Rangers edge Indians, pad lead in AL West

Rangers edge Indians, pad lead in AL West

ARLINGTON -- If the Indians and Rangers see each other again this season, it will be under the bright October lights with much more on the line. For now, Texas will have to settle for finishing a successful season series with the Tribe with a 2-1 victory on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

With the win, the American League West-leading Rangers took three of four in this set to wrap up a 5-2 showing against the AL Central's top team. In Sunday's finale, lefty Derek Holland led the way with six solid innings, left fielder Carlos Gomez made a pair of key catches and both Ian Desmond and Jonathan Lucroy drove in runs.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Sunday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gomez endears himself to new club with glove

Rangers outfielder makes pair of fine defensive plays in win over Tribe

Gomez endears himself to new club with glove

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Gomez made a loud entrance to Globe Life Park when he smacked an emotional three-run home run in the first at-bat of his Rangers debut on Thursday. Since, though, he's been hitless and that continued with an 0-for-3 line in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Indians.

But Gomez was still able to make an impact in the win with two fine defensive plays in left field, including a running grab near the warning track on a Mike Napoli line drive in the sixth that ended the inning with runners on first and second.

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

Holland's adjustments pay off with consistency

Rangers lefty has second consecutive quality start in win over Tribe

Holland's adjustments pay off with consistency

ARLINGTON -- Derek Holland has made two starts after missing more than two months with left shoulder inflammation. Since his return he has stressed that his biggest concern is staying consistent over the final stretch of the season.

Through two starts, Holland's consistency has been impeccable. He fired his second straight start of six innings with one run allowed in the Rangers' 2-1 victory over the Indians Sunday afternoon to win the four-game series over the American League Central leaders.

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

Banister to align aces for high-leverage series

Rangers skipper wants Hamels, Darvish in key starts vs. Astros, M's

Banister to align aces for high-leverage series

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister has options for his approach to the upcoming series against the Astros and Mariners. Thirteen of the team's next 16 games come against the two divisional opponents, who each trail the Rangers by 7 1/2 games in the American League West, going into Sunday.

Though Banister stressed the importance of not overlooking teams, he knows he wants his aces, Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, in those games.

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

More-grand: Rangers slam Tribe to back Griffin

More-grand: Rangers slam Tribe to back Griffin

ARLINGTON -- The American League's top two teams expected some back and forth in their series this week, but trading blowouts was probably not what the Rangers and Indians had in mind. On Saturday night, A.J. Griffin's strong start and a big first inning helped Texas pull off a 7-0 romp over the Tribe at Globe Life Park.

"I think A.J. capitalized when he got the lead and did what he needed to do with the back-to-front, up-to-down game to keep hitters off-balance," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "More than anything else, it was getting ahead and staying ahead."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers clinch season series from Indians

Moreland's first-inning slam sets tone in battle of AL's top two clubs

Rangers clinch season series from Indians

ARLINGTON -- With their 7-0 win Saturday night, the Rangers took the season series over the Indians, 4-2, heading into the finale of a four-game set on Sunday.

The next time these two teams meet could be in the postseason, as they own the top two records in the American League.

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

Choo hoping to join Rangers in postseason

Outfielder on track to return from forearm fracture around time of ALCS

Choo hoping to join Rangers in postseason

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo's regular season came to an end when his right forearm was fractured by a pitch on Aug. 15 and he was forced to have surgery. But the Rangers outfielder, who is on the 15-day disabled list, is holding out hope that he can return for a possible postseason run.

"I want to try for the postseason," Choo said. "I have a plan, I have a goal, I have the confidence."

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

Yoda reveals he's anti-wave at Star Wars night

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Yoda reveals he's anti-wave at Star Wars night

There are three topics you aren't supposed to talk about at the dinner table: Politics, religion and, perhaps most importantly, the wave. 

There is no topic that divides sports fans more than their opinion on the wave. Some hate it because they see it as a distraction from the game. Others love it because they see it as a fan-led cheer that spreads through the stadium. 

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Jeffress out while MLB investigates arrest

Rangers reliever charged with DWI, staying on restricted list

ARLINGTON -- Major League Baseball informed the Rangers on Saturday that right-hander Jeremy Jeffress will remain on the MLB restricted list as it investigates his DWI from Friday.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said this investigation is unique because the Commissioner's Office and the MLB Players Association are working together to find a resolution. The Rangers were aware that once they placed Jeffress on the restricted list, which they did Friday, that it would be up to MLB to decide when he would be reinstated.

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

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Keeping it simple: Darvish using high-spin fastball more often

Swinging-strike rate on fastball is second best in baseball

Keeping it simple: Darvish using high-spin fastball more often

All of baseball missed having Yu Darvish around in 2015, because he's one of the game's most interesting and dominant pitchers when he's healthy. The Rangers, of course, missed him even more in October, when they lost to the Blue Jays in some part because of inconsistent starting pitching behind Cole Hamels -- who himself cost a tremendous prospect package headed to Philadelphia so he could take Darvish's spot atop Texas' rotation.

From a data perspective, we missed Darvish, too. Last season was the first year of Statcast™, and as we collected all sorts of interesting data points on spin rates, exit velocities and route efficiencies, we didn't get any of that on Darvish. We learned a lot about what made certain pitchers so dominant -- like the spin on Justin Verlander's fastball or Rich Hill's curve -- but so far as Darvish went, we were in the dark. We knew in his first three seasons, he had a 3.27 ERA and struck out 30 percent of the batters he faced. We just couldn't go deeper, in the way we'd have wanted to.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre's blast lone spark vs. Tribe, Kluber

Beltre's blast lone spark vs. Tribe, Kluber

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers and Indians have each put their Cy Young candidate on display this series. On Friday night, it was Corey Kluber's turn to show why he belongs in the discussion, and he did just that in a 12-1 victory at Globe Life Park.

One night after Texas lefty Cole Hamels dazzled the Tribe, Kluber answered with a strong six-inning performance against the American League West leaders. The righty struck out seven, sidestepped the potential harm of seven baserunners and only flinched once, when Adrian Beltre launched a homer in the sixth.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Friday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perez lacking put-away pitch against Indians

Rangers lefty unable to recapture stellar form at home

Perez lacking put-away pitch against Indians

ARLINGTON -- Despite Martin Perez's struggles since the beginning of July, the Rangers left-hander has continued to be one of the best pitchers in the Majors at home. Entering his start Friday against the Indians, his 2.36 ERA through 13 starts at home was the lowest in the American League.

But the Indians were able to get to him at Globe Life Park on Friday night, scoring six runs on 10 hits off Perez as the Rangers lost, 12-1. It was the most runs Perez has allowed in a home start this year and the 10 hits matched a career high.

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

Lucroy, Indians move on from near trade

All-Star catcher facing Tribe this series for first time since vetoing deal

Lucroy, Indians move on from near trade

ARLINGTON -- After Jonathan Lucroy reached second base in the second inning on Thursday night, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said something to the Rangers catcher before patting him on the back. If Cleveland fans thought Lindor had any harsh words for Lucroy, they were wrong.

"He's cool," Lindor said on Friday afternoon. "I've known his brother and his dad since I was a little kid, because I played against his brother and with his brother when I came to the States. So, it's always cool when you see a familiar face."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sadzeck among top prospect performers Friday

Indians' No. 7 outduels Blue Jays' No. 17 in impressive matchup

Sadzeck among top prospect performers Friday

Fans in attendance for Friday's matchup between Class A Lake County and Lansing were treated to a pitchers' duel between starters Triston McKenzie and Ryan Borucki, who combined for 11 scoreless innings and 18 strikeouts. Ultimately, it was McKenzie, the Indians' No. 7 prospect, who recorded the win as the Captains shut out Lansing, 3-0.

Making his fifth start for Lake County, McKenzie surrendered just two hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out nine, throwing 57 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kipnis pranks Odor by carefully backing away

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Kipnis pranks Odor by carefully backing away

It's not often that a team that just hit into a double play ends up laughing, but Jason Kipnis managed to do it. After a bang-bang play at second base in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Rangers' 9-0 victory over the Indians on Thursday night that got Rougned Odor out, Kipnis quickly backed up in a defensive stance. After all, he knew what he might be coming next. Wink wink

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Jeffress placed on restricted list after arrest

Rangers reliever charged with DWI; Alvarez called up to replace righty

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was arrested early Friday morning on a DWI charge, and he has been placed on Major League Baseball's restricted list.

Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said Jeffress' placement on the restricted list is not a drug-related suspension but because he would not be fit to play in Friday night's game against the Indians. Jeffress was booked at 5:13 a.m. CT, and he posted bail and was released around 11 a.m.

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

Hamels lives in strike zone in win vs. Indians

Hamels lives in strike zone in win vs. Indians

ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels said he felt embarrassed that he's on pace to walk more batters this season than any other in his 11-year career. There was nothing embarrassing about his outing against the Indians on Thursday, though, as he threw eight scoreless innings on two hits and struck out eight while walking none in the Rangers' 9-0 victory.

It was the fourth start of Hamels' career in which he threw at least eight innings and gave up two hits or fewer, and the first since he threw a no-hitter with the Phillies on July 25 last season. He had retired 19 straight batters at one point in the outing.

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

Gomez homers in first AB with Rangers

Gomez homers in first AB with Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Newly signed outfielder Carlos Gomez had hit 108 home runs entering his Rangers debut on Thursday night against the Indians. But for the first time in his 10-year career, he was nearly brought to tears after he sent a three-run shot into the left-field seats in his first at-bat with his new team.

"It was so emotional that [crying] is what I felt like," said Gomez, whose homer helped lead the Rangers to a 9-0 victory that featured a playful interaction between fellow second basemen Rougned Odor and Jason Kipnis. "I feel so blessed, to come from having no job to coming here. To be in first place and to start like this right away is a gift from God."

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

Rangers' big bats, Hamels lead way past Tribe

Rangers' big bats, Hamels lead way past Tribe

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels has put himself into the thick of the American League Cy Young Award discussion with a stellar second half. That continued on Thursday night, when the Rangers' ace overpowered the Indians, and the offense was equally as potent, in a 9-0 victory in the opener of the four-game set between division leaders.

Over eight innings, Hamels baffled the AL Central-leading Tribe, which managed just a pair of singles and struck out eight times against the lefty. Backing Hamels' strong outing were a pair of three-run home runs -- one apiece for Carlos Gomez and Adrian Beltre off Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Gomez's shot in the second came in his first at-bat with Texas, which signed him on Saturday.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis targeting Sept. 3 for Rangers return

Lewis targeting Sept. 3 for Rangers return

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Colby Lewis, on the 60-day disabled list with a right lat strain, expects his second rehab start to come on Monday. He's still deciding whether he will make it with Double-A Frisco or Triple-A Round Rock, who are both on the road that day.

Lewis felt comfortable after throwing 44 pitches in his first rehab start with Frisco on Wednesday. He was happy with his use of his fastball and slider through his 2 2/3 innings of work.

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

Lucroy faces Indians for 1st time since vetoing deal

Lucroy faces Indians for 1st time since vetoing deal

ARLINGTON -- Jonathan Lucroy has flourished in his short time with the Rangers, hitting seven homers with 14 RBIs through 20 games. The veteran catcher faced what could've been a different reality, though, when the Rangers opened up a four-game series over the Indians with a 9-0 win on Thursday.

It was the first time Lucroy faced the Indians since vetoing a trade on the eve of the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline that would've sent him to Cleveland. Lucroy got the Rangers' first hit of the game with a single in the second inning and came around to score on a three-run homer from Carlos Gomez. He also added a walk in the eighth in a 1-for-3 effort.

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

After 3 Rangers HRs, Beltre's milestone beats Reds

After 3 Rangers HRs, Beltre's milestone beats Reds

CINCINNATI -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre's 2,900th Major League hit was a game-winner on a night Yu Darvish's first career homer stole the show.

Beltre's two-out double in the eighth inning Wednesday drove home Ian Desmond with the go-ahead run, and the Rangers held on for a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Park.

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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.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Yu did what? Darvish hits first career homer

Yu did what? Darvish hits first career homer

CINCINNATI -- Yu Darvish came back from Tommy John surgery feeling bigger and stronger this season. He really started noticing it the last week when he was taking batting practice in preparation for hitting against the Reds in Interleague Play.

"I was thinking, 'Am I getting bigger and stronger?'" Darvish said. "'Maybe I could hit one or two.' I got one."

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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 snap skid, but look to clean things up

Club had some sloppy play vs. last-place teams; homestand vs. contenders awaits

Rangers snap skid, but look to clean things up

CINCINNATI -- The Rangers are done playing last-place teams. Now they are going home for what may be the biggest homestand of the season.

That makes it even more important that the Rangers aren't going home on a losing streak, and they avoided that by holding on to a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday night.

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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 get 3 international signing slots in trade

Veteran outfielder provides right-handed bat with Stanton on DL; Minors C Foley sent to Braves

Rangers get 3 international signing slots in trade

MIAMI -- The Marlins didn't necessarily find a replacement for Giancarlo Stanton, but the club on Wednesday night acquired a veteran who presents a right-handed-hitting threat in Jeff Francoeur from the Braves as part of a three-team trade that also included the Rangers.

Miami announced the deal shortly after a 3-0 win over Kansas City at Marlins Park. The Rangers sent Minor League shortstop Dylan Moore to the Braves, while Texas also received three international signing slots, one from Atlanta and two from Miami.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scheppers could be one of Texas' September callups

Scheppers could be one of Texas' September callups

CINCINNATI -- Rangers right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers is rising again and putting himself in position to be a September callup.

Scheppers, who has been on the disabled list the entire season while recovering from left knee surgery, threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night. It was his third rehab outing, and he allowed one hit while striking out two. He threw 20 pitches and the report was good.

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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.

Holland's 'tremendous' return goes unrewarded

Lefty allows 1 run over 6 innings, collects 1st MLB hit in loss to Reds

Holland's 'tremendous' return goes unrewarded

CINCINNATI -- Just about everything turned out great for Rangers pitcher Derek Holland on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. He was pitching in front of family and friends in his native state, he was quite effective in his first outing in two months and he had his first Major League hit.

All that was missing was a victory. That didn't happen as the Rangers went down for the third straight game in a 3-0 loss to the Reds.

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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 put Hamilton on unconditional release waivers

Rangers put Hamilton on unconditional release waivers

CINCINNATI -- The Rangers still have interest in outfielder Josh Hamilton coming to Spring Training on a Minor League contract, which is why they placed him on unconditional release waivers Tuesday.

Major League rules dictated the move be made before the end of August. Players released after Aug. 31 can re-sign with their former team, but can't play for them in the Major Leagues until May 15 of the following season.

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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.