Martinez steered to mound by father

Move to pitching came with dad's encouragement, coaching from former Rangers lefty Alvarez

Martinez steered to mound by father

SEATTLE -- Nick Martinez has proven to be a huge asset to the Rangers' pitching staff. Not the pitcher, the father.

If Nick Martinez, a general contractor in South Florida, had not badgered his son Nicholas into taking pitching lessons from former Rangers pitcher Juan Alvarez in high school, well ...

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Walks put bullpen in 'bad situation' as lead melts away

Rangers allow 5 runs in final 2 innings of loss

Walks put bullpen in 'bad situation' as lead melts away

SEATTLE -- Setup reliever Tanner Scheppers said closer Neftali Feliz shouldn't have been put in that position. Scheppers blamed himself.

"It really [stinks] to put my team in a bad situation," said Scheppers after the Mariners rallied for an 11-10 win on Sunday afternoon.

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Bass' relief effort a bright spot in tough loss

Rangers looking to identify 5th starter

Bass' relief effort a bright spot in tough loss

SEATTLE -- Right-hander Anthony Bass once again had to take over for an ineffective starting pitcher on Sunday afternoon. This time he did more than just tidy up in a losing effort.

Bass could have earned his first win of the season but the Rangers let a 10-5 lead slip away in the last three innings. He also put his best argument forward for being added to the rotation after throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in the Rangers' 11-10 loss on Sunday.

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Rangers' bats break out but Cruz too much to handle

Rangers' bats break out but Cruz too much to handle

SEATTLE -- The Mariners rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Rangers closer Neftali Feliz in an 11-10 victory on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.

Nelson Cruz delivered the big hit with a two-out single through the left side for his fifth RBI of the day after hitting a solo home run in the first and a three-run shot in the third.

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Fielder, Moreland to continue sharing time at DH

Fielder, Moreland to continue sharing time at DH

SEATTLE -- Prince Fielder started at designated hitter for the sixth time on Sunday, one less than he has started at first base so far this season.

So technically Fielder is still the Rangers' starting first baseman and Mitch Moreland is at designated hitter. But manager Jeff Banister is still using Fielder much more at DH than expected and that will continue.

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Martinez looks for third win as Rangers visit D-backs

Martinez looks for third win as Rangers visit D-backs

After both teams had Monday off, the Rangers and D-backs open a two-game Interleague series Tuesday night at Chase Field.

The Rangers will send right-hander Nick Martinez to the mound, and he will be looking for his third win in as many starts. He lasted seven innings in each of his previous two starts, and he had a 13-inning scoreless streak snapped against the Angels last time out when an unearned run scored in the seventh.

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Moreland feels better after BP, could avoid elbow surgery

Moreland feels better after BP, could avoid elbow surgery

SEATTLE -- Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland took early batting practice on Saturday, hit a handful of balls into the outfield bleachers and said afterward he was "optimistic" he could avoid surgery on his left elbow.

Tests showed that Moreland is dealing with a "loose body" -- most likely a bone chip -- in the left elbow. Moreland will be able to deal with it as long as it doesn't settle in the wrong place like the elbow joint.

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Big bats come up empty vs. Seattle's ace

Fielder, Choo, Beltre finish 0-8 vs. Hernandez

Big bats come up empty vs. Seattle's ace

SEATTLE -- Prince Fielder had a simple remedy for what is ailing the Rangers offense.

"We need to score more runs ... that's all I got," Fielder said. "That's the way it is right now. But when we are struggling to score runs, we're facing good pitching. That's part of it."

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Lewis battles to keep it close but homer is costly

Rangers righty allows 3 runs on 10 hits in first loss

Lewis battles to keep it close but homer is costly

SEATTLE -- Colby Lewis threw a curveball to strike out Brad Miller with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning. Lewis' next pitch was a slider to open the fifth after his team had tied the score in the top of the inning.

The slider wasn't as good as the curve. Mike Zunino hit it over the left field wall for a home run that gave Mariners starter Felix Hernandez a 2-1 lead. On a night when Hernandez gave Lewis little room for an error, the slider to Zunino was the key pitch of the night.

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Rangers bats quiet vs. Hernandez; Seattle evens series

Rangers bats quiet vs. Hernandez; Seattle evens series

SEATTLE -- The Mariners had been in search of a momentum starter, and the Rangers were seeking to continue the good vibes from the previous night's victory. Saturday's game was set for high drama on a beautiful night at Safeco Field, but when it was over, Felix Hernandez had become the story once again. On his bobblehead night, Seattle's ace gave up only two hits and a run while striking out 12 in seven innings, and the Mariners got enough timely hits to break a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win before 43,017.

Things weren't looking good early for the Mariners, who followed a recent pattern of knocking on the door but not capitalizing on chances early in the game. They took a 1-0 lead on a Seth Smith sacrifice fly in the fourth inning against Rangers starter Colby Lewis, but Texas tied the game in the top of the fifth on an Elvis Andrus fielder's choice RBI.

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Martinez, Gallardo ready to break out bats in Arizona

Martinez, Gallardo ready to break out bats in Arizona

SEATTLE -- Nick Martinez and Yovani Gallardo are scheduled to be the Rangers starting pitchers on Tuesday and Wednesday when they play the D-backs in Arizona. That means they will also be hitting under National League rules, so they took batting practice Saturday afternoon.

"It's a little bit different being in the American League but it is important if you're playing Inter-League games," Gallardo said. "It will feel nice to go out and swing the bat. It takes your mind away from pitching. It relaxes you."

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Martin, back in leadoff spot, gets offense rolling early

Martin, back in leadoff spot, gets offense rolling early

SEATTLE -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said before Friday's game he was thrilled with what he was getting from Prince Fielder.

"The bottom line is we've got to get guys on in front of him," Banister said.

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Peguero returns to Seattle with new approach at plate

Former Mariner struggled to stay in big leagues over 3 seasons

Peguero returns to Seattle with new approach at plate

SEATTLE -- Carlos Peguero returned to Safeco Field on Friday, this time with the Rangers. Peguero said he was happy to be back, even though Safeco was tough for him during his time with the Mariners.

Peguero was a top power prospect for the Mariners but never hit well enough to stay in the Major Leagues. In parts of three seasons from 2011-13, he hit .195 with a .242 on-base percentage and a .380 slugging percentage in 65 games. At Safeco he hit .183 with a .358 slugging percentage.

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Rangers pitching, defense combine to stifle Seattle offense

Feliz notches 12th straight save vs. Mariners

Rangers pitching, defense combine to stifle Seattle offense

SEATTLE -- Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo was outstanding for six scoreless innings on Friday night. He ran into trouble in the seventh but the work of three relievers allowed the Rangers to reward Gallardo with a victory in his third start.

Shawn Tolleson and Tanner Scheppers both had to battle through some rough spots before Neftali Feliz closed out a 3-1 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

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Gallardo goes 6 scoreless, Chirinos homers in win over M's

Gallardo goes 6 scoreless, Chirinos homers in win over M's

SEATTLE -- The Mariners badly wanted a division win upon their return home to Safeco Field on Friday night after a tough road trip, but the Rangers had other ideas. Texas got a sterling start from its ace, Yovani Gallardo, a few timely hits and some key defensive plays in a 3-1 victory before 36,606.

Prince Fielder got the Rangers going with an RBI double in the first inning, Robinson Chirinos homered to dead center field to lead off the fifth, and that was all Gallardo would need. The veteran right-hander, acquired from Milwaukee in an offseason trade, twirled six innings of shutout ball, allowing six hits and striking out three. The Rangers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth.

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Seattle homecoming for Kela especially meaningful

Righty reliever could pitch in front of mom, sisters, friends for first time

Seattle homecoming for Kela especially meaningful

ARLINGTON -- Keone Kela will be in the bullpen for the Rangers during their three-game series in Seattle this weekend. It will be a homecoming for a hard-throwing right-hander who turned 22 on Thursday.

Kela is of Hawaiian heritage and was born in Los Angeles, but he lived in the Seattle area starting when he was 7. This will be the first time that his mom, Shannon, his two younger sisters, Averie and Payton, and many of his childhood friends and coaches will get to see him pitch in the Major Leagues.

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Scout McGraw, wife played key roles in Kela's career

Duo followed Rangers reliever starting in high school, bonded with his family

Scout McGraw, wife played key roles in Kela's career

ARLINGTON -- Gary McGraw has been an amateur scout for 24 years, the past 14 covering the Pacific Northwest for the Rangers. He is the one responsible for scouting, drafting and signing reliever Keone Kela, who was taken in the 12th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by Texas out of Everett Community College.

McGraw hasn't been on the road lately. He has been with his wife Julie, who has been hospitalized for the past 80 days in Oregon because of a stroke.

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DeShields proud to honor Robinson's legacy

Outfielder respects baseball pioneer's impact

ARLINGTON -- Delino DeShields Jr. led off for the Rangers on Wednesday while playing left field and wearing No. 42. It was a pretty neat way for a rookie to emulate a Hall of Famer on Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball.

"Obviously, it means something," DeShields said. "He gave us the opportunity, especially African-Americans, to play baseball, the greatest game on earth. My first Jackie Robinson Day in the Majors, playing left field and leading off, it's something I will always remember."

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Ranaudo's stay with Rangers a short one

Right-hander optioned to Triple-A following start

Ranaudo's stay with Rangers a short one

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo stopped by Globe Life Park on Wednesday for a spot start. Ranaudo's next stop is going to be back to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers announced after a 10-2 loss to the Angels on Wednesday that Ranaudo has been optioned to Round Rock. The Rangers will activate reliever Tanner Scheppers off of the disabled list and go with a four-man rotation for now.

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Defense just misses stopping big inning

Three close plays in six-run second help Angels pull away

Defense just misses stopping big inning

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' defense did not provide as much support as it could for pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in the Angels' six-run second inning of Wednesday's 10-2 setback.

There were no errors committed. There were just three near-misses on plays that could have stopped the rally before it reached six runs.

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Ranaudo's short start signals long day for Rangers

Ranaudo's short start signals long day for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Angels scored six runs off of Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo in the second inning and went on to a 10-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon. The Angels ended up taking two of three from the Rangers this week and have won 11 of their last 13 in Arlington.

Angels starter Hector Santiago earned his first win of the season by allowing just one run in seven innings. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. Ranaudo was gone with two outs in the second after allowing eight of 13 batters to reach base. More >

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Rangers' bullpen door continues to revolve

Relievers shuttling back and forth to Triple-A

Rangers' bullpen door continues to revolve

ARLINGTON -- Rangers relievers Phil Klein and Jon Edwards found out what it means to still have Minor League options. Anthony Ranaudo is about to find out the same thing.

Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday so that Texas could add Stolmy Pimentel off of waivers. Klein was optioned on Tuesday night so the Rangers could add Ranuado for Wednesday's start against the Angels.

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For Martinez, trust in fastball equaling success

For Martinez, trust in fastball equaling success

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Nick Martinez has pitched 14 innings this season and has still not given up an earned run. His well-placed fastball -- ranging from 87 to 91 mph -- kept that from happening in a couple of crucial moments on Tuesday night.

The Rangers ended up winning, 8-2, against the Angels, but the outcome might have been different if the visiting team had been able to get to Martinez early.

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Chirinos, Martinez power Rangers past Halos

Chirinos, Martinez power Rangers past Halos

ARLINGTON -- Another new lineup for the Rangers, this one featuring Rougned Odor in the leadoff spot for the first time, made it tough on Angels rookie right-hander Drew Rucinski, and starter Nick Martinez did the rest in Texas' 8-2 win over the Angels on Tuesday night.

Martinez had a 13-inning scoreless streak to start the season until the Angels managed an unearned run off him in the seventh, his final inning of work.

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Rangers break out with Odor slotted atop lineup

Rangers break out with Odor slotted atop lineup

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' ever-changing lineup took on an unusual look Tuesday night, when Rougned Odor stepped into the leadoff spot for the first time in his Major League career.

The rest of the arrangement included Mitch Moreland batting second, Elvis Andrus in the sixth spot for the second night in a row and Leonys Martin dropping all the way to No. 8.

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Rangers ask Ranaudo to fill Holland's spot, for now

Klein optioned to Triple-A following Tuesday night's win over Angels

Rangers ask Ranaudo to fill Holland's spot, for now

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers called up Anthony Ranaudo from Triple-A Round Rock following Tuesday night's 8-2 win over the Angels, and Ranaudo will start the series finale against the Angels on Wednesday.

Ranaudo, acquired in the offseason from the Red Sox for reliever Robbie Ross Jr., will fill Derek Holland's spot in the rotation. The other choices were reliever Anthony Bass or veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who was signed to a Triple-A contract last week but has yet to pitch for Round Rock.

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