Hamilton gets standing ovation in return to Texas

Rangers slugger rewards crowd with double in first at-bat, adds RBI single

Hamilton gets standing ovation in return to Texas

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton returned to his old ballpark on Thursday night and hit a first-pitch double in his first at-bat. In his final at-bat of the night, he had an RBI single to keep the Rangers from getting shut out.

That was about it for the Rangers' offensive highlights, as they returned to Arlington from a 7-2 road trip and opened a seven-game homestand with a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.

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Martinez outdueled in first defeat of 2015

Righty allows three earned runs or fewer for 16th straight start, a Rangers record

Martinez outdueled in first defeat of 2015

ARLINGTON -- Nick Martinez took his first loss of the season on Thursday night. It took a superb performance by the opposing pitcher to bring his winning streak to a halt.

Martinez was pretty good, but not good enough to match Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in a 5-1 loss. Martinez is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA after 10 starts.

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Martinez, Rangers fall in Hamilton's return home

Martinez, Rangers fall in Hamilton's return home

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez made a terrific Major League debut, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez beat Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who suffered his first loss of the season. Martinez, who entered the game third in the league with a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Banister steering Rangers' turnaround

First-year manager relying on basics, clubhouse leaders

Banister steering Rangers' turnaround

When a club survives the kind of terrible start the Texas Rangers had, it typically means two things:

1. The manager has done a fabulous job holding things together.

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Steady Gallardo aims to help Rangers even series

Steady Gallardo aims to help Rangers even series

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright looks for his second career win as a starter, and Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo aims for his third win in his past four starts as Boston and Texas meet in the second game of a four-game series on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Wright got his first win as a starter on Saturday against the Angels when he allowed only two earned runs and four hits in a career-high 6 1/3 innings. Wright threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 24 batters he faced and retired 18 of his final 20.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prospect Gonzalez expected to start Saturday

Rangers option righty Klein to Triple-A Round Rock, call up infielder Alberto

Prospect Gonzalez expected to start Saturday

ARLINGTON -- Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez, the Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick from 2013, is expected to make his Major League debut on Saturday night against the Red Sox.

Gonzalez, the Rangers' No. 5 prospect, was scheduled to start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night, but he was scratched and replaced by Francisco Mendoza. Gonzalez is 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts for Round Rock. He is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his last three starts.

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Harrison close to beginning rehab assignment

Harrison close to beginning rehab assignment

ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison, who is almost a year removed from lumbar spinal fusion surgery, could celebrate that anniversary by going on a medical rehabilitation assignment next week.

Harrison made his fourth start in extended spring training on Thursday, pitching five innings against the Royals. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine. He threw 77 pitches.

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Illness won't delay Hamilton's homecoming

Rangers outfielder felt 'sick as all get out' before Thursday's return to Arlington

Illness won't delay Hamilton's homecoming

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was in the Rangers' lineup on Thursday, even though he was feeling "sick as all get out," before the game.

Hamilton said that might be a blessing in disguise as he prepared to play his first game in Arlington since being acquired by the Rangers on April 27.

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Anthony Castrovince

5 things to know about Prince's scorching start

5 things to know about Prince's scorching start

The hottest hitter on the planet has what he considers to be the best job on the planet. Prince Fielder is loving life as baseball's newest and most productive full-time designated hitter.

"You really can't complain about this job, you know?" he said. "You get to lift weights and hit!"

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers' streak snapped at 7

Rangers' streak snapped at 7

CLEVELAND -- The Indians concluded a six-game homestand in overwhelming fashion on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland used an eight-run third inning to power its way to a 12-3 rout of the Rangers, snapping Texas' seven-game winning streak in the process.

Each member of the Tribe's starting lineup scored at least one run and had at least one hit, and seven drove in at least one run in the offensive outpouring. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis finished a triple and a homer shy of a cycle, respectively, and Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher each contributed a home run in the win for Cleveland.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton has fun notching first 2015 hit

Left fielder still satisfied despite being thrown out at second, also impresses in field

Hamilton has fun notching first 2015 hit

CLEVELAND -- As Josh Hamilton ran off the field, he did so with a chuckle and a smile.

Never mind that Hamilton just got thrown out by five steps while trying to stretch a single into a double. Never mind that Hamilton's Rangers were in the midst of a 12-3 defeat Wednesday at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fielder back swinging hot bat

After frustrating season interrupted by injury, big hitter producing at plate

Fielder back swinging hot bat

CLEVELAND -- Prince Fielder was born into baseball. His father, Cecil, played 13 years in the big leagues, with young Prince tagging along in the clubhouse and during batting practice. Since before Prince could even play, baseball was ingrained into his daily life.

So when he missed 120 games following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, it put him in a position in which he'd never been in his life. It took him out of his comfort zone. Life without baseball is not a life that Fielder has ever been used to.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smolinski optioned to Triple-A; Edwards recalled

Smolinski optioned to Triple-A; Edwards recalled

CLEVELAND -- Before Wednesday afternoon's 12-3 loss to Cleveland, the Rangers made a roster move shortly before Wednesday afternoon's game in Cleveland, optioning outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock and recalling right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards.

The move gives a taxed Rangers bullpen a much-needed eighth arm. Closer Shawn Tolleson has thrown three consecutive days. Ross Ohlendorf, Keone Kela, Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers have each thrown two of the past three days. Alex Claudio threw 61 pitches on Monday. Anthony Bass tossed 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

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Back at .500, streaking Rangers not satisfied

Back at .500, streaking Rangers not satisfied

CLEVELAND -- For the second time in as many nights, the Rangers erased a late-inning deficit to secure a victory, 4-3 on Tuesday night in Cleveland. For the seventh game in a row, the Rangers have found themselves in the win column. And for the first time since the sixth game of the season, the Rangers are a .500 ballclub.

Comebacks don't happen without help from multiple parties. Seven-game winning streaks don't happen without every aspect of a team playing well. As cliché as it sounds, this Rangers club is a team that's firing on all cylinders right now.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

CLEVELAND -- The first update to the fan voting for the 86th annual All-Star Game has been announced, and the third-place Rangers have just one representative: third baseman Adrian Beltre. Fans can help change that by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Beltre ranks fifth among American League third baseman with 205,836 votes. He trails Mike Moustakas (1,261,769), Josh Donaldson (876,586), Pablo Sandoval (348,787) and Manny Machado (266,746).

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prince, Elvis rock Tribe, keep Rangers rolling

Prince, Elvis rock Tribe, keep Rangers rolling

CLEVELAND -- Something had to give when the Indians and Rangers -- two of baseball's hottest teams -- opened a three-game set on Monday at Progressive Field. Behind an outpouring of offense, Texas claimed a 10-8 victory over Cleveland to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Indians saw their season-high winning streak snapped at six.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Hamilton's return marks new chapter

Outfielder focused on both baseball and life beyond the game

Hamilton's return marks new chapter

CLEVELAND -- Memorial Day marked his proper return to the Rangers and to the game it has so often seemed he was born to play. This is a game that has sustained Josh Hamilton, and this is a team that has, in the past, given him the proper support system, the proper distractions from his demons.

But Hamilton, who turned 34 last week, knows the day is coming when he will no longer be a baseball player, no longer be a Ranger.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo continues hot streak with homer, two RBIs for RoughRiders

Texas' No. 1 prospect hits eighth homer, fourth in past seven games, for Frisco

Gallo continues hot streak with homer, two RBIs for RoughRiders

The Texas farm system was homer happy on Memorial Day.

Rangers No. 1 prospect (No. 10 overall) Joey Gallo continued his excellent month for Double-A Frisco with a two-run shot, and now has eight homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games since returning from foot surgery on April 25. The RoughRiders third baseman is currently hitting an even .330/.440./.680 and has hit four home runs in his past eight games.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas 'pen answers call, holds Tribe in check

Four relievers combine for seven strong innings in Memorial Day win

Texas 'pen answers call, holds Tribe in check

CLEVELAND -- When rookie starting pitcher Phil Klein was bounced in the third inning of Monday's eventual 10-8 Texas win after allowing seven runs, he handed the ball off to lefty Alex Claudio.

Claudio had never recorded more than five outs in a Major League relief appearance. He wound up throwing 3 1/3 innings, tossing 61 pitches in the process. If you would have asked Rangers manager Jeff Banister before the game, he'd have told you Claudio's pitch limit was around 30.

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Prince Fielder thwarts pickoff attempt, laughs

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Prince Fielder thwarts pickoff attempt, laughs

Right now there's nothing Prince Fielder can't do. After torturing the Yankees in a weeekend series to the tune of 8-for-14 with three home runs, a double, a walk and nine RBIs, Fielder and the Rangers traveled to Cleveland to set their sights on an Indians team that had won eight of their last 10 games.

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Hamilton walks, scores in return to Rangers

Hamilton walks, scores in return to Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Josh Hamilton returned to the Rangers' lineup Monday, batting fifth and playing left field. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first game in the Major Leagues since an Oct. 15, 2014 Wild Card appearance with the Angels, and his first in a Rangers uniform since an Oct. 5, 2012 Wild Card game.

A tumultuous offseason that included a reported drug and alcohol relapse and a shoulder surgery preceded and April trade that has led him back to the place where he turned his life around: Texas.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Feliz to DL; has abscess removed from side

Feliz to DL; has abscess removed from side

CLEVELAND -- The Rangers placed right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with an "axillary abscess on his right side" before Monday's game in Cleveland.

The roster move makes room for outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the 15-day DL.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers sweep Yanks, notch fifth straight win

Rangers sweep Yanks, notch fifth straight win

NEW YORK -- Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York's bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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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Jonathan Mayo

Gallo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Gallo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.