Rangers ride 3 HRs, hold off Yanks in finale

Rangers ride 3 HRs, hold off Yanks in finale

NEW YORK -- Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson cracked home runs to send Michael Pineda to an early exit, and the Rangers held on to defeat the Yankees, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Taking the mound following the 71st annual Old-Timers' Day festivities, Pineda served up a season-high three homers as Texas grabbed two of three games in the weekend series, sending the reeling Yankees to their 10th loss in 12 games.

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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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Bush steps up with confidence-boosting save

Closer puts recent struggles aside, slams door in 9th to seal Rangers' victory

Bush steps up with confidence-boosting save

NEW YORK -- This was a big-time save considering the circumstances.

Matt Bush has had his struggles lately. But on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx, the Rangers needed their closer to step up, and he did just that. Texas was in danger of losing a game they once led, 7-0, but Bush slammed the door for a 7-6 victory at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

Robinson homers for 1st hit in 'special moment'

Prospect could get extended stay on Rangers' roster

Robinson homers for 1st hit in 'special moment'

NEW YORK -- Rangers infielder Drew Robinson brought his newfound home run stroke to Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Now Texas is going to decide if he is going keep it here in the Major Leagues.

Robinson launched his first Major League hit with a fourth-inning home run off of Yankees starter Michael Pineda, one of three hit by the Rangers in a 7-6 victory in the Bronx.

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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.

Hamels set to return from DL to duel Carrasco

Hamels set to return from DL to duel Carrasco

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels will come off the disabled list on Monday and pitch against the Indians in the first game of a four-game series at Progressive Field.

Hamels has been sidelined with a strained right oblique, and he will be starting for the first time since April 26. He will be opposed by Tribe right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

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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.

20 years ago, Pudge nearly a Yankee

Hall of Fame catcher interceded on trade to New York in 1997

20 years ago, Pudge nearly a Yankee

NEW YORK -- The Yankees held Old Timers' Day on Sunday and Ivan Rodriguez was not there. His time with the Yankees amounted to 33 games in 2008.

It could have been much more. Rodriguez almost became another Yankees legend with his own plaque in Monument Park next to fellow catchers Bill Dickey, Thurman Munson and Yogi Berra.

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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 intrigued by possibility of Sadzeck in 'pen

Rangers' No. 10 prospect has mostly been used as starter in Double-A

Texas intrigued by possibility of Sadzeck in 'pen

NEW YORK -- The Rangers are going to take a look at right-hander Connor Sadzeck as a reliever.

Sadzeck, the Rangers' No. 10 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, has been used mainly as a starter at Double-A Frisco, where he is 4-5 with a 5.11 ERA. He also has 83 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings, and he is one of the hardest throwers in the system.

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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.

Pitching, power help Rangers corral Yankees

Pitching, power help Rangers corral Yankees

NEW YORK -- Rangers rookie right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx held the Yankees to one run in seven innings and was backed by home runs from Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos in an 8-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Aaron Judge's 26th home run provided the only run for the Yankees, as starter Luis Cessa took the loss. Cessa allowed three runs in five innings while continuing to fill in for injured left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees, despite winning the series opener on Friday, have lost nine of their last 11 games.

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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.

Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Saturday.

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Bibens-Dirkx continues to give teams fits

Rangers' 32-year-old rookie puts his experience to good use

Bibens-Dirkx continues to give teams fits

NEW YORK -- Pitching coach Doug Brocail had some words of encouragement for Rangers starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx before his start on Saturday against the Yankees.

"Don't worry, you're going to have a good day," Brocail told him before the Rangers' 8-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

Rangers may finally start getting staff in place

Rangers may finally start getting staff in place

NEW YORK -- When the Rangers open a four-game series with the Indians on Monday, they could go with four starters who were expected to be in the rotation at the start of the season.

Yu Darvish is among them. He was feeling good on Saturday, the morning after leaving his start against the Yankees after seven innings with tightness in his right triceps. Darvish said he was confident he will be able to start against the Indians on Wednesday.

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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.

Fractured right thumb tip lands Perez on DL

Fractured right thumb tip lands Perez on DL

NEW YORK -- Rangers left-hander Martin Perez was hoping to avoid going on the disabled list, despite a fracture on the tip of his right thumb. But he is not currently able to get his hand in his glove, so the Rangers placed him on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday.

"I can't do anything with my right hand," Perez said. "I can't even touch anything."

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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.

Guzman goes deep for Round Rock

Guzman goes deep for Round Rock

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chirinos couldn't make catch thanks to net

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Chirinos couldn't make catch thanks to net

Who among us has not walked face-first into a plate glass door? Or has tried to reach through a sparkling clean window for something (like a pie, perhaps?) on the other side? Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos had the baseball-version of this event befall him during Saturday's game against the Yankees

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Yu K's 10, but Bush can't close door on NY

Yu K's 10, but Bush can't close door on NY

NEW YORK -- After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night's biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Torreyes drove home Gary Sanchez with the winning run after Brett Gardner cracked a game-tying solo home run off Matt Bush with one out in the ninth, the right-hander's third blown save in his last five chances. Texas scored the game's first run in the top half of the inning when Elvis Andrus came home on a passed ball.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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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Darvish, Bush left with different discomforts

Starter pitches well but tightens up; closer blows third save in five tries

Darvish, Bush left with different discomforts

NEW YORK -- Rangers pitchers Yu Darvish and Matt Bush were both in some discomfort after a 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the Yankees on Friday.

Darvish was dealing with tightness in his right triceps. That's what forced him out of his scoreless duel against Masahiro Tanaka after seven innings and 88 pitches.

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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.

Perez breaks tip of right thumb, may avoid DL

Hamels throws bullpen session, in line to return for start Monday vs. Tribe

Perez breaks tip of right thumb, may avoid DL

NEW YORK -- The Rangers' attempt at getting a fully healthy rotation continues to be an elusive proposition.

Left-hander Martin Perez suffered a broken tip of his right thumb on a hotel door on Thursday night and may miss his next start. The Rangers aren't ready to put Perez on the disabled list because it is his non-throwing hand.

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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.

Rangers could seek 'pen help through trade

Rangers could seek 'pen help through trade

NEW YORK -- The Rangers' bullpen has become their biggest need as clubs gear up toward the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Rangers called up Preston Claiborne on Thursday, and he'll be the 16th reliever used by them this season. Tony Barnette (right ring finger) and Jeremy Jeffress (back) are currently on the disabled list.

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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.

Go-Go, power Ranger! Carlos leads charge

Gomez launches two homers, extends hit streak to 10 games

Go-Go, power Ranger! Carlos leads charge

ARLINGTON -- After playing five straight games following his return from the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Carlos Gomez got the day off on Wednesday to rest and recover. Whatever he did on that off-day evidently did wonders, as his career day catapulted the Rangers past the Blue Jays on Thursday, 11-4.

Gomez hit two home runs, the fifth time in his career he's had a multi-homer game, and he drove in five RBIs, matching his career high. His three-run homer in the third inning put the game out of reach, clinching a split with the Jays and ensuring the Rangers finished their seven-game homestand at the .500 mark (36-36).

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Sam Butler is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers rope 4 homers to top Blue Jays

Rangers rope 4 homers to top Blue Jays

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers exploded for four home runs -- including two from Carlos Gomez -- and jumped out to an early lead they never relinquished in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays in the series finale on Thursday at Globe Life Park.

Texas hung seven earned runs in four innings on Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, the most Stroman has allowed in his career. He allowed runs in each of the first four innings and tied his career high of three home runs allowed. Of the Rangers' 11 hits, seven of them went for extra bases.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Jeffress moved to DL; Claiborne called up

Rangers reliever out with back strain; Gamboa designated for assignment

Jeffress moved to DL; Claiborne called up

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers made a pair of roster moves Thursday, placing right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress on the 10-day disabled list and purchasing the contract of right-hander Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Round Rock.

Jeffress is hitting the DL with a back strain he suffered while warming up on Tuesday night.

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Statcast of the Day: Gallo's inside-the-parker

Rangers slugger says he never considered stopping: 'I was going no matter what'

Statcast of the Day: Gallo's inside-the-parker

ARLINGTON -- Rangers slugger Joey Gallo came into Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays tied for 13th in the Majors in home runs with 18 and added another in the fifth inning, although it was a bit unusual.

Gallo's towering fly ball to left careened off the wall in the corner, skipping back toward the infield and away from Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce, who crashed into the wall trying to snag it and then tried to limp after it. Gallo strode home easily without a throw for an inside-the-park homer, his 19th dinger of the year.

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Rangers claw back, but can't catch Jays

Rangers claw back, but can't catch Jays

ARLINGTON -- Toronto's new-look lineup put up six runs in the first inning, and the Blue Jays weathered a steady Texas rally to beat the Rangers, 7-5, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Rangers starter Tyson Ross needed 41 pitches to get through a six-run first inning in his second start since Opening Day 2016. The Blue Jays roughed him up, and although he got through the third, the damage was done. Toronto went 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position, taking advantage of its opportunities to climb back within one game of .500. The Blue Jays left six runners on base, snapping a three-game streak where they had stranded nine men on in each game.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Rangers show resiliency in face of big deficit

Rangers show resiliency in face of big deficit

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers didn't get quite the same Tyson Ross they had in his first start, when he carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the Mariners on Friday. Instead, the Blue Jays roughed him up early Wednesday, spotting Toronto a six-run lead in the first inning.

When the dust settled and the game ended, though, the Rangers nearly pulled off the comeback, but fell, 7-5. The offense scratched and clawed, and with the help of an inside-the-park home run, almost came all the way back. They outscored the Blue Jays, 5-1, after that opening inning, and had runners on base in the seventh and ninth innings with a chance to close the gap.

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After Frisco start, Hamels closes in on return

Left-hander could pitch for Rangers as soon as Monday

After Frisco start, Hamels closes in on return

FRISCO, Texas -- Cole Hamels pushed his pitch-count up to 81, looking smooth and efficient in doing so during his second rehab assignment start for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday.

The Rangers will decide in the next few days if Hamels is ready to pitch on Monday against the Indians in Cleveland or needs another start in the Minor Leagues.

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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.

Diekman eyes post-ASG return to Rangers

Reliever recovering after final surgery to cure his ulcerative colitis

Diekman eyes post-ASG return to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Jake Diekman returned to the Rangers' clubhouse Wednesday, and his season debut could be on the not-too-distant horizon.

Diekman underwent his third and final surgery to rid himself of ulcerative colitis on June 9, ridding himself of the colostomy "J-bag" and creating a bypass with his small intestine, and his doctor has said he can being throwing, although not at a game-level intensity.

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Trevino, Heineman lead Frisco to win

Trevino, Heineman lead Frisco to win

With one no-hitter already under his belt this season, Lucas Giolito made a bid at a second one on Wednesday for Triple-A Charlotte.

Starting game two of a doubleheader versus Gwinnett, Giolito, the White Sox No. 4 prospect (No. 30 overall), tossed four no-hit frames before permitting a leadoff single in the fifth inning.

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Meet Brooks, the adorable bat dog

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Meet Brooks, the adorable bat dog

This is Brooks. Two years ago, the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders introduced him as their newest team dog.

He's been an extremely good boy ever since, delighting Frisco fans, showing off his boundless athleticism and even, somewhat perplexingly, running a Twitter account. But for all of Brooks' many admirable qualities, there's one thing he's just never been able to get the hang of: how to be a bat dog.

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Rangers hit 3 HRs to aid Martinez, beat Jays

Rangers hit 3 HRs to aid Martinez, beat Jays

ARLINGTON -- Starter Nick Martinez allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings and Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre hit solo homers to help the Rangers snap a two-game skid, posting a 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

"We have been playing really good," Gomez said. "Yeah we lost [two straight], but we didn't need to change anything, just keep getting ready to play. The big key was the way Martinez threw the ball. He was pounding the zone. We were able to score early and allow him to relax and take the pressure off him."

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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.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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