Cashner looks to continue strong July vs. O's

Cashner looks to continue strong July vs. O's

After a four-game sweep of the Rangers in Baltimore last week, the Orioles head to Arlington for a three-game weekend set.

The O's scored 34 runs in the series against Texas at Camden Yards, with Jonathan Schoop driving in nine of them. The effort of Baltimore's All-Star second baseman in the series helped him win his first American League Player of the Week Award.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in Tampa and covered the Orioles on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In hallowed Hall, Pudge will join select group

Rodriguez points to durability as one reason he'll be just 16th catcher enshrined

In hallowed Hall, Pudge will join select group

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- What was it? Fifteen, 20 years ago? The Rangers were training in Port Charlotte, Fla., and they had played a game that afternoon. Now, it was six in the evening and all of the Rangers' players had gone home.

Except … Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. He and his personal trainer were spotted jogging out behind the complex amid the banyan trees and alligator ponds. His day was not over.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Beltre's approach to 3,000 no surprise

Those who know Texas' star third baseman offer insight into the player on, off the field

Beltre's approach to 3,000 no surprise

Some days, Adrian Beltre is acutely aware of how close he is to becoming the 31st member of one of baseball's most illustrious fraternities. He can see the titanic silhouette of that number, "3,000," on the horizon, growing larger and nearer as he inches closer. But other days, he doesn't know how many hits he needs, or otherwise doesn't care.

If anything, the veteran has said he wants to get it over with. That's just how he operates, and it's not a surprise to anybody who's been around him long enough. But the mystique of Beltre is that despite that, he embodies so many different personas to the scores of people that have played with or against him, and to the lucky few who have had the opportunity to manage him. To understand what Beltre means to those around him, you just have to know him.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers 'confident' in finding deal for Darvish

Rangers 'confident' in finding deal for Darvish

The Yu Darvish Sweepstakes is officially underway.

A source confirmed to MLB.com that the Rangers have notified teams around the Majors that they plan to trade their ace by Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Texas has already started speaking with interested clubs and has been exchanging names for potential deals.

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Mark Feinsand, executive reporter for MLB.com, has covered the Yankees and MLB since 2001 for the New York Daily News and MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Was Beltre's on-deck display worth ejection?

Veteran shouldn't be behind home plate, but compromise can be reached

Was Beltre's on-deck display worth ejection?

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is absolutely right that the on-deck circle can be a dangerous place to be. Players have gotten injured there. Juan Encarnacion comes to mind. Butch Wynegar, too.

Beltre said he has gotten smoked a time or two over the years, and he had a few other close calls. Because of those incidents, he prefers to stand almost directly behind home plate.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

As Hall calls Pudge, Beltre continues 3K quest

As Hall calls Pudge, Beltre continues 3K quest

ARLINGTON -- This is a huge week for two Rangers icons. Ivan Rodriguez is being inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday and Adrian Beltre is approaching 3,000 career hits.

Beltre needs four hits to reach 3,000 going into the Rangers' weekend series against the Orioles. Since Texas has a day game on Sunday and the induction ceremony is that afternoon, there is a possibility that Beltre could get his landmark hit at the same time Rodriguez is giving his induction speech in Cooperstown.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Ryan happy to be on hand for Bagwell, Pudge

Ryan happy to be on hand for Bagwell, Pudge

PHILADELPHIA -- It takes a special circumstance for Nolan Ryan to attend a National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Sunday certainly qualifies. Ryan will travel to Cooperstown, N.Y., on Friday to watch his former Rangers teammate Ivan Rodriguez and Astros slugger Jeff Bagwell get inducted on Sunday.

Ryan left the Astros for the Rangers in 1989 at 42 years old, and he played his final five seasons in Arlington, where he helped break in a young catcher with a cannon arm in Rodriguez. Ryan watched Bagwell's entire career with the Astros, the team with which Ryan spent nine of his 27 playing years and with which he now works in the front office in an advisory role.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre edges closer to 3,000, but Yu rocked

Beltre edges closer to 3,000, but Yu rocked

ARLINGTON -- On a night where Adrian Beltre was chasing history, the Marlins carved out a bit of history for themselves. Miami unloaded on Rangers starter Yu Darvish early, and the Marlins cruised to a record-setting 22-10 victory on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park for their fourth win in their last six games.

The 22 runs are the most in Marlins history, eclipsing the previous franchise high of 20 that was set against the Braves on July 1, 2003.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington and covered the Rangers on Wednesday.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Jurado goes seven strong for Frisco

Jurado goes seven strong for Frisco

Ryan McMahon continues to impress, racking up hits at a rapid rate for Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies' No. 3 prospect (No. 66 overall) put together his fourth straight multi-hit effort as he led the Isotopes to a 9-5 win over Omaha on Thursday night.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yu has career-worst outing before Deadline

Yu has career-worst outing before Deadline

ARLINGTON -- Yu Darvish has been at the center of trade rumors for a while now, but he was able to put them out of his mind before Wednesday's 22-10 loss to the Marlins at Globe Life Park.

Darvish said he'd thought about everything the day before, but he blocked it out and focused only on pitching on the day of his start. What resulted was what is likely Darvish's worst start of his career.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre moved the on-deck circle, was ejected

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Beltre moved the on-deck circle, was ejected

Adrian Beltre was hot. He had already hit three extra-base hits, including a homer, and was four hits away from history as he closed in on 3,000 career hits. But in the eighth inning of Wednesday's Marlins-Rangers game, he didn't get a chance to get any closer.

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Gomez drives in 2 after initially getting day off

Outfielder dealing with soreness in left side

Gomez drives in 2 after initially getting day off

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez has been playing with some soreness in his left side, which is why he was originally given a day off on Wednesday. He pinch-hit in the sixth inning and took over in center during a 22-10 loss to the Marlins at Globe Life Park.

Gomez produced a sacrifice fly before coming in to play defense for Drew Robinson. He also drew a walk and a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Barring move, Yu starts Tuesday post-Deadline

Barring move, Yu starts Tuesday post-Deadline

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are going to give Yu Darvish an extra day of rest before his next start.

That is, if they don't trade him before his next start, which remains the biggest mystery surrounding the Rangers five days before the 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Seise hits first professional homer

Seise hits first professional homer

Jose Siri extended his hitting streak to 31 games, the longest in the Minor Leagues this season, on Wednesday, and he did so in style, hitting a pair of home runs and going 3-for-4 with four RBIs for Class A Dayton.

Siri, the Reds' No. 24 prospect, extended his streak on the game's first pitch, turning on a fastball to left field for a leadoff home run. He added three-run shot in the seventh inning, as well as a double in the ninth, though it wasn't enough to keep the Dragons from dropping the contest to Lansing, 11-7.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo (2 HRs) leads Rangers' offensive breakout

Gallo (2 HRs) leads Rangers' offensive breakout

ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo started in left field for only the second time this season for the Rangers in their 10-4 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.

He was reminded that there are drawbacks to playing the position, especially with the Rangers' dugout being on the first-base side of Globe Life Park.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Rangers ride 4 HRs to big win over Marlins

Rangers ride 4 HRs to big win over Marlins

ARLINGTON -- After being shut out in back-to-back games at home, the Rangers' offense erupted on Tuesday. They launched four home runs, including two from Joey Gallo, and Cole Hamels held Miami at bay to give Texas a 10-4 win on Tuesday at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won four of their last five games and are 3 1/2 games out of the American League Wild Card, as both New York and Kansas City picked up wins on Tuesday as well.

Miami struck first on an RBI double by Christian Yelich in the opening inning, but Gallo launched the first of his two homers in the third to give the Rangers a lead they didn't relinquish. Hamels threw six innings and allowed four runs on six hits to earn the win, while Matt Bush, Keone Kela and Jason Grilli each worked a scoreless inning to preserve the win. Texas has won 23 of Hamels' 28 starts at home since he was acquired in 2015.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas who covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Fan spills drink trying to make catch on foul

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Fan spills drink trying to make catch on foul

It was an excellent day for the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday, as they put double-digit runs on the board against the Marlins en route to a 10-4 victory. One of their fans, however, had to endure a bit of a hiccup.

In the top of the second, Adrian Beltre fouled off a pitch from Dan Straily down the right-field line. The fan sitting closest to where it was sure to land had a dilemma since he was holding a drink. It didn't go well.

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Sources: Rockies interested in Lucroy

Colorado eyeing upgrades at catcher; Griffin may return for Ross; Andrus given award

Sources: Rockies interested in Lucroy

ARLINGTON -- The Rockies have expressed interest in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to Major League sources. A trade is not imminent, but the Rockies are looking to upgrade their catching as Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

MLB.com's Thomas Harding is also reporting the Rockies have interest in Alex Avila of the Tigers and Kurt Suzuki of the Braves.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Taveras lands at 32 on Top 100 Prospects list

Taveras lands at 32 on Top 100 Prospects list

ARLINGTON -- Class A Hickory outfielder Leody Taveras is the Rangers' lone representative on MLB Pipeline's mid-season Top 100 Prospects List. Taveras, who is just 18, is ranked No. 32.

Taveras, a switch-hitter, has played in 96 games for Hickory and is hitting .251 with 50 runs scored, six home runs, 39 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has a .303 on-base percentage and a .360 slugging percentage.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Rangers lacking consistency at the plate

Beltre's four hits put him 7 from 3,000, but offense sputters

Rangers lacking consistency at the plate

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre had four more hits on his way to 3,000 for his career. But the Rangers couldn't get one with runners in scoring position and in their shutout loss to the Marlins, 4-0, on Monday night.

Beltre needs just seven more hits to become the 31st player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits for his career.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Texas can't pick up Beltre (4 hits), Perez in loss

Texas can't pick up Beltre (4 hits), Perez in loss

ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Adam Conley pitched seven scoreless innings in his second start since returning from the Minor Leagues and the Marlins went on for a 4-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

Giancarlo Stanton supported Conley with a pair of home runs, the seventh time he has hit two in a game this season and the 25th multi-homer game of his career. He has 32 homers for the season, the most in the National League, and 11 of those have come in July.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Sources: Rangers leaning toward keeping Yu

Sources: Rangers leaning toward keeping Yu

ARLINGTON -- There is a week to go before next Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline and the needle is swinging back toward Yu Darvish remaining with the Rangers.

The needle seems to swing with every trade rumor and tweet that emerges, but Major League sources indicated Monday the Rangers were strongly leaning toward not trading Darvish unless they are overwhelmed by an offer or their postseason hopes crash with another losing streak this week.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Ichiro discusses Beltre's march to history

Ichiro discusses Beltre's march to history

ARLINGTON -- Ichiro Suzuki is all too familiar with the pursuit. Last August, the fanfare and large Japanese-media following swarmed the Marlins' outfielder in his quest to reach 3,000 hits.

Ichiro became the 30th player in MLB history to reach the milestone, achieving the feat with a triple on Aug. 7, 2016, at Colorado. For the next three days, the 43-year-old will observe the player destined to become the 31st on the exclusive list.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Diekman on track to face hitters next week

Lefty has been out since Spring; Chirinos avoids DL; Mazara dropped to eighth

Diekman on track to face hitters next week

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have said they're looking into left-handed relief help as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, but they're going to be getting one fairly soon without having to make a deal. Jake Diekman, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since Feb. 14 after having a pair of surgeries to correct his ulcerative colitis, is on track to begin ramping up his workload as he progresses toward an eventual return to the bullpen.

Diekman said on Monday that he's aiming to throw to live batters "hopefully by the end of this homestand." The Rangers play nine games in 10 days with an off-day on Thursday after they wrap up a three-game series with the Marlins.

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL

Texas recalls catcher Nicholas in corresponding move

Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers on Monday placed pitcher Tyson Ross on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger and recalled catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas needed the extra catcher because Robinson Chirinos is dealing with a sprained left ankle. The Rangers are not ready to put him on the disabled list, but he is doubtful for Monday's game against the Marlins.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

X-rays negative on Chirinos' sprained ankle

Catcher replaced in fifth following fourth-inning collision at home plate; return timetable TBD

X-rays negative on Chirinos' sprained ankle

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos exited Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Rays with a left ankle sprain in the half-inning following his collision at the plate with Adeiny Hechavarria. Precautionary X-rays came back negative.

With runners on second and third and one out in the fourth inning, and the Rays holding a 4-2 lead at the time, Jesus Sucre hit a grounder to second. Rougned Odor threw home to nab the advancing Hechavarria, who crashed into Chirinos on his way toward the plate.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Odor, Gomez deliver to cap sweep of Rays

Odor, Gomez deliver to cap sweep of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Back-to-back home runs from Rougned Odor, his second of the day, and Carlos Gomez helped the Rangers erase a three-run deficit to take a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Rays got a rally going in the ninth when they had runners on first and second with two outs and Steven Souza Jr. hitting. But Jose Leclerc struck him out to end the threat, and the game.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Rangers on Sunday.

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Banister: Versatile Claudio not official closer

Banister: Versatile Claudio not official closer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Claudio has pitched more innings since the second half began than any other Rangers reliever. He's finished four games in the process, picking up three saves and a win.

The recent uptick in high-leverage work for Claudio, however, is no reason to go labeling Claudio the "closer," manager Jeff Banister said. He holds the rest of his bullpen to an equal standard.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.