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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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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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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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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Rodriguez looks to cool off Indians' bats

Rodriguez looks to cool off Indians' bats

The Indians and Rangers play the middle game of their three-game set on Tuesday night in Cleveland after a slugfest in the opener.

Danny Salazar (5-1, 3.50 ERA) takes the mound for Cleveland, looking to build off of a dominant outing in Chicago his last time out. Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 3.38 ERA) gets the nod for Texas, making his seventh start of the season after making just six all of last year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Holland likely out until well after All-Star break

Rangers lefty expected to begin throwing program in next 'several' days

Holland likely out until well after All-Star break

NEW YORK -- Rangers left-hander Derek Holland, on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his left shoulder, is expected to begin a throwing program in the next "several" days, but it could be two to three more weeks before he is ready to throw off a mound.

All indications are Holland won't be an option until well after the All-Star break.

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Harrison sharp in extended spring start

Rangers lefty tosses four scoreless innings, may go on rehab assignment

Harrison sharp in extended spring start

NEW YORK -- As Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison approaches the one-year anniversary of his back surgery, the chances of him pitching in the big leagues again continues to grow.

Harrison made his third start in extended spring camp Saturday in Arizona and pitched four scoreless innings. The left-hander allowed three hits, struck out four and threw 62 pitches. His velocity was 86-88 mph.

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Field enjoying first everyday role in Majors

Rangers second baseman garners praise from Banister for work with bat, glove

Field enjoying first everyday role in Majors

NEW YORK -- Thomas Field was given the day off Saturday with it being a day game after a night game. That was a role reversal for him.

"I have always been the guy in the day game giving guys a breather," Field said.

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Prince parks pair as Rangers outslug Yanks

Prince parks pair as Rangers outslug Yanks

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder connected for a pair of long home runs, driving in a season-high four runs while helping the Rangers hold on for a 10-9 victory over the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Texas hung a seven-run third inning on New York starter Michael Pineda, who contributed to the jam with a throwing error. Fielder and Mitch Moreland slugged homers in the big frame, while Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo also drove in runs against Pineda, who was charged with four earned runs on eight hits over six innings.

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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.

Ohlendorf relishes first career save

Rangers reliever takes liner off stomach, but closes out one-run victory

Ohlendorf relishes first career save

NEW YORK -- The Rangers' bullpen by committee also includes the closer du jour. So far, Neftali Feliz hasn't been on the menu since his last blown save.

Ross Ohlendorf was given the assignment Friday night, being called upon to pitch the ninth inning with the Rangers trying to preserve a two-run lead at Yankee Stadium. Ohlendorf gave up a home run to Mark Teixeira that made it a one-run game and put the tying run on base with a two-out walk.

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Prince delivers first two-HR game with Texas

Veteran slugger blows game open with three-run shot in seven-run third

Prince delivers first two-HR game with Texas

NEW YORK -- Prince Fielder, once one of the premier home run hitters, did something Friday night that he hasn't done in over two years.

Fielder went deep not once but twice, helping the Rangers hold off the Yankees, 10-9, at Yankee Stadium.

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Rangers call up outfielder, but not Hamilton

Veteran likely to be activated Monday; Smolinski takes injured Banks' roster spot

Rangers call up outfielder, but not Hamilton

NEW YORK -- The Rangers had a need for an outfielder Friday, but decided the time was still not right to bring Josh Hamilton to the big leagues.

Instead, the Rangers called up Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock when they put outfielder Kyle Blanks on the disabled list with a pilonidal cyst. Hamilton will continue to play this weekend at Round Rock and it's still likely he'll be activated Monday in Cleveland.

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DeShields supplants Choo atop order

DeShields supplants Choo atop order

NEW YORK -- Delino DeShields is now the Rangers' leadoff hitter. The question is if he'll still be in that role when the Rangers activate Josh Hamilton off the disabled list Monday.

The answer is unknown, but DeShields went into the leadoff spot on Friday night with right-hander Michael Pineda on the mound for the Yankees. Shin-Soo Choo had started 17 straight games in the leadoff spot, but moved into the No. 2 hole Friday.

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Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

Texas parts ways with righty reliever Fujikawa

The Rangers have released right-handed reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

Fujikawa, 34, was designated for assignment on Sunday after allowing three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings over two relief appearances. He began the season on the disabled list with a right groin strain.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.