Banister returns to Texas; Buechele takes place

Manager's mother has complications from recent surgery

OAKLAND -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister has returned to Texas to be with his mother, Verda, who lives in Clear Lake, outside of Houston. Bench coach Steve Buechele will manage the Rangers for the final two games against the A's.

According to the Rangers, Verda has had complications while recovering from recent surgery. No other information was available, and Banister flew back to Texas on Saturday.

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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.

Gonzalez gets ball for WC-chasing Rangers

Gonzalez gets ball for WC-chasing Rangers

The Rangers and A's will play the second game of a three-game series on Saturday night in Oakland. Texas is 3 1/2 games back of the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

For Texas, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez makes his fourth start for the Rangers since being acquired from the White Sox in a waiver trade on Aug. 31. He's 8-11 with a 4.75 ERA on the season, but with the Rangers, he's 1-1 in three starts and has given up 12 runs in 10 1/3 innings (10.45 ERA).

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Rangers lose to streaking A's, slip in WC race

Rangers lose to streaking A's, slip in WC race

OAKLAND -- The Athletics are a last-place team, but they are not playing like it lately. They dealt a blow to the Rangers' hopes of catching the Twins in the American League Wild Card race with a 4-1 victory on Friday night.

Matt Olson hit his 16th home run in the last 23 games and Kendall Graveman held the Rangers to one run in seven innings to help lift the Athletics to their 12th win in 15 games. They have won their last six games against the Rangers in the Coliseum.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Rangers feeling growing sense of urgency

Club ready to turn page after tough loss in Oakland

Rangers feeling growing sense of urgency

OAKLAND -- The Rangers clubhouse was eerily quiet on Friday night after a 4-1 loss to the Athletics at the Coliseum. It was a stark contrast to the laughter and music following their three-game sweep of the Mariners this week in Seattle.

But that's the way it is in late September, when teams are fighting for a spot in postseason. Every loss can be tough to take, especially when a team is running out of time.

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Beltre still limited to designated hitter duties

Rangers third baseman taking ground balls, but not ready for defense

Beltre still limited to designated hitter duties

OAKLAND -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is taking ground balls again, but is not ready to play defense. Beltre has been dealing with a strained left hamstring and remains limited to designated hitter duties.

He was in that spot for the eighth straight game after sitting for two weeks because of the injury.

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Odor in line to play in all 162 games

Rangers second baseman has started all but one contest this season

Odor in line to play in all 162 games

OAKLAND -- There are no days off in store for second baseman Rougned Odor. He is in line to be the eighth player in Rangers history to play in all 162 games.

"That's huge," manager Jeff Banister said. "That's something that is rare in modern baseball. The guy runs hard, plays hard, diving all over the place, sliding hard. There is a toughness, an attitude, an edge, that's mixed in with his love for his teammates."

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Beltre, Hamels keep Rangers in AL WC mix

Beltre, Hamels keep Rangers in AL WC mix

SEATTLE -- The Rangers secured their first series sweep at Safeco Field since 2013 with a 4-2 win over the Mariners on Thursday, holding firm in the American League Wild Card chase in the process.

Cole Hamels threw eight innings of one-run ball and Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo homered as the Rangers won their fourth straight game to pull back to .500 at 76-76. Texas heads to Oakland to complete a nine-game road trip, tied with the Angels at 2 1/2 games back of the Twins with 10 games remaining.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

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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Hamels works deep to give Rangers a lift

Veteran lefty allows one run in eight innings vs. Seattle

Hamels works deep to give Rangers a lift

SEATTLE - Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels has been through a few pennant races and late-season pushes in his career. He has shown he can handle crunch time and did so again on Thursday night.

Hamels held the Mariners to one run on three hits over eight innings in the Rangers 4-2 victory at Safeco Field. The Rangers are now tied with the Angels, 2 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card playoff spot. They have 10 games to play after finishing off a three-game sweep of the Mariners.

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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 unveil designs for Globe Life Field

New home, opening in 2020, will be first 'next-generation' ballpark

Rangers unveil designs for Globe Life Field

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have taken the next step in preparing for the 2020 opening of their new ballpark, Globe Life Field, by unveiling updated renderings, illustrations and models on Thursday.

Rangers team officials and representatives from HKS Inc. -- the architect in charge of the park's design -- presented and explained the elements and features behind it, saying it will be the first "next-generation" ballpark.

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Gomez talks his way back into lineup

Center fielder delivers in first with a two-run double

Gomez talks his way back into lineup

SEATTLE -- Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez was in the starting lineup on Thursday for the first time since Sept. 9. Gomez has been dealing with a sprained right ankle but was able to convince manager Jeff Banister that he was ready to go.

Gomez got the green light after going through a rigorous defensive workout during batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Mariners.

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Rangers have hope bullpen can finish strong

Rangers have hope bullpen can finish strong

SEATTLE -- Beginning Thursday, the Rangers have 11 games left to make a run at the American League Wild Card. The question is if they have enough bullpen left to get it done.

"I feel confident we do," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I don't think we have any other choice. It's nothing different than what we have been dealing with all year."

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Rangers gaining ground in AL Wild Card race

After third straight win, Texas is 2 1/2 back of second spot

Rangers gaining ground in AL Wild Card race

SEATTLE -- The Twins and Angels are leaving a door open for the Rangers in the American League Wild Card race. The Rangers aren't in position yet, but their postseason hopes are still alive, and a little stronger than they were a few days ago.

The Rangers continued their revival with an 8-6 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday night, their third win in a row. That streak comes at a time when the Twins were swept in a three-game series to the Yankees and the Angels lost the first two games of their series against the Indians.

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Odor, Rangers slam M's, gain in AL WC race

Odor, Rangers slam M's, gain in AL WC race

SEATTLE -- Rougned Odor capped a seven-run rally in the fourth inning with a grand slam, as the Rangers won their third straight game with an 8-6 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field on Wednesday. The Mariners lost their fifth in a row.

The Rangers are now 2 1/2 games back of the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot -- two back in the loss column -- with 11 left to play. The Mariners are four games behind the Twins with 10 left to play.

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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.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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Claudio, Jimenez affected by Hurricane Maria

Rangers players have families in Puerto Rico

Claudio, Jimenez affected by Hurricane Maria

SEATTLE -- Rangers reliever Alex Claudio had brief communication with his family in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria. Backup catcher A.J. Jimenez had to wait a little longer, but was finally able to communicate with his family.

"There is water everywhere, but they are OK," Jimenez said.

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Banister impressed by Gallo's aptitude

Banister impressed by Gallo's aptitude

SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Joey Gallo was 1-for-4 with a single in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over the Mariners. He also had a couple of nice defensive plays, including turning Kyle Seager's tough grounder to first base into an inning-ending double play in the fourth.

It didn't seem like anything out of the ordinary, but manager Jeff Banister saw some subtle things that left him impressed.

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Gomez's 'huge at-bat' off bench sparks rally

'It was the turning point of the game,' DeShields says of key double

Gomez's 'huge at-bat' off bench sparks rally

SEATTLE -- Carlos Gomez had gone nine days without playing and he was getting tired of waiting for his sprained right ankle to respond.

"He's been in my ear the last three or four days wanting to get back in there," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

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Texas strikes late to sink Seattle, rise in WC

Texas strikes late to sink Seattle, rise in WC

SEATTLE -- The Rangers struck for two runs in the top of the eighth inning to continue their Wild Card postseason push with a 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

This was a game both teams needed to win and the Rangers pulled it out against Mariners reliever Nick Vincent. Pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez led off with a double. Will Middlebrooks ran for Gomez, and Delino DeShields beat out a sacrifice bunt for a hit. Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run and, after DeShields stole second, Elvis Andrus drove home the second run with a single to left.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle.

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Choo on track to achieve goal of no DL stints

Choo on track to achieve goal of no DL stints

SEATTLE -- Shin-Soo Choo is closing on fulfilling his Spring Training goal for the season. He is trying to make it through the season without serious injury.

He has less than two weeks to go to cross that finish line.

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Daniels applauds work of Rangers' coaches

Decisions on staff for '18 won't come until after season

Daniels applauds work of Rangers' coaches

SEATTLE -- General manager Jon Daniels is with the Rangers in Seattle this week for some of the usual end-of-the-year meetings. But Daniels said any decisions on the coaching staff for next year will not be addressed until after the season.

"We'll address that at the end of the year but these guys have done a good job," Daniels said. "I prefer to address the end-of-the-year stuff once we are done playing, but these guys have worked hard. We have had our share of challenges with the injuries and these guys have worked through it."

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Inbox: Does value of HRs offset average?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan fields Texas fans' questions

Inbox: Does value of HRs offset average?

Do you think the long ball offsets a good average? I, for one, would rather lead the league in average than in home runs.
-- Bob M., Arlington

The Rangers need tough outs. Alex Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre were/are power hitters. Rusty Greer and Michael Young were not. But they are four of the best hitters in Rangers history because they were tough outs. They battled pitchers and didn't give away at-bats.

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Gallo slugs 490-foot HR, 2017's 3rd longest

Gallo slugs 490-foot HR, 2017's 3rd longest

ANAHEIM -- Joey Gallo had gone more than two weeks without hitting a home run but when he finally connected, it was a beauty.

Gallo hit a home run off Angels starter Garrett Richards that landed high on the batter's eye slope in center field at Angel Stadium in the second inning of Sunday's 4-2 win. Statcast™ had the home run at a projected distance of 490 feet and with an exit velocity of 116.2 mph.

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After long rehab, Diekman gets 1st save of '17

Reliever closes out win over Angels in 7th appearance off DL

After long rehab, Diekman gets 1st save of '17

ANAHEIM -- Jake Diekman's seventh appearance since returning from the disabled list may have been his most significant. This time the Rangers left-hander pitched 1 2/3 innings to nail down his first save of the year in the Rangers' 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon.

Manager Jeff Banister has been flexible about who he uses in late-inning situations out of the bullpen, and this time the Angels' set of hitters dictated that Diekman got the chance.

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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 stay alive in WC with win over Halos

Rangers stay alive in WC with win over Halos

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers kept their tenuous American League Wild Card hopes flickering by getting out of Southern California with a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium.

With the Twins winning at home, the Angels are now two games behind for the second AL Wild Card spot while the the Rangers remain five back. The Mariners, who lost to the AL West-clinching Astros, are 4 1/2 back going into their three-game series with Texas.

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Will Laws is a contributor to MLB.com based in Anaheim and covered the Angels on Sunday.

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Beltre, Mazara to remain in mix for stretch run

Banister to keep veteran, young slugger in lineup despite nagging injuries

Beltre, Mazara to remain in mix for stretch run

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers have a steep climb back into the American League Wild Card race, but manager Jeff Banister isn't going to hold back until the end.

That's why Adrian Beltre stayed in the lineup as the designated hitter on Sunday, even though he is dealing with a strained left hamstring. Nomar Mazara, who is dealing with tightness in his left quad muscle, was also back in left field on Sunday.

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Rangers can't back Hamels, drop 5th straight

Rangers can't back Hamels, drop 5th straight

ANAHEIM -- Justin Upton homered twice to back a strong start from rookie Parker Bridwell as the Angels handed the Rangers their fifth straight loss and secured a series victory with a 2-0 win on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

The Angels continued to gain ground in the American League Wild Card race, pulling within one game of the Twins, who lost to the Blue Jays, 7-2, on Saturday. The Rangers remained five games back of the Twins and are four behind the Angels with 14 games left to play.

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Has DeShields emerged as starting CF in '18?

'He has worked his rear off and gotten better,' Banister says of DeShields' improved defense

Has DeShields emerged as starting CF in '18?

ANAHEIM -- Delino DeShields has re-emerged as a dynamic offensive force at the top of the Rangers' lineup. But his improved defense is another reason why DeShields has pushed his name to the top of the list of potential starting center fielders in 2018.

"He sure hasn't hurt himself, doing as much as he can do and continues to do," manager Jeff Banister said. "He is forcing all of us to view him in that type of [role]."

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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.

Inbox: What lies ahead for Rangers' rotation?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans' questions

Inbox: What lies ahead for Rangers' rotation?

Who besides Andrew Cashner should the Rangers target to fill out the rotation?
-- Richard G., New York

It appears that Japanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani will be coming to the United States next season. The 23-year-old is considered the best pitcher to come out of Japan -- move over Hideo Nomo, Yu Darvish and Daisuke Matsuzaka -- and missing much of the season because of injuries does not seem to have dampened the frenzy.

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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.