Moreland feels better after BP, could avoid elbow surgery

Moreland feels better after BP, could avoid elbow surgery

SEATTLE -- Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland took early batting practice on Saturday, hit a handful of balls into the outfield bleachers and said afterward he was "optimistic" he could avoid surgery on his left elbow.

Tests showed that Moreland is dealing with a "loose body" -- most likely a bone chip -- in the left elbow. Moreland will be able to deal with it as long as it doesn't settle in the wrong place like the elbow joint.

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Martinez, Gallardo ready to break out bats in Arizona

Martinez, Gallardo ready to break out bats in Arizona

SEATTLE -- Nick Martinez and Yovani Gallardo are scheduled to be the Rangers starting pitchers on Tuesday and Wednesday when they play the D-backs in Arizona. That means they will also be hitting under National League rules, so they took batting practice Saturday afternoon.

"It's a little bit different being in the American League but it is important if you're playing Inter-League games," Gallardo said. "It will feel nice to go out and swing the bat. It takes your mind away from pitching. It relaxes you."

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Rangers pitching, defense combine to stifle Seattle offense

Feliz notches 12th straight save vs. Mariners

Rangers pitching, defense combine to stifle Seattle offense

SEATTLE -- Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo was outstanding for six scoreless innings on Friday night. He ran into trouble in the seventh but the work of three relievers allowed the Rangers to reward Gallardo with a victory in his third start.

Shawn Tolleson and Tanner Scheppers both had to battle through some rough spots before Neftali Feliz closed out a 3-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

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Martin, back in leadoff spot, gets offense rolling early

Martin, back in leadoff spot, gets offense rolling early

SEATTLE -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said before Friday's game he was thrilled with what he was getting from Prince Fielder.

"The bottom line is we've got to get guys on in front of him," Banister said.

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Gallardo goes 6 scoreless, Chirinos homers in win over M's

Gallardo goes 6 scoreless, Chirinos homers in win over M's

SEATTLE -- The Mariners badly wanted a division win upon their return home to Safeco Field on Friday night after a tough road trip, but the Rangers had other ideas. Texas got a sterling start from its ace, Yovani Gallardo, a few timely hits and some key defensive plays in a 3-1 victory before 36,606.

Prince Fielder got the Rangers going with an RBI double in the first inning, Robinson Chirinos homered to dead center field to lead off the fifth, and that was all Gallardo would need. The veteran right-hander, acquired from Milwaukee in an offseason trade, twirled six innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and striking out three. The Rangers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.

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Peguero returns to Seattle with new approach at plate

Former Mariner struggled to stay in big leagues over 3 seasons

Peguero returns to Seattle with new approach at plate

SEATTLE -- Carlos Peguero returned to Safeco Field on Friday, this time with the Rangers. Peguero said he was happy to be back, even though Safeco was tough for him during his time with the Mariners.

Peguero was a top power prospect for the Mariners but never hit well enough to stay in the Major Leagues. In parts of three seasons from 2011-13, he hit .195 with a .242 on-base percentage and a .380 slugging percentage in 65 games. At Safeco he hit .183 with a .358 slugging percentage.

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Seattle homecoming for Kela especially meaningful

Righty reliever could pitch in front of mom, sisters, friends for first time

Seattle homecoming for Kela especially meaningful

ARLINGTON -- Keone Kela will be in the bullpen for the Rangers during their three-game series in Seattle this weekend. It will be a homecoming for a hard-throwing right-hander who turned 22 on Thursday.

Kela is of Hawaiian heritage and was born in Los Angeles, but he lived in the Seattle area starting when he was 7. This will be the first time that his mom, Shannon, his two younger sisters, Averie and Payton, and many of his childhood friends and coaches will get to see him pitch in the Major Leagues.

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Scout McGraw, wife played key roles in Kela's career

Duo followed Rangers reliever starting in high school, bonded with his family

Scout McGraw, wife played key roles in Kela's career

ARLINGTON -- Gary McGraw has been an amateur scout for 24 years, the past 14 covering the Pacific Northwest for the Rangers. He is the one responsible for scouting, drafting and signing reliever Keone Kela, who was taken in the 12th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by Texas out of Everett Community College.

McGraw hasn't been on the road lately. He has been with his wife Julie, who has been hospitalized for the past 80 days in Oregon because of a stroke.

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DeShields proud to honor Robinson's legacy

Outfielder respects baseball pioneer's impact

ARLINGTON -- Delino DeShields Jr. led off for the Rangers on Wednesday while playing left field and wearing No. 42. It was a pretty neat way for a rookie to emulate a Hall of Famer on Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball.

"Obviously, it means something," DeShields said. "He gave us the opportunity, especially African-Americans, to play baseball, the greatest game on earth. My first Jackie Robinson Day in the Majors, playing left field and leading off, it's something I will always remember."

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Ranaudo's stay with Rangers a short one

Right-hander optioned to Triple-A following start

Ranaudo's stay with Rangers a short one

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo stopped by Globe Life Park on Wednesday for a spot start. Ranaudo's next stop is going to be back to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers announced after a 10-2 loss to the Angels on Wednesday that Ranaudo has been optioned to Round Rock. The Rangers will activate reliever Tanner Scheppers off of the disabled list and go with a four-man rotation for now.

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Defense just misses stopping big inning

Three close plays in six-run second help Angels pull away

Defense just misses stopping big inning

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' defense did not provide as much support as it could for pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in the Angels' six-run second inning of Wednesday's 10-2 setback.

There were no errors committed. There were just three near-misses on plays that could have stopped the rally before it reached six runs.

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Ranaudo's short start signals long day for Rangers

Ranaudo's short start signals long day for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Angels scored six runs off of Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo in the second inning and went on to a 10-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. The Angels ended up taking two of three from the Rangers this week and have won 11 of their last 13 in Arlington.

Angels starter Hector Santiago earned his first win of the season by allowing just one run in seven innings. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. Ranaudo was gone with two outs in the second after allowing eight of 13 batters to reach base. More >

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Rangers' bullpen door continues to revolve

Relievers shuttling back and forth to Triple-A

Rangers' bullpen door continues to revolve

ARLINGTON -- Rangers relievers Phil Klein and Jon Edwards found out what it means to still have Minor League options. Anthony Ranaudo is about to find out the same thing.

Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday so that Texas could add Stolmy Pimentel off of waivers. Klein was optioned on Tuesday night so the Rangers could add Ranuado for Wednesday's start against the Angels.

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For Martinez, trust in fastball equaling success

For Martinez, trust in fastball equaling success

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Nick Martinez has pitched 14 innings this season and has still not given up an earned run. His well-placed fastball -- ranging from 87 to 91 mph -- kept that from happening in a couple of crucial moments on Tuesday night.

The Rangers ended up winning, 8-2, against the Angels, but the outcome might have been different if the visiting team had been able to get to Martinez early.

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Chirinos, Martinez power Rangers past Halos

Chirinos, Martinez power Rangers past Halos

ARLINGTON -- Another new lineup for the Rangers, this one featuring Rougned Odor in the leadoff spot for the first time, made it tough on Angels rookie right-hander Drew Rucinski, and starter Nick Martinez did the rest in Texas' 8-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday night.

Martinez had a 13-inning scoreless streak to start the season until the Angels managed an unearned run off him in the seventh, his final inning of work.

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Rangers break out with Odor slotted atop lineup

Rangers break out with Odor slotted atop lineup

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' ever-changing lineup took on an unusual look Tuesday night, when Rougned Odor stepped into the leadoff spot for the first time in his Major League career.

The rest of the arrangement included Mitch Moreland batting second, Elvis Andrus in the sixth spot for the second night in a row and Leonys Martin dropping all the way to No. 8.

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Rangers ask Ranaudo to fill Holland's spot, for now

Klein optioned to Triple-A following Tuesday night's win over Angels

Rangers ask Ranaudo to fill Holland's spot, for now

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers called up Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Round Rock following Tuesday night's 8-2 win over the Angels, and Ranaudo will start the series finale against the Angels on Wednesday.

Ranaudo, acquired in the offseason from the Red Sox for reliever Robbie Ross Jr., will fill Derek Holland's spot in the rotation. The other choices were reliever Anthony Bass or veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who was signed to a Triple-A contract last week but has yet to pitch for Round Rock.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Rangers raise autism awareness, prep for Robinson Day

Rangers raise autism awareness, prep for Robinson Day

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers hosted Autism Awareness Night on Tuesday and have special events planned for Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday.

Rangers players wore special T-shirts that read "Shine the Light on Autism" during Tuesday's game. The ceremonial first pitch participants were Barron McClure and his mother, Carrie, who is the morning host of "Good Morning Texas" on local television.

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Hamilton has support of former teammates in Texas

Hamilton has support of former teammates in Texas

ARLINGTON -- You can still find Josh Hamilton's name, twice, as you make your way down the narrow hallway that spills into the home dugout of Globe Life Park. It's engraved on a couple of glass sheets, listed with the rest of the American League Most Valuable Player Award winners and batting champions in Rangers history. In the media dining room four floors up is a framed Fort Worth Star-Telegram, dated Oct. 30, 2010, with Hamilton on the cover.

The headline, in white capital letters, reads, "Leading Them Home." And right below that is the following subhead: "Josh Hamilton's personal success story is eclipsed, he believes, by being part of a tight, supportive championship team."

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After fiery first inning, Rangers' bats go cold

After fiery first inning, Rangers' bats go cold

ARLINGTON -- Collin Cowgill and David Freese hit a pair of two-run home runs off Rangers starter Ross Detwiler in the fifth inning, lifting the Angels to a 6-3 victory on Monday night.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker gave up three runs in the first inning, then retired 18 of the last 21 batters he faced before leaving with a two-run lead with one out in the seventh. He is unbeaten with nine victories in his last 10 starts going back to last season.

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Detwiler again plagued by command issues

Detwiler again plagued by command issues

ARLINGTON -- Monday's starter, Ross Detwiler, had a two-run lead going into the top of the fifth inning, and was facing the bottom two hitters in the Angels' lineup to begin the frame.

First up was catcher Chris Iannetta, who was 1-for-19 to that point in the season. Detwiler threw strike one, then four straight balls.

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Offensive consistency eludes Rangers' grasp

Offensive consistency eludes Rangers' grasp

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had two hits in their first two at-bats with runners in scoring position on Monday. That allowed them to take a three-run lead in the bottom of the first inning.

But they went hitless in their next eight at-bats in those situations. That kept them from building on their lead, and they ended up falling to the Angels, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series.

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Martin 'can't believe' Springer's catch to steal win from Rangers

Martin 'can't believe' Springer's catch to steal win from Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Perhaps 99 times out of 100, the ball Leonys Martin hit with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Sunday against the Astros would have been the walk-off winner.

Not this time. Houston's George Springer made a tremendous leaping catch at the right-field wall, robbing Martin of at most a walk-off grand slam and at least a walk-off single in the Rangers' 6-4 loss.

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Rangers rally to forces extras, lose in 14 to Astros

Rangers rally to forces extras, lose in 14 to Astros

ARLINGTON -- Four innings after right-fielder George Springer made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin of a potential walk-off grand slam, backup catcher Hank Conger hit a two-run homer to send the Astros to a 6-4 win in 14 innings Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park.

"I was just trying to see a good pitch," said Conger, who came into the game in the 12th and hit the first pitch he saw. "If you get a fastball, just try to take a hack. You come in late, you're just trying to take a good swing."

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QB Wilson: 'I would honestly play two sports'

Seahawks star has visited Rangers' Spring Training camp twice

QB Wilson: 'I would honestly play two sports'

It turns out that helping guide his team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances hasn't led Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to completely rule out also pursuing a baseball career at some point.

At least that's what Wilson said in a recent interview for HBO's Real Sports.

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