Odor, Gomez deliver to cap sweep of Rays

Odor, Gomez deliver to cap sweep of Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Back-to-back home runs from Rougned Odor, his second of the day, and Carlos Gomez helped the Rangers erase a three-run deficit to take a 6-5 come-from-behind win over the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The Rays got a rally going in the ninth when they had runners on first and second with two outs and Steven Souza Jr. hitting. But Jose Leclerc struck him out to end the threat, and the game.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg and covered the Rangers on Sunday.

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X-rays negative on Chirinos' sprained ankle

Catcher replaced in fifth following fourth-inning collision at home plate; return timetable TBD

X-rays negative on Chirinos' sprained ankle

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos exited Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Rays with a left ankle sprain in the half-inning following his collision at the plate with Adeiny Hechavarria. Precautionary X-rays came back negative.

With runners on second and third and one out in the fourth inning, and the Rays holding a 4-2 lead at the time, Jesus Sucre hit a grounder to second. Rougned Odor threw home to nab the advancing Hechavarria, who crashed into Chirinos on his way toward the plate.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Mike Petriello

Darvish would strengthen any contender

Impending free agent may be market's most dominant starter

Darvish would strengthen any contender

Yu Darvish looked very good in striking out 12 Rays over eight innings on Friday night for the Rangers, and you'd be forgiven for wondering if that's the last time you'll see him in the Texas red and blue. After all, the American League West has been more or less wrapped up for months, the pace set by the scorching Astros, and the Rangers are two games below .500, although a St. Petersburg weekend sweep had them just 2 1/2 games back of an AL Wild Card spot entering Monday. With Darvish headed toward free agency, it's no surprise we're hearing rumors of his availability on the market.

If so, Darvish is going to represent a pretty unique asset, because he's having a better season than Justin Verlander, he's more reliable than Sonny Gray and he's more dominant than Lance Lynn or Marco Estrada. More than any other starter remaining, he's the one a team can envision starting a postseason game and making a difference doing so, and that matters.

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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.

Gomez lost his balance on go-ahead homer

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Gomez lost his balance on go-ahead homer

Adrian Beltre isn't the only Rangers player with a penchant to take hacks so large that he drops down to a knee. Carlos Gomez is a fan of the move, too. After Rougned Odor hit an eighth-inning home run to tie Sunday's game against the Rays at 5, Gomez came up looking to give the Rangers the lead. 

And that he did.

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Derek Holland paid tribute to Sister Frances

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Derek Holland paid tribute to Sister Frances

She was known to every Rangers fan, broadcaster and player --  always banging her drum from her seat behind home plate. She was Sister Frances Evans, a nun and Texas superfan, who passed away at the age of 90 on Friday

Though he's now a White Sox, and was pitching in Kansas City on Sunday, Derek Holland remembered his time with her fondly from the eight years that he was with the Rangers

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Beltre jumped to pick up a pitch in the dirt

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Beltre jumped to pick up a pitch in the dirt

In addition to his prolific hitting, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is known as a man with quirks. He's fond of hitting home runs from one knee.

And he's not fond at all of teammates touching his head.

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Perez, Rangers set to open series vs. Marlins

Perez, Rangers set to open series vs. Marlins

For the first time since splitting two games in 2014, the Marlins are facing the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The three-game Interleague series gets underway on Monday night, and the two clubs are measuring their options as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches.

Miami is in sell mode, while Texas, far off the pace in the American League West, is still within striking distance of the second AL Wild Card spot.

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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.

Banister: Versatile Claudio not official closer

Banister: Versatile Claudio not official closer

ST. PETERSBURG -- Alex Claudio has pitched more innings since the second half began than any other Rangers reliever. He's finished four games in the process, picking up three saves and a win.

The recent uptick in high-leverage work for Claudio, however, is no reason to go labeling Claudio the "closer," manager Jeff Banister said. He holds the rest of his bullpen to an equal standard.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Andrus HRs, Rangers score 3 unearned in win

Andrus HRs, Rangers score 3 unearned in win

ST. PETERSBURG -- After five innings Saturday night, the Rays appeared to be in grand shape to even their weekend series against the Rangers. Then came the nightmare inning that led to a 4-3 Texas win at Tropicana Field.

The Rangers (47-50) won their second consecutive game, while the Rays (51-47) lost their third consecutive game.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Saturday.

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Gifted a break, Rangers revive one-run magic

Gifted a break, Rangers revive one-run magic

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ignored for much of the season, the Rangers were finally visited by Lady Luck at an opportune time Saturday.

Fighting to scratch out runs against a locked-in Chris Archer while trying to tread water in the American League Wild Card race, the Rangers caught a much-needed break in the sixth inning, when Mallex Smith dropped a ball in center field.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Daniels keeping open mind as Deadline nears

Daniels keeping open mind as Deadline nears

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rangers are not ready to commit to being buyers or sellers with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming in nine days.

But general manager Jon Daniels, speaking before Saturday's game against the Rays, appears open-minded to a strategy that would put the Rangers in the "sellers" category. That could include a willingness to trade pitcher Yu Darvish, who can be a free agent after this season.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Longtime fan Sister Frances passes away at 90

Longtime fan Sister Frances passes away at 90

ARLINGTON -- Sister Frances Evans, who, along with Sister Maggie Hession, were the Rangers' two original fans and their biggest supporters through the years, passed away on Friday night. She was 90.

Sister Frances and Sister Maggie were beloved institutions at Rangers games from the beginning. They started attending games in 1972 at Arlington Stadium and were the first two to enter the Ballpark in Arlington when it opened in 1994.

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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.

Choo ties it, Elvis wins it for Texas at The Trop

Choo ties it, Elvis wins it for Texas at The Trop

ST. PETERSBURG -- Elvis Andrus is the bull that sees red whenever he plays against the Rays. Friday night, his RBI single in the 10th gave the Rangers a 4-3 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

The Rays (51-46) have now lost two in a row while the Rangers (46-50) snapped a season-high five-game losing streak.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Friday.

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Darvish (12 K's) blows away Rays with heater

Darvish (12 K's) blows away Rays with heater

ST. PETERSBURG -- Yu Darvish was pitching well enough as the All-Star break arrived -- he was named to the American League roster, after all. But the former Cy Young runner-up was still capable of better things and made some adjustments to get there.

Over the break, Darvish tweaked his mechanics slightly to alter his release point. That adjustment paved the way for his aspirations of pitching upstairs to succeed Friday night in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Rays.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner reflects on '16 deal as Deadline nears

Cashner reflects on '16 deal as Deadline nears

ST. PETERSBURG -- As trade rumors begin to pick up around a suddenly slumping Rangers team, Andrew Cashner reflected on the Deadline swap that sent him to Miami last year.

To put it simply, that week "was not fun," Cashner said. While standing in the Padres bullpen before a start, false rumors began swirling that he had been dealt. Cashner didn't know whether he would be making his scheduled start. But he straightened out that mess by calling his agent and went on to pitch that game.

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Connor Mount is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Petersburg who covered the Rangers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pudge looking forward to induction into HOF

Heralded catcher played 13 seasons with Rangers

Pudge looking forward to induction into HOF

ARLINGTON -- Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is just nine days away from the crowning moment of his Major League Baseball career.

On July 30, Rodriguez will be standing on a podium in the upstate New York village of Cooperstown. Behind him will be seated some of the greatest players in the history of the game and, on that Sunday afternoon, Rodriguez will join them as a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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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.

Mendez fires seven scoreless for Frisco

Mendez fires seven scoreless for Frisco

It's not a secret that when Touki Toussaint is right he can miss bats with the best of them.

That was the case on Friday, as the Braves' No. 11 prospect matched his career highs with 11 strikeouts in eight innings as he recorded his second straight double-digit strikeout performance for Class A Advanced Florida.

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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.

Hamels' scoreless streak ends; Texas swept

Hamels' scoreless streak ends; Texas swept

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles completed a four-game sweep by overcoming the Rangers' four-run lead and rallying for a 9-7 victory on Thursday night at Camden Yards. The Orioles hit four home runs, including three off losing pitcher Cole Hamels.

The Rangers led, 5-1, going into the bottom of the fifth before the Orioles struck for three runs in that inning on home runs by Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, and four more in the sixth to take the lead.

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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.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Banister's focus on future, not Rangers' funk

Banister's focus on future, not Rangers' funk

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers are getting dangerously close to falling out of contention in the American League Wild Card race, and being swept by the Orioles isn't about to inspire confidence.

It will be up to general manager Jon Daniels to interpret the results of all this as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, but the Rangers have now lost five straight after a 9-7 loss to the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

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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.

Shopping Yu not out of question for Rangers

Shopping Yu not out of question for Rangers

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers' precarious place in the American League Wild Card race could force them to make some tough decisions leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

If the Rangers continue to slip in the standings, it could mean considering some major trades for the future -- and Yu Darvish could possibly be included in the list.

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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.

Kela off disabled list; Kozma DFA'd

Kela off disabled list; Kozma DFA'd

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers activated right-handed reliever Keone Kela off the disabled list on Thursday and designated infielder Pete Kozma for assignment.

Kela hasn't pitched in a game since June 27 because of a sore right shoulder, and although the Rangers will be conservative with him, at some point they will likely try him at closer.

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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 search for answers to ailing offense

Rangers search for answers to ailing offense

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers scored a major offensive objective in the ninth inning on Wednesday night.

They scored a run on three singles. It didn't change the outcome in a 10-2 loss to the Orioles, but it was a reminder of what has been missing from their offense since the All-Star break.

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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.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Cubs show interest in dealing for Darvish

Chicago among clubs monitoring market for rotation help

Cubs show interest in dealing for Darvish

The Cubs have inquired to the Rangers on the availability of ace Yu Darvish, according to sources, and a trade match between the teams is more plausible than it would've been entering the All-Star break.

Consider what has transpired since then:

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Former pitcher Rheinecker passes away at 38

Former pitcher Rheinecker passes away at 38

BALTIMORE -- Left-handed pitcher John Rheinecker, who pitched for the Rangers in 2006-07, passed away on Tuesday in St. Louis, according to the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat.

The cause of death was not revealed. Rheinecker was 38 and is survived by his wife Jamie, two children and two stepchildren.

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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.

Perez, Rangers drop fourth straight game

Perez, Rangers drop fourth straight game

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Kevin Gausman delivered the Orioles' third straight strong start, helping guide his team to a three-game winning streak with a 10-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night at Camden Yards. The Rangers have now lost four consecutive games, including three to the Orioles.

Gausman did exactly what Chris Tillman and Dylan Bundy did to the Rangers in the first two games of the series, holding them to one run in six innings. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight before turning it over to the bullpen.

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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.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Beltre, Napoli hoping to help Texas heat up

Beltre, Napoli hoping to help Texas heat up

BALTIMORE -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre understands the time of year.

"This is a time where a team normally chooses: are we going to be a buyer or a seller," Beltre said. "Our team is not helping right now. I would like our team to start winning games so that we can convince everybody, especially our GM, that we are a buyer. I'm a buyer. I've always been a buyer."

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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.

DeShields' patience could pay off soon

DeShields' patience could pay off soon

BALTIMORE -- Delino DeShields needs to be patient because the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline may impact his situation if the Rangers decide to be sellers. That could get him back into the lineup regularly.

Right now, DeShields is a platoon player and will be back in the lineup on Thursday with left-hander Wade Miley on the mound for the Orioles. It will be just his second start in seven games since the All-Star break.

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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' 9-day rest works against him vs. Orioles

Ross' 9-day rest works against him vs. Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Nine days off did not exactly leave Rangers pitcher Tyson Ross at his best against the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Ross is hardly the only pitcher who had extended rest because of the All-Star break but he wasn't able to pick up where left off before his extended rest. Instead Ross gave up six runs in the first inning before recording an out in the Rangers' 12-1 loss at Camden Yards.

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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.

Choo's HR not enough as Rangers quiet vs. O's

Choo's HR not enough as Rangers quiet vs. O's

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice -- including a grand slam -- during a career-high six-RBI game as the Orioles' offense overwhelmed the Rangers during a 12-1 win on Tuesday night.

Baltimore, trying to climb out of the American League East basement, is still in the mix for a playoff spot along with a Texas (45-48) team that has now dropped three in a row.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her 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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