Rangers lacking consistency at the plate

Beltre's four hits put him 7 from 3,000, but offense sputters

Rangers lacking consistency at the plate

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre had four more hits on his way to 3,000 for his career. But the Rangers couldn't get one with runners in scoring position and in their shutout loss to the Marlins, 4-0, on Monday night.

Beltre needs just seven more hits to become the 31st player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits for his career.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Texas can't pick up Beltre (4 hits), Perez in loss

Texas can't pick up Beltre (4 hits), Perez in loss

ARLINGTON -- Left-hander Adam Conley pitched seven scoreless innings in his second start since returning from the Minor Leagues and the Marlins went on for a 4-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.

Giancarlo Stanton supported Conley with a pair of home runs, the seventh time he has hit two in a game this season and the 25th multi-homer game of his career. He has 32 homers for the season, the most in the National League, and 11 of those have come in July.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Sources: Rangers leaning toward keeping Yu

Sources: Rangers leaning toward keeping Yu

ARLINGTON -- There is a week to go before next Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline and the needle is swinging back toward Yu Darvish remaining with the Rangers.

The needle seems to swing with every trade rumor and tweet that emerges, but Major League sources indicated Monday the Rangers were strongly leaning toward not trading Darvish unless they are overwhelmed by an offer or their postseason hopes crash with another losing streak this week.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Ichiro discusses Beltre's march to history

Ichiro discusses Beltre's march to history

ARLINGTON -- Ichiro Suzuki is all too familiar with the pursuit. Last August, the fanfare and large Japanese-media following swarmed the Marlins' outfielder in his quest to reach 3,000 hits.

Ichiro became the 30th player in MLB history to reach the milestone, achieving the feat with a triple on Aug. 7, 2016, at Colorado. For the next three days, the 43-year-old will observe the player destined to become the 31st on the exclusive list.

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Taveras lands at 32 on Top 100 Prospects list

For first time, top 11 on list are all hitters; top eight are international signees

Taveras lands at 32 on Top 100 Prospects list

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman of the Astros had ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. He had just been called up to the big leagues, and he graduated off the list before the season was over.

Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it's a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada. But much like Bregman in '16, the fact that Moncada is holding on to the No. 1 slot in the Top 100 is overshadowed a bit by having been called up to the White Sox for the first time. One has to think he's going to follow a Bregman-esque path and play his way off of this list before the year is over.

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Diekman on track to face hitters next week

Lefty has been out since Spring; Chirinos avoids DL; Mazara dropped to eighth

Diekman on track to face hitters next week

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have said they're looking into left-handed relief help as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, but they're going to be getting one fairly soon without having to make a deal. Jake Diekman, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since Feb. 14 after having a pair of surgeries to correct his ulcerative colitis, is on track to begin ramping up his workload as he progresses toward an eventual return to the bullpen.

Diekman said on Monday that he's aiming to throw to live batters "hopefully by the end of this homestand." The Rangers play nine games in 10 days with an off-day on Thursday after they wrap up a three-game series with the Marlins.

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Hamels meets familiar foe in Marlins

Hamels meets familiar foe in Marlins

Cole Hamels spent the better part of 10 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, so he's thrown against National League teams for most of his career. Hamels (4-1, 3.78) hasn't faced any team more than the Miami Marlins, though, and he'll get another crack at them on Tuesday, when he squares off against Dan Straily at Globe Life Park.

Hamels has made 37 starts against the Marlins in his career, one more than the Braves, the team he's faced the second most times. In those starts, Hamels is 9-15 with a 3.37 ERA. Miami has registered more plate appearances, at-bats, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases and strikeouts against him than any other opponent.

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Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL

Texas recalls catcher Nicholas in corresponding move

Blister forces Rangers' Ross to DL

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers on Monday placed pitcher Tyson Ross on the disabled list with a blister on his right index finger and recalled catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas needed the extra catcher because Robinson Chirinos is dealing with a sprained left ankle. The Rangers are not ready to put him on the disabled list, but he is doubtful for Monday's game against the Marlins.

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X-rays negative on Chirinos' sprained ankle

Catcher replaced in fifth following fourth-inning collision at home plate; return timetable TBD

X-rays negative on Chirinos' sprained ankle

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos exited Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Rays with a left ankle sprain in the half-inning following his collision at the plate with Adeiny Hechavarria. Precautionary X-rays came back negative.

With runners on second and third and one out in the fourth inning, and the Rays holding a 4-2 lead at the time, Jesus Sucre hit a grounder to second. Rougned Odor threw home to nab the advancing Hechavarria, who crashed into Chirinos on his way toward the plate.

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Odor, Gomez deliver to cap sweep of Rays

Odor, Gomez deliver to cap sweep of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Back-to-back home runs from Rougned Odor, his second of the day, and Carlos Gomez helped the Rangers erase a three-run deficit to take a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Rays got a rally going in the ninth when they had runners on first and second with two outs and Steven Souza Jr. hitting. But Jose Leclerc struck him out to end the threat, and the game.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Rangers on Sunday.

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The best trade fits for Yu Darvish

Impending free agent may be market's most dominant starter

The best trade fits for Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish looked very good in striking out 12 Rays over eight innings on Friday night for the Rangers, and you'd be forgiven for wondering if that's the last time you'll see him in the Texas red and blue. After all, the American League West has been more or less wrapped up for months, the pace set by the scorching Astros, and the Rangers are two games below .500, although a St. Petersburg weekend sweep had them just 2 1/2 games back of an AL Wild Card spot entering Monday. With Darvish headed toward free agency, it's no surprise we're hearing rumors of his availability on the market.

If so, Darvish is going to represent a pretty unique asset, because he's having a better season than Justin Verlander, he's more reliable than Sonny Gray and he's more dominant than Lance Lynn or Marco Estrada. More than any other starter remaining, he's the one a team can envision starting a postseason game and making a difference doing so, and that matters.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez lost his balance on go-ahead homer

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Gomez lost his balance on go-ahead homer

Adrian Beltre isn't the only Rangers player with a penchant to take hacks so large that he drops down to a knee. Carlos Gomez is a fan of the move, too. After Rougned Odor hit an eighth-inning home run to tie Sunday's game against the Rays at 5, Gomez came up looking to give the Rangers the lead. 

And that he did.

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Derek Holland paid tribute to Sister Frances

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Derek Holland paid tribute to Sister Frances

She was known to every Rangers fan, broadcaster and player --  always banging her drum from her seat behind home plate. She was Sister Frances Evans, a nun and Texas superfan, who passed away at the age of 90 on Friday

Though he's now a White Sox, and was pitching in Kansas City on Sunday, Derek Holland remembered his time with her fondly from the eight years that he was with the Rangers

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Beltre jumped to pick up a pitch in the dirt

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Beltre jumped to pick up a pitch in the dirt

In addition to his prolific hitting, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is known as a man with quirks. He's fond of hitting home runs from one knee.

And he's not fond at all of teammates touching his head.

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Banister: Versatile Claudio not official closer

Banister: Versatile Claudio not official closer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Claudio has pitched more innings since the second half began than any other Rangers reliever. He's finished four games in the process, picking up three saves and a win.

The recent uptick in high-leverage work for Claudio, however, is no reason to go labeling Claudio the "closer," manager Jeff Banister said. He holds the rest of his bullpen to an equal standard.

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Andrus HRs, Rangers score 3 unearned in win

Andrus HRs, Rangers score 3 unearned in win

ST. PETERSBURG -- After five innings Saturday night, the Rays appeared to be in grand shape to even their weekend series against the Rangers. Then came the nightmare inning that led to a 4-3 Texas win at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers (47-50) won their second consecutive game, while the Rays (51-47) lost their third consecutive game.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Saturday.

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Gifted a break, Rangers revive one-run magic

Gifted a break, Rangers revive one-run magic

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ignored for much of the season, the Rangers were finally visited by Lady Luck at an opportune time Saturday.

Fighting to scratch out runs against a locked-in Chris Archer while trying to tread water in the American League Wild Card race, the Rangers caught a much-needed break in the sixth inning, when Mallex Smith dropped a ball in center field.

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Daniels keeping open mind as Deadline nears

Daniels keeping open mind as Deadline nears

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers are not ready to commit to being buyers or sellers with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming in nine days.

But general manager Jon Daniels, speaking before Saturday's game against the Rays, appears open-minded to a strategy that would put the Rangers in the "sellers" category. That could include a willingness to trade pitcher Yu Darvish, who can be a free agent after this season.

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Longtime fan Sister Frances passes away at 90

Longtime fan Sister Frances passes away at 90

ARLINGTON -- Sister Frances Evans, who, along with Sister Maggie Hession, were the Rangers' two original fans and their biggest supporters through the years, passed away on Friday night. She was 90.

Sister Frances and Sister Maggie were beloved institutions at Rangers games from the beginning. They started attending games in 1972 at Arlington Stadium and were the first two to enter the Ballpark in Arlington when it opened in 1994.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Choo ties it, Elvis wins it for Texas at The Trop

Choo ties it, Elvis wins it for Texas at The Trop

ST. PETERSBURG -- Elvis Andrus is the bull that sees red whenever he plays against the Rays. Friday night, his RBI single in the 10th gave the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Rays (51-46) have now lost two in a row while the Rangers (46-50) snapped a season-high five-game losing streak.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Friday.

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Darvish (12 K's) blows away Rays with heater

Darvish (12 K's) blows away Rays with heater

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yu Darvish was pitching well enough as the All-Star break arrived -- he was named to the American League roster, after all. But the former Cy Young runner-up was still capable of better things and made some adjustments to get there.

Over the break, Darvish tweaked his mechanics slightly to alter his release point. That adjustment paved the way for his aspirations of pitching upstairs to succeed Friday night in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Rays.

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Cashner reflects on '16 deal as Deadline nears

Cashner reflects on '16 deal as Deadline nears

ST. PETERSBURG -- As trade rumors begin to pick up around a suddenly slumping Rangers team, Andrew Cashner reflected on the Deadline swap that sent him to Miami last year.

To put it simply, that week "was not fun," Cashner said. While standing in the Padres bullpen before a start, false rumors began swirling that he had been dealt. Cashner didn't know whether he would be making his scheduled start. But he straightened out that mess by calling his agent and went on to pitch that game.

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Pudge looking forward to induction into HOF

Heralded catcher played 13 seasons with Rangers

Pudge looking forward to induction into HOF

ARLINGTON -- Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is just nine days away from the crowning moment of his Major League Baseball career.

On July 30, Rodriguez will be standing on a podium in the upstate New York village of Cooperstown. Behind him will be seated some of the greatest players in the history of the game and, on that Sunday afternoon, Rodriguez will join them as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Mendez fires seven scoreless for Frisco

Mendez fires seven scoreless for Frisco

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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Hamels' scoreless streak ends; Texas swept

Hamels' scoreless streak ends; Texas swept

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles completed a four-game sweep by overcoming the Rangers' four-run lead and rallying for a 9-7 victory on Thursday night at Camden Yards. The Orioles hit four home runs, including three off losing pitcher Cole Hamels.

The Rangers led, 5-1, going into the bottom of the fifth before the Orioles struck for three runs in that inning on home runs by Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, and four more in the sixth to take the lead.

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Banister's focus on future, not Rangers' funk

Banister's focus on future, not Rangers' funk

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers are getting dangerously close to falling out of contention in the American League Wild Card race, and being swept by the Orioles isn't about to inspire confidence.

It will be up to general manager Jon Daniels to interpret the results of all this as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, but the Rangers have now lost five straight after a 9-7 loss to the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.

Shopping Yu not out of question for Rangers

Shopping Yu not out of question for Rangers

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers' precarious place in the American League Wild Card race could force them to make some tough decisions leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

If the Rangers continue to slip in the standings, it could mean considering some major trades for the future -- and Yu Darvish could possibly be included in the list.

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Kela off disabled list; Kozma DFA'd

Kela off disabled list; Kozma DFA'd

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers activated right-handed reliever Keone Kela off the disabled list on Thursday and designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

Kela hasn't pitched in a game since June 27 because of a sore right shoulder, and although the Rangers will be conservative with him, at some point they will likely try him at closer.

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Rangers search for answers to ailing offense

Rangers search for answers to ailing offense

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers scored a major offensive objective in the ninth inning on Wednesday night.

They scored a run on three singles. It didn't change the outcome in a 10-2 loss to the Orioles, but it was a reminder of what has been missing from their offense since the All-Star break.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. 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.