Rangers call up outfielder, but not Hamilton

Veteran likely to be activated Monday; Smolinski takes injured Banks' roster spot

Rangers call up outfielder, but not Hamilton

NEW YORK -- The Rangers had a need for an outfielder Friday, but decided the time was still not right to bring Josh Hamilton to the big leagues.

Instead, the Rangers called up Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock when they put outfielder Kyle Blanks on the disabled list with a pilonidal cyst. Hamilton will continue to play this weekend at Round Rock and it's still likely he'll be activated Monday in Cleveland.

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DeShields supplants Choo atop order

DeShields supplants Choo atop order

NEW YORK -- Delino DeShields is now the Rangers' leadoff hitter. The question is if he'll still be in that role when the Rangers activate Josh Hamilton off the disabled list Monday.

The answer is unknown, but DeShields went into the leadoff spot on Friday night with right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound for the Yankees. Shin-Soo Choo had started 17 straight games in the leadoff spot, but moved into the No. 2 hole Friday.

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Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

The Rangers have released right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

Fujikawa, 34, was designated for assignment on Sunday after allowing three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings over two relief appearances. He began the season on the disabled list with a right groin strain.

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Moreland's hot bat backs Wandy's strong effort

Moreland's hot bat backs Wandy's strong effort

BOSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez kept the Red Sox in their offensive funk while leading the Rangers to a 3-1 victory Thursday night in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Over 6 2/3 innings, Rodriguez gave up four hits and a run, walking two and striking out five. The Rangers, getting 2 1/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen and another save from Shawn Tolleson, took two of three from the Red Sox.

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Rodriguez adjusts approach to fight Monster

Rangers starter utilizes two-seamer with success vs. Red Sox

Rodriguez adjusts approach to fight Monster

BOSTON -- Fenway Park can be a daunting place for a visiting left-handed pitcher, mainly because of a 37-foot left-field wall sitting just 300-plus feet from home plate. It makes for an inviting target for right-handed hitters.

Rangers pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, in his first career start at Fenway, took one look at the famous wall and made a command decision.

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DeShields uses speed to manufacture run

Rangers outfielder continues to impress at plate, on bases

DeShields uses speed to manufacture run

BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields is in a mode right now where he just keeps finding ways to make things happen. Batting in the No. 2 spot of the Rangers order, DeShields did it again in the first inning on Thursday night and his speed led to a two-run rally in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

DeShields is playing left field while the Rangers await the arrival of Josh Hamilton on Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton was 1-for-4 with Round Rock on Thursday night and has two more games left on rehab assignment before likely being activated off the disabled list Monday.

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DeShields befriends potential Draft pick Cameron

DeShields befriends potential Draft pick Cameron

BOSTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields works out in the offseason at the same Atlanta-area gym as Daz Cameron. They have become friendly and have a few things in common.

Cameron is also the son of a former Major Leaguer, outfielder Mike Cameron. Like DeShields, he could also be a top-10 pick out of high school in the upcoming 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He plays at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga.

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Ohlendorf thrilled to finally get opportunity

Rangers reliever works his way back from injuries

Ohlendorf thrilled to finally get opportunity

BOSTON -- Ross Ohlendorf was all but forgotten a month ago. He was a strong candidate to make the Rangers' pitching staff in Spring Training until he twice injured his right groin muscle and had to start the season in the Minor Leagues.

But Ohlendorf is over his leg injuries and on Tuesday night, he was pitching the eighth inning for the Rangers and trying to hold a 2-1 lead against the Red Sox. He pitched a scoreless inning before manager Jeff Banister summoned Shawn Tolleson in for the ninth to close it out.

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Chirinos' homer helps Rangers edge Red Sox

Chirinos' homer helps Rangers edge Red Sox

BOSTON -- Phil Klein earned his first Major League win as a starter and Robinson Chirinos crushed a solo home run that provided the scoring difference as the Rangers edged out a 2-1 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Klein pitched effectively as a rotation fill-in for the Rangers, firing 5 1/3 innings of one-run baseball and throwing strikes on 56 of his 81 pitches. Shawn Tolleson, taking over as the Rangers' closer, pitched around a one-out double in a scoreless ninth en route to his first Major League save.

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Pen pals: Relievers deliver in clutch situations

Pen pals: Relievers deliver in clutch situations

BOSTON -- Shawn Tolleson got his wish. The Rangers took a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth Wednesday night at Fenway Park for the first time in his Major League career.

The Rangers may be going without roles in the bullpen, but there was Tolleson with the label of "closer" all over him trying to convert the first ninth-inning save opportunity of his career.

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Spot on: Klein gets win in first big league start

Spot on: Klein gets win in first big league start

BOSTON -- The Rangers were hoping to get five innings out of starter Phil Klein on Wednesday night. That's the most they have been getting from their other starters lately.

Klein ever so slightly exceeded those expectations in his first Major League start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The converted reliever went 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run and picking up the win as the Rangers held for a 2-1 victory.

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Hamilton could be activated for Monday's game

Hamilton could be activated for Monday's game

BOSTON -- Josh Hamilton has finished the Double-A Frisco portion of his rehab work. The countdown is now down to three days with Triple-A Round Rock before possibly being activated on Monday in Cleveland.

Hamilton closed out his time with Frisco by hitting a two-run home run in his last at-bat of the Roughriders' 8-1 victory over Midland. It was his first home run since being acquired from the Angels on April 27 and being assigned to the Minor Leagues on medical rehab assignment to complete his recovery from offseason right shoulder surgery.

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Tolleson has aspirations to be Rangers' closer

Tolleson has aspirations to be Rangers' closer

BOSTON -- Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson was a closer during his Minor League days with the Dodgers. The right-hander must have been good at it, because he had a 1.34 ERA in 107 games, opponents had a .194 batting average and he had 49 saves.

"Yeah, I have aspirations to be a closer," Tolleson said. "Since I've been in professional baseball, it's what I did in the Minor Leagues. It has been a goal of mine."

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Peguero DFA'd as Klein tabbed for Texas start

Outfielder hit .186 over 30 games with Rangers; move clears way for Hamilton

Peguero DFA'd as Klein tabbed for Texas start

BOSTON -- The Rangers' experiment with Carlos Peguero has come to an end, at least for now. Peguero was designated for assignment to make room for pitcher Phil Klein, who was called up on Wednesday to start against the Red Sox.

The move clears the way for Josh Hamilton to take over in left field as early as Monday in Cleveland. Hamilton was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run for Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. Hamilton is expected to play Thursday through Saturday at Triple-A Round Rock before he is activated off the disabled list on Monday, when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Indians.

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Gallardo's early struggles too much to overcome

Gallardo's early struggles too much to overcome

BOSTON -- The Red Sox had some life back in the bats in Tuesday night's opener of a six-game homestand, as David Ortiz and Mike Napoli both belted home runs to pace a 13-hit attack in an 4-3 victory over the Rangers. The hit total was the highest by Boson in May, and matched a season best, last accomplished on April 28.

Hanley Ramirez paced the offense with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Mookie Betts, Ortiz, Napoli and Dustin Pedroia had two each.

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Banister playing matchups; Feliz out as closer

Banister playing matchups; Feliz out as closer

BOSTON -- Neftali Feliz has gone from Rangers closer to setup/middle reliever. His first outing in his new role came during a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

The Rangers trailed, 4-2, in the bottom of the seventh when the Red Sox mounted a rally off left-handed reliever Sam Freeman. Hanley Ramirez doubled with one out, Pablo Sandoval was hit by a pitch and both Ramirez and pinch-runner Brock Holt moved up on Mike Napoli's fly ball to deep center.

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Safe call at second looms large in Rangers' loss

Safe call at second looms large in Rangers' loss

BOSTON -- The Rangers aren't having much luck convincing umpires they are missing the call and were unable to do so on what eventually turned out to be a critical moment of a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

The Rangers thought Hanley Ramirez should have been out trying to stretch a single into a double in the fifth inning. But their challenge was shot down and Ramirez ended up scoring the Red Sox's final and what turned out to be the decisive run of the night.

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Top slugging prospect Gallo hits inside-the-park home run

Rangers' No. 1 prospect belts two homers, racks up six RBIs for Frisco

Top slugging prospect Gallo hits inside-the-park home run

One day after playing left field for the first time in his career, Rangers No. 1 prospect (No. 10 overall) Joey Gallo was moved to designated hitter on Tuesday night.

It's safe to say he did his job. The 6-foot-5 slugger smacked two home runs for Double-A Frisco in a 15-7 win, collecting six RBIs and running his season totals to six dingers and 21 RBIs in 23 games since returning from foot surgery on April 25.

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Rangers stay away from prospects

Rangers stay away from prospects

BOSTON -- By promoting converted reliever Phil Klein to their starting rotation, the Rangers resisted the temptation of calling up one of their top pitching prospects. The Rangers want Alex Gonzalez, Anthony Ranaudo and Jerad Eickhoff to keep working in the Minors.

"The evaluation of all parties is Klein was the better fit right now," manager Jeff Banister said. "He was almost on turn, he was the one guy we could hold back and we liked the way he was pitching in Triple-A. ... He has some experience at the Major League level and he is stretched out."

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Rangers ink extension with Spring Training home

Rangers ink extension with Spring Training home

BOSTON -- The Rangers and the Royals have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the city of Surprise, Ariz., in exchange for approximately $21.9 million of improvements in the Spring Training facility they have shared since 2003.

The deal was approved by the Surprise city council on Tuesday. The funds will be split evenly between the two teams. The Rangers are expected to use their share for major renovations to their clubhouse, including the weight and training room, as well as add a multipurpose conference room and media center.

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DeShields all about staying in the moment

Outfielder possesses stellar speed, disciplined approach at plate

DeShields all about staying in the moment

ARLINGTON -- Delino DeShields has been called a second baseman and an outfielder, a future star and a Rule 5 Draft pick, destined to become better than his father and not good enough to make a Major League roster.

DeShields, though, has learned to transcend the labels of the past, and as a part of a Rangers lineup in flux, there's no telling what his future holds. He says he's all about staying in the moment.

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Teammates eager to have Hamilton's bat back

Hoping to revive career at home with Rangers, outfielder could return this week

Teammates eager to have Hamilton's bat back

ARLINGTON -- At some point in the next week or so, the Rangers are going to bring Josh Hamilton to the Major Leagues. It could be Friday in New York or Monday in Cleveland.

It is almost a foregone conclusion that Hamilton will be in the lineup for Texas' next home game on May 28 against the Red Sox. The Rangers are awaiting that moment and the potential lift to their offense.

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Gallo shows off arm in left-field foray

Rangers No. 1 prospect starts in outfield for first time in professional career

Gallo shows off arm in left-field foray

Rangers No. 1 prospect (No. 10 overall) Joey Gallo played the outfield for the first time as a professional on Monday night, and he delivered a highlight-reel play in his very first opportunity.

Typically a third baseman, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Gallo started in left field for Double-A Frisco. In the second inning, he fielded a line drive off the wall and threw a one-hop bullet to second to cut down Midland's Renato Nunez, who was trying to stretch a single into a double. Gallo also cleanly handled two consecutive fly balls in the fifth inning for his only two chances.

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Martinez, Moreland carry Rangers past Tribe

Martinez, Moreland carry Rangers past Tribe

Thanks to a gritty outing from Nick Martinez and strong work out of the bullpen, the Rangers avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 win against the Indians on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

Martinez went five innings and surrendered only one run despite allowing at least one runner to reach base in each of his innings. He got just enough help from the Rangers' offense to pick up his third win of the year.

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Alberto on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Bryant, Schwarber, Vogelbach earn honors with combined eight homers and 20 RBIs

Alberto 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.

In his first month with the Cubs, Kris Bryant has done nothing but add to the belief that he'll become a superstar. Despite missing Chicago's first eight games in an apparent attempt to leverage his service time, he leads the team with 24 RBIs and 24 walks in 29 games while batting a cool .291/.426/.476.

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Scheppers, Ohlendorf boost new-look bullpen

Scheppers, Ohlendorf boost new-look bullpen

ARLINGTON -- After back-to-back nights of bullpen woes against the Indians, Rangers manager Jeff Banister sat his pitchers down Sunday and laid out a fresh game plan.

In this new-look Rangers bullpen, there are no roles, and there are no rules.

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