Rangers return to .500 thanks to big fifth

Rangers return to .500 thanks to big fifth

ARLINGTON -- Thanks to a three-run fifth inning, the Rangers clinched a series victory against the Astros with a 4-3 win on Tuesday.

Houston had a two-run lead until the fourth inning, when Prince Fielder's solo home run put the Rangers on the board against Astros starter Dan Straily. After the fifth, Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed a home run to outfielder Carlos Gomez -- his first as an Astro -- to put Houston within one run, but closer Shawn Tolleson and the Texas bullpen shut the door to preserve the win despite allowing two runners to reach scoring position in the ninth.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morale high for energized Rangers

Morale high for energized Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Rangers fans rose to their feet on Tuesday as Shawn Tolleson faced the defending American League batting champion with two outs and two runners in scoring position in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

Tolleson got Astros second baseman Jose Altuve to an 0-2 count, Altuve fouled one off, then Tolleson went up and out of the strike zone. Altuve swung and missed, giving the Rangers a 4-3 win to reach .500 for the first time since July 4.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Delino plays his way to everyday role

Delino plays his way to everyday role

ARLINGTON -- Delino DeShields began this season as a Rule 5 Draft pick who struggled in Spring Training. Now he is the Rangers' everyday center fielder, and his stock only rose when the team optioned Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. DeShields fought Martin for playing time for much of the season until becoming the regular center fielder in July.

As much as Martin lost the job, DeShields won it. He proved it again on Tuesday, when his triple was a key hit in a three-run fifth that led to the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Astros.

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Rangers option Martin to Round Rock

In corresponding move, contract of Strausborger purchased

Rangers option Martin to Round Rock

ARLINGTON -- Once the Rangers' everyday center fielder, Leonys Martin is headed to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers announced on Tuesday that they have optioned Martin and purchased the contract of Triple-A outfielder Ryan Strausborger.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez looks to celebrate birthday with sweep of Astros

Martinez looks to celebrate birthday with sweep of Astros

Astros left-hander Scott Kazmir, who earlier this week was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for July, makes his third start for Houston since coming over in a trade with Oakland in Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Kazmir, who posted the third-lowest July ERA (0.26) in Major League history, hasn't allowed a run in two starts in 14 2/3 innings with the Astros.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to victory

Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to victory

ARLINGTON -- Led by Adrian Beltre's record-tying cycle, the Rangers opened a three-game series with the Astros by outslugging them, 12-9, on Monday night. The Rangers have won five of their last six games.

"It was a good night, a good win for the team," Beltre said. "We came out swinging the bats and got some big hits."

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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. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre joins elite club with third cycle

Beltre joins elite club with third cycle

ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre had a perfectly plausible explanation as to why he was able to hit for the cycle for the third time in his career in the Rangers' 12-9 victory over the Astros on Monday night.

"When you're fast like me, it's not that difficult," Beltre said.

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Richard Justice

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

Rangers veteran posting numbers reminiscent of all-time great third basemen

Beltre crafting rock-solid Hall resume

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's greatest strength also happens to be his greatest weakness, at least in terms of assessing his Hall of Fame credentials. He plays the game so smoothly, so efficiently that he's occasionally easy to overlook even after 18 seasons of playing at such a high level.

That's why what happened in Arlington on Monday night was so outside the norm. If it prompts people to pause and put his greatness in context, even better. It was one of those games that will resonate through an entire sport.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers bust out with pair of big frames

Rangers bust out with pair of big frames

ARLINGTON -- It started with a walk, then a single, then another single.

Before you knew it, the Rangers had put up six runs and knocked Astros starter Lance McCullers out of the game in the first inning. And there was more to come en route to Monday's 12-9 win in the opener of a three-game series.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK: Facts, stats from Beltre's cycle

Rangers 3B fourth player to achieve feat three times

DYK: Facts, stats from Beltre's cycle

Adrian Beltre added another accomplishment to his resume Monday night, hitting for the cycle for the third time in his career in the Rangers' 12-9 home win over the Astros.

The veteran third baseman went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, tripling in the first inning, doubling in the second, singling in the third and capping it off with a homer in the fifth. He became the third player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Brock Holt of the Red Sox and Rangers teammate Shin-Soo Choo.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gimenez, Wilson to continue splitting time

Gimenez, Wilson to continue splitting time

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' new arrangement of Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson sharing the catching duties could last for an extended period of time.

Robinson Chirinos has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, and it could be some time before catcher Carlos Corporan returns. Corporan has been on the DL since July 13 with a sprained left thumb, and his recovery is taking longer than initially expected.

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Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton shattered the offensive silence Sunday at Globe Life Park with a sixth-inning home run that complemented Martin Perez's dominant performance as the Texas Rangers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Perez limited San Francisco, which entered the afternoon ranked second in the National League in batting, to one hit in eight innings -- Justin Maxwell's infield single with two outs in the fifth -- and exited after allowing a one-out double to Angel Pagan in the ninth.

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Perez looks like old self in tossing gem

Rangers starter dominates Giants for first win since Tommy John surgery

Perez looks like old self in tossing gem

ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez, only a little more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, had pitched a dominant 8 1/3 innings before he left a changeup high and allowed a ninth-inning double to Angel Pagan.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister came to the mound to pull Perez in what became a 2-1 Rangers win Sunday against the Giants.

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Jim Callis

Brinson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Orioles' No. 29 prospect throws no-hitter, strikes out nine

Brinson on MLB Pipeline's 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.

Left-hander John Means barely snuck onto MLBPipeline.com's Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, checking in at No. 29. While he may not have the highest profile in Baltimore's system, he's raising it after his performance in July.

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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.

Sore knee puts Scheppers on disabled list

Rangers call up reliever Klein to replace struggling setup man

Sore knee puts Scheppers on disabled list

ARLINGTON -- Only a few hours after he blew a save by allowing hits to all three batters faced, right-hander Tanner Scheppers is on the disabled list.

The Rangers put Scheppers on the 15-day DL on Sunday with left knee inflammation. To fill the void, they recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamels efficient in first Rangers start

Left-hander pitches into eighth inning before bullpen blows lead

Hamels efficient in first Rangers start

ARLINGTON -- The Cole Hamels era in Texas began Saturday with high expectations, plenty of publicity and even some history on the line. Could he immediately prove to be the Rangers' saving grace? Could he become only the second pitcher in Major League history to throw back-to-back no-hitters?

Well, not exactly. In a 9-7 loss against the Giants, Hamels delivered a workman-like 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. He was efficient, and he was good. He left the game in line for the win before the Rangers' bullpen blew the lead.

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Rangers undone by Pence's homer in 11th

Rangers undone by Pence's homer in 11th

ARLINGTON -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth and then hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th, providing the force behind a 9-7 Giants win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Pence helped the Giants spoil the Rangers debut of Cole Hamels, who threw 7 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing five earned runs in a no-decision. The Rangers were up, 7-4, when Hamels left the game, but the Giants rallied in the eighth to tie the game. Buster Posey helped lead the charge with three hits, including a home run, and Brandon Belt hit a pair of shots to record his second career multi-homer game.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bloops sting Scheppers in Rangers' loss

Reliever allows three hits as Giants tie game in eighth inning

Bloops sting Scheppers in Rangers' loss

ARLINGTON -- On the surface, Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers is an easy scapegoat for the Rangers' 9-7 loss to the Giants in 11 innings Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Scheppers relieved Cole Hamels with two outs in the seventh inning and the Rangers up, 7-4. He faced three batters, allowing two doubles and a single. He was charged with two earned runs and allowed an inherited runner to score as the Giants tied the game.

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Kela sent to Minors to keep him fresh

Addition of Diekman, Dyson bolsters Rangers' hard-working bullpen

Kela sent to Minors to keep him fresh

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers took advantage of their recent bullpen additions Saturday by optioning right-hander Keone Kela to Double-A Frisco before a 9-7 loss to the Giants.

Kela is expected to get a short rest period in the Minors, and the club was able to make that happen after acquiring needed reinforcements in left-hander Jake Diekman and right-hander Sam Dyson on Friday.

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Wilson catches Hamels as Chirinos hits DL

Wilson catches Hamels as Chirinos hits DL

ARLINGTON -- Bobby Wilson didn't know for sure Friday night that he would spend Saturday catching Cole Hamels' Rangers debut, but he wanted to be prepared. Turns out it was a wise decision.

Wilson was in the starting lineup for the 9-7 loss to the Giants after the Rangers placed catcher Robinson Chirinos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Chirinos said he hurt his shoulder in his eighth-inning at-bat Thursday against the Yankees. Chirinos, who was hitting .226 with nine home runs, will likely need at least two weeks to recover, leaving the Rangers in limbo at catcher.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fielder pulls another belly flop on slide into second

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Fielder pulls another belly flop on slide into second

Prince Fielder is a large man. As such, he's got a whole bunch of force to apply to whatever direction he happens to be moving. (We're no physics majors, but this is what we've been told.) And so, when Prince Fielder falls, Prince Fielder gets his money's worth.

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Beltre, Andrus power Rangers past Giants

Beltre, Andrus power Rangers past Giants

ARLINGTON -- A rejuvenated Rangers lineup, led by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, handled Madison Bumgarner, while right-hander Nick Martinez pitched his best game since June in the Rangers' 6-3 win against the Giants on Friday.

Martinez started slow, allowing runs in each of the first two innings, but he had the benefit of run support. The Rangers scored twice in the first against Bumgarner on a two-run home run from Beltre and added four more in the second, two coming on Andrus's two-run blast.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamels expects to 'win ballgames' for Texas

Rangers also get Diekman, send Harrison and prospects to Philly

Hamels expects to 'win ballgames' for Texas

ARLINGTON -- Three-time All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels was hoping to be traded to a contending team before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He believes that is what happened when the Phillies traded him to the Rangers in a deal that was finally announced on Friday.

Hamels' previous experience with the Phillies reinforces that. The Phillies were seven games out of first place on Aug. 25, 2007, and still won the National League East title. In 2008, they were 3 1/2 games out with 16 to play and ended up winning not only the division title but the World Series as well.

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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.

Working inside, Martinez outpitches MadBum

Working inside, Martinez outpitches MadBum

ARLINGTON -- Nick Martinez found his command working the inside fastball, and it helped him find the win column for the first time since June 9.

Martinez pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits Friday night in the Rangers' 6-3 win over the Giants. And possibly thanks to the spark that comes with pulling off a trade for Cole Hamels, the Rangers played as if they were rejuvenated across the board.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Hamels, Rangers have added tested ace

In Hamels, Rangers have added tested ace

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels, in his final moments in Philadelphia before boarding a plane that would take him to a new team and a new start, recounted the memories.

There were the early days in Philadelphia, when he was young and unsure. Then there was the magical 2008 championship parade down Broad Street that solidified his place as a Philly sports hero. There were some bad times, but the good stuck out -- from the Four Aces to the no-hitter in his last start, Saturday in Chicago.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers fortify 'pen; Gallardo still in rotation

Rangers fortify 'pen; Gallardo still in rotation

ARLINGTON -- In addition to acquiring left-handed starter Cole Hamels, the Rangers made two significant additions to their bullpen this week.

They picked up left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies in the same trade, and they acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins just before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Both Diekman and Dyson are experienced power relievers with fastballs that are clocked around 95-96 mph.

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Gallo smashes two solo homers for Express

Rangers top prospect's performance is lone bright spot in Triple-A Round Rock's loss

Gallo smashes two solo homers for Express

Joey Gallo has been hovering around the Mendoza line since being demoted to Triple-A Round Rock on July 1, but the Rangers' No. 1 prospect has not been lacking power.

Baseball's No. 8 overall prospect, Gallo went 2-for-3 with a walk and two solo homers in the Express' 10-3 loss to Omaha. That gives him a total of 20 roundtrippers and 60 RBIs across three levels -- including the big leagues -- this year. While he's hitting just .194 for Round Rock, he's hit seven homers and recorded 16 RBIs in 25 games.

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Rangers trade Telis, Ege for righty reliever Dyson

Rangers trade Telis, Ege for righty reliever Dyson

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired relief pitcher Sam Dyson from the Marlins for catcher Tomas Telis and Minor League reliever Cody Ege on Friday. The move comes after the Rangers claimed catcher Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Rays.

Dyson is a veteran righty who was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 games for the Marlins this season. He is a hard thrower with a fastball that averages 95.6 mph.

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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.