Rangers activate Feliz, option Martinez

Rangers activate Feliz, option Martinez

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers reinstated right-hander Neftali Feliz from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Martinez (5-5, 3.43 ERA) has pitched well this season, especially in April, when he posted a 2-0 record and 0.35 ERA. But more than anything, the move was made to give him some rest and make a spot in the rotation for left-hander Matt Harrison.

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Rangers sign promising international outfielder

Rangers sign promising international outfielder

The Rangers have a long history on the international market, and they are once again living up to their reputation as one of the most aggressive teams in Latin America.

On Thursday, the Rangers agreed to a $2.1 million contract with Dominican Republic outfielder Leodys Taveras, ranked No. 18 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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Hamilton being eased back into everyday role

Rangers left fielder out of starting lineup day after return from DL

Hamilton being eased back into everyday role

BALTIMORE -- Josh Hamilton was out of the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles after playing in his first game since May 31 on Tuesday. The day off was scheduled when Rangers manager Jeff Banister and Hamilton first sat down to talk about his return to the lineup after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with a strained left hamstring.

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Martinez allows HR in 7th to take loss

Martinez allows HR in 7th to take loss

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy broke a tie with his fourth homer of the season to lift the Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

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Positive signs for Martinez despite loss to O's

Positive signs for Martinez despite loss to O's

BALTIMORE -- Nick Martinez went 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA in April, finishing the month with the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball among qualifying pitchers. June was a different story, as the right-hander posted a 1-3 record with a 6.35 ERA and saw his season mark rise from 2.03 to a 3.39.

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Rangers see benefits of embracing shifts

Rangers see benefits of embracing shifts

BALTIMORE -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said it took his team about a month plus Spring Training to get comfortable with shifting the defense around, but it seems to be paying off.

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De ja vu: Rangers hit four more in Baltimore

De ja vu: Rangers hit four more in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Red-hot Mitch Moreland turned in his second consecutive two-homer game as part of a second straight Rangers four-homer night, and Texas held off Baltimore to pick up Tuesday's 8-6 win at Camden Yards.

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Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Mitch Moreland cracked a small smile as he rounded third base for the second time in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Orioles.

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Hamilton's hamstring holds up in return from DL

Outfielder still feels injury, but isn't bothered by it in 2-for-4 first game back

Hamilton's hamstring holds up in return from DL

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers reinstated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock. Hamilton batted fifth and played left field in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Orioles.

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Sent down, Gallo takes lessons back to Minors

Sent down, Gallo takes lessons back to Minors

BALTIMORE -- Joey Gallo's time in the big leagues is over for now, but he will certainly be back.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect according to MLB.com, was originally called up from Double-A Frisco on June 2 out of necessity, with Adrian Beltre going on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Gallo ended up playing 25 games with Texas, batting .218 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

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Rangers hit 4 homers -- 2 by Moreland -- in rout

Rangers hit 4 homers -- 2 by Moreland -- in rout

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers broke out of their slump in a big way, homering four times and unloading on the Orioles to pick up their second win in nine games, an 8-1 series-opening victory Monday night at Camden Yards.

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After quiet series, Moreland, Rangers power up

After quiet series, Moreland, Rangers power up

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers entered the series opener against Baltimore having lost seven of their last eight games, scoring an average of 2.9 runs per game over that span. On Monday, Texas surpassed that average with home runs alone.

The Rangers tied a season high with four homers en route to an 8-1 victory over the Orioles to push the team back to one game over .500.

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Disagreement with umpire doesn't rattle Wandy

Disagreement with umpire doesn't rattle Wandy

BALTIMORE -- Wandy Rodriguez not only ran into a little trouble with the Orioles' offense in the fifth inning of the Rangers' 8-1 win on Monday night, but also with home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck.

After giving up back-to-back singles, Rodriguez walked Nolan Reimold to load the bases with one out, but did not like the call on ball four, throwing up his hands in disgust. Hirschbeck ripped off his mask and began yelling back at Rodriguez before Rangers manager Jeff Banister came out to calm him down.

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Prince, Beltre need big push on ASG ballot

Prince, Beltre need big push on ASG ballot

As voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game nears an end, two Rangers remain in the top five at their respective positions. In the final update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Prince Fielder was third among first basemen with 2,716,049 votes. He trails the Royals' Eric Hosmer (9,150,908) and the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (11,594,518).

Fielder, a five-time All-Star, entered Monday hitting .351 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs, leading the American League in average and hits. He also leads all of baseball with 33 multi-hit games.

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Chi Chi cruises until running into trouble in 4th

Right-hander retires first 10 Blue Jays before allowing homer to Donaldson

Chi Chi cruises until running into trouble in 4th

TORONTO -- Chi Chi Gonzalez was cruising along until he left a full-count fastball over the plate in the fourth inning on Sunday. That's the pitch Josh Donaldson took over the wall in left-center field to spot the Blue Jays a lead they'd never relinquish in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers at Rogers Centre in the series finale.

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Rangers' rallies not enough in finale

Rangers' rallies not enough in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays held on for a 3-2, series-clinching victory over the Rangers at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon. Josh Donaldson homered while Jose Reyes and Devon Travis drove in runs as Toronto held on for a one-run victory despite middle-innings rallies from Texas.

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Gallardo handcuffs Blue Jays in Rangers' win

Gallardo handcuffs Blue Jays in Rangers' win

TORONTO -- Backed by three solo homers, Yovani Gallardo was nearly flawless, as he shut the down the Blue Jays and helped the Rangers snap a six-game losing skid with a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

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Gallo makes his first start in center field

Gallo makes his first start in center field

TORONTO -- Joey Gallo made his first career start in center field, as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon.

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Gallardo remains on a roll for the Rangers

Gallardo remains on a roll for the Rangers

TORONTO -- Yovani Gallardo was nearly unhittable, as the Rangers shut down one of the most potent offenses in the Majors on Saturday.

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Fielder crushes homer No. 300

Slugger, Cecil become second father-son duo in MLB with 300-plus long balls

Fielder crushes homer No. 300

TORONTO -- Prince Fielder clubbed his 300th career homer in the Rangers' series opener against the Blue Jays on Friday, but the milestone dinger was bittersweet.

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Rangers lose momentum after Fielder's HR

Rangers lose momentum after Fielder's HR

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and a solo shot and Russell Martin and Danny Valencia added solo homers as the Blue Jays walked all over right-hander Nick Martinez in a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

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Rosales pitches in to save bullpen

Infielder becomes Rangers' ninth position player to take hill

Rosales pitches in to save bullpen

TORONTO -- Until the eighth inning of the Rangers' 12-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, it'd been about a decade since Adam Rosales last pitched. But the Texas infielder was called into action with the game out of reach in the series opener, becoming the ninth position player in club history to take the mound, and the first since JP Arencibia did it in August 2014.

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Tate makes pro debut with Spokane Indians

Tate makes pro debut with Spokane Indians

First-round Draft pick Dillon Tate made his professional debut on Friday night for the Spokane Indians, the Rangers' short-season Class A affiliate.

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Gallo adjusting to Major League pitching

Rookie has 20 strikeouts in past 10 games, but Banister confident he'll find way

Gallo adjusting to Major League pitching

ARLINGTON -- In some ways, Rangers third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo is like most Major League rookies. In some ways, he's nowhere close.

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Rangers can't support Moreland, drop finale

Rangers can't support Moreland, drop finale

ARLINGTON -- A two-out rally in the seventh inning propelled the Athletics to a 6-3 win against the Rangers on Thursday and completed their three-game sweep at Globe Life Park.

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Scouting profile: Joey Gallo

Scouting profile: Joey Gallo

Background
Joey Gallo went to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. His legend grew as he hit a Nevada record 67 home runs over his four years there. Gallo hasn't stopped hitting homers since.

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Mazara, Williams headed to Futures Game

Triple-A Round Rock manager Wood to coach on U.S. team

Mazara, Williams headed to Futures Game

ARLINGTON -- Double-A Frisco outfielders Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams were selected to the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Thursday. Triple-A Round Rock manager Jason Wood will also serve as a coach on the U.S. team.

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