Darvish is Rangers' postseason X-factor

With just one playoff start, righty could be key for a deep run

Darvish is Rangers' postseason X-factor

ARLINGTON -- The American League West champion Rangers are expected to go with Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish as their top two starters in the postseason.

Hamels has a long track record of playoff success, going 7-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 15 starts. Darvish has made just one start in the postseason -- a loss against the Orioles in 2012.

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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.

Teixeira fond of time with Rangers

With retirement on deck, three-time All Star reflects on run with first club

Teixeira fond of time with Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Mark Teixeira holds a significant place in Rangers history. When Teixeira and reliever Ron Mahay were traded to the Braves on July 31, 2007, the haul Texas got in return was crucial in its journey toward conseuctive trips to the World Series in '10 and '11.

It may have been the biggest, given how shortstop Elvis Andrus, right-hander Neftali Feliz and lefty Matt Harrison played a significant part in the Rangers' success.

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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 to face Indians at Alamodome next March

Rangers to face Indians at Alamodome next March

The American League West champion Rangers and the AL Central champion Indians will match up for the 2017 H-E-B Big League Weekend exhibition series next March, it was announced on Thursday.

The two-game series will be played on March 17-18 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This will be the fifth year for the H-E-B Big League Weekend series. The event has drawn more than 60,000 fans per game since its inception in 2013.

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Rangers rally in 8th, extend lead for No. 1 seed

Rangers rally in 8th, extend lead for No. 1 seed

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as the Rangers rallied for an 8-5 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night in the rubber game at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers (94-65), with their 49th come-from-behind win of the season, hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox for the best record in the American League. Texas can clinch home-field advantage throughout the postseason by winning two of three against Tampa Bay in the final series of the regular season.

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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 continue bid for home-field advantage vs. Rays

Rangers continue bid for home-field advantage vs. Rays

The Rangers begin their final stand for home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs when they open a three-game series against the Rays on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Home-field advantage has been the Rangers' top priority since clinching the AL West last Friday. They entered Thursday with a 1 1/2-game lead over the Red Sox for the AL's best record, and can clinch the top seed by winning two of three against Tampa Bay. The Rangers have historically struggled at home in the AL Division Series, going 1-9.

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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.

Hamels hits 200 K's in tuneup for postseason

Lefty gets no-decision as Rangers rally late vs. Brewers

Hamels hits 200 K's in tuneup for postseason

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels got off to a rough start on Wednesday night in his final outing of the regular season. But he finished strong, the Rangers rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Brewers, and Hamels said he is ready for postseason.

Hamels is expected to be the Game 1 starter for the Rangers when the American League Division Series opens up against an opponent to be determined on Thursday, Oct. 6.

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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.

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Mike Bauman

Mechanics jump-start Gomez in Arlington

With help of Rangers' staff, veteran outfielder makes adjustments at plate to revive career

Mechanics jump-start Gomez in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Gomez is back, which means that the amount of excitement in Major League Baseball has increased.

Released by the Astros on Aug. 18, after a truly substandard performance, Gomez has revived his career with the Rangers.

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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.

Rangers looking at 4-man rotation for playoffs

Perez, Lewis strong candidates to follow Hamels, Darvish

Rangers looking at 4-man rotation for playoffs

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister on Wednesday said the team is more inclined to go with a four-man rotation, instead of three, for the postseason.

Banister has not confirmed his postseason rotation plan outside of Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish. But right-hander Colby Lewis and left-hander Martin Perez will finish out the team's regular season games, in that order, behind Hamels and Darvish.

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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.

Adrian Beltre avoids Jonathan Villar's tag amazingly

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Adrian Beltre avoids Jonathan Villar's tag amazingly

At this point, an entire blog could be dedicated to the extracurricular on-field exploits of Adrian Beltre.

In addition to being christened the AL West-winning Rangers' most entertaining dugout presence, Beltre also carries out his magic on the diamond itself. Baserunningfieldingnot fieldingpushing opponentshitting homers from his kneesteasing fans -- he's done it all, and did so once again in Wednesday night's 8-5 win over the Brewers

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Andrus fine example for Brewers' Arcia to follow

Rookie shortstop still getting on-the-job training in Majors

Andrus fine example for Brewers' Arcia to follow

ARLINGTON -- "Comping players is really dangerous," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said right off the top. But here's one he was willing to discuss anyway: Orlando Arcia and Elvis Andrus.

Not in the way those shortstops play, said Counsell and first-base coach Carlos Subero, a fellow Venezuelan who managed both players in the Minor Leagues. But in the way they think about the game.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Beltran's legs carry Rangers

Veteran right fielder makes diving catch, gets first steal in 2 years to help Texas rally

Statcast of the Day: Beltran's legs carry Rangers

Over a long and successful career, Carlos Beltran has won three Gold Glove Awards in center field and racked up more than 300 stolen bases. But at 39 years old, the nine-time All-Star is much better known for his bat these days than his defense or baserunning.

That changed, at least briefly, in the sixth inning of what became a 6-4 Rangers win over the Brewers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers rally past Brewers, regain No. 1 seed

Rangers rally past Brewers, regain No. 1 seed

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, led by a couple of former Brewers, are back atop the race for the best record in the American League.

Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run double in leading the Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. Tony Barnette, on the mound for the first time since Sept. 4, pitched a scoreless sixth to get the victory as the Rangers, trailing 3-0 after two, earned their 48th comeback win.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Bullpen becoming formidable as playoffs near

Texas' relievers have not allowed a run in past 24 2/3 innings

Bullpen becoming formidable as playoffs near

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have right-handed relievers Tony Barnette and Jeremy Jeffress back and their bullpen is starting to come together as the postseason approaches.

Barnette, pitching for the first time since Sept. 4, pitched a scoreless sixth inning and ended up getting the win in the Rangers' 6-4 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday night. Barnette had been sidelined for over three weeks with a strained oblique muscle in the left ribcage.

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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.

Carlos Gomez homer leaves Beltre and Gallo in awe

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Carlos Gomez homer leaves Beltre and Gallo in awe

It takes a lot to impress the consistently impressive, but Carlos Gomez found a way. 

In Tuesday night's Brewers-Rangers game at Globe Life Park, Gomez connected on a Jimmy Nelson offering and squared it up just about perfectly -- so much so that it didn't come to a landing until crashing down around the second level of the left-field seating area.

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Mike Bauman

In return to field, Jeffress shows talent and fire

In return to field, Jeffress shows talent and fire

ARLINGTON -- Jeremy Jeffress is back now, as he puts it, "playing the game I love."

Life has not been an unbroken series of triumphs for Jeffress, but when he is right, he can throw 96-97 mph, with serious sink. He has a power arm, with imposing stuff.

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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.

Signs point to Choo returning this weekend

Rangers to evaluate outfielder after instructional league game Wednesday

Signs point to Choo returning this weekend

ARLINGTON -- The clock is ticking on whether Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will be able to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Friday, so the team can evaluate his health heading into the American League Division Series. But Rangers manager Jeff Banister said all signs are positive after Choo played his first instructional league game Monday.

Choo, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 16 recovering from left forearm surgery, went 3-for-5 with a double and two walks, and played seven innings in right field, in his first instructional league game. Choo played seven innings in right field for the second straight day Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base. He's expected to play nine innings Wednesday, then Banister, general manager Jon Daniels and others will evaluate if he's ready to go Friday for the team's final series of the regular season against the Rays.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. 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.

3 reasons Rangers will win the World Series

3 reasons Rangers will win the World Series

ARLINGTON -- Everybody knows the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, the longest drought in Major League history. But the Rangers hold the record for most seasons by a franchise without having won a World Series.

That goes back to 1961, when they were introduced as the Washington Senators -- meaning they have been around longer others searching for their first title, like the Astros, Padres, Nationals and Mariners.

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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.

Loss pushes Rangers back to No. 2 seed

Loss pushes Rangers back to No. 2 seed

ARLINGTON -- The Brewers were long ago eliminated from postseason contention, but the way Matt Garza sees it, they are still playing meaningful baseball.

Carlos Gomez drove in a pair of runs against his former team, but the Rangers slipped a half-game behind the idle Red Sox in the race for home-field advantage throughout the postseason with an 8-3 loss to the Brewers on a big Monday night for Milwaukee leadoff man Jonathan Villar.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

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5 days that defined the Rangers' season

5 days that defined the Rangers' season

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had a remarkable run to the seventh division title in club history. It would take forever to go through all the remarkable and intense victories that carried them through the season.

The highlight reel would last for hours, so it's better to sum up with the all-too-familiar records. Entering Monday, the Rangers are 36-11 in one-run games, with 47 comeback victories and nine walk-off wins.

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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.

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Lucroy difference-maker for AL West champs

Lucroy difference-maker for AL West champs

ARLINGTON -- The best non-waiver Trade Deadline acquisition by a contending team this year was made by the Rangers when they acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers.

You can name other clubs that made necessary improvements, such as the Cubs, trading for closer Aroldis Chapman, or the Nationals, trading for closer Mark Melancon. The Dodgers made substantial improvements, too.

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Andrus providing spark at bottom of order

Andrus providing spark at bottom of order

ARLINGTON -- There's been a lot of shuffling in the Rangers' order this season, but one constant has been the spark provided by shortstop Elvis Andrus at the bottom of the lineup.

Andrus' three hits were a few of the lone bright spots during the Rangers' 8-3 loss to the Brewers on Monday night, and it moved his average to .302. He's never ended a season with an average of at least .300. The closest Andrus came was in 2012, when he hit .286.

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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.

Jeffress turns in 1 1/3 scoreless frames in return

Jeffress turns in 1 1/3 scoreless frames in return

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress made his first appearance since being activated from the restricted list, against the team that he was traded from on Aug. 1 in Monday's 8-3 loss to the Brewers.

"I just took everything in," said Jeffress. "It made me feel good inside and I want to keep that feeling -- respect that feeling and not take it for granted. I want to keep them coming."

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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.

Beltre putts ball away on dropped third strike

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Beltre putts ball away on dropped third strike

Throughout this season, Adrian Beltre has graced us with highlight after highlight after ... highlight? At this point, he's more than just a really good baseball player, he's also one of the hardest working stand-up comedians there is -- touring cities around the country for six months straight. 

During the Brewers' 8-3 win over the Rangers on Monday, he was at it again with some brand new material. After striking out on a dropped third strike against Matt Garza in the fifth inning, it was time for some mini-golf.

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Former Brewers abound in Rangers' dugout

Former Brewers abound in Rangers' dugout

ARLINGTON -- How did Carlos Gomez salvage his season after leaving the Astros for the Rangers? It helped that he walked into a new clubhouse full of familiar faces.

They're the Texas Brewers, or the Milwaukee Rangers if you like. Gomez joined a Texas team with three former teammates from his years in Milwaukee, including two from the 2011 Brewers club that came within two victories of the World Series. Prince Fielder, Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress made Gomez feel comfortable from the "Go-Go."

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers' pursuit of home-field advantage hits snag

Rangers' pursuit of home-field advantage hits snag

OAKLAND -- Athletics rookie right-hander Jharel Cotton continued the terrific start to his Major League career and the Rangers were the latest team to be impressed.

Cotton sent the Rangers back into a tie with the Red Sox for the best record in the American League by pitching the Athletics to a 7-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Cotton, making his fourth Major League start, allowed just one run on three hits over a career-high seven innings on just 70 pitches. Cotton is now 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his four starts.

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Dyson remembers former teammate Fernandez

Rangers reliever reflects on Marlins ace's 'passion and enjoyment'

OAKLAND -- Rangers reliever Sam Dyson was teammates with pitcher Jose Fernandez while with the Marlins. They shared the same passion for fishing and Dyson spent two weeks one offseason working out with Fernandez in Miami.

Dyson is just one of many throughout the game saddened by the news that Fernandez and two others were killed in a boating accident off Miami Beach early Sunday morning.

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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.

Postseason Preview: The Texas Rangers

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Postseason Preview: The Texas Rangers

It's almost time for the postseason! As teams punch their tickets to the October party, we're taking a look back at their seasons -- giving away some Season Superlatives and also offering you a chance to learn which member of the team you actually are. 

The Rangers are great. In fact, they're the best in the AL West (rhyme absolutely intentional). They clinched a postseason spot on Friday night with a 3-0 win over the A's and made sure to celebrate in the messiest way possible. 

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Beltre runs way out of basepaths while in rundown

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Beltre runs way out of basepaths while in rundown

Adrian Beltre got the day off during Saturday's 5-0 win over the Athletics -- his reward for the team clinching the American League West crown the night before. Beltre doesn't really do days off, though. If he isn't allowed to play, he'll still be on the top step of the dugout giving out (somewhat incomprehensible) defensive alignments.

Beltre was back out on the field for Sunday's game in Oakland, and he had a lot of pent-up energy to burn. So sure, he might have been caught in a rundown in the top of the second, but he would not give up easily. Instead, he decided to go around in a few circles, and then onto the infield grass:

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