Rangers rally late to take finale from Orioles

Rangers rally late to take finale from Orioles

BALTIMORE -- A brilliant pitchers' duel that began with Kevin Gausman and Yovani Gallardo went scoreless until the the top of the ninth inning, when Texas scored two runs on as many hits in a 2-0 win over Baltimore on Thursday night.

Leonys Martin, batting against Chaz Roe with one out and a runner on second base, singled to center field, plating Shin-Soo Choo and breaking the scoreless tie. Two batters later, Rougned Odor knocked in Martin with a single to right field.

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Yovani's scoreless streak at 29 1/3 frames

Yovani's scoreless streak at 29 1/3 frames

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Yovani Gallardo takes the mound each start with the intention of giving up no runs. For the past 29 1/3 innings -- including the six he threw in the Rangers' 2-0 win over the Orioles on Thursday -- he's done just that.

Gallardo has not given up a run in four consecutive games, and his streak of scoreless innings is the fourth longest in Rangers' history, according to STATS Inc. On Thursday he allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out two.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Rangers welcome Hamilton's ex-mates

Rangers welcome Hamilton's ex-mates

Josh Hamilton will face his former Angels teammates for the first time since he was traded back to the Rangers when the clubs open a weekend series at Globe Life Park on Friday.

After two seasons with the Angels, Hamilton was traded on April 27 in a deal that provided Los Angeles with about $20 million of salary relief and reunited Texas with its 2010 American League MVP.

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Rangers activate Feliz, option Martinez

Rangers activate Feliz, option Martinez

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers reinstated right-hander Neftali Feliz from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and optioned right-hander Nick Martinez to Triple-A Round Rock.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Martinez (5-5, 3.43 ERA) has pitched well this season, especially in April, when he posted a 2-0 record and 0.35 ERA. But more than anything, the move was made to give him some rest and make a spot in the rotation for left-hander Matt Harrison.

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Rangers sign promising international outfielder

Rangers sign promising international outfielder

The Rangers have a long history on the international market, and they are once again living up to their reputation as one of the most aggressive teams in Latin America.

On Thursday, the Rangers agreed to a $2.1 million contract with Dominican Republic outfielder Leodys Taveras, ranked No. 18 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.

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Hamilton being eased back into everyday role

Rangers left fielder out of starting lineup day after return from DL

Hamilton being eased back into everyday role

BALTIMORE -- Josh Hamilton was out of the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday against the Orioles after playing in his first game since May 31 on Tuesday. The day off was scheduled when Rangers manager Jeff Banister and Hamilton first sat down to talk about his return to the lineup after being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 4 with a strained left hamstring.

Hamilton started in left field and went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles on Tuesday. He recorded two putouts, including a sliding catch that robbed Chris Parmelee of a single in the sixth inning.

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Martinez allows HR in 7th to take loss

Martinez allows HR in 7th to take loss

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy broke a tie with his fourth homer of the season to lift the Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Hardy hit a two-run shot off Rangers starter Nick Martinez in the seventh inning, with Jimmy Paredes also going deep for the O's in the fourth. Chris Davis, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 11 games, singled and scored on Hardy's blast.

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Positive signs for Martinez despite loss to O's

Positive signs for Martinez despite loss to O's

BALTIMORE -- Nick Martinez went 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA in April, finishing the month with the lowest ERA in Major League Baseball among qualifying pitchers. June was a different story, as the right-hander posted a 1-3 record with a 6.35 ERA and saw his season mark rise from 2.03 to a 3.39.

His first start of July was a step in the right direction as Martinez went 6 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, four runs (three earned), a walk and two home runs while striking out five in the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Rangers see benefits of embracing shifts

Rangers see benefits of embracing shifts

BALTIMORE -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister said it took his team about a month plus Spring Training to get comfortable with shifting the defense around, but it seems to be paying off.

According to a chart created by ESPN Stats & Info, the Rangers rank third, behind the Orioles and Astros, in the Major Leagues with 12 runs saved via shift entering Wednesday.

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De ja vu: Rangers hit four more in Baltimore

De ja vu: Rangers hit four more in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Red-hot Mitch Moreland turned in his second consecutive two-homer game as part of a second straight Rangers four-homer night, and Texas held off Baltimore to pick up Tuesday's 8-6 win at Camden Yards.

Moreland drove in four runs, and he has seven RBIs in the first two games of the series, going deep first off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning. He followed that up with a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Chaz Roe, putting just enough on the ball to clear the left-field fence. Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos each chipped in solo shots for a Rangers club that had back-to-back four-homer games for the first time since Sept. 2-3, 2012.

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Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

Moreland having charmed time in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Mitch Moreland cracked a small smile as he rounded third base for the second time in Tuesday's 8-6 victory over the Orioles.

The Rangers' first baseman thought he was beat on Chaz Roe's 0-1 pitch, and he jogged to first expecting the ball to end up in Travis Snider's glove in left field. Instead, it ended up in the left-field stands for his second home run of the night, marking his second consecutive two-homer game.

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Hamilton's hamstring holds up in return from DL

Outfielder still feels injury, but isn't bothered by it in 2-for-4 first game back

Hamilton's hamstring holds up in return from DL

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers reinstated outfielder Josh Hamilton from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and optioned third baseman/outfielder Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock. Hamilton batted fifth and played left field in Tuesday's 8-6 win over the Orioles.

Hamilton played his first game since May 31 after being placed on the DL on June 4 with a strained left hamstring, and he went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a run scored in his first game. He is now batting .351/.390/.684 in 27 games at Camden Yards.

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Sent down, Gallo takes lessons back to Minors

Sent down, Gallo takes lessons back to Minors

BALTIMORE -- Joey Gallo's time in the big leagues is over for now, but he will certainly be back.

Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect according to MLB.com, was originally called up from Double-A Frisco on June 2 out of necessity, with Adrian Beltre going on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Gallo ended up playing 25 games with Texas, batting .218 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

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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.

A Texas club that entered the day averaging just 2.9 runs per game over their last eight games saw Mitch Moreland homer twice and Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Corporan go deep off Orioles starter Bud Norris. Joey Gallo added a bases-clearing triple, the first triple of his career, off reliever Tommy Hunter in the seventh to back starter Wandy Rodriguez's five-plus innings. The Rangers moved back to one game over .500.

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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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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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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.

It's the same pitch that derailed what was early on a potential bounce-back start for the Rangers' right-hander.

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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.

Drew Hutchison earned the win on the mound for the Blue Jays, posting a 5 2/3-innings performance. He walked three and struck out eight before he was lifted with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth. It was Hutchison's fourth straight victory as his sterling record at home improved to 7-1 on the season. Chi Chi Gonzalez was saddled with loss, allowing three earned runs on four hits over six innings.

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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.

The Rangers' righty saw his scoreless streak reach 23 1/3 innings -- the longest of his career -- as he three-hit the normally dangerous Blue Jays offense, improving to 7-6 on the season. He tossed 8 1/3 innings, while striking out four and walking two. Gallardo hasn't allowed an earned run in four of his last five outings, and hasn't lost a decision since May 19, a span of seven starts. He was lifted in the ninth in favor of closer Shawn Tolleson, after allowing a one-out single to Josh Donaldson. Tolleson promptly got Jose Bautista to ground into a game-ending double play.

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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.

Gallo made one play on a Kevin Pillar lineout in the third inning, before he was moved to left, as Leonys Martin entered the game in the sixth.

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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.

Gallardo delivered his longest outing of the season and extended his scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings, as Texas snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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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.

"It's cool," Fielder said after the Rangers dropped their sixth straight game in a 12-2 loss to the Blue Jays. "I'd like to get some more, but yeah, I'm definitely happy about it. Unfortunately, we didn't get to win on it."

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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.

Toronto scored four runs in the first, two in the second and added another run in the third to take control early in the game. Kevin Pillar and Chris Colabello doubled while Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Every member of the Blue Jays' starting lineup reached base and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was the only one who didn't score a run.

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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.

"Never thought I'd pitch in a Major League game," Rosales said after the Rangers dropped their sixth game in a row.

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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.

Tate, a right-hander who went No. 4 overall in the 2015 Draft, started the game and threw one inning. He didn't allow a hit, but he did walk the bases loaded before inducing a ground-ball double play to end the inning. Tate also had one strikeout.

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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.

After going 1-for-4 in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Athletics, Gallo has only five hits in his past 36 at-bats. He also has an alarming 20 strikeouts in that 10-game span. Like most rookies, he is dealing with his first instance of Major League struggles.

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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.

Billy Burns hit an opposite-field single with two out in the seventh that extended his hit streak to 15 games and started a rally eventually capped with a two-run single from Josh Reddick. The A's scored three runs in the inning against Texas relievers Keone Kela and Sam Freeman to break a tie and go ahead, 6-3. Reddick finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Stephen Vogt added three hits and Eric Sogard added two for the A's.

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