Velasquez, Volquez reportedly on Rangers' radar

Velasquez, Volquez reportedly on Rangers' radar

The Rangers' search for a young controllable starter continues, leading up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Texas was linked Monday to Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez and Royals righty Edinson Volquez. MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the Rangers' interest in Velasquez, while the Dallas Morning News reported the club's front-office inner circle watched Volquez on Sunday. Morosi reported the price to acquire Velasquez would be high.

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DeShields' dinger lifts Rangers after duel in KC

DeShields' dinger lifts Rangers after duel in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Home runs continue to be a problem for the Royals.

After a solid start by right-hander Edinson Volquez on Sunday, Kansas City turned the ball over to Luke Hochevar in the seventh, and for the second straight day, the Royals' bullpen wasn't able to get the job done. Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead homer to left-center field, and the Rangers held on for 2-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have now given up at least one home run in 11 straight games.

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As rumors swirl, Texas 'pen handles business

Rangers, who could add reliever by Deadline, get 4 scoreless innings in 1-run win

As rumors swirl, Texas 'pen handles business

KANSAS CITY -- Starter A.J. Griffin had a short observation about what the Rangers' bullpen did in a 2-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

"That was beautiful," Griffin said.

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Rangers GM doesn't prefer rental, but open to it

Texas looking for rotation help, but market thin

Rangers GM doesn't prefer rental, but open to it

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is not fond of "rental" players. If Daniels is going to acquire a starting pitcher, he would prefer one who will be with Texas for more than this season.

Chris Sale, Jake Odorizzi and Matt Moore -- the names being thrown around the most -- all fit that requirement. But Daniels admitted that he may have to consider a rental player before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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Happy to be home, Perez, Rangers welcome A's

Happy to be home, Perez, Rangers welcome A's

The Rangers are finally returning home to Globe Life Park in Arlington, while the Athletics are beginning a nine-game road trip that includes two series against first-place teams.

The Rangers and A's open a three-game series on Monday night. The Athletics go to Cleveland and Anaheim after they finish with the Rangers. They are 21-25 on the road this season, having won nine of their last 14 away from the Coliseum.

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Hamels wins battle as Rangers push past KC

Hamels wins battle as Rangers push past KC

KANSAS CITY -- No. 1 starter Cole Hamels is doing his part to keep the Rangers afloat while they try to figure out about the rest of the rotation.

With trade rumors flying everywhere, the Rangers' big acquisition from last season won for the second time since the All-Star break in a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Saturday night. Hamels had to battle the heat to get through 5 1/3 innings, but he gave up just one run and now has the only two wins for the club since the break.

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Mazara shows talents at plate against Royals

Rangers rookie logs 3 RBIs, draws key walk in decisive 7th inning

Mazara shows talents at plate against Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Who knows what really gets offered or rejected in all these trade discussions going back and forth in the month of July. The one thing reinforced on Saturday night amid all the non-waiver Trade Deadline rumors is that any club would love to have rookie outfielder Nomar Mazara.

But the Rangers are the ones who have him and seem to have no inclination of giving him up. They'd rather sit back and watch him do what he did in a 7-4 victory over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

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Rangers balk at putting Mazara in Sale talks

Rangers balk at putting Mazara in Sale talks

KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers covet White Sox left-hander Chris Sale, but they do not want to put outfielder Nomar Mazara in a potential trade. That could be a deal-breaker as Chicago continues to listen on Sale with the intent of getting maximum value in return.

The Rangers are being flexible about infielder Jurickson Profar, Triple-A third baseman Joey Gallo and some of their pitching. But they aren't willing to include Mazara, who went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in Saturday night's 7-4 win over the Royals. He is now hitting .287 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs.

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Darvish's season-high 11 K's can't slow Royals

Darvish's season-high 11 K's can't slow Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Royals starter Danny Duffy has been on a roll lately and it has been the reverse for the Rangers. Both trends continued on a hot Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Duffy yielded one run in 6 2/3 strong innings to win his fifth straight decision in the Royals' 3-1 victory in the series opener. The American League West-leading Rangers have now lost 15 of its last 19 games, while Kansas City moved to 8 games back of the first-place Indians in the AL Central.

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Darvish settles in, but Rangers can't catch up

Right-hander yields 3 early runs, finishes with season-high 11 K's

Darvish settles in, but Rangers can't catch up

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yu Darvish gave the Rangers a quality start on Friday night, just their third in the last 19 games. He also struck out 11 over six innings, the 27th time in 88 career starts he has struck out 10 or more hitters in a game.

But Darvish also gave up a run in each of the first three innings as the Rangers couldn't overcome an early three-run deficit against Royals starter Danny Duffy in a 3-1 loss, their 15th defeat in the last 19 games.

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Rangers activate Diekman, DFA Ramos

Rangers activate Diekman, DFA Ramos

KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have designated pitcher Cesar Ramos for assignment to make room for left-handed reliever Jake Diekman, who was activated off the disabled list.

Diekman had been sidelined since July 5 with a laceration on his left index finger. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday in Anaheim and said he was ready to go. The lefty pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Friday night's 3-1 loss to the Royals.

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Moreland aims to step up in Prince's absence

First baseman attempting to help Rangers overcome injuries

Moreland aims to step up in Prince's absence

Mitch Moreland has always been grateful that Prince Fielder was willing to become the Rangers' designated hitter a year ago, allowing him to remain at first base.

That's one reason why they have become close friends and why it hit Moreland hard when he heard Fielder might miss the rest of the season with another herniated disk in his neck.

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Perez struggles against streaking Angels

Perez struggles against streaking Angels

ANAHEIM -- Angels first baseman Jefry Marte got the green light and didn't miss, as his three-run, first-inning home run powered the Angels' offense to a 7-4 win and series sweep over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Marte's blast sparked a four-run first inning as the Angels scored in each of the first four innings against Rangers left-hander Martin Perez. Perez, who owned a 5.49 road ERA entering Wednesday's start, got knocked around for seven runs in six-plus innings.

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Fielder has herniated disk in neck; Choo to DL

Fielder has herniated disk in neck; Choo to DL

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers could be without designated hitter Prince Fielder for the rest of the season after he was diagnosed with another herniated disc in his neck.

Both he and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who is dealing with inflammation in his lower back, were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday. The Rangers have recalled infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Delino DeShields from Triple-A Round Rock.

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Banister confident Perez can turn it around

Rangers' No. 3 starter believes he made effective adjustment

Banister confident Perez can turn it around

ANAHEIM -- This was Martin Perez, the Rangers' No. 3 starter, once again struggling in a 7-4 loss to the Angels on Wednesday night.

The Rangers may make a trade for starting pitching before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, but they are not going to be able to bring in three new starters to get this turned around.

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Gallo among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Gallo among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Profar gets everyday role with Fielder out

Rangers call up Alberto to fill utility infielder duties; DH to rotate

Profar gets everyday role with Fielder out

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers' approach to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline has not changed even with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and designated hitter Prince Fielder going on the disabled list.

Pitching is still the focus, said general manager Jon Daniels.

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Chirinos' two homers not enough in slugfest

Chirinos' two homers not enough in slugfest

ANAHEIM -- It was a nondescript night in July, the middle of a three-game series pinning two teams in opposite ends of the standings, but Albert Pujols reminded the Rangers of October.

In a performance akin to his epic three-homer masterpiece in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series, Pujols put the Angels on his back Tuesday, launching a couple of three-run homers in an 8-6 victory at Angel Stadium, his team's fifth in a row and ninth in the last 11 games.

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Lohse's struggles add up to short outing

Rangers starter gives up pair of homers in 4 1/3 innings

Lohse's struggles add up to short outing

ANAHEIM -- Rangers pitcher Kyle Lohse has been in the big leagues since 2001. He knows what he did wrong in an 8-6 loss to the Angels and it wasn't giving up the two home runs to Albert Pujols.

"Starting off the fourth with a walk was just leading into trouble," Lohse said.

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Profar gets crash course in playing outfield

Rangers working on increasing shortstop's versatility

Profar gets crash course in playing outfield

ANAHEIM -- Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has started taking fly balls in the outfield as a way to increase his versatility. Profar, who has already had crash courses this year on playing first and third base, is willing to give it a try.

"I told you guys, for me, this year, yes," Profar said. "Next year, I want to play shortstop somewhere."

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Desmond named Rangers' Heart and Hustle nominee

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Desmond named Rangers' Heart and Hustle nominee

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Rangers relinquish four-run lead, fall to Halos

Rangers relinquish four-run lead, fall to Halos

ANAHEIM -- Trailing by four in the second inning, the Angels and their surging offense stormed all the way back against the first-place Rangers, taking the lead twice and using a booming home run from Mike Trout to run away with a 9-5 victory at Angel Stadium on Monday night, their fourth in a row.

The Angels -- winners of eight of 10 after a 2-12 stretch -- entered the game with the Major League lead in runs scored this month, then chipped away at the Rangers. Their nine wins this month surpasses their total for all of June -- in 13 fewer games.

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Griffin sharp early, then quickly unravels

Rangers righty issues three costly walks, can't preserve four-run lead

Griffin sharp early, then quickly unravels

ANAHEIM -- Rangers starter A.J. Griffin was terrific for three innings Monday night, retiring the first nine batters he faced. Griffin, holding a four-run lead, looked ready to do to the Angels what Cole Hamels did to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon.

Then it all changed in the course of 10 pitches. Griffin walked Yunel Escobar and Kole Calhoun to start the fourth and it unraveled from there for the Rangers in a 9-5 loss to the Angels.

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Rescue Ranger: Hamels provides winning tonic

With eight-inning gem, lefty helps halt Texas' four-game skid; posts first win by starter since June 28

Rescue Ranger: Hamels provides winning tonic

CHICAGO -- This was as good as a no-hitter as far as the Rangers were concerned. This is what the Rangers badly needed from their All-Star left-hander to help boost their beleaguered rotation.

Cole Hamels helped the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak by holding the Cubs to one run over eight innings in a 4-1 victory at Wrigley Field on Sunday afternoon.

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Guzman on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Guzman on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

This week's Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week features a pair of Carolina League teammates and a pair of Futures Game participants who were opponents in San Diego. Three of this week's squad came from the 2015 Draft class, including a first-round pick just getting his pro career going in earnest.

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Revitalized Dyson fans side for Wrigley save

Closer earns No. 19 in first appearance since July 8; Rangers hope rest serves them well

Revitalized Dyson fans side for Wrigley save

CHICAGO -- The one good thing about the Rangers' recent troubles that wrapped around the All-Star break may have been that closer Sam Dyson's workload has been reduced.

Dyson took the mound in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 8. Trying to protect the three-run lead, Dyson struck out the side -- Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras -- for his 19th save.

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No no-no, but Hamels again owns Wrigley

No no-no, but Hamels again owns Wrigley

CHICAGO -- The last time Cole Hamels pitched at Wrigley Field one year ago this month, he struck out 13 and no-hit the Cubs. On Sunday, it looked as if the left-hander was in the same groove, striking out the first six batters he faced. This time, Hamels didn't need to throw a no-hitter to get the win.

Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs and Ian Desmond hit a solo homer to back Hamels and lead the Rangers to a 4-1 Interleague victory. Hamels struck out seven and gave up four hits, including an RBI double by Javier Baez in the third, over eight innings. Desmond's home run was his first hit since the All-Star break.

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