on Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, the most Stroman has allowed in his career. He allowed runs in each of the first four innings and tied his career high of three home runs allowed. Of the Rangers' 11 hits, seven of them went for extra bases.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Jeffress moved to DL; Claiborne called up

Rangers reliever out with back strain; Gamboa designated for assignment

Jeffress moved to DL; Claiborne called up

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers made a pair of roster moves Thursday, placing right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress on the 10-day disabled list and purchasing the contract of right-hander Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Round Rock.

Jeffress is hitting the DL with a back strain he suffered while warming up on Tuesday night.

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

Statcast of the Day: Gallo's inside-the-parker

Rangers slugger says he never considered stopping: 'I was going no matter what'

Statcast of the Day: Gallo's inside-the-parker

ARLINGTON -- Rangers slugger Joey Gallo came into Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays tied for 13th in the Majors in home runs with 18 and added another in the fifth inning, although it was a bit unusual.

Gallo's towering fly ball to left careened off the wall in the corner, skipping back toward the infield and away from Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce, who crashed into the wall trying to snag it and then tried to limp after it. Gallo strode home easily without a throw for an inside-the-park homer, his 19th dinger of the year.

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

Rangers claw back, but can't catch Jays

Rangers claw back, but can't catch Jays

ARLINGTON -- Toronto's new-look lineup put up six runs in the first inning, and the Blue Jays weathered a steady Texas rally to beat the Rangers, 7-5, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Rangers starter Tyson Ross needed 41 pitches to get through a six-run first inning in his second start since Opening Day 2016. The Blue Jays roughed him up, and although he got through the third, the damage was done. Toronto went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position, taking advantage of its opportunities to climb back within one game of .500. The Blue Jays left six runners on base, snapping a three-game streak where they had stranded nine men on in each game.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Rangers show resiliency in face of big deficit

Rangers show resiliency in face of big deficit

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers didn't get quite the same Tyson Ross they had in his first start, when he carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the Mariners on Friday. Instead, the Blue Jays roughed him up early Wednesday, spotting Toronto a six-run lead in the first inning.

When the dust settled and the game ended, though, the Rangers nearly pulled off the comeback, but fell, 7-5. The offense scratched and clawed, and with the help of an inside-the-park home run, almost came all the way back. They outscored the Blue Jays, 5-1, after that opening inning, and had runners on base in the seventh and ninth innings with a chance to close the gap.

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

After Frisco start, Hamels closes in on return

Left-hander could pitch for Rangers as soon as Monday

After Frisco start, Hamels closes in on return

FRISCO, Texas -- Cole Hamels pushed his pitch-count up to 81, looking smooth and efficient in doing so during his second rehab assignment start for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

The Rangers will decide in the next few days if Hamels is ready to pitch on Monday against the Indians in Cleveland or needs another start in the Minor Leagues.

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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.

Diekman eyes post-ASG return to Rangers

Reliever recovering after final surgery to cure his ulcerative colitis

Diekman eyes post-ASG return to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Jake Diekman returned to the Rangers' clubhouse Wednesday, and his season debut could be on the not-too-distant horizon.

Diekman underwent his third and final surgery to rid himself of ulcerative colitis on June 9, ridding himself of the colostomy "J-bag" and creating a bypass with his small intestine, and his doctor has said he can being throwing, although not at a game-level intensity.

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

Trevino, Heineman lead Frisco to win

Trevino, Heineman lead Frisco to win

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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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.

Meet Brooks, the adorable bat dog

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Meet Brooks, the adorable bat dog

This is Brooks. Two years ago, the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders introduced him as their newest team dog.

He's been an extremely good boy ever since, delighting Frisco fans, showing off his boundless athleticism and even, somewhat perplexingly, running a Twitter account. But for all of Brooks' many admirable qualities, there's one thing he's just never been able to get the hang of: how to be a bat dog.

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Rangers hit 3 HRs to aid Martinez, beat Jays

Rangers hit 3 HRs to aid Martinez, beat Jays

ARLINGTON -- Starter Nick Martinez allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre hit solo homers to help the Rangers snap a two-game skid, posting a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

"We have been playing really good," Gomez said. "Yeah we lost [two straight], but we didn't need to change anything, just keep getting ready to play. The big key was the way Martinez threw the ball. He was pounding the zone. We were able to score early and allow him to relax and take the pressure off him."

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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.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Gomez shows off fresh Superman cleats

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Gomez shows off fresh Superman cleats

It's a well-established fact that one's apparel has a profound influence on athletic performance. If you don't look good, you can't play good (sic). It is known.

Rangers center fielder Carlos Gomez certainly did not have to worry about his aesthetic choices negatively impacting his performance Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. He strode up to the plate rocking a pair of cleats that should make everyone else on the field jealous.

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Martinez makes most of chance to start

Lauded by Banister for willingness to pitch in any spot, Rangers righty stifles Jays

Martinez makes most of chance to start

ARLINGTON -- In just his third appearance of the month, Nick Martinez might have put forth his best outing of the season. The Rangers' right-hander hadn't made a start since June 13, and a relief outing on June 4 marked the only other time he'd pitched this month.

But in Tuesday night's 6-1 victory against the Blue Jays, working on six days' rest, Martinez was stellar. He threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing a pair of hits -- the fewest he's allowed in any start this year -- and one run. The Rangers gave him four runs of support in the first, and that was more than enough for Martinez to earn his first win at Globe Life Park since August 2015.

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

Rangers need ASG ballot-box boost

Rangers need ASG ballot-box boost

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers continue to be shut out in the voting for a spot in the American League starting lineup for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard.

The Rangers again do not have a catcher or an infielder in the top five or an outfielder in the top 15, as revealed in the latest results of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Tuesday.

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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, Gallo provide options for Banister

When choosing who to start, Rangers manager can opt for speed or power

DeShields, Gallo provide options for Banister

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have everybody healthy in their lineup. Since Adrian Beltre, Carlos Gomez and Mike Napoli have returned from stints on the disabled list, Texas has been able to put out the lineup it was prepared to enter the season with back in April.

But with that comes a tough decision manager Jeff Banister has to make just about every day. He usually has to sit one of two players -- outfielder Delino DeShields or corner infielder Joey Gallo.

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

Mendez throws seven scoreless for Frisco

Mendez throws seven scoreless for Frisco

The ball was flying out of the yard for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, as Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis and Victor Caratini all hit home runs to power the Cubs past Omaha, 6-4.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect and No. 84 on the Top 100, was the last of the trio to join the home-run party, though it was his two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning which ultimately proved the difference in the victory. It was the second homer in three games and ninth of the season for Candelario, who's slashed .268/.357/.521 with 33 extra-base hits (21 doubles) and 40 RBIs in 60 games.

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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.

Whatley among 8 picks signed by Rangers

Catcher was taken in third round out of Oral Roberts University

Whatley among 8 picks signed by Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have signed eight more of their 2017 Draft Picks, the club announced Tuesday.

Including first-rounders Bubba Thompson and Chris Seise and second-rounder Hans Crouse, who signed last week, the Rangers now have 11 of their picks under contract, all of whom have been assigned to the Arizona Rangers in the Arizona Rookie League.

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