Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to victory

Rangers ride Beltre's cycle to victory

ARLINGTON -- Led by Adrian Beltre's record-tying cycle, the Rangers opened a three-game series with the Astros by outslugging them, 12-9, on Monday night. The Rangers have won five of their last six games.

Beltre hit for the third cycle of his career, tying him with John Reilly, Bob Meusel and Babe Herman for the most in Major League history. The Rangers knocked out Astros rookie starter Lance McCullers in the first inning on their way to leading 11-3 after three innings. A fourth-inning grand slam by catcher Jason Castro helped the Astros get back within striking distance.

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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. Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beltre joins elite club with third cycle

Beltre joins elite club with third cycle

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre tied a Major League record in Tuesday's 12-9 Rangers win by hitting for the cycle for the third time in his career. All three cycles have come at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Beltre completed this cycle with a home run in the fifth inning off Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. Beltre hit a triple in the first inning, a double in the second and a single in the third. His home run gave the Rangers a five-run lead.

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Gimenez, Wilson to continue splitting time

Gimenez, Wilson to continue splitting time

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers' new arrangement of Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson sharing the catching duties could last for an extended period of time.

Robinson Chirinos has been placed on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, and it could be some time before catcher Carlos Corporan returns. Corporan has been on the DL since July 13 with a sprained left thumb, and his recovery is taking longer than initially expected.

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Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

Hamilton's homer backs Perez's stellar start

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton shattered the offensive silence Sunday at Globe Life Park with a sixth-inning home run that complemented Martin Perez's dominant performance as the Texas Rangers outlasted the San Francisco Giants, 2-1.

Perez limited San Francisco, which entered the afternoon ranked second in the National League in batting, to one hit in eight innings -- Justin Maxwell's infield single with two outs in the fifth -- and exited after allowing a one-out double to Angel Pagan in the ninth.

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Perez looks like old self in tossing gem

Rangers starter dominates Giants for first win since Tommy John surgery

Perez looks like old self in tossing gem

ARLINGTON -- Martin Perez, only a little more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, had pitched a dominant 8 1/3 innings before he left a changeup high and allowed a ninth-inning double to Angel Pagan.

Rangers manager Jeff Banister came to the mound to pull Perez in what became a 2-1 Rangers win Sunday against the Giants.

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Brinson on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Orioles' No. 29 prospect throws no-hitter, strikes out nine

Brinson 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.

Left-hander John Means barely snuck onto MLBPipeline.com's Orioles Top 30 Prospects list, checking in at No. 29. While he may not have the highest profile in Baltimore's system, he's raising it after his performance in July.

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Sore knee puts Scheppers on disabled list

Rangers call up reliever Klein to replace struggling setup man

Sore knee puts Scheppers on disabled list

ARLINGTON -- Only a few hours after he blew a save by allowing hits to all three batters faced, right-hander Tanner Scheppers is on the disabled list.

The Rangers put Scheppers on the 15-day DL on Sunday with left knee inflammation. To fill the void, they recalled right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock.

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Hamels efficient in first Rangers start

Left-hander pitches into eighth inning before bullpen blows lead

Hamels efficient in first Rangers start

ARLINGTON -- The Cole Hamels era in Texas began Saturday with high expectations, plenty of publicity and even some history on the line. Could he immediately prove to be the Rangers' saving grace? Could he become only the second pitcher in Major League history to throw back-to-back no-hitters?

Well, not exactly. In a 9-7 loss against the Giants, Hamels delivered a workman-like 7 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out six. He was efficient, and he was good. He left the game in line for the win before the Rangers' bullpen blew the lead.

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Rangers undone by Pence's homer in 11th

Rangers undone by Pence's homer in 11th

ARLINGTON -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth and then hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th, providing the force behind a 9-7 Giants win over the Rangers on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Pence helped the Giants spoil the Rangers debut of Cole Hamels, who threw 7 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing five earned runs in a no-decision. The Rangers were up, 7-4, when Hamels left the game, but the Giants rallied in the eighth to tie the game. Buster Posey helped lead the charge with three hits, including a home run, and Brandon Belt hit a pair of shots to record his second career multi-homer game.

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Bloops sting Scheppers in Rangers' loss

Reliever allows three hits as Giants tie game in eighth inning

Bloops sting Scheppers in Rangers' loss

ARLINGTON -- On the surface, Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers is an easy scapegoat for the Rangers' 9-7 loss to the Giants in 11 innings Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Scheppers relieved Cole Hamels with two outs in the seventh inning and the Rangers up, 7-4. He faced three batters, allowing two doubles and a single. He was charged with two earned runs and allowed an inherited runner to score as the Giants tied the game.

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Kela sent to Minors to keep him fresh

Addition of Diekman, Dyson bolsters Rangers' hard-working bullpen

Kela sent to Minors to keep him fresh

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers took advantage of their recent bullpen additions Saturday by optioning right-hander Keone Kela to Double-A Frisco before a 9-7 loss to the Giants.

Kela is expected to get a short rest period in the Minors, and the club was able to make that happen after acquiring needed reinforcements in left-hander Jake Diekman and right-hander Sam Dyson on Friday.

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Wilson catches Hamels as Chirinos hits DL

Wilson catches Hamels as Chirinos hits DL

ARLINGTON -- Bobby Wilson didn't know for sure Friday night that he would spend Saturday catching Cole Hamels' Rangers debut, but he wanted to be prepared. Turns out it was a wise decision.

Wilson was in the starting lineup for the 9-7 loss to the Giants after the Rangers placed catcher Robinson Chirinos on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. Chirinos said he hurt his shoulder in his eighth-inning at-bat Thursday against the Yankees. Chirinos, who was hitting .226 with nine home runs, will likely need at least two weeks to recover, leaving the Rangers in limbo at catcher.

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Fielder pulls another belly flop on slide into second

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Fielder pulls another belly flop on slide into second

Prince Fielder is a large man. As such, he's got a whole bunch of force to apply to whatever direction he happens to be moving. (We're no physics majors, but this is what we've been told.) And so, when Prince Fielder falls, Prince Fielder gets his money's worth.

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Beltre, Andrus power Rangers past Giants

Beltre, Andrus power Rangers past Giants

ARLINGTON -- A rejuvenated Rangers lineup, led by Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus, handled Madison Bumgarner, while right-hander Nick Martinez pitched his best game since June in the Rangers' 6-3 win against the Giants on Friday.

Martinez started slow, allowing runs in each of the first two innings, but he had the benefit of run support. The Rangers scored twice in the first against Bumgarner on a two-run home run from Beltre and added four more in the second, two coming on Andrus's two-run blast.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hamels expects to 'win ballgames' for Texas

Rangers also get Diekman, send Harrison and prospects to Philly

Hamels expects to 'win ballgames' for Texas

ARLINGTON -- Three-time All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels was hoping to be traded to a contending team before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He believes that is what happened when the Phillies traded him to the Rangers in a deal that was finally announced on Friday.

Hamels' previous experience with the Phillies reinforces that. The Phillies were seven games out of first place on Aug. 25, 2007, and still won the National League East title. In 2008, they were 3 1/2 games out with 16 to play and ended up winning not only the division title but the World Series as well.

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Working inside, Martinez outpitches MadBum

Working inside, Martinez outpitches MadBum

ARLINGTON -- Nick Martinez found his command working the inside fastball, and it helped him find the win column for the first time since June 9.

Martinez pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing only two runs on seven hits Friday night in the Rangers' 6-3 win over the Giants. And possibly thanks to the spark that comes with pulling off a trade for Cole Hamels, the Rangers played as if they were rejuvenated across the board.

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In Hamels, Rangers have added tested ace

In Hamels, Rangers have added tested ace

ARLINGTON -- Cole Hamels, in his final moments in Philadelphia before boarding a plane that would take him to a new team and a new start, recounted the memories.

There were the early days in Philadelphia, when he was young and unsure. Then there was the magical 2008 championship parade down Broad Street that solidified his place as a Philly sports hero. There were some bad times, but the good stuck out -- from the Four Aces to the no-hitter in his last start, Saturday in Chicago.

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Rangers fortify 'pen; Gallardo still in rotation

Rangers fortify 'pen; Gallardo still in rotation

ARLINGTON -- In addition to acquiring left-handed starter Cole Hamels, the Rangers made two significant additions to their bullpen this week.

They picked up left-handed reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies in the same trade, and they acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Marlins just before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. Both Diekman and Dyson are experienced power relievers with fastballs that are clocked around 95-96 mph.

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Gallo smashes two solo homers for Express

Rangers top prospect's performance is lone bright spot in Triple-A Round Rock's loss

Gallo smashes two solo homers for Express

Joey Gallo has been hovering around the Mendoza line since being demoted to Triple-A Round Rock on July 1, but the Rangers' No. 1 prospect has not been lacking power.

Baseball's No. 8 overall prospect, Gallo went 2-for-3 with a walk and two solo homers in the Express' 10-3 loss to Omaha. That gives him a total of 20 roundtrippers and 60 RBIs across three levels -- including the big leagues -- this year. While he's hitting just .194 for Round Rock, he's hit seven homers and recorded 16 RBIs in 25 games.

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Rangers trade Telis, Ege for righty reliever Dyson

Rangers trade Telis, Ege for righty reliever Dyson

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have acquired relief pitcher Sam Dyson from the Marlins for catcher Tomas Telis and Minor League reliever Cody Ege on Friday. The move comes after the Rangers claimed catcher Bobby Wilson off waivers from the Rays.

Dyson is a veteran righty who was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 games for the Marlins this season. He is a hard thrower with a fastball that averages 95.6 mph.

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Rangers win slugfest on Hamilton walk-off hit

Rangers win slugfest on Hamilton walk-off hit

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton hit a single through the right side with two outs in the ninth off reliever Andrew Miller to bring home Leonys Martin with the winning run in the Rangers' 7-6 walk-off victory over the Yankees on Thursday night.

Hamilton, who had a three-run home run in the first inning, was mobbed at first base after the Rangers celebrated their second straight win over the Yankees.

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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.

Rangers players embrace adding ace in Hamels

Rangers players embrace adding ace in Hamels

ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers are sad to see a family member depart. But they are also preparing to welcome a proven ace.

The Rangers have acquired pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman from the Phillies. An official announcement was made on Friday.

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Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers sad to see good friend Harrison go

Players speak effusively of veteran hurler, who will head to Philly after overcoming serious injuries

Rangers sad to see good friend Harrison go

ARLINGTON -- When the trade is announced, the Rangers will certainly welcome the addition of a three-time All-Star pitcher who has won a World Series MVP Award and also threw a no-hitter less than a week ago.

At the same time, while waiting for the official arrival of Cole Hamels, Rangers players also spoke from the heart on Thursday about what Matt Harrison meant to the team. Harrison is one of six players -- the only Major Leaguer -- who is being sent by the Rangers to the Phillies for Hamels and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman.

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Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

Lewis slows down Yanks in Rangers' victory

ARLINGTON -- Colby Lewis went six strong innings and the Rangers strung together 11 hits, 10 of which were singles, on the way to defeating the Yankees, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

Lewis allowed two runs and got the win to snap the Rangers' three-game losing streak. Masahiro Tanaka exited after allowing four runs in six innings as the Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped.

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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. Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rua plays Ellsbury's gamble into inside-the-parker

Rua plays Ellsbury's gamble into inside-the-parker

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua hit a line drive to center field in the fourth inning of Thursday night's 7-6 win over the Yankees. Little did he know it would become a home run.

"I couldn't really tell because it was straight on with [Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury]," Rua said. "Once I saw it get by him, I knew he had to kind of come in on it, and I just put my head down from there."

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Rangers call up 2 'pen arms, designate Wandy

Righty Klein also optioned to Triple-A Round Rock

Rangers call up 2 'pen arms, designate Wandy

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said it was difficult to see pitcher Wandy Rodriguez get designated for assignment on Wednesday.

"He did great work for us," Banister said. "I know the guy, the character, the competitor in Wandy. He took the ball for us. I think he knew the landscape, having two guys [Matt Harrison and Martin Perez] who would be coming back. He went out there and pitched as competitively as he could for us. He went to the bullpen, didn't question it or ask why. He is a true professional."

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Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015

Rangers forced to call on position player for ninth inning during rout

Infielder Rosales pitches for 2nd time in 2015

ARLINGTON -- It's never a good sign when Rangers infielder Adam Rosales is icing his arm after pitching in a nine-inning game.

But Rosales pitched for the second time this season when he threw the ninth inning in the Rangers' 21-5 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday. He allowed two runs on a Brett Gardner home run, but also struck out Yankees right fielder Chris Young.

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Rangers offer free parking for weekday commuters

Rangers offer free parking for weekday commuters

ARLINGTON -- Elvis Andrus pulled up in a red convertible. Rougned Odor hopped in. Then, the Rangers middle infielders took off back to Globe Life Park, marking the grand opening of a park-and-ride lot, formed in a partnership between the Texas Rangers and North Central Texas Council of Governments.

The Rangers allocated 100 spaces from their G Lot on AT&T Way and Copeland for free commuter access from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lot is not available on weekends.

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