Bush dedicated to advancing urban baseball programs

New Rangers youth director sees untapped talent in North Texas

Bush dedicated to advancing urban baseball programs

ARLINGTON -- Former Major League second baseman Homer Bush retired from baseball after the 2005 season, and he found success in the financial world working for Merrill Lynch.

But the passion for baseball and working with kids never left him. He kept a hand in the game doing camps and clinics during the summer for the Blue Jays and Yankees, and then he served as a hitting instructor in the Padres' organization during the 2014 season. Last year, he was an instructor at the Elite Development Invitational with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball.

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Offseason additions give Rangers depth

Ruggiano, Wilhelmsen among group of newcomers who will be at camp

Offseason additions give Rangers depth

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had a relatively quiet offseason, having made their biggest deals during the season last year when they acquired starter Cole Hamels, relievers Sam Dyson and Jake Diekman, and outfielder Josh Hamilton through trades.

Their biggest offseason move was re-signing pitcher Colby Lewis. But they still made a few other acquisitions that should at least increase their depth in certain areas.

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Rangers, Moreland avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Rangers, Moreland avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with first baseman Mitch Moreland almost at the last hour on Wednesday by agreeing on a contract for 2016. The deal is for $5.7 million, according to a source.

The agreement came after midnight, hours before Moreland was to have his arbitration hearing in Phoenix.

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Darvish getting stronger physically, mentally

Darvish getting stronger physically, mentally

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he is feeling stronger physically than he did before having Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery last March 17. More importantly, Darvish said he is feeling much better mentally as well.

Darvish, speaking with the media after his rehabilitation workout on Wednesday, admitted that the game started becoming a grind over the past few years, and he wasn't enjoying it as much. The time off has made a difference.

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Rangers on the rebound entering camp

Darvish, Hamilton and Holland among players recovering from injury

Rangers on the rebound entering camp

ARLINGTON -- The time has come to begin the final countdown to Spring Training as Rangers pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19.

The usual storylines are in play going into camp concerning position battles, top prospects, new players and those on the rebound. The last one is always crucial for a team as internal improvements have the potential of having the biggest impact.

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Hulett up for challenge of managing Philippines

Rangers Minor League manager off to Australia for competition

Hulett up for challenge of managing Philippines

ARLINGTON -- Tim Hulett, with his unique employment arrangement, has an impressive record as a coach and manager.

As head coach of Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, La., Hulett has won five state high school championships in 11 seasons. When the Eagles' season is over, Hulett heads to Spokane, Wash., and manages the Rangers' Class A Short-Season team in the Northwest League. The Indians have won one league championship with two other postseason appearances in Hulett's nine seasons there.

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Early struggles in 2015 keep Odor hungry

Second baseman regrouped with strong finish after demotion

Early struggles in 2015 keep Odor hungry

ARLINGTON -- Rougned Odor goes into Spring Training as the Rangers starting second baseman. He earned that right by the way he played over the final 3 1/2 months of last season, but the Dominican Winter League batting champion may think otherwise.

Hanser Alberto, long considered an outstanding defensive player, is showing he can swing the bat as well. Alberto, playing in 40 games for Estrellas de Oriente, led the Dominican League with a .364 batting average this offseason and finished second with a .406 on-base percentage. The Rangers received considerable trade interest in him this offseason but refused to yield.

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Vlad connects at Caribbean HR derby

Guerrero takes field with family, excited for 2017 Hall of Fame ballot

Vlad connects at Caribbean HR derby

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Five men wearing authentic baseball jerseys and the name Guerrero stitched across their backs emerged from the visiting dugout at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal on Wednesday night, but only one of them had the familiar stride and head bob that could bring fans to their feet.

Vladimir Guerrero, who will be 41 next Tuesday, tugged on his white jersey with Dominican Republic written across his chest and adjusted his white baseball pants. He pulled up his blue socks to his knees and tipped his black hat to the crowd as he walked to his seat near the first-base line.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Truckin': Rangers' spring gear off to Arizona

Truckin': Rangers' spring gear off to Arizona

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' equipment truck left Globe Life Park in Arlington on Tuesday afternoon, another tangible sign that Spring Training is coming up soon.

But the real excitement is not what is on the truck this year but the destination. After a 17-hour drive from Texas to Surprise, Ariz., the truck will be pulling up to a vastly upgraded and enlarged clubhouse at the club's Spring Training complex.

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Daniels looks back at 2006 Gonzalez-Eaton trade

Daniels looks back at 2006 Gonzalez-Eaton trade

ARLINGTON -- Because of the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day has become synonymous for doing things over and over again. For a Major League general manager, that can be a wonderful thing.

Just about every general manager has made a trade or signed a free agent that he regrets. For Rangers GM Jon Daniels, he learned a valuable lesson from one of his first trades.

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Hundreds gather to pay respects to beloved Rose

ARLINGTON -- President George W. Bush spoke on Monday about meeting Edward W. "Rusty" Rose for the first time back in 1989.

"Richard Rainwater suggested that Rusty and I become co-general partners of the Texas Rangers Baseball team, which we were in the process of buying," Bush said in paying final respects to his former business partner and longtime friend. "We met at an empty Men's Grill at Brookhollow. Gregarious George meets Reticent Rusty.

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Rangers land 5 prospects in Top 100

Rich farm system includes 3B Gallo (No. 9), OF Brinson (16) and RHP Tate (36)

Rangers land 5 prospects in Top 100

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitching prospect Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, is not sure if he really feels the pressure of being such a highly regarded player.

"Sometimes I miss a lot of things with people and how they perceive me because I'm doing whatever it is I have to do," Tate said. "Sometimes I miss that a little bit. I don't think that's a bad thing that I miss that, because I get caught up in the work and preparation and getting out there and get ready to get on the field. You can ask some of my friends, I miss a lot of stuff sometimes."

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Former managing partner Rose passes away at 74

ARLINGTON -- Edward W. "Rusty" Rose, who was a major partner in the ownership group headed by George W. Bush that bought the Rangers in 1989, passed away on Friday night. He was 74 years old. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. CT on Monday at Highland Park Methodist Church.

Rose and his close friend Tom Schieffer, who was club president and eventually succeeded Bush as managing partner, were the driving forces in an ownership which made the financial commitment that dramatically changed the fortune, outlook and public perception of the Rangers. The most prominent accomplishments were the construction of The Ballpark in Arlington in 1994 and the club capturing its first division championship in '96.

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Diekman, Rangers avoid arbitration

Diekman, Rangers avoid arbitration

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman on a one-year, $1.25 million contract for 2016 and avoided an arbitration hearing. First baseman Mitch Moreland is the Rangers' only arbitration-eligible player who remains unsigned.

Diekman was acquired from the Phillies on July 31 in the same trade that brought Cole Hamels to Texas. Diekman had a 2.08 ERA and a .092 WHIP in 26 games for the Rangers.

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Rangers add S. Johnson on Minors deal

Right-hander, 28, receives invitation to Spring Training

Rangers add S. Johnson on Minors deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He was a free agent because the Orioles did not tender him a contract.

Johnson, 28, appeared in six games for the Orioles last season and allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings. He was 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA in 32 games, including three starts, at Triple-A Norfolk.

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Brinson, Mazara on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

Twins' Buxton tops list, Rangers' Brinson and Mazara follow

Brinson, Mazara on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

For the third (and likely the last) time, this Top 10 -- the final by-position ranking unveiled prior to the Top 100 Prospects list -- is headed by the Twins' Byron Buxton. He may not have taken the world by storm during his big league debut, but neither did Mike Trout. And, let's face it, Buxton's tools across the board are unparalleled.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers to install LED lighting at Globe Life

Rangers to install LED lighting at Globe Life

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are making significant upgrades to the lighting at Globe Life Park.

The club announced Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Eaton's Ephesus Lighting to install an advanced light-emitting diode (LED) system for the field lights for the 2016 season. The project is expected to be completed in early March.

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Rangers re-sign Tepesch to Minor League deal

Rangers re-sign Tepesch to Minor League deal

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have re-signed pitcher Nick Tepesch to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The right-hander was non-tendered back in November.

Tepesch missed the 2015 season because of surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, but he's throwing off a mound and is expected to be ready for Spring Training. He will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation along with Nick Martinez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Anthony Ranaudo and A.J. Griffin.

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First-round pick Tate eyes first full pro season

Fourth overall selection in 2015 Draft building out pitching repertoire

First-round pick Tate eyes first full pro season

ARLINGTON -- Right-handed pitcher Dillon Tate was at Globe Life Park in Arlington last week for the Rangers' mini-camp. The fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft threw with other young pitchers, mingled with big league veterans, had a lengthy chat with new pitching coach Doug Brocail and went through all the media and financial training sessions.

He seemed to feel right at home at what should be his future business address.

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Hamels, Prince ready to spark Rangers

Improvement expected with lefty in fold for full season, healthy slugger

Hamels, Prince ready to spark Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will have left-hander Cole Hamels for a full season in 2016 and they will have designated hitter Prince Fielder another year removed from his neck surgery.

In an offseason in which the Rangers made few moves and none of them particularly earth-shaking, those are two reasons why they are expecting to be even better in 2016. They hope to get more from both Hamels and Fielder.

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RoughRiders plan to build lazy river in stadium

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RoughRiders plan to build lazy river in stadium

Where are you having your next birthday party, and why is it at the Frisco RoughRiders' Dr Pepper Ballpark? Well, probably because of new plans to make it a baseball stadium/water park hybrid.

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Gallo tops MLB Pipeline's Top 10 3B Prospects list

Rangers' Gallo grabs top spot, Boston's Devers leaps to No. 2

Gallo tops MLB Pipeline's Top 10 3B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Kris Bryant, Joey Gallo, Miguel Sano and Maikel Franco claimed four of the top five spots on last year's list of the top third-base prospects, and together they combined to hit 64 big league home runs in 2015. Gallo retained rookie eligibility and headlines this year's crop of top prospects at the hot corner, which, as a whole, stand out more for overall hitting ability than power. And as it's so often the case with young third basemen, only time will tell how many of these guys will be able to remain at the position long term.

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Rangers eye young talent during annual DR trip

GM Daniels, front office at team's Boca Chica academy

Rangers eye young talent during annual DR trip

ARLINGTON -- Leody Taveras is a 17-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, a switch-hitter with power, speed and a strong right arm. The Rangers signed him for $2.1 million on July 2 last year, and he is currently the No. 15 prospect in the organization, according to MLBPipeline.com.

He could one day surge to No. 2, a spot currently held by outfielder Nomar Mazara. Another native of the Dominican Republic and the Rangers' Minor League Player of the Year, Mazara is expected to start the season at Triple-A Round Rock.

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Rangers avoid arbitration with closer Tolleson

Pitcher of the Year for Texas agrees to 1-year, $3.275 million deal

Rangers avoid arbitration with closer Tolleson

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with pitcher Shawn Tolleson on a contract for 2016 that avoids an arbitration hearing. Tolleson will make $3.275 million in '16.

Tolleson, who became the Rangers' closer in late May, was 6-4 with a 2.99 ERA in 72 games and had 35 saves in 37 opportunities. His 94.6 percent success rate was the second best in the American League and the highest in club history with a minimum of 20 chances. He was named the Rangers Pitcher of the Year.

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Rangers, fans team up for equipment drive

Sports gear collected for victims of December tornadoes in Texas

Rangers, fans team up for equipment drive

GARLAND, Texas -- The combination of the Rangers and a sports equipment drive for victims of December's tornadoes led to a big Sunday on the Rangers Winter Caravan.

One fan showed up for the autograph session that featured Elvis Andrus, Delino DeShields, Chris Gimenez and Ryan Rua on Saturday night. He was told to go home, but there were others who showed up early too. The first person in line was outside Academy Sports at 3 a.m. CT Sunday, and autograph tickets for the event were all gone two hours before the players showed up.

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Anthony Andro is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers will help Hamilton to 'manage' knee

Rangers will help Hamilton to 'manage' knee

ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers will have to help outfielder Josh Hamilton "manage" his surgically-repaired left knee through the 2016 season.

Hamilton had surgery on the knee both on Sept. 11 and again in October after the season was over. His health was the first subject brought up to Daniels in a question and answer session with fans on Saturday morning at FanFest and again with the media afterwards.

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Daniels on Banister: 'A man on top of his game'

Daniels on Banister: 'A man on top of his game'

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister had already given up on his trip to New York even before the annual Baseball Writers' Association of America dinner was canceled because of the blizzard that hit the East Coast. Banister was scheduled to receive his American League Manager of the Year Award with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels there to present it to him.

Banister and Daniels were supposed to fly to New York late Saturday morning but were informed on Friday that their flight had been canceled. As it turned out, the dinner was canceled on Saturday, too.

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