Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

Martin robs Teixeira with leaping catch at wall

ARLINGTON -- Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin is sure to be seen on highlight reels everywhere after his second-inning catch Monday against the Yankees.

With the game tied at 0, Mark Teixeira hit a towering fly ball to left-center-field off Rangers starter Matt Harrison, but Martin ran over and was able to put one hand on the wall to aid his leap while still in motion. He snagged Teixeira's ball near the top of the wall, turning a possible home run into an out.

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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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Rangers recall righty Klein, option Bass

Club also designates right-hander Ohlendorf for assignment

Rangers recall righty Klein, option Bass

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers brought a fresh arm into their bullpen Monday when they recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas also optioned right-handed reliever Anthony Bass to Triple-A and righty Ross Ohlendorf was designated for assignment.

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Brinson named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Brinson named to 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.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Rangers remain in hunt to land Hamels

Dodgers also pursuing Phillies ace; Texas talking to multiple clubs, may opt for 'smaller fits'

Rangers remain in hunt to land Hamels

ANAHEIM -- There is a growing feeling around Major League Baseball that either the Dodgers or the Rangers are going to end up with Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Privately, the Rangers are bracing to finish second in the competition. The Rangers are growing comfortable with the idea of paying Hamels $22.5 million annually through at least 2018. But they are still uncomfortable about giving up significant prospects, and the feeling is the Dodgers will be more aggressive in that regard. The Rangers are on the periphery of playoff contention, while the Dodgers are leading the National League West and have a greater urgency to try to win it all this season.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Hamels suitors set for dash to Deadline

Hamels suitors set for dash to Deadline

OK, the Rangers entered Monday three games below .500 (47-50), in third place in the American League West and 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading Angels. Not only are they 4 1/2 games back for an AL Wild Card spot, but they would have to jump over five teams to get into the postseason that way.

And these guys are actually serious about being a player in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes? Dang right.

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Rangers denied sweep by Angels

Rangers denied sweep by Angels

ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout hit a game-breaking grand slam in the sixth inning Sunday -- his 31st home run and second of the game -- and finished 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored as the Angels avoided being swept by the Rangers at Angel Stadium with a 13-7 win. The Angels took a one-game lead on the Astros in the American League West, with Houston losing to the Royals.

Texas' pitching staff struggled all afternoon. Starter Nick Martinez allowed four runs, including two home runs, in his five-plus innings. Anthony Bass came on in relief and committed a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, then allowed two straight hits without recording an out. Two batters later, Spencer Patton, brought in to face Trout, allowed the slam. Keone Kela and Wandy Rodriguez combined to allow five more Angels runs in the seventh and eighth.

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Seeking sweep, Rangers done in by errors

Seeking sweep, Rangers done in by errors

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers and the Angels had a pretty good battle going for five innings. Then, manager Jeff Banister said, "We shot ourselves in the foot."

When you do that against the Angels, it inevitably means Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are going to be in position to do serious damage.

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While Rangers seek righty bat, Rua fills role

Club wants to see outfielder play every day at Triple-A

While Rangers seek righty bat, Rua fills role

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers' comeback Saturday night started with an RBI double from Ryan Rua in the fourth inning off of left-handed starter Hector Santiago. It was his last at-bat of the night.

The next time his spot came up, the Angels had gone to a right-hander out of the bullpen and Josh Hamilton pinch-hit for Rua.

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Elvis throws glove at ball, then keys rally

Elvis throws glove at ball, then keys rally

ANAHEIM -- The bottom of the Rangers' order came up big in the eighth inning on Saturday night. Headlining the cast was shortstop Elvis Andrus, who went from playground goofball to winning-rally starter within two innings.

The Rangers trailed, 6-4, going into the eighth inning, but Andrus, hitting in the fifth spot, led off with a single against reliever Joe Smith. From there the Rangers scored three runs and came away with a 7-6 victory over the Angels for their fourth straight win.

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Rangers stun Angels, pick up 4th straight win

Rangers stun Angels, pick up 4th straight win

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers rallied from two runs down in the eighth inning, getting clutch RBI singles from Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields to beat the Angels, 7-6, on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Texas clinched a series win with its fourth straight victory and sent the Halos to a third straight loss following a stretch in which they won 17 of 20.

The Rangers entered the eighth inning trailing, 6-4, but scored three times off usually reliable Angels setup man Joe Smith, who allowed four hits and a walk while only recording one out.

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Gallardo struggles as Trade Deadline nears

Gallardo struggles as Trade Deadline nears

ANAHEIM -- Two pitchers of great interest to the Rangers took the mound on Saturday. Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter for the Phillies. Yovani Gallardo, for the second time since the All-Star break, couldn't get past the fifth inning for the Rangers.

No telling how much higher Hamels' trade value soared after his superb performance against the Cubs. What is certain is Gallardo didn't help his value with his outing against the Angels, even though the Rangers rallied for a 7-6 win.

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Holland edges closer to returning to Rangers

Holland edges closer to returning to Rangers

ANAHEIM -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland threw 48 pitches in a live batting-practice session before Texas' 7-6 win over the Angels on Saturday at Angel Stadium. His next step will be a bullpen session in Arlington and then a medical-rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

"I just wanted to make sure everything was working," Holland said before the Rangers faced the Angels. "I wanted to make sure they saw everything they needed to see."

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Hamilton steps up despite Big A boo-birds

Hamilton steps up despite Big A boo-birds

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton came back, he got booed, and then he conquered. For one night, Hamilton got the upper hand on all those Angels fans who are still frothing over his two subpar years in Anaheim.

Hamilton answered the boos by going 2-for-4 with a double and a single, starting both Rangers rallies and scoring two runs in a 4-2 victory over the Angels.

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Lewis' 9-K gem likely to fuel trade buzz

Lewis' 9-K gem likely to fuel trade buzz

DENVER -- With one week to go before the Trade Deadline, Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis took the mound on Friday night and delivered the kind of performance that has to catch the attention of teams looking for starting pitching.

Clubs have asked the Rangers about Lewis as the Deadline approaches, and the frequency of phone calls may increase after he held the Angels to two runs over 7 2/3 innings in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.

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Rangers prevail in Hamilton's return to Big A

Rangers prevail in Hamilton's return to Big A

ANAHEIM -- Colby Lewis was charged with two runs in 7 2/3 innings on Friday night, snapping his six-start losing streak against the Angels and leading the Rangers to a 4-2 victory. Josh Hamilton went 2-for-4 in his first game at Angel Stadium since he was traded to Texas, hitting a double and a single and scoring a couple of runs.

"Really good job by Colby," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "It was important for us to get some runs on the board and let Colby pitch with a lead. We played good defense and had timely hitting."

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Rangers, Phils reboot Hamels discussions

Rangers, Phils reboot Hamels discussions

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers have re-engaged the Phillies in trade discussions concerning left-hander Cole Hamels. There is still no indication if a deal will get done because the Rangers remain uneasy about the quality of prospects they would have to give up and the size of the contract they would have to take.

But the talks appear to be back on because the Phillies like the Rangers' farm system and because Hamels is exactly what general manager Jon Daniels is looking for right now. Daniels would like to add a starting pitcher who would be with the Rangers for beyond 2015.

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Hamilton opens up before Angel Stadium return

Hamilton opens up before Angel Stadium return

ANAHEIM -- The right-center-field fence sits 365 feet from home plate at Angel Stadium, with a scoreboard that raises it about 15 feet above the ground and a marine layer that knocks baseballs down on most summer nights. Hitters have often said it is the most difficult place here to drive the ball. And few know that better than Josh Hamilton, the left-handed-hitting slugger who came to bat at Angel Stadium 188 times last season and never once managed a home run.

Hamilton made his return to Southern California in a 4-2 Rangers win on Friday, with a new team and a new perspective, and was asked if the intimidating dimensions of the ballpark seeped into his mind when he played for the Angels.

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Daniels being both optimistic and realistic

Daniels being both optimistic and realistic

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers appear to be sitting on the fence with a week to go before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. General manager Jon Daniels is trying to be realistic and optimistic at the same time while trying to decide if the Rangers are going to be buyers or sellers.

Daniels knows the Rangers are four games under .500, so there won't be any short-term quick fixes. But he also knows that there is more than two months left in the season, so he is not ready to give up on a team that fought its way back into contention in early June.

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Rangers' intern program breeds success

Rangers' intern program breeds success

ARLINGTON -- When Paul Kruger started a baseball operations internship with the Texas Rangers in 2009, he may not have fully understood what he was getting into.

Kruger already knew this job wasn't going to be filled with coffee runs and paperwork. He was going to the Rangers' complex in the Dominican Republic, where he would be among the first Americans to serve in an administrative role.

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Odor misses cycle, but proves vital in 9th

Second baseman finishes double shy of feat, but his walk helps Rangers rally for win

Odor misses cycle, but proves vital in 9th

DENVER -- Rougned Odor came to bat in the ninth inning in Wednesday's 10-8 win over the Rockies needing a double to hit for the cycle.

Odor didn't get it, though he did hit a screaming line drive down the right-field line that hooked foul. But what Odor did do was quite impressive in what was then a tie game.

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Andrus delivers in 9th for series win vs. Rox

Andrus delivers in 9th for series win vs. Rox

DENVER -- Elvis Andrus delivered a two-run single in the top of the ninth to give the Rangers a 10-8 victory vs. the Rockies in the rubber game of three at Coors Field.

John Axford (2-3) intentionally walked Prince Fielder to load the bases with one out, but Andrus made him pay by grounding past drawn-in third baseman Nolan Arenado's dive. Axford walked ninth-inning leadoff man Rougned Odor -- who homered, tripled and finished a double shy of the cycle -- and yielded two hits and three total walks before departing with two out.

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Scheppers struggles in hitter-friendly Coors

Despite rough outings, Banister still confident in reliever

Scheppers struggles in hitter-friendly Coors

DENVER -- Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers has come to one conclusion about Coors Field.

"You can probably assume that I am not going to sign here as a free agent," Scheppers said.

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Patton working for more prominent role in 'pen

Rangers weighing using rookie or acquiring proven veteran by Trade Deadline

Patton working for more prominent role in 'pen

DENVER -- An internal candidate has emerged in the Rangers' search for bullpen reinforcement before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Right-hander Spencer Patton is earning a more prominent spot in the back of the bullpen.

Manager Jeff Banister has spoken of a "core four" that consists of closer Shawn Tolleson, right-handers Tanner Scheppers and Keone Kela, and left-hander Sam Freeman. Banister acknowledged that Patton is pushing his way into that fraternity.

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Harrison, Choo star as Rangers blank Rox

Harrison, Choo star as Rangers blank Rox

DENVER -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison earned his first win since May 8, 2014, with six scoreless innings in a 9-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field. Harrison's win came on a night when Shin-Soo Choo hit for the cycle for the first time in his career.

Choo tripled in the ninth to complete the eighth cycle in Rangers history and the 13th cycle in the history of Coors Field. Choo had an RBI double in the second, a solo homer in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth before his ninth-inning three-bagger.

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Choo triples in 9th for Rangers' 8th cycle

Choo triples in 9th for Rangers' 8th cycle

DENVER -- Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has been looking for something to boost his sagging confidence. Hitting for the cycle might be just what he needs.

Choo did that on Tuesday night at Coors Field, completing his work with a ninth-inning triple off reliever Rex Brothers in the Rangers' 9-0 victory over the Rockies.

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Harrison: Win over Rox 'confidence booster'

Harrison: Win over Rox 'confidence booster'

DENVER -- There is life after spinal fusion surgery for those willing to fight through a painful and tedious 14-month rehabilitation journey.

Matt Harrison was determined to do just that, and he received his first tangible reward on an emotional night at Coors Field. Harrison pitched six scoreless innings and earned his first win since May 8, 2014, in the Rangers' 9-0 victory over the Rockies on Tuesday night.

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Rangers' Hamilton hoping to play more

Rangers' Hamilton hoping to play more

DENVER -- Josh Hamilton was in the lineup for the fifth straight game on Tuesday. He also was hoping to talk his way into the lineup on Wednesday afternoon, although Rangers manager Jeff Banister may have other ideas.

The point is that Hamilton has come out after the All-Star break feeling much better than he did at the end of the first half. The result is Hamilton is hoping to play more and take fewer games off than he did before the All-Star break, when the Rangers were being careful because of the outfielder's tender groin and hamstring muscles.

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