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Hamilton To Bat In Extended Spring Game

May 3, 2015 4:49 PM

Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton is set to bat in his first extended spring training game Monday after taking live batting practice for the first time this season Saturday, according to an ESPN.com report.

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Rangers Impressed By Hamilton's Workouts

May 1, 2015 4:02 PM

Josh Hamilton has worked out with the Texas Rangers twice this week and the organization has come away impressed.

"I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play," outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy told the Dallas Morning News. "I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more. That is good."

He is less than halfway through the five-year, $125 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Angels.

Hamilton, who is on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from right-shoulder surgery on Feb. 4, is expected to work out in Arizona for about 10 days before beginning an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.

Texas acquired Hamilton in a deal with the Angels earlier this week.

ESPN

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

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Dodgers Were Involved In Hamilton Trade Talks

Apr 30, 2015 8:38 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in trade talks before Josh Hamilton was dealt to the Texas Rangers, according to sources.

The Dodgers are believed to have discussed both a straight up trade and three-way scenarios that would have sent the outfielder to Texas, but they couldn't satisfy the Los Angeles Angels.

Los Angeles wanted to use some of their financial resources to gather prospects, not necessarily add Hamilton to their roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Moreland Has Elbow Surgery, Out At Least Two Weeks

Apr 30, 2015 8:29 AM

Mitch Moreland underwent a minor surgical procedure on Wednesday to remove some bone chips from his left elbow.

The Texas Rangers will be without one of their best hitters for at least two weeks.

This is the second time in the last two weeks that the elbow issue has flared up for Moreland. He missed most of a week after it first "locked up" in Seattle.

After medication and treatment, the chips settled in a less sensitive part of the joint and he was able to play for several days. He dove hard for a ground ball to make a strong defensive play Monday and it's possible that jarred the chips loose again.

"I didn't know if it was going to come back or not," Moreland said. "When I got up [Tuesday] morning it wouldn't straighten out. It was kind of obvious after that. We did what we could do to get it loose. I didn't want to miss two-three days at a time while we kept trying to get it loose."

The 29-year-old is hitting .304/.393/.457 in 56 plate appearances this season.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Scioscia 'Disappointed' Hamilton Showed No Remorse Towards Angels

Apr 29, 2015 8:31 AM

Mike Scioscia was "disappointed" that Josh Hamilton didn't express remorse and thanks for the Los Angeles Angels teammates that stuck by him during tough times.

The Angels traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers and he was formally introduced on Monday.

"For him not to show at least a little remorse toward his teammates I just think is wrong," Scioscia said. "It's unfortunate he had his relapse but I know we supported him in every aspect whatever his needs were. Just in hearing some of his comments, the one thing I think is sad and I'm a little bit disappointed is the fact that there wasn't any accountability most importantly to his teammates."

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Rangers, Angels Finalize Hamilton Trade

Apr 27, 2015 4:23 PM

Josh Hamilton is officially a member of the Texas Rangers once again.

The Los Angeles Angels have traded Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash.

The Angels are expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million Hamilton is owed on his five-year, $125 million contract.

Hamilton never reported to the Angels this season after offseason right shoulder surgery. He self-reported a relapse of alcohol and cocaine use, but an arbitrator ruled he could not be disciplined by Major League Baseball.

ESPN

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Hamilton Trade Expected To Be Finalized Monday

Apr 27, 2015 8:15 AM

The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers are expected to finalized a trade involving Josh Hamilton on Monday.

There were reports that the deal would be completed by the end of the weekend, but details are still being worked out.

The trade, which requires approval, involves five parties -- the Angels, Rangers, Hamilton, the commissioner's office, and the players' union.

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Beltre Sends Richards Bill For Broken Bats

Apr 27, 2015 7:58 AM

Adrian Beltre broke his bat three times against Garrett Richards on Friday night, but the Texas Rangers third baseman had some fun with it.

Beltre sent the Los Angeles Angels pitcher an invoice totaling $300 for the broken bats.

The invoice looked legitimate, inscribed with "Cash only, no checks" and Beltre's signature.

"I always love facing him," Richards said. "We have that good battle every time."

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Rangers Examine Medical, Training Procedures
The Rangers have been suffering injuries at an alarming rate the last two seasons, which has led to an examination of their medical and training procedures.

Jeff Wilson/Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rangers Place Derek Holland On 60-Day DL
Derek Holland will be out until at least mid-June with a shoulder injury.

ESPN.com

Rangers Lose Holland To Shoulder Strain
Derek Holland won't pitch for the Rangers for a least a month due to a left shoulder strain.

ESPN.com

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Padres Looking For Upgrade At Shortstop
The Padres have been very active under new general manager A.J. Preller and aren't done, according to rival executives.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Rangers Release Ryan Ludwick
Ryan Ludwick was informed last week that he would not make the Opening Day roster.

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Russell Wilson Visits Rangers, Hits Home Run
For the second straight year, Russell Wilson made a one-day appearance with the Rangers.

Ron Matejko/ESPN

Gallardo To Start Opener For Rangers
Yu Darvish would likely have made the start, but he had Tommy John surgery on March 17.

Associated Press

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Yovani Gallardo Excited For 'New Chapter' With Rangers
The Brewers traded Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers this offseason, giving the right-hander a chance to pitch closer to his hometown of Fort Worth.

Quinn Roberts/MLB

RoughRiders To Wear 'Full House' Jerseys
The Frisco RoughRiders will wear 'Full House' themed jerseys in June this season to honor the popular 1990s sitcom, which was based in San Francisco.

Michael Clair/MLB

Sonny Gray To Start A's Opener
Sonny Gray went 14-10 for the A's last season.

ESPN.com

Ross Ohlendorf Leaves Game With Groin Injury
Ross Ohlendorf becomes the Rangers' fifth starting pitcher injured in spring training.

ESPN.com

Darvish To Undergo Tommy John Surgery
Dr. James Andrews will perform elbow ligament replacement surgery Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Associated Press

Second Doctor Recommends Tommy John For Darvish
The Rangers will seek a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, and no decision has been finalized.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Rangers Will Get Money Back If Darvish Misses Season
The Rangers could get more than half of Yu Darvish's $10 million salary back if he misses the season.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Darvish Considering Tommy John Surgery
Yu Darvish will seek other medical opinions before deciding on surgery.

ESPN.com

Rangers Sign Joe Beimel
The contract isn't guaranteed, but Joe Beimel will make $1.5 million if he breaks camp with the Rangers.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Darvish Leaves Appearance With Triceps Tightness
Yu Darvish left his spring training debut with tightness in his right triceps on Thursday after pitching a scoreless first inning.

ESPN

Andrus Took This Offseason More Seriously
Elvis Andrus is the longest-tenured member of the Rangers.

Associated Press

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