Hamilton plans to rejoin Rangers on Monday

Outfielder expects be activated for Texas' series opener in Cleveland

Hamilton plans to rejoin Rangers on Monday

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- A rain cancellation prevented Josh Hamilton from stepping onto the field for the Triple-A Round Rock Express on Saturday, but it didn't stop him from making some big news.

The former American League Most Valuable Player announced an end to his Minor League stint and expects to join the Rangers for their series against the Cleveland Indians. Hamilton will fly to Cleveland on Sunday and plans to be on the active roster on Monday.

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Rangers ride 10-run third to rout of Yankees

Rangers ride 10-run third to rout of Yankees

NEW YORK -- Shin Soo-Choo homered and drove in four runs as the Rangers enjoyed a 10-run third inning, sending CC Sabathia to the showers early in a 15-4 rout of the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Each Texas starter had at least one hit in the contest and the Rangers sent 14 men to the plate in the big third inning, which included a key Carlos Beltran error in right field. Sabathia was charged with six runs as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings, marking his shortest non-injury start in pinstripes.

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Choo starts, finishes 10-run third

Texas outfielder hits RBI single, three-run HR

Choo starts, finishes 10-run third

NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo had his first four-RBI game of the season Saturday afternoon and only his second in the past four years.

He did it all in one inning with a run-scoring single and a three-run home run. Those were two of the big hits in a 10-run inning that helped carry the Rangers to a 15-4 victory over the Yankees.

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Martinez escapes early trouble in solid outing

Righty heeds Maddux's advice as Rangers improve to 8-1 in his starts

Martinez escapes early trouble in solid outing

NEW YORK -- Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez went into Saturday's start against the Yankees having held opponents to a .122 batting average with runners in scoring position in his first eight starts.

That was the second-lowest average by a qualifying pitcher in the American League. Martinez's ability to strand runners was significant early, even though the Rangers rolled to a 15-4 win at Yankee Stadium.

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Over two games, Rangers score 17 third-inning runs

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Over two games, Rangers score 17 third-inning runs

The Rangers had themselves quite the third inning during Friday night's win over the Yankees in the Bronx. Prince Fielder did Prince Fielder things, New York kicked the ball around the infield a bit, and Texas sent 10 batters to the plate on their way to a 7-spot against Yankees ace Michael Pineda.

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Holland likely out until well after All-Star break

Rangers lefty expected to begin throwing program in next 'several' days

Holland likely out until well after All-Star break

NEW YORK -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left shoulder, is expected to begin a throwing program in the next "several" days, but it could be two to three more weeks before he is ready to throw off a mound.

All indications are Holland won't be an option until well after the All-Star break.

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Harrison sharp in extended spring start

Rangers lefty tosses four scoreless innings, may go on rehab assignment

Harrison sharp in extended spring start

NEW YORK -- As Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison approaches the one-year anniversary of his back surgery, the chances of him pitching in the big leagues again continues to grow.

Harrison made his third start in extended spring camp Saturday in Arizona and pitched four scoreless innings. The left-hander allowed three hits, struck out four and threw 62 pitches. His velocity was 86-88 mph.

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Seeking sweep of Yanks, Rangers turn to Gallardo

Seeking sweep of Yanks, Rangers turn to Gallardo

The first two months of the season could have gone better for both Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano and Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo. They will both try to get headed in the right direction when they face off Sunday night in the Bronx as Texas tries to complete a three-game sweep.

Capuano is making his second start of the season. He was sidelined for two months after suffering a strained right quad muscle in Spring Training. He made his first start last Sunday against the Royals in Kauffman Stadium and allowed three runs in three-plus innings. He threw just 63 pitches.

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Field enjoying first everyday role in Majors

Rangers second baseman garners praise from Banister for work with bat, glove

Field enjoying first everyday role in Majors

NEW YORK -- Thomas Field was given the day off Saturday with it being a day game after a night game. That was a role reversal for him.

"I have always been the guy in the day game giving guys a breather," Field said.

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Prince parks pair as Rangers outslug Yanks

Prince parks pair as Rangers outslug Yanks

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder connected for a pair of long home runs, driving in a season-high four runs while helping the Rangers hold on for a 10-9 victory over the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Texas hung a seven-run third inning on New York starter Michael Pineda, who contributed to the jam with a throwing error. Fielder and Mitch Moreland slugged homers in the big frame, while Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo also drove in runs against Pineda, who was charged with four earned runs on eight hits over six innings.

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Ohlendorf relishes first career save

Rangers reliever takes liner off stomach, but closes out one-run victory

Ohlendorf relishes first career save

NEW YORK -- The Rangers' bullpen by committee also includes the closer du jour. So far, Neftali Feliz hasn't been on the menu since his last blown save.

Ross Ohlendorf was given the assignment Friday night, being called upon to pitch the ninth inning with the Rangers trying to preserve a two-run lead at Yankee Stadium. Ohlendorf gave up a home run to Mark Teixeira that made it a one-run game and put the tying run on base with a two-out walk.

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Prince delivers first two-HR game with Texas

Veteran slugger blows game open with three-run shot in seven-run third

Prince delivers first two-HR game with Texas

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder, once one of the premier home run hitters, did something Friday night that he hasn't done in over two years.

Fielder went deep not once but twice, helping the Rangers hold off the Yankees, 10-9, at Yankee Stadium.

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Rangers call up outfielder, but not Hamilton

Veteran likely to be activated Monday; Smolinski takes injured Banks' roster spot

Rangers call up outfielder, but not Hamilton

NEW YORK -- The Rangers had a need for an outfielder Friday, but decided the time was still not right to bring Josh Hamilton to the big leagues.

Instead, the Rangers called up Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock when they put outfielder Kyle Blanks on the disabled list with a pilonidal cyst. Hamilton will continue to play this weekend at Round Rock and it's still likely he'll be activated Monday in Cleveland.

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DeShields supplants Choo atop order

DeShields supplants Choo atop order

NEW YORK -- Delino DeShields is now the Rangers' leadoff hitter. The question is if he'll still be in that role when the Rangers activate Josh Hamilton off the disabled list Monday.

The answer is unknown, but DeShields went into the leadoff spot on Friday night with right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound for the Yankees. Shin-Soo Choo had started 17 straight games in the leadoff spot, but moved into the No. 2 hole Friday.

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Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

The Rangers have released right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

Fujikawa, 34, was designated for assignment on Sunday after allowing three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings over two relief appearances. He began the season on the disabled list with a right groin strain.

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Moreland's hot bat backs Wandy's strong effort

Moreland's hot bat backs Wandy's strong effort

BOSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez kept the Red Sox in their offensive funk while leading the Rangers to a 3-1 victory Thursday night in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Over 6 2/3 innings, Rodriguez gave up four hits and a run, walking two and striking out five. The Rangers, getting 2 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen and another save from Shawn Tolleson, took two of three from the Red Sox.

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Rodriguez adjusts approach to fight Monster

Rangers starter utilizes two-seamer with success vs. Red Sox

Rodriguez adjusts approach to fight Monster

BOSTON -- Fenway Park can be a daunting place for a visiting left-handed pitcher, mainly because of a 37-foot left-field wall sitting just 300-plus feet from home plate. It makes for an inviting target for right-handed hitters.

Rangers pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, in his first career start at Fenway, took one look at the famous wall and made a command decision.

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DeShields uses speed to manufacture run

Rangers outfielder continues to impress at plate, on bases

DeShields uses speed to manufacture run

BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is in a mode right now where he just keeps finding ways to make things happen. Batting in the No. 2 spot of the Rangers order, DeShields did it again in the first inning on Thursday night and his speed led to a two-run rally in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

DeShields is playing left field while the Rangers await the arrival of Josh Hamilton on Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton was 1-for-4 with Round Rock on Thursday night and has two more games left on rehab assignment before likely being activated off the disabled list Monday.

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DeShields befriends potential Draft pick Cameron

DeShields befriends potential Draft pick Cameron

BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields works out in the offseason at the same Atlanta-area gym as Daz Cameron. They have become friendly and have a few things in common.

Cameron is also the son of a former Major Leaguer, outfielder Mike Cameron. Like DeShields, he could also be a top-10 pick out of high school in the upcoming 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He plays at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga.

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Ohlendorf thrilled to finally get opportunity

Rangers reliever works his way back from injuries

Ohlendorf thrilled to finally get opportunity

BOSTON -- Ross Ohlendorf was all but forgotten a month ago. He was a strong candidate to make the Rangers' pitching staff in Spring Training until he twice injured his right groin muscle and had to start the season in the Minor Leagues.

But Ohlendorf is over his leg injuries and on Tuesday night, he was pitching the eighth inning for the Rangers and trying to hold a 2-1 lead against the Red Sox. He pitched a scoreless inning before manager Jeff Banister summoned Shawn Tolleson in for the ninth to close it out.

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Chirinos' homer helps Rangers edge Red Sox

Chirinos' homer helps Rangers edge Red Sox

BOSTON -- Phil Klein earned his first Major League win as a starter and Robinson Chirinos crushed a solo home run that provided the scoring difference as the Rangers edged out a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Klein pitched effectively as a rotation fill-in for the Rangers, firing 5 1/3 innings of one-run baseball and throwing strikes on 56 of his 81 pitches. Shawn Tolleson, taking over as the Rangers' closer, pitched around a one-out double in a scoreless ninth en route to his first Major League save.

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Pen pals: Relievers deliver in clutch situations

Pen pals: Relievers deliver in clutch situations

BOSTON -- Shawn Tolleson got his wish. The Rangers took a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night at Fenway Park for the first time in his Major League career.

The Rangers may be going without roles in the bullpen, but there was Tolleson with the label of "closer" all over him trying to convert the first ninth-inning save opportunity of his career.

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Spot on: Klein gets win in first big league start

Spot on: Klein gets win in first big league start

BOSTON -- The Rangers were hoping to get five innings out of starter Phil Klein on Wednesday night. That's the most they have been getting from their other starters lately.

Klein ever so slightly exceeded those expectations in his first Major League start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The converted reliever went 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run and picking up the win as the Rangers held for a 2-1 victory.

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Hamilton could be activated for Monday's game

Hamilton could be activated for Monday's game

BOSTON -- Josh Hamilton has finished the Double-A Frisco portion of his rehab work. The countdown is now down to three days with Triple-A Round Rock before possibly being activated on Monday in Cleveland.

Hamilton closed out his time with Frisco by hitting a two-run home run in his last at-bat of the Roughriders' 8-1 victory over Midland. It was his first home run since being acquired from the Angels on April 27 and being assigned to the Minor Leagues on medical rehab assignment to complete his recovery from offseason right shoulder surgery.

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Tolleson has aspirations to be Rangers' closer

Tolleson has aspirations to be Rangers' closer

BOSTON -- Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson was a closer during his Minor League days with the Dodgers. The right-hander must have been good at it, because he had a 1.34 ERA in 107 games, opponents had a .194 batting average and he had 49 saves.

"Yeah, I have aspirations to be a closer," Tolleson said. "Since I've been in professional baseball, it's what I did in the Minor Leagues. It has been a goal of mine."

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Peguero DFA'd as Klein tabbed for Texas start

Outfielder hit .186 over 30 games with Rangers; move clears way for Hamilton

Peguero DFA'd as Klein tabbed for Texas start

BOSTON -- The Rangers' experiment with Carlos Peguero has come to an end, at least for now. Peguero was designated for assignment to make room for pitcher Phil Klein, who was called up on Wednesday to start against the Red Sox.

The move clears the way for Josh Hamilton to take over in left field as early as Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. Hamilton is expected to play Thursday through Saturday at Triple-A Round Rock before he is activated off the disabled list on Monday, when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Indians.

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