Rangers can't find clutch hit in frustrating loss

Rangers can't find clutch hit in frustrating loss

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had their chances.

They were only retired in order once and had multiple baserunners in six innings. But, after going 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and leaving 14 men on base, the Rangers fell to the A's, 7-1, in Sunday's series finale at Globe Life Park.

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Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallardo's solid outing not enough vs. A's

Gallardo's solid outing not enough vs. A's

ARLINGTON -- A's catcher Stephen Vogt hit a pair of home runs, driving in four runs in support of battery mate Sonny Gray, who compiled 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a 7-1 series-clinching win over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.

Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick also homered, launching a two-run shot to center field in the ninth for his second hit of the day, with his career-high hitting streak extending to 11 games. He's 19-for-38 in that span.

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Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Darvish progressing through rehab process

Darvish progressing through rehab process

ARLINGTON -- Other than the obvious fact that he can't pitch this year, there are other drawbacks to Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Darvish, who wants to become an American citizen while recovering from the operation, says his English has suffered as a result of his injury and not being around the team.

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Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Banister returns home as Rangers hit road vs. Astros

Banister returns home as Rangers hit road vs. Astros

Rangers manager Jeff Banister will manage for the first time in the town where he grew up when his team begins a three-game series against the red-hot Astros at Minute Maid Park on Monday. The Astros have won 10 straight games and have set a franchise mark for best start (18-7 record) after 25 games.

Banister went to high school in nearby La Marque, Tex., and played baseball at Lee College in Baytown and the University of Houston. He anticipates many friends and family will be in attendance and is looking forward to returning to Houston.

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Injured Moreland to begin throwing Monday

Injured Moreland to begin throwing Monday

ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will travel with the Rangers as they go to Houston for a three-game series beginning Monday as he continues to recover from left elbow surgery.

Moreland said he will get the sutures in his arm removed either Monday or Tuesday and begin throwing again that same day. He is eligible to come off the disabled list May 13.

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Odor's walk-off single lifts Rangers in 10

Odor's walk-off single lifts Rangers in 10

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo homered and doubled in game-changing innings for the Rangers, who got a walk-off base hit from Rougned Odor against A's reliever R.J. Alvarez in the 10th inning for an 8-7 Texas victory at Globe Life Park on Saturday night to even this series.

Choo opened the 10th with a double off right-hander Ryan Cook, who proceeded to walk each of his next two batters. That prompted A's manager Bob Melvin to bring in Alvarez -- recalled earlier in the day -- with none out to face Odor, who delivered the game-winning hit off the glove of shortstop Marcus Semien.

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Choo comes alive in Rangers' 10-inning win

Choo comes alive in Rangers' 10-inning win

ARLINGTON -- Somehow, in the midst of a 2-for-39 slump, Shin-Soo Choo managed to maintain his confidence during Saturday's game against the A's.

"That's baseball. You can't control that," Choo said. "Sometimes I hit the ball hard and sometimes I don't hit it well. I just tell myself to think positive."

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Blanks' four-hit game helps Rangers end skid

Blanks' four-hit game helps Rangers end skid

ARLINGTON -- Two weeks ago, Kyle Blanks was a Triple-A first baseman hitting .115 playing for his third organization in two years.

Now, he's a big league first baseman -- one who played a crucial part in helping the Rangers snap a four-game losing streak with an 8-7 comeback win over the A's on Saturday at Globe Life Park. Blanks tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with his second home run in as many nights and three RBIs.

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Hamilton continues to progress in Arizona

Hamilton continues to progress in Arizona

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton took live batting practice and shagged balls in the outfield at the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. on Saturday. A five-time All-Star with the Rangers from 2008-12, the recently acquired Hamilton is currently on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from right shoulder surgery.

Hamilton took live batting practice off right-hander Kohsuke Tomita and left-hander Matt Harrison, who is working to return from spinal fusion surgery he underwent last June. General manager Jon Daniels said when Hamilton was acquired from the Angels on April 27 that he hoped Hamilton would make his season debut in mid to late May.

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Banister uses same lineup for first time

Banister uses same lineup for first time

ARLINGTON -- Encouraged by the Rangers' offensive performance in Friday's 7-5 loss to the A's, the Rangers used the same lineup in back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Rangers had used a different lineup in each of their first 22 games, the longest such streak in the Majors.

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Andrus, Rangers join PLAY campaign

Andrus, Rangers join PLAY campaign

ARLINGTON -- When Elvis Andrus looked around at his first Spring Training as a teenager, the slender shortstop wondered how he'd ever make it to the Majors.

"This is going to be hard," Andrus thought to himself. "How am I going to get to the big leagues? Everybody is so big. They have these muscles everywhere and I'm so skinny."

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Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen badgered in game-changing inning

Check-swing call before Lawrie's go-ahead hit riles up Rangers' dugout

Bullpen badgered in game-changing inning

ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz thought he had struck out Brett Lawrie to end the eighth inning and cut short the Athletics' game-winning rally. After the game was over, Feliz checked the video.

"He swung and missed," Feliz said.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big inning deflates Rangers' early outburst

Big inning deflates Rangers' early outburst

ARLINGTON -- The Athletics scored seven runs in the eighth inning and rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

The Rangers led 5-0 going into the eighth after getting six innings from starter Colby Lewis and one from reliever Alex Claudio. But Mark Canha led off the inning with his third home run of the season to get the Athletics started against Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lewis' brilliant outing goes unrewarded

Power surge backs starter's 6 shutout innings before bullpen's collapse

Lewis' brilliant outing goes unrewarded

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis was outstanding for six scoreless innings. The offense delivered two home runs in a game for only the fourth time in 22 games, and the six extra-base hits were a season high.

All those wonderful things by the Rangers were wasted when the Athletics scored seven runs in the eighth inning of a 7-5 stunner on Friday night. The seven runs came against relievers Shawn Tolleson, Roman Mendez and Neftali Feliz, and the Rangers have now lost four in a row.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Choo aims to get bat going after 2-game break

Rangers' right fielder posted club record-low batting average for April

Choo aims to get bat going after 2-game break

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo's sabbatical lasted just two games. He was back in the Rangers' lineup Friday night after sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday against the Mariners.

Manager Jeff Banister wanted to get Choo a couple of days off to help get him together offensively. Choo hit .096 in April, the second-lowest average among qualifying hitters in the Major Leagues.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers increase pregame focus on defense

New routine aims to complete glove work before batting practice begins

Rangers increase pregame focus on defense

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have adjusted their pregame routine to emphasize defense. They are going through 15 minutes of concentrated defensive work before beginning batting practice.

Most teams do their defensive work during batting practice. While one group of players is hitting, the others are routinely taking grounders in the infield or fly balls in the outfield.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nolan Ryan threw his final no-no 24 years ago today

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Nolan Ryan threw his final no-no 24 years ago today

To a whole generation of baseball fans, there's a good chance Nolan Ryan is simply known as that perpetually grumpy Astros executive sitting behind home plate --  and, possibly, the guy who taught Robin Ventura a valuable lesson in batting etiquette -- with just a faint idea of the great player he used to be. 

Well, consider the following a brief history lesson.

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Healthy Blanks ready to showcase skills

Former top prospect aims to make most of opportunity with Rangers after battling injuries

Healthy Blanks ready to showcase skills

ARLINGTON -- Kyle Blanks was everybody's All-Prospect, almost from the time the Padres signed him as a draft-and-follow in 2005 out of Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz.

Blanks won the Rookie-level Arizona League home run title, was an All-Star in the California League and won the Texas League MVP Award. He was ranked as the top power hitter in the Padres' farm system. Blanks hit 10 home runs in 54 games as a rookie with San Diego in 2009, including the first inside-the-park home run by a Padres player at Petco Park.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Struggling offense hopes to put rough April in rearview

Rangers lineup finishes month with .210 average, 13 home runs

Struggling offense hopes to put rough April in rearview

ARLINGTON -- A bleak April to forget is over for the Rangers. They can only hope May is better. Offensively it can't get much worse.

The Rangers managed just five hits on Wednesday night, losing to Mariners ace Felix Hernandez for the first time in Arlington since 2010. Hernandez and two relievers made it a three-game sweep for the Mariners with a 5-2 victory.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rotation woes continue as Rodriguez takes loss

Rangers starters 0-6 with 4.26 ERA in last 10 games

Rotation woes continue as Rodriguez takes loss

ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had the difficult task of going up against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Wednesday.

Hernandez is a five-time All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner. Rodriguez has made just 20 starts the past three seasons and was released by the Braves in Spring Training.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodriguez struggles, bats held in check as M's sweep

Rodriguez struggles, bats held in check as M's sweep

ARLINGTON -- Felix Hernandez improved to 4-0 on the season and won his first game in Arlington since 2010 as the Mariners beat the Rangers, 5-2, on Wednesday to sweep a three-game series and move within a game of .500.

Hernandez, who has a 1.82 ERA in five starts, gave up five hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings while topping Texas for the second time this year. He passed Jamie Moyer for the most innings pitched in a Mariners career at 2,095 1/3 and also struck out four batters to move within one of Johan Santana for the most strikeouts in Major League history by a Venezuelan pitcher at 1,987.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fielder leads Rangers in bid for sixth All-Star Game

Fielder leads Rangers in bid for sixth All-Star Game

ARLINGTON -- Prince Fielder has been spending more time at designated hitter than first base lately, but he will still be the Rangers' nominee at first base on the 2015 All-Star ballot that was announced Wednesday morning. Fielder has been voted a starter at first base in his league three times.

Fielder started at first base for the National League in 2007 and '11 while with the Brewers and in '12 for the American League when he was with the Tigers. He was a reserve in '09 and '13. Fielder was the Most Valuable Player of the '11 All-Star Game in Arizona when he hit a three-run home run off of C.J. Wilson. He also won the Home Run Derby in '09 and '12.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adrian Beltre falls victim to the impulses of a ball

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Adrian Beltre falls victim to the impulses of a ball

In the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday's Rangers game, Adrian Beltre ran forward to field a bouncing hit from Mariners right fielder Justin Ruggiano. He seemed prepared to make a barehanded catch and throw to first -- a difficult move, but certainly within Beltre's repertoire.

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Choo searches for answers to turn around slump

'The numbers are bad but I feel fine,' Rangers outfielder says

Choo searches for answers to turn around slump

ARLINGTON -- Out of the lineup for the second straight game, Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo spent extra time with hitting coach Dave Magadan in the indoor batting cage on Wednesday. He also spent time looking at video from previous seasons when he was hitting well.

He doesn't see any changes or anything out of whack with his swing.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fielder to keep sharing first-base duties, now with Blanks

Fielder to keep sharing first-base duties, now with Blanks

ARLINGTON -- Kyle Blanks went right into the lineup on Wednesday after being called up to replace Mitch Moreland. Blanks will share first base duties with Prince Fielder -- the same arrangement Moreland had before undergoing elbow surgery.

"He is playing first base tonight," manager Jeff Banister said of Blanks. "The rest has yet to be seen. Prince will still play first base. Tonight we're going to give [Blanks] the opportunity to play a complete game. That's what he has been doing. Let him stay in the game. Prince has been at DH the past few games so let's keep that in play."

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Detwiler demonstrates progress in latest outing

Southpaw allows two runs and strikes out five over 5 1/3 innings

Detwiler demonstrates progress in latest outing

ARLINGTON -- Rangers left-hander Ross Detwiler gave an honest assessment of himself after Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners at Globe Life Park.

On the whole, his performance was better. Progress was made after skipping a turn in the Rangers' rotation.

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Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.