Rangers lose late lead, fall in 10th

Rangers lose late lead, fall in 10th

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak single-handedly stole a game away from the Rangers as he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and added a two-run shot in the 10th inning of Toronto's 3-1 victory on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Texas held a 1-0 lead until Smoak's solo shot off Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson. An inning later, Smoak was back at it again, this time with a two-run shot to left off Phil Klein.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast

Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. He covered the Rangers on Tuesday.

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Rangers get stung after living dangerously

Texas escapes several jams before giving up lead in 9th, losing in 10th

Rangers get stung after living dangerously

TORONTO -- The Rangers flirted with danger all night against the Blue Jays, and for eight innings they weaved their way out of it. All of that changed in the bottom of the ninth.

After a one-run win on Monday, the Rangers lamented letting one slip away Tuesday night in their 3-1, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Rangers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers' Honorary Bat Girl draws strength from baseball

Ashenfelter diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011

TORONTO -- Ronda Ashenfelter has been named the winner of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest for the Texas Rangers. The contest recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer, and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.

Ashenfelter was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in September 2011. Baseball has been Ashenfelter's release, and her husband, Channing, purchased season tickets last season so that the two of them could enjoy every Rangers home game. Throughout the process, Ashenfelter has been reminded of the various life lessons that come with the game, including getting back up and moving forward.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Rangers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers reacquire Wilson from Tigers

Texas sends lefty Bell to Detroit; Gimenez designated for assignment

Rangers reacquire Wilson from Tigers

TORONTO -- The Rangers added some catching depth to their roster on Tuesday, bringing back a familiar face in Bobby Wilson.

Wilson was acquired from the Tigers for left-hander Chad Bell, and is expected to join the Rangers in Toronto on Wednesday. The 33-year-old was 2-for-13 with two RBIs in five games for the Tigers, and played in 31 games for the Rangers in 2015.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Rangers on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis faces Blue Jays aiming to build off strong start

Lewis faces Blue Jays aiming to build off strong start

Aaron Sanchez and Colby Lewis will look to build on their dominant performances last time out when the Rangers and Blue Jays play the third of four at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Sanchez (2-1, 2.59) pitched seven shutout innings and struck out six, while inducing a season-high 13 outs on the ground in a 6-1 victory against the Rays on Friday. The 23-year-old right-hander has pitched at least six innings in four of his five starts this season, and has allowed more than two runs just once.

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Rookie's arm, hammer settle bat-flip rematch

Rookie's arm, hammer settle bat-flip rematch

TORONTO -- Hours after winning the American League Rookie of the Month Award for April, the Majors' youngest player put on an encore performance at Rogers Centre. Nomar Mazara's go-ahead home run in the top of the eighth and game-saving outfield assist in the bottom half of the inning propelled the Rangers to 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night, the first meeting between the two teams since last year's thrilling five-game AL Division Series, a battle punctuated by Jose Bautista's famous home run and bat flip.

Mazara sent a cutter from Gavin Floyd over the center-field wall to break a 1-1 deadlock. Much like in last season's series clincher, the Blue Jays threatened to make a comeback late against reliever Sam Dyson, loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth. But that's when Mazara, 21, made his presence felt on the defensive side, throwing out Michael Saunders at home plate on a Troy Tulowitzki flyout to keep the Rangers in front.

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Competitive Dyson embraces facing Bautista again

Rangers reliever, who gave up infamous homer in ALDS, gets slugger to line out

Competitive Dyson embraces facing Bautista again

TORONTO -- It wasn't the prettiest of outings, but Sam Dyson returned to Rogers Centre and brought his competitive edge with him, keeping the Blue Jays off the board in the Rangers' 2-1 victory on Monday night.

Dyson last took the mound at Rogers Centre in Game 5 of the American League Division Series in 2015, and he allowed the infamous "bat flip" home run, a three-run go-ahead shot by Jose Bautista in the bottom of the seventh, which propelled Toronto to a 6-3 victory and a berth in the AL Championship Series.

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Mazara snags AL Rookie of Month honors

Mazara snags AL Rookie of Month honors

TORONTO -- Nomar Mazara's hot start to the season has not gone unnoticed, as the Rangers outfielder was named American League Rookie of the Month for April on Monday.

Mazara, the club's No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, hit .333 with two home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs in his first 17 games in the big leagues after his promotion from Triple-A Round Rock on April 10.

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Demeritte, Mendez among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 21 prospect grabs Minor League homer lead, No. 14 hurls five one-hit frames

Demeritte, Mendez among top prospect performers Monday

Class A Advanced High Desert has been rolling of late, winning 13 of its last 15 games to move into first place atop the California League South division with a 19-6 overall record.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 14 prospect) and second baseman Travis Demeritte (No. 21 prospect) have been key to High Desert's early season success, and both thrived Monday as the Mavericks edged Visalia, 2-1.

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Demeritte on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Demeritte 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.

Dansby Swanson and Andrew Benintendi were viewed as two of the top college bats available in the 2015 Draft before going to the D-backs and Red Sox with the Nos. 1 and 7 overall picks, respectively. Swanson -- now with the Braves -- and Benintendi have blown past expectations so far in their first full pro seasons, and after starring at the plate last week, they both land on the latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 25-May 1).

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After Hamels atypically wild, 'pen can't contain Angels

After Hamels atypically wild, 'pen can't contain Angels

ARLINGTON -- Trailing by three while facing one of the game's best pitchers, the Angels battled back against Cole Hamels and the Rangers' bullpen on Sunday, capturing a 9-6 victory at Globe Life Park that prevented them from being swept.

The Angels notched a season-high 15 hits, including three from Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron, and two each from Geovany Soto, Shane Robinson and Cliff Pennington. And their middle relievers -- Greg Mahle, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez and Fernando Salas -- combined to pitch four scoreless innings.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast.

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Rangers on Sunday.

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Inconsistent Hamels sees streaks end

Texas had won 14 straight with lefty, who doesn't pitch into 6th for first time as Ranger

Inconsistent Hamels sees streaks end

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers strung together an impressive 14 wins in a row with Cole Hamels on the mound, but their ace couldn't string together enough strikes Sunday, and the streak went astray in a 9-6 loss to the Angels.

Hamels walked four, including the game's first batter and three more in a troublesome fifth inning in which he threw 36 pitches and only 17 strikes. Three of the six Angels who reached base against Hamels in that inning scored, and the lefty did not pitch into the sixth inning for the first time in 17 starts as a Ranger.

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Ortiz among top prospect perfomers Sunday

Rockies, D-backs hurlers both don't allow a run in pitchers' duel

Ortiz among top prospect perfomers Sunday

Top 100 pitchers Jeff Hoffman (No. 49) and Braden Shipley (No. 64) squared off Sunday in the final game of the four-game set between Triple-A Albuquerque and Reno, and both hurlers were electric.

Hoffman, No. 5 on the Rockies' Top 30, turned in his best start of the season for the Isotopes, firing seven scoreless innings, during which he allowed just three hits (all singles). The right-hander matched his season high with six strikeouts and did not issue a walk in the outing, his first walk-less performance of 2016, with 68 of his 99 pitches going for strikes.

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Yu fires 2 hitless innings in first rehab start

Yu fires 2 hitless innings in first rehab start

FRISCO, Texas -- After his first rehab start for Double-A Frisco on Sunday, right-hander Yu Darvish answered questions from the media with his eyes constantly looking up at the Rangers game playing on the television in front of him.

With a few more outings like Sunday, it won't be long until he's with his teammates.

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Anthony Andro is a contributor for MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamilton shut down after aggravating knee

Hamilton shut down after aggravating knee

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton's path back to the Rangers came to a halt again in his first rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Saturday night.

Hamilton, trying to battle back from left knee problems that kept him out of Spring Training, went 0-for-2 but reached on an error in his second at-bat; he was soon doubled off at second but aggravated his knee at some point during his jaunt halfway around the diamond.

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Toronto-bound Rangers reflect on wild ALDS

Toronto-bound Rangers reflect on wild ALDS

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are headed to Toronto for the first time since a wild Game 5 of the 2015 American League Division Series ended their season there, and memories of that series, and especially that last game, are still fresh in players' minds.

There was the go-ahead run Rougned Odor was awarded, after umpires huddled to discuss a rule and reversed their original call, prompting Blue Jays fans to unleash a deluge of beer cans and trash onto the field. Then came the bizarre bottom half of that inning, when the Rangers made three errors -- two of them by Elvis Andrus -- and then watched helplessly as Jose Bautista crushed a three-run homer and launched a theatrical, controversial bat flip as he watched it sail into the Rogers Centre seats.

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Adorable fan gets foul ball, throws ball away, gets autographed ball

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Adorable fan gets foul ball, throws ball away, gets autographed ball

Having a catch with dad. Playing pick-up games in the backyard. Accidentally breaking a window after your parents told you to come inside. As a kid, we're taught that getting a baseball means one thing: throwing it. So when one young Rangers fan named Grayson got her hands on a Mitch Moreland foul ball during Sunday's Angels-Rangers game, she wasn't about to blow her big chance ... even if it came at the expense of a souvenir and her dad's sanity.

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Rangers rout Angels with six-run third inning

Rangers rout Angels with six-run third inning

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers strung together six runs on eight hits in the third inning, ending Matt Shoemaker's night early while en route to a 7-2 thrashing of the Angels at Globe Life Park on Saturday night.

The eight hits and 11 plate appearances went down as a season high in an inning for Texas, which has won four in a row and eight of 12 to finish the month of April at 14-10.

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Holland cruising through early part of season

Rangers starter logs third quality start in win over Angels

Holland cruising through early part of season

ARLINGTON -- After cruising through a 7-2 victory over the Angels on Saturday, Rangers lefty Derek Holland feels like he's in a pretty good place at the end of April -- especially compared to where he was a year ago.

Now 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA and three quality starts -- including Saturday's outing -- in five starts this season, Holland is far removed from the darkness of a year ago. Last season, he lasted just one inning in the home opener, injured his shoulder, didn't return until August, then struggled in September.

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Choo wants to return but not risk further injury

Choo wants to return but not risk further injury

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo said an MRI he had on Friday revealed his strained right calf is "80 percent better," and the right fielder hopes to start a rehab assignment in the next two weeks and return to the Rangers by the third week of May.

Choo, who suffered the injury running sprints before a game in Anaheim on April 10, said his biggest concern is not rushing back too quickly and having a setback that could keep him out much longer. He has never had a similar calf injury, and he wants to be cautious.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fan injured by Cron's foul ball

Female spectator at Globe Life Park taken to hospital for evaluation

Fan injured by Cron's foul ball

ARLINGTON -- A line drive off the bat of Angels designated hitter C.J. Cron struck a Rangers fan seated in the lower section of Globe Life Park in fifth inning of Saturday's 7-2 Rangers win, and she was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.

The Rangers' public relations department said the fan was conscious, alert and talking. She was struck on the left side of the face while seated a few rows behind the first-base dugout and was lifted off in a chair. No further update was available.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and Facebook , and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers' three-run sixth sinks Halos

Rangers' three-run sixth sinks Halos

ARLINGTON -- Trailing by a run in Friday's sixth inning, the Rangers strung together three two-out runs against Angels starter Hector Santiago, getting key hits by Prince Fielder, Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland to capture a 4-2 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who entered with a 9.06 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Angels, gave up a Geovany Soto solo homer, an RBI single to Soto and nothing else through seven innings, improving to 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA.

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Alden Gonzalez has covered the Angels for MLB.com since 2012.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006.

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Rangers' Fielder knocks in run No. 1,000

Rangers' Fielder knocks in run No. 1,000

ARLINGTON -- Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder delivered the 1,000th RBI in his career on Friday night. It's a notable milestone for any Major League player but his 1,000th RBI and his 839th career run scored were both big plays in the Rangers 4-2 victory over the Angels at Globe Life Park.

They both came in the sixth inning as the Rangers wiped out the Angels 2-1 lead with a three-run rally off of left-hander Hector Santiago. All three runs crossed the plate with two outs.

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Q&A: Daniels talks growth as GM

Cornell grad never expected to be youngest general manager in MLB history

Q&A: Daniels talks growth as GM

Jon Daniels is the accidental baseball executive. He always loved sports, and baseball was his favorite, but he never seriously thought about a career in baseball in any capacity.

When Daniels graduated from Cornell University, he worked in the private sector. However, one December, A.J. Preller -- his college roommate, who was working for Major League Baseball -- invited Daniels to join him at the Winter Meetings.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers get Pujols out -- but on the bases

Rangers get Pujols out -- but on the bases

ARLINGTON - Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor alertly kept a tag on Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols and a replay review turned it into a big moment in the Rangers 4-2 victory over the Angels.

The Angels led 2-1 at the time and Pujols getting called out when he seemed to be standing firmly on second base helped cut short their budding sixth-inning rally.

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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.

Music Man: Griffin's second passion is guitar

Music Man: Griffin's second passion is guitar

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher A.J. Griffin said there is a big difference playing the guitar in front of a small crowd at an Arizona watering hole and pitching in front of a sellout crowd at a Major League ballpark.

"I'm more nervous playing music," Griffin said. "You can mess up on a pitch in a game and strike a guy out. But in music, you miss a note, everybody knows. I feel there is a little more pressure. I'm not as good at music as I am pitching."

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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.

Demeritte among top prospect performers Thursday

Pirates prospect continues to impress while Boston outfielder stays hot at the plate

Demeritte among top prospect performers Thursday

With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13.

The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk. Taillon scattered five hits and issued two walks in the outing, which was his longest of the season for the Indians.

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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.