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

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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Rangers send Perez to oppose new Giant Leake

Rangers send Perez to oppose new Giant Leake

Sunday's series finale between the Giants and Rangers will be somewhat of a novelty for the respective starting pitchers.

It'll be a complete novelty for right-hander Mike Leake (9-5, 3.56 ERA). After spending nearly six seasons with the Reds, Leake will make his Giants debut after being acquired Thursday for two Minor Leaguers. The Giants are hoping that Leake, who has pitched eight innings in three of his last four starts, can continue to work deep into games and ease the bullpen's workload.

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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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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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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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Rangers win slugfest on Hamilton walk-off hit

Rangers win slugfest on Hamilton walk-off hit

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton hit a single through the right side with two outs in the ninth off reliever Andrew Miller to bring home Leonys Martin with the winning run in the Rangers' 7-6 walk-off victory over the Yankees on Thursday night.

Hamilton, who had a three-run home run in the first inning, was mobbed at first base after the Rangers celebrated their second straight win over the Yankees.

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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.

Rangers players embrace adding ace in Hamels

Rangers players embrace adding ace in Hamels

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers are sad to see a family member depart. But they are also preparing to welcome a proven ace.

The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies. An official announcement was made on Friday.

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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 sad to see good friend Harrison go

Players speak effusively of veteran hurler, who will head to Philly after overcoming serious injuries

Rangers sad to see good friend Harrison go

ARLINGTON -- When the trade is announced, the Rangers will certainly welcome the addition of a three-time All-Star pitcher who has won a World Series MVP Award and also threw a no-hitter less than a week ago.

At the same time, while waiting for the official arrival of Cole Hamels, Rangers players also spoke from the heart on Thursday about what Matt Harrison meant to the team. Harrison is one of six players -- the only Major Leaguer -- who is being sent by the Rangers to the Phillies for Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman.

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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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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.

Rua plays Ellsbury's gamble into inside-the-parker

Rua plays Ellsbury's gamble into inside-the-parker

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua hit a line drive to center field in the fourth inning of Thursday night's 7-6 win over the Yankees. Little did he know it would become a home run.

"I couldn't really tell because it was straight on with [Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury]," Rua said. "Once I saw it get by him, I knew he had to kind of come in on it, and I just put my head down from there."

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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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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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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.

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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