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Yu Darvish Wins First Start Since 2014

May 29, 2016 12:30 AM

Yu Darvish hit 98 mph in the first inning of his first start in the majors in almost 22 months.

Texas catcher Bobby Wilson is just glad he wasn't running to the backstop after that pitch, and a few others early in the Rangers' 5-2 inter-league win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It was the Japanese right-hander's return from last year's Tommy John surgery Saturday night.

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MLB Reduces Rougned Odor's Suspension By One Game

May 26, 2016 6:51 PM

Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista has been reduced to seven games by Major League Baseball, according to a source and multiple reports.

Odor, 22, had appealed the suspension earlier this week.

Odor punched Bautista in the jaw after Bautista slid at Odor's legs in an attempt to break up a double play in the top of the eighth inning on May 15.

The league disciplined 14 players and staff on the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers for their actions in the brawl.

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Josh Hamilton To Have Surgery, Miss 2016 Season

May 24, 2016 7:24 AM

Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery and miss the 2016 season, the Texas Rangers have announced.

Hamilton hasn't played this season and is already on the 60-day disabled list. The Rangers had expected him to return at some point this year.

The 35-year-old will have what will be his third surgery on the knee on June 8.

"It's not totally unexpected because of the sheer number of procedures he's had on the knee and the lack of relief that he's had," Jon Daniels said. "It's not a surprise at this point."

Daniels said that Hamilton expects to be back on the field in 2017, which will be the final year of his five-year, $125 million contract.

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Yu Darvish Ready To Return For Rangers, Could Start Saturday

May 23, 2016 7:09 AM

After throwing 87 pitches on Sunday, Yu Darvish says he's ready to return to the Texas Rangers.

If he feels good on Monday, he will start for the Rangers this coming Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"After close to 90 pitches today, I feel good for that," he said. "It's hard to tell right now. I have to pitch against those guys. But I feel like I'm good to go."

Darvish hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since Aug. 9, 2014. He tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his first spring start in 2015 and underwent Tommy John surgery March 17, 2015.


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Rangers Set To Announce Plans For New Ballpark

May 20, 2016 7:27 AM

The Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington are set to announce plans for a new ballpark.

A retractable roof facility is expected to replace what is currently known as Globe Life Park in Arlington, according to a report.

The lease on Globe Life Park is set to expire after the 2023 campaign.

While Globe Life is among the dozen oldest stadiums in the majors, it's only been around since 1994.

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Rangers Replace Shawn Tolleson With Sam Dyson As Closer

May 18, 2016 4:46 PM

The Texas Rangers have demoted Shawn Tolleson and named Sam Dyson closer, Jeff Banister announced.

Tolleson, who is tied with Ryan Madson and Steve Cishek for the American League lead with 11 saves, suffered his fourth blown save Tuesday night.

Dyson has saved two games in the Rangers' last three wins. He's tied for second in the AL with 10 saves.

"Shawn will still pitch, just in different situations," Banister said. "You look at his body of work and he's been efficient, effective and sits atop the AL in saves. This is a tough stretch for him."

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Rougned Odor Suspended Eight Games By MLB

May 17, 2016 3:59 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Rougned Odor for eight games for punching Jose Bautista on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

John Gibbons was suspended three games, according to Fox Sports. He had been ejected earlier in the game between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays but returned to the field.

Odor was also fined $5,000, according to Yahoo! Sports. He plans to appeal his ban.

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Rougned Odor Doesn't Regret Punching Jose Bautista, Expects Suspension

May 17, 2016 6:19 AM

Rougned Odor says he has no regrets and was simply looking out for himself when he punched Jose Bautista on the field during Sunday's Texas Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays game.

"I can tell when someone is coming hard to second base, so I was just trying to protect myself," Odor said.

When asked if he regretted anything that happened, he said, "No."

Major League Baseball has yet to levy any fines or suspensions in the wake of the incident, but Odor said: "I know I'm going to be suspended for a couple of games."

Despite punching him Sunday, Odor said he respects Bautista because he "plays hard."

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Odor, Bautista In Fistfight As Rangers-Jays Brawl

May 15, 2016 8:30 PM

A feud simmering since Jose Bautista's bat flip in last year's ALDS boiled over into a brawl in the final game of the season between the Blue Jays and Rangers.

Bautista and Texas second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fistfight behind the bag after a hard slide by the Toronto slugger at Odor's legs in the midst of a double play in the top of the eighth inning. Players from both teams rushed the field, and Odor landed a punch to Bautista's face.

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Matt Bush Pitches Scoreless Inning In Debut

May 14, 2016 2:15 AM

Wearing No. 51, Matt Bush entered Friday night's game in the ninth inning with the Rangers trailing 5-0. He retired the middle of the Blue Jays' lineup in order on 17 pitches.

"I was just focused on trying to be myself out there and continuing to do what I've done in Double-A," Bush said of facing the middle of Toronto's order.

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Kyle Lohse Signs Minor League Deal With Rangers
Kyle Lohse's base salary is $2 million and he can earn an additional $1.5 million through incentives.

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Rangers Add Matt Bush To 25-Man Roster
Matt Bush, the first overall pick in 2004, will make his Major League debut as a reliever.

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Yu Darvish Hits Mid-90s In Third Rehab Start
Yu Darvish made his third rehabilitation start on Thursday, hitting the mid-90s with his fastball while also throwing more offspeed pitches.

Associated Press

White Sox Acquire Anthony Ranaudo From Rangers
The White Sox have acquired Anthony Ranaudo from the Rangers just days after the right-hander walked five batters in one inning.

Associated Press

Rangers Place A.J. Griffin On 15-Day DL
A.J. Griffin left in the third inning Saturday with stiffness in his throwing shoulder.

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Nomar Mazara Likely To Stick With Rangers
The Rangers appear unlikely to demote Nomar Mazara when Shin-Soo Choo returns from the disabled list.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Cole Hamels Has Changed Approach With Rangers
The Rangers acquired Cole Hamels at midseason in 2015 and raced toward the AL West title. They have won 15 of his 17 starts.

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Yu Darvish Throws Two Innings In Rehab Start
Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish pitched two scoreless innings on Sunday for Double-A Frisco.

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Rangers Lose Keone Kela For Three Months
The Rangers have placed Keone Kela on the disabled list with an an impingement in his right elbow.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rangers Haven't Made Trade Calls For Catcher
Robinson Chinos has been placed on the disabled list, but Jon Daniels says the Rangers haven't made any calls to acquire a catcher.

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Rangers, Adrian Beltre Agree To Two-Year Extension
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was set to become a free agent at the end of this season.

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Adrian Beltre Still Waiting For Offer From Rangers
It wasn't that long ago that an agreement on a new pact appeared to be a mere practicality.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Rangers Deny Extension For Adrian Beltre Isn't A High Priority
During an interview with Ben & Skin on KRLD 105.3 The Fan, Jon Daniels was asked to characterize talks with Adrian Beltre on a contract extension.

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Rangers Haven't Made Firm Extension Offer To Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre does not want to negotiate during the season, but said he would consider offers if it were a means of a mere "yes" or "no" to a proposal from the Rangers.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Rangers, Indians Discussing Reliever-For-Starter Trades
The Rangers have yet to name their No. 5 starter as they work through potential trade scenarios.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Rangers Acquire Bryan Holaday From Tigers For Bobby Wilson, Myles Jaye
The Rangers have acquired Bobby Wilson and Myles Jaye from the Tigers in exchange for Bryan Holaday.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Rangers Release Drew Stubbs
Drew Stubbs exercised the opt-out provision in his contract after it became apparent that he wouldn't be added to the 40-man roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Josh Hamilton's Knee Is 'Best It Has Felt In Five Years'
Josh Hamilton is optimistic about his troublesome left knee as the 2016 season approaches.

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Matt Bush Throwing 97 MPH For Rangers
Matt Bush spent 3 1/2 years in prison after a drunken driving incident that nearly killed another motorcyclist.

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Rangers Name Cole Hamels Opening Day Starter
Texas will begin the season on April 4 against the Mariners.

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