Peguero's power proving pivotal for Rangers

Peguero's power proving pivotal for Rangers

HOUSTON -- The Rangers wanted a big, strong, left-handed-swinging power hitter to play left field and help restore some badly needed thunder into their starting lineup.

That's why they traded for Josh Hamilton. But Hamilton has played in just two extended spring training games, is 0-for-8 and probably won't be ready for another two weeks.

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Lewis continues his resurgence with another gem

Lewis continues his resurgence with another gem

HOUSTON -- With each passing game, Colby Lewis continues to show what he can do with that reconstructed hip, a delivery that he can finish off and a full complement of pitches with movement and location.

The Rangers started to see this in the second half of 2014, and it is becoming more pronounced at the beginning of this season. The latest evidence came Wednesday night when he held the Astros to one run over eight innings in an 11-3 victory at Minute Maid Park.

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Peguero, Lewis lift Rangers to sweep of Astros

Peguero, Lewis lift Rangers to sweep of Astros

HOUSTON -- The Rangers secured their first three-game sweep of the season by cooling down the Astros, 11-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. The first-place Astros had won 10 in a row before losing three straight to Texas.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis held the Astros scoreless for seven innings before giving up a run in the eighth. He allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six for his first win since April 7. He had his 13-inning scoreless streak come to an end when he allowed the run in the eighth.

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Moreland progressing, but Martin hits a snag

Moreland progressing, but Martin hits a snag

HOUSTON -- There is an air of suspense surrounding the Rangers. Who will play in a game first: Leonys Martin or Mitch Moreland. The answer remains unknown but Moreland had a better day than Martin on Wednesday.

Moreland is on the disabled list while recovering from elbow surgery and can't be activated until Wednesday. But there is a possibility he could play in a Minor League game as early as Saturday.

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Pitching prospects Klein, Jackson switch roles

Pitching prospects Klein, Jackson switch roles

HOUSTON -- The Rangers are switching the roles of pitchers Phil Klein and Luke Jackson at Triple-A Round Rock. Klein, who has been almost exclusively used in relief in his professional career, is being moved to the rotation. Jackson will go from the rotation to the bullpen.

Klein has a 2.35 ERA in four relief appearances for Round Rock since being optioned by the Rangers on April 14. He has made only two starts in his professional career -- against 123 relief appearances in the Minors and 23 in the Major Leagues.

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Manfred offers vision of game's healthy future

Improving pace and marketing of superstars among Commissioner's goals

Manfred offers vision of game's healthy future

HOUSTON -- Commissioner Rob Manfred outlined his vision for the future of baseball in three meetings on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. He took some questions, too, and made some small talk. All in all, a productive day.

"It was good," Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder said. "It's just good to see his face and hear him and start to get to know him."

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Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

Rangers ride Wandy, offense to win vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- The Rangers pounced on Scott Feldman for four runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Prince Fielder and a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero and rode the pitching of Wandy Rodriguez to win consecutive games for the first time this season with a 7-1 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

"These guys have been battling and working and grinding," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "You would have liked it to happen earlier, but we'll take it when we can."

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wandy picks up first win since '13 with gem

Rangers lefty, who pitched for Astros from 2005-12, holds Houston to one run

Wandy picks up first win since '13 with gem

HOUSTON -- Wandy Rodriguez did not get the chance to pitch the Rangers' first complete game of the season on Tuesday night even though he seemed to be cruising toward that destination for eight innings.

But there were a few other noteworthy accomplishments achieved beyond the simple fact that Rodriguez was outstanding in pitching the Rangers to a 7-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.

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Key offensive pieces heating up for Rangers

Choo, Andrus, Beltre showing improvement at the plate

Key offensive pieces heating up for Rangers

HOUSTON -- Shin-Soo Choo may be getting on a roll, and so are a couple of other pivotal players in the Rangers' lineup.

They are just getting started, but the Rangers are hoping this is a portent of better offensive days ahead. For them, any positive sign is desperately needed.

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Odor stays confident despite struggles

Rangers second baseman spent day out of the lineup working on hitting

Odor stays confident despite struggles

HOUSTON -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor said his confidence is still strong despite taking a .146 batting average into Tuesday's game with the Astros.

The Rangers are sticking with him for now, and Odor was back in the lineup on Tuesday after getting Monday night off. Odor used the time to get extra work with hitting coaches Dave Magadan and Bobby Jones.

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Moreland resumes activities following surgery

Rangers first baseman plays catch, takes swings off a batting tee

Moreland resumes activities following surgery

HOUSTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was able to play catch at 75 feet and take 25 swings off a batting tee on Tuesday, less than a week after undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from his left elbow.

Moreland is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday and there is a good possibility that could happen. The Rangers will want him to play at least a couple of games on a rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues, but that could happen later this week or early next week.

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Martin held out due to left wrist sprain

Rangers outfielder could be available to pinch-run or play defense

Martin held out due to left wrist sprain

HOUSTON -- Outfielder Leonys Martin was out of the lineup on Tuesday while dealing with a sprained left wrist. He might be able to pinch-run or play defense if needed, but the Rangers don't want to push him back into the lineup.

"I didn't have him in the lineup to begin with," manager Jeff Banister said. "I felt he was going to be sore. We'll have him ready for baserunning and defense and see what the capability is for hitting as we go along."

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Detwiler keeps Rangers in position to rally

Lefty duels with Astros' Keuchel before Texas pulls ahead late

Detwiler keeps Rangers in position to rally

HOUSTON -- Rangers starter Ross Detwiler did not get credit for the victory on Monday night. But his teammates, after seven innings of serious frustration, finally came through on offense with some clutch hits and kept Detwiler's terrific outing from going to waste.

The Rangers, trailing 1-0 going into the eighth, tied it on an RBI single by Jake Smolinski and then went ahead in the ninth on Robinson Chirinos' sacrifice fly for a 2-1 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Rookie reliever Keone Kela earned his second victory and Neftali Feliz set down the side in order in the ninth for his third save of the season. It was his first save since April 17.

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Rangers claim lefty Kickham from Mariners

Pitcher optioned to Triple-A Round Rock; Rua transferred to 60-day DL

Rangers claim lefty Kickham from Mariners

The Rangers have acquired left-hander Mike Kickham on a waiver claim from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock. To make room on the 40-man roster, Texas transferred outfielder Ryan Rua from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.

Kickham, 26, was designated for assignment by Seattle on Monday, and he was on option to Triple-A Tacoma. He was 0-2 with a 7.29 ERA in five starts there this season.

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Rangers snap Astros' 10-game winning streak

Rangers snap Astros' 10-game winning streak

HOUSTON -- Robinson Chirinos scored Adrian Beltre on a sacrifice fly to center field in the ninth inning that broke a tie and sent the Rangers to a 2-1 win Monday night at Minute Maid Park, breaking the Astros' 10-game winning streak. It was their first loss of the season in any game in which they had the lead.

Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel carried a shutout into the eighth inning before giving up an RBI single to Jake Smolinski, who scored Delino DeShields from second base shortly after DeShields stole second base on a pitch in the dirt. Keuchel held the Rangers to five hits and one run while striking out eight in eight innings for his 13th consecutive quality start.

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Hamilton works on timing in extended spring

Slugger went 0-for-4 in first action since being reacquired by Rangers

Hamilton works on timing in extended spring

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's become a question of timing for Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. How long will it take for him to be ready to join the big league club, and when is it going to happen?

On Monday, Hamilton went 0-for-4 with three hard ground balls to first base and a strikeout in his first extended spring game action since joining the Rangers. The veteran is on the 15-day disabled list as he recovers from right shoulder surgery on Feb. 4.

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Rangers option Mendez, call up Patton

GM Daniels believes he could have done a better job building bullpen

Rangers option Mendez, call up Patton

HOUSTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels admitted the one thing he could have done better this offseason was put together a stronger bullpen. The Rangers were counting on a number of young arms to have an impact out of the bullpen, but that hasn't happened.

"We didn't spend much on the bullpen, and that was by design and by function of what we spent in the past. The decisions I made in the past," Daniels said. "We were relying on young arms stepping up bigger, but the bullpen has been hit and miss. That is one area I look at where I could have done a better job of providing some weapons."

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GM Daniels expects better from Rangers

GM Daniels expects better from Rangers

HOUSTON -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is unhappy with the way his team has started the season, and he strongly suggested that more changes could be coming if things don't turn around quickly.

Daniels refused to term his team as heading into what is traditionally known as a "seller" when it comes to the in-season trade approach. But the Rangers' season is starting off similar to 2007, when the team struggled under a new manager.

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Rangers can't find clutch hit in frustrating loss

Rangers can't find clutch hit in frustrating loss

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had their chances.

They were only retired in order once and had multiple baserunners in six innings. But, after going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and leaving 14 men on base, the Rangers fell to the A's, 7-1, in Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

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Gallardo's solid outing not enough vs. A's

Gallardo's solid outing not enough vs. A's

ARLINGTON -- A's catcher Stephen Vogt hit a pair of home runs, driving in four runs in support of battery mate Sonny Gray, who compiled 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 7-1 series-clinching win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.

Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick also homered, launching a two-run shot to center field in the ninth for his second hit of the day, with his career-high hitting streak extending to 11 games. He's 19-for-38 in that span.

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Darvish progressing through rehab process

Darvish progressing through rehab process

ARLINGTON -- Other than the obvious fact that he can't pitch this year, there are other drawbacks to Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Darvish, who wants to become an American citizen while recovering from the operation, says his English has suffered as a result of his injury and not being around the team.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Odor's walk-off single lifts Rangers in 10

Odor's walk-off single lifts Rangers in 10

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo homered and doubled in game-changing innings for the Rangers, who got a walk-off base hit from Rougned Odor against A's reliever R.J. Alvarez in the 10th inning for an 8-7 Texas victory at Globe Life Park on Saturday night to even this series.

Choo opened the 10th with a double off right-hander Ryan Cook, who proceeded to walk each of his next two batters. That prompted A's manager Bob Melvin to bring in Alvarez -- recalled earlier in the day -- with none out to face Odor, who delivered the game-winning hit off the glove of shortstop Marcus Semien.

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Choo comes alive in Rangers' 10-inning win

Choo comes alive in Rangers' 10-inning win

ARLINGTON -- Somehow, in the midst of a 2-for-39 slump, Shin-Soo Choo managed to maintain his confidence during Saturday's game against the A's.

"That's baseball. You can't control that," Choo said. "Sometimes I hit the ball hard and sometimes I don't hit it well. I just tell myself to think positive."

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Blanks' four-hit game helps Rangers end skid

Blanks' four-hit game helps Rangers end skid

ARLINGTON -- Two weeks ago, Kyle Blanks was a Triple-A first baseman hitting .115 playing for his third organization in two years.

Now, he's a big league first baseman -- one who played a crucial part in helping the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak with an 8-7 comeback win over the A's on Saturday at Globe Life Park. Blanks tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with his second home run in as many nights and three RBIs.

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Hamilton continues to progress in Arizona

Hamilton continues to progress in Arizona

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton took live batting practice and shagged balls in the outfield at the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. on Saturday. A five-time All-Star with the Rangers from 2008-12, the recently acquired Hamilton is currently on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from right shoulder surgery.

Hamilton took live batting practice off right-hander Kohsuke Tomita and left-hander Matt Harrison, who is working to return from spinal fusion surgery he underwent last June. General manager Jon Daniels said when Hamilton was acquired from the Angels on April 27 that he hoped Hamilton would make his season debut in mid to late May.

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