Perez, Rangers face tough test vs. Sale, Sox

Perez, Rangers face tough test vs. Sale, Sox

Less than two months into his tenure in Boston, Chris Sale will have the chance to make history against the Rangers on Wednesday night. The lefty tied his own record of eight straight games with double-digit strikeouts last week in a 3-2 loss to Oakland.

Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez holds a share of the record, having recorded eight straight 10-strikeout games in 1999.

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

Beltre could return Monday after Surprise stint

Third baseman to get at-bats at Rangers' facility in Arizona for at least 3 days

Beltre could return Monday after Surprise stint

BOSTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre is headed to Arizona to start playing games at extended spring camp, and he could be activated off the disabled list as early as Monday.

Beltre had a workout at Fenway Park on Wednesday and then took a flight to Arizona. He will report to the Rangers' facility in Surprise for a minimum of three days before he is re-evaluated on Sunday.

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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 battle back, can't catch Sox

Rangers battle back, can't catch Sox

BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand for the 23-21 Red Sox. Texas had won 11 of 12 while outscoring its opponents, 72-38, over that span.

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Banister: Rangers hurt by walks, not replay

Mazara out at home on close play to thwart rally

Banister: Rangers hurt by walks, not replay

BOSTON -- The Rangers couldn't get the shutdown inning and they walked too many batters. Every time the Rangers scored, the Red Sox responded with a rally of their own, and walks were a big part of that.

That's what Rangers manager Jeff Banister focused on after the Rangers' 11-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday 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.

Ross happy with first Triple-A rehab outing

Rangers righty delivers five scoreless, with fastball at 90-92 mph

Ross happy with first Triple-A rehab outing

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- The road back for Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross has been a long, grueling one. His journey back from multiple shoulder injuries, namely from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October, has been arduous, but he's on the home stretch.

Ross began his rehab assignment Tuesday in a start for the Round Rock Express, the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. He was given a pitch count of 75 or five innings, and he nearly ended up nailing that limit on the dot. Ross threw 73 pitches -- 44 for strikes -- in five scoreless innings in the Express' 14-3 win over the Las Vegas 51s.

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Beltre could rejoin Rangers by early June

Veteran 3B close to playing extended spring games; Gallo likely staying put

Beltre could rejoin Rangers by early June

BOSTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the season with a strained right calf muscle, could be sent to extended spring training as early as Friday to start getting at-bats in games.

Beltre had another productive day before Tuesday's game against the Red Sox with his running, fielding and swinging the bat. He'll spend the next two days with the Rangers in Boston and if all goes well, he will be sent to Arizona on Friday.

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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.

Back in race, Rangers likely won't be sellers

GM Daniels pleased with club's play despite missing Hamels, Beltre and Gomez

Back in race, Rangers likely won't be sellers

BOSTON -- The Rangers' surge in the standings over the past two weeks has been effective in one way. It has stopped the tide of speculation that the club will be a seller at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline and that Yu Darvish would be high on the list.

The Rangers are officially contenders again. That could easily change again in the next six weeks because the schedule is about to get much tougher.

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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.

Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy

Mazara: My dream came true, but it wasn't easy

My name is Nomar Mazara, but you can call me "Big Chill." I'm cool with that. I'm an outfielder for the Texas Rangers, and this is me in real life.

Baseball means everything in the Dominican Republic. It's the top sport there, and every little kid dreams of being in the Major Leagues. I'm only 22, but I have come a long way from sleeping in my baseball uniform with my glove under my pillow in Santo Domingo when I was a boy.

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Nomar Mazara is a 22-year-old outfielder for the Texas Rangers. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: What's ahead for Rangers at catcher?

Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers Texas fans' questions

Inbox: What's ahead for Rangers at catcher?

The Rangers have a decision to make on re-signing Jonathan Lucroy, although I could argue the money it would take could go toward more pressing needs, like starting pitching. Given that Jose Trevino is the future catcher, how far away is he from being able to take the job next year, with Robinson Chirinos to back up and mentor him?
-- Andrew B., McKinney, Texas

You're exactly right. Lucroy is going to be a tough sign, because this is his chance to get a big contract, the Rangers are going to need money for starting pitching and they already have sizable commitments to Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Cole Hamels and Shin-Soo Choo.

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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.

Napoli, Rangers back battling Yu, tame Tigers

Napoli, Rangers back battling Yu, tame Tigers

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli and Pete Kozma hit solo homers as part of a 12-hit Rangers barrage off Matthew Boyd, supporting Yu Darvish through five innings as Texas took a 5-2 win over the Tigers on Sunday in the rubber match of a three-game series at Comerica Park.

The Rangers (24-21) have won 11 of their last 12, and eight of their last nine in Detroit. The Tigers finished a 3-3 homestand against Baltimore and Texas, falling back to .500 at 21-21 before embarking on a three-city, 11-game road trip.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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.

Have a blast: Kozma, Napoli party like it's '13

Have a blast: Kozma, Napoli party like it's '13

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli and Pete Kozma homered like it was 2013 and that was good enough to lift the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park on Sunday night.

Napoli's home run was reminiscent of a homer he hit against the Tigers in the '13 postseason while with the Red Sox, and Kozma's shot was his first since '13. Together they helped the Rangers leave Detroit having won two out of three against the Tigers.

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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.

Napoli's monster HR clangs into camera well

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Napoli's monster HR clangs into camera well

With nearly 250 career home runs to his name, Mike Napoli is no stranger to the long ball. Among those hundreds of home runs, though, a select few are certain to stick out as special or unique.

In the fifth inning of the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Tigers Sunday night, Napoli hit one of those homers that he will likely remember.

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Cashner finally feeling close to full strength

Rangers starter began season on DL with right biceps tendinitis

Cashner finally feeling close to full strength

DETROIT -- Rangers pitcher Andrew Cashner earned his first victory of the season last Wednesday when he held the Phillies to two runs over seven innings in a 9-3 win. It came in his seventh outing.

Cashner, who pitches Tuesday against the Red Sox, began the season on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, but he said he is close to being back to full strength.

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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.

Gallo to keep manning third base for now

Beltre continues to progress toward return from DL

Gallo to keep manning third base for now

DETROIT -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he is not thinking about a possible position change for third baseman Joey Gallo right now.

The Rangers may have to consider that when Adrian Beltre is ready to come off the disabled list, but Banister said now is not the time to be worrying about that.

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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.

Griffin has 'dry-erase board' type of outing

Right-hander gives up 3 consecutive homers in first

Griffin has 'dry-erase board' type of outing

DETROIT -- The Rangers' 10-game winning streak started with an A.J. Griffin shutout against the Padres and ended with the right-hander experiencing one of the roughest starts of his career.

Griffin allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including three consecutive home runs in the first, and the longest winning streak in the Majors came to an end in the Rangers' 9-3 loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park on Saturday 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.

Beltre clears big hurdle, begins to run bases

Third baseman could return to lineup by beginning of June

Beltre clears big hurdle, begins to run bases

DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a significant milepost in his recovery from a strained right calf muscle.

Beltre started running the bases on Saturday. That is always a big step for a player coming back from a leg injury.

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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.

Lucroy HRs, but Tigers halt Rangers' win streak

Lucroy HRs, but Tigers halt Rangers' win streak

DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers' 10-game winning streak ended Saturday with something louder than a thud. Four Tigers home runs off A.J. Griffin, including a Miguel Cabrera blast in his return from an oblique injury, put Detroit in command early for Justin Verlander on their way to a 9-3 win at Comerica Park.

It was the Rangers' first loss at Comerica Park since Aug. 20, 2015, ending a franchise-best seven-game winning streak in Detroit. Texas' 10-game winning streak overall ended as the fourth-longest in club history, and best since a 12-game streak in July 2011.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

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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Rangers hoping to give Bush's arm a rest

Rangers hoping to give Bush's arm a rest

DETROIT -- Rangers closer Matt Bush had to work extra hard to earn his fifth save on Friday night in a 5-3 victory over the Tigers. Bush allowed an unearned run on two hits, a walk and shortstop Elvis Andrus' throwing error before striking out Alex Avila to end the game.

Bush ended up throwing a career-high-tying 33 pitches. He also threw nine Thursday, so Rangers manager Jeff Banister was hoping to stay away from using Bush on Saturday against the Tigers.

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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.

Pudge visits Comerica, talks Cooperstown

Pudge visits Comerica, talks Cooperstown

DETROIT -- After a couple rounds of golf in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the past two days, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez came to Comerica Park as a Tiger Alumni Saturday guest, reflecting on his time in Detroit and looking ahead to his enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Rodriguez, a first-ballot Hall of Famer after 21 seasons, was on-hand for a game between the Tigers and Rangers, the two teams with which he spent most of his career. He debuted with Texas in 1991, and spent his first 12 years there (as well as part of the 2009 season), made 10 consecutive All-Star teams and won the 1999 American League MVP Award.

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

Napoli, Gallo homer as win streak hits 10

Napoli, Gallo homer as win streak hits 10

DETROIT -- The Rangers rolled into the Motor City on Friday and continued their winning ways, propelled by Mike Napoli and Joey Gallo home runs for their 10th consecutive victory in a 5-3 decision over the Tigers.

The Rangers' winning streak is the longest in the Majors this year, the fourth longest in club history and their longest since capturing 12 in a row in 2011. The club record is 14, set in 1991. The Rangers have also taken seven in a row at Comerica Park, their longest streak in Detroit.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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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Gallo's HR off lefty sets Statcast Era mark

Gallo's HR off lefty sets Statcast Era mark

DETROIT -- Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo may be having trouble with left-handed pitching this season, but he made Statcast™ history on Friday night with his two-run homer in the sixth inning off Tigers southpaw Daniel Norris.

Gallo's blast left the bat with an exit velocity of 114.9 mph. That's the hardest-hit home run by a left-handed hitter against a lefty in the three years of Statcast™. It also ultimately provided the winning margin in the Rangers' 5-3 victory over the Tigers.

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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.

Sadzeck goes eight strong for Frisco

Sadzeck goes eight strong for Frisco

Nationals No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Victor Robles had a 20th birthday to remember on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a triple and a two-run homer in Class A Advanced Potomac's 11-7 loss to Lynchburg. Robles raised his season average by 28 points with the performance to .283.

"We got off to a rough start tonight and got down a bunch, but he goes out and hits an opposite-field homer and then the triple," Potomac manager Tripp Keister told MiLB.com. "When he hit it, you really didn't think he'd get three out of it, but he's so fast and does so many things that make you say, 'Wow.'"

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Ross could join Rangers in first week of June

Ross could join Rangers in first week of June

DETROIT -- Right-hander Tyson Ross is still trying not to look too far ahead, but he is getting closer to joining the Rangers' rotation.

Ross threw 65 pitches in an extended spring training game on Thursday in Arizona, allowing two runs on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out five in his second extended outing.

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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.

Mazara sits, but will face southpaws in future

Mazara sits, but will face southpaws in future

DETROIT -- Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara took an eight-game hitting streak into Friday's matchup against the Tigers. Manager Jeff Banister still decided not to start him with Detroit left-hander Daniel Norris on the mound.

Mazara is 4-for-28 (.143) off lefties this season. The Rangers could possibly face three more southpaws over the next five games with Matthew Boyd pitching for the Tigers on Sunday and Chris Sale and David Price likely to go for the Red Sox next week in Boston. Banister said Mazara is not going to sit against all three guys.

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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 bats on his side, Perez finds new gear

Texas bats on his side, Perez finds new gear

ARLINGTON -- Rangers lefty Martin Perez entered Thursday's series finale against the Phillies having received such scant run support this season that his catcher practically had to remind Perez how to pitch with a comfortable lead.

When the day began, before the Rangers' 8-4 victory extended their winning streak to nine games, Texas had scored only 2.67 runs per start for Perez, the second-lowest run support average in the Major Leagues. Hence Robinson Chirinos' pep talk after the Texas bats erupted for eight runs between the fifth and sixth innings: Perez was in an unfamiliar situation.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas clicks; 9th straight W caps homestand

Texas clicks; 9th straight W caps homestand

ARLINGTON -- Propelled by Ryan Rua's three-run homer, the Rangers wrapped up a perfect homestand on Thursday afternoon with an 8-4 victory over the Phillies. Texas won its ninth consecutive game to cap its 8-0 homestand.

By sweeping the Padres, A's and Phillies at Globe Life Park, the Rangers have quickly made a winner out of a club that seemed to be spinning its wheels in the season's first five weeks. Though Texas has picked up only a half-game in the American League West behind the dominant Astros, the Rangers have put their 13-20 start well behind them and are two games above .500 for the first time this season.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Thursday.

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Discipline key to Texas' emergence from rut

'Nothing magical' about fundamentals during win streak, Banister says

Discipline key to Texas' emergence from rut

ARLINGTON -- Before the Rangers began their eight-game homestand on May 10, they were sitting in last place in the American League West, six games below .500 at 14-20. 

Before Thursday's series-closing 8-4 win over the Phillies, Texas' ninth straight overall, wrapped the homestand with an 8-0 record, manager Jeff Banister said the Rangers didn't panic during their early struggles.

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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.