Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

Club also to acquire Diekman; Texas sending prospects, Harrison to Philly

Sources: Rangers getting Hamels from Phils

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies, according to multiple Major League sources, in a trade that is expected to be announced on Thursday. Neither club confirmed the deal.

In return the Rangers sent pitcher Matt Harrison and five prospects to the Phillies: catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nick Williams and pitchers Jake Thompson, Alec Asher and Jerad Eickhoff.

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Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Lewis allowed two runs and got the win to snap the Rangers' three-game losing streak. Masahiro Tanaka exited after allowing four runs in six innings as the Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped.

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Gallardo says trade rumors not a distraction

Rangers righty, who struggled in past two starts, could be moved by Friday

Gallardo says trade rumors not a distraction

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo hasn't made it past the fourth inning in his past two starts despite being red hot through June. But Gallardo, who is 7-9 with a 3.19 ERA, said his name coming up in trade rumors has nothing to do with it.

"It's not a distraction," Gallardo said. "I just had two bad starts in a row. It just happened to be in July."

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Rangers call up 2 'pen arms, designate Wandy

Righty Klein also optioned to Triple-A Round Rock

Rangers call up 2 'pen arms, designate Wandy

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said it was difficult to see pitcher Wandy Rodriguez get designated for assignment on Wednesday.

"He did great work for us," Banister said. "I know the guy, the character, the competitor in Wandy. He took the ball for us. I think he knew the landscape, having two guys [Matt Harrison and Martin Perez] who would be coming back. He went out there and pitched as competitively as he could for us. He went to the bullpen, didn't question it or ask why. He is a true professional."

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Gallardo looks to regain form against Yanks

In five starts this month, Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo is 0-3, and his ERA has jumped from 2.62 to 3.19 after allowing 10 combined runs in eight innings over his past two starts.

Gallardo, whose name has circulated in trade talks, will try to find the form that allowed him to go four straight starts without allowing a run from June 15-July 2. He will pitch opposite Yankees righty Michael Pineda at Globe Life Park on Thursday.

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Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015

Rangers forced to call on position player for ninth inning during rout

Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015

ARLINGTON -- It's never a good sign when Rangers infielder Adam Rosales is icing his arm after pitching in a nine-inning game.

But Rosales pitched for the second time this season when he threw the ninth inning in the Rangers' 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on a Brett Gardner home run, but also struck out Yankees right fielder Chris Young.

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Rangers offer free parking for weekday commuters

Rangers offer free parking for weekday commuters

ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus pulled up in a red convertible. Rougned Odor hopped in. Then, the Rangers middle infielders took off back to Globe Life Park, marking the grand opening of a park-and-ride lot, formed in a partnership between the Texas Rangers and North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The Rangers allocated 100 spaces from their G Lot on AT&T Way and Copeland for free commuter access from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lot is not available on weekends.

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Early lead erased by Yanks, who score 21

Early lead erased by Yanks, who score 21

ARLINGTON -- The Yankees escaped an early hole in a hurry, rounding the bases repeatedly in an 11-run second inning and scoring 21 unanswered runs as they celebrated a wild 21-5 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

Chris Young hit a grand slam, Didi Gregorius notched a career-high four hits and Brendan Ryan doubled twice to drive in three runs as the Yankees pounded Texas pitching for 19 hits. The Rangers did not manage a hit off relievers Diego Moreno and Adam Warren, who combined for 8 1/3 scoreless frames, with Moreno earning the win and Warren picking up the save. It was the most runs the Yankees have scored in a game since they scored 22 vs. the A's on Aug. 25, 2011.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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.

Rout puts quite a strain on Rangers' bullpen

Perez unable to record an out in the second; Wandy struggles in long relief

Rout puts quite a strain on Rangers' bullpen

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers need to take a brief timeout from trying to trade for the Phillies' Cole Hamels or some other starting pitcher. They could use a couple of moments to figure out how to replenish their depleted bullpen after a 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Rangers will almost certainly have to make multiple roster moves before Wednesday's game to get their bullpen back to full strength.

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Hot-hitting Odor named AL Player of the Week

Rangers infielder batted .385, belted 3 HRs to earn first distinction

Hot-hitting Odor named AL Player of the Week

ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got booed July 18 and 19 during the Rangers' trip to Houston to take on the Astros, but on Monday he was honored as the American League Player of the Week.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said part of Odor's remarkable turnaround this season comes from the fact he is displaying the type of intensity that led to him getting booed. After hitting a home run earlier in the Rangers' July 18 game against the Astros, Odor and Houston catcher Hank Conger got into an exchange after Odor took his time getting into the batter's box. It led to the benches clearing and Banister yelling at Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

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Harrison tagged for 6 runs in loss to Yanks

Harrison tagged for 6 runs in loss to Yanks

ARLINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez celebrated his 40th birthday with a home run and Didi Gregorius drove in a career-high four runs as the Yankees defeated the Rangers, 6-2, on Monday at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez's sixth-inning solo shot off Matt Harrison marked the sixth home run that the Yankees slugger has hit on his birthday. He is just the fourth player in Major League history to homer as a teenager and in his forties, joining Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

Rangers center fielder also throws out Yankees first baseman at the plate

Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

ARLINGTON -- Leonys Martin raced back, found the wall, pushed off and snagged a deep fly ball off Mark Teixeira's bat just before it had a chance to go over the wall in left-center.

His stellar catch in the second inning was the most memorable play in the Rangers' 6-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday, though it didn't make up for a rocky outing from Matt Harrison and missed opportunities at the plate.

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Watch the Rangers' famous Boomstick get made

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Watch the Rangers' famous Boomstick get made

You know about the Boomstick. How could you not? The legend of the Rangers' famous hot dog, named after Nelson Cruz, is great and dramatic, just like the thing itself. It's two feet long, costs $26 and can feed you, your friends and every army on "Game of Thrones."

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Rangers recall righty Klein, option Bass

Club also designates right-hander Ohlendorf for assignment

Rangers recall righty Klein, option Bass

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers brought a fresh arm into their bullpen Monday when they recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas also optioned right-handed reliever Anthony Bass to Triple-A and righty Ross Ohlendorf was designated for assignment.

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Brinson named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Brinson named to Prospect 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, including big leaguers.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Marvel at Rusty Greer's perfect game-saving catch

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Marvel at Rusty Greer's perfect game-saving catch

On July 28, 1994, Kenny Rogers was three outs away from becoming the first Ranger and the 12th person in MLB history to pitch a perfect game. He'd been sailing along at a smooth clip (the entire game finished in two hours and eight minutes), striking out eight and, according to the New York Times, not even thinking about the perfecto.

Luckily, someone else was.

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Rangers denied sweep by Angels

Rangers denied sweep by Angels

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout hit a game-breaking grand slam in the sixth inning Sunday -- his 31st home run and second of the game -- and finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored as the Angels avoided being swept by the Rangers at Angel Stadium with a 13-7 win. The Angels took a one-game lead on the Astros in the American League West, with Houston losing to the Royals.

Texas' pitching staff struggled all afternoon. Starter Nick Martinez allowed four runs, including two home runs, in his five-plus innings. Anthony Bass came on in relief and committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, then allowed two straight hits without recording an out. Two batters later, Spencer Patton, brought in to face Trout, allowed the slam. Keone Kela and Wandy Rodriguez combined to allow five more Angels runs in the seventh and eighth.

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Seeking sweep, Rangers done in by errors

Seeking sweep, Rangers done in by errors

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers and the Angels had a pretty good battle going for five innings. Then, manager Jeff Banister said, "We shot ourselves in the foot."

When you do that against the Angels, it inevitably means Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are going to be in position to do serious damage.

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While Rangers seek righty bat, Rua fills role

Club wants to see outfielder play every day at Triple-A

While Rangers seek righty bat, Rua fills role

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers' comeback Saturday night started with an RBI double from Ryan Rua in the fourth inning off of left-handed starter Hector Santiago. It was his last at-bat of the night.

The next time his spot came up, the Angels had gone to a right-hander out of the bullpen and Josh Hamilton pinch-hit for Rua.

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Elvis throws glove at ball, then keys rally

Elvis throws glove at ball, then keys rally

ANAHEIM -- The bottom of the Rangers' order came up big in the eighth inning on Saturday night. Headlining the cast was shortstop Elvis Andrus, who went from playground goofball to winning-rally starter within two innings.

The Rangers trailed, 6-4, going into the eighth inning, but Andrus, hitting in the fifth spot, led off with a single against reliever Joe Smith. From there the Rangers scored three runs and came away with a 7-6 victory over the Angels for their fourth straight win.

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Rangers stun Angels, pick up 4th straight win

Rangers stun Angels, pick up 4th straight win

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers rallied from two runs down in the eighth inning, getting clutch RBI singles from Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields to beat the Angels, 7-6, on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Texas clinched a series win with its fourth straight victory and sent the Halos to a third straight loss following a stretch in which they won 17 of 20.

The Rangers entered the eighth inning trailing, 6-4, but scored three times off usually reliable Angels setup man Joe Smith, who allowed four hits and a walk while only recording one out.

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Gallardo struggles as Trade Deadline nears

Gallardo struggles as Trade Deadline nears

ANAHEIM -- Two pitchers of great interest to the Rangers took the mound on Saturday. Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter for the Phillies. Yovani Gallardo, for the second time since the All-Star break, couldn't get past the fifth inning for the Rangers.

No telling how much higher Hamels' trade value soared after his superb performance against the Cubs. What is certain is Gallardo didn't help his value with his outing against the Angels, even though the Rangers rallied for a 7-6 win.

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Holland edges closer to returning to Rangers

Holland edges closer to returning to Rangers

ANAHEIM -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland threw 48 pitches in a live batting-practice session before Texas' 7-6 win over the Angels on Saturday at Angel Stadium. His next step will be a bullpen session in Arlington and then a medical-rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

"I just wanted to make sure everything was working," Holland said before the Rangers faced the Angels. "I wanted to make sure they saw everything they needed to see."

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Hamilton steps up despite Big A boo-birds

Hamilton steps up despite Big A boo-birds

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton came back, he got booed, and then he conquered. For one night, Hamilton got the upper hand on all those Angels fans who are still frothing over his two subpar years in Anaheim.

Hamilton answered the boos by going 2-for-4 with a double and a single, starting both Rangers rallies and scoring two runs in a 4-2 victory over the Angels.

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Lewis' 9-K gem likely to fuel trade buzz

Lewis' 9-K gem likely to fuel trade buzz

DENVER -- With one week to go before the Trade Deadline, Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis took the mound on Friday night and delivered the kind of performance that has to catch the attention of teams looking for starting pitching.

Clubs have asked the Rangers about Lewis as the Deadline approaches, and the frequency of phone calls may increase after he held the Angels to two runs over 7 2/3 innings in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.

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Rangers prevail in Hamilton's return to Big A

Rangers prevail in Hamilton's return to Big A

ANAHEIM -- Colby Lewis was charged with two runs in 7 2/3 innings on Friday night, snapping his six-start losing streak against the Angels and leading the Rangers to a 4-2 victory. Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 in his first game at Angel Stadium since he was traded to Texas, hitting a double and a single and scoring a couple of runs.

"Really good job by Colby," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It was important for us to get some runs on the board and let Colby pitch with a lead. We played good defense and had timely hitting."

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Hamilton opens up before Angel Stadium return

Hamilton opens up before Angel Stadium return

ANAHEIM -- The right-center-field fence sits 365 feet from home plate at Angel Stadium, with a scoreboard that raises it about 15 feet above the ground and a marine layer that knocks baseballs down on most summer nights. Hitters have often said it is the most difficult place here to drive the ball. And few know that better than Josh Hamilton, the left-handed-hitting slugger who came to bat at Angel Stadium 188 times last season and never once managed a home run.

Hamilton made his return to Southern California in a 4-2 Rangers win on Friday, with a new team and a new perspective, and was asked if the intimidating dimensions of the ballpark seeped into his mind when he played for the Angels.

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Rangers' intern program breeds success

Rangers' intern program breeds success

ARLINGTON -- When Paul Kruger started a baseball operations internship with the Texas Rangers in 2009, he may not have fully understood what he was getting into.

Kruger already knew this job wasn't going to be filled with coffee runs and paperwork. He was going to the Rangers' complex in the Dominican Republic, where he would be among the first Americans to serve in an administrative role.

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