Rangers activate DeShields from DL, option Alberto

Rangers activate DeShields from DL, option Alberto

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.

DeShields was placed on the disabled list on June 15 with a left hamstring strain. He played six games on an injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock, hitting .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles and two RBIs.

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Wandy, bullpen knocked around by Angels

Wandy, bullpen knocked around by Angels

ARLINGTON -- Angels left-hander Hector Santiago continued his dominance of the Rangers in their own ballpark with seven scoreless innings in a 13-0 victory before a sellout crowd on Saturday night.

Designated hitter C.J. Cron led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs. The Angels have won two straight over the Rangers, outscoring them 21-2 in the first two of a three-game series.

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All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

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

All-Star starters unveiled tonight, 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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Rodriguez in a mound of trouble at home

Rangers starter blames hill for continued woes in Arlington

Rodriguez in a mound of trouble at home

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Wandy Rodriguez said it was the mound that is bothering him here in Arlington.

There must be something bothering him. So far Rodriguez has been a much different pitcher in Arlington than he has been on the road. Pitching at home has been rough for him so far this season, and that continued on Saturday night in a 13-0 loss to the Angels.

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Lewis looks to extend hot streak vs. Angels

Lewis looks to extend hot streak vs. Angels

Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, a Ranger from 2005-11, will start Sunday's series finale against Texas righty Colby Lewis. Wilson and Lewis, staples of the Rangers' pennant-winning staff in 2010 and 2011, won a combined 57 games in those seasons, and their connection goes back even further than that.

The Angels have outscored the Rangers 21-2 in the first two games and are going for the series sweep.

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Rangers option Chi Chi, recall Ranaudo

Club has options to fill wide-open fifth rotation spot

Rangers option Chi Chi, recall Ranaudo

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers won't need a fifth starter until July 21, but the job is now wide open.

The Rangers created the opening by sending rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez back to Triple-A Round Rock and recalling right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. The Rangers called up Ranaudo to be a long reliever because Anthony Bass was needed for 4 1/3 innings and 86 pitches in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Angels.

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Former All-Star closer Feliz designated

Rangers GM Daniels says club will try to trade reliever

Former All-Star closer Feliz designated

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers made another stunning roster move after Friday night's 8-2 loss to the Angels. Neftali Feliz, a former All-Star closer on two pennant-winning Texas teams, has been designated for assignment.

The Rangers have 10 days to trade Feliz or send him to the Minor Leagues on outright waivers. Feliz, with more than three years of experience, could decline the outright assignment and become a free agent.

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Gonzalez's rough second sinks Rangers

Gonzalez's rough second sinks Rangers

ARLINGTON -- The Angels drove Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez out of the game with six runs in the second inning on their way to an 8-2 win on Friday night.

Five of the six runs came across after two were out, on a three-run double by Kole Calhoun and a two-run single by Erick Aybar. Calhoun also had a run-scoring double in the third to give him four RBIs, tying his season high. Aybar went 5-for-5, the first five-hit game of his career.

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Gonzalez unable to snap out of funk

Rangers rookie righty chased in six-run second

Gonzalez unable to snap out of funk

ARLINGTON -- Rangers rookie right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez has hit his first slump in the Major Leagues. It is not good timing considering the line that is forming for pitchers trying to re-enter the rotation.

Gonzalez was knocked out in the second inning and suffered his third straight defeat as the Rangers lost to the Angels, 8-2, on Friday night.

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Hamilton downplays first matchup with Halos

Rangers slugger not seeking any closure, while Angels have also moved on since trade

Hamilton downplays first matchup with Halos

ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said he saw "nothing significant" about Friday's 8-2 loss to the Angels, other than it was his third start since coming off the disabled list.

For others, the significance is this is the first time that Hamilton has faced the Angels since they traded him to the Rangers on April 27. Any closure, Hamilton said, came when the trade went down two months ago.

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Harrison to make first start since May 2014

Returning from spinal fusion surgery, Rangers lefty 'excited' to face D-backs on Tuesday

Harrison to make first start since May 2014

ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is expected to make his return to the Major Leagues on Tuesday when he starts against the D-backs. It will be his first start since in the Majors since May 13, 2014.

"I'm excited," Harrison said before the Rangers' 8-2 loss to the Angels. "It has been a long road to get back to this point. A lot of people helped me along the way. It is amazing to be at this point. I'm excited to get back on a Major League mound. I have to control my emotions as best as I can."

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Gallo launches first Triple-A home run

After big league stint, Rangers top prospect hits dinger in 3rd game with the Express

Gallo launches first Triple-A home run

Joey Gallo had several big hits during his 25-game stint with the Texas Rangers, but the club sent him down earlier this week to work on his game with Triple-A Round Rock.

Having skipped over the Express his first time around, Gallo suited up for his first Triple-A game on Wednesday and had yet to collect a hit in six at-bats entering Friday night's contest against Iowa. That changed in the top of the first inning of Round Rock's 11-5 win, when Gallo (1-for-6) smacked a Felipe Paulino pitch over the wall in right-center field.

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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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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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