Rangers place Gallo on 7-day concussion DL

Bush also on 10-day DL after players collided on Sunday

Rangers place Gallo on 7-day concussion DL

ANAHEIM -- Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, who entered Tuesday leading the team and tied for second in the American League with 35 home runs, was placed on the 7-day concussion list.

Phil Gosselin was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on the roster.

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Rangers ride Beltre, Hamels, rise in WC race

Rangers ride Beltre, Hamels, rise in WC race

ANAHEIM -- Adrian Beltre crushed a three-run home run and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings as the Rangers defeated the Angels, 5-3, in Monday night's series opener at Angel Stadium to tighten the American League Wild Card race.

With the win, the Rangers (62-62) pulled within two games of the Twins for the second Wild Card spot and knocked the Angels a half-game behind Minnesota in the standings. Entering Monday, the Angels (64-61) had held a Wild Card spot since Aug. 12.

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Griffin's Players Weekend name hair-raising

When in Rome: 'Sweet Lettuce' points to pitcher's golden locks Aug. 25-27

Griffin's Players Weekend name hair-raising

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin used to listen to "The Jim Rome Show" a lot, and one of the terms Rome used was "lettuce."

"That's their word for hair," Griffin said.

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10 years ago, Rangers set a record with 30 runs

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10 years ago, Rangers set a record with 30 runs

Ten years ago today, the Rangers couldn't stop scoring runs. Their 30-3 victory over the Orioles set the record for most runs scored in the modern game and was the most since the Chicago Colts defeated the Louisville Colonels, 36-7, on June 29, 1897. As you may have noticed, those two teams don't exist anymore.

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Steely pigeon doesn't flinch on Odor grounder

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Steely pigeon doesn't flinch on Odor grounder

Less than four weeks after the Nationals introduced us to the Rally Pigeon -- a bird unfazed by all manner of flying projectiles -- a similarly chill pigeon took up residence at Angel Stadium in the fourth inning of Monday night's Rangers-Angels game. Despite the valiant efforts of first-base umpire Gary Cederstrom to find the pigeon safe harbor, it remained in the infield.

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Claudio comes through to open trip with win

Rangers closer navigates jams, thwarts Angels' late threat

Claudio comes through to open trip with win

Rangers starter Cole Hamels earned his ninth win in 10 decisions this year by holding the Angels to two runs in seven innings on Monday night. Hamels needed just 92 pitches in the Rangers' 5-3 victory in the first of a four-game series at Angel Stadium.

Hamels just needed Jose Leclerc and Alex Claudio to close out the final two innings and that's where it got quite tricky. Leclerc and Claudio needed 59 pitches -- 33 less than Hamels -- while allowing one run, two hits and four walks.

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Rangers place Bush on DL with right knee injury

Gosselin optioned; Gardewine, Rua called up

Rangers place Bush on DL with right knee injury

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers placed pitcher Matt Bush on the disabled list Monday with a sprained MCL in his right knee, and they called up reliever Nick Gardewine from Double-A Frisco.

Texas also called up infielder Ryan Rua from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned Phil Gosselin. The Rangers brought back Rua because Joey Gallo was still in concussion protocol and was not with the team in Anaheim.

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Gardewine 'along for the ride' after first callup

Rangers add righty to 'pen after placing Bush on DL

Gardewine 'along for the ride' after first callup

ANAHEIM -- Right-hander Nick Gardewine thought he might had been in trouble when Double-A Frisco pitching coach Brian Shouse summoned him to manager Joe Mikulik's office following the team's game Sunday.

Instead, Gardewine, who turned 24 last Tuesday, was getting his first Major League callup.

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Inbox: What's Texas' plan for expanded roster?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers questions from Rangers fans

Inbox: What's Texas' plan for expanded roster?

With the Rangers hanging around in the American League Wild Card race, do you think we will see any September callups get significant playing time?
-- Brady R. Waco, Texas

No, not unless there is a significant injury. Drew Robinson and Brett Nicholas are already on the big league roster, so as long as the Rangers are in AL Wild Card contention, the September callups will likely be for depth.

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Beltre eyes strong stretch run in WC chase

Beltre eyes strong stretch run in WC chase

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have had their fun at Globe Life Park with a successful 10-game homestand. Now the pennant race intensifies, as the Rangers' remaining schedule is packed with head-to-head series against other clubs contending in the American League Wild Card race.

As of Monday morning, the Rangers will have 39 games left in the season, and 20 of them are against teams in the AL Wild Card hunt. The Rangers have 10 left with the Angels, seven against the Mariners and three against the Yankees. They open a four-game series with the Angels on Monday in Anaheim.

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Odor hits late HR, but Texas falls in finale

Odor hits late HR, but Texas falls in finale

ARLINGTON -- Miguel Gonzalez pitched six scoreless innings in the Texas afternoon heat as the White Sox earned a split of a four-game series with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday at Globe Life Park. The loss dropped the Rangers to 2 1/2 games behind the Angels and the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Gonzalez, with a game-time temperature of 97 degrees, pitched out of some tough jams in the second, third and fourth innings, while keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard by holding them 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Texas, one day after scoring 17 runs in a win, had the bases loaded and one out twice against Gonzalez and didn't score.

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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.

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2 Rangers make Pipeline Team of the Week

2 Rangers make Pipeline 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.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (Aug. 14 - 20) features a trio of Blue Jays, including 18-year-old phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who, somewhat surprisingly, is earning PTOW honors for the first time this season, and the same goes for fellow Blue Jays prospects shortstop Kevin Smith and right-handed reliever Zach Jackson.

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Rangers hope for more consistency from Odor

Marinez, Gosselin reunited with Rangers; Choo gets day off Sunday

Rangers hope for more consistency from Odor

ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor had a night to remember against the White Sox on Saturday, crushing a pair of homers and matching a career high with 5 RBIs. That game is an example of the highs that comes with some of Odor's lows.

The Rangers' second baseman followed his big night on Saturday with another home run, his 27th, in the ninth inning of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

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Cowboy art: Photo of Beltre belongs in museum

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Cowboy art: Photo of Beltre belongs in museum

After a tough 3-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday, the Rangers were headed to Anaheim for a big four-game set against the Angels. To get extra motivation, the Rangers decided to channel some state pride -- donning Texas flag blazers, jeans, cowboy hats and western-style belt buckles. They were "Texans" and they were looking fantastic.

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Cody fires seven scoreless frames

Cody fires seven scoreless frames

Yankees prospects Miguel Andujar and Domingo German led Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 3-0 win over Durham with a pair of strong performances on Sunday.

Andujar, the Yankees' No. 6 prospect, extended his hitting streak to six games and drove in two of the RailRiders' three runs. The 22-year-old, who finished 3-for-4, hit a solo homer in the sixth and then added an RBI double in the eighth, which brought his average up to .326 through 45 games at the Triple-A level.

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Rangers hit three 3-run homers, pound Sox

Rangers hit three 3-run homers, pound Sox

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were rough on White Sox starter Derek Holland in his homecoming, even though they were kind enough to spot him a 5-0 lead before he took the mound.

The Rangers pounded their former teammate with seven runs in 2 2/3 innings on their way to a 17-7 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers hit four home runs, including two by Rougned Odor, on their way to their 11th win in their last 16 games. They are 1 1/2 games behind the Twins and Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Odor's 2 homers, 5 RBIs fuel comeback

Resurgent Rangers put up gaudy numbers vs. White Sox

Odor's 2 homers, 5 RBIs fuel comeback

ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor recalled the first time he faced former teammate Derek Holland. He said that during his first at-bat against the lefty, when the Rangers played in Chicago earlier this year, he had to avoid looking Holland in the face because he'd end up laughing.

Odor certainly got the last laugh Saturday. He hit two homers in the Rangers' 17-7 win, but his first one shifted the momentum of the game. The White Sox jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, and Odor's three-run shot in the third inning completed the comeback from the largest deficit the Rangers have had to erase this season.

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Gomez placed on DL with shoulder ailment

Infielder Gosselin called up from Round Rock

Gomez placed on DL with shoulder ailment

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the disabled list because of the cyst in the back of his right shoulder and have called up infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gomez developed the cyst last Sunday and had a procedure Friday to have it cleaned out. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 16 and will be eligible to come off Aug. 26 in Oakland.

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DeShields benefits from playing every day

Improvement at plate, outstanding defense help Texas OF make case

DeShields benefits from playing every day

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have not slowed down with Carlos Gomez sidelined with a cyst behind his right shoulder.

Instead they have been full-speed ahead with Delino DeShields once again showing what he can do when playing every day. DeShields went into Saturday's game with the White Sox hitting .323 with a .432 on-base percentage in his last nine games.

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Lack of timely hits costs Rangers vs. White Sox

Lack of timely hits costs Rangers vs. White Sox

ARLINGTON -- Nicky Delmonico's second home run of the night -- this one an inside-the-park shot -- in the eighth inning lifted the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Friday night. The loss dropped the Rangers to 1 1/2 games behind the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot.

The score was 3-3 when Delmonico led off the eighth against reliever Ricardo Rodriguez with a drive to deep right field. Nomar Mazara went back to the wall trying to make a leaping catch and the ball sailed just beyond his glove. The ball hit the top of the wall and Mazara hit it harder. The ball caromed hard, but Mazara landed on his left knee and fell to the ground. By the time second baseman Rougned Odor ran it down, Delmonico was steaming his way around third for an inside-the-parker. Mazara remained in the game.

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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.

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Soft-tossers have saved the Rangers' bullpen

Bibens-Dirkx, Claudio proving successful despite below-average velocity

Soft-tossers have saved the Rangers' bullpen

ARLINGTON -- Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Alex Claudio have two of the slowest fastballs on the Rangers. Bibens-Dirkx averages 90.5 miles per hour with his fastball, and Claudio is at 86.7.

But they have been two of the Rangers' more effective relievers this season, and there may be a lesson in that at a time when clubs are trying to overload bullpens with as many hard throwers as possible.

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Hamels, Beltre meet kids as part of charity event

Hamels, Beltre meet kids as part of charity event

ARLINGTON -- Best barbecue spots, nicknames in the clubhouse or stories from their time in the game … if the kids thought of the question, Cole Hamels and Adrian Beltre answered it.

The non-profit "Tia's Hope" and Cook Medical Center teamed with Hamels and Beltre to create "Memory Moments" as part of Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" program, which provides transportation, tickets and unforgettable Major League Baseball experiences to children across the country.

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Mazara, Texas stay hot, make WC gains

Mazara, Texas stay hot, make WC gains

ARLINGTON -- Nomar Mazara's torrid bat shows no signs of cooling. He had five RBIs on Thursday night -- including a 3-run homer -- to carry the Rangers to their fourth straight come-from-behind victory with a 9-8 win over the White Sox at Globe Life Park.

Mazara's homer capped a four-run fifth inning for Texas, which clawed out of an early four-run deficit.

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Charging Rangers see path to postseason

AL Wild Card race crowded, but Texas making run after Deadline sale

Charging Rangers see path to postseason

There was Rangers manager Jeff Banister pumping a fist in the air after a victory over the Astros last weekend. He turned to see his pitching coach, Doug Brocail, doing the same as an impromptu dugout celebration broke out.

Wait, what? Weren't the Rangers out of it? Hadn't they just done a Trade Deadline sale of veterans to begin planning for 2018? What's happening here?

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Offense fueling Rangers' postseason push

Texas has won four straight, all in come-from-behind fashion

Offense fueling Rangers' postseason push

ARLINGTON -- All of a sudden, the Rangers are right back in the thick of the postseason chase.

With a 9-8 victory over the White Sox on Thursday at Globe Life Park, the Rangers have reeled off four wins in a row and have won seven of their past eight games, losing just once on this homestand. And, more important, Texas sits just 1 1/2 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Elvis a crucial component of resurgence

Elvis a crucial component of resurgence

ARLINGTON -- A few weeks ago, it looked as though the Rangers' season was teetering on the brink of collapse. They had dropped six of nine games of a homestand, and Yu Darvish had just been shipped to Los Angeles at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

But they went .500 on a six-game road trip, then took five of six games from the Astros and Tigers to open the current homestand. All of a sudden, an American League Wild Card berth is right there in their sights.

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Diekman encouraged by first rehab outing

Rangers' reliever pitches 1-2-3 inning in first game in 10 months

Diekman encouraged by first rehab outing

ARLINGTON -- Jake Diekman pitched in an organized game for the first time this year on Thursday night, going one inning in a rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco as he works his way back from a trio of surgeries he underwent to correct ulcerative colitis.

Diekman said he was more excited than nervous to pitch for the first time in 10 months. He threw 13 pitches -- eight for strikes -- striking out a pair of batters and inducing a groundout to another hitter to work a perfect inning.

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