Holland's 'tremendous' return goes unrewarded

Lefty allows 1 run over 6 innings, collects 1st MLB hit in loss to Reds

Holland's 'tremendous' return goes unrewarded

CINCINNATI -- Just about everything turned out great for Rangers pitcher Derek Holland on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. He was pitching in front of family and friends in his native state, he was quite effective in his first outing in two months and he had his first Major League hit.

All that was missing was a victory. That didn't happen as the Rangers went down for the third straight game in a 3-0 loss to the Reds.

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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 put Hamilton on unconditional release waivers

Rangers put Hamilton on unconditional release waivers

CINCINNATI -- The Rangers still have interest in outfielder Josh Hamilton coming to Spring Training on a Minor League contract, which is why they placed him on unconditional release waivers Tuesday.

Major League rules dictated the move be made before the end of August. Players released after Aug. 31 can re-sign with their former team, but can't play for them in the Major Leagues until May 15 of the following season.

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Holland's solid outing not enough to beat Reds

Holland's solid outing not enough to beat Reds

CINCINNATI -- Reds right-hander Dan Straily is on a roll, and it didn't stop against the first-place Rangers on Tuesday night.

Straily, in a tight pitching matchup with left-hander Derek Holland, pitched six dominant innings, and the Reds held on for a 3-0 victory at Great American Ball Park. The Rangers have lost three straight, but remain 5 1/2 games up on the Mariners, who lost to the Yankees, 5-1, in the American League West with 36 to play.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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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Gomez expected to join Rangers on Thursday

Outfielder's arrival likely to cause DeShields-Mazara platoon

Gomez expected to join Rangers on Thursday

CINCINNATI -- Outfielder Carlos Gomez went 4-for-13 with a double and a triple in three games with Triple-A Round Rock, and will likely join the Rangers on Thursday in Arlington.

Gomez, who was released by the Astros earlier this month and signed by the Rangers, played Tuesday night in what is expected to be his final game for Round Rock and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Gomez batted leadoff and played both left and right field 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.

Darvish set to face Reds for first time since 2013

Darvish set to face Reds for first time since 2013

In Yu Darvish's four years in the Majors, the Reds have seen the Rangers starter just once during the regular season, but that doesn't mean that there isn't some history.

Darvish's lone start came in 2013 -- he struck out eight over 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 3-2 Rangers win. But earlier that year, during Spring Training, Darvish acquainted himself with the Reds, specifically first baseman Joey Votto.

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

Jeffress makes strides while taking on epilepsy

Longtime condition gives Rangers reliever unique perspective on game, life

Jeffress makes strides while taking on epilepsy

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress believes his long and harrowing battle with seizures and juvenile epilepsy began at 15 with a freak accident on a basketball court.

"Me and my buddy were out there," Jeffress said. "I was trying to do some dunks and stuff. This kid literally came out of nowhere. I literally did not see this kid and I went up for a dunk and there was his basketball, right under my landing. I slipped on it and hit my head hard. My body froze. I got up, my head was dizzy and I just walked home. Didn't think anything else of it.

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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.

Texas options Martinez, clears way for Holland

Texas options Martinez, clears way for Holland

The Rangers optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday to open a spot for left-hander Derek Holland, who will be activated Tuesday off the 60-day disabled list.

Holland, who is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Reds, will be making his first Major League start since June 20 after dealing with left shoulder inflammation. He posted a 4.50 ERA in three rehab starts with Round Rock.

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Rangers agree to buy new affiliate in N.C.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to purchase a Class A Advanced franchise in the Carolina League that will play in Kinston, N.C., beginning next season.

The Rangers' franchise will join another new one in the Carolina League in 2017, as Kinston will host Minor League baseball for the first time since 2011. For the past two seasons, the Rangers' Class A Advanced team has been High Desert in the California League.

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Rangers hit pair of homers, can't rally in finale

Rangers hit pair of homers, can't rally in finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers have the best record in the American League, but it's not because they are beating up on weak teams.

Those are the teams that give Texas the most problems, and that continued on Sunday afternoon with an 8-4 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. Designated hitter Logan Forsythe delivered the big blow for Tampa Bay with a three-run home run off of Martin Perez in a five-run fourth inning. Steven Souza Jr. added a two-run homer in the eighth.

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Hal Bodley

Additions solidify Rangers' claim atop AL

Only concern is rotation, in which Texas has Cy Young Award candidate

Additions solidify Rangers' claim atop AL

ST. PETERSBURG -- Prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Texas Rangers were a good team. Since then, they've become arguably the best team in the American League.

Even after losing two games to the last-place Rays over the weekend, the Rangers still have the AL's best record, and they are in the driver's seat to repeat as AL West champions.

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Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers, is the senior correspondent for MLB.com. Follow him @halbodley on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Road-weary Perez missing Globe Life Park

Eight of left-hander's nine losses have come away from Texas

Road-weary Perez missing Globe Life Park

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers starter Martin Perez is a really good pitcher at Globe Life Park. His 2.36 home ERA is the lowest in the American League.

The problem is Texas has to play half its games on the road, and that's a real problem for Perez. His troubles away from Arlington continued on Sunday afternoon in an 8-4 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

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Mike Bauman

Rangers have nothing to lose in signing Gomez

Rangers have nothing to lose in signing Gomez

The Texas Rangers are in low-risk, high-reward mode with the signing of Carlos Gomez.

Gomez was available because he had been released by the Astros. His performance for Houston was clearly substandard.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Banister: Gomez not here to be a backup

Two-time NL All-Star will get at-bats at Triple-A before taking over in left field

Banister: Gomez not here to be a backup

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Jeff Banister corrected the initial perception of why the Rangers signed Carlos Gomez. He is not coming to provide outfield depth.

Gomez is coming to be the everyday left fielder.

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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' 4-game winning streak snapped by Rays

Rangers' 4-game winning streak snapped by Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays starter Jake Odorizzi showed why the Rangers were interested in trading for him last month.

Odorizzi won his fifth straight decision since the All-Star break by holding the Rangers to one run in six innings in the Rays' 8-2 victory at Tropicana Field on Saturday night. Odorizzi allowed six hits, walked a batter and struck out four. He is now 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts since the break. He is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers.

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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.

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Rangers sign veteran outfielder Gomez

Former All-Star inks Minor League contract

Rangers sign veteran outfielder Gomez

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers, looking for outfield depth with the loss of Shin-Soo Choo for the season, signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a Minor League contract on Saturday.

Gomez is expected to join Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday, play in a few games and then be called up to the big leagues. He was released by the Astros earlier this week.

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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.

6th-inning play turning point in Rangers-Rays

Beltre originally ruled safe at home, but call is overturned after Tampa Bay challenges

6th-inning play turning point in Rangers-Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays ended up winning by six runs, but there's little doubt what was the pivotal moment in their 8-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night.

The Rays were holding a 2-1 lead when a tremendous relay effort, a close play at the plate and an overturned call proved huge in allowing them to prevail over the Rangers at Tropicana Field.

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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.

Hamels takes no-no into sixth, fans 10 in win

Rangers' ace flirting with record for lowest road ERA

Hamels takes no-no into sixth, fans 10 in win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels knew he had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning during a 6-2 victory over the Rays on Friday night.

So did his teammates.

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Beltre's blasts back Hamels' heat in victory

Beltre's blasts back Hamels' heat in victory

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels had a no-hitter for 5 2/3 innings but had to settle for a 6-2 victory over the Rays on Friday night at Tropicana Field. Adrian Beltre hit two home runs for the 30th time in his career, and the Rangers have now won four straight.

Hamels was trying for the first Rangers no-hitter since 1994 and the second of his career. Instead, he allowed one run on three hits over 7 1/3 innings while walking two and striking out 10. It's the third time this season Hamels has struck out 10-plus batters in a game.

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Andrus manages to score from first ... on a single

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Andrus manages to score from first ... on a single

Generally speaking, with a runner on first, there are only so many ways to score on a given play: a dinger, of course, or a ball in the gap, or activating the cheat code known as "being Lorenzo Cain." Ninety-nine times out of 100, though, a chopper back up the middle isn't going to get the job done. 

We say "99 times out of 100" because we're lucky enough to live in a world in which Elvis Andrus exists -- and after Ian Desmond bounced a single to center during the Rangers-Rays game on Friday, he just kept [extreme Forrest Gump voice] running and running and running and running.

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Lucroy making presence felt on Rangers

Recently acquired catcher a hit with batterymates, is thriving at plate

Lucroy making presence felt on Rangers

ARLINGTON -- It hasn't taken Jonathan Lucroy long to make an impact offensively for the Rangers since being acquired from the Brewers on the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline. In 15 games, he's hit seven home runs with 14 RBIs.

But Lucroy's presence is being felt more than just at the plate. He's learning how to work with a new pitching staff after being thrust into the middle of a pennant race. Manager Jeff Banister has said Lucroy has had an immediate impact in that area as well.

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

Lucroy, Desmond provide runs, Yu delivers K's

Lucroy, Desmond provide runs, Yu delivers K's

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish has continually made strides in his endurance this season as he returns from 2015 Tommy John surgery. He checked off another step in his recovery on Wednesday night, pitching into the eighth inning for the first time this season as he helped lead the Rangers to a three-game sweep of the A's with a 6-2 win at Globe Life Park.

"Elbow-wise, I have no problems. Almost the same as [before] the Tommy John surgery," said Darvish, who allowed two runs and struck out nine in seven-plus innings. "There are problems here and there, and I think in my mind, 'Am I going to be OK?' It's like that every outing. But I have learned so much from my previous experiences that I use in a game to make adjustments."

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Rangers' aggressiveness pays off with sweep

Rangers' aggressiveness pays off with sweep

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister agreed that his team's offense was opportunistically aggressive in its 6-2 win over Oakland on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

"That's a brand of baseball that we like to play," Banister said.

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Rangers' Harrell lands on DL with groin strain

Rangers' Harrell lands on DL with groin strain

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers on Wednesday placed right-hander Lucas Harrell on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, an injury he sustained in his start against the A's on Tuesday. Right-hander Nick Martinez has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take Harrell's place on the roster but will pitch in a relief role.

Harrell has made four starts since being acquired from the Braves on July 27, along with left-hander Dario Alvarez, for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte. Through those four starts, he had a 5.60 ERA and 1.93 WHIP.

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Trevino among top prospect performers Thursday

Boston's No. 5 fans career-high 11 for second straight start; Rockies' top prospect goes deep twice in big game

Trevino among top prospect performers Thursday

The strikeouts just keep on coming for Red Sox No. 5 prospect Michael Kopech.

After setting a career high with 11 strikeouts in his last outing, Kopech matched that number in six innings with Double-A Salem on Thursday.

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Rangers storm back in 10th, win on HBP

Rangers storm back in 10th, win on HBP

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers rallied with three runs in the 10th inning for a walk-off 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night. The Rangers trailed, 4-2, entering the bottom of the inning before coming back to win it when Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

"A huge win," said designated hitter Carlos Beltran, who had the game-tying hit. "Since I've joined this ballclub, I have seen the energy in the dugout and in the clubhouse. This team feels it's not far behind whether it's three runs or four runs, they feel they can come back. That attitude is great to see."

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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.

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Claudio's relief sweet for hang-tough Rangers

Lefty tosses 4 shutout innings, setting up Texas' late rally

Claudio's relief sweet for hang-tough Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Ian Desmond, who scored the winning run, almost refused to talk about all the wild things that happened in the 10th inning of the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the Athletics on Tuesday night.

All he wanted to do was talk about reliever Alex Claudio, who threw four scoreless innings after being pressed into service in the third because of the injury to starter Lucas Harrell.

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Profar gets first crack at Rangers' leadoff spot

DeShields, Desmond also options when facing LHPs

Profar gets first crack at Rangers' leadoff spot

ARLINGTON -- Manager Jeff Banister had an astute observation about the Rangers' leadoff hitter now that Shin-Soo Choo is out for the season.

"We need one," Banister said.

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Choo to have surgery to repair forearm

Rangers outfielder out for season after being hit by pitch

Choo to have surgery to repair forearm

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday to have a plate inserted into his left forearm near the wrist. Choo suffered a fractured forearm when he was hit by a pitch during Monday's game against the Athletics.

Choo is expected to miss the remainder of the season, although the Rangers have not set a timetable. Catcher Robinson Chirinos had a similar surgery in April and missed two months. The surgery will be performed by Dallas hand specialist Dr. Tom DiLiberti.

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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.