Moreland's walk-off HR keeps Rangers on roll

Moreland's walk-off HR keeps Rangers on roll

ARLINGTON -- Another terrific pitching duel between the Rangers and the Royals was decided by one swing from Mitch Moreland.

Moreland hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off reliever Brooks Pounders to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Royals on Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

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Rangers induct Young as 20th HOF member

Rangers induct Young as 20th HOF member

ARLINGTON -- Michael Young emerged from the left-field corner at Globe Life Park to a thunderous applause from the sold-out crowd before Saturday's game against the Royals as he became the 20th member inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame.

Players from both teams watched from the top steps of their dugouts as members of the Rangers Hall of Fame, some of Young's former teammates and managers, his wife, Cristina Barbosa, and their three children and general manager Jon Daniels took part in the on-field celebration.

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Moreland has delivered in Prince's absence

Walk-off homer continues July surge for 1B

Moreland has delivered in Prince's absence

ARLINGTON -- When Mitch Moreland's good friend and clubhouse neighbor Prince Fielder hit the the disabled list with a season-ending neck injury, the spotlight turned to him. The Rangers first baseman was going to need to step up to fill the void left by Fielder.

Moreland has been up to the challenge and came through again for the Rangers on Saturday night, blasting a walk-off solo home run to the upper deck in right field at Globe Life Park to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory and their third straight win.

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Could Choo's progress alter Texas' trade plans?

Rangers seek starter, reliever, could be in play for hitter

Could Choo's progress alter Texas' trade plans?

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, on the disabled list because of tightness in his lower back, is doing all baseball activities and feeling good about his progress.

"I'm doing everything normal," Choo said. "I feel normal."

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Harrell debuts as Texas eyes sweep of KC

Harrell debuts as Texas eyes sweep of KC

The Rangers will get their first look at right-hander Lucas Harrell on Sunday afternoon as they seek a four-game sweep of the Royals at Globe Life Park. Harrell will make his first start after being acquired from the Braves on Wednesday.

"It makes me feel real good," Harrell said of the Rangers' confidence in him. "I'm just going to go out there every five days and give the team a chance to win. That's what they brought me in for."

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Rangers' prized youngsters are Major players

Odor, Profar, Mazara keep pacing the offense in win over Royals

Rangers' prized youngsters are Major players

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers continue their search for pitching and the players potential trade suitors want from them continue to make major contributions to a first-place team.

Texas is now four games in front of the Astros in the American League West following an 8-3 victory over the Royals on Friday night and the combination of Jurickson Profar, Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor were 7-for-11 with six runs scored, three home runs and four RBIs.

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Young's Rangers career lauded by teammates

Young's Rangers career lauded by teammates

ARLINGTON -- A weekend full of celebrations honoring former Rangers infielder Michael Young began Friday morning with the Rangers Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Arlington Convention Center.

Young became the the 20th member inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in a ceremony before Saturday night's game against the Royals at Globe Life Park. Young spent 12 of his 14 seasons in the Majors with Texas, making seven All-Star teams and playing in both of Texas' World Series appearances in 2010 and '11. Rangers Hall of Famers Jeff Russell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tom Schieffer were in attendance for the event.

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Odor's homers help Rangers sock it to Royals

Odor's homers help Rangers sock it to Royals

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been seeking a starting pitcher other than Cole Hamels to pick up a win for over a month, and got just that from A.J. Griffin in an 8-3 win over the Royals on Friday night at Globe Life Park.

Texas increased its lead in the American League West to four games, and became the first team in the AL to reach 60 wins. The Royals have lost 10 of 14 since the All-Star break and dropped to 17-34 on the road.

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Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas and covered the Rangers on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rangers covet frontline starter before Deadline

Holland, Lewis making progress toward returns from disabled list

Rangers covet frontline starter before Deadline

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, looking for an impact starting pitcher through the trade market, have White Sox left-hander Chris Sale and Rays right-hander Chris Archer at the top of their wish list before Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The price tag remains hefty on both as their clubs don't appear motivated to trade their No. 1 starters. Other names remain in play -- including Rays righty Jake Odorizzi and lefty Matt Moore, and Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

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Rangers option Tolleson to clear roster spot

Reliever will work on execution of pitches at Triple-A Round Rock

Rangers option Tolleson to clear roster spot

ARLINGTON -- Right-handed reliever Shawn Tolleson, who was the Rangers' closer and Pitcher of the Year in 2015, has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Tolleson was optioned to make room for pitcher Lucas Harrell on the 25-man roster. Tolleson had a 7.68 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP in 37 games for the Rangers.

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Moreland's 2 HRs back Hamels' 12 K's in win

Moreland's 2 HRs back Hamels' 12 K's in win

ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland was the deciding factor in a superb pitching duel between teammate Cole Hamels and Royals starter Yordano Ventura.

Moreland smashed two solo home runs off Ventura, the second one coming with one out in the eighth inning, to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Thursday night. Moreland also hit one in the fifth inning, registering the 10th multi-homer game of his career.

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Opponents Odor, Ventura enjoy friendly rivalry

Rangers second baseman went yard off Royals starter on Thursday

Opponents Odor, Ventura enjoy friendly rivalry

ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura have displayed their fiery personalities this season as the centerpieces of infamous brawls.

It appeared they almost found themselves in one of their own in the Rangers' 3-2 win against the Royals Thursday night. Odor stood in the batter's box a few extra seconds after he sent a Ventura fastball into the upper deck in right field for a solo home run in the second.

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Rangers unveil field to MLB Youth Academy

Diamond named after Hamilton, who made donation to make it possible

Rangers unveil field to MLB Youth Academy

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers unveiled Josh "Hambone" Hamilton Field to its MLB Youth Academy Thursday afternoon during a ceremony in the outfield of the new field. The team also announced Toyota Motors had donated $1 million to the Academy, which is expected to be completed in spring 2017.

"We [at Toyota] believe everybody deserves a chance to thrive with a facility like this," CEO of Toyota Motors North America Jim Lentz said.

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Gallo tops Rangers' midseason prospect list

Gallo tops Rangers' midseason prospect list

ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo just got called up this week to the big leagues, but he is still officially the Rangers' top Minor League prospect according to the midseason rankings put out by MLBPipeline.com on Thursday.

Gallo is ranked No. 15 overall. He played in 70 games for Triple-A Round Rock this season and hit .246 with 19 home runs, 47 RBIs, a .381 on-base percentage and a .557 slugging percentage.

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Hamilton expects to be '100 percent' by spring

Hamilton expects to be '100 percent' by spring

DALLAS -- Josh Hamilton said he expects to be 100 percent by Spring Training and be back with the Rangers.

Hamilton underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee on June 8, and he said the knee feels great.

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Martinez optioned to make room for Alvarez

Martinez optioned to make room for Alvarez

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers optioned pitcher Nick Martinez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to make room for newly acquired reliever Dario Alvarez. The move leaves the Rangers with an opening in the rotation for Sunday's opener against the Royals.

The assumption is right-hander Lucas Harrell will make that start. He and Alvarez were acquired from the Braves on Wednesday for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.

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Yu's gritty start marred by Bush's rare off night

Yu's gritty start marred by Bush's rare off night

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Yu Darvish is still not getting deep into games or throwing a lot of pitches, but six innings and 93 pitches appeared to be enough on Wednesday night.

Darvish allowed two runs in the first, then put up five scoreless innings and handed off a 3-2 lead to the bullpen in the seventh. But rookie reliever Matt Bush, so good for most of the season, had his toughest night in the big leagues and the lead slipped away in a 6-4 loss to the Athletics at Globe Life Park.

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Rangers stung by A's late homers

Rangers stung by A's late homers

ARLINGTON -- Khris Davis and Coco Crisp each belted two-run homers off Rangers reliever Matt Bush in the eighth inning to send the A's to a 6-4 win in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

The A's, who totaled three homers for the second straight night, have won all four of their series since the All-Star break, while the American League West-leading Rangers have won just one.

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Rangers land Harrell from Braves for prospect

Atlanta also sends reliever Alvarez to Texas in deal for infielder Demeritte

Rangers land Harrell from Braves for prospect

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers hit two needs in one trade on Wednesday when they acquired right-handed starter Lucas Harrell and left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez from the Braves for Minor League infielder Travis Demeritte.

The Rangers may not be done in their search for starting pitching, as they continue to scout the Rays and other teams with available starters before Monday's Trade Deadline.

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Lewis spends day at Rangers Summer Reading Club

Injured pitcher joins broadcaster Nadel at event in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- Rangers right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis has had a little extra free time of late after a right lat strain landed him on the 60-day disabled list on June 25.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lewis used that free time to join Eric Nadel, the Rangers' Ford C. Frick Award-winning radio play-by-play broadcaster, in his latest installment of the Rangers Summer Reading Club at the Southeast Branch Library in Arlington. The Summer Reading Club, in its eighth year in existence, encourages children in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex communities to continue reading during the summer.

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Martinez can't keep A's in park in defeat

Martinez can't keep A's in park in defeat

ARLINGTON -- The A's powered their way to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night, using home runs from Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Marcus Semien to even a three-game series at Globe Life Park.

Reddick, who launched a two-run homer in the fourth on the heels of Crisp's leadoff shot, drove in another run in the fifth to finish with three RBIs in support of starter Sonny Gray. The A's right-hander went six innings, allowing all three of his runs in the fifth on a pair of home runs -- first a solo shot by Joey Gallo, the Rangers' top prospect who was promoted ahead of the game, and then a two-run homer off the bat of Mitch Moreland.

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Nothing shallow about Gallo: HR, very far

Nothing shallow about Gallo: HR, very far

ARLINGTON -- Within the last week, the Rangers have placed two of their prominent left-handed bats, Prince Fielder (neck) and Shin-Soo Choo (lower back), on the 15-day disabled list. In Fielder's case, he's expected to have season-ending neck surgery in the coming weeks.

To counter that, the Rangers recalled infielder Joey Gallo, the team's No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, to put some left-handed power back into their lineup. Gallo homered as part of a 1-for-4 night in the Rangers' 6-3 loss to the A's on Tuesday.

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Rangers designate Lohse for assignment

Rangers designate Lohse for assignment

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers designated right-hander Kyle Lohse for assignment in order to make room on the roster for Tuesday night's starter Nick Martinez, who was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Lohse, 37, was signed by the Rangers to a Minor League deal on May 14, and was called up on July 9 to help when injuries hit the starting rotation. In two starts, he was 0-2 with a 12.54 ERA, and allowed 15 hits in 9 1/3 innings.

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Two home run night gets Beltre back in groove

Two home run night gets Beltre back in groove

ARLINGTON -- Despite Prince Fielder's down year at the plate, the 31-year-old designated hitter has been a leader in the Rangers clubhouse during his three-year stint with the team. That made the news before Monday's game that he's expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years a tough pill to swallow.

But the Rangers got a boost from another unquestioned leader in their 7-6 win over the A's in Adrian Beltre, who belted a two-run walk-off homer to left-center to help the Rangers gain their first game over the Astros in the American League West standings since June 26. It was his ninth career walk-off homer, and traveled an estimated 410 feet, per Statcast™.

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Beltre walk-off home runs sinks A's

Beltre walk-off home runs sinks A's

ARLINGTON -- Adrian Beltre hit a walk-off two-run home run against A's closer Ryan Madson in the ninth inning Monday evening, sending the Rangers to a thrilling 7-6 series-opening victory at Globe Life Park.

It was the second homer of the night for Beltre, who lined the first pitch he saw from Madson into the left-center field seats with two outs to bring home pinch-runner Ryan Rua following Nomar Mazara's one-out single. Beltre, who owns nine career walk-off home runs, also homered in the seventh agaisnt John Axford to cut Oakland's lead to one run.

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Velasquez, Volquez reportedly on Rangers' radar

Velasquez, Volquez reportedly on Rangers' radar

The Rangers' search for a young controllable starter continues, leading up to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Texas was linked Monday to Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez and Royals righty Edinson Volquez. MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the Rangers' interest in Velasquez, while the Dallas Morning News reported the club's front-office inner circle watched Volquez on Sunday. Morosi reported the price to acquire Velasquez would be high.

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DeShields' dinger lifts Rangers after duel in KC

DeShields' dinger lifts Rangers after duel in KC

KANSAS CITY -- Home runs continue to be a problem for the Royals.

After a solid start by right-hander Edinson Volquez on Sunday, Kansas City turned the ball over to Luke Hochevar in the seventh, and for the second straight day, the Royals' bullpen wasn't able to get the job done. Delino DeShields hit a go-ahead homer to left-center field, and the Rangers held on for 2-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have now given up at least one home run in 11 straight games.

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As rumors swirl, Texas 'pen handles business

Rangers, who could add reliever by Deadline, get 4 scoreless innings in 1-run win

As rumors swirl, Texas 'pen handles business

KANSAS CITY -- Starter A.J. Griffin had a short observation about what the Rangers' bullpen did in a 2-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

"That was beautiful," Griffin said.

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