Rangers banking on impact with fourth overall pick

Club may target seasoned college player rather than one with raw talent

Rangers banking on impact with fourth overall pick

The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 5 p.m. CT. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 6 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at noon on Wednesday.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

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Rangers to call up top prospect Gallo; Beltre on DL

Rangers to call up top prospect Gallo; Beltre on DL

Either way, Joey Gallo was getting a promotion on Tuesday.

The Rangers had been planning to send Gallo, their top prospect, to Reno, Nev., to join Triple-A Round Rock. Instead he is heading to Arlington to make his Major League debut.

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Fielder surges in All-Star first-base race

Rangers slugger trails Miggy, Hosmer in closely contested position battle

Fielder surges in All-Star first-base race

Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, who entered Monday first in the league in batting average and second in RBIs, made a monster leap into third place in the voting update for the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Fielder was not among the league's top five vote-getters in the first ballot release last week, but he has climbed ahead of the Yankees' Mark Teixeira and the Angels' Albert Pujols.

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Richard Justice

Though young, Gallo may hit ground running

Leap from Double-A a tall order, but slugger has natural ability to learn quickly

Though young, Gallo may hit ground running

When the Texas Rangers summoned 23-year-old right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez to the Major Leagues last week, they did so reluctantly. He was pitching at Class A Advanced at this time last year, and his resume included just 14 starts at Double-A and eight at Triple-A.

In a perfect world, the Rangers would have preferred to see Gonzalez pitch more in the Minor Leagues, to let him polish his stuff, build up arm strength and continue to figure things out.

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Jonathan Mayo

What to expect when Gallo joins Rangers

With Beltre injured, baseball's No. 9 prospect to be called up Tuesday

What to expect when Gallo joins Rangers

After just 34 games and 146 plate appearances in Double-A this season, the Joey Gallo era in Texas is set to begin, thanks to Adrian Beltre's thumb injury.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect, got a late start to his 2015 campaign because of minor ankle surgery, making his debut with Frisco in the Texas League on April 25. It hasn't taken him long to get his power stroke going, with nine homers in just 34 games.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tolleson thriving as closer despite long odds

Rangers righty added changeup, now offering lockdown presence late in games

Tolleson thriving as closer despite long odds

Shawn Tolleson and Clayton Kershaw are best friends, played youth baseball together in the Dallas area and were teammates on the Dodgers in 2012. From there, they went in opposite directions.

Kershaw won two more National League Cy Young Awards. Tolleson had major back surgery, missed almost all of 2013 and ended up on waivers. The Dodgers thought Brian Wilson and Brandon League were better setup options, despite Tolleson's impressive Minor League numbers.

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Hamilton goes from baseball limbo to hero

Walk-off double in ninth sparks wild celebration for Rangers

Hamilton goes from baseball limbo to hero

ARLINGTON -- A month ago, Josh Hamilton was in baseball limbo, waiting for the Angels to decide his fate, and the Rangers were in their own version of purgatory as they plunged to the bottom of the standings.

A month can be a long time in baseball, though. After the Rangers spent April generating offense at a rate more suited for the era before the designated hitter, the Rangers began to redeem themselves in May. A productive month culminated Sunday in the giddy celebration following Hamilton's pinch-hit, two-out, walk-off two-run double that beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and pushed the Rangers above .500 for the first time since June 6 of last season.

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Lewis looks to rebound against White Sox

Lewis looks to rebound against White Sox

After an off-day for each team Monday, the Rangers host the White Sox on Tuesday night as they begin in a three-game set at Globe Life Park.

For the White Sox -- fresh off a series victory in Houston -- Jeff Samardzija gets the start on an extra day of rest. He's been a workhorse for Chicago, averaging 7 2/3 innings in his last three starts while decreasing his runs allowed in each. The righty is plenty familiar with the bulk of Texas' lineup, facing them twice in September when he was with the A's.

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Hamilton delivers walk-off winner in ninth

Hamilton delivers walk-off winner in ninth

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton played the hero in the finale of his first series back in Texas with a pinch-hit, walk-off double to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, Sunday at Globe Life Park.

The Red Sox committed three errors for the second consecutive game. Pablo Sandoval had a ground ball go off his glove to spark the Rangers' ninth-inning rally. After a sacrifice bunt, Boston closer Koji Uehara intentionally walked Prince Fielder to put the winning run on base.

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Beltre sprains left thumb, out at least 2 weeks

Beltre sprains left thumb, out at least 2 weeks

ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after he left Sunday's game against the Red Sox in the fifth inning, injuring his left thumb on a slide into second base.

Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister during the game. X-rays were negative and the official diagnosis was a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches to close. He is likely headed to the disabled list.

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Rangers give reporter Gatorade shower after walk-off

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Rangers give reporter Gatorade shower after walk-off

No one is hotter than the Rangers right now. After trouncing the Yankees with a bunch of crooked numbers last weekend, and taking a series from the Indians this week, Prince Fielder and Co. took their show back home to Arlington where they won three-out-of-four from the Red Sox.

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Harrison to make first rehab start Wednesday

Harrison to make first rehab start Wednesday

ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison continues to move closer to returning to the mound for the Rangers, as the left-hander will begin a rehab assignment this week with the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

Harrison is trying to be the first Major League pitcher to come back from spinal fusion surgery, and he is pleased with how quickly he has progressed in his recovery. The original timetable for his return was more like late July. His worst fear was that there'd be no comeback at all.

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Chi Chi makes unforgettable debut

Chi Chi makes unforgettable debut

ARLINGTON -- Tossing five no-hit innings is a great way for any pitcher to start a ballgame, but it's an exceptional way to start a Major League career.

Making his debut Saturday night, touted Rangers prospect Alex Gonzalez held the Red Sox hitless until the sixth inning and earned his first victory as the Rangers cruised to an 8-0 decision. Gonzalez wasn't perfect -- he walked five and needed 102 pitches to get through his 5 2/3 innings -- but he was poised beyond his 23 years.

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Gonzalez flirts with no-no in debut vs. Boston

Gonzalez flirts with no-no in debut vs. Boston

ARLINGTON -- Alex Gonzalez had an ideal Major League debut Saturday at Globe Life Park, holding the Red Sox hitless through the first five innings and eventually getting the win in the Rangers' 8-0 victory.

Gonzalez walked five hitters and was near 100 pitches to start the sixth, when David Ortiz broke up his no-hit bid with a double.

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Rangers designate Field, try Alberto at 2nd

Rangers designate Field, try Alberto at 2nd

ARLINGTON -- With the addition of Saturday's starting pitcher, Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez, to the roster, the Rangers had to make a corresponding move and chose to designate infielder Tommy Field for assignment. With Field gone, second base is a position in flux for the club with Hanser Alberto entering the equation.

Field appeared in 14 games for the Rangers over the past three weeks, hitting .195 with two homers and five RBIs in 41 at-bats. Field, who was brought up to replace struggling second baseman Rougned Odor, played second base in all but one game for Texas.

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Facing knuckler cures what ails Hamilton

Battling a cold, slugger hits first two home runs since rejoining Rangers

Facing knuckler cures what ails Hamilton

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton was still dealing with a bad cold on Friday afternoon before his second home game with the Rangers. Asked if he was feeling any better, Hamilton said simply, "no." Asked about the possibility of not playing, Hamilton shook his head, smacked his name on the posted lineup card and said, "There I am, baby."

Hamilton wasn't bothered by his ailment or Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright's knuckleball. Hamilton took Wright deep twice for his first two home runs of the season that helped lead the Rangers to a 7-4 victory.

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Hamilton hits 2 HRs as Rangers top Red Sox

Hamilton hits 2 HRs as Rangers top Red Sox

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton hit his first two home runs of the season to help lift the Rangers to a 7-4 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night at Globe Life Park. Both of Hamilton's home runs came off of Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright.

It was Hamilton's ninth career multihomer game and his first since July 10, 2013, against the Cubs while with the Angels. Robinson Chirinos delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth after Hanley Ramirez had pulled the Red Sox to within one run with a two-run homer in the top half of the inning.

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Prospect Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation

Righty taking spot of Detwiler, who will move to the bullpen

Prospect Gonzalez to join Rangers' rotation

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are putting Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez in the rotation, and it is not for just one start. He is taking over the spot vacated by Ross Detwiler, who is going to the bullpen when he returns from the disabled list.

Gonzalez, 23, will make his first Major League start on Saturday night against the Red Sox, and that spot in the rotation is now his to lose. Gonzalez, the Rangers' No. 1 Draft pick in 2013 out of Oral Roberts, was 3-5 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Round Rock, including 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in his last three starts. The righty is the Rangers' fifth-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.

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Alberto, Rosales prove quite the combo

Shortstop gets crucial hit in debut, while second baseman is also terrific

Alberto, Rosales prove quite the combo

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers came up with the unlikely double-play combination of shortstop Hanser Alberto and second baseman Adam Rosales for Friday's 7-4 win against the Red Sox.

Rosales has been sharing second base with Thomas Field, but Alberto was making his Major League debut on a night when manager Jeff Banister wanted to give Elvis Andrus a game off.

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Feliz throwing, but return date not set

Feliz throwing, but return date not set

ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz has resumed throwing, although there is still no indication when he'll be ready to come off the disabled list. Feliz was DL'd on May 20 because of an abscess under his right arm and is eligible to come off Thursday.

"I've started playing catch and it is feeling better," Feliz said. "We've started doing everything we can to get ready to come back."

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Wade Miley and Ross Ohlendorf held a cow milking duel

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Wade Miley and Ross Ohlendorf held a cow milking duel

Having read the words "cow milking contest," there is no possible way that you, a human being who appreciates joy, aren't already dying from anticipation, so we'll just get right to it: Prior to Friday's Red Sox-Rangers game, Boston starter Wade Miley and Texas reliever Ross Ohlendorf engaged in a milk-off, a time-honored tradition passed down by gladiators of yore. 

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Hamilton gets standing ovation in return to Texas

Rangers slugger rewards crowd with double in first at-bat, adds RBI single

Hamilton gets standing ovation in return to Texas

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton returned to his old ballpark on Thursday night and hit a first-pitch double in his first at-bat. In his final at-bat of the night, he had an RBI single to keep the Rangers from getting shut out.

That was about it for the Rangers' offensive highlights, as they returned to Arlington from a 7-2 road trip and opened a seven-game homestand with a 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.

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Martinez outdueled in first defeat of 2015

Righty allows three earned runs or fewer for 16th straight start, a Rangers record

Martinez outdueled in first defeat of 2015

ARLINGTON -- Nick Martinez took his first loss of the season on Thursday night. It took a superb performance by the opposing pitcher to bring his winning streak to a halt.

Martinez was pretty good, but not good enough to match Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in a 5-1 loss. Martinez is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA after 10 starts.

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Martinez, Rangers fall in Hamilton's return home

Martinez, Rangers fall in Hamilton's return home

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez made a terrific Major League debut, throwing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a 5-1 victory over the Rangers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.

Rodriguez beat Rangers starter Nick Martinez, who suffered his first loss of the season. Martinez, who entered the game third in the league with a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs in seven innings and is now 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 10 starts.

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Richard Justice

Banister steering Rangers' turnaround

First-year manager relying on basics, clubhouse leaders

Banister steering Rangers' turnaround

When a club survives the kind of terrible start the Texas Rangers had, it typically means two things:

1. The manager has done a fabulous job holding things together.

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Harrison close to beginning rehab assignment

Harrison close to beginning rehab assignment

ARLINGTON -- Matt Harrison, who is almost a year removed from lumbar spinal fusion surgery, could celebrate that anniversary by going on a medical rehabilitation assignment next week.

Harrison made his fourth start in extended spring training on Thursday, pitching five innings against the Royals. He allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out nine. He threw 77 pitches.

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