Rangers hit 4 homers -- 2 by Moreland -- in rout

Rangers hit 4 homers -- 2 by Moreland -- in rout

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers broke out of their slump in a big way, homering four times and unloading on the Orioles to pick up their second win in nine games, an 8-1 series-opening victory Monday night at Camden Yards.

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After quiet series, Moreland, Rangers power up

After quiet series, Moreland, Rangers power up

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers entered the series opener against Baltimore having lost seven of their last eight games, scoring an average of 2.9 runs per game over that span. On Monday, Texas surpassed that average with home runs alone.

The Rangers tied a season high with four homers en route to an 8-1 victory over the Orioles to push the team back to one game over .500.

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Hamilton gets extra day, works out in Baltimore

Hamilton gets extra day, works out in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Many expected Josh Hamilton to return to the Rangers' lineup on Monday in Baltimore, but the wait will continue.

Texas manager Jeff Banister gave Hamilton a workout day on Monday since the team got in late due to travel from Toronto, but did say that the veteran could be an option in center field on Tuesday.

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Disagreement with umpire doesn't rattle Wandy

Disagreement with umpire doesn't rattle Wandy

BALTIMORE -- Wandy Rodriguez not only ran into a little trouble with the Orioles' offense in the fifth inning of the Rangers' 8-1 win on Monday night, but also with home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck.

After giving up back-to-back singles, Rodriguez walked Nolan Reimold to load the bases with one out, but did not like the call on ball four, throwing up his hands in disgust. Hirschbeck ripped off his mask and began yelling back at Rodriguez before Rangers manager Jeff Banister came out to calm him down.

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Prince, Beltre need big push on ASG ballot

Prince, Beltre need big push on ASG ballot

As voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game nears an end, two Rangers remain in the top five at their respective positions. In the final update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Prince Fielder was third among first basemen with 2,716,049 votes. He trails the Royals' Eric Hosmer (9,150,908) and the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (11,594,518).

Fielder, a five-time All-Star, entered Monday hitting .351 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs, leading the American League in average and hits. He also leads all of baseball with 33 multi-hit games.

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Hamilton likely to return behind Lewis in Baltimore

Hamilton likely to return behind Lewis in Baltimore

A pair of activations could be on tap for Tuesday's matchup between the Rangers and Orioles at Camden Yards.

Josh Hamilton will likely be back in the Texas lineup for the first time since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with a strained left hamstring. Many expected that Hamilton would play on Monday, but he was given a workout day and Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he would be an option in center field on Tuesday.

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Chi Chi cruises until running into trouble in 4th

Right-hander retires first 10 Blue Jays before allowing homer to Donaldson

Chi Chi cruises until running into trouble in 4th

TORONTO -- Chi Chi Gonzalez was cruising along until he left a full-count fastball over the plate in the fourth inning on Sunday. That's the pitch Josh Donaldson took over the wall in left-center field to spot the Blue Jays a lead they'd never relinquish in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers at Rogers Centre in the series finale.

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Rangers' rallies not enough in finale

Rangers' rallies not enough in finale

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays held on for a 3-2, series-clinching victory over the Rangers at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon. Josh Donaldson homered while Jose Reyes and Devon Travis drove in runs as Toronto held on for a one-run victory despite middle-innings rallies from Texas.

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Gallardo handcuffs Blue Jays in Rangers' win

Gallardo handcuffs Blue Jays in Rangers' win

TORONTO -- Backed by three solo homers, Yovani Gallardo was nearly flawless, as he shut the down the Blue Jays and helped the Rangers snap a six-game losing skid with a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre on Saturday.

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Gallo makes his first start in center field

Gallo makes his first start in center field

TORONTO -- Joey Gallo made his first career start in center field, as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays, 4-0, at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon.

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Gallardo remains on a roll for the Rangers

Gallardo remains on a roll for the Rangers

TORONTO -- Yovani Gallardo was nearly unhittable, as the Rangers shut down one of the most potent offenses in the Majors on Saturday.

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Fielder crushes homer No. 300

Slugger, Cecil become second father-son duo in MLB with 300-plus long balls

Fielder crushes homer No. 300

TORONTO -- Prince Fielder clubbed his 300th career homer in the Rangers' series opener against the Blue Jays on Friday, but the milestone dinger was bittersweet.

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Rangers lose momentum after Fielder's HR

Rangers lose momentum after Fielder's HR

TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam and a solo shot and Russell Martin and Danny Valencia added solo homers as the Blue Jays walked all over right-hander Nick Martinez in a 12-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at Rogers Centre.

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Rosales pitches in to save bullpen

Infielder becomes Rangers' ninth position player to take hill

Rosales pitches in to save bullpen

TORONTO -- Until the eighth inning of the Rangers' 12-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday, it'd been about a decade since Adam Rosales last pitched. But the Texas infielder was called into action with the game out of reach in the series opener, becoming the ninth position player in club history to take the mound, and the first since JP Arencibia did it in August 2014.

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Tate makes pro debut with Spokane Indians

Tate makes pro debut with Spokane Indians

First-round Draft pick Dillon Tate made his professional debut on Friday night for the Spokane Indians, the Rangers' short-season Class A affiliate.

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Gallo adjusting to Major League pitching

Rookie has 20 strikeouts in past 10 games, but Banister confident he'll find way

Gallo adjusting to Major League pitching

ARLINGTON -- In some ways, Rangers third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo is like most Major League rookies. In some ways, he's nowhere close.

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Rangers can't support Moreland, drop finale

Rangers can't support Moreland, drop finale

ARLINGTON -- A two-out rally in the seventh inning propelled the Athletics to a 6-3 win against the Rangers on Thursday and completed their three-game sweep at Globe Life Park.

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Scouting profile: Joey Gallo

Scouting profile: Joey Gallo

Background
Joey Gallo went to Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. His legend grew as he hit a Nevada record 67 home runs over his four years there. Gallo hasn't stopped hitting homers since.

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Mazara, Williams headed to Futures Game

Triple-A Round Rock manager Wood to coach on U.S. team

Mazara, Williams headed to Futures Game

ARLINGTON -- Double-A Frisco outfielders Nomar Mazara and Nick Williams were selected to the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Thursday. Triple-A Round Rock manager Jason Wood will also serve as a coach on the U.S. team.

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Lewis loses command, 'pen struggles vs. A's

Righty walks three in fifth, gives up three earned runs in outing

Lewis loses command, 'pen struggles vs. A's

ARLINGTON -- Through four innings, Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis had faced the minimum and was making quick work of the Athletics.

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Rangers recall Patton, option Choice to Triple-A

Rangers recall Patton, option Choice to Triple-A

ARLINGTON -- One day after getting recalled, outfielder Michael Choice has been optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock.

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Rangers working their way through injuries

Rangers working their way through injuries

ARLINGTON -- Shin-Soo Choo woke up Tuesday with his back so sore he could barely walk. Mitch Moreland has looked off running the bases and left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning to give his feet a break.

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Wandy, Rangers unable to slow surging A's

Wandy, Rangers unable to slow surging A's

ARLINGTON -- Brett Lawrie hit a first-inning grand slam and Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer in the second, as the A's pounced on Rangers starter Wandy Rodriguez for eight runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-2 victory on Wednesday night.

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Wandy can't get up to speed in rough outing

Wandy can't get up to speed in rough outing

ARLINGTON -- This time, there wasn't a simple solution for Wandy Rodriguez after a bad first inning in the Rangers' 8-2 loss to the A's on Wednesday night.

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For first time in bigs, Chi Chi not sharp

Gonzalez struggles with command, gives up six runs vs. A's

For first time in bigs, Chi Chi not sharp

ARLINGTON -- Chi Chi Gonzalez had the chance to escape a rough outing with a quality start, but Athletics catcher Josh Phegley had other plans.

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Odor, Andrus star, but Rangers fall to A's

Odor, Andrus star, but Rangers fall to A's

ARLINGTON -- Ben Zobrist and Josh Phegley homered, as the A's offense kept rolling in a series-opening 8-6 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Tuesday night.

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Beltre productive in return to Texas lineup

Third baseman hits sac fly, scores a run vs. A's after being activated off DL

Beltre productive in return to Texas lineup

ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre admitted after Tuesday night's 8-6 loss to the A's that there is still pain in his left thumb. It doesn't matter.

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