Gallardo solid, but bats fall flat

Gallardo solid, but bats fall flat

ARLINGTON -- Young right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed just one unearned run over seven innings on Monday night to pick up his first victory of the season as the Mariners topped Texas, 3-1, at Globe Life Park.

The 22-year-old Walker opened the season with two rough outings, but has given up just one earned run in his last two starts and improved to 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA as he scattered six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. After a 55-minute rain delay, Seattle jumped to an early lead and Walker did the rest as the Mariners (8-11) opened a 10-game road trip on the right foot.

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Hamilton deal to Rangers completed

Texas hopes outfielder can be ready to join lineup in mid-to-late May

Hamilton deal to Rangers completed

ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton is back with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Angels and is about a month away from being back in their lineup.

The Rangers are hoping he can be playing for them by mid-to-late May after he spends time in extended Spring Training in Arizona and on a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues.

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Hamilton receives warm welcome from Rangers

Hamilton receives warm welcome from Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers welcomed back Josh Hamilton with open arms on Monday. That was the resounding message coming from his old, and new, teammates.

Hamilton, returning to the team that he helped reach consecutive World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, isn't expected to play his first game back with the Rangers until mid-to-late May. He talked to a few of his teammates, including All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre, before the news conference to announce he had been acquired from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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Rangers send down Scheppers, call up Claudio

Rangers send down Scheppers, call up Claudio

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have decided would-be setup man Tanner Scheppers needs some time at Triple-A after four rocky innings in the Majors this season since returning from a sprained ankle he suffered in Spring Training.

Scheppers has an 11.25 ERA in five outings, having walked four and and allowed six hits in four innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and lefty Alex Claudio took his place in the Rangers' bullpen.

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Martinez, Feliz make their mark in Rangers' comeback win

Starter sets club record for lowest April ERA; Closer pitches two innings for win

Martinez, Feliz make their mark in Rangers' comeback win

ANAHEIM -- Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings on Sunday and set a new club record for lowest ERA for the month of April. After four starts, Martinez has a 0.35 and his next start won't be until be until May.

He just didn't come away with a victory. Martinez was done when the Rangers finally put this one away with a 5-4 victory in 11 innings. It's still the third time in four starts that Martinez did not allow an earned run.

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Martin's homer, Feliz's two innings lift Rangers in 11 innings

Martin's homer, Feliz's two innings lift Rangers in 11 innings

ANAHEIM -- Leonys Martin hit a leadoff home run in the top of the 11th to put the Rangers ahead and they held on for a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Sunday. Martin's home run came off Angels left-handed reliever Jose Alvarez.

Martin's last home run came on Sept. 11, 2014 against Angels pitcher Cory Rasmus. The Rangers added an extra run that inning off an error by Angels shortstop Erick Aybar. Closer Neftali Feliz pitched two innings to get the victory.

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Banister ejected after disputing reversal on fan interference

Rangers manager gets tossed for first time, says he'll stand up for team

Banister ejected after disputing reversal on fan interference

ANAHEIM --Jeff Banister was ejected for the first time this season for arguing a call that had been reversed by instant replay.

Elvis Andrus, leading off the eighth inning, hit a foul ball down the right-field line that Kole Calhoun chased to the wall but couldn't catch. Angels manager Mike Scioscia went out and asked for a review, claiming that a fan had interfered with Calhoun.

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Scioscia recalls Rangers' Beltre as 15-year-old phenom

Then Dodgers' Minor League coach saw All-Star play in Dominican

Scioscia recalls Rangers' Beltre as 15-year-old phenom

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Sunday recalled seeing Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre when he was 15.

"I saw Adrian before he signed [with the Dodgers], in the Dominican Republic," said Scioscia, who had finished his playing career with the Dodgers, and was the club's minor-league catching coordinator. "You could see, even then, he was so far ahead of everybody with his abilities, his bat speed, the way he grew into and used his body.

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Rangers can't deliver with runners in scoring position

Rangers can't deliver with runners in scoring position

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron lined a two-run single with two out in the sixth inning that lifted the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night at Angel Stadium.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis had a two-hit shutout and a 1-0 lead going into the sixth but the Angels loaded the bases on singles by Grant Green and Kole Calhoun and a walk to Mike Trout. Roman Mendez took over but couldn't keep the lead as the Angels scored three runs.

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Rangers eager to insert Hamilton into struggling lineup

Rangers eager to insert Hamilton into struggling lineup

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers and the Angels have a deal in place that would bring outfielder Josh Hamilton back to Texas.

The deal is still pending all the necessary approval from the Commissioner's office and the Players Association because of the financial complexity involved. The Rangers will pick up approximately $2 million to $3 million per season over the remaining three years of the deal, an arrangement that requires approval from New York. Sources said nothing has arisen to make the Rangers think the deal won't go through.

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Slumping offense gives Lewis no margin for error

Rangers starter takes 1-0 lead into sixth, but gets no support

Slumping offense gives Lewis no margin for error

ANAHEIM -- Rangers starter Colby Lewis had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning. Rangers manager Jeff Banister thought his slumping offense should have given Lewis a bigger lead, but they twice were unable to get a runner home from third with less than two outs.

"If we get those runs in, it separates us and gives us more room," Banister said.

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Rangers ready to welcome Hamilton back

Rangers ready to welcome Hamilton back

ANAHEIM -- The news that outfielder Josh Hamilton is close to returning to the Rangers has his former teammates excited and ready to welcome him back.

"Who doesn't need a guy like Josh Hamilton," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "We know Josh and who he is. I just know as a teammate, if it does happen, we'll do our best to help him think about baseball and not be a distraction."

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Jenkins, three others inducted into Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Jenkins, three others inducted into Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Wandy impresses in debut, but bullpen gives up lead

Wandy impresses in debut, but bullpen gives up lead

ANAHEIM -- David Freese hit a two-run home run off reliever Keone Kela in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Angels held on for a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.

The Angels were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position before Freese hit a 3-2 fastball deep over the left-center-field fence. Angels starter Garrett Richards earned the victory by holding the Rangers to two runs in seven innings. Richards, who started the season on the disabled list while still recovering from knee surgery, was making his first start at Angel Stadium since Aug. 9.

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Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

Source: Rangers to trade for Halos' Hamilton

ANAHEIM -- Josh Hamilton's tumultuous stint in Southern California is nearing a resolution, one that would save the Angels some money and send the embattled outfielder back to the place he once thrived.

The Rangers are closing in on a deal to acquire Hamilton from the Angels, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Neither club has confirmed the trade, which still needs to clear several logistical hurdles before it's completed. But a source said the Angels would be receiving about $15 million in cash considerations, and no players, for a contract that will pay Hamilton about $90 million through the 2017 season.

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Wandy makes case to fill need for Rangers

Despite loss, pitcher pleased with first start after long layoff

Wandy makes case to fill need for Rangers

ANAHEIM -- Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez missed a chance to get his first win in almost two years. But he should get more chances if he can build on his first start with the Rangers.

Rodriguez, making his first Major League appearance since May 21, 2014, with the Pirates, was a bit on the messy side but still held the Angels to one run in five innings and left with a 2-1 lead. That put him in position to earn his first Major League victory since May 26, 2013, before the Angels rallied to hand the Rangers a 3-2 loss.

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Richard Justice

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Hamilton back to Rangers a welcome reunion

Theirs was a nearly perfect marriage for five seasons, and that surely is what this reunion is about. Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers may have needed one another more than they ever understood, and maybe this is about both of them attempting to recapture some of the old magic. So here's to second chances and happy endings.

If nothing else, we're likely to find out if Hamilton can still be a productive Major League player. It's not just a matter of his staying healthy, although that's obviously a large part of the equation. It's also about his rediscovering plate discipline and patience, two things in short supply during two disappointing seasons with the Angels.

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Hamilton had quite the highlight reel with Rangers

Slugger hit first walk-off in Texas and had four-homer game

Hamilton had quite the highlight reel with Rangers

ANAHEIM -- With Josh Hamilton reportedly set to rejoin the Rangers, let's take a look back at some of the best moments from his five-year stint in Arlington, during which he won the 2010 American League MVP Award and helped the Rangers win two pennants.

July 9, 2008
Hamilton hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Angels. It was his first walk-off home run.

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Prospect Eickhoff comes within two outs of no-hitter

Prospect Eickhoff comes within two outs of no-hitter

ANAHEIM -- Triple-A pitcher Jerad Eickhoff came within two outs of throwing a no-hitter at Round Rock on Friday night.

Eickhoff, pitching against Colorado Springs, started the ninth by getting Ben Guez on a fly ball to center. But then he walked Donnie Murphy and gave up a home run to Matt Long. Eickhoff was taken out at that point, having thrown 108 pitches. He walked two and struck out 11. Round Rock ended up with a 7-2 win.

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Verrett designated for assignment to make room for Rodriguez

Rangers long reliever was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four appearances

Verrett designated for assignment to make room for Rodriguez

ANAHEIM -- The Rangers ended their trial with long reliever Logan Verrett, designating him for assignment on Friday to make room for Wandy Rodriguez.

Verrett was a Rule 5 Draft pick, so he must go through waivers. If he clears, then he has to be offered back to the Mets for $25,000. The Orioles took him in the Rule 5 Draft and the Rangers claimed him on waivers at the end of Spring Training. He was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in four appearances.

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Rangers top prospect Gallo set to return after late start

Rangers top prospect Gallo set to return after late start

Joey Gallo is coming soon to a ballpark near you.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect and the No. 10 prospect on MLB.com's Top 100 list, is expected to make his season debut for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders this weekend, according to FOX Sports Southwest. The club has not confirmed.

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Nadel's concert for charity sure to be a hit

Rangers broadcaster raising money for Focus on Teens with show on April 30

Nadel's concert for charity sure to be a hit

ARLINGTON -- Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel's fourth annual birthday bash is on.

The concert, which has grown to be an annual part of the Rangers' social events, will be held at 8 p.m. CT on April 30 at the Kessler Theater in Dallas. Texas natives Jimmy LaFave and Emily Ebert will headline the concert, which will benefit Focus on Teens.

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Tough luck, shaky defense cost Gallardo in loss

Tough luck, shaky defense cost Gallardo in loss

PHOENIX -- Twenty-four hours before he was scheduled to take the mound at Chase Field on Wednesday in his much-anticipated return to a National League stadium, Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo stood in front of his locker and answered questions about getting back in the batter's box. No, Gallardo wasn't going to swing for the fences. Yes, he misses hitting. Maybe, he is a little bit rusty.

A day later, not long after the Rangers' 8-5 loss to the D-backs, Gallardo was perched in front of his locker once again, but the focus had shifted to a more familiar theme: pitching and defense.

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Rangers settle for split after late rally falls short

Rangers settle for split after late rally falls short

PHOENIX -- Archie Bradley overcame a difficult first inning to register another quality start, as the D-backs beat the Rangers, 8-5, on Wednesday night to earn a two-game split at Chase Field.

After allowing a run in the first -- thanks to three walks and a hit batter -- Bradley kept the Rangers off the board for the next five innings. The Rangers did not get their first hit off Bradley (2-0) until Yovani Gallardo's single to lead off the fifth.

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Wandy to start Friday; Detwiler bumped from rotation

Wandy to start Friday; Detwiler bumped from rotation

PHOENIX -- The Rangers have made a shift to their starting rotation. Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez will start against the Angels on Friday in Anaheim, and he could be in line for at least two starts.

It's unclear when Ross Detwiler will start again.

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Harrison targets June for return to Rangers

Harrison targets June for return to Rangers

PHOENIX -- Injured Rangers starter Matt Harrison is targeting a June return to the big leagues.

Harrison, who is recovering from spinal fusion surgery and working out at the club's Spring Training facility in nearby Surprise, joined his teammates Tuesday at Chase Field.

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