Schierholtz looking for fresh start

Schierholtz looking for fresh start

Nate Schierholtz is ready for a fresh start after a disappointing 2014.

The 31-year-old outfielder hit a career-high 21 home runs for the Cubs in 2013, but he struggled last season, going deep only seven times and slumping to a .195 average with Chicago and Washington.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez's arm, Martin's power carry Rangers

Martinez's arm, Martin's power carry Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Leonys Martin hit a two-run home run in the third, Nick Martinez pitched six scoreless innings and the Rangers defeated the Rockies, 6-3, on Thursday night.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis allowed two runs in four innings. He only allowed three hits, but he hung a 1-2 curveball to Martin, who hit it out to right-center for his second home run of the spring. Reliever Rex Brothers, who entered with a 1.50 ERA in five games, struggled, allowing four runs in the eighth inning, on a pair of singles, a double and a wild pitch.

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Impressive outing keeps Martinez in the mix

Impressive outing keeps Martinez in the mix

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Nick Martinez may not have clinched a spot in the rotation, but he has certainly raised the bar high for those still in the competition.

That bar may have become unreachable after Martinez threw six scoreless innings in a 6-3 victory over the Rockies on Thursday night. Martinez is the first Rangers pitcher to go six innings this spring, and he did so on just 74 pitches.

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Gallardo to open Rangers' season; Detwiler in rotation

Converted reliever a candidate to start club's home opener on April 10

Gallardo to open Rangers' season; Detwiler in rotation

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister has officially named Yovani Gallardo the starter for the club's season opener at Oakland on April 6 and told Ross Detwiler that he has made the rotation.

Gallardo, a longtime resident of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas, will be making his first start for the Rangers after being acquired from the Brewers in the offseason.

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Rangers keeping a close eye on Fujikawa

Rangers keeping a close eye on Fujikawa

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kyuji Fujikawa is scheduled to pitch in relief on Friday against the Athletics. The Rangers are watching him closely to see if he is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery or if he'll need more time in the Minors.

Fujikawa, a former dominating closer in Japan who underwent the procedure on June 13, 2013, has not allowed a run in four Cactus League games, but he hasn't looked as sharp in two camp games, allowing two runs in three innings.

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Veteran Ludwick not in Rangers' plans

Veteran Ludwick not in Rangers' plans

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers narrowed their outfield competition on Thursday by informing veteran outfielder Ryan Ludwick that he will not make the team.

The decision leaves the right-handed-hitting Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski in position to make the team along with one of the two left-handed hitters in camp: Nate Schierholtz or Carlos Peguero. The Rangers are also trying to figure out what to do with Rule 5 Draft pick Delino DeShields, another right-handed hitter.

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Rangers optimistic about state of Tolleson's arm

MRI encouraging; throwing program to be determined after checkup

Rangers optimistic about state of Tolleson's arm

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers still don't know if right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson will be ready for Opening Day, but they are cautiously optimistic that his arm issue is not serious.

Tolleson, who has not pitched since last Friday, has been sidelined with tightness in his right forearm. The results of an MRI exam taken on Wednesday were compared to those from a 2013 exam taken when Tolleson was with the Dodgers.

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Detwiler makes strong case for rotation

Banister praises Rangers lefty: 'He has done everything we'd like to see'

Detwiler makes strong case for rotation

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler wasn't ready to speculate if he has shown enough to prove he belongs in the Rangers rotation.

"I don't know," Detwiler said cautiously. "That's up to them. We've got a lot of good pitchers around here. It's a tough decision."

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Corporan, Chirinos form 'great relationship' as backstop duo

'I am proud to be his backup,' Corporan says

Corporan, Chirinos form 'great relationship' as backstop duo

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- When the Rangers acquired catcher Carlos Corporan on Jan. 21, one of the first text messages he received was from Robinson Chirinos.

"I just was welcoming him into the team," Chirinos said.

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Detwiler dealt rough 2nd, Rangers bats go quietly

Reds starter DeSclafani strikes out 9 in shutout

Detwiler dealt rough 2nd, Rangers bats go quietly

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Using a four-run bottom of the second inning while sending nine men to the plate, the Reds claimed a 5-0 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark.

Appeared headed into the Cincinnati rotation, Anthony DeSclafani had his best outing in his fifth start of spring. DeSclafani pitched six scoreless innings with four hits, three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Rangers ride 10-run seventh to slugfest win over Angels

Andrus, Rosales and Fields go deep; Prince collects rare bunt single

Rangers ride 10-run seventh to slugfest win over Angels

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adam Rosales had a two-run double and Thomas Field had a three-run home run in a 10-run seventh inning that lifted the Rangers to a 15-8 win over the Angels on Tuesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium. Ed Lucas had a single and a double in the inning as well.

Rangers starter Nick Tepesch -- who is adding a slow curve to his arsenal -- went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out one while throwing 67 pitches. Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout had a triple off him that led to two runs in the first and Albert Pujols had a long solo home run in the fourth.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

MLB Pipeline checks in from Rangers camp

Slugger Gallo continues to excel; Prospect Cordell talks position change

MLB Pipeline checks in from Rangers camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Texas Rangers.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers debuted several high-upside position players in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2012. Three years later, third baseman Joey Gallo and outfielders Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams are on the verge of reaching Texas. Outfielder Lewis Brinson is a little further behind, but he has the best five-tool ceiling of them all.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Detwiler appears to be rotation lock, but other battles continue

No. 5 starter, left field, fourth outfielder and final bench spot up for grabs

Detwiler appears to be rotation lock, but other battles continue

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Ross Detwiler is succeeding in his mission. He is proving to the Rangers that he belongs in their rotation.

Detwiler has been the most impressive of Texas' back-end rotation candidates and should lock up the fourth spot in the rotation with another strong performance on Wednesday night against the Reds.

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Rangers infielders pull off impressive ricochet catch

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Rangers infielders pull off impressive ricochet catch

Occasionally during the normal course of a baseball game there comes a moment that makes fans ask, "Do you think he meant to do that?" The ninth inning of Tuesday's Rangers-Angels Spring Training game featured such a moment, courtesy of Adam Rosales and Evan Van Hoosier.

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No. 5 prospect Gonzalez assigned to Triple-A

Rangers pleased with righty's progress, but note he has 'things to work on'

No. 5 prospect Gonzalez assigned to Triple-A

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Alex Gonzalez, the Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick in 2013, had an impressive stay in big league camp.

But that stay came to an end on Tuesday when Gonzalez was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock. Rated as the Rangers' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, Gonzalez pitched in four Cactus League games with a 3.95 ERA and an opponents' batting average of .214.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tepesch bolstering repertoire this spring with slow curve

Texas righty improving offspeed pitches, but manager says fastball command an issue

Tepesch bolstering repertoire this spring with slow curve

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers starter Nick Tepesch gave up a home run to Albert Pujols off a hanging breaking ball Tuesday afternoon.

There was some irony in that because Tepesch's offspeed pitches, especially a slow curve, have made significant improvement this spring.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wright getting long look despite rough spring

Choo, Moreland play in Minor League game

Wright getting long look despite rough spring

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran reliever Jamey Wright has a 14.29 ERA in six outings and opponents are hitting .393 off him. But the Rangers are still taking a hard look at him.

Wright, in camp on a Minor League contract, is scheduled to pitch two innings Wednesday against the Reds. He has allowed nine runs in his last two outings, including three against the Reds on Monday night.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre showing his son spring baseball ropes

Rangers third baseman enjoying spending quality time with Adrian Jr.

Beltre showing his son spring baseball ropes

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Adrian Beltre put in a normal day at the ballpark on Saturday. He was there for early hitting and conditioning, took a hundred ground balls plus regular batting practice, and then he went 0-for-2 with a walk in the game against the Brewers.

When it was over, Beltre went out to the back field and threw batting practice.

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Gallardo ready for 'new chapter' with Rangers

Gallardo ready for 'new chapter' with Rangers

Yovani Gallardo has returned home.

The right-hander, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, was traded from the Brewers to the Rangers during the offseason in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, right-hander Corey Knebel and Minor League pitcher Marcos Diplan.

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Rangers send down top prospect Gallo, catchers Telis, Alfaro

Lefty reliever Beimel released; Blanks headed to Minors for additional work

Rangers send down top prospect Gallo, catchers Telis, Alfaro

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have sent third baseman Joey Gallo and top catching prospects Tomas Telis and Jorge Alfaro back to Minor League camp.

Telis will catch at Triple-A Round Rock and Alfaro is expected to open the season with Double-A Frisco. The Rangers have not announced where their No. 1 ranked prospect, Gallo, will start the season. Gallo will continue to play third base, but might get some work in the outfield as he did in Instructional League.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rua's three-run triple in eighth caps four-RBI night

Rotation hopeful Gonzalez strikes out six in solid five-inning start

Rua's three-run triple in eighth caps four-RBI night

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers and Reds played to a 6-6 tie on Monday night at Surprise Stadium in a game that ended after 10 innings.

Ryan Rua hit a three-run triple off reliever Burke Badenhop in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead. The Rangers trailed, 5-2, going into the inning. The Reds tied the game at 6 in the top of the ninth on Marlon Byrd's fielder's choice.

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Mike Bauman

With room to grow, Elvis ready to make it happen

Andrus looks to bounce back from difficult 2014 season with renewed consistency

With room to grow, Elvis ready to make it happen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In the Texas Rangers' clubhouse at Surprise Stadium, shortstop Elvis Andrus is contemplating the anticipated improvement in his performance.

Andrus has been a regular for six seasons, but he is still only 26. He is an established Major Leaguer and yet, there is still room for his career to grow.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Choo returns, goes 3-for-5 in Triple-A game

Outfielder holds off on throwing because of tightness in triceps muscle

Choo returns, goes 3-for-5 in Triple-A game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who has been sidelined with tightness in the triceps muscle of his left arm, was back on the field Monday.

Choo was used at designated hitter in a Triple-A game against the Mariners and led off five straight innings. The opposing pitcher was Hisashi Iwakuma, who was getting his work in because the Mariners were playing the Angels.

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Gonzalez remains mystery man in Rangers' rotation battle

Right-hander will get next chance to impress Monday night vs. Reds

Gonzalez remains mystery man in Rangers' rotation battle

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- With two weeks to go before Opening Day, the Rangers expect to fill their starting rotation with pitchers they already have in camp.

The Rangers know the Phillies are willing to trade Cole Hamels, but they would have to give up three or four significant prospects. Hamels is also due $96 million over the next four years. The Rangers don't like the financial part, but they are more adamant at this point about not giving up the prospects.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peguero's hot spring has him in thick of outfield competition

Perennial Cactus League thumper looking to break out in regular season

Peguero's hot spring has him in thick of outfield competition

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Outfielder Carlos Peguero is having a great spring. Again.

Peguero, the former Mariners power-hitting prospect, is in camp on a Minor League invite and went 3-for-4 against the Mariners on Saturday. He is now hitting .440 for the spring and maintaining a strong presence in the Rangers' outfield competition.

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Darvish back in camp after Tommy John surgery

Darvish back in camp after Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has a hard cast and a soft wrap covering his right arm. He has to keep the arm at a 90-degree angle at all times.

Right now, his rehab program consists of wiggling his fingers for 10-15 minutes.

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T.R. Sullivan, a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, has been covering the Rangers since 1989, including for MLB.com since 2006.

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Gallardo hurt by long ball in loss to Mariners

Right-hander allows two three-run homers; Peguero goes 3-for-4

Gallardo hurt by long ball in loss to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz each crunched three-run home runs and James Paxton threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut as the Mariners topped Texas, 8-0, on Sunday at Peoria Stadium.

Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo was hit hard, allowing eight runs in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including the home runs to Cruz and Seager, and walked four. He has an 11.32 ERA for the spring.

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Lewis logs deepest spring start against Brewers

Lewis logs deepest spring start against Brewers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Luis Sardinas, playing against his former team, had four hits and two RBIs in leading the Brewers to a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday at Surprise Stadium.

Sardinas, trying to win a job as a utility infielder, was 3-for-25 coming into the game. He was one of three players acquired by the Brewers from the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

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