Gallo gaining big league confidence

Third baseman impressing Rangers while filling in for Beltre

Gallo gaining big league confidence

ARLINGTON -- The Joey Gallo era has begun in Arlington. After several false starts and growing doubts, he is making a convincing argument that he is here to stay.

The mystery that cloaks Adrian Beltre's right calf injury no longer seems relevant to Gallo's situation. Gallo belongs in the Major Leagues, and it goes beyond being tied for the American League lead in home runs.

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Rua's slam caps Rangers' 8-run 8th in win

Rua's slam caps Rangers' 8-run 8th in win

ARLINGTON -- Ryan Rua hit his first career grand slam in an eight-run eighth inning to help cap off the Rangers' 14-3 comeback win over the Twins on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Eduardo Escobar's two-run home run in the second gave Minnesota a 2-0 lead before the Rangers came back in the middle innings. Rua's grand slam and a three-run home run by Shin-Soo Choo were the final blows in the Rangers' big eighth inning.

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Beltre recovering slowly from calf injury

Rangers third baseman has no timetable for return

Beltre recovering slowly from calf injury

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers initially hoped they would get third baseman Adrian Beltre back before the end of April.

That isn't going to happen, and May is starting to look murky too as he continues to experience soreness in his right calf muscle. The Rangers have no timetable for his return and continue the refrain they are taking a conservative approach.

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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.

DeShields makes case, reaches 5 times in win

Rangers' speedster got sixth start of season on Wednesday

DeShields makes case, reaches 5 times in win

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields made one thing clear about his lack of playing time.

"I don't want to use it as an excuse," DeShields said. "I still have to find ways to prepare myself and do what I can do."

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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.

Martinez looks to follow strong outing vs. Angels

Martinez looks to follow strong outing vs. Angels

The Rangers have decided to give right-hander Nick Martinez one more start while A.J. Griffin is recovering from the inflammation in his left ankle.

Martinez will face left-hander Tyler Skaggs of the Angels on Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Globe Life Park. Griffin will instead pitch on a medical rehab assignment for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

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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.

Dyson rejoins Rangers as return draws near

Right-handed reliever last appeared on April 16 due to hand contusion

Dyson rejoins Rangers as return draws near

ARLINGTON -- Reliever Sam Dyson was back with the Rangers on Wednesday and is expected to be activated as early as Friday off the 10-day disabled list. He has been sidelined with a contusion on his right hand and made two appearances for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and Tuesday.

Dyson pitched a combined two innings and allowed one run on two hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

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Rangers Foundation to co-host 'Durrett' event

Fundraiser will be held during June 16 game against Mariners

ARLINGTON -- The Do It For Durrett Foundation and the Texas Rangers Foundation will combine to host the social event of the season during the Rangers' game against the Mariners on June 16 at Globe Life Park.

The Do It For Durrett Goes Yard will be held in the climate-controlled comfort of the Hyundai Club overlooking center field.

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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.

Gallo homers, but seven-run inning sinks Texas

Gallo homers, but seven-run inning sinks Texas

ARLINGTON -- Twins pitcher Ervin Santana continues to build on one of the best starts to a season in his career, holding the Rangers to one run over seven innings in an 8-1 victory at Globe Life Park on Tuesday.

The Twins, who had a season-high 14 hits, have won two straight over the Rangers to start this three-game series. They also have won four straight against the Rangers dating back to last season and 10 of 13 going back to 2015.

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Rangers' aggressive baserunning backfires

Rangers' aggressive baserunning backfires

ARLINGTON -- The state of the Rangers' offense suggests they can't afford to give up too many outs running the bases.

But it can also be argued the struggling Rangers hitters need to find some way to manufacture runs, especially when facing possibly the hottest pitcher in the American League.

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Rangers fan holding baby catches foul ball

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Rangers fan holding baby catches foul ball

The Rangers have been forced to start this season without team leader and all-around expert showman Adrian Beltre, who's still sidelined with a calf injury -- but his presence was still felt at Globe Life Park in the team's 8-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday night.

Rougned Odor lofted a foul ball toward the second deck in the seventh inning, and it eventually wound up in the hands of a fan proudly wearing a Beltre shirsey.

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Mendez goes seven strong

Mendez goes seven strong

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Rua assuming everyday LF duties for Rangers

Rua assuming everyday LF duties for Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Ryan Rua is taking over as the Rangers' everyday left fielder.

Jurickson Profar had started 12 of the Rangers' first 20 games in left field -- including 11 of the last 13 -- but manager Jeff Banister had Rua in left field on Tuesday night with right-hander Ervin Santana pitching for the Twins.

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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.

Rangers evaluating status of Dyson, Griffin

Club unsure whether pitchers will be ready to return from DL by Friday

Rangers evaluating status of Dyson, Griffin

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers must decide in the next few days whether or not to activate reliever Sam Dyson and starter A.J. Griffin off the disabled list Friday.

They are undecided on both, especially after getting what appears to be a tepid scouting report on Dyson in his first outing at Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Dyson, pitching on medical rehab assignment, threw 19 pitches over one scoreless inning. He walked one and struck out two, but only nine of his 19 pitches were strikes.

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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.

Early runs not enough in loss to Twins

Early runs not enough in loss to Twins

ARLINGTON -- Brian Dozier hit a three-run double off Rangers starter Martin Perez and the Twins made it stand up with a 3-2 victory on Monday night at Globe Life Park. The Twins had lost seven of nine at home before opening their six-game road trip with a win and snapping the Rangers' four-game winning streak.

Twins starter Phil Hughes earned the win by holding the Rangers to two runs in six innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out two, raising his record to 3-1 with a 4.71 ERA.

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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.

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Rangers endure frustrating night

Rangers endure frustrating night

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers had much to be frustrated about after their four-game winning streak came to an end in a 3-2 loss to the Twins on Monday night.

There were scoring opportunities that were wasted early in the game and a failure to mount any offense in the final five innings. There was Martin Perez's three-walk meltdown in the fifth.

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Rangers hoping to rest starters extra day

Rangers hoping to rest starters extra day

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are off on Thursday and want to use that to give their starters an extra day of rest.

That's why Yu Darvish likely will pitch Saturday against the Angels instead of Friday on his normal four days' rest. The Rangers are hoping A.J. Griffin can come off the disabled list and pitch Friday. Otherwise it likely will be Nick Martinez.

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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.

Bush gets first 2017 save under his belt

Manager pleased with how righty carried himself before, during outing

Bush gets first 2017 save under his belt

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister admitted he was watching reliever Matt Bush closely in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon.

Robinson Chirinos had just hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rangers a 5-2 lead, and Bush took over for his first save opportunity as the newly promoted closer. Bush had a save last year, but it was only because Sam Dyson was given the day off.

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Darvish comes up Yu-ge with 8-inning outing

Rangers right-hander rebounds from shaky start against Royals

Darvish comes up Yu-ge with 8-inning outing

ARLINGTON -- This was Yu Darvish's 22nd start since returning from Tommy John surgery last summer.

It was also his most exceptional beyond just a 5-2 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. Darvish himself provided Exhibit A in his postgame press conference.

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Banister will tailor lineup to opposing pitcher

Andrus bats in cleanup spot for first time in finale vs. Royals

Banister will tailor lineup to opposing pitcher

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister does not believe in set "static" lineups. He tailors his lineup each game the way he feels is best to face the opposing pitcher.

Banister reaffirmed that on Sunday when he had Elvis Andrus hitting cleanup against Royals right-hander Jason Hammel in the series finale. Andrus said it's the first time he has ever hit cleanup at any level in his life.

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Yu know it: Rangers rally for sweep of Royals

Yu know it: Rangers rally for sweep of Royals

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers completed a four-game sweep of the Royals with a 5-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won 10 straight over the Royals dating to last season, their longest winning streak ever against Kansas City.

Rangers starter Yu Darvish allowed just two runs in eight innings to get the victory, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out eight. It was his first time pitching eight innings in a game since June 28, 2014. The runs came on back-to-back homers by Mike Moustakas and Jorge Bonifacio. The Royals scored just five runs in 40 innings over four games and they have crossed home plate just nine times in their last seven games.

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Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Royals on Sunday.

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RoughRiders' Sadzeck flirts with no-no

RoughRiders' Sadzeck flirts with no-no

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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Rangers win behind Andrus' glove, walk-off hit

Rangers win behind Andrus' glove, walk-off hit

ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus singled home the winning run in the ninth to give the Rangers a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Royals on Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have won three straight in this series -- including two in walk-off fashion -- and nine straight over the Royals dating to last season.

"We feel good," Andrus said. "We were playing good baseball even before these last three games. We knew that as a team, we were going to get back on track, especially our bullpen. We know it's a long season and they're going to do their job. They're too good, too talented for whatever was happening. It's pretty big for us mentally. We're grinding every inning, every at-bat. That's what you want to see as a team."

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Rangers recover after missing on hit-and-run

Odor's stolen base sets up Andrus' walk-off knock vs. KC

Rangers recover after missing on hit-and-run

ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus is easily one of the best ever among Rangers in executing the hit-and-run. He didn't get it done in the ninth inning on Saturday night and that only helped the Rangers as they walked off with a 2-1 victory over the Royals at Globe Life Park.

Andrus ended up driving home the winning run with a single off reliever Peter Moylan and the Rangers have opened this homestand with three straight wins over the Royals.

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Ross progressing, plays catch with no issues

Ross progressing, plays catch with no issues

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-hander Tyson Ross turned 30 on Saturday and celebrated by playing catch for the second straight day.

Ross said his back spasms have subsided. He will take Sunday off and possibly increase his throwing program on Monday. There is no timetable as to when he'll get back on the mound.

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Chirinos crashing lineup with crushing blows

Chirinos crashing lineup with crushing blows

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos is making a case for more playing time after he homered twice and went 2-for-3 with a walk Friday in a 6-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.

He's now 6-for-16 (.375) with three home runs, and the two blasts Friday night were no-doubters. It was his fourth career multi-home-run game.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington, and covered the Rangers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers, Hamilton part ways after new injury

Slugger released from Minor League contract, plans to have right knee surgery

Rangers, Hamilton part ways after new injury

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers released Josh Hamilton from his Minor League contract Friday, after he suffered a right knee injury while rehabilitating a left knee injury in Houston.

Hamilton, 35, re-signed a Minor League deal with the Rangers in January, but he underwent left knee surgery in late February. He was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock at the end of Spring Training and began rehab for the left knee.

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Chris Vannini is a contributor to MLB.com based in Arlington, Texas, and covered the Rangers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gallo, Chirinos double up on HRs over KC

Gallo, Chirinos double up on HRs over KC

ARLINGTON -- A pair of Rangers hit a pair of home runs to back a strong outing from Cole Hamels in a 6-2 win over the Royals on Friday night.

Third baseman Joey Gallo and catcher Robinson Chirinos each blasted two home runs to lead the Rangers offense. Gallo and Chirinos combined for four of the Rangers' six hits.

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Taveras connects on third homer for Hickory

Taveras connects on third homer for Hickory

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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