Banister calls on top starters to lead pitching staff

Manager meets with Holland, Lewis, Darvish and Gallardo to discuss his expectations

Banister calls on top starters to lead pitching staff

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister met with his top four starters on Saturday morning and challenged them to be the leaders of the pitching staff.

Pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins were there when Banister had a "fun conversation" with Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Yu Darvish and Yovani Gallardo.

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The Bull Rush: Rangers refine slide step at camp

Pitchers embrace technique, which is useful against baserunners and hitters

The Bull Rush: Rangers refine slide step at camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Bull Rush is big in Rangers camp, and pitching coach Mike Maddux is thrilled his young pitchers are embracing it.

"It tells me they are open to learning new things," Maddux said.

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Rangers educated on domestic violence during meeting

Rangers educated on domestic violence during meeting

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers began Saturday morning with many of their players doing their yoga workouts together in the back. Then all players were required to convene in the meeting room in center field for a more serious discussion.

Representatives from the Players Association were there to conduct a Major League Baseball initiative concerning domestic violence. The meeting lasted over an hour.

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Ivy Leaguers Lucas, Ohlendorf reunited with Rangers

Ivy Leaguers Lucas, Ohlendorf reunited with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dartmouth shortstop Ed Lucas was the 2004 Ivy League batting champion and Player of the Year, but he couldn't handle Princeton right-hander Ross Ohlendorf.

"He owned me," Lucas said. "The one that really sticks out in my mind is my senior year when we played Princeton for the Ivy League championship. He started Game 1 of a three-game series and he punched me out the first three at-bats. I don't think I've ever been so mad in my life. I got a single my fourth at-bat. By then, they were up by six runs, so it didn't really matter."

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Rangers deal with injured left-handed relievers

Club will still give Detwiler chance to start, not expecting to sign lefty free agent

Rangers deal with injured left-handed relievers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have two left-handed relievers -- Michael Kirkman and Edgar Olmos -- on their camp injury report. But that doesn't mean they are going to sign free-agent left-hander Phil Coke or move Ross Detwiler to the bullpen.

Detwiler was strictly a reliever for the Nationals in 2014 after spending most of the previous five seasons as a starter. When the Rangers acquired him in a trade last December, they told Detwiler that he would be given a chance to start.

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Another year older, another year wiser for Gallardo

Pitching of righty celebrating 29th birthday has evolved over the years

Another year older, another year wiser for Gallardo

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo turned 29 on Friday, and his teammates serenaded him with "Happy Birthday" during pre-workout stretching. With his family still back in snowbound Fort Worth, Texas, until later in spring, that was about the extent of Gallardo's celebration.

"We'll wait until next week to go out to dinner," Gallardo said. "I'm used to being away from my family on my birthday. We celebrate it later in the spring."

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Rangers make Choo's switch to right field official

Club thinks outfielder will be more comfortable in new position

Rangers make Choo's switch to right field official

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister acknowledged for the first time on Friday what has been obvious all winter.

The Rangers are moving outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from left to right field. That has obviously been the plan from the beginning, but this is the first time Banister has openly talked about the move.

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Banister reinforces contender potential in first meeting

New Rangers manager says team has 'shut the door on last year,' is ready to rebound

Banister reinforces contender potential in first meeting

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister had a simple message for his team in his meeting before the first full-squad workout on Thursday.

Why not us?

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Phil Rogers

Happy Prince gives Rangers reason to smile

Fielder's disposition clearly different from last spring, when he played through injury

Happy Prince gives Rangers reason to smile

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- You're not really supposed to hit the ball hard during live batting practice, at least not in February.

Even the best hitters take some time to catch up to pitching in Spring Training.

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Texas 'playing it over-cautiously' with Moreland, Choo

Rangers want to ensure both, coming off surgery, remain at full strength throughout spring

Texas 'playing it over-cautiously' with Moreland, Choo

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- First baseman Mitch Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo are at full strength in Spring Training. But both are coming off surgery and the Rangers are going to monitor them carefully to make sure they leave that way.

Moreland had season-ending surgery on his left ankle on June 23. He has been working out all winter, but the Rangers still want him to take it slowly, especially with the running.

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Healthy Scheppers, Tolleson continue to impress

Healthy Scheppers, Tolleson continue to impress

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers relievers threw live batting practice for the first time on Thursday following two bullpen sessions. Right-handers Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson continue to lead the pack, according to pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Scheppers missed most of last season with a strained right elbow, but he has shown no ill-effects this spring.

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Darvish, Chirinos getting comfortable together

Darvish, Chirinos getting comfortable together

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish threw live batting practice on Wednesday and Robinson Chirinos was his catcher. Darvish seemed to be fine with that arrangement.

"It doesn't matter," Darvish said. "Even during the games I'm OK with Chirinos."

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Alfaro learning what it takes to make Majors

Top catching prospect is part of the future for Rangers organization

Alfaro learning what it takes to make Majors

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro is in big league camp for the first time. The Rangers are hoping he backs up what he is saying and pays attention to what is going on around him.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Alfaro said. "I want to learn from these big league guys and see how they work, see how they work hard and see what it takes to be here."

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Martin ready to take on leadoff spot

Harrison begins throwing from 120 feet

Martin ready to take on leadoff spot

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Center fielder Leonys Martin was one of the last players in camp, but wants to be the first Rangers player at-bat this season.

Martin said he wants to be the Rangers' leadoff hitter this season. He was in that spot at the end of last season but that was with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined because of ankle and elbow surgery.

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Wolf moved by experience playing ball in Korea

Wolf moved by experience playing ball in Korea

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ross Wolf wasn't pitching that day in South Korea when the invasion sirens went off. He was sitting back and watching his team, the SK Wyverns, play just another game in the Korean Baseball Organization.

"It was in the middle of a game, third or fourth inning," Wolf said. "It was probably two o'clock in the afternoon and the sirens go off. Suddenly, everybody runs off the field. It caught me by surprise, what was going on. We couldn't find our translator and 30 seconds later, we saw our jets taking off. Later, they told us, they still practice for war and a possible North Korean invasion.

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Lyle Spencer

Beltre big reason Rangers have hope for turnaround

Four-time Gold Glove 3B has been model of consistency since joining team in 2011

Beltre big reason Rangers have hope for turnaround

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Feeling like a king, "100 percent" in his recovery from neck surgery nine months ago, Prince Fielder grabbed a bat early Tuesday for a morning workout, pausing to spend a few minutes in praise of Rangers teammate Adrian Beltre.

"I know he doesn't like to talk about it," Fielder said, "but Adrian's a Hall of Famer to me, no doubt. He's a great teammate, great leader, great player. Playing against him, I always admired everything about him. Playing with him every day, I see a guy who plays with max effort, but is under control at all times. Whether he feels good or he's hurt, you can't tell the difference. He doesn't ever show weakness."

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Rangers add lefty Olmos to bullpen mix

Rangers add lefty Olmos to bullpen mix

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have claimed left-handed reliever Edgar Olmos on waivers from the Mariners. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rangers placed Jurickson Profar on the 60-day disabled list.

Olmos is a hard-throwing left-hander who has had trouble with his command. But the Rangers will take a look and see if he could fit into their bullpen. If not, he still has an option left and can be sent to the Minors.

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Andrus reports early, eager for bounce-back season

Two-time All-Star impressing in Rangers camp after challenging 2014

Andrus reports early, eager for bounce-back season

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers had about a dozen players working out daily in Arlington this winter. Pitcher Derek Holland made it clear that Elvis Andrus was the leader of the pack.

"He destroyed everything," Holland said. "He is kicking tail."

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Profar to miss season after shoulder surgery

Profar to miss season after shoulder surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have admitted the obvious. Infielder Jurickson Profar will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Monday.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington. Profar will need a full year of recovery before the shoulder is 100 percent. General manager Jon Daniels said Profar could be swinging a bat before then, but the Rangers will take it slow.

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Fielder: Most exciting Spring Training since first year

Fielder: Most exciting Spring Training since first year

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder had trouble swinging the bat while taking batting practice for the first time on Monday. The problem wasn't physical.

Fielder is fully recovered from neck surgery and at full strength again. The problem was Adrian Beltre ragging on him from behind the batting cage. Beltre's barbs were aimed at Fielder's swing.

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Rangers pick up Beltre's 2016 contract option

Rangers pick up Beltre's 2016 contract option

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have formally picked up third baseman Adrian Beltre's contract. Beltre does not have to worry about getting 586 plate appearances this season to be assured of returning to the Rangers in 2016.

"It was really a no-brainer for us," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He is one of the best players in the game, a team leader and a future Hall of Famer. We didn't want it to be a story this season."

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Feliz impresses Maddux during bullpen session

Closer 'looked sharp,' according to Rangers pitching coach

Feliz impresses Maddux during bullpen session

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers' top relievers had their first official bullpen sessions on Sunday during the club's second workout for pitchers and catchers.

Closer Neftali Feliz, who worked this offseason with a personal trainer, was among those who impressed pitching coach Mike Maddux.

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Rua to focus on left field early in camp

24-year-old competing for starting job; Kirkman has shoulder impingement

Rua to focus on left field early in camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ryan Rua is capable of playing multiple positions, but the Rangers want him focused on left field early in camp.

Rua can also play first, second and third base, but he is one of the leading candidates to be the starting left fielder. So that's where the Rangers want him focused on for right now.

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Rangers unlikely to lock up key pitchers this spring

GM Daniels says 'nothing is in the works' with Gallardo, Feliz and Darvish

Rangers unlikely to lock up key pitchers this spring

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- For three straight Spring Trainings, the Rangers have signed key pitchers to long-term contracts. But the streak started by Derek Holland, Matt Harrison and Martin Perez may come to an end this year.

The Rangers often use Spring Training to address contract situations. But, this year, the focus is going to be on getting everybody healthy and ready for the season.

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Darvish throws, has no issues with elbow

Righty was shut down late last season; Holland excited about rotation

Darvish throws, has no issues with elbow

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish continues to show he is back to full strength after missing the final seven weeks of the 2014 season with mild inflammation in his right elbow.

Darvish was in the first group of pitchers who threw in the bullpen during the Rangers' first official workout on Saturday morning. Pitching coach Mike Maddux was among those who watched Darvish, and he came away impressed.

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Hall of Famer Maddux back at Rangers camp

Brother of pitching coach Mike Maddux works with pitchers as special assistant

Hall of Famer Maddux back at Rangers camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Relievers Phil Klein and Jon Edwards are in their first big league camp. As they rotated fields during pitchers' fielding practice, they found themselves working on comebackers with one of the special assistants in Rangers camp.

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux was hitting them grounders back to the mound.

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Banister emotionally ready for first workout as manager

Banister emotionally ready for first workout as manager

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitchers and catchers formally take the field for the first time on Saturday and Jeff Banister will wear the uniform for the first time as new manager. There are a lot of emotions going through him in his new job.

"Passion, excitement, energy, anticipation," Banister said Friday. "All of the things that go along with it's Christmas Eve for me. I get to wake up tomorrow, come downstairs and be excited. I'll put that uniform on tomorrow and feel like I'm the luckiest guy on the planet."

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DeShields holds no grudges with new teammate Klein

DeShields holds no grudges with new teammate Klein

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields said he is "cool" with pitcher Phil Klein. They are teammates now and DeShields is not holding any grudges over what happened last April.

Klein was pitching for Double-A Frisco on April 18 against Corpus Christi when he hit DeShields in the left cheekbone with a fastball. DeShields suffered a concussion and a fractured cheekbone, forcing him to the disabled list for 18 days. The two have talked and there are no hard feelings.

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