Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- The Rangers pounced on Scott Feldman for four runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Prince Fielder and a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero and rode the pitching of Wandy Rodriguez to win consecutive games for the first time this season with a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Rodriguez, who pitched for the Astros from 2005-12, picked up his first Major League win since May 26, 2013, for the Pirates against the Brewers. The lefty threw eight innings and sent down his final 19 batters in a row starting when Jose Altuve grounded out with the bases loaded for the final out in the second inning.

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Odor stays confident despite struggles

Rangers second baseman spent day out of the lineup working on hitting

Odor stays confident despite struggles

HOUSTON -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor said his confidence is still strong despite taking a .146 batting average into Tuesday's game with the Astros.

The Rangers are sticking with him for now, and Odor was back in the lineup on Tuesday after getting Monday night off. Odor used the time to get extra work with hitting coaches Dave Magadan and Bobby Jones.

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Moreland resumes activities following surgery

Rangers first baseman plays catch, takes swings off a batting tee

Moreland resumes activities following surgery

HOUSTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was able to play catch at 75 feet and take 25 swings off a batting tee on Tuesday, less than a week after undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from his left elbow.

Moreland is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday and there is a good possibility that could happen. The Rangers will want him to play at least a couple of games on a rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues, but that could happen later this week or early next week.

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Lewis has history of success vs. Astros

Lewis has history of success vs. Astros

Samuel Deduno's versatility has been big for the Astros, and they will be counting on him again when he faces Colby Lewis and the Rangers on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

This will be Deduno's second start since coming out of the bullpen, holding down a spot that will likely be given to Brett Oberholtzer when he comes out the disabled list later this month. Deduno took over for Asher Wojciechowski and started against the Mariners on May 1, allowing one run in four innings while throwing 61 pitches.

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Martin held out due to left wrist sprain

Rangers outfielder could be available to pinch-run or play defense

Martin held out due to left wrist sprain

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Leonys Martin was out of the lineup on Tuesday while dealing with a sprained left wrist. He might be able to pinch-run or play defense if needed, but the Rangers don't want to push him back into the lineup.

"I didn't have him in the lineup to begin with," manager Jeff Banister said. "I felt he was going to be sore. We'll have him ready for baserunning and defense and see what the capability is for hitting as we go along."

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Detwiler keeps Rangers in position to rally

Lefty duels with Astros' Keuchel before Texas pulls ahead late

Detwiler keeps Rangers in position to rally

HOUSTON -- Rangers starter Ross Detwiler did not get credit for the victory on Monday night. But his teammates, after seven innings of serious frustration, finally came through on offense with some clutch hits and kept Detwiler's terrific outing from going to waste.

The Rangers, trailing 1-0 going into the eighth, tied it on an RBI single by Jake Smolinski and then went ahead in the ninth on Robinson Chirinos' sacrifice fly for a 2-1 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Rookie reliever Keone Kela earned his second victory and Neftali Feliz set down the side in order in the ninth for his third save of the season. It was his first save since April 17.

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Rangers claim lefty Kickham from Mariners

Pitcher optioned to Triple-A Round Rock; Rua transferred to 60-day DL

Rangers claim lefty Kickham from Mariners

The Rangers have acquired left-hander Mike Kickham on a waiver claim from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, Texas transferred outfielder Ryan Rua from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Kickham, 26, was designated for assignment by Seattle on Monday, and he was on option to Triple-A Tacoma. He was 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA in five starts there this season.

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Rangers snap Astros' 10-game winning streak

Rangers snap Astros' 10-game winning streak

HOUSTON -- Robinson Chirinos scored Adrian Beltre on a sacrifice fly to center field in the ninth inning that broke a tie and sent the Rangers to a 2-1 win Monday night at Minute Maid Park, breaking the Astros' 10-game winning streak. It was their first loss of the season in any game in which they had the lead.

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel carried a shutout into the eighth inning before giving up an RBI single to Jake Smolinski, who scored Delino DeShields from second base shortly after DeShields stole second base on a pitch in the dirt. Keuchel held the Rangers to five hits and one run while striking out eight in eight innings for his 13th consecutive quality start.

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Hamilton works on timing in extended spring

Slugger went 0-for-4 in first action since being reacquired by Rangers

Hamilton works on timing in extended spring

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's become a question of timing for Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. How long will it take for him to be ready to join the big league club, and when is it going to happen?

On Monday, Hamilton went 0-for-4 with three hard ground balls to first base and a strikeout in his first extended spring game action since joining the Rangers. The veteran is on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from right shoulder surgery on Feb. 4.

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Rangers option Mendez, call up Patton

GM Daniels believes he could have done a better job building bullpen

Rangers option Mendez, call up Patton

HOUSTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels admitted the one thing he could have done better this offseason was put together a stronger bullpen. The Rangers were counting on a number of young arms to have an impact out of the bullpen, but that hasn't happened.

"We didn't spend much on the bullpen, and that was by design and by function of what we spent in the past. The decisions I made in the past," Daniels said. "We were relying on young arms stepping up bigger, but the bullpen has been hit and miss. That is one area I look at where I could have done a better job of providing some weapons."

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GM Daniels expects better from Rangers

GM Daniels expects better from Rangers

HOUSTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is unhappy with the way his team has started the season, and he strongly suggested that more changes could be coming if things don't turn around quickly.

Daniels refused to term his team as heading into what is traditionally known as a "seller" when it comes to the in-season trade approach. But the Rangers' season is starting off similar to 2007, when the team struggled under a new manager.

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Rangers can't find clutch hit in frustrating loss

Rangers can't find clutch hit in frustrating loss

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had their chances.

They were only retired in order once and had multiple baserunners in six innings. But, after going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and leaving 14 men on base, the Rangers fell to the A's, 7-1, in Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

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Gallardo's solid outing not enough vs. A's

Gallardo's solid outing not enough vs. A's

ARLINGTON -- A's catcher Stephen Vogt hit a pair of home runs, driving in four runs in support of battery mate Sonny Gray, who compiled 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 7-1 series-clinching win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.

Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick also homered, launching a two-run shot to center field in the ninth for his second hit of the day, with his career-high hitting streak extending to 11 games. He's 19-for-38 in that span.

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Darvish progressing through rehab process

Darvish progressing through rehab process

ARLINGTON -- Other than the obvious fact that he can't pitch this year, there are other drawbacks to Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Darvish, who wants to become an American citizen while recovering from the operation, says his English has suffered as a result of his injury and not being around the team.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Odor's walk-off single lifts Rangers in 10

Odor's walk-off single lifts Rangers in 10

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo homered and doubled in game-changing innings for the Rangers, who got a walk-off base hit from Rougned Odor against A's reliever R.J. Alvarez in the 10th inning for an 8-7 Texas victory at Globe Life Park on Saturday night to even this series.

Choo opened the 10th with a double off right-hander Ryan Cook, who proceeded to walk each of his next two batters. That prompted A's manager Bob Melvin to bring in Alvarez -- recalled earlier in the day -- with none out to face Odor, who delivered the game-winning hit off the glove of shortstop Marcus Semien.

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Choo comes alive in Rangers' 10-inning win

Choo comes alive in Rangers' 10-inning win

ARLINGTON -- Somehow, in the midst of a 2-for-39 slump, Shin-Soo Choo managed to maintain his confidence during Saturday's game against the A's.

"That's baseball. You can't control that," Choo said. "Sometimes I hit the ball hard and sometimes I don't hit it well. I just tell myself to think positive."

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Blanks' four-hit game helps Rangers end skid

Blanks' four-hit game helps Rangers end skid

ARLINGTON -- Two weeks ago, Kyle Blanks was a Triple-A first baseman hitting .115 playing for his third organization in two years.

Now, he's a big league first baseman -- one who played a crucial part in helping the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak with an 8-7 comeback win over the A's on Saturday at Globe Life Park. Blanks tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with his second home run in as many nights and three RBIs.

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Hamilton continues to progress in Arizona

Hamilton continues to progress in Arizona

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton took live batting practice and shagged balls in the outfield at the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. on Saturday. A five-time All-Star with the Rangers from 2008-12, the recently acquired Hamilton is currently on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from right shoulder surgery.

Hamilton took live batting practice off right-hander Kohsuke Tomita and left-hander Matt Harrison, who is working to return from spinal fusion surgery he underwent last June. General manager Jon Daniels said when Hamilton was acquired from the Angels on April 27 that he hoped Hamilton would make his season debut in mid to late May.

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Banister uses same lineup for first time

Banister uses same lineup for first time

ARLINGTON -- Encouraged by the Rangers' offensive performance in Friday's 7-5 loss to the A's, the Rangers used the same lineup in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Rangers had used a different lineup in each of their first 22 games, the longest such streak in the Majors.

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Andrus, Rangers join PLAY campaign

Andrus, Rangers join PLAY campaign

ARLINGTON -- When Elvis Andrus looked around at his first Spring Training as a teenager, the slender shortstop wondered how he'd ever make it to the Majors.

"This is going to be hard," Andrus thought to himself. "How am I going to get to the big leagues? Everybody is so big. They have these muscles everywhere and I'm so skinny."

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Bullpen badgered in game-changing inning

Check-swing call before Lawrie's go-ahead hit riles up Rangers' dugout

Bullpen badgered in game-changing inning

ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz thought he had struck out Brett Lawrie to end the eighth inning and cut short the Athletics' game-winning rally. After the game was over, Feliz checked the video.

"He swung and missed," Feliz said.

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Big inning deflates Rangers' early outburst

Big inning deflates Rangers' early outburst

ARLINGTON -- The Athletics scored seven runs in the eighth inning and rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

The Rangers led 5-0 going into the eighth after getting six innings from starter Colby Lewis and one from reliever Alex Claudio. But Mark Canha led off the inning with his third home run of the season to get the Athletics started against Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson.

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Lewis' brilliant outing goes unrewarded

Power surge backs starter's 6 shutout innings before bullpen's collapse

Lewis' brilliant outing goes unrewarded

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis was outstanding for six scoreless innings. The offense delivered two home runs in a game for only the fourth time in 22 games, and the six extra-base hits were a season high.

All those wonderful things by the Rangers were wasted when the Athletics scored seven runs in the eighth inning of a 7-5 stunner on Friday night. The seven runs came against relievers Shawn Tolleson, Roman Mendez and Neftali Feliz, and the Rangers have now lost four in a row.

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Choo aims to get bat going after 2-game break

Rangers' right fielder posted club record-low batting average for April

Choo aims to get bat going after 2-game break

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo's sabbatical lasted just two games. He was back in the Rangers' lineup Friday night after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday against the Mariners.

Manager Jeff Banister wanted to get Choo a couple of days off to help get him together offensively. Choo hit .096 in April, the second-lowest average among qualifying hitters in the Major Leagues.

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Rangers increase pregame focus on defense

New routine aims to complete glove work before batting practice begins

Rangers increase pregame focus on defense

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have adjusted their pregame routine to emphasize defense. They are going through 15 minutes of concentrated defensive work before beginning batting practice.

Most teams do their defensive work during batting practice. While one group of players is hitting, the others are routinely taking grounders in the infield or fly balls in the outfield.

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