Rangers' rotation to include Martinez

Right-hander made 24 starts for Texas during 2014 season

Rangers' rotation to include Martinez

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Nick Martinez has won the fifth spot in the Rangers' rotation, manager Jeff Banister said on Sunday morning.

He joins a rotation that already includes Yovani Gallardo, Derek Holland, Colby Lewis and Ross Detwiler. Gallardo will take the mound on Opening Day (April 6) against the Athletics, and Banister confirmed Holland will pitch the home opener on April 10 against the Astros.

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Smolinski's perseverance leading to Opening Day

Callup last season, strong spring could mean left-field job with Rangers

Smolinski's perseverance leading to Opening Day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A year ago, few people had heard of outfielder Jake Smolinski. Having signed with the Rangers as a Minor League free agent, he was toiling in relative anonymity on that side of the complex and getting ready to play in Double-A for the fourth straight year.

A career .258 batting average with a .401 slugging percentage explained why, as did the fact that he had never hit more than nine home runs or driven in more than 51 runs in a season.

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QB Wilson's Spring Training visit comes with deep ball

Seahawks star crushes home run to left-center field during BP

QB Wilson's Spring Training visit comes with deep ball

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went deep again on Saturday. This time he wasn't throwing a bomb to Doug Baldwin, but taking Rangers third-base coach Tony Beasley over the left-field fence in batting practice.

"I lasered one out in left-center field," Wilson said during what has become an annual visit to Rangers camp in Spring Training. "That was good. I stayed back and was able to drive it to left-center. It feels good hitting a home run. There's something special about throwing a touchdown, because it's so hard to get touchdowns, but getting a home run is a good feeling too."

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Ranaudo optioned to Triple-A, out of fifth-starter competition

Ranaudo optioned to Triple-A, out of fifth-starter competition

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have optioned pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to Triple-A Round Rock, removing another candidate from the fifth-starter competition.

Ranaudo held the Athletics to two runs in six innings on Friday, but he was held back early in camp by some elbow issues and never really caught up in the race to be the fifth starter. Ranaudo was acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Robbie Ross Jr. in the offseason and will join prospect Alex Gonzalez in the Round Rock rotation.

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Rangers acquire lefty Freeman from Cardinals

Reliever posted a 2.61 ERA over 44 games during the 2014 season

Rangers acquire lefty Freeman from Cardinals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have acquired left-handed reliever Sam Freeman from the Cardinals for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The Rangers acquired Freeman with the idea of having him in their Opening Day bullpen.

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Rangers relievers pitch well against Padres

Edwards leads way in bullpen-only game with two shutout innings

Rangers relievers pitch well against Padres

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In what began as a pretty good pitching duel between the Texas bullpen and San Diego starter Tyson Ross ended up with the Padres holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Ross went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out 12. His career-high in the regular season is 11 and the most in a Spring Training game since Alex Cobb of the Rays on March 22, 2014. Ross, lined up to be the No. 2 starter in the Padres rotation, has a 2.89 ERA this spring and opponents are hitting .203 off him.

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Rangers' Opening Day roster won't include Schierholtz

Veteran outfielder takes his release, becomes a free agent

Rangers' Opening Day roster won't include Schierholtz

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have told veteran outfielder Nate Schierholtz that he will not be on the Opening Day roster. That clears the way for Ryan Rua, Jake Smolinski and Delino DeShields to make the team.

Carlos Peguero is still in camp on a Minor League contract and has had an impressive spring. But the Rangers are likely to have him start the season in Triple-A and continue the progress he has made in his new approach at the plate.

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Ohlendorf shut down due to mild groin strain

Right-hander to miss Opening Day, but club expects him to help during season

Ohlendorf shut down due to mild groin strain

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has had an impressive Spring Training, but his chances of being on the Opening Day roster have been scuttled because of a mild strain of his right groin muscle.

Ohlendorf, who has pitched just three games and five innings this spring, has been shut down from throwing until his leg is symptom free. He has twice had to leave a game when the groin started bothering him.

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QB Wilson hits Rangers camp for second time

QB Wilson hits Rangers camp for second time

Russell Wilson traded his Seattle Seahawks uniform for a Texas Rangers one on Saturday, as the two-time Super Bowl quarterback joined the club in Surprise, Ariz.

Wilson, whose Seahawks lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, made his second Spring Training visit with the Rangers. He participated in the team's morning workout, but won't play in the 4:05 p.m. ET game against the Padres.

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Scheppers falls back into role as setup man

A year after Opening Day start, elbow injury, righty returns to bullpen

Scheppers falls back into role as setup man

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Yovani Gallardo was named the Rangers' Opening Day starter on Thursday. That brought back memories for reliever Tanner Scheppers.

"Of course," Scheppers said. "I will remember Opening Day for the rest of my life."

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Rangers leaning toward keeping Rule 5 pick DeShields

Speed, bunting ability impress new manager Banister

Rangers leaning toward keeping Rule 5 pick DeShields

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers still have outfield decisions to make and Nate Schierholz may be next on the list. The Rangers have until Saturday to put Schierholz on the Opening Day roster, or allow him the option of taking his free agency.

Schierholz is a left-handed hitter who can play all three outfield positions. That's a good thing to have, especially if both right-handed hitting Ryan Rua and Jake Smolinski make the team.

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Rangers fall in ninth as Klein gives up walk-off three-run homer

Ranaudo boosts rotation chances, allows two runs in six innings

Rangers fall in ninth as Klein gives up walk-off three-run homer

MESA, Ariz. -- Mark Canha hit a three-run, walk-off homer against Rangers reliever Phil Klein in the ninth inning of Friday's game at Hohokam Stadium, sending Oakland to a 7-6 victory.

Max Muncy singled and Stephen Vogt walked ahead of Canha's one-out homer, his fourth long ball of the spring.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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