Hamilton has fun notching first 2015 hit

Left fielder still satisfied despite being thrown out at second, also impresses in field

Hamilton has fun notching first 2015 hit

CLEVELAND -- As Josh Hamilton ran off the field, he did so with a chuckle and a smile.

Never mind that Hamilton just got thrown out by five steps while trying to stretch a single into a double. Never mind that Hamilton's Rangers were in the midst of a 12-3 defeat Wednesday at the hands of the Cleveland Indians.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers' streak snapped at seven

Rangers' streak snapped at seven

CLEVELAND -- The Indians concluded a six-game homestand in overwhelming fashion on Wednesday afternoon. Cleveland used an eight-run third inning to power its way to a 12-3 rout of the Rangers, snapping Texas' seven-game winning streak in the process.

Each member of the Tribe's starting lineup scored at least one run and had at least one hit, and seven drove in at least one run in the offensive outpouring. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis finished a triple and a homer shy of a cycle, respectively, and Carlos Santana and Nick Swisher each contributed a home run in the win for Cleveland.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers look to keep rolling vs. struggling Red Sox

Rangers look to keep rolling vs. struggling Red Sox

The Red Sox and Rangers enter their series Thursday trending in opposite directions. Though a 12-3 shellacking by Cleveland on Wednesday snapped their seven-game winning streak, the Rangers have been playing some of their best baseball of the season. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have lost two of three series, including one at home to Texas.

But the Rangers will encounter someone they've never seen Thursday, as lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, Boston's No. 4 prospect, makes his first career start.

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Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fielder back swinging hot bat

After frustrating season interrupted by injury, big hitter producing at plate

Fielder back swinging hot bat

CLEVELAND -- Prince Fielder was born into baseball. His father, Cecil, played 13 years in the big leagues, with young Prince tagging along in the clubhouse and during batting practice. Since before Prince could even play, baseball was ingrained into his daily life.

So when he missed 120 games following surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, it put him in a position in which he'd never been in his life. It took him out of his comfort zone. Life without baseball is not a life that Fielder has ever been used to.

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Smolinski optioned to Triple-A; Edwards recalled

Smolinski optioned to Triple-A; Edwards recalled

CLEVELAND -- Before Wednesday afternoon's 12-3 loss to Cleveland, the Rangers made a roster move shortly before Wednesday afternoon's game in Cleveland, optioning outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Round Rock and recalling right-handed pitcher Jon Edwards.

The move gives a taxed Rangers bullpen a much-needed eighth arm. Closer Shawn Tolleson has thrown three consecutive days. Ross Ohlendorf, Keone Kela, Sam Freeman and Tanner Scheppers have each thrown two of the past three days. Alex Claudio threw 61 pitches on Monday. Anthony Bass tossed 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back at .500, streaking Rangers not satisfied

Back at .500, streaking Rangers not satisfied

CLEVELAND -- For the second time in as many nights, the Rangers erased a late-inning deficit to secure a victory, 4-3 on Tuesday night in Cleveland. For the seventh game in a row, the Rangers have found themselves in the win column. And for the first time since the sixth game of the season, the Rangers are a .500 ballclub.

Comebacks don't happen without help from multiple parties. Seven-game winning streaks don't happen without every aspect of a team playing well. As cliché as it sounds, this Rangers club is a team that's firing on all cylinders right now.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

Beltre, Fielder need All-Star ballot support

CLEVELAND -- The first update to the fan voting for the 86th annual All-Star Game has been announced, and the third-place Rangers have just one representative: third baseman Adrian Beltre. Fans can help change that by using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Beltre ranks fifth among American League third baseman with 205,836 votes. He trails Mike Moustakas (1,261,769), Josh Donaldson (876,586), Pablo Sandoval (348,787) and Manny Machado (266,746).

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Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

Rangers outmuscle Tribe to win 7th straight

CLEVELAND -- Mitch Moreland launched a go-ahead home run off Indians lefty Nick Hagadone in the eighth inning, helping power Texas to a 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The win marked the seventh in a row for the surging Rangers and put them at .500 for the first time since beating the Astros to earn their third win on April 11.

Texas slugger Prince Fielder fell a triple shy of a cycle in the win, which improved the Rangers' record to 7-1 on their current nine-game trek through Boston, New York and Cleveland. In those eight games, Fielder has hit .486 (17-for-35) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prince, Elvis rock Tribe, keep Rangers rolling

Prince, Elvis rock Tribe, keep Rangers rolling

CLEVELAND -- Something had to give when the Indians and Rangers -- two of baseball's hottest teams -- opened a three-game set on Monday at Progressive Field. Behind an outpouring of offense, Texas claimed a 10-8 victory over Cleveland to extend its winning streak to six games.

The Indians saw their season-high winning streak snapped at six.

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Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, and follow him on Twitter @MLBastian. August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Hamilton's return marks new chapter

Outfielder focused on both baseball and life beyond the game

Hamilton's return marks new chapter

CLEVELAND -- Memorial Day marked his proper return to the Rangers and to the game it has so often seemed he was born to play. This is a game that has sustained Josh Hamilton, and this is a team that has, in the past, given him the proper support system, the proper distractions from his demons.

But Hamilton, who turned 34 last week, knows the day is coming when he will no longer be a baseball player, no longer be a Ranger.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo continues hot streak with homer, two RBIs for RoughRiders

Texas' No. 1 prospect hits eighth homer, fourth in past seven games, for Frisco

Gallo continues hot streak with homer, two RBIs for RoughRiders

The Texas farm system was homer happy on Memorial Day.

Rangers No. 1 prospect (No. 10 overall) Joey Gallo continued his excellent month for Double-A Frisco with a two-run shot, and now has eight homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games since returning from foot surgery on April 25. The RoughRiders third baseman is currently hitting an even .330/.440./.680 and has hit four home runs in his past eight games.

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Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Texas 'pen answers call, holds Tribe in check

Four relievers combine for seven strong innings in Memorial Day win

Texas 'pen answers call, holds Tribe in check

CLEVELAND -- When rookie starting pitcher Phil Klein was bounced in the third inning of Monday's eventual 10-8 Texas win after allowing seven runs, he handed the ball off to lefty Alex Claudio.

Claudio had never recorded more than five outs in a Major League relief appearance. He wound up throwing 3 1/3 innings, tossing 61 pitches in the process. If you would have asked Rangers manager Jeff Banister before the game, he'd have told you Claudio's pitch limit was around 30.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prince Fielder thwarts pickoff attempt, laughs

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Prince Fielder thwarts pickoff attempt, laughs

Right now there's nothing Prince Fielder can't do. After torturing the Yankees in a weeekend series to the tune of 8-for-14 with three home runs, a double, a walk and nine RBIs, Fielder and the Rangers traveled to Cleveland to set their sights on an Indians team that had won eight of their last 10 games.

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Hamilton walks, scores in return to Rangers

Hamilton walks, scores in return to Rangers

CLEVELAND -- Josh Hamilton returned to the Rangers' lineup Monday, batting fifth and playing left field. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first game in the Major Leagues since an Oct. 15, 2014 Wild Card appearance with the Angels, and his first in a Rangers uniform since an Oct. 5, 2012 Wild Card game.

A tumultuous offseason that included a reported drug and alcohol relapse and a shoulder surgery preceded and April trade that has led him back to the place where he turned his life around: Texas.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Feliz to DL; has abscess removed from side

Feliz to DL; has abscess removed from side

CLEVELAND -- The Rangers placed right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with an "axillary abscess on his right side" before Monday's game in Cleveland.

The roster move makes room for outfielder Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the 15-day DL.

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August Fagerstrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers sweep Yanks, notch fifth straight win

Rangers sweep Yanks, notch fifth straight win

NEW YORK -- Yovani Gallardo pitched six strong innings and Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, completing a sweep of the three-game series.

Prince Fielder also drove in a pair of runs as Texas won its fifth straight contest, sending the skidding Yanks to their sixth straight defeat. Gallardo limited New York's bats to two runs and four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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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Jonathan Mayo

Gallo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

Gallo on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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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.

Rangers continue to thrive away from home

Texas posts first Bronx sweep since '03, improves to 15-10 on road

Rangers continue to thrive away from home

NEW YORK -- The Rangers continue to play their best baseball away from Arlington, completing a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 5-2 victory Sunday night.

The sweep was Texas' first in the Bronx since May 16-18, 2003. But it was the club's second road series sweep this month. The Rangers also took three straight from the Astros on May 4-6.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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.

After rough first, Gallardo finds his groove

Righty allows two runs, then shuts Yanks down

After rough first, Gallardo finds his groove

NEW YORK -- Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, given a one-run lead, got off to a rough start in his Yankee Stadium debut on Sunday night. Five of the first six Yankees faced reached base on shortstop Elvis Andrus' error, three singles and a walk.

The first out came when Brett Gardner, who reached on the error, was thrown out trying to go from first to third on Chase Headley's single by center fielder Leonys Martin. Alex Rodriguez followed with a single, both runners moved up on Mark Teixeira's grounder to first and Brian McCann's two-out, two-run single erased the Rangers' lead.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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.

Hamilton may cut into DeShields' playing time

Banister plans to find ways to get young Rangers outfielder in lineup

Hamilton may cut into DeShields' playing time

NEW YORK -- Delino DeShields, who began the season as the Rangers' fifth outfielder, was in the starting lineup for the 13th straight game Sunday night.

DeShields earned the steady playing time. He entered Sunday's game hitting .325 with a .460 on-base percentage, and 12 runs scored in his past 12 games. He was batting leadoff for the third straight game.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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 ink Burton, assign him to Triple-A

Right-handed reliever has appeared in 367 career Major League games

Rangers ink Burton, assign him to Triple-A

NEW YORK -- The Rangers have signed right-handed reliever Jared Burton to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock. He was released by the Yankees on May 16 after pitching in just four games at in the Minors.

Burton has pitched in 367 Major League games with the Reds and Twins, compiling a career record of 18-19 with a 3.44 ERA and 10 saves. He was 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA and three saves in 68 appearances with the Twins in 2014.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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 ride 10-run third to rout of Yankees

Rangers ride 10-run third to rout of Yankees

NEW YORK -- Shin Soo-Choo homered and drove in four runs as the Rangers enjoyed a 10-run third inning, sending CC Sabathia to the showers early in a 15-4 rout of the Yankees on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Each Texas starter had at least one hit in the contest and the Rangers sent 14 men to the plate in the big third inning, which included a key Carlos Beltran error in right field. Sabathia was charged with six runs as he lasted just 2 1/3 innings, marking his shortest non-injury start in pinstripes.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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 starts, finishes 10-run third

Texas outfielder hits RBI single, three-run HR

Choo starts, finishes 10-run third

NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo had his first four-RBI game of the season Saturday afternoon and only his second in the past four years.

He did it all in one inning with a run-scoring single and a three-run home run. Those were two of the big hits in a 10-run inning that helped carry the Rangers to a 15-4 victory over the Yankees.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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.

Martinez escapes early trouble in solid outing

Righty heeds Maddux's advice as Rangers improve to 8-1 in his starts

Martinez escapes early trouble in solid outing

NEW YORK -- Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez went into Saturday's start against the Yankees having held opponents to a .122 batting average with runners in scoring position in his first eight starts.

That was the second-lowest average by a qualifying pitcher in the American League. Martinez's ability to strand runners was significant early, even though the Rangers rolled to a 15-4 win at Yankee Stadium.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, 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.

Over two games, Rangers score 17 third-inning runs

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Over two games, Rangers score 17 third-inning runs

The Rangers had themselves quite the third inning during Friday night's win over the Yankees in the Bronx. Prince Fielder did Prince Fielder things, New York kicked the ball around the infield a bit, and Texas sent 10 batters to the plate on their way to a 7-spot against Yankees ace Michael Pineda.

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