Beltre (calf) activated, makes '17 debut

Rangers vet back at 3B, shifting Gallo to 1B in place of ailing Napoli

Beltre (calf) activated, makes '17 debut

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have activated third baseman Adrian Beltre off the disabled list. Beltre, who has been sidelined since the beginning of the season with a strained right calf muscle, was at third base and hitting cleanup on Monday night against the Rays.

"I know he is excited," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "That's a pretty good pickup, a pretty good free-agent signing, a future Hall of Famer. It's exciting to see his name in the lineup. He is a big part of what we are trying to do."

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Rangers weigh options to fill Griffin's spot

Bibens-Dirkx, Gee top candidates for Wednesday start vs. Rays

Rangers weigh options to fill Griffin's spot

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx could get his first Major League start on Wednesday against the Rays.

Manager Jeff Banister said the Rangers were leaning toward Bibens-Dirkx over Dillon Gee to fill the spot created when A.J. Griffin went on the disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle. Bibens-Dirkx has made five relief appearances since being called up on May 7 and has a 3.97 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and a .195 opponents' batting average.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV is offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Cashner locked in during effective start

Cashner locked in during effective start

TORONTO -- Andrew Cashner's fastball took many forms in the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday, and coming toward the end of an up-and-down month for the team, the timing couldn't have been better.

The right-hander leaned on his two-seam fastball to hold Toronto to just one run over seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.92 on the season. With Cashner's fastball locked in, his complementary pitches were even more effective.

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Rangers take finale vs. Blue Jays

Rangers take finale vs. Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Andrew Cashner silenced a surging Blue Jays offense and helped the Rangers avoid a three-game sweep at Rogers Centre in the process.

Cashner enjoyed one of his best starts of the season by allowing just one run over seven innings in a 3-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. He scattered five hits, walked two and finished with a pair of strikeouts to drop his ERA to 2.92 and, more importantly, helped snap Texas' five-game losing streak. Toronto's winning streak was stopped at five games.

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Alvarez heads to DL; Robinson recalled

Alvarez heads to DL; Robinson recalled

TORONTO -- The Rangers placed relief pitcher Dario Alvarez on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow strain prior to Sunday's series finale against Toronto, recalling versatile third baseman Drew Robinson in a corresponding move.

Alvarez's DL stint is retroactive to May 26, after his most recent outing in Boston. The left-hander threw 11 pitches that night, issuing one walk and hitting a batter.

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Rangers' bats quiet after Choo's early homer

Rangers' bats quiet after Choo's early homer

TORONTO -- Marco Estrada got the best of Texas during the 2015 and 2016 American League Division Series. Now he owns the early bragging rights for 2017 as well.

Estrada's early-season dominance continued, as he outdueled Yu Darvish to push the Blue Jays' winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over Texas on Saturday afternoon. Estrada surrendered a homer to Shin-Soo Choo to lead off the game but didn't allow another run the rest of the way as he scattered four hits and a walk over six innings.

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Two pitches get Darvish in trouble vs. Toronto

Two pitches get Darvish in trouble vs. Toronto

TORONTO -- Two pitches made all the difference for Yu Darvish on Saturday afternoon in the Rangers' 3-1 loss.

After not allowing a hit until the fourth inning, Darvish ran into trouble in the fifth, when a pair of hanging sliders hurt him. One of them was thrown to Jose Bautista, who smacked a three-run home run, accounting for Toronto's entire offense.

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Hoying shaken up after tremendous catch

Hoying shaken up after tremendous catch

TORONTO -- Rangers center fielder Jared Hoying robbed Kevin Pillar of extra bases and a possible RBI on Saturday, tracking down a ball just shy of the wall before crashing into it at full speed.

With a runner on first, Pillar connected on a 393-foot drive that forced Hoying to cover 98 feet in just 5.4 seconds, topping out at a maximum per-second speed of 29.1 feet. Statcast™ graded the play as a three-star catch with a 71 percent catch probability.

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Rangers' rally falls short in loss to Blue Jays

Rangers' rally falls short in loss to Blue Jays

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki returned to the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday night, but it was second baseman Devon Travis who stole the show.

Travis finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a double in Toronto's 7-6 victory over the Rangers. In the process, he set the record for the most extra-base hits in any one month by a Blue Jays second baseman, and tied Fred Lewis for the most doubles in the month of May with 15. How good has Travis been? He opened the month batting .130, but has since hit .372 (29-for-78) with 15 RBIs and 10 multi-hit games.

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Griffin heads to DL with left intercostal strain

Griffin heads to DL with left intercostal strain

TORONTO -- Texas starter A.J. Griffin has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after leaving Friday's game against Toronto in the second inning with a left intercostal strain.

The right-hander said that he gradually felt the injury come on early in the game, which impacts the groups of muscles around the ribs.

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Odor thriving in unique atmosphere

Odor thriving in unique atmosphere

TORONTO -- Rougned Odor knew exactly what kind of reception he was going to receive in Toronto on Friday night against the Blue Jays. Not just in this series, but maybe for the rest of his career as a Ranger.

It doesn't bother him in the slightest.

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Rangers scuffle in rain, drop Fenway finale

Rangers scuffle in rain, drop Fenway finale

BOSTON -- The Rangers arrived in Boston as the hottest team in the Major Leagues. They left after being swept by the Red Sox, culminating with a 6-2 defeat that included 20 strikeouts in Thursday's soggy finale of a three-game series.

Five Red Sox pitchers combined for the 20 K's, tying a Major League record for a 9-inning game. Of the six times it has happened, the Red Sox have accounted for half of them. Roger Clemens set an MLB record with 20 K's in 1986, and he tied his own record in '96, accounting for the other two times. The Rangers also tied a franchise record by striking out 20 times.

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Free-swinging Rangers strike out 20 times

Players lament plan at plate on record night in Boston

Free-swinging Rangers strike out 20 times

BOSTON -- The game started under strange conditions and ended with nobody sure if the Rangers had tied a Major League record.

But the game did get played despite the mist, drizzle and light rain that swirled through the entire night at Fenway Park, and there was no doubt about the final outcome. The Red Sox completed a sweep of the Rangers with a 6-2 victory on Thursday night.

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Rangers seek consistency from relievers

Pitchers with proven track records having up-and-down seasons

Rangers seek consistency from relievers

BOSTON -- Manager Jeff Banister said there are no quick fixes or short-term answers to the Rangers' bullpen. Banister said Texas needs to find a high level of consistency because the frustrating part about the 'pen is the ups and downs his relievers have experienced.

There are times when the Rangers' bullpen looks as good as expected back in Spring Training, with a group of power arms that shut down games. There are other times the relievers are erratic as they have been for the first two games in Boston.

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Darvish adding to deep pitch repertoire

Darvish adding to deep pitch repertoire

BOSTON -- Yu Darvish's best strikeout pitch is his slider, but he is trying to work on his changeup to give him a second effective offspeed weapon.

"It's not a pitch I trust as much as my slider, but I want to trust my changeup more than I do right now," Darvish said.

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Profar notches four hits for Frisco

Profar notches four hits for Frisco

The Atlanta Braves' decision to assign Ian Anderson to Class A Rome this season had as much to do with his makeup as it did his pure stuff, as they believed he possessed the aptitude needed to overcome struggles and make adjustments against advanced competition.

The Braves' No. 6 prospect did exactly that on Thursday night against Augusta, as he rebounded from what had been a shaky month of May to set a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings in his best professional start.

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Decision to stick with Perez doesn't pay off

Decision to stick with Perez doesn't pay off

BOSTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister could have gone to his bullpen in the seventh inning. But Banister said he felt Perez was in control and liked the matchup of hitters his left-hander was going to face.

That's why he held off going to the bullpen while leading 3-1 even though he had a fully rested Sam Dyson, Keone Kela and Matt Bush ready to close out the game. When Banister finally went to Dyson, the right-hander wasn't effective anyway, and the Red Sox scored seven runs in the seventh on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Rangers at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

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Napoli homers, but big inning sinks Rangers

Napoli homers, but big inning sinks Rangers

BOSTON -- Just when it seemed Chris Sale could be in for a tough-luck loss, the Red Sox dramatically surged back with seven runs in the bottom of the seventh and stunned the Rangers, 9-4, on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox's offense, uncharacteristically inconsistent through the early weeks of the season, has regained its groove in dramatic fashion, scoring 32 runs in the last three games.

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DeShields puts slow start behind him

Left fielder is now one of Rangers' hottest hitters

DeShields puts slow start behind him

BOSTON -- The Rangers have a surprising batting leader going into Wednesday's game. Delino DeShields holds that honor with a .294 average, the highest among Rangers with at least 100 at-bats.

It's surprising because he began the season on the bench, was hitless in his first nine at-bats and was hitting .118 on April 21. But he surged into the team lead by hitting .455 in his last 10 games.

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Hamels back to throwing; Ross nearing return

Hamels back to throwing; Ross nearing return

BOSTON -- Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels has begun a throwing program as he continues his recovery from a strained oblique muscle in his right side. Hamels started playing catch this week with the Rangers in Boston to play the Red Sox.

"It feels good," Hamels said. "Right now, it's about being able to get the proper mechanics without compensating and causing another injury. Things are going well."

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Rangers battle back, can't catch Sox

Rangers battle back, can't catch Sox

BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand for the 23-21 Red Sox. Texas had won 11 of 12 while outscoring its opponents, 72-38, over that span.

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Banister: Rangers hurt by walks, not replay

Mazara out at home on close play to thwart rally

Banister: Rangers hurt by walks, not replay

BOSTON -- The Rangers couldn't get the shutdown inning and they walked too many batters. Every time the Rangers scored, the Red Sox responded with a rally of their own, and walks were a big part of that.

That's what Rangers manager Jeff Banister focused on after the Rangers' 11-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night.

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Ross happy with first Triple-A rehab outing

Rangers righty delivers five scoreless, with fastball at 90-92 mph

Ross happy with first Triple-A rehab outing

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- The road back for Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross has been a long, grueling one. His journey back from multiple shoulder injuries, namely from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October, has been arduous, but he's on the home stretch.

Ross began his rehab assignment Tuesday in a start for the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. He was given a pitch count of 75 or five innings, and he nearly ended up nailing that limit on the dot. Ross threw 73 pitches -- 44 for strikes -- in five scoreless innings in the Express' 14-3 win over the Las Vegas 51s.

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Back in race, Rangers likely won't be sellers

GM Daniels pleased with club's play despite missing Hamels, Beltre and Gomez

Back in race, Rangers likely won't be sellers

BOSTON -- The Rangers' surge in the standings over the past two weeks has been effective in one way. It has stopped the tide of speculation that the club will be a seller at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and that Yu Darvish would be high on the list.

The Rangers are officially contenders again. That could easily change again in the next six weeks because the schedule is about to get much tougher.

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Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy

Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy

My name is Nomar Mazara, but you can call me "Big Chill." I'm cool with that. I'm an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, and this is me in real life.

Baseball means everything in the Dominican Republic. It's the top sport there, and every little kid dreams of being in the Major Leagues. I'm only 22, but I have come a long way from sleeping in my baseball uniform with my glove under my pillow in Santo Domingo when I was a boy.

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Inbox: What's ahead for Rangers at catcher?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers Texas fans' questions

Inbox: What's ahead for Rangers at catcher?

The Rangers have a decision to make on re-signing Jonathan Lucroy, although I could argue the money it would take could go toward more pressing needs, like starting pitching. Given that Jose Trevino is the future catcher, how far away is he from being able to take the job next year, with Robinson Chirinos to back up and mentor him?
-- Andrew B., McKinney, Texas

You're exactly right. Lucroy is going to be a tough sign, because this is his chance to get a big contract, the Rangers are going to need money for starting pitching and they already have sizable commitments to Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Cole Hamels and Shin-Soo Choo.

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