Andrus provides soundtrack to Rangers' lives

Andrus provides soundtrack to Rangers' lives

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus has turned into the Wolfman Jack of the Rangers, complete with his boom box that he takes out to the field for batting practice.

Andrus has always had a big say in what music was played in clubhouse after wins, but now his boom box is everywhere in camp. The Rangers work out to the sound of the music, and Andrus is the one who decides what's played in his role as the camp disc jockey.

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Banister credits Gallardo's work in first outing

Banister credits Gallardo's work in first outing

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- They put a pace-of-play clock in center field at Surprise Stadium. Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo didn't even notice in Wednesday's outing against the Royals.

"I had no idea," Gallardo said after pitching 1 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 13-2 loss. "I didn't see the clock in center field until I walked off the mound. I had no idea. Most of the guys aren't going to notice it. We want to go out and perform."

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Ludwick homers in Gallardo's Rangers debut

Lewis feels good despite results in first start of Spring Training

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals scored six runs in the top of the first inning off Rangers starter Coby Lewis on the way to a 13-2 win on Wednesday in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Surprise Stadium.

Lewis allowed the first six batters he faced to reach base. Alcides Escobar led off with a walk, and singles by Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain gave the Royals a 1-0 lead. Lewis then gave up three straight home runs, to Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios to make it 6-0.

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Banister, Rangers taking long look at lefty Claudio

Banister, Rangers taking long look at lefty Claudio

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have 33 pitchers in camp. Left-handed reliever Alex Claudio is the one pitcher they want to get a quick read on early this spring.

"He's a guy we want to see and are very interested in. ... Heard a lot about," manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm looking forward to seeing all of them, but a guy who throws from that side makes it more interesting."

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Rangers return reliever Olmos to Mariners

Rangers return reliever Olmos to Mariners

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have returned injured left-hander Edgar Olmos to the Mariners. Olmos was claimed off waivers at the beginning of Spring Training, but he has been unable to pitch because of an impingement in his left shoulder.

The Rangers had hoped Olmos would compete for a spot as a left-handed reliever. Olmos made five relief appearances for the Marlins in 2013, and he was claimed on waivers by the Mariners this past offseason.

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Wilson to visit Rangers' camp at end of March

Seahawks quarterback will dress for game vs. Padres, meet with Minor Leaguers

Wilson to visit Rangers' camp at end of March

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who has led his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, will make his annual visit to the Rangers' camp on March 28 when they play the Padres.

Wilson will work out with the Rangers in the morning, dress out for the game and have a group session with the Minor League players later in the day. Wilson was in camp last year as well on March 3.

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Rangers taking 'cautious approach' with Moreland

Designated hitter taking batting practice, but not running at full speed yet

Rangers taking 'cautious approach' with Moreland

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Designated hitter Mitch Moreland won't be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Rangers open their Cactus League slate against the Royals.

Moreland is healthy, but the Rangers want to be cautious as he comes back from reconstructive surgery on his left ankle. He did not play after June 7 and ended up playing in 52 games overall.

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Peguero powerful outfield candidate for Rangers

Peguero powerful outfield candidate for Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Nelson Cruz is one of the best power hitters in the game. But he didn't earn that distinction until after he turned 28. Born July 1, 1980, his breakout season came in 2009, when Cruz hit 33 home runs.

Now the Rangers have outfielder Carlos Peguero in camp on a Minor League contract. Peguero, who turned 28 on Feb. 22, was once a big-time power prospect for the Mariners who has yet to establish himself in the big leagues. Adrian Beltre was with the Mariners when Peguero was still in the lower Minor League levels and remembers him.

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Lewis excited to make Cactus League debut

Now healthy, right-hander is looking to stay course with Rangers

Lewis excited to make Cactus League debut

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis may be one of those guys they have to drag off the field when his time is up. He doesn't expect that to happen anytime soon.

"I don't have that many innings compared to other pitchers because I have been hurt so much," Lewis said. "So I haven't shot as many bullets as others. I'm still having fun doing this. If they say I'm not able to perform, I'll go home. But until then, I'll stay around and have fun. I've made it clear where I want to be."

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Ludwick back on familiar ground with Rangers

Ludwick back on familiar ground with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ryan Ludwick scans the Rangers clubhouse from his corner locker with a half chuckle. The laugh contains a lot of reminiscing, but also a tinge of realization at his age.

"A lot of familiar faces," the outfielder said. "I can go around the room and pick out certain people, but I've played with or against nearly everybody in here."

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Nick Krueger is a senior majoring in journalism at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prince says 'everything is smooth' with swing

Rangers slugger missed most of 2014 season due to neck injury

Prince says 'everything is smooth' with swing

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Morning rain canceled the Rangers' planned intrasquad game for Monday, but that didn't impact Prince Fielder. He and Adrian Beltre were among those who were going to pass on the fraternal competition and wait until the Cactus League begins.

That means Wednesday against the Royals is the target date for Fielder to play in his first game since May 16. At that point, the Rangers will start getting a real measure for where Fielder is at offensively in his return from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

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Andrus limited due to soreness in left knee

General manager Daniels says injury is 'not considered significant'

Andrus limited due to soreness in left knee

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is dealing with some soreness in his left knee, and he was limited in his workouts on Monday.

Actually, everybody was limited in their workouts because of the morning rain sweeping through the Phoenix area. That made it seem unlikely the Rangers would be able to hold their second intrasquad game, but Andrus wasn't going to play anyway.

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Rangers briefed on pace-of-play initiatives

Holland not a fan of speeding up game; MLBPA executive director Clark leads meeting

Rangers briefed on pace-of-play initiatives

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers players were briefed on a number of topics Monday by representatives of the Players Association, and pace of play was among them.

The Rangers are tepid at best at the proposals being put forth.

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Detwiler attempts to restart career with Rangers

After ending Nats tenure in bullpen, lefty vying for rotation spot with new club

Detwiler attempts to restart career with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ross Detwiler, having survived multiple mandatory delivery overhauls as well as hip surgery, was at his best with the Nationals on Oct. 11, 2012.

He was on the mound in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals because the Nationals had shut down Stephen Strasburg for the season. But it's doubtful that even Strasburg could have pitched better that day at Nationals Park with his team trailing 2-1 in the series.

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Holland scratched from intrasquad game

Rangers not alarmed at lefty's 'normal spring soreness'

Holland scratched from intrasquad game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland has been scratched from Sunday's intrasquad game because of what the Rangers said was normal Spring Training soreness in his left shoulder.

"There are no alarm bells," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He had it a couple of years ago. It's normal spring soreness for a pitcher. He wants to throw, but we took it away from him. We're going to push him back a day or two."

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Banister shares message of fan battling cancer

Rangers manager spoke with high school pitcher Reese, who was recently diagnosed with disease

Banister shares message of fan battling cancer

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister had a moving message for his team on Sunday. It came from Walker Reese, an 18-year-old high school pitcher in Lake Travis, Texas, who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Banister, who had to overcome his own battle with bone cancer when he was 16, spoke with Reese on Saturday night.

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Darvish on 2014 season: 'I never quit the team'

Right-hander was shut down in August last year due to inflammation in elbow

Darvish on 2014 season: 'I never quit the team'

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yu Darvish pitched one scoreless inning during the Rangers' intrasquad game on Sunday.

After retiring three straight hitters, two on strikeouts, Darvish held a rare news conference in English. He addressed a question about accusations that he quit on the team last season by missing the final seven weeks with mild inflammation in his right elbow.

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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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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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